WELCOME TO THE LIBRARY! September 19-24, 2022 
For more information email: kmlinfo@biblio.org  
JOIN US FOR OUR WEEKLY CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS: 
  • Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Rhythm & Rhyme for 0-3s. Tuesdays in the Junior Room and on Zoom; Wednesdays outside (weather permitting). Links to Tuesday's livestreamed Zoom are available on our website calendar. 

  • 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 will be offered as a hybrid on Zoom or in person in the Junior Room of the Library. Numbers are limited and registration is required. Please register on our events calendar.
IN SEPTEMBER:
Art Exhibit: Places & People (And the occasional airship): A joint exhibition with Bill Merklein and Don Sexton. Exhibit on display in the Gallery from September 6 - October 31, 2022. 

Tuesdays – Rhythm and Rhyme for 0-3s at 10:30 a.m. In-person in the Junior Room and via Zoom.
Wednesdays - Rhythm & Rhyme for 0-3s at 10:30 a.m. Outside behind the Welcome Center (weather permitting).
Thursdays – Lunch Bunch at 12:30 p.m. In-person in the Junior Room and via Zoom.

Chess Mondays! Drop ins welcome to play between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m.* Open every Monday to all beginners and intermediates with enthusiasm to play chess! On the chess court (weather permitting), otherwise in the Reading Room. No registration required. *No instruction given.

ANNUAL BOOK SALE IS OPEN. Click for more information.

THIS WEEK:
Thursday, September 22 at 6:30 p.m. Game Night. Come by the Junior Room for some board games after dinner! Ages 0-16 are welcome to participate. We will be meeting in the Junior Room. Please call or email the Junior Room to register.

Saturday, September 24 at 11:00 a.m. Storytime and Craft. Join us while we read some stories about back to school, and then make a craft. All ages are welcome to participate. We will be meeting in the Junior Room. Please call or email the Junior Room to register.

Saturday, September 24 Doors Open at 6:00 p.m. Quiz Night. Kent Firehouse, 28 Maple Street, Kent. Form a team of 4 and give it a name. $50 per team or $60 at the door plus a bottle of wine. For further information, call the Library at 860.927.3761. Must be 18 years of age or above. We encourage preregistration.

NEXT WEEK:
Thursday, September 29 and 29 at 3:30 p.m. D&D Adventures. Come adventuring with us! First time to D&D? Love the game? This drop-in campaign is suitable for all experience levels! Grades 5 and up only, please. We will be meeting in the Junior Room. Please call or email the Junior Room to register.

Saturday, October 1 at 11:00 a.m. Reading with Wynton. Join our special guests Lee Sohl and Wynton, her Mi-Ki puppy, for our monthly storytime and puppy cuddling session! All ages are welcome to participate. We will be meeting in the Junior Room. Please call or email the Junior Room to register.

Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. Everybody Thought We Were Crazy: A Conversation with author Mark Rozzo, moderated by author James Kaplan. Join Kent Memorial Library and House of Books as we hear about a tale of love, art, Hollywood, and heartbreak. Everybody Thought We Were Crazy is the intimate saga of one couple whose own rise and fall—from youthful creative flowering to disorder and chaos—mirrors the very shape of the decade. Mark Rozzo is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. He has also written for the Los Angeles Times, the New Yorker, the New York TimesEsquireVogue, the Wall Street Journal, the Oxford American, the Washington Post, and many others. He teaches nonfiction writing at Columbia University. At the Library. Free and Open to the Public. Please register.

UPCOMING IN OCTOBER:
Thursday, October 6 at 7:00 p.m. An Evening with James R. Benn. Join Kent Memorial Library and House of Books as we hear from James R. Benn about his latest novel, From the Shadows. James R. Benn is the author of the Billy Boyle World War II mysteries. The debut, Billy Boyle, was selected as a Top Five book of the year by Book Sense and was a Dilys Award nominee, A Blind Goddess was longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, The Rest Is Silence was a Barry Award nominee, and The Devouring was a Macavity Award nominee. Benn, a former librarian, lives on the Gulf Coast of Florida with his wife, Deborah Mandel. On Zoom. Free & Open to the Public. Please register online. 

Wednesday, October 12 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Half Day Special: STEM Jelly Bean Structures. Exploring Science Through Fun! Jelly Beans + Toothpicks = and afternoon of fun! Kids will really love working on engineering skills through this hands on (and yummy) project. All ages are welcome to participate. We will be meeting in the Junior Room. Please call or email the Junior Room to register. This is not a drop off.
 
Thursday, October 13 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Open Mic Night (and Pizza Party) in the Junior Room! For one night only, the Junior Room will be turned into a small venue stage, featuring local talent of all varieties! For a timed segment, the stage will be all yours. Will you sing? Dance? Recite poetry? Tell jokes? Do Magic? Play an instrument? Pizza will be served (please register so that we can order the proper amount of refreshments). Ages 0-16 are welcome to participate. We will be meeting in the Junior Room. Please call or email the Junior Room to register.

