Thursday, February 2: Groundhog Day Movie Marathon

Snarling GroundhogCelebrate Ground Hog Day at the Kent Free Library on Thursday, February 2 by stopping by the meeting room any time from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm to watch a modern classic film about an arrogant weatherman covering Punxsutawney Phil, who finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over (due to licensing restrictions, the library cannot publish the title of the film).

You can feel the same way as Phil Connors, since we’ll run the film over and over in the meeting room all day long! Bring the whole family, and watch it all day—or just watch it once.

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

Saturday, January 28 at 11:00 am: Ballet Excel Ohio Performance

Members from Ballet Excel Ohio, and all youth dance group, provide a sneak peak of the ballets The Little Mermaid and USO (a 1942 Patriotic Radio Show) for children of all ages at the Kent Free Library on Saturday, January 28 at 11:00 am.

Members of the ballet will come in costume to read stories and lead the audience in a dance. They will perform the full ballet at the Akron Civic Theater in March.

No registration is required, but space is limited, so boarding passes will be passed out in the Children’s Reading Room starting at 10:30 am.  For more information, please call Youth Services at 330.673.4414.

Thursday, January 26 at 10:30 and 5:30: Glow-in-the-Dark Dance Parties

We’re taking our popular dance parties to the next level by making them glow-in-the-dark on Thursday, January 26. Families with toddlers through age 5 will dance at 10:30; children in Kindergarten through 3rd grade are invited to a 5:30 party.

Each participant will receive a glow necklace and bracelet to use during the party. Feel free to dress in glow-in-the-dark attire or in anything that lights-up! Each dance party will last 45 minutes.

Registration is required and space is limited. Stop by the Dubois Children’s Reading Room or call Youth Services at 330.673.4414.

Saturday, January 21 at 11:00 am: Character Candidate Election Celebration!

Pigeon and Piggie with a question markThe wait is over! You voted, and now it’s time for the BIG reveal party in the winner’s honor! Will the winner be the Pigeon or Piggie? Come to the party to find out! We have secretly decorated the meeting room and set up crafts, games, and a snack! Join us Saturday, January 21, at 11:00 am to see the doors open and the winner revealed!

Families with children ages 3 – 12 are welcome. Registration is required and begins January 14. Space is limited.

Wednesday, January 18 at 6:30 pm: UFOs: Fact or Fiction?

UFO in the skyJoin Thomas Wertman, Ohio’s Chief Field Investigator for the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) as he discusses the subject of ufology.  He will present both classic and recent cases, discuss then investigation process, and offer a forum for individuals to discuss their experiences.

This is a family friendly event.  Spaces are limited; registration is requested and begins December 20.

Winter Reading Program Underway

Children in grades 5 and under can pick up a Winter Reading Game Board any time on or after January 3. Once children complete their game boards, they can bring them to the Children’s Room desk and enter for a chance to win one of the grand prizes. Children have until March 3 to complete and turn in their game boards. Prize winners will be notified on Monday, March 6.

Holiday Closings Schedule

Happy_New_YearThe Kent Free Library will be closed on the following dates in observance of the the New Year’s Day holiday:

Saturday, December 31
Sunday, January 1
Monday, January 2

As always when the library is closed, no items are due and no fines are assessed on overdue materials.  Items can be returned either in the drop to the right of the parking lot entrance or by using the drive through return.

Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, January 3 at 9:00 am.

Thursday, December 29 at 6:30 pm: Medicare Program

Graphic for MedicareRaymond Dietz, Certified Insurance Agent, will be on hand on Thursday, December 29, from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm in the 2nd Floor Meeting Room to help those who are turning 65, over 65, under 65 and disabled, or family or friends of those dealing with Medicare questions and decisions. Medicare Part A, B, C, D and much more will be covered and updated.

Time will be set aside at the end for Q and A. This program is for adults and registration is requested by calling the Information Desk at 330.673.4414. Spaces are limited.

Thursday, December 22 at 6:30 pm: Interactive Family Movie Night

ticketsJoin us for a special kind of movie where you are involved in almost every scene! Families will be provided with all the props they need to participate with the movie as it progresses! A librarian will watch the movie with you and let you know which props to use and what to do with them. Take a trip to Who-ville and visit Cindy Lou Who and the Grinch!

Registration is required and begins on December 15. Space is limited.