Monday, November 2: Regular Library Hours Resume

clock showing 9:00Starting Monday, November 2, the library will resume regular hours, which are:

Monday – Thursday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Hours had been shortened an hour during the week and the library had not had Sunday hours since reopening after the March closure due to Covid-19.

The library will continue to operate under “Express” service, which means that patrons are encouraged to spend no more than one hour in the building per day, and computer use is also limited to one hour. All soft seating has been removed and remaining seating has been configured for social distancing. Conference and study rooms are not available. As per state and city mandates, masks are required by all patrons and staff while in the building.

Virtual Book Clubs

While public gatherings remain limited, librarians are still leading lively book discussion groups on Zoom!  The library offers 6 different groups that discuss a variety of genres.  Participants can pick up a copy of the book for most of the groups at the Check Out desk a few weeks before the discussion; some books may also be found in digital format.

To come to a group, register for it on the Adult Upcoming Events page.  You’ll receive an email confirmation containing a Zoom link.  When the meeting starts, just click on the link in your email.  You do not need to have Zoom software on your computer.  To participate fully, you will need a web camera and a microphone; if you do not, you will be able to see and hear the discussion, but not be seen or heard.

Monday Morning Book Group

Meets the first Monday of the month at 11:00 am to discuss popular recent books.  On November 2, discuss The Library Book by Susan Orlean.

Thursday Book Club

Meets the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm to discuss popular recent books.  On November 12, discuss Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe by Heather Webber.

Read the Classics Book Club

Meets the 3 Tuesday of each month at 7:00 to discuss classical and award winning literature.  On November 17, discuss Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls.

Diverse Voices Book Club

Meets the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7:00 to discuss books from authors who have been historically sidelined due to discrimination.  On November 19, discuss The Round House by Louise Erdrich.

Treat Your Shelf Book Club

Meets the last Monday of each month at 6:30 pm to discuss popular recent books.  On November 30, discuss Inland by Tea Obreht.

Between the Covers Book Club

This group meets every other month on the 2nd Tuesday at 6:30 pm to discuss and share recommendations for romance books.  On December 8, discuss The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler.


Wednesdays at 4:00 pm: Minecraft Streaming on Zoom

Minecraft worldStudents in grades 1 through 6 can help us create our own Minecraft world. Participants will teach Miss Caylee, a complete Minecraft beginner, how to set things up and have input as to how she plays the game.

Registration is required on the Youth Upcoming Events page for each week’s program.  You will receive an email at 4:00 pm the afternoon of the program containing a Zoom link and password to join the virtual program. We suggest logging in five to seven minutes prior to the start time to make sure your technology is working.

2020 Kent Free Library Pumpkin Showcase

Jack O LanternsPatrons of all ages are invited to participate in the 2020 Kent Free Library Pumpkin Showcase! Send a photo of your carved or decorated pumpkin to [email protected] by Friday, October 23, 2020 to enter. Include the participant’s full name (first and last), if the creator is an adult or child, and a phone number. All photo submissions will be showcased on the Kent Free Library’s social media during the week of October 26 – October 31, 2020.

Acme Community Cashback Returns

Save your Acme receipts from August 6 through December 26 that show Community Cashback for purchases of selected products to help the library earn cash!

Last year we earned $716.44, which helped expand our Board Game Collection!

Eligible brands:

Monday, July 27: SearchOhio Reopens for Requests

When libraries closed due to the pandemic in March, SearchOhio also ceased operations.  SearchOhio is a statewide service that connects dozens of libraries together in order to allow patrons access to over 10 million items.  Patrons may search for items in the consortia catalog, place holds, and request to have materials delivered to their home library within a couple weeks.

SearchOhio is a great way to get items that are not available within the Portage Library Consortia, especially because it includes many large systems, including Cuyahoga County Public Library, Akron-Summit County Public Library, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Warren-Trumbull County Library, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Toledo Public Library, and more.


