Story Times Resume in September

boybooksThe Youth Services Fall 2014 Story Time session begins Monday, September 15.  No registration is required for the ten week session. Pick up boarding passes at the desk in the DuBois Children’s Reading Room upon arrival up to 30 minutes story time begins.  Space is limited to 50 people per program.

Baby Time

For children 6-24 months with a favorite adult.

Wednesdays 11:15 am

Toddler Tales

For 2 & 3 year old children with a favorite adult.

Mondays 10:30 am
Wednesdays 10:30 am

Pajama Time

For children of all ages with a favorite adult. Feel free to come in your PJs!

Mondays 7:00 pm
Tuesdays 7:00 pm

Music with Mr. Jim

Mr. Jim’s story time with his guitar, for children of all ages with a favorite adult.

Tuesdays 10:30 am

Preschool Place

For 4 & 5 year old children. Includes books, songs and a craft.

Mondays 1:30 pm
Tuesdays 1:30 pm

NEOMED Presents: Obesity, Physical Activity and the Brain . . . and Zombies

zombieSign up now for another great program by NEOMED at the Kent Free Library on Monday, September 8, at 6:30 pm!

Have you ever wondered why some people gain weight and others don’t?  Or why zombies eat such a high fat diet of brains, but you never see an obese one? and not be obese?  NEOMED presenters Colleen M. Novak Ph.D. and Mark E. Smyers discuss why obesity isn’t always about eating too much!  Learn about the role genes play in weight, and how they influence our brains to change our physical activity and how we burn calories.

Call to register at 330.673.4414.

New “Book a Librarian” Service Begins in September

erinStarting in September, you can “Book a Librarian” to work with you one-on-one on your research questions or technology training needs.  Appointments are up to one hour long and need to be arranged in advance by calling the Information Desk.

What We Can Help You With:*

  • Setting up an email account
  • Research beyond simple Google searches
  • Using databases and online research tools, including finding articles and        genealogy
  • Using your mobile device to access our digital library services including Freegal, Zinio, Axis360, or the Ohio Digital Library
  • Using the library’s website or catalog
  • Microsoft Office programs including Word, Excel, Publisher, and PowerPoint
  • Setting up an account on Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, or other social        networking sites
  • File management
  • Creating a resume or searching online job listing sites

When Appointments Are Available:

Mondays between 2:00 and 4:00 pm

Wednesdays between 5:00 and 7:00 pm

Thursdays between 2:00 and 4:00 pm

How Long are Appointments:

Each appointment may last up to one hour. Additional appointments may be requested with a maximum of two per month per patron.

How to Make an Appointment:

Stop by the Information Desk or call us at 330.673.4414 starting the Monday of the week before. Appointments must be made at least 24 hours in advance. We will ask you to briefly explain what you would like assistance with.

Who Will Assist You:

We will consider your appointment request and determine the best librarian to work with you based on expertise and availability.  Specific librarians may not be requested.

Where You Will Meet Your Librarian:

Meet the librarian at the 2nd floor Information Desk by the Computer Lab.


*What We Cannot Help With:

  • Applications or forms involving personal information, such as your social security number
  • Medical, legal, or investment advice
  • Making online purchases or paying bills
  • Filing out tax forms
  • Troubleshooting or maintenance help with your personal computer or other device
  • Typing or editing documents


New Photocopiers with Scanning

The library is pleased to announce that we have replaced our public photocopiers with three new, easy to use machines.

Two copiers are located next to the Check Out Desk on the first floor in the Copy Center; one is on the second floor in the computer lab.

Black and white copies are $.10 and color are $.25 each.  The machines take bills or coins; unfortunately the new copiers no longer accept a Kent Free Library card or a print card for discounted payment.

However, one feature of these new copiers is that they can scan documents.  You may quickly scan your documents and either save them to a flash drive or email them to yourself, then open and print your documents out in the 2nd floor computer lab.  The computer lab printers do still accept the KFL card or print card.

For more assistance, please don’t hesitate to ask one of the library staff.  We’ll be happy to show you how to use these efficient new machines!

Scan and Email Documents



The new color copier in the first floor Copy Center, just to the left of the Check Out Desk.






The main menu screen.  Touch E-mail to begin the scanning process.







