Tuesday, February 19 at 6:00 pm: Environmental Film Series

EarthThe Kent Sustainability Commission and the Kent Free Library present an environmental film series.  Screening are free and open to the public.  No registration is required.

Due to licensing restrictions, titles of films may not be publicized; tonight’s film sets out to showcase alternative and creative ways of viewing agriculture, economics, energy and education.

For the title, please contact the Kent Free Library Information Desk at 330.673.4414.


Monday, February 18 at 7:00 pm: Friends of KFL Annual Meeting

All those interested in supporting the Kent Free Library are invited to the Annual Meeting of the Friends.  Review the group’s accomplishments in 2018, and learn about volunteer opportunities as well as plans for programs and services in 2019.  Officers will also be elected.  While all are welcome to attend the meeting, only members may vote; to become a member, arrive early (after 6:30 pm) to join for $5 for Individuals and $3 for Students and Seniors.  2018 members must renew their memberships for 2019 as well.


Saturday, February 16 at 2:00 pm: How Much Are Your Old Books Worth?

Old BooksJim Best, a retired Kent State University professor and experienced antiquarian book dealer, will offer a discussion on old books on Saturday, February 16 at 2:00. Learn the key determinants of the value of old books. Best will bring examples from his personal collection for reference, and will take questions from the audience.

No registration required for this free program. For more information, contact Adult Services at 330.673.4414.


Saturday, February 16 at 11:00 am: American Girl Spotlight: Kirsten

KirstenAmerican Girl fans in grades K-6 are invited to the library on Saturday, February 16 at 11 a.m. for a celebration of all things Kirsten! Bring your Kirsten doll (or any other American Girl doll or any doll about 18” tall) and learn more about Kirsten’s time period with fun games, activities, and crafts that Kirsten herself would have enjoyed.

Registration is required and begins February 9.  Register online or call Youth Services at 330.673.4414.


Thursday, February 14 at 7:00 pm: The Negro League

Jackie RobinsonGet a fascinating look at the historic Negro League on Tuesday, February 14 at 7:00 pm.  Dr. Leslie Heaphy, author and Professor of History at Kent State University Stark, shares this important chapter in the story of baseball in honor of Black History Month.

Learn the details of how the League was established in 1920, and the complications players faced because of their race, including segregated lodgings and travel accommodations, on top of the typical problems professional athletes face. Dr. Heaphy will share stories of individual players, owners, and umpires, as well as the history of the League itself. Her book will be available for purchase at the event through the Kent Library Foundation.

No registration is required for this free program. For more information, contact Adult Services at 330.673.4414.


Sunday, February 10 at 2:00 pm: Barbershop Quartet Concert

Straight from the HeartEnjoy 4 part a capella harmonies when Straight from the Heart Barbershop Quartet performs a free all-ages concert on Sunday, February 10 at 2:00 pm.  With toe tapping tunes and traditional outfits, the Quartet will provide a fun afternoon of entertainment.

Musicians perform on the 2nd Floor balcony so music can be enjoyed throughout the building. Limited seating is available on the balcony. No registration is required.

Concerts are generously sponsored by the Friends of Kent Free Library. For more information, call the Information Desk at 330.673.4414.



Register ButtonConveniently sign up for Adult or Youth programs online!

  1. At www.kentfreelibrary.org, click on the Events tab or on Adult Upcoming Events or Youth Upcoming Events
  2. Click on the Event you wish to attend
  3. Click on “Register Now,” enter your information, and click on “Register”
  4. You will see a confirmation on the screen; you may choose to receive an email or text reminder before the event
  5. You will also receive a confirmation in your email if you provided one

You may also still call or stop in the library to register for events.


Sunday, February 10 at 2:00 pm: Personality Typing for Teens

TeensTeens in grades 9 – 12 are invited to explore their personality type using Myers Briggs.  Learn which one of the 16 personality types you fall into in order to identify your strengths and also what stresses you out.  Knowing your personality type can help you make choices and build relationships, even better than by following horoscopes and magazine or online quizzes.

Registration is required and begins February 3.  Register online or call Youth Services at 330.673.4414.


Tuesday, February 5 at 7:00 pm: Backyard Chickens

Members of the Haymaker Farmers’ Market will offer a free workshop on how to get started keeping a flock of backyard chickens on Tuesday, February 5 at 7:00 pm.

Last fall, Kent City Council approved permitting residents to have small flocks of backyard chickens. This is great news, according to Haymaker Farmers’ Market Manager J. Andrew Rome.

“Keeping a few chickens is fun and rewarding, especially for families,” says Rome. “A small flock requires about as much work as any pet, and getting fresh eggs makes it worthwhile.”

Mike Jones of Tierra Verde Farms, Kristen Pool of Black Dog Acres Farm, and former Market Manager and backyard chicken enthusiast Fritz Seefeldt will discuss the basics of selecting and raising chickens, housing, feed, nutrition, and diseases and pests.

In addition, Kent City Council members Heidi Shaffer and Gwen Rosenberg will also be on the panel to address questions about regulations.
Attendees will receive catalogs from hatcheries and can enter a drawing to a bag of feed from Tree City Feed in Kent or a gift certificate to Meyer Hatchery in Polk, OH.

Registration is not required for this family-friendly event, but space may be limited. Please stop by the 2nd floor Information Desk beginning at 6:30 pm for a boarding pass. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.


Saturday, February 2 at 10:00 am: Opera: It’s Not Just Old… or Italian!

MusicIf you ascribe to the popular belief that the only operas performed today are old and in Italian, come to this guided lecture on contemporary opera on Saturday, February 2 at 10:00 am.  Presenters from the Cleveland Opera Theater Educational Department will introduce some of the 20th century’s most notable composers and works.

No registration is required but space is limited. Please pick up a boarding pass at the 2nd floor Information starting at 9:30 am.