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Seeking Student Musicians

boypianoStudents ages 17 and under who are currently taking musical instrument lessons are invited to play in a concert at the Kent Free Library on Saturday, May 14 at 11 a.m. All skill levels are encouraged to participate.

The concert is free and open to the public.  Registration is required by calling the Youth Services Department at 330.673.4414.

Free Concert by KSU’s Stopper Quartet

StopperQuartetEnjoy a free, all ages concert by Kent State University’s Stopper String Quartet on Saturday, April 30 at 2:00 pm.

The quartet was founded in 2014 by Tak-Kin Wong (violin), Ming-yuan Song (violin), Wing-Sun Man (viola), and Vincent Leung (cello), all of whom are pursuing their Master of Performance at KSU. They are coached by current and former members of the Miami String Quartet, including Cathy Meng Robinson, Keith Robinson and Yu Jin.

Members of the Stopper String Quartet participated in numerous music festivals throughout America including Texas Music Festival, Cincinnati Young Artists Chamber Music Festival, Kent/Blossom Music Festival, and Heartland Chamber Music Festival.

No registration is required for this free concert; however because space is limited, audience members must pick up a pass at the 2nd floor information desk beginning 30 minutes befor

Seeking Teen Volunteers for Summer

teenagersAre you interested in volunteering at Kent Free Library this summer?  The Youth Services Department is looking for volunteers to help with our Summer Reading Program.  Come to an informational meeting on Monday, April 25 at 6:00 pm.

Stay for Teen Scene at 7:00 and have fun playing life sized board games.

For students who will be entering Grades 9 to 12 in the fall of 2016.  Registration is required–contact Youth Services at 330.673.4414.

Beginning Vegetable Gardening

vegetables-742095_960_720Discover the joys of growing your own vegetables in a one hour presentation on Thursday, April 21 at 6:30 pm at the Kent Free Library.

Don Abbott of Kent Food Not Lawns will discuss everything you need to get started with a garden this summer, including plot selection (including indoors), plant families, when to plant, planting seed versus purchasing plants, and the benefits of gardening.

Attendees will receive free seed packets and will learn how to check out even more seeds from the Seed Library of the Kent Free Library.

Spaces are limited for this free program. Please register by calling the library
Information Desk at 330.673.4414.

First TEDx Event this Wednesday

tedxTED (Technology, Entertainment Design) Talks have become a popular way for people to learn about and share “ideas worth spreading.” The Kent Free Library is one of the few public libraries in Ohio that has received a TEDx program license to host TED-style events, designed to spark deep conversation and
connections at the local level.

The library’s first TEDx event, Love Your Mother—Earth Day,” will be held on Wednesday, April 20 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Watch three engaging TED Talks on bees, bats, and seed saving. After the screening, participate in a moderated discussion.

The discussion will also highlight the Kent Free Library’s own Seed Library, a free service for community members.

Spaces are limited for this free program. Please register by calling the library
Information Desk at 330.673.4414.

Be a Winner during National Library Week

transformHelp celebrate National Library Week from April 10 – 16!  This year’s theme is Libraries Transform, and we will be highlighting the ways libraries are not just about what we have for people, but what we do for and with people.

Increasingly, libraries are places of creativity where people of all ages can meet to share a hobby–crafting, music, reading, gardening–or can use the computer lab to create documents, presentations, and websites, or can meet new friends through volunteering. Libraries offer access to the tools and technology and training essential to the economic and cultural lives of our communities.

becauseShare what you have to say about the Kent Free Library by filling out a “speech bubble” at the display near the Information Desk.

And visit the library often this week, because we’ll be randomly choosing a Library Patron of Day who will be showered with applause and gifts!

The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

president-391128_960_720Families are invited to the Kent Free Library on Wednesday, April 13 at 6:30 for a presentation by popular historian Paul Goebbel on the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Goebbel will appear dressed in period attire, as he chronicles all the attempts made on Lincoln’s life up to and including John Wilkes Booth’s dramatic and successful effort.

Space is limited for this free, all-ages program. Please call the Information Desk at 330.673.4414 for reservations.

First Ever Friends of KFL Book Sale

booksCome to the Friends of the Kent Free Library’s first ever book sale on Friday, April 29 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Saturday, April 30 10:00 am – 4:00 pm!  At this inaugural “mini-sale,” the Friends will be selling withdrawn library books, including Cookbooks, Gardening Books, Juvenile Picture Books, Juvenile and Young Adult Fiction, and Adult Fiction, Mystery, and Science Fiction.  The sale will be held in the Bumphrey Room in the old Carnegie Section of the library.

All proceeds go to supporting Friends programs and activities.  Cash or check only.

Show your support for the library and become a Friend!  Fill out the application and return it to the library.  The Friends meet the third Monday of each month at 7:00 pm in the library’s 2nd floor meeting room.

Copali Plays Free Concert

Copali Main PhotoAll ages are invited to an afternoon of hands-on fun at the Kent Free Library on Sunday, April 10 at 2 p.m., when local instrumental group Copali presents a free concert with steel drums, clarinet, saxophone, guitar, bass, and percussion. Copali performs a wide variety of styles including funk, jazz, fusion, classical, Latin, rock, and more!

Copali’s musicians will give a brief history of all of their instruments and demonstrate creative ways to combine styles and instruments. They’ll also explain their exciting improvisation style, and the audience will get to join in (instruments provided)!

Copali will also be performing original music from their debut album. Do not miss your chance to hear one of Northeast Ohio’s best rising musical groups!

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.

Baseball Bonanza

baseballFamilies with children ages 3-12 years old are invited to join us on Saturday, April 2 at 11:00 am as we celebrate the start of baseball season! We will have baseball themed crafts, games, snacks and more.

Registration is required and begins one week in advance on March 26. To register call or visit the Youth Services Department.

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Kent Free Library
312 West Main Street
Kent, OH 44240
330.673.4414
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www.kentfreelibrary.org

Library Hours:

Monday 9:00-9:00
Tuesday 9:00-9:00
Wednesday 9:00-9:00
Thursday 9:00-9:00
Fridays 9:00-6:00
Saturday 9:00-5:00
Sundays 1:00-5:00

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