Watch our website for more wonderful photos taken at our annual benefit held on Saturday, June 22, in the coming week!

photos by Lynn Mellis Worthington

WELCOME TO THE LIBRARY! June 24-29, 2024 

For more information email: kmlinfo@biblio.org  

or online at kentmemoriallibrary.org

JOIN US FOR OUR WEEKLY CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS: 

  • Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Rhythm & Rhyme for 0-3s in the Junior Room.
  • Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Rhythm & Rhyme for 0-3s on the Kent Green behind the Welcome Center, weather permitting, or in the Junior Room. 
  • Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. Lunch Bunch! Bring your lunch, listen to stories and enjoy a fun craft. Individual craft kits will be available. All ages. This event is held in the Junior Room. Numbers are limited and registration is required. Registration is appreciated, but not mandatory unless stated otherwise. Please email with any questions or to register, or register on our events calendar.

IN JUNE:

Art Exhibit: Intercepting Sunshine by Shannon Blanton. Exhibit on display in the Gallery from May 2 to June 30.


Tuesdays – Rhythm and Rhyme for 0-3s at 10:30 a.m. In the Junior Room.

Wednesdays - Rhythm & Rhyme for 0-3s at 10:30 a.m. On the Kent Green behind the Welcome Center, weather permitting, or in the Junior Room. 

Thursdays – Lunch Bunch Storytime at 12:30 p.m. Three stories and a craft in the Junior Room.

Registration is appreciated, but not mandatory unless stated otherwise. Please email with any questions or to register, or register online.



June 13 to August 22. Summer Adult Reading: Begin Your Adventure With a Book! Adults register at the Library and pick up your passport. Read a book (or listen to an audiobook) set in or written by an author from each continent: North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, Antarctica, Outer Space or Oceans. Get your Passports stamped at the Library. Earn a raffle ticket for each book read to win a gift basket full of traveler’s essentials. Fill your passport with stamps from all areas--the continents, the oceans, and outer space and earn a $10.00 gift certificate redeemable at the Kent Library Book Sale. Earn as many stamps as you want. “Double Dip” if the book takes place on multiple continents. Raffle ticket drawings for the gift baskets will be on Monday, July 22 and Thursday, August 22. The more books you read or listen to, the better chance of winning!


THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, June 25 at 6:30 p.m. An Evening with Cheryl Gould hosted by The Kent Good Times Dispatch. Cheryl Gould is an American journalist who worked at NBC News for almost four decades. She was the first female Executive Producer of a nightly newscast, and is known as a pioneer, role model, and mentor for women in the industry. She has been an important voice in efforts to make newsrooms more diverse and remains active in the industry. Join us as we hear from Cheryl about how she started in local journalism and her rise to become the first nightly news producer. She will discuss her current work and changes in news and journalism, ending with the importance of local news and a Q&A with the audience. In the Reading Room. Free & Open to the Public. Please register.



Thursday, June 27th at 6:30 p.m. The Case for Edward de Vere with John Milnes Baker. The Shakespeare Authorship Question has been the subject of heated debate for generations. This concise introduction to the controversy challenges the conventional narrative that Will Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon was the author of the works of William Shakespeare. Anyone with natural curiosity will find the case for Edward de Vere as the real William Shakespeare a fascinating subject for further investigation. Join us at the Library as we hear from award-winning architect and former adjunct professor at the New School University, John Milnes Baker. Free & Open to the Public. Please register.


Friday, June 28 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. “Relief for Grief” Group. This is a community group for anyone who has experienced a loss, is feeling grief, or grieving. Grief is a natural emotional and physical response to loss. Every person reacts differently and it may be expressed in many ways. This group is neither traditional therapy nor counseling, per se, but it is a safe supportive space where people can come together, speak about their loss, explore their emotions and thoughts, if it is the right time and place for them to do so. Held the last Friday of every month in the Library Reading Room. Free & Open to the Public. Please register.


