Friday, August 6: Summer Reading Challenge Ends

Tails and Tales

Be sure to turn in your Reading Record by 6:00 pm on Friday, August 6! 

Youth Program

Children ages 17 and under can sign up by visiting the Children’s Room or filling out the registration form. Pick up or print out a Reading Record, and 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. Read for 600 minutes/10 hours to receive a tote bag and a ticket to a Cleveland Monsters game; read for 1,200 minutes/20 hours to get a free book and a grand prize raffle drawing entry. Participants may complete one reading record.

The final day to enter is August 6. Prizewinners will be notified on or after August 9, 2021.

To wrap up the program, on Saturday, July 31 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm, families with children of all ages, are invited to a special visit from real life farm animals! Interact with chickens, ducks, rabbits, turkeys, sheep goats and more! Penguin Ice Cream will also be here from 1:00 to 3:00 pm dishing up eight different ice cream flavors and toppings! This event will be held outside in the grassy area surrounding the library parking lot. Ice cream will be available on a first come first served basis. 

Grand Prizes:

1. Care for a Critter: Choose the animal from the Akron Zoo that KFL will sponsor
2. Donation made to the Portage County Animal Protective League in the participant’s name
3. Dog Themed Prize Pack
4. Pete the Cat Themed Prize Pack
5. Dinosaur Themed Prize Pack
6. Kent Gift Card Package
7. Kent Gift Card Package #2
8. Folkmanis Fingerpuppets and Books
9. Target Gift Card
10. Message Board, Telestrations Game and BoogieBoard Prize Pack

Adult Program

But why should the kids have all the fun? Adults ages 18 can also pick up or print out a Reading Record and start recording the time spent reading in 15 minute increments. After 10 hours, bring your reading record in to receive a KFL tote bag and a coupon for $10 off your stay at an Ohio State Park campground, cabin, or lodge. Continue reading for an additional 10 hours to receive a grand prize entry in a drawing for one of 10 amazing prizes.

Super readers can continue reading to receive additional grand prize entries when they reach a total of 40 and 80 hours. In addition, turn over a new leaf by completing challenges designed to help you learn more about library services, and receive another grand prize entry (limit 4 entries).

Reading Records must be turned in by 6:00 pm on Friday, August 6.

Don’t miss the Fancy Zoom Paw-ty on Monday, August 9 at 7:00 pm.  Dress up your pet in his or her finest outfit and hop on Zoom.  Best Dressed prizes will be given for Cat, Dog, and Other Pets. Summer reading prize winners will be announced at the Party.

A party goody bag with treats for humans and their pets will be given out to the first 40 registrants (registrants must specify DOG bag or CAT bag).  Registration begins Monday, July 26 at 9:00 am.  You will be notified if you were among the recipients to receive a goody bag. Goody bags may be picked up starting July 25 up until Saturday, August 7 at 5:00 pm.  Any goody bags not picked up by then will be offered to attendees further down the list, who will be notified to come in and pick up.

Grand Prizes–Come in and see them in the display case by the Information Desk!

  1. Kent Restaurant Gift Cards: $20 gift cards to The Battleground, Erie Street Kitchen, Grazers, and The River Merchant
  2. Kent Shop Gift Cards: $20 gift cards Bent Tree Coffee Roasters, Haymaker Farmers’ Market, Off the Wagon, and Popped!
  3. Brunch in Kent Gift Cards: $20 gift cards Little City Grill, Over Easy Morning Cafe, Tree City Coffee, Wild Goats Cafe
  4. Bird Lover’s Basket: A bird feeder, puzzle, notecards, and $20 gift card to Tree City Feed
  5. Black Squirrel Lover’s Basket: T-shirt, Tote, Tumbler with straw, Travel mug, Stuffed toy, Mug, Decals, Change purse
  6. British TV: A one-year subscription to Acorn TV and a copy of James Herriot’s Favorite Dog Stories
  7. Puzzles: 6 animal-themed puzzles
  8. Writer’s Basket: Book on writing, Writers’ prompts, Mug, Tea, T-shirt, Do Not Disturb sign, Keychain
  9. A memorial/honor brick at the Portage County Animal Protective League inscribed with the name of the winner’s pet(s).
  10. Movie Night Basket: A Fire TV Stick, 2 black squirrel pint glasses,  and snacks for a movie night (2 winners)

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.



Jane Austen Society book cover

Thursday Afternoon Book Club

Meets the 2nd Thursday of the month at 2:00 to discuss popular fiction books.  On Thursday, May 13, discuss The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner.




One Flew Over the Cuckoos NestRead the Classics Book Club

Meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 to discuss classical and award winning literature.  On Tuesday, May 18, discuss One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey.




Everything Sad Is UntrueDiverse 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 Thursday, May 20, discuss Everything Sad is Untrue: A True Story by Daniel Nayeri.





Cover of Sex and VanityTreat Your Shelf Book Club

Meets the last Monday of each month at 6:30 pm to discuss popular recent books.  On Monday, June 7, discuss Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan (due to the Memorial Day holiday, May’s discussion will be pushed back one week).




Cover of RoommateBetween the Covers

This book group discusses a variety of diverse romance novels on the second Tuesday of every other month. On Tuesday, June 8, discuss The Roommate by Rosie Danan.


