Press Release 3/23/15 (Kent, Connecticut) – As libraries in communities, schools, and campuses nationwide celebrate National Library Week, so too, will the Kent Memorial Library, April 12 – 18. This will be a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians, library workers and most importantly, patrons.
Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their communities, campuses or schools; libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study. Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues. During the week in April, Kent Memorial Library has plenty to offer the community. Here is the schedule for the week:

Monday, April 13 at 1:00 p.m. –  “How Cool Is That? Hands-On Science” will be on hand to help us learn exactly what are in those pellets left behind by visiting owls. Limited to 25 participants.  Ages 5 and above. Not a drop off. Please call to register.

Tuesday, April 14 at 10:30 a.m. – Rhythm and Rhyme for 0-3s – Our usual baby group will meet in the Junior Room for songs and fingerplays. Older kids are welcome to join in or entertain themselves quietly in the library. Drop in – no need to register.

Wednesday, April 15 at 1:00 p.m. – Kent Conservation Commission and South Kent School Science teacher Emily Sanborn will partner with the Junior Room for a special Earth Day Program on wild creatures vs. pets. Ages 3-10. Not a drop off. Please call to register.

Wednesday, April 15 at 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. – Wellness Series. “Crystal Singing Bowls” With Barrie Sachs, Herbalist. Join us as a series of quartz singing bowls are gently played blending their amazing tones to create a form of Vibrational healing and comfortable meditation for healing.  Free and open to the public. Please call to register.

Thursday, April 16 at 1:00 p.m. – Movie Matinee Big Hero 6 [PG].  Popcorn will be provided. All ages. Not a drop off. Please call to register.

Friday, April 17 – 7:00 p.m. – Teen Craft Night All Wrapped Up. Make a great pencil holder or vase using an old glass jar you might otherwise discard. Bring your own jar from your recycling bin or we’ll have some more here to upcycle into a treasure.  For Grades 5 and above.  Please call to register.

Saturday, April 18 at 8:30 – 9:45 a.m. Yoga. Please sign up and join us for remarkable energizing through yoga without stress.

Saturday April 18 at 10:00 a.m. Poetry Group. The workshop is free and open to all serious poets who want to develop their work and accept meaningful critique in a small circle of area writers. This workshop is led by author/illustrator E. Barrie Kavasch. Please register.

Saturday, April 18 at 10:30 a.m. – Chicken Party. We’ll have stories, a project, and welcome Kate and John Suscovich of Camps Road Farm here in Kent who will be bringing some real hens and chicks to talk about the life of a farming family. We’ll get to visit with some adorable critters!  Ages 2– 9. Not a drop-off. Please register.

Saturday, April 18 at 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Monthly Chess Club. The competition is open to young and old, beginners to advanced. Team combinations are encouraged — for instance, grandparent and parent-child, co-workers, friends. If someone does not have a team, he or she will be matched up at the club. Please register.

Come Visit the Library: Enjoy a cozy place to sit and relax. Free Internet and Wi-Fi access. Public Restroom available. Check out books and movies.  Enjoy all that the Library has to offer. Celebrate!

April is Amnesty Month: As spring approaches, the Library will celebrate by forgiving all library fines during April: Amnesty Month. If you have “lost” items or overdue books, your fines will be forgiven if you return the items with a non-perishable food item which will be donated to the Kent Food Bank.

2015 Car Raffle: This premium 2013 Mustang Convertible Car has a 3.7 Liter V6 24V MPFI DOHC engine.  The car is red with a charcoal black interior, black convertible top, leather interior, bucket seats, homelink system and keyless entry. Raffle tickets are $10 each and may be purchased at the Library during regular hours call for more information. The Raffle Drawing is at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 25 at the 39th Annual Kent Pumpkin Run. Ticket holders need not be present to win.

Renew or Get a Library Card: If you don’t have a Library card, now’s your chance. Has your card expired? Good time to renew!

Art for Sale:  Special exhibit titled “Town and Country” by Gaylord artist Susan Grisell.

Treats at the Library: Come enjoy some sweet treats and refreshments!

Inside Book Sale: Browse a mini selection of used books for sale within the Library.

Join or Renew Membership to the 2015 Kent Library Association: If you haven’t joined or renewed your Membership to the 2015 Kent Library Association, you can do so very conveniently.

These programs are free & open to public (unless otherwise noted). Donations are suggested and welcome. You may register by calling 860-927-3761, emailing kmlinfo@biblio.org, stopping by the library or visiting kentmemoriallibrary.org.