MEMOIR WRITING CLASS TO READ WORKS @ KML Press Release 12/30/19 (Kent, Connecticut) – On Saturday, January 11, at 2:00 p.m. in the Reading Room, the Kent Memorial Library will host the return of the 12-member “Writing Your Life” class held this fall at the Library. The memoir writing program students will be sharing & reading one of their favorite pieces from the class. The instructor for the eight-week class was Betty Krasne, PhD.
KML TO PRESENT SCULPTOR TALK BY PETER WOYTUK Press Release 12/29/19 The Kent Memorial Library is pleased to announce a Sculptor Talk by Peter Woytuk on Saturday, January 18 immediately following the KLA Annual Meeting at 2:00 p.m. at the Kent Town Hall, 41 Kent Green Boulevard, Kent. (snow date for annual meeting and sculptor talk is Saturday, January 25.)
DONATE A SPECIAL CAR TO KENT MEMORIAL LIBRARY CAR RAFFLE Press Release 12/28/19 (Kent, Connecticut) – 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.
KML PRESENTS PEOPLE, PLACES & THINGS IN TEMPORARY GALLERY Press Release 12/23/19 (Kent, Connecticut) – The Kent Memorial Library is pleased to announce that Gaylordsville artist Susan Grisell will have her paintings displayed in the Library’s TEMPORARY Gallery* beginning January 15 in an exhibit titled People, Places and Things.
KENT MEMORIAL LIBRARY TO HOLD ANNUAL MEETING JANUARY 18 Press Release 12/20/19 (Kent, Connecticut) – 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 Blvd. on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
MOVING & SHAKING @ KML Press Release 12/2/19 (Kent, Connecticut) –This January, normally a very quiet time, 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.
CELEBRATE THE JOLLY WOODMAN @ KML Press Release 11/25/19 (Kent, Connecticut) – Children of all ages are invited to come hear, for the first time, a reading and reception to celebrate this newly published book The Jolly Woodman: The True Story of the First Christmas Tree Market in America written by Joanna Kelly and illustrated by Katie Atkinson. The book will be read aloud by Kent resident, E. Barrie Kavashe. This holiday event will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, December 14, in the Reading Room at Kent Memorial Library in Kent.
KENT LIBRARY ASSOCIATION KICKS OFF 2020 MEMBERSHIP DRIVE Press Release 11/18/19 (Kent, Connecticut) – The Kent Library Association announces that it kicked off its 2020 membership drive with a mailing to its supporters and users earlier this month. The goal of this year’s drive is to increase the base of support and improve the correlation between Library card holders/users and Association members.
CHARITABLE TAX STRATEGIES @ KML Press Release 10/28/19 (Kent, Connecticut) – On Saturday, November 23 at 2:00 p.m. in the Reading Room, the Kent Memorial Library will present a financial workshop: Charitable Tax Strategies-IRA Distributions and More presented by Dolores R. Schiesel, resident partner in the Kent office of Cramer & Anderson.
PLUG-IN CARS @ KML Press Release 10/26/19 (Kent, Connecticut) – Ever wonder how those “plug-in” cars drive with an extension cord running all the way back to the house? Wonder if you need some special type of electricity to charge an electric car at home? Can you really save money – and the environment – with a “clean” car? Find out on Wednesday, November 6 at 6:00 p.m. when the Kent Memorial Library presents Plug-in Cars: The models, the tech, and the myths behind plug-in hybrids and electric cars.
HEATHER SCOFIELD’S THIRD EYE @ KML Press Release 10/26/19 (Kent, Connecticut) – The Kent Memorial Library is pleased to announce that Kent artist Heather Scofield will have her paintings displayed in the Library’s Gallery from November 4 through January 10 in an exhibit titled Third Eye.
HENRY KISSINGER TO SIGN BOOK@ KML Press Release 10/22/19 (Kent, Connecticut)— The Kent Memorial Library takes great pleasure in announcing Dr. Henry Kissinger will be at the Library signing copies of the recently published book Kissinger on Kissinger on Saturday, November 9 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. in the Library’s Reading Room.
CELEBRATE THE PUBLICATION OF EDISON BY EDMUND MORRIS Press Release 10/4/19 (Kent, Connecticut) –Kent Memorial Library and House of Books invite you to join Sylvia Jukes Morris and Christopher Buckley for a reception to celebrate the publication of EDISON by Edmund Morris with remarks by Mrs. Morris and a brief reading by Mr. Buckley. This event in celebration of Edmund Morris will take place from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 2, at House of Books, 4 North Main Street in Kent.
CIVIL DIALOGUE WITH KENT’S FIRST SELECTMAN CANDIDATES HOSTED BY KML Press Release 10/2/19 (Kent, Connecticut) – On Saturday, October 19 at 1:00 p.m. the Kent Memorial Library will host a Civil Dialogue with the Kent First Selectman Candidates at Town Hall, Kent, CT. Join us in welcoming the two candidates, Jean Speck and Edward Matson to discuss their platforms and plans for Kent.
KENT QUIZ NIGHT WILL BE SPONSORED BY KENT MEMORIAL LIBRARY AGAIN Press Release 8/19/19 (Kent, Connecticut) – This fall the tradition continues, Kent Quiz Night lives! Brought to you by the Kent Memorial Library, the very popular and fun Kent Quiz Night will be held on Saturday, September 21 beginning at 7:00 p.m., with doors opening at 6:00 p.m. at the Kent Firehouse, 28 Maple Street, Kent, CT. The Pub Quiz concept (also known as live trivia or table quizzes) was developed in the late 1970s by Sharon Burns & Tom Porter in the United Kingdom. The objective was to get people into pubs on quiet nights. The idea caught on and has been attracting teams ever since. The evening’s format is as follows: teams of 4 are formed of adults 18 years of age and above before the event. The Quizmaster, Sarah Marshall, will ask prewritten questions and mark points as each team answers. Steve Pener will serve as the charming Emcee.
