Free Rapid Covid Tests Available at Drive-Thru

TESTS NOW IN STOCK AT DRIVE-THRU. LIMIT 2 PER VISIT.

Kent Free Library now offers free Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 Home Tests, while supplies last.  These tests are provided through a partnership with the Ohio Department of Health. Individuals needing a test should note the following:

  • The tests are free and offered first come, first served
  • The supply is limited, so it is advisable to call the library to check on availability; tests cannot be reserved
  • Limit of two tests may be picked up at one time
  • Drive-thru pickup only; wearing a mask is required to pick up a test
  • Library staff are not trained medical professionals and not permitted to assist with medical procedures or give medical advice, and so are not able to assist you with these tests. The video below explains the process.  The test kit contains directions.  For further questions about COVID testing, contact your doctor or pharmacy.
  • For proof of test result, you must perform the test step-by-step with a virtual proctor, using a computer or other device with internet access, a camera, and a microphone to complete. You will need to create an account using the NAVICA smartphone app or at www.mynavica.abbott.  After creating an account, go to ohio.emed.com to start a testing session.
    • Individuals may not come into the library to take a test. Library computers do not have the necessary camera and microphone access.
  • The manufacturer has extended the expiration date of BinaxNOW Home Tests by an additional 90 days.  Using the lot number on the outside of the box the test comes in, you can find the new extended expiration date here.
  • Opened or unopened tests may not be returned.

COVID-19 vaccines are widely available throughout the state. Many providers offer walk-in appointments, or Ohioans can schedule a vaccination appointment at gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov. Ohioans who want to learn more about the safety, efficacy, and side effects of COVID-19 vaccines should talk to their doctor, nurse, or pharmacist, or visit coronavirus.ohio.gov/vaccine to learn more.

December 11, 2020 – COVID-19 Service Update

COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS SERVICE UPDATES – January 14, 2021

While Portage County has returned to Level 3 ‘Red’ for the last several weeks, the library will continue in our current limited service model due to increased cases in Ohio. Please see below for latest safety measures and recommendations during our Library Express phase. We look forward to resuming all regular library activities in person when it is safe to do so.

COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS SERVICE UPDATES – December 11, 2020

  • The library building will remain open for computer use, Wi-Fi use, and browsing. Patrons are asked to limit their visit to one hour.
  • Whenever possible, send just one member of your household to the library.
  • For contactless service, utilize self-pick up of holds and self-checkout in the lobby.
  • Place holds online, on the phone, through live chat, or by email and pick up at the drive-thru window.
  • Masks are required at the drive-thru window.
  • Anyone uncomfortable using the drive-thru window may continue to use curbside pickup.
  • Patrons who need to print may speak with a librarian to request pick up and payment for printed materials at the drive-thru window.
  • Food is limited to the café area only.
  • Winter Reading materials for the Youth Services Department are available to pick up and drop off at the drive-thru window.
  • Kits for Youth and Adult Services Department programs may be picked up at the drive-thru window.
  • Masks and social distancing are required inside the building at all times.
  • Library programs will continue in virtual format; check the event calendar for details.

We look forward to the day when we can resume all regular library activities.

For the most up-to-date information about library services please check our website or Facebook page. Contact the library Director with any questions or concerns.

December 8, 2020: The library building is currently open for walk-in browsing and borrowing. Self-checkout is encouraged. Computer use remains limited to one hour per day. Masks are required and patrons are asked to limit their visit to one hour per day.

Patrons are encouraged to continue taking advantage of reserving items online and picking them up using contact-free options including Curbside Pickup or the Drive-Thru Window. You may return items 24/7 at the drive-thru return or the exterior return bins near the parking lot entrance.

Please note the following updates:

  • If you or a member of your immediate household are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or recently tested positive for COVID-19, please do not return your items to the library. Please email [email protected] for assistance if you receive overdue notices while quarantining due to a COVID-19 illness.
  • Due to the end of Daylight Savings Time, starting on Monday, December 14th:
    • Delivery to vehicles for Curbside Pickup will end at 5:30 p.m. Monday – Friday
    • Arriving after 5:30 p.m.? Please use the Drive-Thru Window to pick up items.
  • Due to the risk of inclement weather and to keep our staff safe this winter:
    • The Curbside Pickup procedure is subject to change. You will receive instructions from library staff after you call the library from one of the marked curbside spaces in the parking lot.

