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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.

MOVING & SHAKING @ KML
 
The Library will take care of some long-deferred and necessary repairs including asbestos remediation and new carpet installation. These tasks require that the Library close on January 15 and temporarily move to #19 & #23 Kent Green Boulevard for a few weeks. The estimated time of returning to 32 North Main Street is early February.
 
New materials, periodicals, a selection of audiobooks and DVDs, computers, and wireless printing will be available at #19. Patrons will be able to request materials from other Libraries to be delivered to the temporary location. Selections of children's books, toys, Tuesday baby group, Thursday lunch bunch, a winter story hour, and a TAB knitting & crochet circle will all be occurring as scheduled.
 
There are some programs for adults in January, too. The KLA will hold its annual meeting on Saturday, January 18 at 2:00 p.m.  
immediately followed by a Sculptor Talk by Peter Woytuk at the Kent Town Hall. Artist Susan Grisell has been signed-up for January & February 2020 for a few years and in order to accommodate her the Library will have a small exhibit of her work from January 15 until the move back to 32 North Main in addition to her regular exhibit at the Library in February.
 
"Thanks to the Town of Kent, who provided grant money to pay some of the expenses for the move and repairs being made at the Library. To get this work done, and done quickly, we must close. We hope to make this as painless as possible," comments Library Director, Sarah Marshall. "Owner of Kent Green, John Casey, has so graciously donated the space for our temporary move," she adds. "We are grateful for all the support!"
EVENTS FOR ADULTS
 
Art Exhibits:
Third Eye by Kent artist Heather Scofield. The exhibit runs through January 10.
 
People, Places and Things by Gaylordsville artist Susan Grisell. The exhibit runs from January 15 to February 29.

Saturday, January 4 from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. One-on-One Tech Advice. Need help with your iPad, iPhone, or Mac? Have questions about: iCloud, iTunes, your Apple ID, Siri, Apps - or something else? Let our technology tutor and former Apple store specialist allow you the opportunity to get individualized one-on-one instruction. These practical, hands-on sessions are designed to help you solve problems, learn new techniques, and discover tips and tricks. Bring your iPhone, iPad, MacBook - and your questions! Must register, o nly room for 4-5 registrants. 20-minute sessions. APPLE PRODUCTS ONLY.
 
Saturday, January 11 from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. More Tech Help. Mobile Technical Support. Bring any mobile phone, tablet, or e-reader including Kindle, Nook, Amazon Fire, Samsung, LG, and many other Android devices. Need help with your smart phone, tablet, or e-reader? Questions about apps, widgets, Google accounts, e-mail, viruses, and more? Bring your devices and your questions and receive one-on-one help learning how to solve your technology-related issues, and some tips and tricks to make your device easier to use! Please call to register. Only room for 4-5 registrants.
 
Saturday, January 11 at 2:00 p.m. Readings from Writing Your Life. Join us as the 8-week memoir writing class: Writing Your Life students present their favorite pieces. The instructor for the 12-member class was Betty Krasne. Please register.
 
Tuesday, January 14 at 1:00 p.m. LIBRARY CLOSES

Wednesday, January 15 at 10:00 a.m. LIBRARY REOPENS. The Library is to be housed at #19 & #23 Kent Green Boulevard until mid-February.

Saturday, January 18 at 2:00 p.m. Kent Library Association Annual Meeting. The Kent Library Association, the operating entity of the Kent Memorial Library, will hold its annual meeting at the Kent Town Hall, 41 Kent Green Boulevard . On the agenda is a review of highlights from 2019 and an election of new board members to fill a number of expiring terms. The public is invited to attend.    

Saturday, January 18 at 3:00 p.m. Sculptor Talk: Peter Woytuk. Join us immediately following the Kent Library Association Annual Meeting at the Kent Town Hall, 41 Kent Green Boulevard for this talk about Peter Woytuk's life and work so far. All attendees will have a chance at winning a Woytuk Bronze. Free & open to the public. Please register. Snow date: Saturday, January 25 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. 
 
Monday, January 20 LIBRARY CLOSED FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY

Thursday, January 23 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Opening Exhibit: People, Places and Things by Gaylordsville artist Susan Grisell. Join us for a reception to meet the artist at the Library's temporary location: #19 Kent Green Boulevard, Kent. The exhibit runs from January 15 to February 29. Snow date: Friday, January 24 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Saturday January 25 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Bridge 1.0* At Kent Senior & Nutrition Center, 16 Swifts Lane, Kent. Want to learn how to play Bridge? The first session will cover Bridge etiquette, sorting and evaluating your hand, bidding or responding at the 1 or 2 level with your hand and playing set-up hands which demonstrate basic principals covered in the first session. Your instructor is experienced Bridge player, Kent's own, Robert Norton. For more information, call Robert Norton at 860.927.4980. Please register at Library, online or by calling Robert.
*This is a 5-week program held each Saturday from January 25 until February 22. Attendance at each session is very important because each new meeting will build on the previous information covered. At the end of the fifth session you should be able to play Bridge at the beginner level. The handout "BRIDGE 1.0" will be used for the class. If you have a copy read it and bring it to class. If you are a new student contact Robert Norton 860.927.4980 for your copy.