KATHY WISMAR’S SNAPSHOTS ALONG THE WAY @ KML Press Release 8/12/19 (Kent, Connecticut) – Ralph Waldo Emerson was right. “Life is a journey, not a destination.” And, no matter where the rambling has taken artist Kathy Wismar, across continents or across town, the images of people, places and things have impressed her. Kent & Falls Village artist Kathy Wismar will be exhibiting her work in a show titled, Snapshots Along the Way, at the Kent Memorial Library beginning September 4 until October 31, 2019.
AUTHOR BETTY KRASNE TO HAVE BOOK TALK & SIGNING @ KML Press Release 8/9/19 (Kent, Connecticut)— Join the Kent Memorial Library for a book talk and signing with our friend and local author Betty Krasne. She will discuss her newly published book: The Good Life? This special event will take place at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, September 7, at the Kent Town Hall, 41 Kent Green Blvd., Kent. The book will be available for purchase and signing.
COMPUTER CLASSES FOR BEGINNERS @ KML Press Release 8/5/19 (Kent, Connecticut) – New to computers? Lots of questions? Don’t have your own computer? Never even touched a computer? The Library will be using its recent addition of 12 laptop computers, donated by Kent Center School, to offer ongoing classes for those who want to start from the beginning. These hands-on classes – in which each patron will have his or her own computer – will let you dive in as a newbie and learn to use a computer on your own.
KENT MEMORIAL LIBRARY PRESENTS SECOND ANNUAL KENT CARNIVAL Press Release 7/26/19 (Kent, Connecticut) – The Kent Memorial Library is excited to present the second annual Kent Carnival on Saturday, August 31, 2019 (raindate: Monday September 2) at Golden Falcon Field, 20 North Main Street, Kent from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. Golden Falcon Field will be buzzing with activities for all ages of family fun! The carnival is for all ages – children, teens, and parents alike! There will be pony rides, touch-a-truck, a bouncy house, balloon animals, s’mores, shooting gallery, and more! Make sure you come visit the TAB carnival game booths and win some awesome prizes! Wrist bands will be for sale to allow children to play all games for $3.00 each or two for $5.00. The Lions Club will be cooking lunch, too.
TOUR SIX LOCAL ARTISTS’ STUDIOS Press Release 7/24/19 (Kent, Connecticut) – The Kent Memorial Library is excited to offer a Tour of Six Local Artists’ Studios. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will begin promptly at the Library at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 21, 2019. The tour will consist of a small group, no bigger than 12, that will visit the local artist studios of painter Robert Lenz; painter/ceramist Kathy Wismar; Greg St. John of St. John’s Bridge; sculptor Tony Antonios; and painters Deb Chabrian & Ed Martinez. After visiting each private studio, the group will end the tour at the Kent Art Association for lunch provided by Chef Patsy Stroble.
LIBRARY RECEIVES A DOZEN LAPTOPS Press Release 6/24/19 (Kent, Connecticut) – In early June, Library Director Sarah Marshall called the Kent Center School and asked if they would be willing to loan the Library some laptops for educational purposes. Seventh and eighth grade students at the school are loaned laptops for their exclusive use during the school year. After double-checking, Principal Michelle Mott said they had just upgraded and had 12 older but good-quality laptops that they would be happy to give the Library. The laptops are in excellent condition and are already loaded with software.
SUMMER SUNDAYS @ KML Press Release 6/17/19 (Kent, Connecticut) – The Kent Memorial Library is very excited again to offer Sunday Library hours this July and August. Last summer the Library had Sunday hours and it was successful enough to try again this summer. The Sunday hours will be from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m., and the dates are July 7, 14, 21 and 28, and August 4, 11, and 18. Please visit!
BORN TO BE WILD @ KML Press Release 6/7/19 (Kent, Connecticut) – New Preston artist, Paul Sakren will be exhibiting his work in a show titled, Born To Be Wild, at the Kent Memorial Library beginning July 3 until August 31, 2019.
MEMOIR WRITING PROGRAM TO BE OFFERED @ KML Press Release 5/18/19 (Kent, Connecticut) – “Writing Your Life” is an eight-week writing program taught by Betty Krasne, PhD. She will offer the program this fall at the Kent Library. The goal of the program is to give participants a tool box of skills that can be used to compose a series of short pieces (two to four pages each). These pieces can be used as the basis for a longer work, or to sharpen general writing skills.
KENT CENTER SCHOOL ALUMNI ART EXHIBIT @ KML Press Release 5/13/19 (Kent, Connecticut) – Earlier this year, Dianne Camp Lang ’63 began planning an Alumni Day for those who attended Kent Center School from 1929 to 1989 in celebration of the school’s 90th anniversary. Her idea flourished and her planned Alumni Day is scheduled for Saturday, June 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the grounds of CT Antique Machinery Association. One day she was in the Library and discovered there was an opening in the Library’s Gallery for the May+June slot. This coincided with the get-together she was planning for the last Saturday in June. Dianne began sending out emails in search of artists to exhibit. She had immediate positive responses.
