Wednesday, June 14 at 6:30 pm: The Food Not Lawns Movement

Armful of vegetablesBuild a better world by learning to produce your own food.

The library will host a presentation by Don Abbott of Kent Food Not Lawns on Wednesday, June 14 at 6:30 pm.

Kent Food Not Lawns is dedicated to encouraging individuals to produce food for themselves, their families, and others by providing information, education, support, seed swaps, and much more. Hear how this movement is helping typical backyard and community gardeners grow hundreds of pounds of food each year.

All ages are invited to this free event. Please register by calling the Information Desk at 330.673.4414.

Wednesday, June 7 at 6:00 pm: Snapology

Lego CrocodileVisit the library to help save the planet with Snapology. Each participant will select a mini-figure superhero and develop a machine for the hero to use. Will your machine reduce pollution? Recycle materials? Fix the planet’s climate? The possibilities are endless! If you’re brave enough join us for the brick-building fun! This program is for children ages 5–10.

For children ages 5 – 10.  Registration is required and begins Wednesday, May 31. Space is limited.

Saturday, June 3 at 11:00 am: Gnome and Fairy Houses

GnomeBring magic into your backyard by making gnome and fairy homes and other fantastical crafts on Saturday, June 3 at 11:00 am.  This craft is for families with children of all ages.

To register, call the Youth Services Department at 330.673.4414.

Saturday, August 5: Summer Reading Programs Wrap Up

Be sure to come in by Saturday, August 5, the last day of the Summer Reading Program, to report your reading!  This year’s theme has been Build a Better World.

Participating children will receive an official record to track their reading throughout the summer, and can earn prizes for every five hours of reading. Super Readers who read 20 or more hours will receive a book of their choosing from Scholastic with a commemorative bookplate. Incentives are generously sponsored by Kent Kiwanis, Kent Free Library Foundation’s Cecil Bumphrey Fund, and the ACME Community Cashback program.  More.

Teens and tweens can win scratch-off tickets for books they read–each ticket is a chance to win great prizes like gift cards to local businesses, KSU gear, free books, and more. Readers will also be entered in a Grand Prize raffle.

Adults who submit reviews of the books they read will be entered into prize drawings.

New this year for all ages, complete challenges to earn buttons to pin on a lanyard.

In addition, the library has scheduled dozens of programs related to the Build a Better World theme.  Visit the Youth Services Upcoming Events Page or the Adult Services Upcoming Events Page.

Sunday, May 21 at 2:00 pm: Free Concert with Dog Friendly

Along with our other events for National Pet Month, we’ve invited Dog Friendly, a steel drum duo, to perform a family friendly concert!

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, May 13 at 11:00 am: Open Music Concert

Students, age 17 and under, currently enrolled in music lessons, may sign up to play a short piece in a public concert at the library. All skills levels are encouraged to participate. A piano will be available for student’s use.

Registration is required and begins on May 6. Space is limited. Everyone is encouraged to attend this event as part of the audience.

Pet Supply Drive for Portage APL

Portage APL LogoMay is National Pet Month and we are honoring our four-legged family members. Join us all month long for the festivities!

All month we are collecting much needed supplies for the Portage APL. The Portage Animal Protective League is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, dedicated to the care and welfare of the abused, abandoned, sick and injured animals that come through their doors. All of their efforts are funded through donations.

Check out the APL’s Shelter Wish List or pick up a copy at the Information Desk.

Check out the Adult Services page for weekly programs, and don’t miss a free concert on Sunday, May 21 at 2:00 pm with Dog Friendly, a steel drum duo!

Saturday, May 6 at 11:00 am: Flower Hour

Families with children ages 5-12 are invited to make a fun flower craft on Saturday, May 6 at 11:00 am. Using all kinds of materials, families can create blooms that will never wilt. Give them as gifts or use them as decorations for year-round cheer.

Registration is required by calling the Youth Services Department at 330.673.4414.

Sunday, April 23 at 2:00 pm: Free Concert with Moustache Yourself

Moustache YourselfMoustache Yourself is proud to be known as Akron, Ohio’s premier Gypsy Jazz Quartet! Gypsy jazz, also known as gypsy swing, hot club jazz, or by the French name, “Jazz Manouche,” is a style of jazz music made famous by guitarist Django Reinhardt in the 1930s. Its infectious rhythm and entrancing melodies will capture your soul and transport you to a different time and place.
This is a family friendly event. 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, April 22 from 11:00 -1:00: Life-sized Candyland

On Saturday, April 22, the Dubois Children’s Reading Room will be transformed into a life-sized version of the popular board game Candyland!

Families with children of all ages can drop in to pick up a game card and play at their own pace. No registration is required. For more information, please call Youth Services at 330.673.4414.