Yang Zeng in Concert This Sunday

Accomplished violinist Yang Zeng performs a free concert on Sunday, October 27 at 2 pm.

We are thrilled to welcome back Zeng, a distinguished violinist from Kent State University. Zeng has participated in the Kent Blossom Music Festival and has also collaborated with the musicians of the Cleveland Orchestra. At Kent State he is a member of several chamber music ensembles which are coached by members of the Miami String Quartet. This year he performed Dvorak Violin Concerto and Beethoven triple concerto with the KSU Orchestra, and he was awarded the Leopold Sipe Memorial Award for Excellence in Music Performance.

Yang Zeng was born in Yunnan China where he began studying the violin at the age of 6. From August 1999 to July 2010, he studied at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music with Jiyang Zhao, Qinglin Zhu, Qing Zheng and Shisheng Zheng. He also studied viola with Hancheng Lan and Xidi Shen. He has performed at the Shanghai Concert Hall, Shanghai Oriental Art Center, and Shanghai Grand Theater, as well as the Solon Center for the Arts in Ohio.

Yang has played with the Shanghai Conservatory Orchestra and the Shanghai Sinfonietta. He was part of the China-Germany Young Euro Classic Festival Orchestra in 2010, performing at the Nanjing Arts Institute Concert Hall and the Shanghai Concert Hall.

In August 2010, he came to Kent State University to pursue his undergraduate degree in Music Performance. He is currently a student of Cathy Meng Robinson and Jung-Min Amy Lee, and has also studied violin with Benny Kim while at Kent State.

In 2011, 2012, and 2013, Yang participated in the Kent Blossom Music Festival where he performed chamber music and also collaborated with the musicians of the Cleveland Orchestra.  At Kent State, he is a member of several chamber music ensembles which are coached by members of the Miami String Quartet.  Last February March,Yang performed the Dvorak Violin Concerto and the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the KSU Orchestra.

In 2013,Yang was awarded the Leopold Sipe Memorial Award for Excellence in Music Performance and he won the String Division of the Tuesday Musical Competition. Yang is currently a member of the Akron Symphony Orchestra, principle second violin of the Mansfield Symphony and the concertmaster of KSU Orchestra.

As an artist, he was awarded First Prize in the Chinese youth calligraphy and painting competition in 1997 and 1998.

The Big (Fancy) Library Read!

KFL is part of the Big Library Read program!  Our card holders can borrow and enjoy the eBook or audiobook version of Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth by Jane O’Connor through September 30th by visiting The Ohio eBook Project–no placing a hold, no waiting!

Big Library Read is an international program that provides unlimited simultaneous access to a popular title for a two-week period, creating a virtual, global book club.  Interested patrons can borrow Book 1 in the Nancy Clancy series with their valid library card, and enjoy it on all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Nook®, Android™ phones and tablets, and Kindle® without worrying about wait lists or holds.  The title will automatically expire at the end of the lending period.  There are no late fees!

Fancy Nancy author, Jane O’Connor, will even host a live 30-minute chat with readers on Tuesday, September 24 at 9:00 pm.  At that time just visit OverDrive’s Facebook Page.

The Big Library Read program is made possible through a partnership between OverDrive, the leading supplier of eBooks and more to libraries, and HarperCollins, publisher of the best-selling Fancy Nancy series of children’s titles.

OverDrive is a leading multichannel digital distributor of eBooks, digital audiobooks, music and video.  They supply a secure lending platform for 22,000 libraries, schools and retailers worldwide with support for all major computers and devices.  Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland.

Student Showcase Concert

The library is a venue for the Kent State ‘Round Town Music Festival!  Enjoy a free Student Showcase concert on Friday, September 20 at 3:30 pm.

Under the instruction of Dale Galgozy, student musicians Libby Etherton, Aaron Leclerc, Iris Murphy, Dominic Sanzone, and Katherine Billock will fill the library with music.

All ages are welcome and no registration is required.

Dominic Sanzone

Dominic is 13 years old and is an 8th grader at Stanton Middle School. Dom has been taking guitar lessons for four years. He enjoys playing various types of music but his favorites include Rock n’ Roll and Blues. He has also played some Classical guitar music.

Dominic participates in Woodsy’s Rock School and has been the lead guitar for several of his bands. He participated in Folk Festival in 2012 and was honored to be asked to return in 2013.

Dom also rides a dirt bike and enjoys spending time with his Dad doing both track and trail riding. Dominic hopes to turn his love for guitar and music into a career in the future.

