Monday, June 22: Library Express Phase Begins

Library Reopens to Public with Precautions

On June 22, the library will transition from curbside pickup to Library Express service. We are excited to welcome the community back inside the library. During this phase, the building will reopen to the public with precautions in place to promote the continued safety of the community and library staff. Limited and essential library services will be available. This is the next step in our gradual return to full service.

Library Hours:

9:00 to 10:00 am each day is reserved for senior citizens and other high-risk visitors.

Monday – Thursday 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday Closed

The library will maintain curbside service for those uncomfortable entering the library.  The drive-thru window will reopen for hold pick up.

Stay Safe Guidelines When Visiting the Library:

We encourage responsible use of the library that will help everyone stay safe.

• Limit your visit to essential library tasks and stay no longer than one hour
• Masks are required indoors in the City of Kent
• Stay at home if you, or someone in your household, is sick or has COVID-19 symptoms
• Enter the library using the parking lot entrance
• Main Street entrance will be exit only
• Follow social distancing floor decals and signs at public service desks
• Keep a distance of at least 6 feet from others
• Use hand sanitizing stations
• Children ages 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult
• Building capacity is limited to 150 people, including staff, at one time
• Sanitizing wipes are available for public computers

Services Available:

  • Get a library card
  • Browse and check out library materials
  • Pick up holds – NEW self-serve hold pick up inside lobby
  • Return library materials
  • Make copies and scan documents
  • Use a computer – limited to one, one hour session per day
  • Use self-checkout to check on account, pay fines, or borrow materials
  • Drop off Summer Reading Adventure prize entries
  • Read newspapers and magazines
  • Speak to staff in-person about your account, to place holds, or to ask questions
  • Request 3D printing service
  • Library @Your Door service will begin Thursday, July 2

The Following Services Are Unavailable at This Time:

  • In-person programs
  • Study, conference, or meeting room use or reservations
  • Office supplies for patron use (stapler, scissors, tape, pens, pencils, paperclips)
  • Library telephones for patron use
  • Toys, puzzles, puppets, game computers, or play spaces in Children’s Room
  • One on one assistance at computers, with devices, or at copiers and printers
  • Water fountains
  • Donations of books or other library materials

Decisions about when the library will resume in-person programs will be made as more information becomes available from local and state officials and it is deemed safe to do so.

Safety Measures Put in Place by the Library:

  • Staff is required to wear masks
  • Staff perform a daily self-assessment of symptoms, including temperature, and do not report to work if sick
  • Returned library materials are quarantined for 72 hours
  • Protective barriers have been installed at public service desks
  • Social distancing floor decals have been installed
  • Increased sanitizing of high touch surfaces and common areas
  • Computers have been removed or rearranged to allow appropriate social distance
  • Furniture has been removed or rearranged to promote social distancing

Amendment to the Patron Behavior Policy:

Behavior that is deemed as threatening others with exposure to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) virus, or other pandemics, will result in eviction from the library and could be subject to criminal charges under Ohio law.

Approved by the Board of Trustees on June 11, 2020

Curbside Service

To use Curbside Service, first, place the materials you would like on Hold. Holds may be placed using the library’s catalog or mobile app; by calling the library or emailing your requests to [email protected]; by using our new chat service, available in the lower right corner of our homepage during library hours; or using our new recommendations form, which is useful if you don’t have any specific titles in mind.

Second, watch your account or wait for a phone, email, or text notice that your holds are available.  You have seven days from when you are notified to pick up your holds.

Third, arrive at the library at least 15 minutes before closing and park in one of the marked spaces in the parking lot. Call the library at 330-673-4414 option 5 and provide your name, last four digits of library card number, and parking spot number. Then open your trunk.

Once you are back in your vehicle, a library staff member will bring a bag with your holds to your vehicle and place them in the trunk. If your trunk is not open, staff will leave the bag next to your vehicle. For your safety, and the safety of our staff, we ask that you remain in your vehicle while staff is delivering your items. If you do not have a cell phone, please call before leaving home and provide an estimated time of arrival.

If you walk or bicycle to the library or ride the bus, wait by the bench to the right of the parking lot entrance and call the library. A staff member will bring your bag outside for you to retrieve once the staff member has reentered the building.

Please note that staff will not be able to accept your returns—please use the drive through or the return bins to the left of the parking lot doors. Staff also cannot accept money for fines at curbside; if you cannot come into the building, please pay fines using your online account at this time.

Friday, July 31: Summer Reading Adventures Ends!

Be sure to return your Reading Record(s) to the library, either by dropping it off at the youth or adult information desks or emailing.

In case you haven’t recorded the reading you’ve done since June 15 yet, here are the rules:

The adventure is available for all ages, encourages contactless participation from home, and offers chances to enter raffle drawings for prizes. Reading records are available below for you to print at home. Prizewinners will be notified and may pick up prizes on or after August 1.

