Lifesize Candyland Game

On Saturday, January 4, we’ll transform the Dubois Children’s Reading Room into a life-sized Candyland Game. Kids of all ages are invited to drop in any time between 11 – 1 p.m. to play the game and to make a craft.

No registration is required; just stop by the Youth Services Desk to pick up playing cards when you arrive.

Special Holiday Programs for Kids

The Kent Free Library will offer several programs in December to help kids get into the holiday spirit!

Music Times

Tuesdays, December 3, 10 & 17, 10:30 am
Join Mr. Jim for an all ages story time.

Pick up a Boarding Pass up to 30 minutes before each program.  Space is limited.


Mondays, December 9 & 16, 4:00-5:00 pm

Children are invited to drop in anytime to make a craft.  Young children may need adult assistance.   Supplies are available on a first-come,  first-served basis.

No registration is required.

Holiday Music Time

Monday, December 16, 7:00 pm
Join us for an all ages event and special holiday story time featuring seasonal songs with Mr. Jim.

Pick up a Boarding Pass at the Children’s Desk up to 30 min before the program.  Space is limited.

Elf School

December 17, 18, & 19  at 4:00 pm
See  if you have what it takes to be an elf.  Read holiday books, play reindeer games, make crafts and enjoy delicious treats.

For children in grades K-2.  Registration is required and begins December 10.

Candy Cane Corner

Saturday, December 21, 11:00 am
Join us for holiday crafts, games and treats.

Children 3-6 year olds.  Registration is required and begins one week in advance.  Space is limited.

Introducing Zinio Digital Magazines

The library is pleased to offer Zinio for Libraries.  Zinio, billed as “the world’s largest newsstand,” provides instant digital access to popular magazines.

Director Stacey Richardson notes that Zinio is an important addition to the library’s current digital collections.  “Our patrons have had access to ebooks through the Ohio Digital Library and Axis360, and to free music downloads from Freegal,” says Richardson, who adds that the use of those services has increased 45% in the last year.  “Now patrons will also be able to access their favorite magazines digitally,” Richardson says.

Through Zinio, digital magazines can easily be viewed on most Internet-enabled devices inside or outside of the library.  Zinio digitally recreates a magazine page for page, including full color pictures, and can be “flipped through” or searched easily.

According to Richardson, magazines will be available on their release date, and there will be no waiting lists.  “Any number of patrons can look at a magazine at the same time,” Richardson explains.  “Also, the magazines download to the patron’s computer or device, so there’s no ‘checkout period’ to worry about and no late fees,” she continues.

There are currently 84 magazines available, including Bicycling, Cosmo, Esquire, Men’s Health, Rolling Stone, Us, and Women’s Day, to name just a few.

Zinio is available through the library’s website,  Librarians are glad to show you how to access the service—drop by the Information Desk or call 330.673.4414 for assistance.

Zinio for Library is a service provided by RBdigital from Recorded Books

Introducing The Lucky Day Collections

If you love to check out new bestsellers and the latest DVD releases, but don’t love long waiting lists for those popular items, then it could be your lucky day!

We’re introducing “Lucky Day Collections”: the hottest books and movies, with shorter loan periods than the copies in the regular collection and no holds or renewals.

According to Director Stacey Richardson, this new collection will mean you have a better chance of finding high-demand items on the shelves, ready to check out.  “The books in this collection are chosen to match the community’s reading tastes for new and trending titles,” says Richardson.  “We think our patrons will enjoy the option of walking in and finding items they used to have to wait for weeks to read or watch.”

To help keep a supply of titles available for Kent Free Library visitors to check out and enjoy, this collection has a few special borrowing conditions: Lucky Day books and DVDs have a 7 day loan period and cannot be renewed.  Items must be returned to the Kent Free Library and not another library in the Portage Library Consortium.  Fines for late returns will accrue at the rate of $.50 per day.

Lucky Day copies cannot be placed on hold online or over the phone and cannot be held for pickup—first come, first served only.  Patrons may check out a maximum of 7 Lucky Day items at a time, and Kent Free Library staff may not borrow the items.

“This new collection has been one of our goals toward increasing and improving service to our community,” says Richardson.  “We anticipate that it will be very popular and are committed to making it a fun and hassle-free way for our patrons to enjoy their favorite titles.”

The library will continue to purchase these same titles for the regular collection, and those copies will still circulate for the regular loan period (14 days) and can be reserved or renewed if there are no holds on the title.

Look for the Lucky Day Collections on green carts with matching green signs and labels in the new book area.  You never know what will be waiting on the shelf each time you visit; it could be your lucky day!

Local Author Book Expo–Holiday Edition

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to meet authors who call Ohio home and maybe get some holiday shopping done! On Saturday, December 7 from 2:00 -3:30 pm, discover new books and talk one-on-one with local authors about what they’ve written. The Kent Free Library Foundation will be selling copies of each title, and the authors will be on hand to sign your selections. A signed book by a local author might make the perfect holiday gift!

Local authors in attendance will include:


G.T. Anders, author of the Vaulan Cycle Books The Tower of Babel and A Chair Between the Rails

Edwin Bixenstine, author the historical westerns Purgary Sands and Marshall Sands and Mrs. Molly

Contemporary romance writer Sharon Hunter, author of The Ranchers Wife and Love on the Ranch

Radford Lee, author of Starlight City, a techno future novel

Dianne Lenihan, author of the children’s fiction book about bullying called The Little Sombrero

Ronald Reed, author of Tallmadge Hill, a non-fiction pictorial account of the 1935 All American Soap Box Derby

No registration is required for this informal afternoon and light refreshments will be served.

Computer Lab Closed for Updates

New computers have been installed in the public lab, however the software is still being loaded and the lab will remain closed.  15-minute computers are available near the Main Street entrance and the wireless network is working for lap top users.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Cooking the Books: Thanksgiving Recipe Preview

Do you need new recipes for Thanksgiving to wow your friends and family? Do you have a favorite recipe that’s too good not to share? Come to our Thanksgiving Recipe Preview on Monday, November 18 at 7 pm.

Prepare your favorite dish to share and bring a copy of the recipe. We’ll discuss tips and ideas to make your holiday festive and delicious. Also enjoy a demonstration on how to make an easy, no bake dessert!

This program is for adults; spaces are limited, registration is required and starts Monday October 21. Please call the Information Desk at 330.673.4414.

Need some inspiration?  Here are some Thanksgiving cookbooks in our collection.  Click on a cover to see availability.

Matt Watroba Presents: The Power of the Folk Song

Folk singer and radio host Matt Watroba will present a free lecture/concert, “The Power of the Folk Song” on Sunday, November 17 at 2 pm.

Watroba will combine his knowledge and talents to paint a musical landscape of the amazing stories and characters wrapped up in the music of the people. Expect to listen, laugh, and sing during this special music event.

Watroba is the Producer/Announcer at WKSU at Kent State University. For over 25 years, he has been learning about and sharing American folk music through his radio work, and through hundreds of performances in concerts, schools, libraries, church basements, senior centers–any place where folks gather in community.

All ages are welcome to attend this free program and no registration is required.

Student Pianists Sought for Concert

The Kent Free Library invites students, ages 17 and under, who are currently enrolled in music lessons, to play at the Open Piano Concert on Saturday, November 16 at 11 am.

Students should prepare one or two short pieces to play for an audience of friends and family in the library’s meeting room. All skill levels are encouraged to participate.

Registration is required and space is limited. Please call the Youth Services Department at 330.673.4414 to register.

No registration is required to enjoy the concert as an audience member and all ages are invited.

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.