On Sunday, July 11, Nobel Laureate, Dr. Harold Varmus addressed a crowd concerning Medicine – The Future. The event was part of the 2021 Sylvia & Edmund Morris Lecture Series and held at the Kent Community House. Watch our website for a recording of the event. Photo by Karen Chase.
Did you know you can find recordings of the  
recent adult programs right here?
Library Camp - Every Wednesday - June 30 to July 28 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. 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, masks required. Registration opens at the ou can register by calling or emailing the Junior Room. Registration required.
Bingo Boards available every Wednesday and due the
following Wednesday. Prize basket drawings will take
place every Wednesday afternoon in July!

The Junior Room will be closed every Wednesday in July from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. for Library Camp.
WELCOME TO THE LIBRARY! July 19-24, 2021 
For more information email: kmlinfo@biblio.org  
  • 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! Event is hybrid, on Zoom or in person on the back lawn of the Library.
Outdoor programs are weather permitting • Email for more information.
Art Exhibit: Art by Franken: New and Favorites by Kent artist Tom Franken. The exhibit runs from July 1 to August 31, 2021. Join us on Saturday, August 7 for an Artist Reception from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Adult Summer Reading Program: Summer Recipes. Beginning on July 1, all adults are invited to drop in at the Library and fill out a ticket for each book (including audio and e-books) read OR for each recipe contributed for a chance to win the weekly Book Sale coupons or the end-of-the-summer prize basket. On August 18, your tickets will be entered into a drawing for the grand prize. All recipes will go into a binder to share with all! Thank you to these businesses for donating items in our grand prize gift basket: Ace Hardware of Kent, Davis IGA, Mountain View Farm and Terston.

Every Tuesday from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. A Chess-pertise Experience: the chess crew is back at KML! Open to all beginners and intermediates with enthusiasm to go and play chess! In the chess court (weather permitting), otherwise in the Reading Room. No registration required.

Every Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Kent Knitters. Come knit with all levels of knitters. Reading Room. Drop-ins Welcome.

Every Friday - Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Annual Book Sale. (weather permitting)

Monday, July 19 at 7:00 p.m. Tween Campfire. What better way to spend a summer evening than roasting some marshmallows and playing campfire games under the stars? For kids entering Grades 5 and up only, please. We will be meeting on the back lawn of the Library. Please call or email the Junior Room to register.
Thursday, July 22 at 6:30 p.m. Book Event with author Sergio Troncoso in conversation with Jotham Burrello, Director of the Yale Writers' Workshop. They will be discussing Troncoso's Nepantla Familias: An Anthology of Mexican American Literature on Families in between Worlds. Enjoy some light Mexican fare from our neighbors at The Villager! Outside at KML (weather permitting) or the Reading Room. Co-sponsored by House of Books. Free and open to the public. Please register.

Monday, July 26 at 6:30 p.m. Pollinator Pathways. Join Whitney Troy from Kent Land Trust and Nancy Schaefer from Kent Garden Club in a presentation about Pollinator Pathways! Reading Room. Free and open to the public. Please register.

Thursday, July 29 at 7:00 p.m. Tween Quiz Night. It is time for a night of trivia! 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 on the back lawn of the Library. Please call or email the Junior Room to register.
Saturday, July 31 at 11:00 a.m. Garden Themed Storytime and craft. Join us for some stories about gardens (as we keep watching our Library Garden grow!) and a craft. All ages are welcome to participate. We will be meeting behind the Visitor Center. Please call or email the Junior Room to register.

Tuesday, August 3 at 6:30 p.m. Poetry and Music Night. Join us for an evening of poetry and music hosted by poet and photographer Karen Chase Everyone is invited and all poets/musicians are welcome to participate. If you are not a poet but have a favorite poem written by someone else, you are welcome to read and if you like poetry but don’t write your own, please come to listen. Musicians and singers are also welcome to join in. Refreshments will be served. Depending on the number of readers, you may be able to read from 1 to 5 or more poems. Everyone will be given an opportunity to read or play. This event is free & open to public. Please register.

Thursday, August 5 at 5:00 p.m. A Celebration of our Summer Reading Program with a visit from Animal Embassy: A Tale of Two Tails. Animal Embassy will come to us with their rescued/adopted animal ambassadors with their own tales and many of them also have their own tails. Some of their animals use their tails as fly swatters, some use them to hold on tight, others use their tails to keep them warm at night. Some of their animals start off life with a tail and then lose it; others can regenerate one that has been lost. Join us and some unique creatures, as they tell you the tale of Animal Embassy and their many tails. All ages are welcome to participate. We will be meeting at the Golden Falcon Field. Please call or email the Junior Room to register.
Saturday, August 7 at 11:00 a.m. Summer Themed Storytime and Craft. Join us for some stories about summer and a craft. All ages are welcome to participate. We will be meeting behind the Visitor Center. Please call or email the Junior Room to register.  

Saturday, August 7 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Artist Reception: Art by Franken. The exhibit runs from July 1 through August 31. Please register.

Coming September 9 – Bill McKibben American environmentalist, author, and journalist who has written extensively on the impact of global warming. A part of the 2021 Sylvia & Edmund Morris Lecture Series.
JULY 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!
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!

The garden has been made possible in part through the generous donations by:
Mountain View Farm
Shirley Howe
Marble Valley Farm
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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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.
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