WELCOME TO APRIL @ THE LIBRARY!
To register for any of the events listed, please do so by calling the
Library - 860-927-3761; by emailing - kmlinfo@biblio.org; by stopping
at the Library, or online at kentmemoriallibrary.org.
Saturday, April 1 from 12:00 to 1:00 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, viruses - 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! Please call to register. Only room for 4-5 registrants.
 
Saturday, April 8 at 2:00 p.m. Lecture: Communication Matters.  Join us as Sarah Chase explores what she has learned about communication and the Alda Methodâ„¢ since working with actor Alan Alda and his team of world-class science communicators. The talk offers insightful reflections on pivotal moments of division and harmony in our political culture and personal lives. The Alda Methodâ„¢ is interactive and experiential. Audience members will be encouraged to participate in some of the improv exercises, which will be introduced during the talk.
Saturday, April 8 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Poetry & Music Night. Anyone who is interested in playing or reading his or her own or a favorite poem, is invited to join in or listen. Refreshments will be served. Reading Room. Please register.
Monday, April 10 at 2:00 p.m. Color Your World. Come experience the latest trend in relaxation - adult coloring books! Studies show coloring can have a calming effect on the adult mind and help to promote overall wellness. It is one of the latest ways in reducing stress, and not to mention, extremely popular. Kent Senior Center, 16 Swifts Lane, Kent. Presented by Templeton Farm Apartments, the Town of Kent Park and Recreation, and the Kent Memorial Library. Please call to register.
Thursday, April 20 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. Spring Book Discussion. The 2017 discussion group will focus on CREATED EQUAL? America Novels Explore History. This month's topic will be Paulette Jiles's News of the World. Please register.
Saturday, April 22 at 2:00 p.m. Bobcats in Connecticut at the Kent Town Hall, 41 Kent Green Boulevard. The presentation by Paul Colburn focuses on the natural history of bobcats in CT, an overview of bobcat habitat, diet, behavior, reproduction, and current research efforts. Bobcat artifacts are shared with the audience. The topic of mountain lions is also addressed. The presentation runs 60-90 minutes, depending on the level of audience engagement. It is intended for ages 12 and older.   Paul Colburn is a graduate of Master Wildlife Conservationist Program (MWCP) and is a certified Master Wildlife Conservationist (MWC). The presentation is suitable for ages 12 and up. There will be a suggested donation at the door of $5.00. Please register.
Saturday, April 29 at 2:00 p.m. My Inspiring Uganda Journey presented by New Milford resident, Karen Pease Marino, in the Reading Room. Join the Library and Dr. Joseph Baxer as we hear and see a presentation about Karen Marino's inspiring journeys to Uganda. After two trips to Uganda, Karen has learned about the generous people, the beautiful and rich natural beauty, living conditions, schooling, food, and has became friends with Ugandan women living in extreme poverty. She will share first-hand how extreme poverty affects the women and their families living there.
 
JUNIOR ROOM EVENTS
Saturday, April 1 at 12:30 p.m. First Saturdays -Lunch Bunch! All Ages. Bring along a picnic lunch and enjoy stories and craft. Not a drop off. No registration necessary .

Friday, April 7 at 3:30 p.m. Teen Advisory Board (TAB) Meeting. Get involved with what's going on at YOUR library. Grades 5 and up ONLY.

Friday, April 7 at 6:00 p.m. Family Dinner and a Movie. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (PG-13) - Bring a picnic dinner (or grab a pizza next door) and come enjoy this new release. Not a drop off for kids under 12. Please register.
  
Monday, April 10 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. LEGO Free Play . All Ages. Not a drop off. No registration necessary.
  
Monday, April 10 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. LEGO Mindstorms Exploration. Grades 3 and Up. Come learn how to build and program LEGO robots. Please register. 

Monday, April 10. Talent Show Try-outs. All day by appointment. All Ages. Talent show will be Wednesday April 12th at 7:00.

Tuesday, April 11 at 1:00 p.m. Movie Matinee. Sing (PG) All ages. Not a drop off for kids under 12. Please register.

Wednesday, April 12 at 1:00 p.m. Family Bingo. Come play and win silly prizes. All ages. Not a drop off for kids under 12. Please register.

Wednesday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m. Talent Show! All Ages. Come share your talents! Not a drop off for kids under 12. Please register. Sponsored by the Teen Advisory Board. Acts should plan to attend the Monday tryouts in advance if performing.

Thursday, April 13 at 1:00 p.m. Dinosaurs Rock! The Kent Community House, 93 North Main Street in Kent, will be transformed into a dinosaur touch museum with a myriad of museum-quality (many genuine and life-size) dinosaur fossils and other prehistoric related items. There will be a spectacular interactive presentation, a fossil dig, over 30 amazing specimens that are 10,000 to over 500 million years old, and a Dino Store. Sponsored by KML and the KML Parents' Committee. Not a drop off. Please register.

Saturday, April 15 at 10:30 a.m. The Honey Bee and Me.  All Ages. Come learn all about the honey bee and why it's so important to our survival as a species. With special guests from the Humble Bee Company. Not a drop off. Please register. Co-sponsored by Kent Conservation Commission and KML.
Monday, April 17 at 3:30 p.m.Teen Nutmeg Discussion Group. The Iron Trial by Holly Black Please register.  

Friday, April 21 at 3:30 p.m. Intermediate Nutmeg Discussion Group . A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd. Please register.
  
