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The Kent Memorial Library begins its centennial celebration with a history presentation on Jan. 29. Photo by Lans Christensen

Bringing to Life the History of a Century-Old Library

The Kent Library Association in Kent, Conn., begins the celebration of its 100th birthday with the staged reading of “Bricks and Books: A Dramatized History of the Kent Memorial Library,” on Saturday, Jan. 29, at 6 p.m. in the St. Andrew’s parish hall in Kent.

The story begins in the 1880s and continues up through the dedication of the library building on Nov. 11, 1925. It comes alive with diary excerpts and personal reminiscences from early members of the Library Association, letters from the period (including one from a president of the United States) and more.

Six readers will bring the creation of the library to life and talk about important figures from the town’s history including  Orinda Pratt and Helen Roberts Bull.

The reading was compiled and written by Georgianne Ensign Kent and will be directed by Jane Farnol. There will be a reception following the show, with light refreshments.

Proof of vaccination is required for attendance, and audience members are required to wear masks; register in advance at the library website at www.kentmemoriallibrary.org. The snow date is Saturday, Feb. 6, at 6 p.m.

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