Kent >>The Kent Library Association of the Kent Memorial Library welcomed four new board members and elected new officers at its March 3 meeting.

The new leadership includes co-presidents Sandra Edelman, partner at the law firm Dorsey & Whitney in New York, and Jim Blackketter, former owner of the House of Books. The officers previously elected at the KLA annual meeting in January are Vice President Sharon Hartwick, a Sotheby’s real estate agent; Treasurer Mark Sebetic, a veterinarian in Kent and Dover Plains; and Secretary Michaela Lawrence, retired commercial actress. The four new board members elected at the Annual Meeting are Ellen Horovitz, retired physical therapist; Paul-Henri Nargeolet, oceanographer & Titanic diver; Betty Ruddy, retired attorney and writer; and Julie Saxton, Media Strategist & Entrepreneurship Program Manager at Kent School. Ken Cooper, past President said, “This board has depth, represents all segments of the community and is led by outstanding individuals. I am quite happy that KML will remain an important part of the social fabric of Kent.”

Sandy Edelman has lived in Kent for 22 years, was formerly the Secretary of the Board and has led its Membership committee for the past several years. Jim Blackketter has lived in Kent for 26 years and is a member of the Library Board’s Finance Committee. Jim was previously a member of the Planning and Zoning Board of Appeals, is currently a member of the Kent Board of Finance, serves on the Boards of the Kent Community Fund and Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation and volunteers for the Kent Food Bank and The Quality Thrift Shop.

Sandy and Jim are grateful that Ken Cooper will remain an active Board member, contributing his time and efforts to fundraising, development and the Finance Committee. “We wish to thank Ken Cooper for his longstanding service and dynamic leadership as president of the KLA board for the past 11 years. Under his Presidency, the Kent Memorial Library has become a vital town center, recognizing those who record history, tell stories, challenge us with new ideas and teach us about other cultures. We look forward to continuing and building upon Ken’s dedicated work for the Library, to ensure that it remains a valued part of the community,” says new co-president Sandy Edelman.

“Not only do we want to continue the momentum started by Ken Cooper, we look forward to working with the extraordinary staff of the Library and the hundreds of volunteers that help make the Library such a valuable part of the community,” continued new board co-president Jim Blackketter.

Ken Cooper served as president from December 2006 until March 2017. He was instrumental in bringing outstanding personalities to the Library’s Kent Lecture Series such as Vitaly Churkin, Douglas Brinkley, Pete Souza, Nancy Gibbs, Sandra Day O’Connor, Jeffrey Toobin, General Colin Powell, John Lewis, Meryl Streep, Marilyn Horne, Dr. Henry Kissinger, Christopher Buckley, Edmund Morris, Sylvia Morris, Tom Brokaw, Frank Delaney, and many other inspirational speakers.

The Kent Memorial Library’s mission is to enrich the lives of individuals and the community by providing materials, programs, and services to encourage reading, learning and imagination. The Kent Memorial Library is located at 32 North Main Street, Kent, Connecticut. Visit www.kentmemoriallibrary.org for more information.