Thursday, January 30 at 7:00 pm: On the Origins of the Shakespeare Authorship Controversy

ShakespeareKent State University English Professor Don-John Dugas will explain some of the reasons why scholars continue to debate whether there was a single, real person named Shakespeare who wrote the more than 40 plays and dozens of sonnets attributed to the bard, or whether the name was used by several playwrights or was the pseudonym for another prominent person of the Elizabethan Era.

Dugas is the author of Shakespeare for Everyman and Marketing the Bard. He is the recipient of a number of teaching awards, including the Department of English’s Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring Award, the College of Arts and Sciences’ Distinguished Teacher Award, the Honors College’s Distinguished Faculty Award, and the Kent State Alumni Association’s Distinguished Teaching Award—the university’s highest teaching honor.

No registration is required for this program.

Wednesday, January 29 at 6:30 pm: Movie Night–Some Like It Hot

Marilyn MonroeEnjoy watching or rewatching the 1959 United Artists Studio film “Some Like It Hot,” set in the roaring ’20s and starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon.  Light refreshments will be provided.

This program is for adults ages 18+. No registration is required.

Mondays in January at 7:00 pm: Beginning Vinyasa Yoga

YogaEvery Monday in January at 7:00 pm, Judith Hilinski of Yoga Judith, LLC will offer beginning Vinyasa yoga classes. Please bring a mat if you have one and water, and wear comfortable clothing. A limited number of extra yoga mats will be available first come, first served.

This program is for adults ages 18+. No registration is required for these free classes. For more information, contact Adult Services at 33.673.4414.

Sunday, January 26 at 2:00 pm: Free Concert by the Tuscarawas Trio

Tuscarawas TrioEnjoy a free diverse concert by the Tuscarawas Trio. This clarinet (Jim Perone), flute (Karen Perone), and bassoon (Phil Shirley) trio performs ragtime, pop, and classical music.

Concerts at the library are for all ages and are held on the 2nd floor balcony, so music can be enjoyed throughout the building. Limited seating will be available. No registration is required.

Concerts are generously supported by the Friends of Kent Free Library. For more information, contact the Information Desk at 330.673.4414.

Saturday, January 18 at 2:00 pm: Winter Wonderland Tea Party

Children ages 4 through 10 are invited to an afternoon tea at the library! We will provide tea, snacks, and smashing activities to fill the afternoon with delight. If you feel inclined to put on your finest, please do not hesitate to come in style! Grown-ups are welcome to attend along with their young ones. Please help us get an accurate headcount by letting us know who will be attending with your child.  Register online or by calling Youth Services at 330.673.4414.

Holiday Closings

Drawing of a snowman reading a bookThe library will be closed on Tuesday, December 31 and Wednesday, January 1.  The library will reopen with regular hours at 9:00 am on Thursday, January 2.

As always when the library is closed, no items will be due and no fines will be assessed on overdue materials.  For your convenience, materials can be returned either in the drop to the left of the parking lot entrance or by using the drive through.