Saturday, October 15 at 11:00 a.m. Storytime and Craft. Join us while we read some stories about autumn, and then make a craft. All ages are welcome to participate. We will be meeting in the Junior Room. Please call or email the Junior Room to register.

Saturday, October 15, 2022 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Green Energy Initiative for NW CT. Maria Horn, Representative for the 64th legislative district will introduce the event. The Conservation Commission and People’s Action for Clean Energy have completed a study of Kent’s energy use and proposed a long term strategy to move the town to a green, secure, and affordable energy future. The session will include practical steps for residents and businesses to reduce energy costs and green their energy. Sponsored by the Kent Conservation Commission. Mattison Auditorium, Kent School. Free and open to the public. Please register

Wednesday, October 19 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 – Mañanaland by Pam Muñoz Ryan. Grades 5 and up only, please. Join us in the Junior Room. Please email for a copy of the book and to register.
 
Thursday, October 20 at 5:00 p.m. D&D Adventures. Come adventuring with us! First time to D&D? Love the game? This drop-in campaign is suitable for all experience levels! Bring a Level 5 character sheet, or one will be provided for you. Grades 5 and up only, please. We will be meeting in the Junior Room. Please call or email the Junior Room to register.
 
Thursday, October 27 1:30 p.m. Parent/Teacher Conference Day Movie Matinee. Join us for an afternoon viewing of Coco (2018). It is an early dismissal for conferences, so we are turning the Junior Room into a movie theater for the afternoon! Parents who have KCS Parent/Teacher conferences may leave their children in the care of the Junior Room staff only with prior notification. You must register with the time of your conferences. Otherwise, this is not a drop off. All ages are welcome to participate. We will be meeting in the Junior Room. Please call or email the Junior Room to register.
 
Friday, October 28 at 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Teen & Tween Murder Mystery Night. There has been a fictitious crime at the Junior Room! Come show off your best acting skills and detective work, and help solve the murder mystery! Participants will play-act from character clues, gather other clues, and attempt to solve the mystery. Sure to be a night of mystery and delight! For kids entering Grades 5 and up only, please. We will be meeting in the Junior Room. Please call or email the Junior Room to register, and to be assigned your role, so that you can dress-up in character!
 
Saturday, October 29 at 11:00 a.m. Spooky Storytime! Come dressed in your favorite costume, enjoy spooky Storytime, and stay for some Halloween activities! Candy will be provided! All ages are welcome to participate. We will be meeting in the Junior Room. Please call or email the Junior Room to register.
Open this Fall!
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Did you know? We have three glass cases inside the Library filled with very special books – all for sale?

See books signed by Ogden Nash, Alexander Woollcott (member of the Algonquin Round Table and model for Sheridan Whiteside in “The Man Who Came to Dinner”), Erica Jong, Gertrude Lawrence, A.S. Byatt and artist David Armstrong.
Also a pamphlet signed by paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey, and early Seth McFarlane drawings.

There’s a second case full of books by Kent’s Eric Sloane. And in the Reading Room — beautifully-bound books from the Franklin Library and the Easton Press, at only $10 each. All great gifts for the collector!
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We invite you to host a debate watch party!
Join Connecticut Public and The League of Women Voters as we host 8 live debates for CT candidates. The races are: Secretary of the State, 5 Congressional Districts, Senate and the Gubernatorial.
Candidate Debates 8 pm every Thursday 9/15 - 10/27 and Tuesday 10/25
Save the Date!
The Debate Watch Party Toolkit will arrive in your inbox on August 15, 2022 with all the details for hosting a successful Debate Watch Party. 

GET READY TO ENGAGE IN DEMOCRACY! 

Join informed and concerned citizens of Connecticut and CT Public for ELECTION 2022
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")
Get the Mobile Acorn Catalog App for your Apple and/or Android device.

Ask a staff member for details!
It is high season in your gardens. A great time to save some seeds
for next year. The Library has books on seed saving techniques
or the internet is full of educational sites. Here is a link with
basic seed saving instruction.

Don’t forget to share some seeds with the Kent Library Seed Bank!
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.
BingePasses is brought to
you by hoopla and gives you unlimited access to great online content - with a single borrow!
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.


More Tech Help Need help with any mobile phone, tablet, or e-reader including Kindle, Nook, Amazon Fire, Samsung, LG, and many other Android devices. Our all-device expert, Bryan, can be reached at justfixittech@gmail.com.
Did you know you can find recordings of  
recent adult programs right here?
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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!

Help us celebrate our second century with a gift to our Endowment Fund.
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.