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“Divergent” Party for Teens

DivergentHey Teens: If you’re like us, you’ve read the book and are just waiting for the ‘Divergent’ movie to finally come out this month! Get ready for the big release by coming to a party at the library on Wednesday, March 19 at 7 p.m.

We’ll play Divergent Jeopardy, make some crafts, and have other activities to celebrate this latest teen series turned blockbuster. Teens in grades 6 – 12 are invited, and need to register  on or after Wednesday, March 12.

Odd Artists: Drama, Passion, Obsession and Tragedy

Headshot of FeliciaOn Tuesday, March 11 at 7:00 pm, Art Historian Felicia Z. Stadelman presents a fascinating look into the hidden lives of our greatest artists.  Learn some of the most outrageous tales about some of our most famous artists–all the good stuff our art history books left out!

According to Stadelman, “many of the best artists lived on the edge of chaos –where all great art is born.”  She warns that you will never view art the same way again!

No registration is required.

Topher Starzyk in Concert

Photo of TopherLocal musician Topher Starzyk returns to Kent Free Library on Sunday, March 2 at 2 pm.  Starzck began his studies at age 7, and is now a successful musician who frequently performs in Northeast Ohio and throughout the Midwest. Known as a “ragtime and classical guitarist,” Starzyck pleases audiences with a diverse repertoire, including pieces by Vivaldi and Bach as well as Gershwin and Joplin.

No registration is required for this free all-ages event and space is limited.  Please arrive a few minutes before 2 pm to get a ticket.

Outback Ray Returns March 1

large_snakeChildren of all ages and their families are are invited to see Outback Ray and his amazing animal show on Saturday March 1 at 11 am.  It will be a fun and educational morning as he brings the Outback to us!

Registration is not required. Stop by the Children’s Desk 30 minutes before the show to get boarding passes. Space is limited.

Programs for Teens!

Photo of PizzaTeens!  Get an active voice in what the library offers you!  Teens in grades 9-12 who are interested in becoming involved are invited to the next Teen Advisory Group (T.A.G.) on Sunday, February 16 from 2 – 3 pm.  Members of T.A.G. help librarians create programs, volunteer at events, organize community service projects, and provide input on how our library can better serve them.  Registration is required–call the Youth Services Department if interested.

That Wednesday at 6 pm, teens in grades 6-9 who enjoy discussing new and popular youth adult titles are invited to the teen book club, Pizza and Pages.  We’ll discuss the graphic novel Drama by Raina Telgemeier, while enjoying a pizza supper.  Registration is also required for this program. To register or request a copy of the book, please call the Youth Services Department at 330.673.4414.



Winter Wonderland Carnival

Image of a snowflakeOn  Saturday, February 15 at 11:00 am, we’ll transform the library’s Meeting Room into a winter wonderland!  Children of all ages an their families are invited to enjoy for a morning filled with carnival games, crafts and snacks.  Registration is required and begins February 8.  Please stop by or call the Youth Services Department at 330.673.4414.  Space is limited.

Free Concert by Duende in February

duendeduoEnjoy a free concert by Duende on Sunday, February 9 at 2:00 pm.

Duende is an exciting duo which combines the sounds of the classical guitar and saxophone.  A collaboration between guitarist Krystin O’Mara and saxophonist Ethan Miller, Duende represents a fresh new direction in contemporary classical music.

Enjoy a mixture of traditional classical repertoire, Spanish and Flamenco influences, Jazz, Brazilian, World Music, and contemporary compositions.  You can look forward to a highly entertaining, dynamic performance.

No registration is required for this free, all-ages concert, but space is limited.  For more information, please contact the library’s Information Desk at 330.673.4414.

Learn more about Duende


Gear up for the Olympics!

olympicsChildren ages 5 and up are invited to gear up for the Winter Olympics on Saturday, February 1, at 11:00 am.  Play games to get into the Olympic spirit, make a craft, and enjoy a snack.

Registration is required and begins Saturday, January 25. Please stop by or call the Youth Services Department at 330.673.4414.

Chinese New Year Concert, Jan. 19

Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble 3The Kent Free Library will host the Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble for a free concert celebrating the Chinese New Year on Sunday, January 19 at 2:30 p.m.

The Ensemble will present a program of graceful and festive music, including several pieces about horses, as this is the Year of the Horse, interspersed with historical Chinese stories and poems about horses.

Formed in the fall of 2008, the Ensemble plays on an assortment of traditional Chinese musical instruments, including bamboo flutes, mouth organs, fiddles, lutes, gongs, drums, cymbals, and other percussion. They even invite audience members to try out some instruments on a few numbers.

No registration is required for this all-ages program. For more information, please contact the Information Desk at 330-673-4414.

Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble 1

Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble 2

2 Upcoming Programs on Affordable Care Act

ACA_logoDo you have questions about how the Affordable Care Act will effect you?  We’re offering 2 programs in the next 2 weeks by experts who can provide some answers.

Affordable Care Act Presentation

Tuesday, January 7, 7:00 pm

Ryan Allen, franchise owner of Liberty Tax in Kent will be here to discuss the Affordable Care Act’s effect on your taxes. He will also discuss recent changes to tax laws and how social security effects your taxes.

No registration required.

Healthcare Reform and the Insurance Marketplace

Monday, January 13, 7:00
Martin P. Hauser, Chief Executive Officer of SummaCare Inc. and Chief Government Relations Officer for Summa Health System, will discuss the state and local impact of the Affordable Care Act. Hauser will cover the insurance marketplaces that opened to consumers this fall, post-reform strategies for employers, and the essential health benefits covered under the law. He’ll also answer the important question, “What happens next?”
No registration required.

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