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Upcoming Events

Monday, January 7 – Friday, March 1

Winter Reading is back this year with a new twist! Sign up for Winter Reading starting Monday, January 7 and earn points for reading, completing challenges, and attending library programs. We’ll keep track of your point total, which you can use to spend on all kinds of cool prizes! Different prizes cost different point amounts, so you can save your points up for big grand prize entries, or use them on lots of smaller prizes – it’s up to you! You can also use your points to collect Challenges Pins or vote for the theme of our spring break fest: Star Wars, Minecraft, Pinkalicious, or Daniel Tiger.

The last day to earn a redeem points is Friday, March 1. Ask a Youth Services Librarian for more information. Supplies are limited.

Cover of Tale of DesperauxTales and Treats

Tuesdays, January 8 through March 26 at 4:00 pm
Children in grades K – 2 can enjoy games, crafts, a story and snacks.  This winter, we’ll read the Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo.
Register one week in advance of each session. Space is limited.

Cute girl with butterfly face paintingToddler Art Zone

Tuesdays, January 8 through March 26 at 11:15 am
Children ages 2 – 4 years old and their families explore different art materials and create masterpieces.

No registration is required.


Club 4&5

Tuesdays, January 8 through March 26 at 2:00 pm
Stories, songs, and crafts for children ages 4 and 5 years old

Register one week in advance of each session. Space is limited.


Puzzle PiecesPuzzle Club

Fridays, December 14, January 11, February 8, and March 8 at 4:00 pm

Work together to complete puzzles of various sizes and difficulties. Participants can work on as many puzzles as they like.  For children ages 4 – 14.

No registration is required.


Builder’s Club

Wednesdays, January 2 through March 27 at 4 pm

Children ages 4-14 are invited to join us for Builder’s Club every Wednesday! Build creations with your preferred material following the prompts for each session. Participants can bring their own materials or use the ones available at the library. Participants may also leave their creations to display at the library between meetings.

No registration is required.


students drawing

Ready, Set, Draw!

Wednesdays, January 30, February 27 and March 27 at 6:00 pm

Are you a serious artist?  Maybe you have never picked up a drawing pencil.  Either way, come explore and develop your artistic talents at the library.  Each one-hour session will begin with a prompt and end with a masterpiece.  All art materials will be provided by the library.

For ages 8 through 12.  Registration is required and begins a week in advance of each program. Registration closes at 9 p.m. the Tuesday before each meeting. Space is limited.


Monday Movers

Mondays, January 7, February 4, March 4 from 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Babies and toddlers 0-3 years old, with their favorite grown up, are invited to join us for themed free play.  Each meeting will begin with a book followed by free play. Enjoy a variety of sensory play activities, movement activities, musical instruments and more each month.

Registration is required and begins a week in advance of each program. Registration closes at 5:00 pm the Sunday before each meeting. Space is limited.


Pokemon LogoPokémon Club: Wednesdays and Fridays!

Wednesdays, December 19, January 16, and February 20 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm

Fridays, December 7, January 4, and February 1 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm

Bring your trading cards and decks for fierce battling and trading!  Trainers ages 4 – 14 are welcome!

Registration is not required. This is a drop-in program.  


CookiesCookies and Crafts

Mondays, January 14, February 11, and March 11 at 4:00 pm

Children ages 3 to 12 years old are invited to drop in and create their own craft using library supplies. Enjoy a cookie treat while you create your masterpiece!

No registration is required.


Girl playing with lettuceBooks and Cooks

Mondays, January 28, February 25 and March 25 from 4 to 4:45 pm

Junior chefs ages 7 through 12 are invited to join us for a story followed by cooking a simple recipe.

Registration is required and begins one week in advance of each session. Registration closes at 5 p.m. the Sunday before each program.


STEM Project Fair Prep and Planning

Sundays, December 9, December 16, and January 6 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Friday, January 18 from 3:00 – 5:00

Do you love science? Have you always wanted to participate in a Science Fair? Children in grades 3—5 are welcome to join us for science fair preparation and planning! During each meeting we will work on researching and preparing a science project for the Kent State Science Fair in January.

Project Themes:

3rd Graders–Exploration and Mysteries: Choose a favorite animal to learn about, research, prepare a project plan and presentation based on animal habitats and environmental factors.

4th Grades–Technology, Exploration and Mysteries: Build STEM skills in problem solving by creating a project that is an invention and participate in an invention convention.

5th Graders–Influencing Technology: Create a standard science inquiry or engineering design project.

This program is created through a partnership with: ACESS, Kent City Schools: Chip Hawks, GIS & STEM Liaison , Kent Free Library, and Sheila King of Rockwell Automation

Registration is required and is underway. Please call Youth Services or visit the library to sign-up


Holiday Story Time and Craft

Tuesday, December 11 at 6:30 pm

Families with children of all ages are invited to join us for a morning full of holiday cheer. We will read holiday themed stories, sing holiday songs and end the evening with a craft.

No registration is required. Boarding passes will be passed out at the children’s room desk 30 minutes prior to each program.


Holiday Toddler Sensory Play

Tuesday, December 11 at 11:00 am

Families with children ages 2 to 4 years old are invited to join us for messy and creative holiday fun!

Registration is required and begins on December 4. Registration closes at 9 pm the Monday before the program. Space is limited.