MARTHA HALL KELLY COMING TO KENT Press Release 5/6/19 (Kent, Connecticut) – Join the Kent Memorial Library and the House of Books for a book talk and signing with author Martha Hall Kelly. She will discuss her new book: Lost Roses. This extraordinary event will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, June 1, at Kent Town Hall, 41 Kent Green Boulevard in Kent.
NORTHWEST CT’S BIRDS IN YOUR BACKYARD Co-sponsored by Kent Memorial Library, Kent Land Trust, Sharon Audubon Center and Kent Greenhouse & Gardens Press Release 4/27/19 (Kent, Connecticut) – Sadly, our modern, human-dominated landscape has been characterized by rapid deterioration of ecosystems and loss of native habitat. Bird populations have declined over 40% since the 1960s. Climate change threatens nearly half of the birds in our country. The Monarch Butterfly population is at its lowest since scientists began tracking it in the 1970s.
WONDERING ABOUT RETIREMENT @ KML Press Release 4/8/19 (Kent, Connecticut) – Do you have a retirement goal? If you do, let’s check and see if you’re on track. If you don’t, it’s time to find a balance between raising a family and securing a carefree retirement. This lecture is tailored to provide what you need to know about retirement planning and security. Ideal attendees: age 30-60.
MINT CONDITION PORSCHE BOXSTER ROADSTER IS THIS YEAR’S KENT MEMORIAL LIBRARY RAFFLE CAR Tickets on Sale Now! Press Release 4/5/19 (Kent, Connecticut) – The Kent Memorial Library has begun selling raffle tickets for a sleek 2000 Porsche Boxster Roadster in a major fund-raising project. The arena red convertible has very low mileage, and includes six speed tiptronic automatic transmission with manual shifters, fuel injection, 2.7 liter and a six cylinder engine. For more information, go to kentmemoriallibrary.org.
CELEBRATE NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK @ KML Press Release 3/30/19 (Kent, Connecticut) – The Kent Memorial Library will join Libraries of all types in celebrating the many ways Libraries build strong communities by providing critical resources, programs and expertise.
KENT CONSERVATION COMMISSION TO PRESENT CHILDREN’S SCIENCE PROGRAM @ KML Press Release 3/20/19 (Kent, Connecticut) – For the 8th consecutive year, the Kent Conservation Commission (KCC) is sponsoring an educational program at the Kent Memorial Library with an environmental theme, timed to be near Earth Day and coincide with the Kent Center School spring break. This year’s program, titled Air Is All Around Us, will be about air and air quality and will be held on Wed. April 17 at 10:30 a.m. Carol Franken Ed.D., the Vice Chair of KCC, will present the program, which is designed for children in pre-K through grade 3. Dr. Franken states, “I feel that it is important to teach complex topics to young children in an age-appropriate way, to lay a foundation for them to grow up to be informed global citizens.”
CHILDREN – OUR TREASURE, OUR FUTURE @ KML Press Release 3/16/19 (Kent, Connecticut) – Founded in 1946, UNICEF can be found in 190 countries and territories around the world to save children’s lives, to defend their rights, and to help them fulfill their potential. UNICEF came into being as the agency for children after WWII. It advocates for every child to have a fair change in life. Beginning in the 1980s, UNICEF worked towards advances in child survival and development. Nevertheless, around the world, millions of children are trapped in an intergenerational cycle of disadvantage ending their future – and the future of their societies. The Kent Memorial Library is proud to present a lecture on Children – Our Treasure, Our Future on Wednesday, April 3 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The lecture will be presented by Attorney Terri Brennan and followed by a reception.
FRAUD PREVENTION @ KML Press Release 3/9/19 (Kent, Connecticut) –The Kent Memorial Library and the Kent Community Fund are excited to co-sponsor an informative program about Fraud Prevention. Presented by the New Milford VNA, this program will feature guest presenter, Kent’s own State Trooper, Andrew Fisher. You will learn how to be more cautious when it comes to protecting yourself from identity theft and about the many ways your privacy can be compromised. This workshop will help you be aware of the many types of fraud and how you can be more vigilant.
PEEP-O-RAMA @ KML Press Release 3/4/19 (Kent, Connecticut) – This spring the word is Peeps. Beginning in March young and old alike are invited to participate in the KML’s Peep-O-Rama Contest! Participants are encouraged to create a Diorama of Peeps based on anything you can find at the Library (books, magazines, movies, games, etc.) There are two age categories: 14 years and under and 15 years and up. If you need inspiration or ideas for your Peep Diorama, we suggest doing a google image search using the phrase “Peeps Diorama.”
A COLLECTION OF STUFF BY KAREN CHASE @ KML Press Release 2/27/19 (Kent, Connecticut) – Kent photographer, Karen Chase will be exhibiting her work in a show titled, A Collection of Stuff: Photographs Ranging from Insects to Ireland and a Lot of Stuff in Between, at the Kent Memorial Library beginning March 6 until April 30, 2019.
GARDEN CLUB AND LIBRARY TO PRESENT KAREN BUSSOLINI Press Release 2/20/19 (Kent, Connecticut) –When you don’t love your garden or it’s just too much work, putting your finger on what the problem might be isn’t always easy, but it’s the first step toward garden happiness. Maybe it’s bad pruning (or none at all because it’s too scary to start), site problems, awkward spaces, erosion, shade, dry or wet soil, wrong plant for the place, too few plants or too many, lack of character or color, high maintenance.
