The Kent Memorial Library has announced it has postponed its annual benefit due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Our gracious hosts on Treasure Hill remain steadfast in their willingness to share their beautiful property with us at a later date,” said Sarah Marshall, library director. “Treasure Hill is an undeniably gorgeous location in Kent, symbolic of our own ‘treasure’ - this gem of a library.”

The library has endeavored to rise to the challenge of meeting its patrons’ needs during this crisis by offering regular online programs, sharing information to benefit the community, and increasing access to online resources.

The library staff is working hard to engage with the town and provide comfort during this difficult time while also seeking new avenues of financial support from grants and loans.

“Our operating expenses rely heavily on fundraising, and the benefit was our major fundraiser of the year,” Marshall said. “We are hoping to mitigate potential loss of revenue due to the coronavirus quarantine by having extra support from our library family.”

“We hope that, if we must cancel the benefit for 2020, our patrons will consider a donation to the library,” Marshall said.