Touch “New Recipient” to a keyboard to type in one or more email address.  Touch the green Add button after each address, then touch Close when you are finished.DSCN1801








DSCN1802Time to Scan!  Press the large green Start button.  The screen will show the progress of your scan.


A Hard Day’s Night with Beatles Scholar Aaron Krerowicz

harddaysWe are pleased to welcome back Beatles scholar Aaron Krerowicz on Sunday, August 17 at 2 p.m. for a program to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the film A Hard Day’s Night. The only Beatles album to feature exclusively Lennon/McCartney songs, A Hard Day’s Night is both the product of Beatlemania and the beginning of its end.

Krerowicz’s multimedia presentation will observe and analyze the album and film, citing musical and historical precedents, and illustrating the band’s development through excerpts from interviews with the members and clips of discarded takes.

Registration requested for this free program. Please contact the Information Desk at 330.673.4414.

Signups Underway for Antique Appraisal Program

Jeff Byce With Antique

Auctioneer Jeff Byce

Find out whether your family heirloom actually is worth a fortune when auctioneer and appraiser Jeff Byce visits the Kent Free Library on Tuesday, September 23 at 5:30 pm.

Register now by calling the Information Desk at 330.673.4414 to be among the limited number of antique owners invited to bring up to 3 of your treasures to find out what they’re worth. Objects for appraisal must be small enough for one person to carry without difficulty.

On the day of the program, antique owners will be admitted and given numbers starting at 5:00 pm and the program will officially commence at 5:30.
Please contact the Information Desk at 330.673.4414 to register.

Songwriters Perform Free Concert

Mick Promo 1Throughout July, seven local songwriters have been meeting and working weekly with teacher and musician Mick Rogers at the Kent Free Library. On Sunday, August 10 at 2 p.m., the public is invited to the library to hear the original pieces composed during this workshop.

According to Rogers, the participants had various levels of writing and performing experience, from beginners to those with music degrees. The songs developed over the course of the workshop have also been varied, from humorous and whimsical to heavy, and just lyrics or just the music.

The concert will feature the debut of these original compositions, performed on guitar and keyboard.

“It’s been a very positive experience,” says Rogers. He continues that he finds value and surprises in working with people who pay special attention to music and speak a common language about it.

No registration is required for the all-ages concert. For more information, please contact the Information Desk at 330.673.4414.

Art of Living Well: Hospice Cares

hospiceDo you have questions or are interested in learning more about what hospice care can provide to your family? On Monday, August 11 at 7:00 pm, come to a free informational program.

Bernadette Thomas, Coordinator of Robinson Memorial Hospital’s Hospice Volunteer Services, and Leigh Herington, former State Senator and Hospice Volunteer, will provide a history of hospice, the services it provides to individuals and families, and information for those interested in volunteering.

Registration requested for this free program. Please contact the Information Desk at 330.673.4414.

Glauser String Quartet Performs Free Concert

glauserEnjoy a free concert by Kent State University’s Glauser String Quartet on Sunday, July 27, 2:00 pm in the library’s meeting room.

The ensemble will be performing Haydn String Quartet No. 63 in B flat Major, Op. 76, No.4;Bartok String Quartet No. 2 Op. 17, Sz 67; and Mendelssohn String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 44, No. 1.

No registration is required for this all-ages program; however space is limited.  Passes will be available at the 2nd floor Information Desk beginning at 1:30 pm the day of the concert.

Read more about the Glauser String Quartet

Volunteer Meeting Scheduled for July 22

RFID-TagThe Kent Free Library is seeking adult volunteers to assist with a project to re-RFID every item in the collection.  New RFID tags will improve the efficiency of checking out materials.

Those interested in volunteering are invited to an orientation meeting on Tuesday, July 22 at 7:00 pm in the library’s meeting room.  Volunteers should also complete a Volunteer Application.

The project will begin in early August and last for at least 3 months.  Shifts will be 2 or 3 hours during regular library hours on Mondays and Tuesdays.  Volunteers should be able to lift, bend, and stretch, and to walk or stand for most of their shift.

For more information about the project, please contact Community and Special Services Manager Kristen Pool at [email protected] or 330.673.4414.