Holiday Baby and Toddler Play Date

Saturday, December 15 at 11:00 am

Families with babies to 3 years old are invited to join us for a morning of holiday themed activities and crafts.

Registration is required and begins December 8. Registration closes at 5 pm the Friday before the program. Space is limited.


Elf School

Tuesdays, December 11 and December 18 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 week we will have different activities.

You must register for each program separately. Registration is required and begins a week in advance of each program date. Space is limited.

Junior Elf School

Tuesdays, December 4  and  December 18 at 1:30 pm

Children ages 3 and 4 are invited to join us for Junior Elf School! We will read books, play games and enjoy a treat. Junior Elves can register for one or both of the dates.

Registration is required and begins one week in advance of each program.

Interactive Family Movie Night

Monday, December 17 at 6:30 pm

Join us for a special kind of movie where you are involved in almost every scene. Families will be provided with all the props they need to participate with the movie as it progresses! A librarian will watch the movie with you and let you know which props to use and what to do with them. Enjoy this timeless classic about a very special snowman.

Registration is required and begins on December 10. Registration closes the Sunday before the event at 5 pm Space is limited.


Noon Year’s Eve Party

Saturday, December 29 at 11:00 am

Celebrate the new year a few days early with an afternoon party! Families with children ages 3 to 12 are invited to join us for a Noon Year’s bash. Enjoy games, crafts, snacks and celebrate with a ball drop at noon.

Registration is required and begins December 22. Registration closes the Friday before the event at 6 pm Space is limited.


Kindermusik for Babies and Toddlers

Saturdays, January 12 and February 9 at 10:30 am

Families with babies to 2 year olds are invited to join us for a 30-minute Kindermusik class. An instructor from Kindermusik will lead us through music and movement activities. These activities have proven developmental benefits such as boosting language abilities, social-emotional skills and cognitive development

Registration is required and begins January 5 and February 2. Space is limited.

Kindermusik for Preschoolers

Saturdays, January 12 and February 9 at 11:15 am

Children ages 3 to 5 years old are invited to join a Kindermusik instructor for fun music and movement activities.

Registration is required and begins January 5 and February 2. Space is limited.


Ballet Excel Ohio Performance

Saturday, January 19 at 11:00 am

Families with children of all ages are invited to join us for a performance from Ballet Excel Ohio. The group will be performing a portion of Peter Pan. As always, Ballet Excel Ohio performances are original works for children, by children.

No registration is required. Boarding passes may be picked up in the Children’s Room beginning 30 minutes prior to the show.


Teddy Bear Tea

Saturday, January 26 at 2:00 pm

Children ages 4 through 10 and their favorite teddy bears are invited to an afternoon tea at the library!  We will provide all the tea, snacks, and smashing activities you need to fill your afternoon with delight.  If you feel inclined to put on your finest, please do not hesitate to come in style!  And, don’t forget about your teddy – they are more than welcome to dress-up as well.  Dolls or other stuffed animals may be substituted in place of teddy bears.

Registration is required and begins on January 19. Space is limited.


American Girl Spotlight: Kirsten

Saturday, February 16 at 11:00 am

American Girl fans in grades K-6 are invited to join us for a celebration of all things Kirsten! Bring your doll and learn more about Kirsten’s time period with fun games and activities that Kirsten herself would have enjoyed, including human- and doll-sized crafts! Children are welcome to bring any doll with them – she does not need to be an American Girl doll or Kirsten specifically – however, doll-sized crafts will be sized for dolls around 18-inches tall.

Registration is required and begins one week in advance on February 9.


Pokémon Battle Training!

Monday, February 18 from 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Do you want to learn how to battle your Pokémon deck? Or are you already battling and looking to practice? Either way, spend part of your President’s Day at the library for this BATTLING ONLY Pokémon program! We will spend time going over the rules of play, and then practice by battling a partner. Please bring your Pokémon deck if you can. There will be no trading taking place at this program.

Registration is required and begins on February 11. Space is limited.


Nintendo Party

Saturday, March 30 at 11:00 am

Students in Kindergarten – 8th Grade are invited to join us for a party featuring Nintendo favorites from Mario games, Legend of Zelda, Pokémon, and more! Enjoy crafts*, games, and food! Come dressed as your favorite character for even more fun! *Younger children may need assistance from an adult to complete some of the crafts.

Registration is required and begins one week in advance of each session. Registration closes at 6 pm the Friday before the program.

Do you collect something? We’d love to show your collection in the Children’s Department display cases! Reservations forms and more information are available at the Children’s Desk. Registration for Kids Collect is underway.

Sponsored by the Kent Rotary, the story time room is transformed in the middle of the week once story times have concluded to provide early learning experiences, socialization and imaginative play for young children through a rotating collection of educational toys. Hours are as follows:

Wednesdays 2:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Thursdays 9:00 am – 8:30 pm
Fridays 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Saturdays 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Sundays 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

The Early Literacy Center is for children ages 5 and under with an adult.  Please sign in at the desk in the DuBois Children’s Reading Room upon arrival.

Find Us:

Kent Free Library
312 West Main Street
Kent, OH 44240
330.673.4414
[email protected]
www.kentfreelibrary.org

Library Hours:

Monday 9:00-9:00
Tuesday 9:00-9:00
Wednesday 9:00-9:00
Thursday 9:00-9:00
Fridays 9:00-6:00
Saturday 9:00-5:00
Sundays 1:00-5:00

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