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Fashions of the Titanic

DSCN2174We are pleased to welcome back popular guest speaker Laura Loew on Tuesday, June 23 at 6:30 pm for another presentation on the history of fashion. This time, Loew will discuss what the First Class passengers on the Titanic were wearing, and will bring examples of original antique clothing and

Learn how Edwardians elevated ladies’ dressmaking to a fine art, with extravagant materials such as silk, velvet, beading, and lace.

Registration is required. Please contact the Information Desk at 330.673.4414.

Free Movie Friday

movie-ticketCome watch a free family-friendly movie in the library’s air-conditioned Meeting Room at 3:00 pm on Friday, June 19. No registration is required.

Due to licensing restrictions, we can’t tell you what movie we’ll show, but we can give you a hint:  The movie is about an orphaned piglet who is adopted by a mother sheep dog and decides to learn the ways of his new family. With the support of his fellow farm animals, this little piggy will do amazing things!

For more information, please call Youth Services at 330.673.4414

Neverland Fairies and Pirates Party

neverlandFamilies with children ages 3 to 12 are invited to a Neverland Fairies and Pirates Party on Saturday, June 13 at 11:00 am.  Enjoy games, crafts, and snacks featuring Tinker Bell and Captain Hook!

Registration is required and begins Saturday, June 6. Please call the library at 330.673.4414. Space is limited.

Fit, Fun and Frolic!

Kids-exercisingToddlers and preschoolers love to bounce and wiggle!  On Friday, June 12 at 11:00 am, children ages 5 and under with their favorite adult are invited to a program of popular children’s music and movement especially for the young child, presented by Morrison Dance Company.

Registration is required and begins Friday, June 5. Please call the library at 330.673.4414. Space is limited.

Shade Gardening with Kent Food Not Lawns

vegetablesJust because you have a shady yard doesn’t mean you can’t grow food. Come to a presentation on Wednesday, June 10 at 7:00 pm by Kent Food Not Lawns to learn about fruits and vegetables that are perfect for a shady bed.  Free seed packets will be given to all who participate.

To register, please call the library at 330.673.4414; spaces are limited.

Cleveland Museum of Art “Art To Go” Series Continues

armorOn Wednesday, June 3 at 6:30, see real pieces of armor used by Medieval knights and Renaissance noblemen, right here at the library!  Staff and trained volunteers from the Cleveland Museum of Art will bring genuine art objects from the museum’s collection that can be touched and sometimes tried on, including a breastplate, a gauntlet, a piece of chain mail, a vambrace and a close helmet!

All ages are invited to this exciting event.  Registration is required and begins May 6–contact the Information Desk.

Enhance your experience by reviewing the museum’s resource packet before the presentation.

Summer Reading Program Underway

BamPowReadThe Kent Free Library’s Summer Reading Program is underway, with reading incentives, contests, and events for all ages. In keeping with this year’s theme of Every Hero Has a Story, programs will feature local heroes like the Kent Kiwanis and the Ben Curtis Family Foundation, as well individuals in the community.

Children entering grades K – 5 sign up in the Dubois Children’s Reading Room to receive their reading record.  Time spent reading earns prizes, and Super Readers earn a static cling sticker, a place on the Super Reader Hall of Fame, and a free book.  Kids also earn votes in the 6th annual Care for a Critter Contest, to choose which animal the library will sponsor at the Akron Zoo.

“The support we’ve received from the Kent Kiwanis has enabled us to reward kids who participate this summer in some special ways,” says Youth Services Manager Shelley Hall. In addition to earning cling stickers and free books, thanks to sponsorship from the Kent Kiwanis, kids can attend a spectacular finale at the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center, featuring magician Jason Alan.

The library also offers a program for teen readers, for which they earn a scratch off ticket for every 2 books they read, with a chance to win coupons from local businesses.  Each ticket is also an entry in a grand prize drawing at the end of the summer.

ASDSRP2Adults can register for their own program at the Information Desk, and earn entries into drawings for amazing prizes when they read books or attend programs.

Many activities and events are scheduled, including the annual kids’ photo contest; crafts for kids, teens, and adults; story times, including 2 new family story times. Heroes in the community will lead one of the new story times.

Adult Services Manager Melissa Ziminsky says that this summer’s program provides many opportunities to have fun, learn, and give back to the community.

“Adults can participate by reading and coming to programs, but also by giving back to the community,” says Ziminsky. “We’re partnering with the Ben Curtis Family Foundation for our ‘Be a Hero: Donate!’ program.” Bring sample-sized toiletries to the Information Desk, and through the Ben Curtis Family Foundation, they will be given to children in need in our community.

For more information about the Summer Reading Program or to view the complete schedule of events, visit or stop by the library for a flier.

Visit the Summer Reading Program page for more information and watch Children’s Upcoming Events or Adult Upcoming Events for details about our many programs.

Family Fitness Program

Family-fit-campChildren in preschool through 5th grade and their favorite grown up are invited to join us for 1-hour of fun fitness in the meeting room on Saturday, May 30, starting at 2:00 pm!
This fun family class will be taught by Lisa J. Kelleman-McClain, certified personal trainer. Registration is required and begins one week in advance. Space is limited.

Magic Tree House Party

mth_website1Families with children ages 3 to 12 are invited to a Magic Tree House Party on Saturday, May 23 at 11:00 am.  Travel back in time with Jack and Annie with games, crafts, and more!

Registration is required and begins on May 16. Please call the Dubois Children’s Reading Room at 330.673.4414.

Elephant and Piggie Party

elephant-piggie_6135Families with children ages 12 and under who love children’s author Mo Willem’s Elephant and Piggie books are invited to a party on Saturday, May 16 at 11 am.

There will be snacks, crafts and themed games, celebrating everyone’s favorite best friends.

Registration is required. Please call the Dubois Children’s Reading Room at 330.673.4414.

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Tuesday 9:00-9:00
Wednesday 9:00-9:00
Thursday 9:00-9:00
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