WEEKLY EVENTS FOR CHILDREN
Tuesday, April 4, 11, 18, 25 at 10:45 a.m. Rhythm and Rhyme. Sing-alongs, finger plays, puppets and more! For kids ages 0-3 with a caregiver. No registration necessary. Not a drop off.

Thursday, April 6, 13, 20, 27 at 12:30 p.m. Lunch Bunch. Bring along a picnic lunch and enjoy stories and a craft. All ages. No registration necessary. Not a drop off.
Art Exhibit: The Nature of Things by West Simsbury artist Deborah Leonard. The exhibit runs from March 1 to April 28
 
Chess. Our chess boards and tables, inside and out are open to young and old, beginners to advanced. Team combinations are encouraged - for instance, grandparent and parent-child, co-workers, friends. All are welcome to use our chess equipment.
 
Kent Library Association Membership. For more information about joining the Kent Library Association, please ask at the front desk or go to the Library's website and click on "KLA Membership." Join or renew your KLA membership online. There are many benefits to becoming a KLA member.

Want to be the first to know what new books and movies the Library has added to the collection each week? Sign up for Wowbrary and receive a weekly email at no charge! Follow the link to sign up.
It's not too late to join or renew your 2017 membership! 
UPCOMING EVENTS FOR CHILDREN
Tuesday, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 at 10:45 a.m. Rhythm and Rhyme. Sing-alongs, finger plays, puppets and more! For kids ages 0-3 with a caregiver. No registration necessary. Not a drop off.

Thursday, May 4, 11, 18, 25 at 12:30 p.m. Lunch Bunch. Bring along a picnic lunch and enjoy stories and a craft. All ages. No registration necessary. Not a drop off.
 
UPCOMING EVENTS FOR ADULTS
Art Exhibit: Then & Now by South Kent artist Thomas Franken.The exhibit runs from May 1 to June 30.

Saturday, May 6 from 12:00 to 1:00 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, viruses - 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! Please call to register. Only room for 4-5 registrants.
 
Monday, May 8 at 2:00 p.m. Color Your World. Come experience the latest trend in relaxation - adult coloring books! Studies show coloring can have a calming effect on the adult mind and help to promote overall wellness. It is one of the latest ways in reducing stress, and not to mention, extremely popular. Kent Senior Center, 16 Swifts Lane, Kent. Presented by Templeton Farm Apartments, the Town of Kent Park and Recreation, and the Kent Memorial Library. Please call to register.

Thursday, May 18 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. Spring Book Discussion. The 2017 discussion group will focus on CREATED EQUAL? America Novels Explore History. This month's topic will be The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsaka. Please register.

IT'S TIME.... 
It's time to start thinking gardens; beautiful flowers, sweet smells, luscious growth, and of course abundant harvests! The Kent Memorial Library has a wonderful assortment of donated seed for you to peruse and use. Just be kind and return some seed for others to try! Looking for native plants to attract pollinators? We've had several donations of blooming native plants that are beneficial to Kent's natural pollinators. So don those gloves, sink into some warm soil and watch the miracle of seeds!

Ready to garden?
Check out our variety of books on landscaping, perennials, annuals, vegetables & herbs, deer-proof gardens, organic gardening and more. Peruse our Seed Library Exchange, including several books donated by the Kent Garden Club on saving seeds and organic heirloom seeds. Stop in at the Kent Garden Club's Annual Tag Sale on Saturday, May 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon, on the St. Andrew's Church lawn. They will have gardening books for sale, as well as plants, outside furniture, tools, flower pots and miscellaneous items.

We have family passes to local museums and state parks.
Some allow free entrance and others reduced rates.
Please inquire at the Circulation Desk.

Our book sale volunteers are gearing up for a great 2017 season!
OPENING MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND (weather permitting) 
The Official Opening date is Friday, May 26!  
 
Ready to garden? Check out our variety of books on landscaping, perennials, annuals, vegetables & herbs, deer-proof gardens, organic gardening and more. Peruse our Seed Library Exchange, including several books donated by the Kent Garden Club on saving seeds and organic heirloom seeds. Stop in at the Kent Garden Club's Annual Tag Sale on Saturday, May 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon, on the St. Andrew's Church lawn. They will have gardening books for sale, as well as plants, outside furniture, tools, flower pots and miscellaneous items.

Remember, we are always looking for Volunteers for this summer! Volunteers are needed to do tasks such as: Set Up, Book Sorting, Book Pricing, Table Stocking, Opening & Closing (tarping) and more. Please email Dori Smith at dori.smith@ct.gov or sign-up at the front desk at the Library.
 
Book Donations are always welcome! We are pleased to accept your books year round. If you have a large donation, please call ahead to facilitate unloading the books at the old firehouse.
 
We can you give a tax card for a charitable donation. All sales benefit the Kent Memorial Library. We are always especially in need of current fiction, including children's books, jigsaw puzzles, movies on DVD, music and books on CDs, and non-fiction books. (there are particular items we cannot accept, such as magazines, Reader's Digest condensed books, older textbooks, VCR tapes, encyclopedias, books which have a mildew odor, records, books on cassettes.)
Thank you to all, we couldn't do any of it without you! 
The Kent Memorial Library's mission is to enrich the lives of individuals and
the community by providing materials, programs, and services to encourage
reading, learning and imagination. The Kent Memorial Library is located at
32 North Main Street, Kent, Connecticut.
For more information go to the Library's website.
To register call 860.927.3761,
email kmlinfo@biblio.org or go to our online calendar.