Sunday, March 8 at 2:00 pm: Free Concert by the Akron & District Pipe Band

Akron Pipe Bank LogoEnjoy a free all-ages concert by The Akron & District Pipe Band.  This high energy group features traditional music of the bagpipes, highland snare, tenor and bass drums. Founded in 1979, the band originally made its home at the 107th Armored Cavalry Ohio National Guard Armory in Stow, Ohio, and continues now at Family of Faith Church in downtown Akron. They continue to provide education and entertainment throughout the greater Ohio area, offering free lessons to anyone interested in learning to play the Great Highland Bagpipes or drums.

Concerts are are held on the 2nd floor balcony so the music may be enjoyed throughout the library. Limited seating is available. No registration required. CDs will be available for sale.

Sunday, March 1 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm: Board Gaming Club

Generic board gameEnjoy playing board games at the Kent Free Library!  This friendly group meets the first Sunday of each from 1:30 – 4:30 to play a variety of board games, including some from the library’s own collection.  Drop in to play and stay as long as you’d like.

No registration is required.  Intended for adults; children ages 13 and over are welcome with an accompanying adult.

Saturday, February 29 at 2:00 pm: Leap Day Party!

Kids jumpingKids ages 3 – 12 are invited to a Leap Day Party. Discover your leap age, indulge in a leaping sweet treat, find out how far you can leap, and more!

Registration is required. Visit www.kentfreelibrary.org or call the Youth Services Department at 330.673.4414.

Thursday, February 27 at 6:30 pm: Our History through Storytelling

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Storytelling is a vehicle by which history and traditions are passed from one generation to the next. Storytelling breathes life into the past and gives the listener a sense of belonging and an understanding of what came before. Dr. Geraldine Hayes-Nelson, President of the Portage County NAACP, leads a celebration of Black History Month with an evening of storytellers who will share their stories reflecting the ever changing African American community in Portage County.

For adults ages 18 and up.  No registration necessary.

Tuesday, February 25 at 7:00 pm: Lecture on Harriet Tubman

TubmanRev. Julie Blake Fisher, Rector, Christ Episcopal Church in Kent shares fascinating background on the life of Harriet Tubman. Best known as an abolitionist and Conductor on the Underground Railroad, Tubman was also a Civil War scout who participated in the rescue of 750 slaves in South Carolina, and an activist for women’s suffrage.

For adults ages 18 and up. No registration required.

Monday, February 17 at 7:00 pm: Author Tameka N. Ellington

EllingtonDr. Tameka N. Ellington, Kent State University Professor in the School of Fashion Design and Merchandising, will discuss her book.

Ellington’s ‘Make Fear Your Superpower’ is a witty and real memoir that speaks to the inner courage that we all possess. She will discuss the many struggles Black women have regarding their beauty, with a special focus on hairstyles. Copies of the book will be available for purchasing and signing.

For adults ages 18 and up. No registration required. For more information, contact Adult Services at 330.673.4414.

Saturday, February 15 at 2:00 pm: KSU African Ensemble in Concert

african drumsEnjoy a free, all ages interactive performance by the Kent State University African Ensemble. Featuring traditional and modern drumming, dancing, and singing from various cultural groups in Africa and its diaspora, the ensemble also explains history of this art form. Audience members will even be encouraged to get on their feet, participating in the fun!

Concerts are held on the 2nd floor balcony, so music can be enjoyed throughout the library. Limited seating is available. No registration is required.

Tuesday, February 11 at 6:30 pm: Film Series: Harriet Tubman

The Library will host a viewing of the 2019 biographical film ‘Harriet’ in the 2nd floor meeting room. This cinematographic portrayal of Harriet Tubman, the slave turned abolitionist, has already been nominated for and won dozens of awards.

On Tuesday, February 25, 7:00 p.m., the Kent Interfaith Alliance will cosponsor a presentation in the library’s meeting room by the Rev. Julie Blake Fisher, Rector, Christ Episcopal Church in Kent. Learn more about Tubman, including her work as an Underground Railroad Conductor, Civil War scout who participated in the rescue of 750 slaves in South Carolina, and an activist for women’s suffrage.

Both programs are for adults ages 18 and up and do not require registration. For more information, please contact Adult Services at 330.673.4414.

Saturday, February 8 at 11:00 am: Ballet Excel Ohio

Members of Ballet Excel Ohio, an all youth dance group from Akron, provide a sneak peak of ‘The Snow Queen’ for children of all ages.

The ballet, directed by renowned NYC choreographer Tom Gold, is inspired by one of Hans Christian Anderson’s most beloved children’s stories. Two children are carried through magical lands and spectacular settings where they encounter an elegant queen, a snowman, flowers, snowflakes, and so much more. Ballet Excel will perform the full ballet at the Akron Civic Theater in March.

Registration is not required. Passes may be picked up beginning 30 minutes prior to the performance.