Seed Library Opens Again

Gardening enthusiasts are invited to “check out” seeds from The Seed Library of the Kent Free Library this spring. Community members may select up to 20 packets of seeds, which are arranged by type and variety in a repurposed old card catalog near the library’s Information Desk.

If gardeners have a successful crop from the seeds they “borrow,” they are encouraged to return seeds to restock the Seed Library for next year.

Community and Special Services Manager Kristen Pool notes that this is the second year the Seed Library has been open. “About 1,100 seed packets were checked out last spring,” says Pool. “11 community members returned 44 bags of seed, and High Mowing Organic Seed donated about 200 more packets.”

Volunteers from Kent Food Not Lawns, Portage County Master Gardeners, and a local 4-H group helped repackage the donations into smaller packets, which were then labled. “We have about 1,200 packets of seeds to check out this year, including 19 different kinds of heirloom tomatoes and 3 kinds of sunflowers” says Pool.

“There are plenty of vegetables and flowers that are easy to grow and to save seeds from, even for newer gardeners or those with small spaces,” says Pool. “Anyone is welcome to take any of the seeds to grow, but only experienced seed savers are encouraged to return seeds from the varieties that are more difficult to save, like turnips, kale, and cabbage.”

Stop in any time the library is open to browse the Seed Library. To borrow seeds, just complete a Check Out form. For more information, visit or call the Information Desk at 330.673.4414.

Thursday, March 23 at 6:30 pm: Plant Based Eating for Older Adults with Chef Giulia

Chef GiuliaEnjoy a program with Vegetarian/Vegan Personal Chef, Cooking Instructor and Food Coach Chef Giulia on Thursday, March 23 at 6:30 pm on the benefits and challenges of incorporating more plant-based foods into your diet.  There are health, physical, emotional, and lifestyle changes after middle age, and it is important to take one’s diet into consideration.

The focus will be on nutrient-dense, simple to prepare, tasty foods you can make in your own kitchen from common ingredients found in local groceries, with an emphasis on foods that are lower in salt, sugar, and fat, and higher in fiber and pre- and probiotics. Ideas for updating familiar recipes will be offered. Helpful resources will be provided and samples of health-providing plant-based foods will be available for tasting.

This program is for adults. Spaces are limited; registration is underway.

Sunday, March 12 at 2:00 pm: Free Concert with Goslee Reed & Kean

Goslee Reed & Kean promotional photoThe Kent Free Library will host a free all-ages concert by Goslee Reed & Kean on Sunday, March 12 at 2:00 pm.

Goslee Reed & Kean will perform a mix of originals and covers of traditional folk and country songs, Irish and fiddle tunes, with an emphasis on harmonies and instrumental improvisation. The songs run the gamut from beautiful ballads to toe-tappers, with a healthy helping of humor as well. If you enjoy duos like Tim and Molly O’Brien, and Jay Unger and Molly Mason, you’ll love Goslee Reed & Kean!

No registration is required, but because seating is limited, attendees must pick up a pass at the 2nd floor information desk after 1:30 p.m. on the day of the concert. For more information, please call 330.673.4414.

Thursday, March 9 at 11:00 am: New Book Club

Book Club logoJoin fellow book lovers on the second Thursday of each month at 11:00 am for a lively discussion of selected fiction or nonfiction titles.  This group will meet for the first time on Thursday, March 9 to discuss Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller.  New members are always welcome!

No registration is required. Find copies of each month’s title at the Check Out Desk or check out the Ohio Digital Library for a title.

Future titles include:

Thursday, April 13: The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff
Thursday, May 11: A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline
Thursday, June 8: Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
Thursday, July 13:  Marlena by Julie Buntin
Thursday, August 10: The Space Between the Stars by Anne Corlett


Sunday, February 26 at 2:00 pm: Free Violin Concert with Alejandro Luengas

Enjoy a free family-friendly concert by violinist Alejandro Luengas, accompanied by pianist Sonny Yoo, at the Kent Free Library on Sunday, February 26 at 2:00 pm.

Luengas-Ramirez, Colombian violinist, is in the Chamber Music Master Degree Program at Kent State University and is a member of the Tierradentro String Quartet. Pianist Yoo is finishing his Master’s degrees in both Piano Performance and Composition at Kent State University this spring.

Read more about the musicians.

No registration is required; however, because space is limited, audience members must pick up a pass at the 2nd floor information desk beginning 30 minutes before the event.

Saturday, February 25 at 2:00 pm: Kent Karate Introduces Kung Fu

Children ages 7 and under are invited to a free program offered by Kent Karate and Family Fitness at the Kent Free Library on Saturday, February 25 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm  Enjoy fun games and activities while learning about Kung Fu.

This session for beginners centers on five animals: Monkey, Tiger, Snake, Crane and Mantis. Learn how to move and act like these animals while learning some of the techniques that are based on them.

Space is limited and registration is required. Please stop by the Dubois Children’s Reading Room or call Youth Services at 330.673.4414.

Monday, February 20 at 7:00 pm: Friends of KFL Annual Meeting

Everyone who joined the Friends of Kent Free Library last year or who is interested in joining this year is invited to the Annual Meeting on Monday, February 20 at 7:00 pm in the 2nd floor meeting room.  The doors will open at 6:30 pm for a dessert reception, with the meeting beginning at 7:00 pm.

During the reception, Friends will be able to signup/renew their annual membership, consider volunteer opportunities that need support, and take advantage of a Member Only special to purchase a Library tote bag at cost – just $5! (cash or check only, please).

At the meeting, the Friends Board will update everyone on the status of our group, discuss plans for 2017 and vote on 2017 Friends Board members who will guide the group for the year.  Members will also vote on two proposed Amendments to the Constitution/Bylaws.
Both the slate of nominees and the Amendments are available at the library information desk and on the Friends page of the library website to preview.  Please note, that attendees must be a current 2017 paid member in order to participate in the voting.
Several awards for outstanding 2016 Volunteers will also be awarded.

Thursday, February 16 at 6:00 pm: Seed Packaging Party

Join volunteers from Kent Food Not Lawns and the Portage County Master Gardeners at the Kent Free Library on Thursday, February 16 from 6:30-8:30 pm for a ‘Seed Packaging Party’ to replentish the Seed Library.

Local gardeners have donated seeds from last summer’s harvest, and seed companies such as High Mowing Organic Seeds have also donated. Volunteers will repackage seeds into smaller quantities and prepare the packets for labeling. Seeds will be ready for ‘check out’ from the Seed Library by March 15.

All ages are welcome to attend the packaging party and no registration is required; drop in any time and stay as long as you’d like. Learn more about the Seed Library.

Monday, February 13 at 6:30 pm: Meditation with Jen Shope

Photo of Jen ShopeEnjoy a free introduction to meditation with Jen Shope on Monday, February 13 at 6:30 pm.

Meditation not only reduces stress and promotes relaxation and peace, it also lowers blood pressure, boosts your immune system and improves memory and concentration. Regular meditation also improves emotional health, easing the symptoms of depression and anxiety. There are many ways to meditate, but the basis of the practice is about pausing and coming into stillness, connecting with the present moment.

In this class with Jen Shope of Zen Path Healing Arts, attendees will be guided through a variety of simple meditation techniques.

This program is for adults and no experience with meditation is necessary. Space is limited; register by calling the Information Desk at 330.673.4414.