NEXT WEEK:

Wednesdays in July 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Library Camp! Registration is required. 2 hours of summer fun at the Library! Library Camp is a drop-off program for kids entering Grades K-4. We’ll have stories, games, crafts, snacks, special guests, and more! We will be meeting in the Junior Room of the library. Registration opens at the Summer Reading Program kick-off party on June 21 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm, or you can register by calling or emailing the Junior Room after June 18th, to register.


Monday, July 1 at 6:00 p.m. Teen & Tween Minute-To-Win-It. Join us for a night of fun competition with a wide array of games to be played! There will be prizes! Come with a team, or we will help you find one. Attendance at this event counts for one point towards the summer’s eight point goal. Grades 5 and up only, please. We will be meeting in the Junior Room. Registration appreciated, please call or email the Junior Room to register, or register online.


Tuesday, July 2 at 6:30 p.m. Family Movie – PAW Patrol: The Movie (2021). Bring your dinner to the Library as we watch PAW Patrol: The Movie (2001). We will be meeting in the Junior Room. Children of all ages are welcome to participate. Registration appreciated, please call or email the Junior Room to register, or register online.


Wednesday, July 3 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. First Day of Library Camp! 2 hours of summer fun at the Library! Library Camp is a drop-off program for kids entering Grades K-4. We’ll have stories, games, crafts, snacks, special guests, and more! We will be meeting in the Junior Room of the library. Registration opens at the Summer Reading Program kick-off party on June 21 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm, or you can register by calling or emailing the Junior Room after June 18. Registration is required.


Thursday, July 4 Library Closed for Independence Day



Friday, July 5 at 9:30 a.m. French Fridays. Join us for a French Conversation Group at the Library. Meets the first Friday of each month. Reading Room. Free & Open to the Public. Please register.


Saturday, July 6 at 11:00 a.m. Puppy Storytime with Lee Sohl! Join Lee Sohl and her dogs for storytime! We will be meeting in the Junior Room. Children of all ages are welcome to participate. Registration appreciated, please call or email us to register, or register online.


Saturday, July 6 at 7:00 p.m. Unveiling A Soldier’s Journey with Kent Resident Sculptor Sabin Howard. A new WWI monument will be installed and dedicated in Washington DC this September. Come meet the sculptor and see his process. Hosted by Kent American Legion, Post 153 and Kent Memorial Library. Co-sponsored by DAR, Roger Sherman Chapter; Kent Art Association; Kent Historical Society. Refreshments will be served. Kent Community House at 93 N Main Street. Free & Open to the Public. Please register.


Sunday, July 7 at 12:00 p.m. “The Rain Cometh” Puppet Show with Cindy Davis! Join us in the Junior Room for a special puppet show by Cindy Davis! This story, told through the puppet voices of Curmudgen, the frog, and Catharsis, the butterfly, seeks to activate children’s imagination and impart the importance of rain. Children of all ages are welcome to participate. Registration appreciated, please call or email us to register, or register online.


COMING UP:

Monday, July 8 at 10:30 a.m. Spanish Storytime with Yaznic Mateos! Join us in the Junior Room for this special Storytime in Spanish. Children of all ages are welcome to participate. Registration appreciated, please call or email us to register, or register online.


Tuesday, July 9 at 6:00 p.m. Adult Spanish Conversation Group. Join us at the Library for casual conversation and refreshments led by Yaznic Mateos! Improve your Spanish and get to know other hispanophones in the community. All levels of Spanish are welcome. Reading Room. Free & Open to the Public. Please register.


Tuesday, July 9 at 6:30 p.m. Family Movie Night: Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (2022). Bring your dinner to the Library as we watch Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (2022). We will be meeting in the Junior Room. Children of all ages are welcome to participate. Registration appreciated, please call or email the Junior Room to register, or register online.


Wednesday, July 10 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Library Camp! 2 hours of summer fun at the Library! Library Camp is a drop-off program for kids entering Grades K-4. We’ll have stories, games, crafts, snacks, special guests, and more! We will be meeting in the Junior Room of the library. Registration is required.