Visit the events page at www.kentfreelibrary.org for complete virtual program information.

The History of Clara Wolcott Driscoll and the Tiffany Glass Studio

tiffany-table-lampLearn how a Tallmadge-based artist was responsible for designing many of the famous lamp shades produced by the Tiffany Glass Studio at a presentation at the Kent Free Library on Wednesday, March 4 at 6:30.

Clara Wolcott Driscoll was one of the infamous ‘Tiffany Girls’ from 1888-1909, and her fourth cousin, historian Linda D. Alexander, will share her fascinating story.

Registration is requested for this free program and spaces are limited. Please visit or contact the Information Desk at 330.673.4414 to register.

College 101: Finding the Perfect College Fit For You

College girls studyingPatty Saddle, President of the College Planning Center, will offer advice to teens and their parents about selecting a college on Wednesday, April 9 at 7 pm.

Learn how to determine the best college fit by researching your options, navigating college visits and interviews, and weighing standards vs. early admission.

No registration is required, and light refreshments will be offered.  For more information, contact the Youth Services Department at [email protected] or 330.673.4414.

More Book Clubs; More Chances to Win!

Photo of KindleWe’re celebrating National Reading Group Month with two special book discussions–especially for audiobook lovers and “real men who read”!  Attend either one, and you’ll be entered in a raffle to win a Kindle Paperwhite!

Join librarian and audiobook selector Rayna Shilling on Tuesday, October 22 at 7 pm for a discussion of the audiobook version of The Dinner by Herman Koch.

On Wednesday, October 23 at 7 pm, librarian and book lover James T. Freeman invites men to discuss Robert B. Parker’s classic Spencer novel The Godwulf Manuscript.

No registration is required for either book group and light refreshments will be served.  Stop by the Check Out Desk to pick up your copy.

Adobe Security Breach May Effect eBook Users

Adobe LogoSome of you may have heard in the news recently that Adobe has had a security breach. This may affect patrons who use the Ohio eBook Project, since Overdrive relies on Adobe IDs to authenticate users through the Overdrive Media Console App as well as Adobe Digital Editions.

Since Adobe does not collect credit card information to register for an Adobe ID, the risk is minimal.  However, you may be contacted by Adobe to reset your Adobe ID Adobe is encouraging affected users to reset their passwords on other services/applications if they’ve used the same user ID and password as they use with Adobe.

In a press release, Adobe announced:

  • As a precaution, we are resetting relevant customer passwords to help prevent unauthorized access to Adobe ID accounts. If your user ID and password were involved, you will receive an email notification from us with information on how to change your password. We also recommend that you change your passwords on any website where you may have used the same user ID and password.
  • We are in the process of notifying customers whose credit or debit card information we believe to be involved in the incident. If your information was involved, you will receive a notification letter from us with additional information on steps you can take to help protect yourself against potential misuse of personal information about you. Adobe is also offering customers, whose credit or debit card information was involved, the option of enrolling in a one-year complimentary credit monitoring membership where available.
  • We have notified the banks processing customer payments for Adobe, so that they can work with the payment card companies and card-issuing banks to help protect customers’ accounts.
  • We have contacted federal law enforcement and are assisting in their investigation.

Here are a few important things to be aware of (from Overdrive):

  • Re-activation of previously authorized Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) and OverDrive Media Console (OMC) will NOT be required in order to maintain access to DRM protected Adobe eBooks or to download new ones, even if users have since changed the password on their Adobe ID.
  • New activations of ADE and OMC will not be possible until the user has reset their password with Adobe (so they can use a known good password to authenticate) since Adobe has reset everyone’s existing password.
  • Users can choose to de-authorize ADE or OMC and re-authorize with their new password; however, that is not necessary or recommended.
  • Users who have changed their Adobe ID password and wish to also update their passwords on OMC should be able to do this. Changing passwords periodically and using different passwords for different accounts are good security practices.
  • Overdrive does not store emails or passwords for the Adobe ID, but does use emails that have been registered for an OverDrive ONE account. Users can reset their OverDrive ONE password by using the ‘forgot password’ link or by logging in and using the “Settings” panel. Users that have registered for OverDrive ONE using their Facebook account will have to re-authenticate OverDrive ONE in OMC if they have also updated their Facebook email or password.

