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For more information or to register for programs, stop by the library, call 860-668-3896, check, 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.

Continuous Programs – New Members Welcome

Photo Cafe – first Tuesday, September 4, 6:30 p.m.

Writer’s Workshop – fourth Monday, September 24, 7 p.m.

Socrates Cafe – last Monday, September 24, 7 p.m.

Ask George…

technical questions about your digital devices, computers and gaming. Saturday, September 22. Appointments at: 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Cookbook Club: 

Contact Vicki McGuinness at the library

Book Discussions

12:30 p.m. Thursday Readers, September 13: Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

7 p.m. World Book Group, Thursday, September 20: The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu

2 p.m. Books in the Parlor, September 25 at the Phelps Hatheway Visitor’s Center: Prudence Crandall’s  Legacy by Donald Williams

2 p.m. Suffield By the River, Thursday, September 27: The Lilac Girls by Martha Kelly


Wednesday, September 5 at 7 p.m. at 61 Ffyler Place. 
What the Upcoming Elections Mean for the Environment with Lori Brown, Executive Director of the CT League of Conservation Voters

Huge environmental policy issues will be decided by Connecticut’s next governor, and many legislative battles are on the horizon at our state legislature in 2019. Who we elect will matter as to how these battles will play out. With our state water plan, our state energy plan, and our core conservation values for open space all in the balance, we need to make the environment an issue that all candidates talk about this election cycle. What are the important questions to ask, how do you get them to respond, and how to hold them accountable if they win? The Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV) is a bipartisan, statewide, nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting Connecticut’s environment by making it a priority for our elected leaders. 

As a legislative watchdog, CTLCV helps to pass laws that protect our air, water, wildlife, open space, and our health. CTLCV elects pro-environment candidates to office, informs them on issues and holds all of our elected officials accountable.

Monday, September 10 at 12:30 p.m. at the Senior Center. 
Playing with Parkinson’s

Playing with Parkinson’s is a documentary about Sangeeta Michael Berardi, a successful guitarist, who has played with jazz greats. In the film, Sangeeta plays, but in a different way, because he is also playing with Parkinson’s. The Emergency Aid Association and the Kent Memorial Library (KML) are sponsoring the showing of the film. Resources will be available from the Connecticut Advocates for Parkinson’s. Light refreshments will be served. Popular singer Neil Diamond and actor Alan Alda both recently announced that they have Parkinson’s disease. With each announcement from a celebrity suffering with Parkinson’s, the public becomes more aware of this disease, and more funds will be available for research and a cure. Playing with Parkinson’s shows the difficulties of life with it, but it also inspires by showing the life of a man, who despite the disease, forged a life of creativity and beauty.

Wednesdays, September 12, 26, October 10, 24, November 14, 28 at 7 p.m. at 61 Ffyler Place: 
Crochet a Holiday Winter Set: A Gift or For You! with Alexis Leonard

Alexis is a kindergarten teacher who is also passionate about crochet. She has her own crochet business, Simply in Stitches, where she sells cute little animals, gift baskets, keychains and other requests. She has thought of a great crochet project for adults and children, 4th grade and older, and for all abilities, especially beginners because Alexis is a great instructor! The first project will be a scarf, then hat and finger-less gloves when participants are ready. The classes are free but participants need to buy their own supplies. This is what is needed for the scarf, the first project:

2 skeins of “Red Heart Super Saver” of any color. Each skein of yarn is about $4, available at Wal-Mart, Joann Fabric and Michaels.

Crochet Hook I or 5.5mm (that letter is the letter “I” as in iguana). The hook costs $2-3.

Yarn Needle (the metal is the most durable, but plastic will work). The Needle costs $2-3.


Mondays, September 17, October 15, November 19, December 17 at 2 p.m. at the Suffield Senior Center:
Great Discussions

For the past three years, this group has met in the springtime to participate in Great Decisions, a discussion program on world affairs, produced by the Foreign Policy Association. Once a year is too long to wait, so the group is creating its own platform to discuss domestic issues. A few articles will be sent out to prepare for the meeting. The September discussion is on the U.S. debt which will be led by Mary Jean Nelson.

Saturday, September 22 at 2 p.m. at the 

Suffield Senior Center:
Leonard Bernstein, An American Treasure with Jeffrey Engel, Music Historian

Bernstein was the most gifted, famous, popular and successful musician produced by America. He was a virtuoso pianist and conductor, a composer of music ranging from Broadway musicals to the classical repertory, an educator, a lecturer, an author and a TV personality. 

There was very little he couldn’t do extremely well. 2018 is the centenary of Bernstein’s birth and it is a good time to celebrate this American treasure.

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