Friday, November 11, 2011

November Art Exhibit at Kent Library...

Michael Rossi - "Urban Portraits"

November 1-30th, 2011

Stop by and enjoy this month's exhibit!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Giant Book Sale - Thanksgiving Weekend!

The Friends of Kent Library are happy to announce a Giant Book Sale to be held this Thanksgiving Weekend. A perfect opportunity to cross off many on your gift-giving list - there's something for everyone! We hope to see you there.

Saturday, November 26th - 10am to 2pm
Mark your calendars! Thanks for your support.

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Upcoming Mini Children's / Young Adult Book Sale...

SAVE THE DATE: Mini Children's / Young Adult Book Sale
- November 5th, 2011

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We hope to see you there! Thank you for your support.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

October Art Exhibit at the Kent Public Library...

gg reid presents

The Alex's Tree Series at the Kent Public Library

October 1-31, 2011

In an October exhibit at the Kent Public Library, Reflectionist artist gg reid present a collection of paintings that start with realism and move progressively toward abstractions of the same subject.

Kent Public Library
17 Sybil's Crossing, Kent Lakes, NY 10512

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Friends September Art Exhibit

Alice in Wonderland in Books comes to the Kent Library with character dolls by Gladys Boalt, and hand colored and hand-screened drawings on fabric by Richard Harrison and hand and machine sewed by Kathleen Harrison, in addition to the antique books that inspired these local artists.

The Queen of Hearts, the White Rabbit, the Jabberwocky, the Madhatter, and of course Alice herself are among those represented in drawings and soft sculpture.

Nationally known for her Christmas Ornaments, Stormville resident Gladys Boalt's creations can be found in the White House and museums. Her miniatures are lifelike and accurate. Long time Carmel School District art teacher and Kent resident Richard Harrison's art work on fabric document a 30 year fascination with Alice and her adventures. His art work can be found in many collections worldwide.

Both artists have collected volumes about Alice, her creator Lewis Carroll, and her illustrators. The books and other memorabilia will be on display.

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

The Kent Library is located on Route 52 in Kent.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

August Art Exhibition at Kent Library

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Giant Book Sale Success!


Well between us all we did it again!

The Annual Giant Book Sale was a giant success! The Friends made nearly $6,000. We could not have done this without the help of our members, volunteers and our community who supported the sale.

Our book sales make it possible to help the Library with so many of their requests. This year we donated $5,000 for a new 60" TV for the program
room, money for a museum freebie for library patrons and for many other programs.
They are all available to you, so please take advantage of them.

We will be having several mini-book sales throughout the Fall so please
click on to our website to be informed about these.


Remember we have our well stocked Book Nook Room in the rear of the library open two days a week all year....great titles and inexpensive prices so take advantage of these great buys. The Nook is open Wednesday 10 AM- 6:30 PM and Saturdays 10: AM 'til 2:30 PM.

Again, thanks as always for your support!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

June Art Exhibit at the Kent Library...

Amish Impressions

by Joseph Pizzuti

June 1-June 30th at The Kent Library

This exhibition of oil paintings is inspired by the Amish farmers and countryside of Lancaster County, PA. Enjoy this glimpse into life in Pennsylvania Dutch Country.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Busy month of May ahead!

The Friends Annual Giant Book Sale
May 28th 9 AM- 5 PM and May 29th 11 AM -3 PM at the Kent Town Hall.

Spring is here which means our Annual Giant Book Sale will held again on
Memorial Day weekend, May 28th & 29th. As a Friend you are eligible for
early admittance to the sale (8:30 AM) on Saturday May 28th.

As usual we are looking for volunteers to help at this big event. If you
will be able to help, we need volunteers on Friday, May 27th for the set up,
Saturday during the sale and on Sunday for the sale and take down. If you
will be able to help - even one hour would be great - please contact Kaye
Baumat (845)225-3942 or her email

Thanks for your ongoing membership support...we just donated $5,000. to
the Kent Library for a new 55" television and various library programs. And
remember to view current activities by logging on the the Kent Library home
page and clicking on the Friends link at the top of the page.

See you at the Sale!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Book donation acceptance has resumed!

We'd like to let the community know that we are once again accepting book donations. After a 3 month hiatus we are pleased to announce that in preparation for our giant spectacular Memorial Day Weekend book sale, we are accepting the following:

  • clean hardcover books
  • paperbacks
  • children's books
  • DVDs
  • CDs
  • audio books

Please be sure all donated items are smoke free and mold free. Also, please note that absolutely no ex-library books, magazines, textbooks, encyclopedias or condensed books will be accepted.

The Friends and the Kent Library would like to take this opportunity to once again thank you for all of your support as we raise funds for various programs through the year.

April Art Exhibit at Kent Library...

Several antique quilts will be featured in an unusual exhibit at the Kent Library. The homemade patchwork highlights over 300 books on the craft of quilting for sale by the Friends of Kent Library.

