UPDATE: THE LIBRARY WILL NOW BE CLOSED ALL DAY. Due to the inclement weather and hazardous road conditions from the winter storm, the library will be closed on Monday, January 17, 2022.

Sunday, Jan. 16 at 2:00 pm: Concert Series: Blues musician Austin Walkin’ Cane

Northeast Ohio blues musician Austin Walkin’ Cane has performed nationally and internationally, and was the winner of the 2009 Memphis Blues Challenge. Enjoy listening to Austin Walkin’ Cane perform original and classic delta blues featuring slide guitar and soulful vocals. No registration required. All ages are welcome. The concert will be held on the second floor balcony.

The Concert Series is supported by the Friends of Kent Free Library.

Wednesday, Jan. 12 at 7:00 pm: Learn a Hobby: 3D Print Class: Personalized Keychains

3D PrinterGet and overview of how 3D printing works and learn how to use Tinkercad, a free online 3D software program, to customize a keychain that will be printed out for you to pick up by the next week. Attendees should have basic computer skills, including using the mouse, navigating a website, and using the keyboard. Registration required and begins Wednesday, December 29. For adults 18+

Wednesday, January 5 at 4:00 pm: Loomineers Knitting Group

Join us this winter to learn how to knit your own hat! Looms, tools, and yarn will be provided to participants. Come each week and we will progress through the pattern together. When ready, participants will bind-off their hats and be able to wear them home! Any knitters in grades 3 through 8 that want to bring a project from home to work on with the group, are welcome to join as well!

Register for January 5.

When registering, you are registering for the entire session. Masks are required for all Youth Services programming for participants ages 2 and up. 

Do Good December

In the spirit of giving, most programs and activities for adults in December are designed to help benefit others.

Enjoy playing Holiday Trivia on Game Night, Tuesday, December 28 at 7:00 pm.  The winner(s) will get to choose a charity to receive a donation.

Creative Crafters will make 2 pet toys on Wednesday, December 29 at 6:30 pm–one to donate to the Portage APL and one to take home to your own special cat or dog.  Register starting December 15.

Stop by the Information Desk area for 4 more ways to Do Good:

  • Wall of Kindness.  Write a kind and encouraging message to post on the wall to share with the community.
  • Read-a-Like Bookmarks.  Share your love of reading by creating a bookmark listing a popular book you’ve read and recommendations for similar books.  We’ll put your bookmark into the book to help fellow readers discover new titles.
  • Use one of our cards to send a holiday greeting to a veteran staying at Freedom House in Kent.
  • Help Kent kids enjoy healthy meals and snacks by donating non-perishable food items for the Ben Curtis Foundation Birdie Bags.  Donations needed include individually wrapped granola bars, fruit snacks, instant oatmeal, ramen noodles, and mac and cheese boxes.