Kent Memorial Library to host reading of ‘Bricks and Books’

The Kent Library Association will kick off the celebration of its 100th birthday with a staged reading of “Bricks and Books: A Dramatized History of the Kent Memorial Library” at 6 p.m. Jan. 29 at St. Andrew’s Parish Hall, Kent.

The Kent Library Association will kick off the celebration of its 100th birthday with a staged reading of “Bricks and Books: A Dramatized History of the Kent Memorial Library” at 6 p.m. Jan. 29 at St. Andrew’s Parish Hall, Kent.

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KENT — The Kent Library Association will kick off the celebration of its 100th birthday with a staged reading of “Bricks and Books: A Dramatized History of the Kent Memorial Library” at 6 p.m. Jan. 29 at St. Andrew’s Parish Hall, Kent.

The presentation, which traces the beginnings of the Kent Library from the 1880s to the dedication of the library building on Nov. 11, 1925, includes diary excerpts and personal reminiscences from early members of the library association, minutes from early meetings, and letters from the period, including one from a President of the United States.

Six readers will bring the creation of the library to life with actual contemporary accounts of Kent legends such as Mary Bacon, Orinda Pratt and Helen Roberts Bull, and explain how it came to be called the Kent Memorial Library.

Readers include Herman Hamelink, the Rev. Douglas Worthington, Lyra Wilder, Katherine Almquist, Ryan Foote and Joanna Tucker. The reading, which will be directed by Jane Farnol, was compiled and written by Georgianne Ensign Kent. A reception follows the show, with light refreshments.

Proof of vaccination is required for attendance, and audience members are required to wear masks. Please register in advance. The show’s snow date is Feb. 6 at 6 p.m.

Kent Memorial Library provides a center for collaborative engagement, education and enrichment for the Kent area. Kent Memorial Library is located at 32 North Main St., Kent, 860-927-3761. Visit kentmemoriallibrary.org for information.