Monday, June 22: Library Express Phase Begins

Library Reopens to Public with Precautions

On June 22, the library will transition from curbside pickup to Library Express service. We are excited to welcome the community back inside the library. During this phase, the building will reopen to the public with precautions in place to promote the continued safety of the community and library staff. Limited and essential library services will be available. This is the next step in our gradual return to full service.

Library Hours:

9:00 to 10:00 am each day is reserved for senior citizens and other high-risk visitors.

Monday – Thursday 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday Closed

The library will maintain curbside service for those uncomfortable entering the library.  The drive-thru window will reopen for hold pick up.

Stay Safe Guidelines When Visiting the Library:

We encourage responsible use of the library that will help everyone stay safe.

• Limit your visit to essential library tasks and stay no longer than one hour
• Masks are required indoors in the City of Kent
• Stay at home if you, or someone in your household, is sick or has COVID-19 symptoms
• Enter the library using the parking lot entrance
• Main Street entrance will be exit only
• Follow social distancing floor decals and signs at public service desks
• Keep a distance of at least 6 feet from others
• Use hand sanitizing stations
• Children ages 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult
• Building capacity is limited to 150 people, including staff, at one time
• Sanitizing wipes are available for public computers

Services Available:

  • Get a library card
  • Browse and check out library materials
  • Pick up holds – NEW self-serve hold pick up inside lobby
  • Return library materials
  • Make copies and scan documents
  • Use a computer – limited to one, one hour session per day
  • Use self-checkout to check on account, pay fines, or borrow materials
  • Drop off Summer Reading Adventure prize entries
  • Read newspapers and magazines
  • Speak to staff in-person about your account, to place holds, or to ask questions
  • Request 3D printing service
  • Library @Your Door service will begin Thursday, July 2

The Following Services Are Unavailable at This Time:

  • In-person programs
  • Study, conference, or meeting room use or reservations
  • Office supplies for patron use (stapler, scissors, tape, pens, pencils, paperclips)
  • Library telephones for patron use
  • Toys, puzzles, puppets, game computers, or play spaces in Children’s Room
  • One on one assistance at computers, with devices, or at copiers and printers
  • Water fountains
  • Donations of books or other library materials

Decisions about when the library will resume in-person programs will be made as more information becomes available from local and state officials and it is deemed safe to do so.

Safety Measures Put in Place by the Library:

  • Staff is required to wear masks
  • Staff perform a daily self-assessment of symptoms, including temperature, and do not report to work if sick
  • Returned library materials are quarantined for 72 hours
  • Protective barriers have been installed at public service desks
  • Social distancing floor decals have been installed
  • Increased sanitizing of high touch surfaces and common areas
  • Computers have been removed or rearranged to allow appropriate social distance
  • Furniture has been removed or rearranged to promote social distancing

Amendment to the Patron Behavior Policy:

Behavior that is deemed as threatening others with exposure to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) virus, or other pandemics, will result in eviction from the library and could be subject to criminal charges under Ohio law.

Approved by the Board of Trustees on June 11, 2020

Curbside Service

To use Curbside Service, first, place the materials you would like on Hold. Holds may be placed using the library’s catalog or mobile app; by calling the library or emailing your requests to [email protected]; by using our new chat service, available in the lower right corner of our homepage during library hours; or using our new recommendations form, which is useful if you don’t have any specific titles in mind.

Second, watch your account or wait for a phone, email, or text notice that your holds are available.  You have seven days from when you are notified to pick up your holds.

Third, arrive at the library at least 15 minutes before closing and park in one of the marked spaces in the parking lot. Call the library at 330-673-4414 option 5 and provide your name, last four digits of library card number, and parking spot number. Then open your trunk.

Once you are back in your vehicle, a library staff member will bring a bag with your holds to your vehicle and place them in the trunk. If your trunk is not open, staff will leave the bag next to your vehicle. For your safety, and the safety of our staff, we ask that you remain in your vehicle while staff is delivering your items. If you do not have a cell phone, please call before leaving home and provide an estimated time of arrival.

If you walk or bicycle to the library or ride the bus, wait by the bench to the right of the parking lot entrance and call the library. A staff member will bring your bag outside for you to retrieve once the staff member has reentered the building.

