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
Arabic Story Times: 3:30 p.m. Dec. 8, 15. Ages 2 and older with adult. Stories, songs and fun.
Family Pajama Story Times: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4, 11. Family program, ages 8 and younger with adult. Stories, songs and fun.
Toddler Story Times: 10:15 a.m. Dec. 5, 12. Ages 2 to 3 with adult. Stories, songs and fun.
Preschool Story Times: 11 a.m. Dec. 5, 12. Ages 3 to 6 with adult. Stories, songs and fun.
Infant & Young Toddler Story Times: 10:30 a.m. Dec. 6 and 13. Newborn to age 2 with adult. Stories, songs and fun.
Kaleidoscope Play & Learn-Spanish: 10:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Dec. 7, 14, 21. 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.
Keep it Real Concert: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11. Replaces Family Pajama Story Time. Family program, all ages welcome. Presented by Caspar Babypants. Sing and dance along with one of the most popular children’s performers in the Northwest. Family concert features songs from the new album. Space is limited. First come, first served.
Gingerbread Houses: 2 p.m. Dec. 20. Ages 7 to 18. Build and decorate your own unique gingerbread house with graham crackers, icing and candy. Take it home to display or eat. All supplies provided. Space is limited. Please register online, at the information desk or call 253-859-3330.
Holiday Stuffed Animal Sleepover: 4 p.m. Dec. 21.
Teddy Bear Tea: 11 a.m. Dec. 22. Family programs, all ages welcome. Bring your favorite stuffed friend for a story, song and dance fest before the animals stay overnight at the library. Return on Saturday morning for a tea party with a slide show of what your friend did without you. Please register children.
DIY Box of Frogs Paper Craft Workshop: 2 p.m. Dec. 26. Presented by Emily Mallory of emilyspapercrafts.com. Ages 7 and older. Celebrate Boxing Day. Drop in to make a box and hopping frog from recycled paper. Space is limited. First come, first served.
DIY Paper Snowflakes Workshop: 2 p.m. Dec. 28. Presented by Emily Mallory of emilyspapercrafts.com. Ages 7 and older with adult. Drop in to make folding snowflakes. Space is limited. First come, first served.
Noon Year’s Eve, A Season for Singing: 11 a.m. Dec. 31. Presented by Nancy Stewart. Family program, all ages welcome with adult. No need to stay up late. We are ringing in 2019 in a family-friendly way. Learn about holiday traditions from around the world at this musical celebration of the season, followed by our own unique balloon “drop.”
Study Zone: 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sundays; 3:30-5:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. No Study Zone after Dec.r 10. Grades K-12 Drop in any time during Study Zone hours to get assistance from volunteer tutors on math, reading and basic study skills.
TWEENS & TEENS
Between Time: 2 p.m. Dec. 5 and 12. 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.
Sketching and Painting Winter: noon, Dec. 8. Ages 11 and older. Presented by Molly Hashimoto. Learn how to draw and paint the beauties of winter, including snow scenes and winter plants. Techniques will be offered from Molly’s recent book, “Colors of the West: An Artist’s Guide to Nature’s Palette.” Registration required. Space is limited.
Wizarding Workshop, Book of Secrets: 2 p.m. Dec. 12. Ages 9 to 19. Make it magical. Craft your own magical book – to contain your secrets or magical equipment. Design it yourself from our select magical materials, cover or transform a blank book and get enchanting advice from senior wizards. A world of wizardry awaits at your library. Visit kcls.org/wizardry to find more events.
Coloring and Cookies: 2 p.m. Dec. 19. All ages welcome, ages 6 and younger with adult. Coloring is for everybody. Come to the library, choose your favorite page (or 10) to color, eat cookies and enjoy.
Potterish Puzzles and Games: 2 p.m. Dec. 27. Family program, all ages welcome. Ages 8 and younger with adult. Join us at House Pukwudgie (the library) for some Harry Potter fun. We will have Harry Potter-themed board games, puzzles and card games.
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.
Support Services for Veteran Families: 10 a.m. Dec. 5, 17, 19. Provided by the Community Psychiatric Clinic. Veterans can inquire about housing benefits: rent, deposit/increased deposit, utilities and other temporary financial assistance to help alleviate life challenges.
Urban Trails Seattle, Shoreline, Renton, Kent, Vashon Island Thursday: 7 p.m. Dec. 6. Presented by Craig Romano, author. Hear directly from this outdoors and hiking guidebook writer as he talks about his new book and where you can discover new places to enjoy the outdoors close to home.
Working with Refugee Children, Hope for the Future: 1:30 p.m. Dec. 9. Presented by Beryl Cheal. Participants must bring their STARS/Merit numbers for credit. What happens to make children refugees and how do traumatic experiences such as war, violence and dislocation affect their lives? Design strategies to mitigate possible inappropriate behaviors and other normal negative responses when working with refugee children in the childcare or school environment. Understand the importance of refugee parents in the education and care of their children. Provides (2) STARS credit hours in Child Growth and Development. Please register. Adults only, no children please.
Sign Up for ORCA LIFT & Basic Food: 3-5 p.m. Dec. 11. Drop in to register for ORCA LIFT (reduced transit fare for ages 19 and older) and Basic Food. Basic Food is what Washington calls the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which helps people make ends meet by providing monthly food benefits. Individuals and families may apply. Check orcalift.com or call King County Health at 1-800-756-5437 to see if you qualify. Bring ID and income verification documents. For Basic Food, go to mschelps.org/gethelp/basicfood or call 253-838-6810, ext. 2009. Bring ID, income and living expenses verification documents and your social security number.
After Lunch Book Club: 1 p.m. Dec. 12. “The Underground Railroad,” by Colson Whitehead.
Friends of the Kent: 1 p.m. Dec. 13. Holiday meeting. Drop by, enjoy a holiday treat and learn all about us.
Represent Yourself in Court, The Nuts and Bolts of Motions: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12. Advanced workshop is designed for those who have attended Civil Lawsuits without Tears: The Basics of Representing Yourself in Court or those who need more information on the process for drafting, filing and responding to motions and orders. In this workshop, learn about the purpose, content, format and calendaring of motions along with the court rules governing them. Attendees will be granted access to a password-protected website with additional information including sample motions and orders, blank motions and orders, and instructions. This class does not cover immigration proceedings or criminal proceedings such as DUI or felony and misdemeanor offenses. This workshop is taught by a civil litigation attorney with more than 30 years of trial experience. Please register online or call the library to register, 253-859-.3330.
Coordinated Entry for All, Housing Resources: noon-3 p.m. Dec. 13; 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 28. 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.
Small Business Coaching: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 18. With Kerri Carbya, Business Impact NW. Are you thinking of starting a business? Or already have a business but want it to grow? Join a business counselor for free small business counseling. Please register.
Computer Classes: Registration required except for One-on-One Computer Help, 253-859-3330. • One-on-One Computer Help, 5 p.m. Mondays; 2 p.m. Saturdays. No class Sept. 24, 31; • Microsoft Excel Level 1, 7-9 p.m. Dec. 6 • Microsoft Word Level 1, 7-9 p.m. Dec. 13.