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
Kaleidoscope Play & Learn-Spanish: 10:30 a.m. Oct. 11, 18 and 25,. 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.
Full STEAM Ahead: 2:30-4 p.m. Oct. 9, 16, 23 and 30. Ages 5 to 12, ages 8 and younger with adult. Drop in after school for a fun science, technology, engineering, arts or math activity at the library. Bring your homework, read and play. Creative materials, art supplies, LEGO bricks and games provided.
Family Pajama Story Times: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 8, 15, 22 and 29 All ages welcome, ages 5 and younger with adult. Stories, songs and fun. Social time and a brief activity follows.
Toddler Story Times: 10:15 a.m. Oct. 9, 16, 23 and 30. Ages 2 to 3 with adult. Stories, songs and fun. Playtime follows.
Preschool Story Times: 11 a.m. Oct. 9, 16, 23 and 30. Ages 3 to 6 with adult. Stories, songs and fun.
Infant & Young Toddler Story Times: 10:30 a.m. Oct. 10, 17, and 24. Newborn to age 2 with adult. Stories, songs and fun. Social time follows.
Friday Movie: 3:30 p.m. Oct. 4. “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (2018). All ages welcome, ages 8 and younger with adult. Arrive early to design a Spider-Man mask before the movie begins at 4 p.m. Rated PG; 117 minutes.
Fire Safety Day: 11 a.m. Oct. 12. Ages 3 and older with adult. Join firefighters from the Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority for fun fire safety and prevention education featuring a few short stories, a visit with a firefighter dressed in firefighting clothes and equipment, plus a fire engine to explore. Staff and truck available pending 911 calls.
Hallo-weee!: 10:30 a.m. Oct. 31. Ages 1 1/2 to 8 with adult, siblings welcome. Trick or Treat! Join your friends for a special not-too-spooky Halloween Story Time, followed by a costume parade through the library. Costumes encouraged for all ages.
TWEENS & TEENS
Study Zone: Sundays, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Sundays; 3:30-5:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Grades K-12. Drop in any time during Study Zone hours to get assistance from volunteer tutors on math, reading and basic study skills.
Between Time: 2 p.m. Oct. 9, 16, 23. Ages 9 to 19. 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.
Sugar Skull Metal Embossing Art Workshop: 3 p.m. Oct. 16. Ages 9 and older. Presented by ArtMaranth Mobile Art School. Mexican households have tin decorative items that celebrate Dia de los Muertos. Learn to create designs using embossing on different metals such as brass, copper and aluminum. All supplies provided.
Storytelling Workshop, Stories to Tell In the Dark: 2-3:30 p.m. Oct. 26. Ages 10 and older. Presented by Suzy Irwin of “Have Story Will Travel.” Join us for a fun time exploring stories, making them up and learning to tell them.
Stories to Tell In the Dark, Short Story Contest: Oct. 17-Dec. 7. Ages 10 and older. Do you have a spooky, scary, thrilling or just bizarre short story that you want to share with the community? Submit your scary short story to any one of the following libraries: Des Moines, Kent, Kent Panther Lake or Woodmont by Dec. 7 for a chance to win a $25 gift card.
After Lunch Book Group: 1 p.m. Oct. 9. “Notorious RBG, The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsbury” by Irin Carmo
Valley Cities Outreach to Veterans: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 7, 21. Valley Cities representatives will be on site to assist King County veterans navigate the sometimes confusing maze of available local resources. This assistance often includes helping them obtain their DD-214 (proof of having served in the military) and applying for benefits with VA Puget Sound. As needed, they can also help with housing, financial benefits, medical benefits, employment, upgrading discharge, education or other specific issues.
Drop-In Small Business Coaching: 1-3 p.m. Oct. 21. Join a counselor from Business Impact NW for free drop-in small business coaching. Please register online (calendly.com/kerriec/desmoines).
Coordinated Entry for All, Housing Resources: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 17. Coordinated Entry for All (CEA) ensures that people experiencing homelessness in King County can get help finding stable housing by identifying, evaluating, and connecting them to housing support services and resources. Take the first step and drop in to meet with an assessor. Questions? Call the Multi-Service Center, 253-838-6810.
Job Readiness: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesdays; 3-4 p.m. Thursdays. Applying for a job? Get one-on-one help starting a job search or resume, or navigating the job application process. Registration required, 253-859-3330.
