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Bob Backlund
Friday, October 14 at 7 p.m.
At the Suffield Senior
Center, 145 Bridge Street

Backlund is professional wrestling’s three-time world champion, and WWE’s adored hero, villain and Hall of Famer. The “All-American Boy” overcame early hurdles before he was successful. Today, he travels the country sharing details of his life and his three-decade wrestling career. He inspires adults and children by imparting lessons learned at an early age which carried him throughout his life. His book, whose title says it all, The All-American Boy: Lessons and Stories on Life from Wrestling Legend Bob Backlund, written with author Rob Miller, will be available for signing and purchase. Meet Bob and be inspired!

(Complete details at

Wednesday, October 19 is the deadline to register your Scarecrow for the Scarecrow Contest.Scarecrow

Halloween Scary Movie

Movie will be shown Friday, October 21 at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center – please register, bring a blanket, popcorn provided.

Saturday, October 22 at the Suffield Senior Center
145 Bridge Street

• 12-1 p.m. Judging of the Scarecrows.

• 12-2 p.m. Halloween and Zombie Make-Up by make-up artists – no registration.

• 12:30 p.m. ‘Halloweeny’ Kid Movie – no registration.

• 1-2 p.m. People’s Choice Judging of Scarecrows.

• 2-3 p.m. Zombie “Thriller” Dance Lesson – no registration.

• 3-4 p.m. Goodies and Awards & Winners of KML’s Spell Me a Scary Contest will read their shivery stories.

Raise a Glass to the Forgotten Drinks of New England Colonists

Taste favorite drinks of early Americans on Saturday, November 5, at 2 p.m. at Suffield’s Phelps-Hatheway House, 55 South Main Street. You will learn the history and modern-day recipe equivalents with Corin Hirsch, author of Forgotten Drinks of Colonial New England.

Colonial New England was awash in ales, beers, wines, cider and spirits. Everyone from teenage farm workers to our founding fathers imbibed heartily and often. Tipples at breakfast, lunch, teatime and dinner were the norm, and low-alcohol hard cider was sometimes even a part of children’s lives. Corin Hirsch is an award-winning food and drinks writer.

Spell Me a Scary Story Writing Contest

The contest is for grades 1 through 12 and adults, and stories should be 1,000 words or less. The deadline is October 15. Application and details are available at

Winners will be asked to read their stories on Saturday, October 22, at 3-4 p.m. at the Senior Center.

The Stock Market GameThe Stock Market Game – Sign Up Now!

Middle school and high school students can sign up to play the Stock Market Game. The game starts on Monday, October 3, and ends Friday, December 9. The Connecticut Stock Market Game is sponsored by SIFMA (Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association). Students can work individually or form teams to spend $100,000 in virtual money to build a diversified investment portfolio of stocks. A prize will be awarded to the top team.

Book Discussions:
New Members Welcome!

Thursday Book Group will meet at 61 Ffyler Place Thursday, October 13, at 12:30 p.m. Members will be discussing Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Thursday, October 20, at 7 p.m. also at 61 Ffyler Place the World Book Group will discuss Burial Rites by Hannah Kent.

Books in the Parlor

Books in the Parlor will discuss Oliver Wiswell by Kenneth Roberts at the Phelps-Hatheway House on Tuesday, October 25, at 2 p.m.

Hotspot Lending at the Kent Memorial Library

The Kent Memorial Library now offers a Sprint 3G/4G mobile hotspot. It is a device that a Suffield adult resident can borrow from the Kent Memorial Library for up to a week. It allows access to high-speed internet service anywhere which is covered by the Sprint network. The hotspot can be used to connect up to 10 mobile-enabled devices, such as a laptop, smartphone or tablet, to the internet. However, the fewer devices which are connected, the faster the internet service will be. The hotspot is portable, so you can connect your device almost wherever you are, like at home, on the bus or in the park.

Library Weekend Bags to Check Out

Free time on your hands? Want to try something new? Take home one of our Weekend Bags! Try anything from French baking (ooh-la-la) to birdwatching (the original Tweet), travel to Downton Abbey or to New York City (movies! maps! surprises!) You might find something new and/or fun for the weekend, but you can take the bags home for three weeks.

For a full listing of the bags we are offering, check our website ( or stop by – we’re still at 61 Ffyler Place – and take a look.

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