In case you missed last week's Sylvia and Edmund Morris Lecture Series - Robert E. Lee And Me: A Southerner’s Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause. A conversation with Author Ty Seidule and Yale professor Crystal N. Feimster. 
Did you know you can find recordings of the  
recent adult programs right here?
Join us on Memorial Day Weekend
(May 28 - 31) when the Book Sale opens!

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND HOURS: Friday: 10-5, Saturday: 10-5,
Sunday: 10-5, Monday: 10-5
JUNE HOURS: Friday: 10-5, Saturday: 10-5, Sunday: 10-5

The Kent Memorial Library and the Book Sale Committee are taking all COVID precautions and are monitoring state guidelines for appropriate protocols. For the comfort of our volunteers, please wear a mask while browsing. Free masks and hand sanitizer are available at the cashier’s table.

Check out the books we have for sale online!
WELCOME TO THE LIBRARY! May 17-22, 2021 
For more information email: kmlinfo@biblio.org  
JOIN US FOR OUR WEEKLY CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS: 
  • Tuesdays at at 10:30 a.m. Rhythm and Rhyme. Join us on zoom.
  • Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Baby Group in the Grass. Join us outside behind the Kent Visitor Center.
  • Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. Lunch Bunch! Join us outside behind the Kent Visitor Center.
Outdoor programs are weather permitting • Email for more information.
Art Exhibit: Cut and Paste, A Show of Collages by Kent artist Patrice Galterio. The exhibit runs from May 3 to June 29, 2021.

Wednesday, May 19 at 5:30 p.m. Home Staging with Bain Real Estate. To Sell or not to Sell? That is the question! Join us for a fun discussion on preparing your house to sell with Amy Danis from Bain Real Estate. We’ll discuss the key points to consider when opening your home to buyers, with staging tips from Amy, who is also a Certified Home Stager. Real Estate is hot, whether you are a buyer or seller – make the most of the most important investment you have! This will be an indoor event in the Reading Room at the Library with limited capacity, masks required! Free & open to the public. Please register.

Thursday, May 20 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Spring Book Discussion Series. Retro-History: The Historic Novel. The spring 2021 book group will focus on four historical novels. We will consider how and to what extent authors are successful in rendering the past, and discuss what works and why. There is one sense in which all of our most famous works are historical fiction, starting with Homer and the Bible, but our four novels will be recent publications. They have been arranged in pairs, two novels that start out in the West Indies, two novels that involve Europe and Japan. This month's book is Fifty Words for Rain by Asha Lemmie. The discussion is conducted by Betty Krasne, PhD., writer, professor emerita, and longtime Kent resident. On Zoom. THIS PROGRAM IS FULL.
 
Saturday, May 22 at 11:00 a.m. Let’s Plant our Library Garden Together! Come help us fill our pots with soil and plant our seeds and seedlings. Be a part of our summer-long gardening program. We will work together from start (planting the seeds) to finish (eating the vegetables) all season long. All ages welcome to participate. We will be meeting on the back lawn of the Library. Please call or email the Junior Room to register, as space is limited.

Wednesday, May 26 at 11:00 a.m. Brain-Healthy Tips to Prevent a ‘Brain Attack’ If you have high blood pressure, diabetes, heart problems, smoke tobacco, are over age 55, have family history or take certain medications, you may be at risk for a stroke. Also known as a “brain attack,” a stroke occurs when a blood vessel carrying blood and oxygen ruptures or is blocked by a blood clot, halting the supply of vital nutrients to the brain. This lecture will provide important information on the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in America and provide guidance on how you can help keep your brain healthy. Speaker Melissa Braislin is Sharon Hospital’s stroke coordinator, director of cardiology and a speech pathologist who oversees rehabilitation services at the hospital. Free & open to the public. On Zoom. Please register for login information.

Wednesday, May 26 at 3:30 p.m. TAB & Book Club. Come help plan new programs and suggest new materials for the library! For Book Club this month we will be discussing Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee. Grades 5 and up only, please. The meeting will be hybrid. Please join us in person on the back lawn of the Library, or on Zoom. Please email for a copy of the book and to register.