Computer Classes: Registration required except for One-on-One Computer Help, 253-859-3330. • One-on-One Computer Help: 2 p.m. Sundays, 5 p.m. Mondays; • Microsoft Excel Level 1, 7-9 p.m. Oct. 3; • Microsoft Excel Level 2, 7-9 p.m. Oct. 10; • Microsoft PowerPoint Level 1: 7-9 p.m. Oct. 17.
Welcoming Center, Ask a Welcoming Ambassador: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thusdays. The Welcoming Center at Kent Library is a place for immigrants, refugees and new arrivals. Connecting you to the people and resources in the area you live. Ask one of our friendly welcoming ambassadors for help finding information and services. No appointment necessary.
Glass Painting Workshop: 2 p.m. Oct. 6. Presented by Artist Rosy Coe. Bring out your inner artist as you learn how to paint on glass vases, wine glasses, bowls, bottles and other types of glassware. No experience required. All supplies provided. Registration required.
KUOW Reporter Series, The Challenges of Reporting on Vaccines: 2 p.m. Oct. 20. Presented by Isolde Raftery, KUOW’s Online Managing Editor. A measles outbreak earlier this year prompted Gov. Inslee to declare a state of emergency. In this talk, hear the history of vaccine hesitancy, tying it with the measles outbreak in Vancouver, Wash., and other places. The discussion will also address the challenges a reporter faces when reporting on this issue, and how to incorporate multiple perspectives and beliefs, while maintaining an accurate and fact-based storytelling.
Declutter, Organize and Manage Papers the KonMari Way: 2 p.m. Oct. 27. Presented by Sue Bollinger. Do you have mail and paperwork piles in your house? On the kitchen counter? Is all that paper stressing you out and getting in the way of finding joy? This workshop includes an overview of KonMari fundamentals, and tips and tricks to get those papers sorted, purged and organized. Please register.
Kent Panther Lake Library: 20514 108th Ave. SE, Kent. 253-854-0211. Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday; closed, Sunday. Library events include:
CHILDREN & FAMILIES
Kaleidoscope Play & Learn-Spanish: 10:30 a.m. Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30. 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.
Infant & Young Toddler Story Times: 10 a.m. Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29. Newborn to age 2 with caregiver. Stories, songs and fun. Playtime follows.
Toddler Story Times: 11 a.m. Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29. Stories, songs and fun. Playtime follows.
Video Game Fridays: 4 p.m. Oct. 11. Grades 3-6. Come and hang out, eat snacks and play video games with friends at the library.
Ready to Learn with Spanish Story Time: 2-3 p.m. Oct. 19. Family program, all ages welcome with adult. Have fun singing songs, listening to stories, playing and making crafts. Families will also learn about early literacy and school preparedness.
Stories To Tell In The Dark, Short Story Contest: Oct. 17-Dec. 7. Grades 4 and older, teens and adults. Do you have a spooky, scary, thrilling or just bizarre short story that you want to share with the community? Submit your scary short story to any one of the following libraries: Des Moines, Kent, Kent Panther Lake or Woodmont Libraries for a chance to win a $25 gift card.
TWEENS & TEENS
Study Zone: 3:30-5:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Grades K-12. Drop in for free homework help from trained volunteer tutors.
Fandom Celebration: 4:30 p.m. Oct. 4. Grades 4-8, high school ages also welcome. Celebrate your favorite literary, comic, TV, movie, anime or video game character at the library. There will be fun fandom crafts, and we will also announce the four winners who will receive their very own copy of Raina Telgemeier’s new book, “Guts!” Dressing up is highly encouraged.
Frankenstein Stuffed Animals: 4-5 p.m. Oct. 25. Ages 10 to 19. Make your own Frankenstein creation using stuffed animals and other toys at the library. You will be provided with a variety of spare parts to create and make. Take home your master creation or let them hang out at the library for a few days for all to admire.
Creative Writing Workshop with Author Alexandra Diaz: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17. Teens and adults welcome. Join award-winning children’s book author of “The Only Road” in a creative writing workshop. You can learn skills to help you develop the story you want to tell. First come, first served. Workshop will be in English and Spanish.
OverDrive Digital Bookmobile Visit: 1 p.m. Oct. 29. Do you want to learn how to use eBooks and downloadable audiobooks? Staff is available for one-on-one help with new and experienced readers. Join us on the Digital Bookmobile, and we can help you with each step, from start to finish.