JUNIOR ROOM EVENTS
Tuesday, January 7, 14, 21, 28 at 10:30 a.m. Rhythm and Rhyme. Sing-alongs, finger plays, puppets and more! For kids ages 0-3 with a caregiver. No registration necessary. Not a drop off.    
 
Thursday, January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 at 12:30 p.m. Lunch Bunch. Bring along a picnic lunch and enjoy stories and a craft. All ages. No registration necessary. Not a drop off.

Friday, January 3 at 7:00 p.m. Teen Trivia Night! Put together a team of 4 friends and get ready for a great night! If you can't find a team, we'll put you on one. Pop culture and trivia will be the focus of this fun quiz. Snacks will be served and there will be prizes!! Please register. Grades 5 and up only.

Saturday, January 4 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. TAB Gallery Opening! Join us for an evening to experience at our Teen Advisory Board's first Art Show. We will be displaying portraits done by the teens that participated in our Smart Phone Photography Workshop. There will be snacks! Everyone is welcome to attend.    

Friday, January 10 at 6:00 p.m. Family Dinner and a Movie! Brave (PG) Bring a picnic dinner (or grab a pizza from next door!) and come enjoy this Disney flick. Please register. Not a drop off for kids under 12.    

Saturday, January 11 at 10:30 a.m. Story Hour - Penguins! All ages. Come enjoy stories, a snack, and celebrate with a festive craft! Please register. Not a drop off.

Sunday, January 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Safe Sitter Training: for kids in grades 6 and up. Come learn to be a great babysitter and run your own small business. There is a $20 materials fee and registration is limited. Please bring a bagged lunch.
 
Saturday, January 18 at 10:30 a.m. Snow Story Hour! Come enjoy stories, a snack, and snowy craft! Please register. Not a drop off.    

Saturday, January 25 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Draw Cute Animals! Using how to books we will learn to draw adorable animals together! Grades 2nd and up. Younger siblings welcome, though! Please register. Not a drop off.    

Monday, January 27 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. TAB Knitting & Crochet Circle Not just for grannies anymore! We'll be hanging out, having snacks and making fun things with yarn! Grades 2 and up. Please register. Not a drop off.

DID YOU KNOW:  
Your membership can now be a recurring monthly contribution! Just follow the membership button and choose a recurring donation to keep your membership rolling throughout the year!
 
DON'T FORGET THE KML ANNUAL MEETING ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 18 AT THE TOWN HALL @ 2:00 P.M.
OUR FIRST RAFFLE CAR WAS DONATED BY  
BILLY AND MARY GAWEL IN 2002 
DONATE A SPECIAL CAR TO KENT MEMORIAL LIBRARY CAR RAFFLE
 
In 2002, Billy and Mary Gawel made their beautifully restored 1932 Chevy five window coupe available to help raise funds for the Library - and thus KML's annual Car Raffle was born. The "Car Guys," a committee of the Library, was formed and Rudy Molho, Michaela Lawrence, Allan Priaulx, Julie Saxton and Jim Blackketter, with the recent addition of Jim Norton, came together to carry the project forward as a Library fundraiser. Since then, with the help of many dedicated volunteers, the Library has purchased 14 cars to offer in the raffle, with all the proceeds net of the cost of the car going directly into the operating budget.
 
The car raffle is one of the Library's primary fundraisers to help supplement the Town grant, which only provides 30% of the yearly budget. OK, so here's the "ask:" If you have a classic or otherwise appropriate car for KML's raffle that you would consider donating to the Library, KML would love to hear from you. As an accredited 501(c)(3) nonprofit, your donation could provide a tax advantage to you while helping to sustain the Kent Memorial Library into the future. Thanks for your support of the Kent Memorial Library, a treasure in our town.  
 
Please call Jim Blackketter at (860) 927-1888 if you can help.
 

UPCOMING EVENTS FOR CHILDREN 
Tuesday, February 7, 14, 21, 28 at 10:30 a.m. Rhythm and Rhyme. Sing-alongs, finger plays, puppets and more! For kids ages 0-3 with a caregiver. No registration necessary. Not a drop off.    

Thursday, February 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 at 12:30 p.m. Lunch Bunch. Bring along a picnic lunch and enjoy stories and a craft. All ages. No registration necessary. Not a drop off.

Saturday, February 1 at 10:30 a.m. Story Hour: Take your Child to the Library Day!
Participate in a nationwide celebration of reading and libraries by coming to Kent Memorial Library today with your child! We will have a story hour, snacks, a fun activity and stickers!  
 
