UPDATE: THE LIBRARY WILL NOW BE CLOSED ALL DAY. Due to the inclement weather and hazardous road conditions from the winter storm, the library will be closed on Monday, January 17, 2022.


As of Thursday, January 6 at 3:15, we have distributed all of the tests we received.  We will update again when we receive another shipment.
When does the library receive tests?

Tests are provided through Ohio Department of Health.  We order tests as our supplies run out, but do not get any delivery information; we never know when the next order will arrive until the tests actually show up.

How do I know when the library has tests available?

Go to and look for the first article under Library News below the slider image. The article heading will note if tests are in stock or out of stock. Due to the high volume of Covid-test related phone calls, we appreciate that you do not call.

If the library doesn’t have tests, who does?

Other libraries in the area, including Reed Memorial in Ravenna and the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library also receive rapid tests, as do the Portage County Health District  and the Kent Health Department. These locations don’t always have tests in stock; when they receive a shipment, they are all distributed within hours. It is best to check their website or Facebook page for updates regarding availability.

While testing supply chains are challenged, over-the-counter rapid testing kits can still be purchased at many locations, such as pharmacies and grocery stores. Testing is also available at many urgent care locations, community health centers, retail locations, and pop-up sites. The ODH website features a
searchable map of testing locations.

When tests are available, how do I pick them up?

Tests may only be picked up at the drive-thru window. Tests may not be reserved.  Please wear a mask when picking up tests. Do not come into the library. 

How many tests can I get?

The ODH has instructed locations to limit to no more than two tests at a time.

How do I take the test? 

If you need proof of your test result, do not open the box. You must perform the test step-by-step with a virtual proctor, using a computer or other device with internet access, a camera, and a microphone to complete. You will need to create an account using the NAVICA smartphone app or at After creating an account, go to to start a testing session.

If you do not need proof, you can follow the instructions on and inside the box or online.

Who can help me if I have questions?

Library staff are not trained medical professionals and not permitted to assist with medical procedures or give medical advice, and so are not able to assist with these tests.  This video  explains the process. The test kit contains directions. For further questions about COVID testing, contact your doctor or pharmacy.

The expiration date on my test has passed–is it still good?

The manufacturer has extended the expiration date of BinaxNOW Home Tests by an additional 90 days. Using the lot number on the outside of the box the test comes in, you can find the new extended expiration date here.

If no rapid tests are available, what can I do if I need to be tested?

Some health centers, urgent cares, and pharmacies offer the PCR test, which gives a result in 24 hours. Find locations and more information on the ODH website. 

How do I get a vaccine or a booster?

COVID-19 vaccines are widely available throughout the state. Many providers offer walk-in appointments, or Ohioans can schedule a vaccination appointment at Ohioans who want to learn more about the safety, efficacy, and side effects of COVID-19 vaccines should talk to their doctor, nurse, or pharmacist, or visit to learn more.

Winter Reading ‘Seasons Reading’ Underway

Children of all ages and adults are invited to join our Winter Reading program, which runs from December 1 through February 28.

Youth from birth to age 17 can pick up a Winter Reading Record. Each record has strips of paper for you to write the titles of the books you read between December 1, 2021 and February 28, 2022. Fill in your name and phone number on the back of the slips of paper. Once you’ve completed an entire page of strips, bring it back to the library. Each completed strip will be added to our Season’s Readings paper chain at the library and will be entered to win a grand prize!

Adults 18+ can pick up a snowflake at the first floor Information Desk each time they read a book.  Write the title of each book you read on a snowflake. Each snowflake becomes a decoration and is an entry in the grand prize drawing!

Sunday, Jan. 16 at 2:00 pm: Concert Series: Blues musician Austin Walkin’ Cane

Northeast Ohio blues musician Austin Walkin’ Cane has performed nationally and internationally, and was the winner of the 2009 Memphis Blues Challenge. Enjoy listening to Austin Walkin’ Cane perform original and classic delta blues featuring slide guitar and soulful vocals. No registration required. All ages are welcome. The concert will be held on the second floor balcony.

The Concert Series is supported by the Friends of Kent Free Library.

Wednesday, Jan. 12 at 7:00 pm: Learn a Hobby: 3D Print Class: Personalized Keychains

3D PrinterGet and overview of how 3D printing works and learn how to use Tinkercad, a free online 3D software program, to customize a keychain that will be printed out for you to pick up by the next week. Attendees should have basic computer skills, including using the mouse, navigating a website, and using the keyboard. Registration required and begins Wednesday, December 29. For adults 18+

Wednesday, January 5 at 4:00 pm: Loomineers Knitting Group

Join us this winter to learn how to knit your own hat! Looms, tools, and yarn will be provided to participants. Come each week and we will progress through the pattern together. When ready, participants will bind-off their hats and be able to wear them home! Any knitters in grades 3 through 8 that want to bring a project from home to work on with the group, are welcome to join as well!

Register for January 5.

When registering, you are registering for the entire session. Masks are required for all Youth Services programming for participants ages 2 and up. 

Do Good December

In the spirit of giving, most programs and activities for adults in December are designed to help benefit others.

Enjoy playing Holiday Trivia on Game Night, Tuesday, December 28 at 7:00 pm.  The winner(s) will get to choose a charity to receive a donation.

Creative Crafters will make 2 pet toys on Wednesday, December 29 at 6:30 pm–one to donate to the Portage APL and one to take home to your own special cat or dog.  Register starting December 15.

Stop by the Information Desk area for 4 more ways to Do Good:

  • Wall of Kindness.  Write a kind and encouraging message to post on the wall to share with the community.
  • Read-a-Like Bookmarks.  Share your love of reading by creating a bookmark listing a popular book you’ve read and recommendations for similar books.  We’ll put your bookmark into the book to help fellow readers discover new titles.
  • Use one of our cards to send a holiday greeting to a veteran staying at Freedom House in Kent.
  • Help Kent kids enjoy healthy meals and snacks by donating non-perishable food items for the Ben Curtis Foundation Birdie Bags.  Donations needed include individually wrapped granola bars, fruit snacks, instant oatmeal, ramen noodles, and mac and cheese boxes.