Saturday, June 5, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon. You are invited to a Zoom Webinar! Topic: Medicare 101. Are you currently enrolled in Medicare? Will you be turning 65 over the next year or two? Learn about eligibility, how and when to enroll, when you can make changes, and the insurance options available to you. Review and compare what services are covered/not covered under Medicare Parts A, B, C and D. Detail the costs associated with medical and drug insurance. Explore and evaluate Original Medicare, Medicare Supplement Insurance, Prescription Drug Plans and Medicare Advantage Plans. This program will simplify the choices you need to make, help you make more well-informed decisions and explain what Medicare means for you! This is an educational event. Free and Open to the Public. You must register for login information At the registration page, please fill in your first name only and leave your last name blank.

Saturday, June 5 at 11:00 a.m. Celebrate Our Centennial, with the 1930s as our spotlight decade this month: Board Game and Big Band Bonanza. We are breaking out the board games as kids did in the 1930s for an afternoon of fun! We will also listen to some Big Band music while playing our games, and as a reminder of the hard times that were faced during the Great Depression, we welcome any donations for the Food Bank. All ages are welcome to participate. We will be meeting on the back lawn of the Library. Please call or email the Junior Room to register.

Friday, June 11 at 3:30 p.m. TAB & Book Club. Come help plan new programs and suggest new materials for the library! We also will be discussing our Book Group book Firegirl by Tony Abbott. Grades 5 and up only, please. We will be meeting on the back lawn of the Library. Please email for a copy of the book and to register.

Thursday, June 17 at 1:15 p.m. FREE POPSICLES! We will be out on the sidewalk in front of the Library handing out popsicles, to celebrate the Last Day of School! We’d love to see your smiling summer vacation faces! All ages are welcome.

Saturday, June 19 at 11:00 a.m. Father’s Day Storytime and swirl painting. Join us for some stories, and a swirl painting activity. All ages are welcome to participate. We will be meeting behind the Visitor Center. Please call or email the Junior Room to register. 

Tuesday, June 22 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Summer Reading Program Kick-off Party and Summer Camp Sign-Up. Come by the Junior Room to learn more about the summer of Tails and Tales. Find out about all the events and activities the Library has to offer this summer, and sign up for Library Camp for kids entering K-4 Grade (you must register for each individual week, space is limited). All ages are welcome to participate. We will be meeting on the back lawn of the Library. Please call or email the Junior Room with any questions.
The Library Garden is in full swing, and we welcome any and all help throughout the summer. We are in constant need of friends to help with watering and weeding (and then eating!). Let’s work together and make our garden a success. Please call or email the Junior Room with any questions. Whenever you stop by the Junior Room, check in to see if we need some help in the Garden!
Our Seed Library is here for patrons to "borrow" seeds to grow. In return, please make an effort to donate some seed for others to use at a later time. 
We even have great books on saving your own seed!  
Kent Community Fund Support for Summer Programs for Children
The Kent Community Fund is providing scholarships for summer camp and
summer programs for the children of qualifying Kent families, as follows:
 
At YMCA Camp Mohawk in Cornwall  campmohawk.org  860 672-6655
 Weekly day camp for girls ages 5 to 12 for eight weeks starting June 28 and ending August 20 - $367 a week.
 One week co-ed day camp for boys and girls ages 5 to 13 – August 23 to 27.
Cost is also $357 a week. The financial aid form is on the camp website.
 
Support is Available for Other Summer Programs
 Applications/requests for scholarship assistance for other summer programs being used by families
are being handled by Kent’s Social Services Director Leah Pullaro. Call 860 927-1586.
 
The Kent Community Fund is a non-profit organization established in 2006 to “help individuals living in Kent meet emergency needs and to support community programs serving Kent residents.” Support comes from hundreds of full and part-time Kent residents as well as local churches and organizations.
Further information is available at kentctcommunityfund.org.
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