Friday, February 7 at 6:00 p.m. Family Dinner & A Movie Ugly Dolls, (PG) Bring a picnic dinner (or grab a pizza from next door!) and come enjoy this goofy flick. Please register. Not a drop off for kids under 12.    
 
Saturday, February 8 at 3:30 p.m. Valentines Making! Come make Valentine's Day cards with Ms. Sam! Great for mailing or to accompany chocolates! Please register in advance. Not a drop off.

Saturday February 8 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Cocoa Club Mrs. Sam will be serving hot cocoa with marshmallows and reading out loud to everyone from a chapter book. Grades 2 and up! Please register.

Monday, February 10 from 3:30 to 4:00 p.m. TAB Knitting & Crochet Circle Not just for grannies anymore! We'll be hanging out, eating snacks and making fun things with yarn! Grades 2 and up. Please register. Not a drop off.

Thursday, February 13 at 3:30 p.m. KCS Chocolate Fest! Ms. Abby and Mrs. Sam will be at Kent Center making Valentines!    
 
Friday, February 21 at 4:00 p.m. TAB Meeting! Come help plan new programs and suggest new materials for the library! Grades 5 and up only. Please register.

Friday, February 21 at 4:00 p.m. TAB Book Club! The Jumbies Series by Tracey Baptiste,Grades 5 and up. Please register. Our goal is to have read all three books by this meeting- the discussion will be around the whole series with a focus on the third book, The Jumbie God's Revenge.    

Saturday February 22 at 10:30 a.m. Teddy Bear Story Hour! We'll be reading books about teddy bears and making an indoor teddy bear picnic! Bring your favorite bear to cozy up to while we a spread out a blanket to chow down picnic style!    
 
Friday, February 28 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. STEAM! Doughnuts! We explore how to make doughnuts in three different ways - with science, engineering and art. Grade 2 and up. Please register in advance. Not a drop off.

UPCOMING EVENTS FOR ADULTS 
Art Exhibit:
People, Places and Things by Gaylordsville artist Susan Grisell. The exhibit runs from January 15 to February 29.
           
Saturday, February 1 from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. One-on-One Tech Advice. Need help with your iPad, iPhone, or Mac? Have questions about: iCloud, iTunes, your Apple ID, Siri, Apps - or something else? Let our technology tutor and former Apple store specialist allow you the opportunity to get individualized one-on-one instruction. These practical, hands-on sessions are designed to help you solve problems, learn new techniques, and discover tips and tricks. Bring your iPhone, iPad, MacBook - and your questions! Must register, o nly room for 4-5 registrants. 20-minute sessions. APPLE PRODUCTS ONLY.
 
Saturday February 1 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Bridge 1.0* At Kent Senior & Nutrition Center, 16 Swifts Lane, Kent.
       
Saturday, February 8 from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. More Tech Help. Mobile Technical Support. Bring any mobile phone, tablet, or e-reader including Kindle, Nook, Amazon Fire, Samsung, LG, and many other Android devices. Need help with your smart phone, tablet, or e-reader? Questions about apps, widgets, Google accounts, e-mail, viruses, and more? Bring your devices and your questions and receive one-on-one help learning how to solve your technology-related issues, and some tips and tricks to make your device easier to use! Please call to register. Only room for 4-5 registrants.  
       
Saturday February 8 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Bridge 1.0* At Kent Senior & Nutrition Center, 16 Swifts Lane, Kent.  
 
Saturday February 15 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Bridge 1.0* At Kent Senior & Nutrition Center, 16 Swifts Lane, Kent.
 
Monday, February 17 LIBRARY CLOSED FOR PRESIDENTS' DAY
 
Saturday February 22 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Bridge 1.0* At Kent Senior & Nutrition Center, 16 Swifts Lane, Kent.  
 
The Library will send out an updated schedule for Programs as soon as possible.**
 
*Bridge 1.0 is a 5-week program held each Saturday from January 25 until February 22. Attendance at each session is very important because each new meeting will build on the previous information covered. At the end of the fifth session you should be able to play Bridge at the beginner level. Your instructor is experienced Bridge player, Kent's own, Robert Norton. For more information, call Robert Norton at 860.927.4980. Please register at Library, online or by calling Robert. is a 5-week program held each Saturday from January 25 until February 22. Attendance at each session is very important because each new meeting will build on the previous information covered. At the end of the fifth session you should be able to play Bridge at the beginner level. The handout "BRIDGE 1.0" will be used for the class. If you have a copy read it and bring it to class. If you are a new student contact Robert Norton 860.927.4980 for your copy. 
   
**The Library will temporarily move on January 15 to #19 & #23 Kent Green Boulevard for a few weeks. The estimated time of returning to 32 North Main Street is early February. The Library is closing so it can take care of some long-deferred and necessary repairs including asbestos remediation and new carpet installation.  

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Art Exhibit:
People, Places and Things by Gaylordsville artist Susan Grisell. The exhibit runs from January 15 to February 29.
 
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Kent Library Association Membership. For more information about joining the 2020 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.
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