Three Easy Steps to Get Started:

  • Print the appropriate Reading Record for each participant
  • Start reading or listening
  • Follow the directions on the reading record to enter grand prize raffles

(Birth – Entering Grade 12)

Download the Kids Reading Record

Once you have printed your reading record, begin recording the amount of time you spend reading or that someone reads to you. Listening to audiobooks also counts!

Each space on the reading record equals ten (10) minutes of reading. Color one space for every ten (10) minutes spent reading. When a reader reaches the halfway point (600 minutes/10 hours) and completes the reading record (1,200 minutes/20 hours) they get to enter the grand prize raffle drawing. To enter the raffle, scan your completed reading record, or take a photo of the reading record, and email it to: [email protected] Completed entries may also be returned to the Summer Reading Adventure drop box when the library reopens.

Participants may complete one reading record from June 15-July 31. The final day to enter is July 31. Prizewinners will be notified on or after August 1, 2020.


Prize 1: Kent gift cards: Popped, Dunkin Donuts, Chipotle, Off the Wagon
Prize 2: Kent gift cards: Tree City, Chipotle, Off the Wagon, Dairy Queen
Prize 3: Care for a Critter: the winner of this prize will choose which animal the library will sponsor at the Akron Zoo
Prize 4: Imagine Your Story @ Home: playdough, puzzles, sidewalk chalk, bubbles and a board game
Prize 5: Dragons: dragon puppet and Dragons Love Tacos books 1 and 2
Prize 6: Disney+ one year subscription
Prize 7: Kiwi Crate subscription (6 months)
Prize 8: Midway Drive-In Movies: carload passes and candy basket
Prize 9: $50 Target gift card
Prize 10: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

Ages 18+

Download the Adult Reading Record

Once you have printed a reading record, begin recording the titles of books that you read. Listening to audiobooks counts too! When you finish five (5) books, it’s time to enter the grand prize raffle drawing. To enter the raffle drawing, scan your completed reading record, or take a photo of the reading record, and email it to: [email protected] Completed entries may be returned to the Summer Reading Adventure drop box when the library reopens.

Adult participants may complete as many reading records as they wish between June 15-July 31. The final day to enter is July 31. Prizewinners will be notified on or after August 1, 2020.


Prize 1: Puzzle lovers gift basket
Prize 2: Games and Goblets gift basket
Prize 3: 1 year Acorn TV Subscription and tea set
Prize 4: Writer’s gift basket
Prize 5: $100 in Kent area Gift Cards: Bent Tree Coffee Roasters, Erie St. Kitchen, Handcrafted in Kent, Haymaker Farmers’ Market, Red Letter Days

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Digital Collection: Overdrive (Ohio Digital Library)

Access thousands of ebooks, digital audiobooks, and magazines with your KFL card through the Ohio Digital Library!  Simply get the Libby (by Overdrive) App on your smartphone, tablet, Kindle Fire, or Desktop computer, search for Kent Free Library (Ohio Digital Library), and log in with your library card number.

You can search for a particular author or title, browse by genre, or select from lists of recommendations.  As with popular books in our physical  collection, some titles might be checked out and require placing a hold; but you can also limit your search to “Available” and find many titles to check out immediately!  For other immediately available ebooks and digital audiobooks, check out our Hoopla service!

Check outs are for 21 days and you can have 10 items on your card at one time.

Digital Collections: RB Digital Magazines and Freegal Music

Enjoy thumbing through popular entertainment magazines, finding new recipes in cooking magazines, or reading indepth articles in news magazines?  Use RB Digital Magazines and your KFL library card to find hundreds of current magazines on your mobile device or Desktop computer!  Just download the RBDigital App or find the link on KFL’s website under Stream and Download Collections.

Discover new music or find old favorites with Freegal.  With the App on your mobile device or the site pulled up on your computer, you can search for songs or browse genres for songs to download, up to 3 per month.  You can also stream music for up to 3 hours per month!

Digital Collections: Hoopla and Kanopy

Thousands of movies and television shows are available to you free with your KFL card!  Hoopla provides streaming access to popular titles.  You can check out up to 20 per month!  Hoopla also has a good selection of instantly available ebooks and digital audiboooks, including 1,400 Children’s Picture Books on Video by Scholastic.  Just download the Hoopla App on your smart phone or digital device, or click on the link on the Stream and Download section under the Collections menu on our website.  You can check out 20 Hoopla items each month.

KanopyKanopy is our newest digital service that provides access to thousands of movies, especially foreign films, independent films, documentaries, and classics.  Again, just download the App or watch on your Desktop computer.  You can check out 10 Kanopy items per month.

Wednesday, March 11 at 7:00 pm: I Survived: Crash Course

Students ages 8 – 14 are invited to a limited series based on the I Survived series by Lauren Tarshis. This session will feature activities from the book The Glacier National Park Grizzly Attacks, 1967.
Register online or by calling Youth Services starting March 4.

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.