WELCOME TO FEBRUARY @ 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.


Every Saturday from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Gentle Hatha Yoga with Barrie Kavasch. Enjoy easy practical yoga postures designed to strengthen balance and the back. We focus on "mindfulness" and "relaxation" along with building strong bodies through strengthening bones, joints, and muscles with classic stretches. This small class concentrates on wellness and safety. Come join us for remarkable energizing through yoga without stress. Reading Room. Please register.

Saturday, February 4 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.     
Saturday, February 11 at 2:00 p.m. Health Topics: Things Your Body Doesn't Tell You, And Things it Does (If You Are Listening) by Deborah M. Bain RN, BSN, Managing Director, Prism Health Advocates, a consulting firm specializing in helping patients and families navigate the healthcare system, from assistance at the doctors or hospital, obtaining second opinions, eldercare or end of life decisions, to billing and insurance problems . (snowdate February 25)

Monday, February 13 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.
 
Saturday, February 18 at 10:00 a.m. Poetry Group. The workshop is free and open to all serious poets who want to develop their work and accept meaningful critique in a small circle of area writers. This workshop is led by author/illustrator E. Barrie Kavasch. Please register.

Saturday, February 18 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Monthly Chess Club. The competition is open to young and old, beginners to advanced. Team combinations are encouraged - for instance, grandparent and parent-child, co-workers, friends. If someone does not have a team, he or she will be matched up at the club. Please register.
THIS FEBRUARY'S POETRY & CHESS CLUB MEETS
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18
Poetry Workshop at 10:00 a.m.                  Chess Club from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

JUNIOR ROOM EVENTS
Friday, February 3 at 3:30 p.m. Teen Advisory Board Meeting. Do you have ideas about things we could do at the library? Join the TAB and make your voice heard! For kids in grades 5 and up.

Saturday, February 4 at 12:30 p.m. First Saturdays = Special Lunch Bunch! Bring your lunch (or just a snack) and enjoy stories and a craft. All ages. Not a drop off. This program is part of TAKE YOUR CHILD TO THE LIBRARY DAY!

Saturday, February 4 from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. Collector's Showcase - all ages. Show off your prized collections. All are welcome to share what they spend time collecting. Collectors are encouraged to discuss their treasures with other attendees. Refreshments will be served. Please contact the Junior Room with display space requirements by Wed., Feb 1. This program is part of TAKE YOUR CHILD TO THE LIBRARY DAY!

Tuesday, February 7, 14, 21, 28 at 3:30 p.m. Terrific Tuesdays! Come for games, stories, treats, surprises, crafts and more! Ages 4-9. Please sign up for each individual week. Not a drop off.

Monday, February 13 at 3:30 p.m. Afterschool Fun with STEM! For grades 3 and up. Cool engineering projects and problem solving. Please register. Not a drop off.

Saturday, February 18 at 10:30 a.m. Special Saturday Story Hour. Ages 2-9. Come down for stories, a craft and a snack. Please register. Not a drop off.

Sunday, February 26 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Family Skating Party at Kent School Rink. Our super winter fundraiser is coming up! The Parents' Committee will have delicious food for sale and skates may be rented at Backcountry Outfitters. Tickets are $4 for adults, $2 for children, and $10 for families. Skaters must wear a hat. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Junior Room at the Kent Memorial Library .

WEEKLY EVENTS FOR CHILDREN
Tuesday, February 7, 14, 21, 28  at 10:45 a.m. Rhythm and Rhyme. Bring your little ones, birth to age 3. No registration is required.

Thursday, February 2, 9, 16, 23 at 12:30 p.m. Lunch Bunch. Share a story and a craft. Designed for all ages. No registration is required. Bring your lunch.
The exhibit runs from January 3 to February 28.
 
As the chill of January fills the air and we enter the bleak days of winter, the staff at the Kent Memorial Library is happy to offer a diversion to make things nice and cozy. Beginning on Wednesday, January 4, all adults are invited to warm up to a good book this winter and win a chance at a book bag filled with items to keep you warm and toasty! Adults will fill out a ticket for each book they read or listen to (including eBooks). The winning ticket will be drawn on Friday, March 31. The more books you read or listen to, the better chances you have at winning the prize.
 
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 below to sign up.
It's not too late to join or renew your 2017 membership! 
UPCOMING EVENTS FOR CHILDREN

Tuesday, March 7, 14, 21, 28 at 10:45 a.m. Rhythm and Rhyme. Bring your little ones, birth to age 3. No registration is required.

Thursday, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 at 12:30 p.m. Lunch Bunch. Share a story and a craft. Designed for all ages. No registration is required. Bring your lunch.

UPCOMING EVENTS FOR ADULTS

Every Saturday from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Gentle Hatha Yoga with Barrie Kavasch.
Enjoy easy practical yoga postures designed to strengthen balance and the back. We focus on "mindfulness" and "relaxation" along with building strong bodies through strengthening bones, joints, and muscles with classic stretches. This small class concentrates on wellness and safety. Come join us for remarkable energizing through yoga without stress. Please register.

Saturday, March 4 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Opening Reception: Art Exhibit by West Simsbury artist Deborah Leonard . The exhibit runs from March 1 to April 30 .
 
Saturday, March 11 at 2:00 p.m. Book Talk & Signing: Connecticut Civilian Conservation Corps Camps: Their History, Memories and Legacy by Martin Podskoch at the Kent Town Hall, 41 Kent Green Boulevard. Join us as we learn about the history and projects of the 21 camps located throughout the state. Presented by Kent Historical Society and Kent Memorial Library. Please call to register.

Monday, March 13 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.

Saturday, March 18 at 10:00 a.m. Poetry Group. The workshop is free and open to all serious poets who want to develop their work and accept meaningful critique in a small circle of area writers. This workshop is led by author/illustrator E. Barrie Kavasch. Please register.

Saturday, March 18 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.Monthly Chess Club. The competition is open to young and old, beginners to advanced. Team combinations are encouraged - for instance, grandparent and parent-child, co-workers, friends. If someone does not have a team, he or she will be matched up at the club. Please register.

Saturday, April 1 at 2:30 p.m. Communication Lecture: Deplorable or Relatable? What You Say Next Matters by Sarah Chase. Sarah has spent the last year working closely with the staff at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University and the Center's famed founder, actor and writer, Alan Alda. She serves as Chief Operating Officer for Mr. Alda's new company, Alda Communication Training (ACT), which provides transformative communication and leadership training. Join us as Sarah shares what she has learned about improv and communication since working with Mr. 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.

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.

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.
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Our book sale season has come to an end. We couldn't have done it without all  
the countless volunteers who set up, sorted and priced books, stocked tables, opened and closed the sale each weekend and all of the friendly cashiers.
 
Remember, we are always looking for Volunteers for next summer!
Volunteers are needed to do tasks such as: Set Up, Book Sorting, Book Pricing, Table Stocking, Opening & Closing (tarping) and more. Please email Eric Cieplik at ecieplik@gmail.com 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.