Sunday, August 25 at 2:00 pm: Meet Actor Bill Blair, Co-Sponsored by Sock It To Me

Photos of Bill BlairMeet Bill Blair, Guinness World Book Record holder for ‘most special effect make-up characters portrayed in a career.’ Bill is a Kent native, KSU graduate, and actor who specializes in playing aliens from other worlds.

Blair has appeared on Babylon 5 and Star Trek: Deep Space 9. In addition, he has been in Sliders, as well as Star Trek: Voyager, Enterprise, The X-Files, The Invisible Man, Drew Carey, Family Law, The District, Crossing Jordan, Providence, King of Queens, Will and Grace, Yes, Dear!, Friends, Desperate Housewives, Criminal Minds, and as a regular on The Division and the HBO Series Carnivale. More recently, Bill has appeared in Blades of Glory, Saving Grace, Justified, Raising Hope, iCarly, The Defenders, How I Met Your Mother, NCIS, and Mad Men.

Blair will discuss how he came to be such a prolific actor, his experiences on set and at conventions, and what it is like to sit for 3 hours while having artists paint, glue, and spray him with various substances to turn him into aliens and other fantastic creatures. Bill will also bring memorabilia and photographs from some of his gigs.

This program is cosponsored by Sock It To Me; attendees are encouraged to donate pairs of new socks to be given to those in need.

No registration is required for this free program. All ages are welcome; 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, contact Adult Services at 330.673.4414.

Thursday, August 22 at 7:00 pm: The Fairy Tale of the Wizard of Oz

Cast of Wizard of OzIn honor of the 80th Anniversary of the 1939 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios film ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ Professor Don-John Dugas from Kent State University will discuss the symbols in this iconic American fairy tale.

No registration is required. This program is for ages 18+. For more information, please contact Adult Services at 330.673.4414.

Monday, August 19: Fall Story Times Begin!

The library’s next 14-week story time session begins on Monday, August 19.  The library offers 6 weekly stories times for babies through preschoolers, and also has story times for children of all ages.  Story times are led by early-literacy trained librarians and include movement, music, and of course stories.

Other programs for children also begin in August, including craft programs, reading to therapy dogs, Pokemon Club, activities for middle schoolers, the popular Tween Zone, and several exciting special events.

See the Children’s Events calendar for a full list.

Thursday, August 15 at 7:00 pm: Between the Covers Romance Book Group

August is Read-a-Romance month, and the Kent Free Library is celebrating by launching a new romance book group, Between the Covers. The first meeting will be Thursday, August 15 at 7:00 at Tree City Coffee.

The theme of the first meeting is “Ohio Reads!” Fall in love with Ohio by reading a romance novel set in Ohio, like romantic comedy “Waiting for Tom Hanks” by Kerry Winfrey or sweet romance “Take a Chance” by Shelley Shepard Gray, or a book by an Ohio author, like Lori Foster’s erotic “Fighting Dirty” or Karen Harper’s romantic suspense “Chasing Shadows.”


Contact a librarian for more recommendations, or feel free to read a favorite on any theme and join in the fun discussion.

No registration is required. This program is for adults ages 18+. Refreshments are not provided but are available for purchase. No purchase is necessary to attend the program. For more information, contact Adult Services at 330.673.4414.

Wednesday, Aug. 14 from 2:00 – 7:00 pm: American Red Cross Blood Drive

Please help us make our first ever blood drive successful! Whether you’re a regular donor or a first timer, give in the convenient and comfortable library!  Donors will be eligible to receive a free $5 voucher for Amazon in their email!

The Red Cross has an Emergency Need for all blood types.

To schedule, please either go to; use the Red Cross Blood Donor App on your mobile device and enter Sponsor Code Kent; or call 1.800.RED.CROSS (1.800.733.2767). Walkins are welcome, although scheduling is encouraged.

Thursday, August 8 at 7:00 pm: Meet Author Elizabeth Mowers

MowersTo celebration national “Read a Romance” month, local romance author and Kent State University alum, Elizabeth Mowers, will speak about her new book, A Promise Remembered.  Mowers will describe the challenges of writing while in the being a mother, her journey to getting published, and her upcoming projects.

Copies of her book will be available for purchase and signing. No registration is required. This program is for adults ages 18+.

For more information, contact Adult Services at 330.673.4414.

Sunday, August 4 at 2:00 pm: Free Concert with Greenman-Roberts Duo

Greenman Playing ViolinEnjoy a free, all-ages concert of eclectic music with the Greenman-Roberts Duo! Concerts are performed on the 2nd floor balcony, so music may be enjoyed throughout the library. Limited seating is available on the balcony.

The Greenman-Roberts Duo is Steven Greenman on violin and Tom Roberts on piano. Their diverse repertoire includes brilliant violin showpieces by the famed concert violinist David Rubinoff; passionate Gypsy violin music; tantalizing tangos; original klezmer compositions by Steven Greenman; evocative Jewish chamber works by the early 20th century composers of the Society for Jewish Folk Music; and more.

No registration is required. Concerts are generously supported by the Friends of Kent Free Library.

Thursday, August 1 at 7:00 pm: Seed Saving Workshop

Whether you started your garden with the intention of saving seeds or not, there is still time to harvest seeds.  Learn which of your vegetables, herbs, and flowers you can save seeds from, and how to successfully harvest, clean, and get them ready to use again next year. Also learn how to plan now to overwinter some plants so you can harvest seeds in the spring. Donating seeds to the library’s Seed Library will also be discussed.

This program is for all ages, but children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required. For more information, contact Adult Services at 330.673.4414.

Thursday, July 25 at 7:00 pm: Explore the Moon and Stars

Footprint on moonCelebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing! Watch video footage of the famous first step on the big screen and explore the universe virtually using a variety of fun and educational apps and devices.

This program is for adults 18 and up. No registration required. For more information, contact Adult Services at 330.673.4414.