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:
23 for Staff-Learning Day: Through activities, workshops and team exercises, we will model the teamwork, appreciation and service we envision. This day brings together all employees – from 50 worksites and all shifts – to learn from each other and recharge our commitment to excellence. Full service and normal hours resume Tuesday, March 24.
CHILDREN & FAMILIES
Preschool Discovery Lab: 2 p.m. March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31. Ages 2 to 5 with adult. Presented by KidsQuest Museum Education Staff. Explore school readiness activities! Start with a story and then learn playful ways to engage with math, scientific thinking, and literacy skills through age-appropriate learning centers. Space is limited. Registration required.
Family Pajama Story Times: 6:30 p.m. March 3, 10, 17 and 31. 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. March 4, 11, 18 and 25. Ages 2 to 3 with adult. Stories, songs and fun. Playtime follows.
Preschool Story Times: 11 a.m. March 4, 11, 18 and 25. Ages 3 to 6 with adult. Stories, songs and fun.
Full STEAM Ahead: 2:30-4 p.m. March 4, 11, 18 and 25. 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.
Infant & Young Toddler Story Times: 10:30 a.m. March 5, 12, 19 and 26. Newborn to age 2 with adult. Stories, songs and fun. Social time follows.
Kaleidoscope Play & Learn-Spanish: 10:30 a.m. March 6, 13, 20 and 27. 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.
The Funny Woman Who Lost Her Dumpling Puppet Show: 6:30 p.m. March 24. Family program, all ages welcome with adult. Presented by Thistle Theater. Enjoy a charming Bunraku-style puppet show based on a Japanese tale about a funny woman who follows a rice dumpling down a hole as it bounces into another world.
TWEENS & TEENS
Study Zone: 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sundays; 3:30-5:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. No Study Zone on March 23. Grades K-12. Drop-in during Study Zone hours to get assistance from volunteer tutors on math, reading and basic study skills.
Between Time: 2 p.m. March 4, 11, 18 and 25. 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.
Harry Potter Style, Crafty Dragon Eggs: 2 p.m. March 14. Ages 9 to 100. Make it magical. Dragon eggs are generally costly, not to mention forbidden. Make your own in this Wizarding Workshop. Everything you will need for dragonish design provided.
Harry Potter’s Book of Secrets Wizarding Workshop: 3 p.m. March 18. Ages 9 to 100. Craft your own magical book to contain your secrets or magical equipment. Design it yourself from select magical materials, or get enchanting advice from senior wizards.
Welcoming Center, Immigration Legal Clinic: 5:30 p.m. March 4. A place for immigrants, refugees and new arrivals. Connecting you to the people and resources in the area you live. The Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) provides free 45-minute consultations with an immigration attorney to King County residents who qualify for assistance. Attorneys cannot represent clients but can refer to other assistance. Available by appointment only.
Welcoming Center, Ask a Welcoming Ambassador: 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday. 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.
After Lunch Book Group: 1 p.m. March 11. “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles
Trailblazers, The Women of The Boeing Company: 2 p.m. March 8, 2pm Presented by Betsy Case, author of “Trailblazers.” Learn about the “first” women at Boeing – the first employees, the first female aviators and engineers and, of course, the colorful World War II Rosies. Books available for signing and purchase.
Small Business Coaching: 1-3 p.m. March 6. Join a counselor from Business Impact NW for free small business coaching. Reserved times are available, but not required. Reserve a time at calendly.com/dropincalendar.
Coordinated Entry for All, Housing Resources: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. March 19. 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.
Broadway at Kent Workshop, “The Play That Goes Wrong:” 2 p.m. March 22. All ages 14 and older welcome. Ages 17 and younger must have a parent or guardian’s signature. Presented by STG artists Anuhea Brown and Teague Parker. Join us for an acting and improv class inspired by Broadway’s funniest smash hit, “The Play That Goes Wrong,” playing April 21-26 at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre! From the producer of Avenue Q and producer J.J. Abrams.
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
Infant & Young Toddler Story Times: 10 a.m. March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31. Newborn to age 2 with caregiver. Stories, songs and fun. Playtime follows.
Toddler Story Times: 11 a.m. March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31. Stories, songs and fun. Playtime follows.
Kaleidoscope Play & Learn-Spanish: 10:30 a.m. March 4, 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.
TWEENS & TEENS
Study Zone: 4:30-6:30 p.m. Monday, March 2, 9, 16 and 30; 3:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, 11, 18 and 25. Grades K-12. Drop in for free homework help from trained volunteer tutors.
Gingerbread House Competition, Winter Horror Land: 2 p.m. Dec. 27. Grades 6 to 12. If you like winter, horror, making things with candy and winning prizes, then this program is for you! Build a graham cracker gingerbread house with the theme: Winter Horror Land! All materials and snacks provided.
Drop-In Small Business Coaching: 10 a.m.-noon, March 16. Join a counselor from Business Impact NW for free drop-in small business coaching. Reserved times are available, but not required: businessimpactnw.org/event/drop-in-business-coaching-kent-kcls-4/2020-03-16/
Celebrating Women’s Suffrage, Music and Dance of the Early 20th Century: 6 p.m. March 24. Presented by Silver Kite Community Arts. Explore the music, dance and fashion of the early 20th century. Discover how these cultural elements celebrated and supported the women’s suffrage movement. Please register.