Thursday, July 11 at 6:00 p.m. An Evening with author Tonia Shoumatoff: Historic Tales of the Harlem Valley. New York’s Harlem Valley, with the last stops on the Metro-North train line from Manhattan, has an incredibly eclectic history for a predominantly agricultural region—a Victorian utopian community claiming to see fairies settled in Wassaic, attracting Japanese samurai and remaking the townscape of Amenia. An early version of the “Borscht Belt” began on the shores of Lake Amenia, where a once-thriving resort community vanished along with the lake itself. In 1916, following the death of Booker T. Washington, and in 1933, amid a crisis of dwindling membership, the NAACP was brought together at major conferences held at Amenia’s Troutbeck estate, owned by the organization’s only Jewish president, Joel Spingarn. Young graduates from the Rhode Island School of Design and other art schools launched the Wassaic Project, a festival and art residency using a converted grain elevator as their venue. Author Tonia Shoumatoff presents fascinating stories from life at the end of line in the Harlem Valley. In the Reading Room. Free & Open to the Public. Please register.


Thursday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m. Teen & Tween Scavenger Hunt. Put on your problem solving hats (and comfortable shoes!) as you walk the streets of Kent in search of clues and answers. Compete against other teams for a prize! Register with a team, or we can help you find one. For kids entering Grades 5 and up only, please. We will be meeting in the Junior Room of the Library before we venture out onto the streets of town. Attendance at this event counts for one point towards the summer’s eight point goal. Registration appreciated, please call or email the Junior Room to register, or register online.


Friday, July 12 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. “Relief for Grief” Group. This is a community group for anyone who has experienced a loss, is feeling grief, or grieving. Grief is a natural emotional and physical response to loss. Every person reacts differently and it may be expressed in many ways. This group is neither traditional therapy nor counseling, per se, but it is a safe supportive space where people can come together, speak about their loss, explore their emotions and thoughts, if it is the right time and place for them to do so. Held the second & fourth Friday of every month in the Library Reading Room. Free & Open to the Public. Please register.


Saturday, July 13 at 11:00 a.m. Bug Craft. Come by the Junior Room to make your own silly bugs out of egg cartons and pipe cleaners, then decorate them! Please dress for mess. Children of all ages are welcome to participate. Registration appreciated, please call or email us to register, or register online.


Saturday, July 13 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. One-on-One Tech Advice. Need help with your iPad, iPhone, or Mac? Have questions about: iCloud, iTunes, your Apple ID, Siri, Apps – or something else? Let our technology tutor and former Apple store specialist allow you the opportunity to get individualized one-on-one instruction. These practical, hands-on sessions are designed to help you solve problems, learn new techniques, and discover tips and tricks. Bring your iPhone, iPad, MacBook – and your questions! Must register - call 860.927.3761. Only room for 4-5 registrants. 30-minute sessions. APPLE PRODUCTS ONLY.

Saturday, July 13 at 3:00 p.m. Artificial Intelligence and Us with Bipasha Ghosh. Join us at the Library as we welcome artificial intelligence consultant and educator, Bipasha Ghosh. From its fundamental concepts to its real-world applications, discover how AI is revolutionizing our daily lives, including our finances and well-being. Bipasha will delve into the transformative potential of AI, its implications for the job market, and the critical issues of security, privacy, misinformation, and deepfakes, and will also discuss how we can navigate the AI landscape and protect ourselves in this era of rapid technological change. Free & Open to the Public. Please register.


Sunday, July 14 at 12:00 p.m. French Storytime. Join us in the Junior Room for storytime in French! Children of all ages are welcome to participate. Registration is appreciated, please call or email to register, or register online.


Monday, July 15 at 6:00 p.m. Teen & Tween Board Game Night. Join us in the Junior Room for pizza and board games! Participants can bring their own favorite game or play one provided for them. Attendance at this event counts for one point towards the summer’s eight-point goal. For kids entering Grades 5 and up only, please. Registration is appreciated, please call or email to register, or register online.


