Wednesday, September 5, 2012

September Exhibit at Kent Library...

The Friends are pleased to announce an exciting exhibit for the month of September, A Cabinet of Curiosities, by Rena Marie.

A Cabinet of Curiosities comes to the Kent Library in a wondrous collection of natural items: skulls and bones, mammals and moths, and plants and critters assembled or refigured by Patterson artist and naturalist, Rena Marie.

Also known as "wonder-rooms", these cabinets of curiosities first appeared in the 17th century.  They were the precursor to nature museums and encyclopedic in their artifacts.  Rena Marie's cabinet is filled with mammal skeletons that instruct, or chicken bone chairs that delight.  A casual glance inside this cabinet door and the curious are swept to discovery after discovery.  Included in the exhibit are rare field books and nature study guides that led to today's conservation movement in America. 

Rena's natural art, whether paintings, collages, or constructions have been exhibited widely.  She is known for her scavenged art, both beautiful and horrible, and her studies in Nature's Laboratory.

The exhibit opens September 1st and runs through the end of the month as part of Art at the Kent Library.  It is sponsored by the Friends of Kent Library who support programs and equipment for the library. 

We hope to see you there!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

August Art Exhibit at Kent Library...

Join us this month at the Kent Library for this month's beautiful exhibit, "Reality Becomes Fantasty" by Vivian Haberfield.  It runs from August 1-31, 2012.

Click the release below to enlarge.

We hope to see you there!  Thanks, as always, for supporting all of the fine local talent our community can be proud of.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Special Book Sale This Saturday!

The Friends wanted to let you know that this coming Saturday the 14th, there will be an arts book sale (as well as other excellent categories) in conjunction with the Reflections Art Group at the Arts on the Lake exhibition space.  There will be a reception from 1-4pm and all are invited.

We hope to see you there!

July Art at Kent Library

The Friends are pleased to announce this month's art exhibit in celebration of the 4th:

Carousel Folk Art by Ellie Haggerty
July 1st-31st, 2012

We hope to see you there!

Friday, June 8, 2012

June Art at the Kent Library...

Announcing the June Art exhibit at Kent Library...

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

The Giant Book Sale is Back!!

If you’re a book collector, an avid reader, or just hungry for a good deal, then don’t miss the Friends of the Kent Public Library Giant Book Sale on Memorial Day Weekend. A favorite of book enthusiasts and collectors, the annual event will take place at the Kent Town Hall (adjacent to the library) in the Kent Town Center off Route 52. Sale hours are from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday, May 26th and 11 am to 4 pm on Sunday, May 27th. Admission is free, and guests are encouraged to come early in order to take advantage of the best selection of books. For a $10.00 admission fee, guests may attend an "early bird" preview on Saturday morning from 8:30 am to 9:00 am. Friends of the Kent Library are invited to attend this preview free of charge.

You'll find literally thousands of hardcover and paperback books in virtually every genre, as well as tables full of books just for children and teens. In addition to books on a wide variety of subjects ranging from mystery, romance, and general fiction to cookbooks, crafts, history, and sports, the sale will include CDs and DVDS. New this year, the sale will feature a CD/DVD cleaning service which will be available to visitors for a moderate fee of $1.00 per disc. There will also be raffles for a variety of hand-crafted gift baskets. A newly-designed "Friends of the Kent Public Library" canvas tote bag will be on sale for a cost of $10 per bag. For an additional $5.00 donation, shoppers can stuff their bag with books (excluding specially priced items).

As always, in the "special room" at the sale, there will be hundreds of collectible and coffee table books at a fraction of their retail price. The selection in this "collector's corner" will include books on a variety of subjects (art, photography, history, travel, etc.) and a large number of first editions and signed copies.

The Friends offer reasonable prices: hardcovers are $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00; oversize paperbacks are $1.00 each; and most children's/teens books are sold for $1.00 or less. The already-low prices will be slashed on Sunday afternoon (between 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm), when you can stuff a bag for $3.00 (excluding specially priced books).

