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Saturday, January 27 at 11:00 am: Hairspray Singalong

Musical fans in grades 6-12 are invited to  a sing-along party featuring songs from the upbeat movie musical Hairspray on Saturday, January 27 at 11:00 am! Belt out tunes along with the movie and enjoy musical-related activities.

Call the Youth Services Department at 330.673.4414 to register.

Thursday, January 25 at 10:30 am and 4:00 pm: Winter Wonderland Dance Party

Get out of the cold and warm up with high energy dancing on Thursday, January 25. Families with children ages 2 through 4 dance at 10:30 am; children in Kindergarten through 3rd grade dance at 4:00 pm.

Each dance party will last approximately 45 minutes and takes place in the meeting room, which will be decorated with a snowy theme.

Call the Youth Services Department at 330.673.4414 to register.

Wednesday, January 24 at 7:00 pm: Kent Architect Charles Kistler

The Kent Historical Society will present a program on famous Kent architect Charles Kistler on Wednesday, January 24 at 7:00 pm.

Kent architect Doug Fuller and Historian-in-Residence Rober DiPaolo will share stores about Kistler’s life, work, and his lasting impact on our town.  An eclectic designer, Kistler was the architect of the L.N. Gross Building on Gougler, the Kent Theatre block, the original Roosevelt High School, and the Bissler Block at Main and North River Streets.

No registration is required for this free program.

Monday, January 22 at 6:30 pm: Sustainable Film Series

The City of Kent Sustainability Commission and Standing Rock Cultural Arts are co-sponsoring a series of free monthly films at the Kent Free Library.  A short discussion will follow each screening.

The first is a film by local filmmakers Blue Hole Productions about a journey up the Cuyahoga River to explore northeast Ohioans relationship to the river. Three local filmmakers walk the river from Lake Erie to the headwaters. The documentary seeks to examine how people live within the Cuyahoga watershed today, and how a river might represent them.

Due to licensing restrictions, the library cannot publish the title of films.

No Registration is required.

Sunday, January 21 at 2:00 pm: Free Concert by Kerry Kean Trio

Enjoy a free, all-ages concert by the Kerry Kean Trio!  The Trio plays a wide range of music in the country vein, including classic and modern country songs, along with bluegrass, Cajun and original tunes.

Members of the group share a variety of musical backgrounds and experience, also playing in the Americana group The Bee String Band and the blues and swing band The Hot Potatoes. The Trio came together as a result of a shared love of all kinds of country music, and their joy in playing this kind of music shows in every performance.

No registration is required; however because space is limited, audience members must pick up a pass at the 2nd floor Information Desk beginning 30 minutes before the event.

Saturday, January 20 at 2:00 pm: Teddy Bear Tea

Children ages 4 through 10 are invited to bring their favorite teddy bears (or dolls or other stuffed animals) to an afternoon tea.  Enjoy a delightful afternoon with tea, snacks, and fun activities. Children are welcome to dress in their tea party best.

To register, call the Youth Services Department at 330.673.4414. Space is limited.

Monday, January 15: Library Closes for MLK, Jr. Day

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the library will be closed to the public on Monday, January 15.  Staff will be in the building for an inservice day.

As always when the library is closed, no items will be due and no fines will be accrued on overdue items.  For convenience, items may be returned using the drive through or in the drop to the left of the parking lot doors.

The library will open with regular hours on Tuesday, January 16 at 9:00 am.

Saturday, January 13 at 2:00 pm: Miyazaki Movie Club

Drawing of MiyazakiHayao Miyazaki fans of all ages are invited to the first meeting of a new club! Each month, the club will watch and discuss a feature film that he’s written and directed. Attendees will receive a collectible pin at each meeting.

In order to find out the title of each month’s movie, as well as the movie’s rating and intended audience, please call the Youth Services Department at 330.673.4414.

No registration is required, but space is limited, so boarding passes will be passed out in the DuBois Children’s Reading Room starting at 1:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 13 at 11:00 am: Ballet Excel Ohio Performs

Ballet Excel Ohio dancingMembers of Ballet Excel Ohio, an all youth dance group, provide a sneak peak of “The Magic Flute,” an original ballet choreographed by Erich Yetter based on the opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, for children of all ages at the Kent Free Library on Saturday, January 13 at 11:00 am.

“The Magic Flute” shares the adventures of Prince Tamino and Princess Pamina, along with their crafty companions, Papageno and Papagena. Together they must survive trials, romantic complications, and the scheming Queen of the Night.

Ballet Excel will perform the full ballet at the Akron Civic Theater in March.

No registration is required, but space is limited, so boarding passes will be passed out in the DuBois Children’s Reading Room starting at 10:30 a.m. For more information, please call Youth Services at 330.673.4414.

Tuesday, January 9 at 6:30 pm: How To Play Board Games

Board Game on Table

The library offers “How-To Tuesdays” this winter. Learn a fun new hobby, a life skill, or some health tips. The first on Tuesday, January 9 at 6:30 pm is How To Play Board games, led by members of the Kent Board Gaming Club.

Learn what games work best for adult gamers and how you can plan an amazing game night with your friends and family.

This program is for adults. To register, please call the Information Desk at 330.673.4414.

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