Kent Memorial Library Youth Winter Reading Programs

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Get your boarding-pass now and Travel Around the World in 43 Days! We are running a Winter Reading Program for kids through age 10 starting January 21 – March 4. Read by yourself or together, and earn free weekly raffle tickets to win a fun themed basket (winning tickets will be drawn at the end of the program.) Pack your bags and join us for story times, music, and crafts as we travel Around the World in Forty Three Days! Sponsored by the Friends of Kent Memorial Library.

Tweens and Teens

Travel Around the World in 43 Days with a Winter Reading Program at Kent Memorial Library for tweens and teens, starting January 21 – March 4. Read and earn a weekly raffle ticket to win a $50 gift card to Rave, Barnes & Noble and more. Sponsored by the Friends of Kent Memorial Library.

Henna with

Catalina LaPointe

Kent Memorial Library invites tweens and teens and adults, to get a temporary henna tattoo with Catalina LaPointe on Saturday, February 4 between 10:15 and 11:45 a.m. Henna is the application of temporary body art using natural plant dye. Ms. Lapointe is an award winning artist. Drop in and see her work. This program is sponsored by Friends of Kent Memorial Library. No registration required.

How to Visit

The Philippines

(Without Leaving Suffield)

Kids and their families are invited to pack their bags and join us for a trip from Kent Memorial Library to the Philippines, on Saturday, February 4 at 1:30 p.m! Suffield resident Guia Cuevo will be our travel agent and tour guide on this 45- minute adventure. Fortunately, you won’t actually have to fly 8,650 miles to get there! Bring the whole family and explore Filipino culture, traditions and food. Registration limited.

It’s A Party!

Young families are invited to drop in and celebrate valentines with a balloon sculpture, a craft, Thomas the Train and more on Saturday, February 11 between 10 a.m. and noon. Take home a balloon sculpture, make a craft, play games and play with our new Thomas the Train table donated by Judy Fisher, Judy Ahrens and the Friends of Kent Memorial Library. This program is sponsored by Friends of Kent Memorial Library. No registration required.

Cartooning with

Rick Stromoski

Kids ages 6-12 are invited to Kent Memorial Library to cartoon with syndicated cartoonist Rick Stromoski on Saturday, February 11 at 1:30 p.m. Once a month, renowned cartoonist Rick Stromoski will be available to instruct beginners on the secret to cartooning (please only sign up once a season.) Bring a pad of paper and pencil to the library and see your ideas come to life. Registration is limited.

I Love Graphic Novels!

Kent Memorial Library invites tweens and teens to come talk about graphic novels after school on Tuesday, February 14, 3-4 p.m. Do you enjoy reading comics of your favorite superheroes? Do you prefer various types of manga – or the latest work by Raina Telgemeier? Come talk about what you like or don’t like, give us suggestions and be the first to read the new books we’ve bought. There is no required reading (beyond what you enjoy!). And there will be snacks!

Practice Reading –

To A Dog!

Kent Memorial Library invites young readers to practice their reading with a dog from Allan’s Angels Certified Therapy Dog Team on Saturday, February 18 between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Working on your reading? Feeling a bit shy about reading? Want to show off your skills? Think it sounds like fun? Come read to a certified dog (you can bring a book or pick one out here). All dogs have been trained, tested and certified for therapy work. Individual reading sessions last 15 minutes and are at 10:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Come read to a furry friend! To read more about Allan’s Angels Certified Therapy Dog Team, check out the Bolton Vet website at: Registration is limited.


Children from infant to age three will have great fun at Kent Memorial Library with Zumbini, an energetic, interactive dance class with Deb from Dance Amore studios, on Monday, February 27 at 10:15 a.m. Let the journey to an active, healthy life begin! Designed to let adults and their little ones up to 4 years old wiggle, sing and learn together, the Zumbini™ program is where the science of child development meets the magic of Zumba®! Join Deb for 30 minutes of fun! Registration is limited.

Winter Story Time

Kids ages two to five are invited to “pack their bags” and join us for five weeks of traveling around the world. Story time is Tuesday or Wednesday at 10:15am. Wednesday story times begin January 11 and Tuesdays begin January 17. Join us for 30 minutes of stories and a craft! Registration is ongoing.

Baby Rhyme Time

Join us for Baby Rhyme Time, infants to age two. Bring your singing voice on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. This program is in progress! Join us for books, songs, rhymes and fun! No registration required.

Play Group

Kent Memorial Library in Suffield offers Play-Group on Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon. Too cold to play outside but tired of being at home? Want to meet other parents and kids? New to town? Come to Play-Group, offered to care-givers and children, Friday mornings any time between 10 a.m. and noon. No age restrictions, no registration required – just drop in.

Choo-Choo!: All Aboard!

Kent Memorial Library is happy to announce the addition of a new Thomas Train Table. Yay!

Thanks to generous donations from Judy Ahrens, Judy Fisher and the Friends of Kent Memorial Library, we were able to build a customized table for the children’s room. Our thanks to Joe MacArdle for building our table, to Beth Chafetz for painting it, to Quinn Bathgate, Lester Smith, and Bob White for their design advice, and to Mike Kopec for coming up with the final design.

To celebrate, we’re throwing a party on Saturday, February 11, from 10 to noon with balloon sculptor Catalina LaPointe, a craft, games and more. Get your boarding pass and come over to check out our new Thomas the Train Table!

To register for programs, go to our website at or call the library at 860-668-3896.

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