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Wednesday, July 4: Library Closes for Independence Day

In honor of the Independence Day holiday, the library will be closed on Wednesday, July 4.  The library will resume regular hours on Thursday, July 5 at 9:00 am.

As always when the library is closed, no items are due and no fines are assessed on overdue items.  For your convenience, materials may be returned either through the drive through or in the drops to the left of the parking lot entrance.

Happy 4th of July!

Saturday, June 30: Library Closes for Heritage Fest

The library will be closed on Saturday, June 30 during Kent’s Heritage Festival.  Instead, please visit our booth at the festival!  Learn about library services and upcoming programs and spin our Prize Wheel for a chance to win!

The library will resume regular hours on Sunday, July 1 at 1:00 pm.

As always when the library is closed, no items are due and no fines are assessed on overdue items.  For your convenience, materials may be returned either through the drive through or in the drops to the left of the parking lot entrance.

Saturday, June 23 at 2:00 pm: Pet Rocks!


The Kent Free Library’s Summer Reading Program theme is “Libraries Rock!” and children ages 4 – 12 can create their own pet rock!

Select your very own pet rock, give them a name, sign an official certificate of adoption, and more! Don’t let this awesome opportunity pass you by – there is no easier pet to care for than a pet rock!

To register, contact Youth Services at 330.673.4414. Space is limited.

Thursday, June 21 at 10:30 am: Little STEAMers

Young ones ages 6 months to 3 years can enjoy offer hands on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) play.  Activities will encourage learning through play, and will be fun for parents and children!

Registration is required and begins one week in advance of each session. Registration closes at 9:00 p.m.the Wednesday before each program. Space is limited.

Sunday, June 17 at 2:00 pm: Free Concert with Hot Potatoes

Hot Potatoes LogoEnjoy a free, all-ages concert with Hot Potatoes, a local band that plays a wild mix of blues, swing and originals, with a touch of New Orleans for spice. Kerry Kean, Bobby Patetta, Dale Taylor and Eric Varndell blend vocals, guitars, fiddle, harmonica, upright bass and drums for a unique sound.

The Hot Potatoes can go from Chicago blues to a Cajun fiddle tune, from a field shout to a sophisticated swing tune in less time than it takes to say it. Beyond the high level of musicianship, the one constant in their performances is the sense of enjoyment in what they do – these guys have a lot of fun playing!

No registration is required for this free program, but space is limited. Stop by the 2nd Floor Information Desk up to 1/2 hour before the show for a ticket.

Tuesday, June 12 at 2:00 pm: The Wizard of Oz by Stevens Puppets

Children of all ages are invited to the Kent Free Library on Tuesday, June 12 at 2 p.m. for a classic, heart-warming tale, beautifully adapted for marionettes by Martin Stevens and Dan Raynor of Stevens Puppets.

Watch with bated breath as a Kansas cyclone whisks Dorothy off to Oz, where she befriends the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion. Stevens Puppets brings this tale to life with artfully hand-carved wooden marionettes and a fun musical.

Registration is not required. Boarding passes will be passed out 30 minutes prior to the show. Space is limited. For more information, call Youth Services at 330.673.4414.

Thursday, June 7: Rock and Roll Dance Party

Are you ready to ROCK at the library?  Come with your dancing shoes on for a Rock & Roll dance party, where we will listen and move to new and old rock songs.  Each dance party will last 45 minutes.

Families with toddlers through age 5 dance at 10:30 am.

Children in kindergarten through grade 3 dance at 4:00 pm

Registration is required and begins on May 31.

Summer Story Time Session Underway

The Kent Free Library’s 9-week Summer Story Time Session begins Tuesday, May 29. Eight different story times will be offered for babies, preschoolers, and toddlers, and several story times are geared for all ages. Story Times are led by professional librarians, all of whom have been trained in early childhood literacy.
No pre-registration is necessary for Story Times; arrive a few minutes early to pick up a “boarding pass.” Some sessions have limited space.

Children and young adults can also participate in the library’s Summer Reading Program, with the theme of “Libraries Rock!”

Additional programs, including puzzles, crafts, building and STEAM focused programs, Pokemon clubs, and reading clubs are offered through the week for children, tweens, and teens. Find the schedule and descriptions of these and other programs at or stop by the children’s room or the Benedik Teen Area for a flier. For more information, call Youth Services at 330.673.4414.

Saturday, August 4: Summer Reading Program Wraps Up

Be sure to stop by in by Saturday, August 4 to record the hours you’ve read this summer!

For children, reading time is recorded in 15-minute increments, and participants earn prizes for every five hours of reading they finish. Reading can be completed independently or with others. Please note that time spent reading prior to May 24, 2018 is not eligible.

This year, participants who finish the Summer Reading Program (20 hours of reading) will receive a book of their choosing! “Reading Rock Star” bookplates will be placed inside each book to commemorate the receiver’s status as a 2018 Kent Free Library Reading Rock Star! Books will be available on a first-come, first-served basis until they are gone. Can you achieve Rock Star status in 2018? Back by popular demand are summer challenges, which children, teens, and adults can complete to earn buttons to pin on a Kent Free Library lanyard!  Each completed challenge earns a new and different button!

We will be holding our annual competition to see which grade sends us the most summer readers. In 2017, for the third year in a row, second graders had the most readers! Which grade will send us the most summer readers this year? Watch the back windows of the DuBois Children’s Reading Room to see which grade is winning!

Teens can win cool prizes just for reading this summer in our Teen Summer Reading Program! New this year, spin our prize wheel to earn your prizes. After every two books you read you earn a chance to spin the wheel and win great prizes like gift cards for local businesses, KSU gear, free books, and more! After each spin you’ll also be given a Grand Prize entry that you can use to try to win one of our exciting Teen Grand Prizes! Past Grand Prizes include Rubber Ducks Tickets, Off the Wagon gift cards, and Midway Drive-In passes.  You get one spin for every two books you read. The last day to spin the wheel and enter for the Grand Prize drawing is Saturday, August 4, 2018.

But why should the kids have all the fun?  Adults can sign up too!  Complete and submit brief reviews of the books you read to be entered into drawings for gifts cards!  In addition, pick up a bookmark with “challenges” to complete around town.  For every challenge you complete, you’ll receive a button!

Sunday, May 20 at 2:00 pm: Free Concert with Dog Friendly

Dog FriendlyFamily favorite Dog Friendly returns again this year to help us celebrate National Pet Month!  Don’t miss Erynn and Wilbur Krebs, a local steel drum and guitar duo, with lively music that will make you want to dance!

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.

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Kent Free Library
312 West Main Street
Kent, OH 44240
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Library Hours:

Monday 9:00-9:00
Tuesday 9:00-9:00
Wednesday 9:00-9:00
Thursday 9:00-9:00
Fridays 9:00-6:00
Saturday 9:00-5:00
Sundays 1:00-5:00