KML General Programs

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The library has added a new staff position. Wendy Mitzel is the first Teen Outreach Staff person. Wendy will work mostly outside the library in order to collaborate with community partners, school administrators, teachers and teens. She will plan and implement programs, identify needs in the community which can be addressed by the library and establish a rapport with teens assuring them that the library is a safe environment in which to learn and relax. In other staff news, Sue Mack will be working again at the library and Michaela Colangelo has been added as a summer page.


For more information or to register for programs, stop by the library, call 860-668-3896, check our website at, or follow us on Facebook. All of our programs are free! Most of our programs are funded by The Friends of the Kent Memorial Library. Become a member. Please register for programs.

Dream It: Adult Summer Reading!

Imagine It . . . Make It . . . A Better World. Beyond the books for summer reading, and thanks to the Friends of the Library, the adult summer line-up aims to help you do some things, well, a little better. Except for the July 11 program, all of the following Summer Reading programs will be held at 61 Ffyler Place.

p15_COLOR_Clipart_Heathy_Food– Be a Better, Healthier You. On Tuesday, July 11, Alissa Monteleone (author: Everybody Eats) will talk about ways to simply change how we think about our food. The program will be held at the Lily House, 13 Bridge Street (because we also want to build better community) at 7 p.m. and will include samples.

– Beyond Imagining — Make the World Better. Tuesday, July 18 at 7:00 p.m., Tom Carr will offer facts about environmental issues, and talk about ways we can make a difference, from simple lifestyle changes to beekeeping, from the home to the global community. Tom Carr, pastor of Second Baptist Church in Suffield, also founded and is co-chair of the Interreligious Eco-Justice Network (

– Be a Better Friend . . . Stamp Your Own Cards (and then send them). Wednesday, July 19 or Wednesday, July 26, at 6:30 p.m. Master Stamper and Cardmaker Extraordinaire Patsy will make it easy and fun to make your own cards for any occasion. Beginners are welcome! All materials will be supplied. Sending them is up to you.

– Make a Better Word. Scrabble is on the table every Monday through July 31, 7– 8 p.m. Drop in and play!

– Build a Better Walk! Make a Garden Stepping Stone and Wrap Up the Summer Reading! A little cement . . a little ice cream . . . and a big list of raffle winners. Tuesday, August 1, join the KML team and design a personal garden stepping stone using Quikrete, mosaic pieces, and stones. Register (on line or call the library) for 30-minute slots between the hours of 6 and 7:30 p.m. Or just sign up for some ice cream.

Kent Memorial Library Pops Up at the Farmers’ Market

The library will be popping up periodically at the Market. Look for us! Check out library materials and participate in children’s activities.

Ask George!

Saturdays, July 15 and 29, August 12 and 26 – Please make an appointment for 10, 10:45 or 11:30 a.m.

George, a whiz at solving computer problems, is a middle school student in Suffield. George can answer questions for adults and kids on viruses, gaming issues, email, browsers and downloading e-books.

p15_COLOR_Clipart_Baseball_TriviaBaseball Trivia Contest

Tuesday, August 14 at 7 p.m. at the Suffield Senior Center. Enjoy an evening of Baseball Trivia and compete for prizes. The gathering will be led by Karl Cicitto of SABR (Society for American Baseball Research). There will be three rounds that focus on the 1950’s, 1970’s and 1990’s. Suitable for baseball fans of any level of expertise.

Partial Solar Eclipse

Monday, August 21, 10 a.m. to noon.

Today is the last chance to get your free solar eclipse glasses. The partial solar eclipse will start at 1:25 p.m., be at the maximum at 2:45 p.m. and end at 3:59 p.m. Come join us before it starts!


At 61 Ffyler Place unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday Cookbook Club

July 11 at 1 p.m. BBQ, Grilled or Roasted

August 8 at 1 p.m. Topic not assigned.

Thursday Book Group

July 13: Some Luck by Jane Smiley

August 10: Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem

Thursday World Book Group

July 20 at 7 p.m.: Call of the Wild by Jack London

August 17 at 7 p.m.: The 100 Year-Old Man by Jonas Jonasson

Books at the Phelps Hathaway House (in the visitor’s center)

Tuesday, August 29: Ahab’s Wife by Sena Nusland.

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