Saturday, February 29 at 2:00 pm: Leap Day Party!

Kids jumpingKids ages 3 – 12 are invited to a Leap Day Party. Discover your leap age, indulge in a leaping sweet treat, find out how far you can leap, and more!

Registration is required. Visit www.kentfreelibrary.org or call the Youth Services Department at 330.673.4414.

Thursday, February 27 at 6:30 pm: Our History through Storytelling

Hayes-Nelson

Storytelling is a vehicle by which history and traditions are passed from one generation to the next. Storytelling breathes life into the past and gives the listener a sense of belonging and an understanding of what came before. Dr. Geraldine Hayes-Nelson, President of the Portage County NAACP, leads a celebration of Black History Month with an evening of storytellers who will share their stories reflecting the ever changing African American community in Portage County.

For adults ages 18 and up.  No registration necessary.

Tuesday, February 25 at 7:00 pm: Lecture on Harriet Tubman

TubmanRev. Julie Blake Fisher, Rector, Christ Episcopal Church in Kent shares fascinating background on the life of Harriet Tubman. Best known as an abolitionist and Conductor on the Underground Railroad, Tubman was also a Civil War scout who participated in the rescue of 750 slaves in South Carolina, and an activist for women’s suffrage.

For adults ages 18 and up. No registration required.

Monday, February 17 at 7:00 pm: Author Tameka N. Ellington

EllingtonDr. Tameka N. Ellington, Kent State University Professor in the School of Fashion Design and Merchandising, will discuss her book.

Ellington’s ‘Make Fear Your Superpower’ is a witty and real memoir that speaks to the inner courage that we all possess. She will discuss the many struggles Black women have regarding their beauty, with a special focus on hairstyles. Copies of the book will be available for purchasing and signing.

For adults ages 18 and up. No registration required. For more information, contact Adult Services at 330.673.4414.

Saturday, February 15 at 2:00 pm: KSU African Ensemble in Concert

african drumsEnjoy a free, all ages interactive performance by the Kent State University African Ensemble. Featuring traditional and modern drumming, dancing, and singing from various cultural groups in Africa and its diaspora, the ensemble also explains history of this art form. Audience members will even be encouraged to get on their feet, participating in the fun!

Concerts are held on the 2nd floor balcony, so music can be enjoyed throughout the library. Limited seating is available. No registration is required.

Tuesday, February 11 at 6:30 pm: Film Series: Harriet Tubman

The Library will host a viewing of the 2019 biographical film ‘Harriet’ in the 2nd floor meeting room. This cinematographic portrayal of Harriet Tubman, the slave turned abolitionist, has already been nominated for and won dozens of awards.

On Tuesday, February 25, 7:00 p.m., the Kent Interfaith Alliance will cosponsor a presentation in the library’s meeting room by the Rev. Julie Blake Fisher, Rector, Christ Episcopal Church in Kent. Learn more about Tubman, including her work as an Underground Railroad Conductor, Civil War scout who participated in the rescue of 750 slaves in South Carolina, and an activist for women’s suffrage.

Both programs are for adults ages 18 and up and do not require registration. For more information, please contact Adult Services at 330.673.4414.

Saturday, February 8 at 11:00 am: Ballet Excel Ohio

Members of Ballet Excel Ohio, an all youth dance group from Akron, provide a sneak peak of ‘The Snow Queen’ for children of all ages.

The ballet, directed by renowned NYC choreographer Tom Gold, is inspired by one of Hans Christian Anderson’s most beloved children’s stories. Two children are carried through magical lands and spectacular settings where they encounter an elegant queen, a snowman, flowers, snowflakes, and so much more. Ballet Excel will perform the full ballet at the Akron Civic Theater in March.

Registration is not required. Passes may be picked up beginning 30 minutes prior to the performance.

Thursday, January 30 at 7:00 pm: On the Origins of the Shakespeare Authorship Controversy

ShakespeareKent State University English Professor Don-John Dugas will explain some of the reasons why scholars continue to debate whether there was a single, real person named Shakespeare who wrote the more than 40 plays and dozens of sonnets attributed to the bard, or whether the name was used by several playwrights or was the pseudonym for another prominent person of the Elizabethan Era.

Dugas is the author of Shakespeare for Everyman and Marketing the Bard. He is the recipient of a number of teaching awards, including the Department of English’s Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring Award, the College of Arts and Sciences’ Distinguished Teacher Award, the Honors College’s Distinguished Faculty Award, and the Kent State Alumni Association’s Distinguished Teaching Award—the university’s highest teaching honor.

No registration is required for this program.

Wednesday, January 29 at 6:30 pm: Movie Night–Some Like It Hot

Marilyn MonroeEnjoy watching or rewatching the 1959 United Artists Studio film “Some Like It Hot,” set in the roaring ’20s and starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon.  Light refreshments will be provided.

This program is for adults ages 18+. No registration is required.