Here’s how to contact Adobe:

Adobe Live Chat: http://www.adobe.com/support/chat/ivrchat.html

Adobe Contact Page: http://helpx.adobe.com/contact/

Here’s more information about Adobe’s security breach:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/04/technology/adobe-announces-security-breach.html?_r=0

http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-10-04/business/42692197_1_data-breach-adobe-products-security-breach

Win a Kindle by Attending October Book Clubs

October is National Reading Group Month, so it’s the perfect time for you to explore our book groups! We have several groups to meet all kinds of reading tastes.

And to celebrate this holiday for book lovers, all attendees of our book groups during October will be entered in a raffle to win a Kindle Paperwhite!

No registration is required to attend a book club.  Copies of each group’s selection may be found at the Check Out Desk–just ask for the book or the group that interests you.

See our Book Clubs and their October selections.


Kids’ Summer Reading Wraps Up Aug 3

The Kids’ Summer Reading Program will wrap up on Saturday, August 3–but there’s still time to bring in your reading records to get your Care for a Critter votes, entries for prizes, and for Super Readers, your yard sign!

So far, Kent Kids have read a combined total of 3,165 hours–wow!  Lots of kids have earned their “Home of a Super Reader” yard sign, but there are still plenty left for kids who complete 20 hours of reading.

In other news, the Komodo Dragon has pulled ahead of the early leader, the Burrowing Owl, in the Care For a Critter Contest.  Team Owl, keep reading and earning votes!  Longcoy Elementary School has sent us the most summer readers with 83 readers signed up–great job Longcoy!

Mark your calendars for Friday August 2 to come to one of two Akron Zoomobile programs, at 1:00 pm and at 2:00 pm.  There’s no registration, but show up no more than 1/2 hour before each program to get  your boarding pass–space will be limited.

Ken Gessford Photographs Highlight Kent’s Changes

Currently on display at the Kent Free Library is a photographic tribute by Ken Gessford titled “Processes of Transformation in Kent.”  Gessford’s 36 digital photograph images show the progress of the development of the downtown area from 2009 through earlier this summer.

Gessford, a Stow resident who taught art at Kent Roosevelt High School for 30 years before retiring in 2000, wrote in his artist’s statement that he intended to “Raise people’s awareness . . . to the fast and furious changes that have taken place in Kent, OH over a short period of 5 years.”

Photographs highlight the both the tearing down and rebuilding processes that have changed the face of Acorn Alley, South Water St., the Crain Avenue Bridge, the Franklin Hotel and the PARTA Garage.

Gessford was granted unusual access to work areas, frequently donning a hard hat to take photos alongside workers.  “They were so cooperative and professional,” says Gessford.  “They get the job done like magic—they’re magicians.”

His fascination with the artistry of the workers is obvious in several of his photos.  One titled “Elegant Worth Ethic with Pirouette Le Dance” shows a worker balanced on scaffolding with his arms raised above his head, as he works on a ceiling.

While most photos portray the energy and anticipation of the new construction, some photos also convey a bit of melancholy for the structures waiting to be torn down.  A photo of the red door of a house on Erie St. with a bulldozer just visible in the foreground is titled, “The Red Scream of I Don’t Wanna Go!”

The photographs on display are a very small sample of the more than 35,000 photos Gessford has taken over the last 5 years, and he continues to document the ongoing construction.  He anticipates that his project will take another year to complete.  He is interested in displaying a large number photographs as a more comprehensive exhibit some day.

The exhibit at the library will be up through August and can be seen any time the library is open.