Please note that staff will not be able to accept your returns—please use the drive through or the return bins to the left of the parking lot doors. Staff also cannot accept money for fines at curbside; if you cannot come into the building, please pay fines using your online account at this time.

Friday, July 31: Summer Reading Adventures Ends!

Be sure to return your Reading Record(s) to the library, either by dropping it off at the youth or adult information desks or emailing.

In case you haven’t recorded the reading you’ve done since June 15 yet, here are the rules:

The adventure is available for all ages, encourages contactless participation from home, and offers chances to enter raffle drawings for prizes. Reading records are available below for you to print at home. Prizewinners will be notified and may pick up prizes on or after August 1.

Three Easy Steps to Get Started:

  • Print the appropriate Reading Record for each participant
  • Start reading or listening
  • Follow the directions on the reading record to enter grand prize raffles

(Birth – Entering Grade 12)

Download the Kids Reading Record

Once you have printed your reading record, begin recording the amount of time you spend reading or that someone reads to you. Listening to audiobooks also counts!

Each space on the reading record equals ten (10) minutes of reading. Color one space for every ten (10) minutes spent reading. When a reader reaches the halfway point (600 minutes/10 hours) and completes the reading record (1,200 minutes/20 hours) they get to enter the grand prize raffle drawing. To enter the raffle, scan your completed reading record, or take a photo of the reading record, and email it to: [email protected] Completed entries may also be returned to the Summer Reading Adventure drop box when the library reopens.

Participants may complete one reading record from June 15-July 31. The final day to enter is July 31. Prizewinners will be notified on or after August 1, 2020.


Prize 1: Kent gift cards: Popped, Dunkin Donuts, Chipotle, Off the Wagon
Prize 2: Kent gift cards: Tree City, Chipotle, Off the Wagon, Dairy Queen
Prize 3: Care for a Critter: the winner of this prize will choose which animal the library will sponsor at the Akron Zoo
Prize 4: Imagine Your Story @ Home: playdough, puzzles, sidewalk chalk, bubbles and a board game
Prize 5: Dragons: dragon puppet and Dragons Love Tacos books 1 and 2
Prize 6: Disney+ one year subscription
Prize 7: Kiwi Crate subscription (6 months)
Prize 8: Midway Drive-In Movies: carload passes and candy basket
Prize 9: $50 Target gift card
Prize 10: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

Ages 18+

Download the Adult Reading Record

Once you have printed a reading record, begin recording the titles of books that you read. Listening to audiobooks counts too! When you finish five (5) books, it’s time to enter the grand prize raffle drawing. To enter the raffle drawing, scan your completed reading record, or take a photo of the reading record, and email it to: [email protected] Completed entries may be returned to the Summer Reading Adventure drop box when the library reopens.

Adult participants may complete as many reading records as they wish between June 15-July 31. The final day to enter is July 31. Prizewinners will be notified on or after August 1, 2020.


Prize 1: Puzzle lovers gift basket
Prize 2: Games and Goblets gift basket
Prize 3: 1 year Acorn TV Subscription and tea set
Prize 4: Writer’s gift basket
Prize 5: $100 in Kent area Gift Cards: Bent Tree Coffee Roasters, Erie St. Kitchen, Handcrafted in Kent, Haymaker Farmers’ Market, Red Letter Days

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Digital Collection: Overdrive (Ohio Digital Library)

Access thousands of ebooks, digital audiobooks, and magazines with your KFL card through the Ohio Digital Library!  Simply get the Libby (by Overdrive) App on your smartphone, tablet, Kindle Fire, or Desktop computer, search for Kent Free Library (Ohio Digital Library), and log in with your library card number.

You can search for a particular author or title, browse by genre, or select from lists of recommendations.  As with popular books in our physical  collection, some titles might be checked out and require placing a hold; but you can also limit your search to “Available” and find many titles to check out immediately!  For other immediately available ebooks and digital audiobooks, check out our Hoopla service!

Check outs are for 21 days and you can have 10 items on your card at one time.