SAFETY IN THE HOME @ KML Press Release 2/11/19 (Kent, Connecticut) –The Kent Memorial Library and the Kent Community Fund are excited to co-sponsor a multi-faceted workshop called Tips for Maintaining Safety in the Home. Presented by the New Milford VNA, you will learn many things about safe-proofing your home, how to avoid accidents, learn about the benefits of having a Lifeline in your home, and how to maintain safety with Body Mechanics – getting out of bed properly, walking down the stairs safely, getting up from a chair safely and tips on balance and movement, etc. This information will be useful to share or prepare for a parent, relative, friend or yourself!
CHILDREN – OUR TREASURE, OUR FUTURE @ KML Press Release 2/8/19 (Kent, Connecticut) – UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, to defend their rights, and to help them fulfill their potential. UNICEF advocates for every child to have a fair change in life. Nevertheless, around the world, million of children are trapped in an intergenerational cycle of disadvantage endings their future – and the future of their societies. The Kent Memorial Library is proud to present a lecture on Children – Our Treasure, Our Future on Saturday, March 2 from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. The lecture will be presented by Attorney Terri Brennan and followed by a reception.
KML SPRING BOOK DISCUSSION SERIES: NATIONALTY AND WAR Press Release 2/6/19 (Kent, Connecticut) – The focus of this spring’s book discussion is Nationality and War: four novels in which Asian women write about disturbing and violent national histories. The stories are set before, during, and after WWII. Most of us are probably unfamiliar with the complicated history they recount, but their novels allow readers to grasp the horrors and hopes of several nations, particularly as experienced by women.
THE KENT MEMORIAL LIBRARY OFFERS FAMILY SKATING PARTY! Press Release 1/28/19 (Kent, Connecticut) – The Kent Memorial Library’s Parents’ Committee is happy to announce its Annual Fundraiser Party will be held on Sunday, February 24 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Kent School Rink, 1 Macedonia Road in Kent.
POETRY AND MUSIC EVENINGS ON CALENDAR @ KML Press Release 1/26/19 (Kent, Connecticut) – The Kent Memorial Library is hosting five “Evenings of Poetry and Music” from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Saturdays, February 2, April 6, July 13, September 14 and December 7 in the Library’s Reading Room. Poet and photographer Karen Chase will again act as hostess for these evenings. Everyone is invited and all poets 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.
THE HISTORY OF LGBTQ PEOPLE Press Release 1/23/19 (Kent, Connecticut) – The Kent Memorial Library is pleased to provide a fact-filled overview of America’s LGBTQ History, beginning with the Two-Spirit tradition among indigenous people and going up to the era of marriage equality on Saturday, February 23 at 2:00 p.m. at the Kent Town Hall, 41 Kent Green Boulevard, Kent. The presentation will be given by author Kevin Jennings.
“LET IT SNOW” WINTER READING PROGRAM FOR ADULTS @ KML Press Release 1/9/19 (Kent, Connecticut) –The weather might be frightful outside but we will keep you warm and happy inside with good books, audio books and of course, a warm welcome! Beginning on Wednesday, January 9, all adults are invited to warm up with a good book this winter and win a chance at a book bag filled with tea, 2 KML mugs and a $50 Visa card! Adults will fill out a ticket for each book they read or listen to (including eBooks). The winning ticket will be drawn on Thursday, February 28. The more books you read or listen to, the better chances you have at winning the prize.
TREASA PATTISON’S “IN LIVING COLOR” @ KML Press Release 12/17/18 (Kent, Connecticut) – The Kent Memorial Library is pleased to announce that Cornwall artist Treasa Pattison will have her paintings displayed in the Library’s Gallery from January 5 through February 27 in an exhibit titled “In Living Color.”
CTV-192 PRESENTS AN IMPROV COMEDY WORKSHOP FOR BEGINNERS @ KML Press Release 12/14/18 (Kent, Connecticut) – Join the staff of community television CTV-192 Saturday afternoon, January 12 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. in the Reading Room to learn about community television through an Improv Comedy Workshop. Improvisational comedy is a fun and often hilarious group activity where – much like community access – no experience is necessary and everything is made up by you!
KENT MEMORIAL LIBRARY TO HOLD ANNUAL MEETING JANUARY 19 Press Release 12/12/18 (Kent, Connecticut) – 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 Blvd. on Saturday, January 19, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend. On the agenda is a review of highlights from 2018 and an election of new board members to fill a number of expiring terms. Immediately following the meeting at 3:00 p.m., the Library will present part 2 of a 3-part series called, To Kill A Mockingbird: An Exploration Book Talk & Signing. Author Tom Santopietro will present his newly released book Why To Kill A Mockingbird Matters – What Harper Lee’s Book and the Iconic American Film Mean to Us Today. Santopietro is well-known for his writing about American popular culture, delves into the heart of the beloved classic and shows readers why To Kill a Mockingbird matters more today than ever before. He traces the writing of the book and its ongoing appeal. He also reveals the complete behind the scenes story of the film, from the earliest casting sessions to the choice of director and the three Oscars it won, to the 50th anniversary screening at the White House. He explores what makes the movie and Gregory Peck’s unforgettable performance so captivating, and how, at the time of the film’s release, Americans of every stripe wanted to believe that Atticus Finch reflected their own essential decency. Free & open to the public. His book will be available for purchase and signing. Please register. There will be refreshments and snacks. (click here for more details about this riveting series, To Kill A Mockingbird: An Exploration).
