Join a Book Club in 2016!

BookClubResolve to read more in 2016 by joining one of the library’s book clubs!  With 3 choices for adults, we have a club to fit any taste!

Monday Morning Book Group: B.Y.O.C. (Bring Your Own Cup)

Nothing goes better with coffee than a book group! This book group will meet the first Monday morning of every month at 11:00 am. Bring your own cup; we’ll supply the coffee!  No registration is required.  Find copies of each month’s title at the Check Out Desk or click on the link to the right to read a sample and check for availability of an ebook copy through the Ohio Digital Library.

Monday, January 4:The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows

Read the Classics Book Club

For nearly 8 years, this all-ages group has been meeting to discuss classic and award-winning novels, nonfiction, and plays, such as A Tale of Two Cities, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Charlotte’s Web, and Midsummer Night’s Dream. Join this energetic group on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm in the 2nd Floor Meeting Room. Stop by the Check Out Desk to sign out each month’s selection or click on the link to the right to read a sample and check for availability of an ebook copy

Tuesday, January 19:  The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm (Jack Zipes edition, 2014)

Last Monday Book Group

Meet with us the last Monday of the month at 6:30 pm to discuss a variety of fiction titles in a fun, laid-back setting. This is an “anything goes” book club and our books will be diverse in their range. No registration is required.  Find copies of each month’s title at the Check Out Desk or click on the link to the right to read a sample and check for availability of an ebook copy through the Ohio Digital Library.

Monday, January 25: Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart




One-on-One eReader Assistance

Young woman using digital tabletIf you received an ereader this holiday season, your Kent Free Library card adds value to that gift!  Your library card gives you access to the Ohio Digital Library, a statewide, shared collection of over 77,000 ebooks, digital audiobooks, magazines, and videos.

Titles are in all genres, all reading levels, and 38 different languages.  You can check out 10 titles at one time and place holds on popular items.  The catalog is easy to use, and gives options for searching for titles that are available for immediate checkout, making it easy to find something to read in a hurry.

Need help figuring out how to use that new ereader?  Let our knowledgeable librarians walk you through it.  Bring your device and your questions on the following dates and times:

Monday, January 4, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Tuesday, January 5, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Wednesday, January 6, 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Thursday, January 7, 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Monday, January 11, 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Tuesday, January 12, 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Wednesday, January 13, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Thursday, January 14, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Registration is requested. Walk-in help will be also be available during these sessions.

Stopper Quartet Performs Free Concert

StopperQuartetEnjoy a free, all ages concert by Kent State University’s Stopper String Quartet on Sunday, December 13 at 2:00 pm.

The quartet was founded in 2014 by Tak-Kin Wong (violin), Ming-yuan Song (violin), Wing-Sun Man (viola), and Vincent Leung (cello), all of whom are pursuing their Master of Performance at KSU.  They are coached by current and former members of the Miami String Quartet, including Cathy Meng Robinson, Keith Robinson and Yu Jin.

Members of the Stopper String Quartet participated in numerous music festivals throughout America including Texas Music Festival, Cincinnati Young Artists Chamber Music Festival, Kent/Blossom Music Festival, Heartland Chamber Music Festival.

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.  For more information, call 330.673.4414.

Variety of Holiday Events Planned

HolidayProgramsNoLogoThere’s something to help everyone get a little more into the holiday spirit this season!

Story Time with Mr. Jim

December 14 at 7 pm

Join Mr. Jim in the Meeting Room for an all ages story time featuring seasonal stories and songs.

No registration is required. Pick up a boarding pass at the Children’s Desk 30 minutes before the program. Space is limited.


December 14, 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Families with children in grades 5 and under are invited to join us for a drop in craft. Younger children may need assistance. Supplies are available on a first come first served basis.

No registration is required.

snowflakesSnowflake Spectacular

Saturday, December 12th at 11:00 am

Join us for some snowflake fun! Families will enjoy a variety of snowflake themed crafts, games and snacks.

For families with children ages 3-12.  Registration is required and begins a week in advance. Space is limited.

Holiday Ornament Make & Take

Saturday, December 12, 2:30 – 4:00 pm

Adults, join us as we create a variety of festive ornaments and get into the holiday spirit. All supplies will be provided.

This program is for adults. Spaces are limited; registration is requested and begins November 14.

ElfSchool_2008Elf School

December 15, December 16 and December 17 at 4:00 pm

Children in Kindergarten through 2nd grade are invited to visit the library to see if they have what it takes to be an elf! We will read holiday books, play reindeer games and make crafts and treats.  Each day there will be different activities.

Registration is required and beings a week in advance of each program date.

believeFamily Movie Night

Tuesday, December 22 at 6:00 pm

Families are invited to wear their pajamas and get cozy for movie night at the library on ! We will be showing a holiday favorite about a boy who boards a train headed to the North Pole.

Registration is not required.

Library’s Thanksgiving Hours

Turkey-Reading-Book-e1385068791175In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, the library will close at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, November 25.  The library will be closed all day on Thursday, November 26.

Regular hours will resume at 9:00 am on Friday, November 27.

As always when the library is closed, no items are due and no late fees are assessed.  While the library is closed, materials may still be returned at the drive through or in the drop box to the left of the parking lot entrance.

Free ‘School’s Out’ Movie on Nov. 24

movie-ticketAll ages are invited to watch a free family feature film in the meeting room on Tuesday, November 24, from 3 – 4:30 pm. Due to licensing restrictions, the library can only publish a description of the film and not the title: After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.

No registration is required.

Learn How to Make Cheesy Appetizers with Lucky Penny

Photo of cheese plate with Lucky Penny logoWe will wrap up our Fall How-To Festival on Sunday, November 22 at 2 pm. with a presentation by local cheese makers from Lucky Penny Farm, on how to create delicious and beautiful cheese appetizers for your holiday entertaining. Samples of select cheeses will be provided.

Lucky Penny Farm is located in Garrettsville, where they produce rich, nutritious goat milk that they use to make artisanal cheese and candies at their creamery in Kent.

Spaces are limited; to register, please call the Information Desk at 330.673.4414.

Cholesterol Topic of Health Talk

HealthWellnessThe Kent Free Library is pleased to offer free monthly talks for the community by board certified Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Diabetes and Asthma educator Sarah Kwon, PharmD, CDE, AE-C.

On Saturday, November 21 at 3:00 pm, Kwon will discuss information about cholesterol and Lipid Control. Spaces are limited; to register, please call 330.673.4414.

Duo Unitas Plays Free Concert

Duo Unitas - photo 1Enjoy a free, all-ages concert by Duo Unitas at the Kent Free Library on Sunday, November 15 at 2 p.m.

Duo Unitas combines the talents of guitarist Adam Sarata and woodwind player Tom Lempner.  They bring a flavorful arrangement of sambas, bossa novas, tangos, boleros, and Spanish music.  As their name implies, Duo Unitas’ objective is to perform this music together with unity of vision, character, musicianship, joy, and energy.

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

Pokemon Fans Invited to Party!

Pokemon-LogoCalling all Pokémon fans! Celebrate your POKÉ-passion with other enthusiasts at the Kent Free Library’s Pokémon Party on Saturday, November 14 at 11:00 am!  Make your own Pokéball, design your own Pokémon card, go on a hunt for Pokémon in the library, and much more.

For families with children ages 3-12. Registration is required; please call the Dubois Children’s Reading Room at 330.673.4414.