The Friends book sale is the biggest fund-raiser of the year for the Library. Proceeds from the event go toward the purchase of library equipment and materials, and help fund special Library programs. In addition to hosting a number of smaller book sales throughout the year, the Friends volunteers also staff the Book Nook at the Library. The Book Nook is open on Wednesdays from 10 am to 6 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to 2:30 pm. Books are also available for purchase during all regular library hours from the pedestal rack in the library's main lobby.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Upcoming Art Books Sale at Arts on the Lake...

The Friends of the Kent Public Library will host an Arts Book Sale at the Sixth Annual Spring Art Exhibit at Arts on the Lake, Route 52 in Kent.  The book sale will take place at the newly renovated center on Saturday, May 19th and Sunday, May 20th from 1 pm to 5 pm. 
The sale will feature hand-selected art books including hard- and soft-cover volumes ranging from pamphlets to coffee-table books and covering many periods and genres. Exhibition catalogues from national galleries and museums will also be available. The sale will also include travel books, cookbooks, craft books, a selection of contemporary fiction and non-fiction titles, and a wonderful assortment of children's books. Book prices will be deeply discounted from the original price.  Artists and non-artists alike can find just the right book to purchase as a special gift, or as a new edition to their own personal collection.
This special sale will provide a preview of what's in store at the Friends of the Kent Public Library Giant Book Sale on Memorial Day weekend.  The sale will be held at Kent Town Hall  (next to the library) from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday (May 26th) and 11 am to 4 pm on Sunday (May 27th). For a $10.00 admission fee, guests may attend a special early bird preview on Saturday morning from 8:30 am to 9:00 am.  Friends of the Kent Library are invited to attend this special preview free of charge. 

For information visit the library website at, and click on the link for "Friends" or call the library at 845-225-8585.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

May Art Exhibit at Kent Library...

Join us this month as we enjoy the work of Janet Cassidy.  Her show will be displayed from May 1-31st.  Click to enlarge the below flyer for more details.  We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

April's Art at Kent Library...

This month's featured artist at Kent Library is:

Dianne Vinopoll

Come by the Library to enjoy her exhibit from April 3rd through April 30th.

We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Update from The Friends...

Winter is finally over, our spirits are soaring, and the volunteers of The Friends of Kent Library are once again accepting donations for our Spring Book Sale.

We welcome clean, mold/smoke-free hardcover books, paperbacks, children's books, DVDs, CDs, and audio books. Please, NO textbooks, encyclopedias, condensed books, VHS videos, magazines or ex-library books.

Our Giant Spring Book Sale is scheduled for Memorial Day weekend - Saturday and Sunday, May 26th and 27th, 2012 - where you will find wonderful bargains from thousands of books on a wide variety of subjects ranging from mystery,
romance, and general fiction to cookbooks, crafts, history, sports and children's, along with many special and rare editions. We have something for everyone at truly reasonable prices!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

March Art at Kent Library...

Please join us in the month of March as we display:

Art at the Library
by Pallas Athene

"Pieces expressing the beauty and fragility of our environment."

March 1st-31st, 2012

We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Young Adult/Children's Book Sale this month!

Announcing a Young Adult/Children's Book sale this month!

From 10am to 2pm on Saturday, February 25th, you can browse and select from hundreds of gently used to new condition books for the young person in your life! With such a wide selection, there is certainly something for every child.

Stop by and see for yourself, at the Kent Public Library in Kent, NY.

17 Sybil's Crossing,
Kent, NY 10512
(845) 225-8585

As always, keep in touch with current library events through the main library web site at - and the Friends site here at

We hope to see you at the Book Sale!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

New Art at the Kent Library for January and February...

Bea Gustafson, Reflectionist Artist

"The Magic of Still Life"

January 18-February 29, 2012

"I very seldom choose my subjects...they choose me. It is a demand I must answer. My desire is to paint my most intimate impression."

Come enjoy these works at the Kent Library, 17 Sybil's Crossing, Kent Lakes, NY 10512.

See you there!