The Kent Memorial Library is one of our town’s most important cultural resources, and it’s the only one that is available to everyone — adults, teens and children alike. Kent is a community of readers. For those who are not aware, we have a resident adult population of approximately 2,300 and a children’s and young adult population of approximately 900. Total traffic in our Library in the past twelve months exceeded 20,000. When you compare this to our annual circulation of approximately 13,000 for adults and 12,000 for children you can only conclude that our very broad service is widely used.Our Library is a gathering place for the entire community. Our book collection, from classics to best sellers, is superb, especially for a small town. In addition, last year we presented over 80 programs: book discussions, memoir writing, language classes, lectures, authors’ readings, films and art exhibits. Our book sale is a destination, bringing visitors and our local merchants together.
Our Library is a wonderful place for young people. It creates a safe atmosphere for learning and gives parents a meeting place. This past summer over 400 children participated in 43 special vacation programs ranging from fun reading to maintaining an earth-friendly garden.
Our Library is critical to the social fabric of the community – long-time residents, weekenders, young, old and everyone in between enjoy the same benefits.
Our Library is more relevant than ever in the Age of the Internet. Our computers and Internet access are open to all, at no charge. For those without computers at home, we offer a window to the information age. Our online research tools are excellent, providing access to accurate and current information. Our website is a portal to our collection, the Interlibrary loan system throughout the State and even audio books you can download for free.