Saturday, August 21: Friends of KFL Donation Drive

Friends of Kent Free Library volunteers will be in the library parking lot on Saturday, August 21 from 10:00 – 2:00 to accept your donations right from the trunk of your car.

Acceptable items include:

  • Popular fiction in hardback and paperback
  • New non-fiction (generally published within the last 2-3 years)
  • Gently used children’s books
  • DVDs, CDs, and unabridged audiobooks on CD
  • Local history items related to Kent

The Friends cannot accept:

  • Items in poor physical condition. This includes items that are yellowed, dirty, torn, missing pages or cover, brittle pages, mildewed or otherwise hazardous to someone’s health, excessive highlighting or handwriting, and scratched or worn audiovisual items
  • Textbooks
  • Mail order catalogs
  • Magazines (except Craft, Gardening, Cooking or Hobby subjects from the current year)
  • Encyclopedias, full or partial sets
  • Condensed/Abridged books, including Reader’s Digest
  • Cassettes (audio or video)

Saturday, July 31 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm: Bring the Farm to You and Penguin Ice Cream

Families with children of all ages, are invited to join us for a special visit from real life farm animals! Interact with chickens, ducks, rabbits, turkeys, sheep goats and more from 2:00 – 3:00 pm! Penguin Ice Cream will also be here from 1:00 – 3:00 pm dishing up eight different ice cream flavors and toppings! This event will be held outside in the grassy area surrounding the library parking lot. Ice cream will be available on a first come first served basis.

Thursday, July 29 at 7:00 pm: Story Slam: Telling Tails

Enjoy an evening of live, in-person story telling about our intricate relationships with animals. Story tellers of all experience levels are invited to prepare a 10 minute or less true story about a time when they had an encounter with a non-human creature that affected their life or understanding of the world. Subject matter and language of stories should be appropriate for a general audience. The order of storytellers will be at random and as many as possible will be included during the program. Those wishing to just listen are welcome. For adults ages 18+. No registration required.

Saturday, July 24 at 11:00 am: Virtual Pokemon Palooza

Calling all Pokémon fans ages 14 and under, join us on Zoom on Saturday, July 24 at 11 a.m. for Pokémon Palooza! Have you missed Pokémon Club as much as we have? Join us to talk about Pokémon, show and tell your coolest cards and more! Registration is required and begins one week prior to the meeting. Registrants will receive an email containing the Zoom link 30 minutes prior to the start of the program.

Monday, July 19 at 9:00 am: Walk and Talk for Parents and Small Children

Parents with children that can ride in a stroller are invited to join us for a walking program on Monday mornings at Tanner Park. We will meet at Tannery Park and complete a 30 to 45 minute walk. This is a great opportunity to meet other parents with small children and get in some exercise! Registration is required for each meeting. Registration begins one week in advance of each meeting. Registrants will be notified via telephone or email if meetings are cancelled due to inclement weather.

Friday, July 23 at 2:00 pm: Wizardly Weekend Owl Show Presented by the Ohio Bird Sanctuary

Families with children of all ages are invited to join us at Fred Fuller Park as we celebrate Wizardly Weekend with an Owl Show presented by The Ohio Bird Sanctuary! The program will begin at 2 p.m. at the Main Stage of Fred Fuller Park. No registration is required. (The rain location will be the Kent Free Library 2nd floor meeting room, and attendance limited to 50, first come first served, starting at 1:30 pm)

Thursday, July 1: Author Visit with Melissa Crandall

Local author Melissa Crandall’s book, Elephant Speak: A Devoted Keeper’s Life Among the Herd celebrates the extraordinary bond between humans and elephants. Her book follows the 30-year career of Roger Henneous, the Oregon Zoo’s caretaker for the largest breeding herd of elephants in North America. Widely regarded as a pioneer in the field of elephant management, Henneous continues to be an inspiration to generations of animal care professionals. Hear about his unwavering devotion to the elephants and his unique ability to learn their language and speak on their behalf. A question and answer time will follow the presentation.

One attendee will receive a door prize–an autographed copy of Elephant Speak.  Registration is required and starts June 10. Registrants will receive an email with a Zoom link.  All ages welcome.

Wednesday, June 30 at 6:30 pm: Writing Program

Whether you want to enhance your fiction writing craft, or are writing fiction for the first time, hear about strategies for writing fiction from Kent State University’s Wick Graduate Teaching Artist, Caitie Young. This workshop is a two-part class combining instruction, writing exercise, discussion, and question & answer. Enjoy hearing ways to develop you own fiction writing craft while making connections with other local writers. Registration is required.  Registrants will receive an email with a Zoom link to the program. For adults ages 18+.

Tuesday, June 29: Youth Animal Photo Contest Entry Deadline

Shutterbugs, get ready for our 14th annual photo contest for students entering grades 5—8! Take pictures of your favorite animal and submit the photos via email to Leah Berger: [email protected] by Tuesday, June 29. Each photographer may submit two entries. Please include the following information in the email along with your photograph: student’s name, parent/guardian’s name, grade entering, phone number, and the title of photograph.

Photos will be on display in the children’s room from July 5 through July 30 for the public to view and vote on their favorite. The top three photographers will receive Target gift cards. Librarians will notify winners by August 6, 2021.

Thursday, June 24 at 7:00 pm: Black Squirrels: Kent’s Most Famous Critter

Squirrels are a relatively diverse group of mammals which includes nearly 300 species worldwide. We can find seven species of squirrel right here in Ohio. However, the most famous squirrels in-and-around Kent are the populations of black squirrels that have become synonymous with Kent State University. Greg Smith, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Kent State University at Stark, tells the story of Kent’s famous critter. Learn where black squirrels came from, why they are in Kent, and how human-created changes to the Northeast Ohio landscape impact their population dynamics and community structure.  One attendee will win a door prize! Registration is required and begins on Thursday, June 3. Registrants will receive an email confirmation with a Zoom link. All ages welcome.