Sunday, May 21 at 2:00 pm: Free Concert with Dog Friendly

Along with our other events for National Pet Month, we’ve invited Dog Friendly, a steel drum duo, to perform a family friendly concert!

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, May 13 at 11:00 am: Open Music Concert

Students, age 17 and under, currently enrolled in music lessons, may sign up to play a short piece in a public concert at the library. All skills levels are encouraged to participate. A piano will be available for student’s use.

Registration is required and begins on May 6. Space is limited. Everyone is encouraged to attend this event as part of the audience.

Pet Supply Drive for Portage APL

Portage APL LogoMay is National Pet Month and we are honoring our four-legged family members. Join us all month long for the festivities!

All month we are collecting much needed supplies for the Portage APL. The Portage Animal Protective League is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, dedicated to the care and welfare of the abused, abandoned, sick and injured animals that come through their doors. All of their efforts are funded through donations.

Check out the APL’s Shelter Wish List or pick up a copy at the Information Desk.

Check out the Adult Services page for weekly programs, and don’t miss a free concert on Sunday, May 21 at 2:00 pm with Dog Friendly, a steel drum duo!

Saturday, May 6 at 11:00 am: Flower Hour

Families with children ages 5-12 are invited to make a fun flower craft on Saturday, May 6 at 11:00 am. Using all kinds of materials, families can create blooms that will never wilt. Give them as gifts or use them as decorations for year-round cheer.

Registration is required by calling the Youth Services Department at 330.673.4414.

Sunday, April 23 at 2:00 pm: Free Concert with Moustache Yourself

Moustache YourselfMoustache Yourself is proud to be known as Akron, Ohio’s premier Gypsy Jazz Quartet! Gypsy jazz, also known as gypsy swing, hot club jazz, or by the French name, “Jazz Manouche,” is a style of jazz music made famous by guitarist Django Reinhardt in the 1930s. Its infectious rhythm and entrancing melodies will capture your soul and transport you to a different time and place.
This is a family friendly event. 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, April 22 from 11:00 -1:00: Life-sized Candyland

On Saturday, April 22, the Dubois Children’s Reading Room will be transformed into a life-sized version of the popular board game Candyland!

Families with children of all ages can drop in to pick up a game card and play at their own pace. No registration is required. For more information, please call Youth Services at 330.673.4414.

April 27 – 29: Friends of KFL Spring Book Sale

The Friends of Kent Free Library will hold a book sale in the Carnegie section of the library on April 27 – 29.

Fiction and all subjects of non-fiction books for children, teens, and adults will be sold, as well as CDs, DVDs, and audiobooks. Youth books are 50 cents, adult books are $1, and other media sells for $2. Purchases can be made with cash or check.

Friends Members can enjoy a preview sale on Thursday, April 27 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Memberships may be purchased at the door, and are $3 for Seniors and Students, $5 for Individuals, and $10 for Households.

Regular sale hour are Thursday, April 27 from 3:00 – 8:00 pm; Friday, April 28 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; and Saturday, April 29 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Seed Library Opens Again

Gardening enthusiasts are invited to “check out” seeds from The Seed Library of the Kent Free Library this spring. Community members may select up to 20 packets of seeds, which are arranged by type and variety in a repurposed old card catalog near the library’s Information Desk.

If gardeners have a successful crop from the seeds they “borrow,” they are encouraged to return seeds to restock the Seed Library for next year.

Community and Special Services Manager Kristen Pool notes that this is the second year the Seed Library has been open. “About 1,100 seed packets were checked out last spring,” says Pool. “11 community members returned 44 bags of seed, and High Mowing Organic Seed donated about 200 more packets.”

Volunteers from Kent Food Not Lawns, Portage County Master Gardeners, and a local 4-H group helped repackage the donations into smaller packets, which were then labled. “We have about 1,200 packets of seeds to check out this year, including 19 different kinds of heirloom tomatoes and 3 kinds of sunflowers” says Pool.

“There are plenty of vegetables and flowers that are easy to grow and to save seeds from, even for newer gardeners or those with small spaces,” says Pool. “Anyone is welcome to take any of the seeds to grow, but only experienced seed savers are encouraged to return seeds from the varieties that are more difficult to save, like turnips, kale, and cabbage.”

Stop in any time the library is open to browse the Seed Library. To borrow seeds, just complete a Check Out form. For more information, visit or call the Information Desk at 330.673.4414.

Thursday, March 23 at 6:30 pm: Plant Based Eating for Older Adults with Chef Giulia

Chef GiuliaEnjoy a program with Vegetarian/Vegan Personal Chef, Cooking Instructor and Food Coach Chef Giulia on Thursday, March 23 at 6:30 pm on the benefits and challenges of incorporating more plant-based foods into your diet.  There are health, physical, emotional, and lifestyle changes after middle age, and it is important to take one’s diet into consideration.

The focus will be on nutrient-dense, simple to prepare, tasty foods you can make in your own kitchen from common ingredients found in local groceries, with an emphasis on foods that are lower in salt, sugar, and fat, and higher in fiber and pre- and probiotics. Ideas for updating familiar recipes will be offered. Helpful resources will be provided and samples of health-providing plant-based foods will be available for tasting.

This program is for adults. Spaces are limited; registration is underway.