Every Wednesday, from 2 to 4 p.m. the library, located at 500 Third Avenue, hosts a teen friendly activity like arts, crafts or games.
"I think they all really liked it," said Jon Kerr, one of the librarians who supervised the event, of the beatboxing presentation. "We want to show them there's more to the library than a place to find books or veg out."
Nicholas Strong, 15, a student at Lansdowne High School, was part of the audience.
"I never really heard of beatboxing before, but it was pretty cool," he said. "I might want to try it sometime."
"I pretty much trace it back to then — but it wasn't beatboxing — it was copying radio commercials with my friends," Bent said. "That's how we learned that we could imitate things that we heard with our own voice."
He kept developing the skill and in middle school discovered beatboxing "legend" Rahzel, a former member of The Roots, a hip-hop band, he said.
"I heard Rahzel on a record and it made me realize that other people did this thing…because up until I was 13 or 14, I thought it was just what I did to entertain people," Bent said. "Then I realized there was this whole tradition of beatboxing."
He continued to hone the craft, trying to make his vocal sounds more accurately depict the instruments he imitates.
When Bent left a position teaching science in 2010, he became involved with the Baltimore nonprofit Young Audiences Maryland, a group with the mission of helping children "realize their full potential through the arts," by partnering teaching artists with schools, according to its website.