Saturday, December 19, 2009

Looking for a way to give back this season?

Volunteer with the Friends!

The Friends of Kent Library are always in need of and happy to welcome volunteers.

Volunteers are needed for:
  • book sorting - Monday mornings in library basement
  • Book Nook monitors - Wednesdays & Saturdays
  • all phases of our Giant May Book Sale - setting up, taking down, delivering books from library basement to Town Hall, monitoring sale, etc.
Also, if you have expertise in some area which could be of service to us, we would certainly appreciate your help!

Volunteers are unpaid not because they're worthless, but because they're priceless!

Please contact Kaye Baum at 225-3942 or inquire at the library if you're interested in helping.

Important notice from the Friends...

No Book Nook donations will be accepted for the months of January and February. We will resume accepting donations starting in March 2010.

Book Nook hours will remain the same for the winter:
Wednesday 10am - 6pm
Saturday 10am - 2:30pm

Thank you and don't forget to join us for our GIANT Book Sale in May!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Upcoming Reflectionist Art Exhibit/Book Sale

The Friends of Kent Library are sponsoring an art book sale on Sunday, November 15, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Arts on the Lake, concurrent with the reception for Visions, Sensations, Considerations, The Reflectionist fall 2009 art exhibition. Click on the image above for more details. We welcome your presence and support!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

October Reflectionist Exhibit - Dalia Hierro

Works by
Dalia Hierro

At the

Kent Public Library
October 1 – October 31, 2009

Dalia Hierro, Reflectionist artist, presents WTC Reflections at the Kent Public Library.

"When the Twin Towers fell on 9/11, they produced a mountain of ash and papers that rose up to fill the place they had been. Soon afterwards, prevailing winds blew this enormous cloud to my neighborhood in Brooklyn. The place was instantly transformed from a bright sunny world to some kind of deathly snow globe. Suddenly, I couldn't breathe; my street was filled with acrid smoke, gritty fog and falling papers of every kind - business cards, computer printouts, office memos, newspaper, anything light enough to fly - some of it charred, others items perfectly intact.

I watched the tragedy unfold that day in safety from across the East River. But in my memory, it is as if the horror happened right in front of me on my street in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. This painting, like the others in this show, is an attempt make sense of my experience."

Kent Public Library
17 Sybil's Crossing, Kent Lakes, NY 10512
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Announcing "Mini" Book Sales!

The Friends of the Kent Library are pleased to announce their upcoming series of "Mini" Book Sales. In lieu of their usual October sale, the Friends have initiated a new series of mini sales. These sales are more manageable during this busy fall and holiday season and they will afford patrons three times the opportunity to buy (and three times the fun!). The sales are scheduled as follows between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:30 pm:

Saturday, October 17th

Saturday, November 21st

Saturday, December 12th

All sales will be held (rain or shine) in the Program room of the Kent Library on Route 52.

Although smaller in size, the sales will still provide a fine collection of bargain priced books. Items for sale will include hundreds of books, collectibles, hardcovers, paperbacks, children's books, videos, DVDs, CDS and more! A variety of raffles will be available for sale as well. Stop by to get ahead and stock up on your holiday gift giving. And, while you are there, be sure to visit the Book Nook at the library for more fine books at bargain prices. The Book Nook will be open on all sale days (10:00 am - 2:30 pm).

For more information, please call the Kent Library at 845-225-8585.

Monday, August 31, 2009

A warm welcome...

The Friends of Kent Library would like to extend an enthusiastic and warm welcome to Sharon Dirac, who has recently joined our Board of Directors. Welcome Sharon!

Reflections on Art in the Kent Library

The Friends of the Kent Library in conjunction with Arts on the Lake and Director of the Kent Library are sponsoring ongoing exhibits throughout the year with one-artist shows. The artists alternate monthly so that the patrons of the library have an ever-changing exhibit. This brings a wide variety of artists to the library, and also gives the artists an opportunity to have a one-person show with exposure to the 300 daily visitors to the library. The exhibits are placed on the wall next to the genealogy room and change at the beginning of each month There are currently three groups that are based at Arts on the Lake in Kent that supply artists-The Reflectionist artists, the Visual Arts Committee, and The Photography Group. These groups rotate and the artists are picked randomly.

