Bob Grau, author of Five Million Steps on a Journey of Hope: Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail, will give a discussion on his experience hiking the Appalachian Trail on Monday, September 16 at 7:00 pm.
A non-hiker, Grau began his journey in 2011, and completed the 2,181 mile hike in 170 days. Learn about Grau’s unusual personal story, the history of the trail, and the equipment and gear he used to make the journey. He will show photos taken along the trail, and take questions from the audience. Copies of his book will be available for purchase from the Kent Free Library Foundation.
Registration is requested for this event, and is underway. Please visit or contact the Information Desk to register.
On Thursday, August 22, 7:00 pm, enjoy a magical tour of The Beatles’ music spanning the ’60s, from the band’s famous visits to Hamburg, through the Beatlemania years, and concluding with Abbey Road, presented by Beatles scholar and blogger Aaron Krerowicz. His presentation will be enhanced with music clips, excerpts from interviews with band members, and more.
Beatles scholar Aaron Krerowicz earned a Bachelor’s degree in music theory and composition from Butler University in 2008, a Master’s degree in music composition from Boston University in 2010, and a Graduate Artist Diploma from the University of Hartford in 2012. He maintains a daily Beatles blog at www.AaronKrerowicz.com.
Registration is requested and is underway.
The Kids’ Summer Reading Program will wrap up on Saturday, August 3–but there’s still time to bring in your reading records to get your Care for a Critter votes, entries for prizes, and for Super Readers, your yard sign!
So far, Kent Kids have read a combined total of 3,165 hours–wow! Lots of kids have earned their “Home of a Super Reader” yard sign, but there are still plenty left for kids who complete 20 hours of reading.
In other news, the Komodo Dragon has pulled ahead of the early leader, the Burrowing Owl, in the Care For a Critter Contest. Team Owl, keep reading and earning votes! Longcoy Elementary School has sent us the most summer readers with 83 readers signed up–great job Longcoy!
Mark your calendars for Friday August 2 to come to one of two Akron Zoomobile programs, at 1:00 pm and at 2:00 pm. There’s no registration, but show up no more than 1/2 hour before each program to get your boarding pass–space will be limited.
Adults have really dug our Dig into Reading! Summer Reading Program! They’ve read hundreds of books and reviewed them–some they enjoyed; some . . . not so much. Check out what they read and their reviews below!
Summer Reading for adults wraps up on July 31, but there are still lots of summer days left to find a hammock, a cold drink, and a good book!
Currently on display at the Kent Free Library is a photographic tribute by Ken Gessford titled “Processes of Transformation in Kent.” Gessford’s 36 digital photograph images show the progress of the development of the downtown area from 2009 through earlier this summer.
Gessford, a Stow resident who taught art at Kent Roosevelt High School for 30 years before retiring in 2000, wrote in his artist’s statement that he intended to “Raise people’s awareness . . . to the fast and furious changes that have taken place in Kent, OH over a short period of 5 years.”
Photographs highlight the both the tearing down and rebuilding processes that have changed the face of Acorn Alley, South Water St., the Crain Avenue Bridge, the Franklin Hotel and the PARTA Garage.
Gessford was granted unusual access to work areas, frequently donning a hard hat to take photos alongside workers. “They were so cooperative and professional,” says Gessford. “They get the job done like magic—they’re magicians.”
His fascination with the artistry of the workers is obvious in several of his photos. One titled “Elegant Worth Ethic with Pirouette Le Dance” shows a worker balanced on scaffolding with his arms raised above his head, as he works on a ceiling.
While most photos portray the energy and anticipation of the new construction, some photos also convey a bit of melancholy for the structures waiting to be torn down. A photo of the red door of a house on Erie St. with a bulldozer just visible in the foreground is titled, “The Red Scream of I Don’t Wanna Go!”
The photographs on display are a very small sample of the more than 35,000 photos Gessford has taken over the last 5 years, and he continues to document the ongoing construction. He anticipates that his project will take another year to complete. He is interested in displaying a large number photographs as a more comprehensive exhibit some day.
The exhibit at the library will be up through August and can be seen any time the library is open.
Spots are quickly filling up for the free program by Joe “the Coupon Guy” Daugirdas on Wednesday, July 24 at 7:00 pm.
The Coupon Guy has taught thousands of people across Ohio on how to save money. Learn how to consistently save 70% and more grocery shopping and 90% and more on toiletry shopping. Find out how to save money on utlilities, travel, restaurants, gas, cell phones, prescriptions, and much more. Learn the secrets of extreme couponers. Find out new ways to save money. Reduce your financial anxiety by finding ways to psychologically change your spending habits and getting your financial health back in order.
Joe can be seen on Good Morning Cleveland on Channel 5 ABC every Saturday and heard on WELW 1330 AM radio every Wednesday going over the deals of the week. He’s also appeared on NBC, CBS, FOX, WTAM, many radio programs, and featured in many newspaper articles. His web-site can be found at http://www.joethecouponguy.com/.
Stop by the Information Desk or call to reserve your spot for this hot program!
Summer Reading Program participants have cast the most votes for the burrowing owl in the library’s Care for a Critter Contest! If the owl maintains the lead for the rest of the summer, the library will adopt it from Akron Zoo. Are you a fan of the gila monster or the coyote? Then keep reading to earn votes to cast for your favorite!
Looking for a great book to read this summer? Check out what other people in the community are reading! We’re publishing reader reviews on our Book Recommendations page.
Each adult patron who signs up for our Summer Reading Program, then reads and reviews books earns entry slips for a drawing for great prizes! Plus they can share their favorites with others!
We’re showing family friendly movies in our air-conditioned Meeting Room this summer on Fridays! June 21 at 3 pm, we’ll show a movie bout a timid clownfish who sets out on a journey to find and bring home his son, who was captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney (due to licensing restrictions, the library can’t publish the titles of feature films, but is permitted to give a description–can you guess?).
On Saturday, June 22 from 11 to 12, the Kent Free Library will become “Camp KFL.” All ages are invited to celebrate summer at the library by participating in a variety of outside games and activities.
Registration is required for this free program and begins June 15 and closes on Friday, June 21 at 6:00 pm. Space is limited. Stop by or contact the Youth Services Department at 330.673.4414.