With names like Dresden Plate, Graveyard, and Crazy Quilt, these quilts reflect the thoughts, fabrics, and skill of women from another century. The colors are still vibrant and the patterns exciting. The book sale includes volumes on Antique Quilts, quilt patterns and fabrics, as well as the history of quilting, a singularly American art.

A highlight of the Quilting Book Sale will be the viewing of the Putnam County Bicentennial Quilt with local quilter and doll maker Gladys Boalt, who once owned the building holding the Kent Library, on Saturday April 30th at 1:00 at the Library.

Friday, March 4, 2011

March News from the Friends...

On Wednesday, March 9th at 7pm artist Franco Aureliani will give a talk on his current Kent Library exhibit Comic Book Art. With names like Tiny Titans and Shazam, the comic book superheroes of today as drawn by Aureliani are intensely colored, powerful, and fun. Storyboards and thumbnails as well as finished comic books by Mr. Aureliani will highlight the process and challenges of this narrative art. He will have comic books available for purchase. This exhibit is sponsored by the Friends of Kent Library.

Also, please keep in mind that March is the 2011 Friends of Kent Library Membership Drive. If you have not yet become a member, this is the time to do it - or if you are already currently a member, don't forget to renew! Individual dues for membership are $10/year. The Friends help the library by raising extra funds to supply needed equipment and support special projects and programs.

Please send dues to:
Friends of Kent Library
17 Sybil's Crossing
Kent Lakes, NY 10512

In addition, just a brief reminder that the 2011 Annual Friends of Kent Library Business Meeting will be held on March 29, 2011 at 7:30pm. This is an open meeting, all are invited to attend.

As always, the Friends would like to thank you for your generous support!

March Art Exhibit at Kent Library...

March 1-31, 2011

"Photo Visions" by Margaret Waage

A mixture of landscape and abstract photo illustrations make up the display. Working as a photojournalist, Waage produces feature "daytrip" assignments for the Republican-American newspaper and reports local news for the Southington Patch site.

Artist Statement:
"Visual storytelling helps me to recognize and understand the relationship I have to things, places, and most importantly people. It is looking through the lens that I see what seems apparent and on closer inspection, something more. A blossom is like poetry brief but everlasting. Photography is the tool I use to focus on what I describe as true wealth, that is of being in the moment.

Abstract work is made by finding a momentum within the space of a frame. Working with a photograph as the entry point, the image is edited using color and graphic patterns. The end results are 'abstract formulations.' It is up to the viewer to interpret the subject matter."

Saturday, February 12, 2011

February's Artist at Kent Library...

February 1-28, 2011

Artist: Chris Casaburi

In this exhibit, Chris celebrates the wonders of childhood. As complex as big people, Little People captures the uniqueness and individuality of people in the early stages of their life.

Known for his colorful and engaging portraits of corporate executives, in Spring 2011 Chris will begin to offer his unique brand of photography to clients in Putnam County and the Hudson Valley.

2011 Upcoming Events at the Kent Library...

Greetings all! We hope that everyone is having the opportunity to enjoy this wild winter. Truly the perfect type of winter to curl up with some good books.

We wanted to keep you informed about what you can look forward to in the upcoming months here at the Library. Be sure to mark your calendar!

FEBRUARY - AKL Exhibit - Chris Casaburi
Director's Meeting
Franco Aureliani - 'Comic Book Art' exhibit and lecture sponsored by the
Friends. Exhibit held in back section of the library. Coordinator: Beth Herr

MARCH - AKL Exhibit - Roy Volpe , artist
Yearly Membership Drive Begins
Annual Business Meeting March 29th, 2011

APRIL - AKL Exhibit - Gladys Boalt: Special Quilt Exhibit and Book Sale
Mini Arts Book Sale - Arts on the Lake April 2nd 1-4 PM

MAY - The really great GIANT BOOK SALE - Memorial Day Weekend…volunteers
greatly needed! Set Up Friday, May 27th - Sale Saturday and Sunday May 28th-29th
Mini Arts Book Sale at Arts on the Lake

JUNE - AKL - Mala Ramade - artist
Friends field trip Thursday June 16th to Vanderbilt Mansion and luncheon at
the Culinary Instit. /American Bounty - reservations needed..Coordinator:
Jane Fowler 845-222-9633

JULY - AKL- Jennie Williams, artist
4-H Fair Friends Table. Coordinator: Sue Kotzar


SEPTEMBER - Art of 'Alice in Wonderland' : Gladys Boalt and Richard
Harrison. Coordinator: Beth Herr

OCTOBER - Mini Arts Book Sale - Arts on the Lake

NOVEMBER - Mini Holiday Book Exhibit - Program Room at Kent Library
Mini Arts Book Sale Reflectionist…Arts on the Lake 1-4PM

DECEMBER - AKL- Bea Gustofson, artist
Volunteer's Luncheon at Cutillo's Restaurant. Coordinators: Sue
Kotzur/Kaye Baum

As always, thanks for your support!