The Reflectionist artists are a group of 28 artists who have formed a cooperative after years of painting together as a group under the direction of Alexander Shundi, The Reflectionists have an educational objective. The three yearly exhibits at AotL are designed to set up a dialogue between the artist and the viewer. The artist answers a question such as, “What was the artist thinking?” in a paragraph and the viewers write their response to the art or the comment. The dialogues are posted on the Reflectionist website: This approach enables both the artist and the viewer to reflect on the artistic process and their responses to a work of art, and to share their insights.

The Visual Arts Committee is the large Arts on the Lake committee for all visual artists members, Painters, sculptors, photographers and all other mediums. They have several large group shows a year and sponsor special show such as the High School students show.

The photograpy group is a newly formed group for professional and amateur photographers who are will begin showing at the library next year.

The exhibits are coordinated by Bonnie Eggena, VP of the Friends of the Kent Library and director of the Reflectionist Group- with the help of many others on the Friends Art committee, the director of the Kent Library Frank Rees, and the representatives of the three art groups at Arts on the Lake.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

A heartfelt thank you...

What an amazing community we live in. The Town of Kent definitely loves to support its library and in spite of difficult financial times for many – or perhaps due to budget restraints - the Friends of Kent Library Spring Book Sale was an enormous success. You helped us smash our previous book sale record. More than $5000 was raised and will be used to support our library.

The success of this book sale was due in part to the many volunteers who graciously give up part – or all – of their holiday weekend to work at the sale. Even more volunteers help prepare for the sale by spending fun and friendly Monday morning hours in the library basement sorting through the thousands of donated books that come our way.

Our book sale has become a favorite event for Kent young people who need to fulfill their Community Service requirements. And how we enjoy having all of you among us. Judging from the books you take home after a long day’s work, I know you enjoy being part of this fundraising event. It is so reassuring to see so many of you. Please come back – anytime!

The Friends of Kent Library thank each and every one of you, volunteers and book lovers all, for supporting the book sale. We’ll look forward to seeing you again in the fall for the next book sale!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Need a beach read? Look to the Nook!

Everyone knows summertime means time to read! Whether your summer is taking you to the beach, the lake, or just your back porch - stop by The Book Nook and check out our great selection of inexpensive reads. It's a great way to keep your reading list fresh, all while supporting the library.

The Book Nook can be accessed from the rear of the building. Come take a peek!

Regular Hours:

Wednesdays 10 am to 7 pm
Saturdays 10 am to 2:30 pm

Many hands make the load light...

Have some extra time available this summer? The Friends Of Kent Library are always looking for helping hands to assist in our endeavors. Tasks that can always use volunteers are:
  • sorting / cleaning donated books
  • stocking the Book Nook
If you are interested in volunteering, even on a temporary basis, please speak to a staff member at the circulation desk and they will be happy to assist you.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Welcome to the Friends of Kent Library site!

Hi there and welcome! We're so glad you found our home on the Web. This blog will be an easy way to keep the public informed about all the goings-on for the Friends of Kent Library. Check back often for newly scheduled events, as well as updates and recaps of what's been happening!

The Book Nook

Visit the wonderful newly opened book sale room (The Book Nook) at the back of the library for great bargains on used books.

Regular Hours:
Wednesdays 10 am to 6 pm
Saturdays 10 am to 2:30 pm

Volunteers Needed!
We desperately need volunteers in order to continue to operate the Book Nook. Please fill out a Volunteer Interest Form at the library or call 225-8585 if you are interested in giving of your time for a very good cause.

Friends of Kent Library Officers

President - Richard Harrison

Vice President - Bonnie Eggena

Secretary - Wilma Baker

Treasurer - AnnMarie Baisley

Directors -
  • Kaye Baum
  • Bob Bennett
  • Sharon Dirac
  • Beth Herr
  • Susan Kotzur
  • Charles Sisto