Libby Etherton

Libby is an exciting 14 year old singer and multi-instrumentalist with an amazing performance history for a young entertainer. Since the age of eleven she has performed as a soloist more than seventy times at schools, churches and outdoor events. She performs a wide variety of material encompassing contemporary pop and country along with some timeless classics.

In the last year she performed as a finalist in the 2013 Canton Idol Competition, at the 2013 Teens Rock Akron Concert, Canton Rib Burn Off, the Columbiana County fair, Louisville’s Constitution days and at many First Friday Art walk venues in Canton. In addition to singing and playing piano, guitar and ukulele, Libby is an aspiring photographer specializing in landscape and floral photos.

A motivated student beginning Lake High School this year, Libby also enjoys volunteering at Adventure Place childcare and the support crew for Habitat for Humanity.

View Libby’s website.

Katherine Billock

Katherine is a student at Rootstown Middle School and has been playing guitar for almost 2 years. She loves music and singing as well. Katherine most enjoys reading books, drawing, and playing with her younger sister when she’s not singing and playing her guitar. Overall, Katherine seeks the best in people and in living every day. She has found that music is a great way for her to express that to everyone around her.

Sign Up Now for Appalachian Trail Talk

Bob Grau, author of Five Million Steps on a Journey of Hope: Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail, will give a discussion on his experience hiking the Appalachian Trail on Monday, September 16 at 7:00 pm.

A non-hiker, Grau began his journey in 2011, and completed the 2,181 mile hike in 170 days. Learn about Grau’s unusual personal story, the history of the trail, and the equipment and gear he used to make the journey. He will show photos taken along the trail, and take questions from the audience. Copies of his book will be available for purchase from the Kent Free Library Foundation.

Registration is requested for this event, and is underway. Please visit or contact the Information Desk to register.

Sign Up Now for Beatles Program

On Thursday, August 22, 7:00 pm, enjoy a magical tour of The Beatles’ music spanning the ’60s, from the band’s famous visits to Hamburg, through the Beatlemania years, and concluding with Abbey Road, presented by Beatles scholar and blogger Aaron Krerowicz.  His presentation will be enhanced with music clips, excerpts from interviews with band members, and more.

Beatles scholar Aaron Krerowicz earned a Bachelor’s degree in music theory and composition from Butler University in 2008, a Master’s degree in music composition from Boston University in 2010, and a Graduate Artist Diploma from the University of Hartford in 2012.  He maintains a daily Beatles blog at www.AaronKrerowicz.com.

Registration is requested and is underway.

More Reviews from KFL Readers

Adults have really dug our Dig into Reading! Summer Reading Program!  They’ve read hundreds of books and reviewed them–some they enjoyed; some . . . not so much.  Check out what they read and their reviews below!

Summer Reading for adults wraps up on July 31, but there are still lots of summer days left to find a hammock, a cold drink, and a good book!

Friday Movies Continue

ticketsWe’re showing family friendly movies in our air-conditioned Meeting Room this summer on Fridays!  June 21 at 3 pm, we’ll show a movie bout a timid clownfish who sets out on a journey to find and bring home his son, who was captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney (due to licensing restrictions, the library can’t publish the titles of feature films, but is permitted to give a description–can you guess?).

Camp KFL

On Saturday, June 22 from 11 to 12, the Kent Free Library will become “Camp KFL.” All ages are invited to celebrate summer at the library by participating in a variety of outside games and activities.

Registration is required for this free program and begins June 15 and closes on Friday, June 21 at 6:00 pm. Space is limited. Stop by or contact the Youth Services Department at 330.673.4414.

Sarata & Lempner Duo in Concert

Enjoy a free concert by the Sarata & Lempner Duo on Sunday, June 23, from 2 – 3.   Adam Sarata on guitar and Tom Lempner on saxophone delight audiences with a mix of swing, bossa, jazz standards, and even classical compositions.

Adam is a guitar instructor at the University of Mount Union, Ashland University, and the Community Music School of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He has released three classical guitar recordings, Guitar

Tom serves on the music faculty at Cleveland State University, Kent State University (Geauga campus), Western Reserve Academy, and Lorain County Community College. He is also a full-time Music Therapist working at both a center for autism and a day treatment center. at Akron, Cavata, and Sul Tasto, as he has also written articles published in Soundboard Magazine and Basically Bohlen.

No registration is required. For more information, contact the Information Desk at 330.673.4414.