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December: Holiday Programs for Youth

Holiday Story Time and Craft

Monday, December 3 at 10:30 am

Tuesday, December 11 at 6:30 pm

Families with children of all ages are invited to join us for a morning full of holiday cheer. We will read holiday themed stories, sing holiday songs and end the evening with a craft.

No registration is required. Boarding passes will be passed out at the children’s room desk 30 minutes prior to each program.

Holiday Toddler Sensory Play

Tuesday, December 11 at 11:00 am

Families with children ages 2 to 4 years old are invited to join us for messy and creative holiday fun!

Registration is required and begins on December 12. Registration closes at 9 pm the Monday before the program. Space is limited.

Holiday Baby and Toddler Play Date

Saturday, December 15 at 11:00 am

Families with babies to 3 years old are invited to join us for a morning of holiday themed activities and crafts.

Registration is required and begins December 8. Registration closes at 5 pm the Friday before the program. Space is limited.

Elf School

Tuesdays, December 11 and December 18 at 4:00 pm

Children in Kindergarten through 2nd grade are invited to visit the library to see if they have what it takes to be an elf! We will read holiday books, play reindeer games and make crafts and treats.

Each week we will have different activities.

You must register for each program separately. Registration is required and begins a week in advance of each program date. Space is limited.

Junior Elf School

Tuesdays, December 4  and  December 18 at 1:30 pm

Children ages 3 and 4 are invited to join us for Junior Elf School! We will read books, play games and enjoy a treat. Junior Elves can register for one or both of the dates.

Registration is required and begins one week in advance of each program.

Tween Zone

Thursdays through November 15  at 7:00 pm

Thursday, December 6 at 7:00 pm: 3D Printer Cookie Cutters

Thursday, December 13 at 7:00 pm: DIY Holiday Gifts

Tweens in grades 3, 4, 5 can enjoy science experiments, crafts, games and more!

Registration is required and begins one week in advance of each session. Registration closes at 9:00 pm the Wednesday before each program. Space is limited.

Interactive Family Movie Night

Monday, December 17 at 6:30 pm

Join us for a special kind of movie where you are involved in almost every scene. Families will be provided with all the props they need to participate with the movie as it progresses! A librarian will watch the movie with you and let you know which props to use and what to do with them. Enjoy this timeless classic about a very special snowman.

Registration is required and begins on December 10. Registration closes the Sunday before the event at 5 pm Space is limited.

Noon Year’s Eve Party

Saturday, December 29 at 11:00 am

Celebrate the new year a few days early with an afternoon party! Families with children ages 3 to 12 are invited to join us for a Noon Year’s bash. Enjoy games, crafts, snacks and celebrate with a ball drop at noon.

Registration is required and begins December 22. Registration closes the Friday before the event at 6 pm Space is limited.

November 21 – 22: Holiday Closings

The library will close early at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, November 21 and will remain closed on Thursday, November 22 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  The library will reopen with regular hours on Friday, November 23 at 9:00 am.

As always when the library is closed, no items are due and no fines will be assessed on overdue materials.  For your convenience, materials may be returned either at the drive through or in the drops to the left of the parking lot doors.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 13 at 7:00 pm: Tabletop Gaming with the Malted Meeple

Join staff from the Malted Meeple for a discussion on board games.  Following the presentation, attendees can explore the library’s new board game collection.

To register, please call the Information Desk at 330.673.4414. This program is for ages 16+.

Saturday, November 10 at 11:00 am: Open Music Concert

Piano students ages 17 and under may sign up to play in the library’s open piano concert. All skill levels are encouraged to participate and all ages are welcome to attend as we fill the library with music.

Students may play up to two pieces. Registration is required and begins November 3. Space is limited.

Sunday, November 4 at 2:00 pm: Free Concert with IN2ATIVE

Enjoy a free all-ages concert with avant-garde duo IN2ATIVE.  They will perform their original compositions on the 2nd Floor balcony so music can be enjoyed throughout the building.

Although classically trained at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the vibe created by Kimberly Zaleski and Trevor Kazarian strays from the traditional flute and cello stereotype. The duo specializes in a fusion of musical genres, combining the street rhythms of beat-box with classical, rock, and electronic music, creating its own unique genre.