KENT MEMORIAL LIBRARY EXAMINES TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Press Release 12/10/18 (Kent, Connecticut) –Published in 1960, To Kill a Mockingbird won the Pulitzer Prize and became a classic of modern American literature. It has been translated into some 40 languages and sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. The novel was and is widely praised for its sensitive treatment of a child’s awakening to racism and prejudice in the American South. This year it was named the #1 Book from America’s 100 most-loved books brought to you by PBS’s The Great American Read. In January, Kent will revisit Maycomb, Alabama, the setting of the novel during the early 1930s. The Kent Memorial Library will offer a three-part series, To Kill A Mockingbird: An Exploration. These events are appropriate for people aged 12 and up and we will be welcoming varying perspectives to enrich the conversation. As Scout’s father explained to her “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” Join us as we examine both the novel and the movie during 3 weeks in early 2019.
BOOK TALK & SIGNING @ KML The Connecticut 169 Club. A Great Holiday Gift! Press Release 11/19/18 (Kent, Connecticut) – From the quaint splendor of the town of Kent in the northwest hills of Connecticut to the great restaurants that dot the shoreline of Westbrook to New Britain’s industrial roots, travel and history author Martin “Marty” Podskoch is hoping to give Connecticut residents a chance to explore every one of the 169 municipalities in the state of Connecticut with his new book, Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport and Guide to Exploring Connecticut. The book is a collective effort. Podskoch recruited the best and the brightest Connecticut writers, historians and officials each contributing a passage about their town’s histories, haunts; food fixes and landmarks. In Kent’s case, our own Kent historian, Marge Smith penned the write-up on Kent.
EASTERN COYOTES IN CONNECTICUT@KML Press Release 11/8/18 (Kent, Connecticut) – The Kent Memorial Library is pleased to present a multi-faceted program about coyotes on Saturday, December 1 at 2:00 p.m. at the Kent Town Hall, 41 Kent Green Boulevard, Kent. The Eastern Coyotes in Connecticut presentation focuses on the natural history of coyotes in CT, an overview of coyote habitat, diet, behavior, reproduction, and current research efforts. Coyote artifacts are shared with the audience. The talk will also provide practical recommendations for optimum coexistence with our coyote population. The topic of bears is also addressed. The presentation runs 60-90 minutes, depending on the level of audience engagement. It is intended for ages 12 and older.
MEDICARE & MEDICAL INSUANCE OPEN ENROLLMENT EVENT @ KML Press Release 11/3/18 (Kent, Connecticut) – Kent Memorial Library and Kent Social Services will host an open enrollment event Saturday, November 17, 2018 at the Kent Memorial Library from 10:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m.
TOP 5 TIPS FOR APPLE PRODUCTS @ KML Press Release 10/24/18 (Kent, Connecticut) – The Kent Memorial Library is pleased to announce an Apple products workshop: “Top 5 Tips for Apple Products” on Saturday, November 10 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Reading Room. Not only will this be a workshop of Top 5 Tips for your iPhone/iPad, but will include a bonus Top 5 for your Mac!
UN PEACEKEEPING: ITS CHALLENGES & LATEST EFFORTS @ KML Press Release 10/17/18 (Kent, Connecticut) – Peacekeeping is one of the most effective tools available to the United Nations in the promotion and maintenance of international peace and security. Yet it faces several challenges that undermine its ability to deliver on its mandates. The Kent Memorial Library is proud to present a lecture on UN Peacekeeping: Its Challenges & Latest Efforts on Saturday, November 3 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The presentation will provide a general overview of modern United Nations peacekeeping. It will then delve into the current issues that define the international mandates and the operations, from the challenges faced on the ground to the latest efforts to create peacekeeping operations fit for the future, including the UN Secretary-General’s “Action for Peacekeeping” initiative (A4P).
VOTING Q & A @ KENT MEMORIAL LIBRARY Press Release 10/8/18 (Kent, Connecticut) – Do you know what the only two animals allowed into the Polling area are? If you guessed Service Dog as one you are correct. The other might surprise you. Find out the answer to this and any other questions you might have about registering to vote and what happens before and after you cast your ballot at the Library.
LONG TERM CARE @ KENT MEMORIAL LIBRARY Press Release 10/5/18 (Kent, Connecticut) – It’s never too soon to start thinking about the future and the care you will require in your later years. The Kent Memorial Library is proud to present a lecture on Long Term Care (LTC ), Wednesday evening, October 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Chances are, after you reach 65, you will need to pay for some kind of Long Term Care. These expenses include costs of a nursing home, assisted living or in-home care. Many people may not be aware that LTC isn’t covered by Medicare. This seminar is tailored to keep you informed on facts about LTC and how to ease the financial burden on family caregivers through proper planning. Join us to explore your financial options.
SUSAN HENNELLY’S “THE FARM”@ KML Press Release 10/5/18 (Kent, Connecticut) – The Kent Memorial Library is pleased to announce that Dover Plains, NY artist Susan Hennelly will have her paintings displayed in the Library’s Gallery from November 1 through December 29 in an exhibit titled “The Farm.”
KENT MEMORIAL ANNOUNCES NEW DEFINITION OF FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY Press Release 9/27/18 (Kent, Connecticut) – The Kent Memorial Library now recognizes its large group of volunteers, donors, and supporters as Friends of the Library. Friends of the Library encompasses all individuals or businesses who help at events such as the Gala or bake sale, volunteer at the book sale, or car raffle, participate on committees, and/or provide annual financial support by being a member of the Kent Library Association.
AN EVENING OF POETRY AND MUSIC @ KML Press Release 8/27/18 (Kent, Connecticut) – The Kent Memorial Library is hosting another “Evening of Poetry and Music” on Saturday, September 15 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Library’s Reading Room. Poet and photographer Karen Chase will again act as hostess for the evening. Everyone is invited and all poets 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.
