Thursday, September 12 at 7:00 pm: Meet Local Author Thrity Umrigar

UmrigarMeet local author Thrity Umrigar and hear about her latest novel, The Secrets Between Us.  Umrigar is the author of seven novels and a memoir, including the national bestselling novel The Space Between Us (2006).

Umrigar never expected to write a sequel to this beloved novel until she caught herself pondering the fate of one of its minor characters and, in a flash, envisioned the entire plot and its intertwining characters. Already, The Secrets Between Us is attracting attention and rave reviews.

A former columnist for the Akron Beacon Journal, Umrigar is now Associate Professor of English at Case Western Reserve University.

Books will be available for purchase. No registration is required. This program is for ages 18+. For more information, contact Adult Services at 330.673.4414.

Tuesday, September 10 at 7:00 pm: Hobo Culture

Cover of Hacha bookLocal author Barbara Hacha has done extensive research on hoboes and their culture. Learn about the fascinating history, secret symbols, and modern day hobo culture. Her books–fiction and non-fiction–will available for purchase.

No registration is required. This program is for ages 18+. For more information, contact Adult Services at 330.673.4414.

Tuesday, September 3 at 2:00: Knot Just for Knitters

Are you a needlework enthusiast? Do you love to knit, bead, tat, spin, crochet or embroider? If so, grab your project and join other stitchers on the first Tuesday of each month from 2:00 to 3:15 pm in the cozy Woodward Room on the second floor.

No registration is required.

Thursday, August 29 at 7:00 pm: The Wizard of Oz

Cast of Wizard of OzCelebrate the 80th Anniversary of the 1939 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios film The Wizard of Ozby watching this iconic classic again.

No registration is required.  Refreshments will be provided.

Under 16 welcome to attend with an adult.

Sunday, August 25 at 2:00 pm: Meet Actor Bill Blair, Co-Sponsored by Sock It To Me

Photos of Bill BlairMeet Bill Blair, Guinness World Book Record holder for ‘most special effect make-up characters portrayed in a career.’ Bill is a Kent native, KSU graduate, and actor who specializes in playing aliens from other worlds.

Blair has appeared on Babylon 5 and Star Trek: Deep Space 9. In addition, he has been in Sliders, as well as Star Trek: Voyager, Enterprise, The X-Files, The Invisible Man, Drew Carey, Family Law, The District, Crossing Jordan, Providence, King of Queens, Will and Grace, Yes, Dear!, Friends, Desperate Housewives, Criminal Minds, and as a regular on The Division and the HBO Series Carnivale. More recently, Bill has appeared in Blades of Glory, Saving Grace, Justified, Raising Hope, iCarly, The Defenders, How I Met Your Mother, NCIS, and Mad Men.

Blair will discuss how he came to be such a prolific actor, his experiences on set and at conventions, and what it is like to sit for 3 hours while having artists paint, glue, and spray him with various substances to turn him into aliens and other fantastic creatures. Bill will also bring memorabilia and photographs from some of his gigs.

This program is cosponsored by Sock It To Me; attendees are encouraged to donate pairs of new socks to be given to those in need.

No registration is required for this free program. All ages are welcome; 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, contact Adult Services at 330.673.4414.

Thursday, August 22 at 7:00 pm: The Fairy Tale of the Wizard of Oz

Cast of Wizard of OzIn honor of the 80th Anniversary of the 1939 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios film ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ Professor Don-John Dugas from Kent State University will discuss the symbols in this iconic American fairy tale.

No registration is required. This program is for ages 18+. For more information, please contact Adult Services at 330.673.4414.

Acme Community Cash Back Program Returns

acme-logoKent Free Library is proud to be participating in the Acme Community Cash Back Program again this year.  Now through December 31, drop your Acme receipts into the box on the Check Out Desk to help the library earn 5% back on your purchases of store brands!
Receipts must be dates August 11 through December 31, 2016.  Participating brands include: Food Club, TopCare, Full Circle, Valu Time, Simply Done, Wide Awake Coffee Co, Paws Premium, Cape Covelle, Domestix, Buckley Farms, Over the Top, @ease, and Nostimo.  You can tell if your receipt earned Community Cash Back by looking for the value at the bottom of your receipt.
If you have any questions about the program, please speak with a librarian at the Information Desk.  Thanks for supporting the Kent Free Library!

Monday, August 19: Fall Story Times Begin!

The library’s next 14-week story time session begins on Monday, August 19.  The library offers 6 weekly stories times for babies through preschoolers, and also has story times for children of all ages.  Story times are led by early-literacy trained librarians and include movement, music, and of course stories.

Other programs for children also begin in August, including craft programs, reading to therapy dogs, Pokemon Club, activities for middle schoolers, the popular Tween Zone, and several exciting special events.

See the Children’s Events calendar for a full list.

Thursday, August 15 at 7:00 pm: Between the Covers Romance Book Group

August is Read-a-Romance month, and the Kent Free Library is celebrating by launching a new romance book group, Between the Covers. The first meeting will be Thursday, August 15 at 7:00 at Tree City Coffee.

The theme of the first meeting is “Ohio Reads!” Fall in love with Ohio by reading a romance novel set in Ohio, like romantic comedy “Waiting for Tom Hanks” by Kerry Winfrey or sweet romance “Take a Chance” by Shelley Shepard Gray, or a book by an Ohio author, like Lori Foster’s erotic “Fighting Dirty” or Karen Harper’s romantic suspense “Chasing Shadows.”


Contact a librarian for more recommendations, or feel free to read a favorite on any theme and join in the fun discussion.

No registration is required. This program is for adults ages 18+. Refreshments are not provided but are available for purchase. No purchase is necessary to attend the program. For more information, contact Adult Services at 330.673.4414.

Wednesday, Aug. 14 from 2:00 – 7:00 pm: American Red Cross Blood Drive

Please help us make our first ever blood drive successful! Whether you’re a regular donor or a first timer, give in the convenient and comfortable library!  Donors will be eligible to receive a free $5 voucher for Amazon in their email!

The Red Cross has an Emergency Need for all blood types.

To schedule, please either go to; use the Red Cross Blood Donor App on your mobile device and enter Sponsor Code Kent; or call 1.800.RED.CROSS (1.800.733.2767). Walkins are welcome, although scheduling is encouraged.