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Continuous Programs

New members welcome

Photo Cafe—First Tuesday, November 6, 6:30 p.m.

Writer’s Workshop—Fourth Monday, November 26, 7 p.m.

Socrates Cafe—Last Monday, November 26, 7 p.m.

Ask George technical questions about your digital devices, computers & gaming. Saturday, November 17. Appointments at: 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Cookbook Club: Tuesday, November 13. Please contact Vicki McGuinness at the library for details.

Book Discussions

12:30 p.m. Thursday Readers, November 8: Mooonglow by Michael Chabon

7 p.m. World Book Group, Thursday, November 15: Waiting by Ha Jin

1:30 p.m. Books in the Parlor, Tuesday, November 27 at the Phelps Hathaway Visitor’s Center: Emmeline by Judith Rosner

2 p.m. Suffield by the River, Thursday, November 29: A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline

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.

Wednesday, November 7 at 7 p.m. at 61 Ffyler Place. Author Ellie Dias talks about her book Big Red: How I learned simplicity from a suitcase. Seeking to experience simplicity and contentment traveling through Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet, Dias struggles to jettison her Western ways while lugging a 95-pound suitcase. As one reader wrote, “What starts out as a serious, spiritual journey, soon dissolves into an often-humorous struggle between her desire to live a simpler, happier life, and her strong attachment to her stuff. Throw in every travel nightmare you can imagine from lost luggage to missed flights and foreign bathrooms or lack thereof, and you have a book you might call Eat, Pray, Laugh.” Ellie Dias is a devotee of Buddhist philosophy, meditation and yoga. Her career has been focused on health and wellness as a biology professor, pediatric nurse, and clinician. A watercolor and pastels artist, she lives with her husband Ron, and their dog Roxie in Massachusetts. She is currently writing her first novel.

Thursday, November 8 at 6:30 p.m. at 61 Ffyler Place. Alzheimer’s Association Community Forum: Learn about Alzheimer’s, dementia and memory loss. Bring a friend who has been affected by the disease. Share your thoughts about how we can help people in your community. Light refreshments will be provided.

Saturday, November 10 at 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Adults Make an Autumn Centerpiece. Adults are invited to join the KML team on Saturday, November 10 to make a silk flower centerpiece. You can register by calling the library at 860-668-3896 or online at All supplies are provided and funded by the Friends of Kent Memorial Library.

Thursday, November 15 at 7 p.m. at Suffield Senior Center, Mike Shalin talks Red Sox. Mark the date! Noted sports journalist Mike Shalin has the inside scoop on all things Red Sox (and New York teams). He has a new book called The Hometown Team: Four Decades of Boston Red Sox Photography. with photos by Steve Babineau. The book also includes interviews. Mr. Shalin briefly wrote for the New York Post on the New York teams and then spent 22 years covering sports at the Boston Herald, covering the Red Sox, of course. Now he is a freelance writer and an official scorekeeper for the Red Sox. Mr. Shalin has written numerous books including a biography of Don Mattingly. Dennis Eckersley, who penned the foreword to The Hometown Team, has known Mr. Shalin since Eckersley’s first stint with the Sox from ’78- ‘84. With his journalist credentials, Mr. Shalin has been a Hall-of-Fame voter since 1989. Copies of his book will be available for purchase and signing.

Saturday, November 17 at 2 p.m. at Suffield Senior Center. Jeffrey Engel: Discusses Leonard Bernstein and his Broadway Musicals. Leonard Bernstein is best remembered by classical music lovers as the music director of the New York Philharmonic, the presenter of his extremely popular Young People’s Concerts and as the composer of operas, ballets, symphonies and virtually every other form of music. However, not to be forgotten is that Bernstein also wrote the music for five Broadway musicals including West Side Story, a truly great one. Jeffrey Engel, a music historian, will discuss and play excerpts (on CDs) from Bernstein’s first three musicals: On The Town, Wonderful Town and Candide. Mr. Engel is a graduate of Ithaca College where he majored in cello and music history. He continued musicological studies at the University of Connecticut. Mr. Engel lived in Paris for fourteen years where he played with the Paris Opera and other orchestras. He is a contributor to The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Presently, he is a cello instructor and presents music lectures throughout Connecticut.

Saturday, December 1 at 3 p.m. at the Suffield Senior Center. Some Christmas Tea and Then the Queen, Victoria, of course. Queen Victoria and her Royal Guard will pay an unofficial visit with commoners following a spot of Christmas tea with a twist. Bring your own teacup, saucer and dessert plate. We’ll supply the tea and goodies. The Queen will allow questions following her presentation. For more than 20 years, Sally Mummey has brought historical figures to life to audiences throughout the New England region. For years, Mummey has portrayed Mary Todd Lincoln but became interested in Queen Victoria when she read letters that the Queen wrote to Mary Lincoln following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Mummey has appeared on PBS’s American Experience, and in a Civil War documentary for the History Channel.

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