KML FALL BOOK DISCUSSION SERIES: INTO AFRICA Press Release 8/25/18 (Kent, Connecticut) – For those familiar with Kipling’s Just So Stories, you will recognize the first books for fall as those kinds of origin tales. But rather than teaching us how the elephant got his trunk, we are learning how some of the sub-Saharan countries came to be the way they are. The stories can be complex, the names sometimes hard to keep sorted out, but each of the novels has a fascinating tale to tell. Complexities abound, from tribal affinities to native customs and religious conflicts. You can look forward to considering both the writing – style and structure – and subject matter.
BILL MERKLEIN “A RAMBLING BRUSH” AT THE KENT MEMORIAL LIBRARY Press Release 8/22/18 (Kent, Connecticut) – The Kent Memorial Library is pleased to announce that Gaylordsville artist Bill Merklein will have his paintings displayed in the Library’s Gallery from September 1 through October 29 in an exhibit titled “A Rambling Brush.”
THE EVOLUTION OF TELEVISION NEWS AS RICK LEVY LIVED IT @ KENT MEMORIAL LIBRARY Press Release 8/22/18 (Kent, Connecticut) – The Kent Memorial Library is pleased to announce that Kent resident Rick Levy will be discussing “The Evolution of Television News As I Lived It” on Saturday, September 15 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Reading Room.
KENT QUIZ NIGHT WILL BE SPONSORED BY KENT MEMORIAL LIBRARY AGAIN Press Release 8/20/18 (Kent, Connecticut) – This fall the tradition continues, Kent Quiz Night lives! Brought to you by the Kent Memorial Library, the very popular and fun Kent Quiz Night will be held on Saturday, September 22 beginning at 7:00 p.m., with doors opening at 6:00 p.m. at the Kent Firehouse, 28 Maple Street, Kent, CT. The Pub Quiz concept (also known as live trivia or table quizzes) was developed in the late 1970s by Sharon Burns & Tom Porter in the United Kingdom. The objective was to get people into pubs on quiet nights. The idea caught on and has been attracting teams ever since. The evening’s format is as follows: teams of 4 are formed of adults 18 years of age and above before the event. The Quizmaster, Sarah Marshall, will ask prewritten questions and mark points as each team answers. Steve Pener, will serve as the charming Emcee. Special guest, Steve Katz, of Blues Project and Blood, Sweat & Tears fame will be on hand to assist in quiz topics.
KENT MEMORIAL LIBRARY PRESENTS FIRST ANNUAL KENT CARNIVAL Press Release 8/13/18 (Kent, Connecticut) – The Kent Memorial Library is excited to present the first annual Kent Carnival on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at Golden Falcon Field, 20 North Main Street, Kent from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. Golden Falcon Field will be buzzing with activities for all ages of family fun! There will be live music, Touch-a-Truck, free beverages, an obstacle course, a side show of oddities, a bouncy house, no-sew quilting project, mural art project, balloon animals, kids games, prizes, snacks and more!
HOW SITTING AT YOUR DESK AFFECTS YOUR HEALTH, WELL-BEING & EFFICIENCY TO BE TIMELY TOPIC @ KML Press Release 7/16/18 (Kent, Connecticut) – The Kent Memorial Library and Prism Health Advocates are proud to present How Sitting At Your Desk Affects Your Health, Well-Being, & Efficiency; And What To Do About It! This topic will be presented by Marion Lynott, Certified Health Coach and Office Ergonomic Evaluator, Health Coach and founder of Max Your Wellness, LLC of Bethel, CT. Join us on Wednesday, August 15 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Reading Room at the Library.
HEY KIDS! COME TO DJ RED SUPREME DANCE PARTY WORKSHOP @ KML Press Release 7/16/18 (Kent, Connecticut) – On Wednesday, August 8 at 11:00 a.m., Kent Memorial Library is presenting DJ Red Supreme Dance Party Workshop. Kids will learn fun and easy-to-follow party dance moves lead by DJ Red Supreme. This program is designed to build self-confidence, emphasize the importance of exercise, be expressive and creative using party dancing, help kids learn to listen and feel the music while dancing, and put a smile on their face!
LIFE INSURANCE FOR THE LIVING @ KML Press Release 7/11/18 (Kent, Connecticut) – If you think Life Insurance only has death benefits, think again. The Kent Memorial Library is proud to present a lecture on Life Insurance for the Living, Saturday afternoon, July 21 at 1:30 p.m. This program is tailored to get you up to speed about current Life Insurance trends. There are many more features of Life Insurance, such as retirement supplements, tax savings, college tuition planning, and so on. It’s also known that long-term care insurance is turning into a necessity, as longevity becomes a reality due to the rapid development of technology and healthcare. However, traditional long-term care policies are very expensive with use-it-or-lose-it limitation. The good news is that there is a Life Insurance that may cover long-term care costs at your choice. Life Insurance has been evolving to meet the need for the middle class families and individuals. Come and learn more about the benefits of “modern” Life Insurance and explore your financial options in every facet of your life.
AN AFTERNOON WITH BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS’ FOUNDER: STEVE KATZ SPONSORED BY THE KENT MEMORIAL LIBRARY Press Release 7/9/18 (Kent, Connecticut) – The Kent Memorial Library is pleased to announce a special performance with legendary Steve Katz in An Afternoon of Story and Song. This very intimate and exclusive performance will take place on Saturday, August 11 at 4:00 p.m. at the Fife’n Drum Restaurant, 53 North Main Street, Kent. During intermission, he will sell and sign copies of his memoir: Blood, Sweat, and My Rock ’n’ Roll Years: Is Steve Katz a Rock Star?
