KINSMAN – If you’re looking for a place with a historical look but includes modern technology you may want to check out Kinsman Free Public Library, which serves as one of the original Carnegie libraries and has been open to the public since 1913.(From Feb. 10 edition of The News).
According to Director Kimberly Garrett, Kinsman Free Public Library has a lot to offer in their several sections, which includes a Historical Room, Media Room, Children’s Department, Programming Room, Computer Area, Circulation Desk, Reference Section, as well as a Reading Garden near their outdoor patio space.
“One of the things I love most about the library is it has a distinct quaint charm,” said Garrett. “It’s really a peaceful place to work.”
Garrett, who has been part of Kinsman Free Public Library since November of 2016, said that providing a rural community technology is one aspect that she finds especially important and do so by offering Wifi, computers, as well as by while offering regular classes about technology.
She said the library also provides comfortable spaces for people that often include outlets and that serve as workspaces, as well as are constantly looking to provide new services for people within their unique, multiple-level premises.
Kinsman Free Public Library offers many programs to the public regularly.
Right now Garrett said these programs include their Love Your Library winter reading program which she said provides reading logs and incentives to children, teens and adults that participate, as well as are partnering with Peter Allen Inn to host a free book club every Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. called Mysteries at the Inn and by registering includes a discussion of the book Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris, as well as food available for purchase.
Besides reading programs, Kinsman Free Public Library also offers a feeder watch program on their patio space, have a historic room with relics donated by Kinsman Historical Society which teenagers use for a Makerspace class, provide regular story times Tuesday evenings at 5:30 p.m. for children ages three to eight, hold Tai Chi Classes on Mondays at 5:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 6 p.m., as well as show movies to students on days they have off school, which this month includes The Secret Life Of Pets on Monday, Feb. 20 from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.
In the summer months Garrett said the staff at Kinsman Free Public Library are planning on having several programs within their reading garden as well, she said local group, The Patchwork Foundation created for the library in April of 2015.
“We’re very grateful for the work they’ve done,” said Garrett who added that the reading garden will be a wonderful place for their Dog Days of Summer Book Club, to use to continue with their bird watching program, where they can begin a Sunday concert series and on Thursday at 10 a.m. in June will be where they will be holding their program History Comes to Life in the Garden.
Most of all, Garrett would like the community know that Kinsman Free Public Library is in much need of support from others right now, as the state funding for libraries all over will be decreasing from 1.7 percent to 1.66 percent this year and although may not seem like a large change, will cause libraries to be in much need of assistance.
In the meantime she is urging patrons to talk to legislature by posting information online, as well as is offering to hand deliver letters if anyone is interested in writing to legislature on why they love their library.
“It’s so important now with all the new legislature coming in and that they know how important the library is,” said Garrett.
Kinsman Free Public Library, which is located at 6420 Church Street in Kinsman, is open Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. until 7 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., as well as Saturday 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
For more information about Kinsman Free Public Library please call (330) 876-2461 or visit their website: www.kinsmanlibrary.org.
Pictured: Director Kimberly Garrett in a comfy reading section of Kinsman Free Public Library on Monday, Feb. 6. Garrrett said she enjoys the quaint charm it offers to the public.