Currently, IN2ATIVE is part of the Musicians-in Residency Program at the Cleveland Clinic. They are also Performing and Teaching Artists on the roster of the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning Agency. They have performed at the Western Reserve Chamber Music Festival as well as a variety of other local venues.

In 2014, they won the Young Artist Initiative Competition as part of the Ohio Arts Presenters Network Conference.

No registration is required. Kent Free Library’s concert series is generously sponsored by the Friends of Kent Free Library.

Tuesday, October 30 at 7:00 pm: Story Slam: I Am Not a Monster

Photo of Boris Karloff as Frankenstein's monsterAs part of Hiram College’s Community Reading Program celebrating the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the library, will host a Story Slam on Tuesday, October 30 at 7:00 pm.

Adults are invited to come prepared with a true, personal story, 5 – 10 minutes long on the theme of I Am Not a Monster. As many storytellers as time allows will get to tell their story. Those who just wish to listen are welcome.

The evening’s theme of I Am Not a Monster encourages storytellers to share a time when, like Frankenstein’s creature, they have been misunderstood or their motives misinterpreted. Storytellers could also approach the theme by telling a story about when they, like Victor Frankenstein, were responsible for someone else’s behavior or very being.

Stories and language should be appropriate for a general audience. No registration is required. Please pick up a ticket at the Information Desk beginning at 6:30 pm.

This event is part of the Community Reading Program sponsored by Hiram College. The Frankenstein community reading program has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Extending Humanities Scholarship and Learning Throughout Our Community. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the national endowment for the humanities.  WKSU is the media sponsor for the program.

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Saturday, October 27 at 11:00 am and 12:00 pm: Haunted Gingerbread Houses

The Kent Free Library will again hold 2 sessions of its popular Haunted Gingerbread Houses program on Saturday, October 27 at 11:00 am and 12:00 pm.

Families with children in grades 5 and under are invited to assemble and decorate a Haunted Gingerbread House together. A donation of one bag of candy would be appreciated. There will be a limit of one house per family.

Space is limited and registration is required. Call the Youth Services Department at 330.673.4414.

Saturday, October 27 from 10:00 am – 11:00 am: Experience 3D Printing

3D PrinterSee the library’s new 3D printers in action and learn more about the 3D printing process. Drop by to watch a demonstration and discuss 3D printing with library staff and learn about public printing of 3D projects coming soon. N

o registration is required.

Sunday, October 21 at 2:00 pm: Free Concert with Efferus String Quartet

Effarus String QuartetThe Efferus String Quartet, a Kent State University graduate student chamber group, will perform a free concert on the 2nd floor balcony on Sunday, October 21 at 2:00 pm. No registration is required and all ages are welcome.

Created in March 2014, the Efferus String Quartet brings together four young professional musicians who share a deep interest in chamber music. Shortly after its foundation, the Efferus Quartet was selected by the Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra and the Teatro Libre of Bogota to participate in the 2nd Chamber Music Festival of the Teatro Libre.

In 2014 they premiered the work “Dynamics of a Meteoritre” by the young Colombian composer James Diaz, later recorded, edited and published by the National University of Colombia.

In 2014 and 2016 they attended Festiqartetos Festival where they were coached by the Miami String Quartet and the Avalon String Quartet. In 2015 and 2016 they were selected by audition to study with the Arianna String Quartet at FEMUSC in Brazil.

Recently they won a scholarship of the Master Class program of the XI International Music Festival of Cartagena to work with the Latinoamericano Quartet during the festival.

Monthly concerts at Kent Free Library are generously sponsored by the Friends of Kent Free Library.

Thursday, October 18 – Sunday, October 21: Friends of KFL Book Sale

The Friends of Kent Free Library will hold their fall book sale October 18 – 21 on the first floor of the library. For sale will be books, audiobooks, magazines, music CDs, and DVDs for adults and children that have been donated by community and that have been withdrawn from the library’s collection.

Friends of KFL members are invited to a preview sale on Thursday, October 18 from 5:00 – 9:00 pm.  Memberships may be purchased at the door and are $5 for individuals and $3 for students or seniors.

Regular sale hours are Friday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Saturday from 10:00 am – 4:00, and Sunday from 1:30 – 4:30 pm.  Cash or check are accepted.

All proceeds go to the Friends of KFL and support library programs and services.

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