DUET: LYNN & RON JONES AT THE KENT MEMORIAL LIBRARY Press Release 7/6/18 (Kent, Connecticut) – The Kent Memorial Library is pleased to announce that Kent artists Lynn and Ron Jones will have their artwork displayed in the Library’s Gallery from July 1 through August 31 in an exhibit titled “Duet.”
HOOPLA DIGITAL @ KML ON JULY 1 Press Release 6/18/18 (Kent, Connecticut) – The Kent Memorial Library is pleased to announce that beginning on July 1, public availability of thousands of movies, television shows, music albums, eBooks, audiobooks and comics, will all be available for mobile and online access through a new partnership with hoopla digital.
WARBLERS IN KENT Press Release 5/21/18 (Kent, Connecticut) – The Kent Memorial Library and the Kent Land Trust will present two programs for bird enthusiasts aged 13 and up regarding birds in Kent on Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10. (participation in Saturday’s workshop is not required for participation in Sunday’s program.)
WOMEN’S DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TO BE TIMELY TOPIC @ KML Press Release 5/14/18 (Kent, Connecticut) – The Kent Memorial Library; Prism Health Advocates; and Dr. Joseph Baxer, President of the United Nations Association of Connecticut are proud to present “Creating Communities Free of Domestic Violence: A Key to Women’s Health and Equality.” This topic will be explored by Dr. D. Elizabeth “Betsey” Mauro, Executive Director of Women’s Support Services in Sharon. The 2018 United Nations Association of Connecticut Scholarship for International Cooperation will also be awarded. Join us on Saturday, June 16 from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. in the Reading Room at the Library.
KENT ART ASSOCIATION “95 MORE YEARS” AT THE KENT MEMORIAL LIBRARY Press Release 5/4/18 (Kent, Connecticut) – The year was 1923, Yankee Stadium opened and the team won its first World Series, bread cost 10 cents and you could buy a new car for $250. The Kent Memorial Library, built as a Memorial to the Kent soldiers who fought in WWI, had recently been completed and it was the year nine artists living in or near Kent formed the Kent Art Association. They held their first exhibition at the new library and charged a nickel to attend. Over 600 people visited the show and the proceeds were donated to the library.
LYME DISEASE IS EXPLORED AT HEALTH TALK PRESENTED BY KENT MEMORIAL LIBRARY Press Release 4/30/18 (Kent, Connecticut) – Join the Kent Memorial Library and Lyme disease expert Rika Keck for a health talk, What You Need To Know About Lyme Disease on Saturday, May 19, 2:00 p.m. at the Kent Town Hall, 41 Kent Green Boulevard, Kent. You will be informed about Lyme disease, co-infections, testing options, and transmission. Learn about myths and complexities associated these stealth infections that keep many individuals sick – even after a correct diagnosis, antibiotic and/or herbal treatment.
POPULAR BOOK SALE WILL OPEN MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND AT KENT MEMORIAL LIBRARY Press Release 4/23/18 (Kent, Connecticut) – The Kent Memorial Library will kick off its extravagant annual book sale on Memorial Day Weekend! The sale will begin on Friday, May 25 (no early birds) and continue through Monday, May 28. Memorial Day weekend hours will be Friday: 12-5, Saturday: 10-5, Sunday: 12-5 and Monday: 10-5. The Book Sale will continue on weekends all summer and through mid-October. Visit the Library’s website for operating hours.
PRISTINE 2003 BMW Z4 ROADSTER IS THIS YEAR’S KENT MEMORIAL LIBRARY RAFFLE CAR Tickets on Sale Now! Press Release 4/23/18 (Kent, Connecticut) – The Kent Memorial Library will raffle a pristine 2003 BMW Z4 Roadster in a fund raising raffle project starting on Memorial Day. The sterling grey convertible has very low mileage, and includes five speed manual transmission, fuel injection, 2.5 liter, 184 horsepower and a six cylinder engine. For more information, go to kentmemoriallibrary.org.
THE YEAR OF THE BIRD @ KML Press Release 4/6/18 (Kent, Connecticut) – The Kent Memorial Library, in collaboration with the Kent Conservation Commission, will present the program Year of the Bird: How You Can Be A Bird Buddy in Kent! geared to Pre-K through grade 3, on Wednesday, April 18 at 10:30 a.m. in the Library’s Junior Room. Laurie Doss, a science teacher at Marvelwood School will teach participants how to identify ten species of birds found in Kent by sight and sound. Then learn how to help scientists learn where all the birds in Kent are found. This will be done by contributing observations to the Connecticut Bird Atlas Projects and/or helping to band birds as part of Kent Land Trust and Marvelwood School’s research projects on birds. Then learn how to create a “Bird Bed & Breakfast” for the backyard and/or on land trust property to be a “Bird Buddy” to all the birds that raise their families in Kent or stop for a short time in the spring and fall.
GRUMPLING GRYPHONS COMING TO KENT Press Release 4/6/18 (Kent, Connecticut) –In honor of Earth Day 2018, Grumbling Gryphons will perform The Ghost Net: An Environmental Musical of the Sea at Kent Town Hall on Saturday, April 21 at 2:00 p.m. co-sponsored by The Kent Memorial Library Parents’ Committee with Kent Park and Recreation Department.
