WELCOME TO THE LIBRARY! September 5-10, 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. In-person in the Junior Room and via Zoom.
Thursdays – Lunch Bunch at 12:30 p.m. In-person in the Junior Room and via Zoom.

ANNUAL BOOK SALE IS OPEN. Click for more information.

THIS WEEK:
Thursday, September 8 at 3:30 p.m. TAB & Book Club. Come help plan new programs and suggest new materials for the library! We also will be handing out our Book Club book – Mañanaland by Pam Muñoz Ryan – to be discussed at our October meeting. Grades 5 and up only, please. Join us in the Junior Room. Please email for a copy of the book and to register.

Friday, September 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Writing Your Life. An eight-week writing program taught by Betty Krasne, PhD. This memoir-writing workshop meets once a week for two hours. Click for registering information.

Sunday, September 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Safe Sitter® Essential Training. This 6 hour course is designed to prepare students grades 6-8 to be safe when they’re home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting. This Instructor-led class is filled with fun games and role-playing exercises. Students will learn Safety Skills, Child Care Skills, First Aid and Rescue Skills, and Life and Business Skills. Class is $30 per participant. Grade 6 and up only, please. We will be meeting in the Junior Room. Registration is required. Space is limited. Please call or email the Junior Room to register.

UPCOMING IN SEPTEMBER:
Beginning September 12. Chess Is Back at KML! Mondays After School. Open to all beginners and intermediates with enthusiasm to go and play chess! On the chess court (weather permitting), otherwise in the Reading Room. No registration required. We always set up one chess set on the chess court by 2:00 p.m. during Sunday’s Book Sale.

Thursday, September 15 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, September 17 at 11:00 a.m. Special Bi-Lingual Storytime with Ms. Sarah. Join us while we read some stories in Spanish, do a craft, and sing! All ages are welcome to participate. We will be meeting in the Junior Room. Please call or email the Junior Room to register.

Sunday, September 18, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. Banned Books and Beyond: Current Censorship Controversies First Amendment protections and intellectual freedom is for everyone. Join KML board president Sandy Edelman as she speaks with former ACLU President and New York Law School Professor Emerita Nadine Strossen, and Co-Chair of the Connecticut Library Association’s Legislative Committee Olivia Scully, about current censorship issues in our country and locally. Town Hall, Open to the Public. Please register

Thursday, September 22 at 6:30 p.m. Game Night. Come by the Junior Room for some board games after dinner! 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 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.

UPCOMING IN OCTOBER:
Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. Everybody Thought We Were Crazy: A Conversation with author Mark Rozzo. 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.

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. 

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
Open for the Summer!
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Did you know? We have three glass cases inside the Library filled with very special books?

Signed 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, and A.S. Byatt books, and the Seth MacFarlane early drawings. There is also a pamphlet signed by paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey, plus a signed David Armstrong! They make great gifts for the collector.
Do you need Energy Assistance, Water Assistance and Free Tax Preparation For Kids Programs? Click below.
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!

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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.