Tuesday, July 16 at 6:30 p.m. Family Movie Night: The Little Mermaid (2023). Bring your dinner to the Library as we watch The Little Mermaid (2023). We will be meeting in the Junior Room. Children of all ages are welcome to participate. Registration appreciated, please call or email the Junior Room to register, or register online.


Wednesday, July 17 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Library Camp! 2 hours of summer fun at the Library! Library Camp is a drop-off program for kids entering Grades K-4. We’ll have stories, games, crafts, snacks, special guests, and more! We will be meeting in the Junior Room of the library. Registration is required.


Thursday, July 18 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. In the News: Conversations. Hungry for intelligent discussion on the events of the day? Then this open discourse program is for you. We meet the first and third Thursdays of each month in the Reading Room at Kent Memorial Library. The group sets the agenda. Moderated by Rick Levy. Free and Open to the Public. Please email to register.


Thursday, July 18 at 7:00 p.m. Third Thursdays Young Locals Game Night. We are hosting a special series at the Library with games and refreshments for young locals 21+ years! New to the area, or back and looking to meet your peers? Meets third Thursday of each month. Free & Open to the Public. Please email to register.

Next Meeting: Thursday, July 18.

July's One-On-One Tech Advice will be held on the 2nd Saturday, July 13

Next Meeting: Friday, July 5.

Next Game Night: Thursday, June 20.

Next Meeting: Friday, June 28 & July 12.

Catch Up on the Comics You Love!

Looking for a laugh? Start perusing digital editions of classic funnies like Zits, Blondie, Beetle Bailey, Hagar the Horrible, and more. You can take your pick from newly added comics or explore the robust library of archives. With thousands of comic strips at your fingertips, this collection will surely keep you entertained!

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All Your Favorite Puzzles in One Place

Now you can easily play a variety of brain-bending sudoku, crossword, and word games. Take a crack at 10 variations of Sudoku, 5 crossword puzzle types, and 4 word games. From “Guesstionary” to“Word Sleuth” there’s something for kids, beginners, and seasoned experts alike.

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Did you know you can find recordings of  

recent adult programs right here?

We are happy to offer you a free mobile app to download
for quick and easy access to your library catalog!
The Acorn Catalog mobile app is streamlined & efficient, making it easy to:
  • View & request holds
  • View & renew items out
  • Review fines
 
Acorn Catalog also... 
  • Puts your home library's contact info right in the palm of your hand
  • Includes a digital barcode version of your library card
  • Is a cool way to look at and create your own personal title lists (e.g. "To Be Read," or "Books I Hated," or "Movies for When My Nieces Visit")
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Did you know about these resources?
iNDIEFLIX is a streaming movie service that offers access to pop culture favorites, box office hits, award-winning feature films, documentaries, and shorts.
It is accessed through
your Libby App.
The Great Courses offers engaging and understandable lectures by esteemed professors, professionals, and experts in topics ranging from history, better living, science, language learning, and much more. It is accessed through your Libby App.
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Ask us for more information or help! It's worth it!
ONGOING INFORMATION
One-on-One Tech Advice Need help with your iPad, iPhone, or Mac? Our Apple expert, Michael, can be reached at info@PersonalTechSupport.com.
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Just follow the membership button and choose a recurring 
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Power Purpose at Work
Do you have access to Benevity through your employer?
 
Benevity is a software company that powers corporate giving, volunteering, and grant-making solutions for hundreds of Fortune 1000 companies from around the globe, including Google, Apple, Coca-Cola, and Microsoft (to name a few). Part of Benevity's social mission is to help improve the way global charities access and become eligible for corporate giving programs and to modernize the way organizations process and receive donation funds.
 
As an employee you can volunteer in what you are passionate about and your company turns your volunteer hours into monetary donations to the Nonprofit of your choice. The Kent Memorial Library is a nonprofit that you can choose to support through Benevity. 

Ask your employer about it today!

Kent Memorial Library provides a center for collaborative engagement, education and enrichment for the greater Kent community. The Kent Memorial Library is located at 

32 North Main Street, Kent, Connecticut, 860-927-3761.