KENT MEMORIAL LIBRARY HIRES NEW DIRECTOR Press Release 3/24/18 (Kent, Connecticut) –The Kent Memorial Library is pleased to announce that Sarah Marshall has been appointed as its new Director. She will assume the duties of her new position on April 2. Ms. Marshall has been a Director of Children’s Services for over 11 years in Kent. She combines that experience with 13 years working as a teacher-administrator in private schools. Ms. Marshall is eager to begin her work at the helm of the Library. “I am looking forward to leading the Library as we work to fulfill our mission in Kent. The Junior Room is in good hands and its exceptional programs and collection will continue,” she stated. “My focus will shift towards the organization on a whole. I hope to use my extensive connections/relationships as a 23-year resident of Kent to strengthen our ties to the town,” she continued.
PASSPORT TO CONNECTICUT LIBRARIES @ KML Press Release 3/14/18 (Kent, Connecticut)– Beginning on April 2 through April 30, 2018 the Kent Memorial Library will be one of 124 Connecticut libraries to proudly participate in the Connecticut Library Association’s Passport to Connecticut Libraries Program.
LIBRARY ANNOUNCES LOUISA MAY ALCOTT EVENING To Benefit the Kent Memorial Library Press Release 3/19/18 (Kent, Connecticut) – The Kent Memorial Library will present a dinner entertainment, Love from Louisa; Louisa May Alcott and the making of Little Women, on Saturday, May 19th at the Fife ’n Drum Restaurant on Main Street in Kent. A themed dinner at 7:00 p.m. will be followed by a staged reading in costume that will feature appearances by Louisa, her father Bronson Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry Thoreau — all in their own words.
OPENING RECEPTION RESCHEDULED FOR SUSAN GRISELL’S “OUT THE WINDOW” @ KML Press Release 3/10/18 (Kent, Connecticut) – Due to a recent power outage in Kent, the Library had to reschedule the opening reception for Gaylordsville artist Susan Grisell’s exhibit titled “Out The Window.” Please join us on the new date Saturday afternoon, March 24 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. for a reception to meet the artist. The reception is free and open to the public. To register, please call the Library, 860-927-3761; go online; email email@example.com; or stop by the Library.
MORE TECH HELP AVAILABLE @ KML Press Release 3/5/18 (Kent, Connecticut) – Beginning in March, the Kent Memorial Library will have one-on-one tech advice available for Apple users and mobile technical support for all devices, not limited to Apple products. On Saturday, March 10 from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. the Library will provide 20-minute sessions to assist you with any mobile phone, tablet, or e-reader including Kindle, Nook, Amazon Fire, Samsung, LG, and many other Android devices. If you 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.
KENT MEMORIAL LIBRARY PRESENTS LYNN NOVICK, CO-DIRECTOR OF LANDMARK PBS DOCUMENTARY SERIES THE VIETNAM WAR Press Release 2/19/18 (Kent, Connecticut) –The Kent Memorial Library invites you to attend a very special afternoon with one of the country’s most accomplished documentary filmmakers, Lynn Novick, co-director, with Ken Burns of the landmark PBS documentary series, The Vietnam War. Novick will share selected scenes and discuss the challenges of making the epic film as well as the response to it around the country and the world. Ms. Novick’s presentation will be Sunday, April 22 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Kent School’s state-of-the-art Mattison Auditorium, 1 Macedonia Road.
SUSAN GRISELL’S “OUT THE WINDOW” AT THE KENT MEMORIAL LIBRARY Press Release 2/14/18 (Kent, Connecticut) – The Kent Memorial Library is pleased to announce that Gaylordsville artist Susan Grisell will have her paintings displayed in the Library’s Gallery from March 1 through April 27 in an exhibit titled “Out The Window.” Please join us on Saturday afternoon, March 3 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. for reception to meet the artist. The program is free and open to the public. To register, please call the Library, 860-927-3761; go online; email firstname.lastname@example.org; or stop by the Library.
THE KENT MEMORIAL LIBRARY OFFERS FAMILY SKATING PARTY! Press Release 1/31/18 (Kent, Connecticut) – The Kent Memorial Library’s Parents’ Committee is happy to announce its Annual Fundraiser Party will be held on Sunday, February 18 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Kent School Rink, 1 Macedonia Road in Kent. “This is a really fun, family-oriented activity,” remarks Director of Children’s Services, Sarah Marshall. “Where else can you enjoy an afternoon with the family and friends AND raise funds for the Junior Room at the library!” The Parents’ Committee will have tasty treats for sale and a good time. Skates may be rented at Annie Bananie. Tickets are $4 for adults, $2 for children, and $10 for families. YOU MUST WEAR A HAT! (rink policy). All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Junior Room at the Kent Memorial Library.
GARDEN CLUB AND LIBRARY TO PRESENT KAREN BUSSOLINI Press Release 1/15/18 (Kent, Connecticut) –Herbs are such beautiful plants, useful in the garden as well as kitchen, so why sequester them in the herb garden? Use herbs throughout the landscape, in flower gardens, in vegetable gardens (to attract pollinators and other beneficial insects), as ground covers, specimens, in containers. Liberate them from their traditional roles, use your imagination – and bring them into your daily life. Come delve into the fascinating world of herbs, “Herb Liberation!” with Karen Bussolini, in a talk full of insight, practical advice and gorgeous photographs. Join the Kent Memorial Library and the Kent Garden Club as they welcome this widely-published garden photographer, speaker, writer, NOFA-Accredited Organic Land Care Professional and eco-friendly garden coach on Saturday, February 24, 2:00 p.m. at the Kent Town Hall, 41 Kent Green Boulevard, Kent. The event is open to the public with a $5.00 admission fee.