Programs For Tweens & Teens

Astronomy Tonight
Friday, June 23 at 8pm
The Kent Memorial Library is continuing to observe the stars, moon, satellites and planets. The Astronomical Society of Greater Hartford will be guiding us.  Please dress warmly if it’s chilly.  Stuff to bring: flashlights with red filters- a few layers of red plastic wrap or tissue paper will work-, binoculars, a pad or pillow to sit or lie on, tissues and your imagination.  The Astronomy Club will have a telescope to share.
Register for this program.

 Balloon Twisting Workshop
with Magically Christina
Kids grades 4 – Up
Saturday, June 24 at 10:30pm
Have you ever wanted to make a balloon animal? Here’s your chance to learn how to make a kangaroo, a dog, a monkey or a giraffe.  To register for this hour-long balloon twisting workshop go online at or call the library at (860) 668-3896 to register.      

Local Author Julie Boglisch
Will discuss her book
The Elifer Chronicles: Epidemic
Wednesday, June 28 at 7pm
Julie Boglisch, a Windsor Locks resident, recently published her book, the first in a series. Here is a summary of the book: It has been 40 years since America closed its borders and separated from the world following the Vietnam War. Living in a small town, this fact made no difference to Maxwell and Karina until they found their house ransacked and their mother missing.

An “Entomophagist” (a man who eats bugs) is coming to Kent Memorial Library!
Thursday, July 13 at 6:30pm
Tweens and Teens
Have you thought about how you would like your bugs to be served? David Gracer, a renowned expert will share the nutritional benefits of eating insects and why that practice can save the planet.  If you can get past the “eww factor,” the audience can sample different insects. 

David Gracer is an English instructor at the Community College of Rhode Island.  He’s appeared on the National Geographic Channel in a reality T.V show, where 20 people attempted to cross the Serengeti plains in Africa.  He’s also appeared on Comedy Central with Stephen Colbert.  But eating insects is not a laughing matter to Gracer.  For that reason he engages his audience in critical thinking with a bit of whimsical fun mixed in.  This program is guaranteed to spark your interest in the many cultures that currently dine on the tiny creatures we call bugs, and how that practice may be coming to us in the future.  You’re welcome to bring insects along for David to identify.  The program location will be available on the website when you register. 

Makerspace Workshop
Wednesday, July 19 at 5:30pm

Kids ages 12 – 17
Join us for a Makerspace session at Kent Memorial Library. Makerspace is a workshop that joins creativity and technology using 3D printing, scanning, carving and design—with a touch of virtual reality! There will be tailored activities with wet felting, spin art and more.  All participants get their 3D creation printed. Register online.

Make a Garden Stepping Stone
at Kent Memorial Library
Tuesday, August 1, between 1:30 – 3pm
Kids ages 8 and Up
A great way to remember the summer!  Join the KML team and design a personal garden stepping stone using Quikrete, mosaic pieces and stones.  Participants will register for a half-hour time slot between the hours of 1:30pm – 3:00pm.  Go online to register or call the library for more information.