Kent Public Library: 212 2nd Avenue N., Kent. 253-859-3330. Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday; 1-5 p.m., Sunday. Library events include:
CHILDREN & FAMILIES
Infant and Young Toddler Story Times: 10:30 a.m. Feb. 8, 15 and 22. Ages newborn to 2 1/2 with adult. Stories, songs and fun. Social Time with balls, blocks and bubbles takes place right after Story Time.
Family Pajama Story Time: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27. Family program, all ages welcome with adult. Stories, songs and fun,
Toddler Story Times: 10:15 a.m. Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28. Ages 2 to 3 with adult. Stories, songs and fun.
Kaleidoscope Play & Learn: 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. (Spanish only), Feb. 9, 16 and 23. Newborn to age 5 with caregiver. Have fun singing songs, telling stories, reading books, creating art and playing. Play & Learn is in English, and the facilitator is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Preschool Story Times: 11 a.m. Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28. Ages 3 to 6 with adult. Stories, songs and fun,
Arabic Story Times: 3:30 p.m. Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24. Ages 2 and older with adult. Stories, songs and fun.
Pinch & Coil Pots: 4 p.m. Feb. 8. Presented by KidsQuest Children’s Museum. Ages 5 to 14, ages 8 and younger with adult. Learn the essential methods that become the basis for more extensive projects. Combine pinch and coil pot techniques to create a vessel to fill or display in a window. Please register children.
Construction Zone: 10:30 a.m.-noon, Feb. 17. Family program, ages 8 and younger with adult. Build big or small with Lego and Duplo bricks, straws and connectors, and other construction sets. Bring your friends and create around a theme, or build what you like. All building materials provided.
Pretzels & Puzzles: 2-4 p.m. Feb. 20. Ages 4 to 18, ages 8 and younger with adult. Please pass the pretzels! Pop in with your pals for a pleasant afternoon spent puzzling over a plethora of puzzles for young and old. Pretzels, brainteasers and jigsaw puzzles provided.Prepare to be perplexed.
Coloring & Cookies: 2 p.m. Feb. 21. All ages welcome, ages 6 and younger with adult. Come to the library, choose your favorite page (or 10) to color, eat cookies and enjoy.
Tiles: 4 p.m. Feb. 22. Presented by KidsQuest Children’s Museum. Ages 5 to 14, ages 8 and younger with adult. Using the slab method, create a tile to use as a coaster or to simply hang as a beautiful piece of art. Also, explore 3-D surface design to enhance the elegant simplicity of this piece. Please register children.
Kid Movie of the Month: 4 p.m. Feb. 23. “Lego Ninjago” (2017). All ages welcome, ages 8 and younger with adult.
Beginning Shibori and Batik Art Workshop: 1 p.m. Feb. 3. Presented by Lisa Keller. Ages 13 and older. “Resist dyeing” techniques have been used on textiles by cultures around the world. Learn all about Japanese, Indian and Indonesian tie-dye techniques and dye your own fabric using non-toxic dyes. All materials provided. This program is not drop-in; please arrive promptly or you will not have a spot. Space is limited, registration recommended.
Between Time: 2 p.m. Feb. 7, 14 and 28. Ages 9 to 18. Drop in between school and home to meet friends, play games, discover new books and music, study or try different craft or tech activities each session.
The Chemistry of Love: 2:30 p.m. Feb. 14. Middle and high school ages. It’s the love month. What is the chemistry of love and how does it impact our choices? Come for an informal talk with information on health and happiness resources, Valentine crafts and some hot chocolate.
Study Zone: 1:30 p.m. Sundays; 3:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. When school is in session. Drop in for homework assistance from trained volunteer tutors.
Friends of the Kent Library Meeting: 1 p.m. Feb. 8
“Hamilton”: The Musical That Helped Find the Forgotten Founding Father: 2 p.m. Feb. 11. Presented by Helena Reynolds, Parks Program Coordinator, City of Kent. A cultural phenomenon, the musical “Hamilton,” actually influenced the U.S. Treasury from removing Alexander Hamilton from the $10 bill. Who was Hamilton? What’s the musical about? Why did Lin-Manuel Miranda create it? Join us for an exciting presentation featuring the musical’s history and music. Please register. This talk will not involve political discussion.
After Lunch Book Club: 1 p.m. Feb. 14. “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah. New members are always welcome.
Congressman Adam Smith-Constituent Services Community Outreach: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 20. Staff members will be available to answer questions about federal agencies.
Get Enrolled, Orca Lift and Basic Food: 1:30-3:30 p.m. Feb. 21. Drop in to register for Orca Lift and Washington State’s Basic Food Program. Individuals and families may apply. Please bring ID and income verification documents and your social security number.
AARP Tax Help: 1-5 p.m. Sundays beginning Feb. 5; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays beginning Feb. 8. Get free individualized tax preparation assistance provided by trained AARP volunteers. No age or income limits. Please bring picture I.D., documented proof of Social Security Number, and last year’s return as well as any current tax documents. Please contact the library regarding appointments, 253-859-3330.
Job Readiness: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesdays; 3-4 p.m. Thursdays. We can help you get a free email account, start a resume, start an online job search, or navigate the job application process. We do not evaluate resumes. Register online or call 253-859-3330.
English as a Second Language Classes: 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. No class on Feb. 19. Registration required. Please contact the library for details, 253-859-3330.
Computer Classes: Registration required except for One-on-One Help. • One-on-One Computer Help, 5-7 p.m., Mondays and Tuesdays. No class on Feb. 19. • Microsoft Excel Level 2, 7 p.m. Feb. 8; • Microsoft Excel Level 1, 7 p.m. Feb. 15; • Microsoft Excel Level 2, 7 p.m. Feb. 22.
EVERYONE’S TALKING ABOUT IT
90th Academy Awards Preview Party: 2 p.m. Feb. 25. In anticipation of the Academy Awards-to be held March 4–film historian Lance Rhoades will share highlights and controversies from previous ceremonies, discuss the current nominees, and he will even offer his own Oscars predictions.