Monday, March 15: Seed Library Opens

The library’s Seed Library will open with hundred of varieties of vegetable, herb, and flowers seeds available for free to all community members.  A library card is not required to check out seeds.

The collection is made up of seeds that community members donated from vegetables and flowers they grew in their gardens last year, and also from seeds donated to the library from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, High Mowing Organic Seeds, and Seed Savers Exchange.  Seeds have been repackaged into envelopes containing about enough seeds to plant a 10′ row.

The collection is located in an old card catalog on the first floor of the library, around the corner from the Information Desk.  Seeds are organized by type of seed in each drawer and specific varieties rubberbanded together.

To check out seeds, visit the library and flip through the Growing Guide for available varieties or browse through the drawers containing the seeds.  Note that supplies of seeds are limited and first come-first served.  Not all varieties may be available throughout the planting season.  Choose up to 20 packets, no more than 2 packets of any variety.  Then just fill out a Check Out form and return it to the Information Desk.

Find information on how to plant seeds in the Growing Guide or check out the many books the library has on gardening.

If you have a successful harvest, please bring seeds back to the library October 2021 – January 2022 to help replenish the collection.  Information about saving seeds is available in the Growing Guide, and the library also has several books on seed saving.

The Seed Library will remain open until July 1.



Season’s Readings Winter Reading Program

Celebrate the winter by reading! Youth ranging in age from birth to 17 are invited to participate in our Winter Reading Program!
Participants may visit the library to pick up a Season’s Readings record. Each record has strips of paper for you to write the titles of books you read between December 1, 2020 and February 26, 2021. Fill in your name and phone number on the back of the slips of paper. Once you’ve completed an entire page of strips, bring it back to the library.
Each completed strip will be added to our Season’s Readings paper chain at the library; and will be entered to win a grand prize! Grand prizes include two Amazon Kindles and $25 Target gift cards. Participants may complete as many strips as they would like between December 1, 2020 and February 26, 2021.
Participants may only have one record at a time. On March 1, 2021 there will be a Facebook Live event where we randomly select eight strips from the chain as the grand prize winners of the program! Each participant can only win one grand prize.

December: Holiday Programs

The Youth Services librarians will offer several virtual programs to get ready for the holiday. Registration is required for each and begins one week in advance. Attendees will receive an email containing a Zoom link and password and a list of any supplies needed to participate. Please try to log in five to seven minutes prior to the program to make sure your technology is working.

Holiday Craft SuppliesHoliday Tales and Treats
Tuesdays, December 1, 8, and 15 at 4:00 pm
Children entering kindergarten through 2nd grade are invited to a holiday edition of Virtual Tales and Treats! Grab a snack, some drawing supplies, and get ready for a great holiday tale, Ryan Tubridy’s The First Christmas Sweater.

Books and Cooks
Monday, December 14 at 4:00 pm
Children ages 6 to 12 can make Puppy Chow!


Elf School
December 14 through the 18
Preschool through 3rd grade can master the skills it takes to be an elf with new training videos released each day at 4:00 pm on the library’s Facebook page & YouTube channel! The final Elf School will be a live Zoom meeting with a holiday costume contest, presentation of participants’ official elf name, and more!

Holiday Story Time Live on Facebook
Tuesday, December 15 at 7:00 pm
Visit our Facebook page to watch our LIVE holiday story time! Enjoy songs, stories, flannel boards and even a visit from Santa!

Ready, Set, Art!
Wednesday, December 16 at 6:30 pm
Students in kindergarten through 3rd grade are invited to create two different pop-up cards! Registrants will receive a list of supplies they’ll need to collect.

Make and Take Craft Kit
Beginning Monday, December 7
Families with children in 6th grade and under can stop by the Children’s Room to pick up a craft kit to take home! Choose from a Christmas option or a seasonal option. Kits are available on a first come first serve basis.

New Year’s Eve Family Fun Pack
Beginning Monday, December 21
Families with children in 6th grade and under are invited to pick up a New Year’s Eve Fun Pack in the Children’s Room! Packs will include noise makers, a craft, a fun recipe and other supplies to make your New Year’s Eve a blast! Packs are available on a first come first serve basis.

Season’s Readings: Winter Reading Program
December 1, 2020 – February 26, 2021
Celebrate the winter by reading! Participants from birth to age 17 are invited to participate in our Winter Reading Program!

Participants may visit the library to pick up a Winter Reading Record. Each record has strips of paper for you to write the titles of books you read. Fill in your name and phone number on the back of the slips of paper. Once you’ve completed an entire page of strips, bring it back to the library. Participants may complete as many strips as they would like, but may only have one (1) record at a time.

Each completed strip will be added to our Season’s Readings Paper Chain at the library; and will be entered to win a grand prize! Winners will be randomly selected from the paper chain during a Facebook Live event on March 1, 2021. Grand Prizes include an Amazon Kindle and $25 Target gift cards. Each participant can only win one (1) Grand Prize.

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.

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.

December 26: Last Day for Acme Community Cashback Receipts

If you’ve been saving your Acme receipts that show Community Cashback for purchases of selected products, now is the time to bring them in!  Receipts must be dated on or before December 26 to be valid.  We will continue to collect receipts for a few days after the 26th.  Return receipts at the Check Out Desk.

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.