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Best Wishes for the

Holiday Season!

Continuous Programs

New members welcome

Photo Cafe

1st Tuesday, December 4 and January 8 at 6:30 p.m.

Writer’s Workshop

Fourth Monday, January 2 at 7 p.m.

Socrates Cafe

Last Monday, January 28, 7 p.m.

Cookbook Club

2nd Tuesday, December 11 and January 8 at 12:45 p.m.

Do you enjoy cookbooks and trying new recipes? Then this is the group for you. Each month the group chooses a different culinary theme to whip up and share as well as culinary tips and talk. The group even schedules outings. Drop in to see if this is a group you would like to join. 

Book Discussions

Thursday Readers 

12:30 p.m. December 13: Mothers by Britt Bennett and January 10: Siddhartha by Herman Hesse.

World Book Group,

7 p.m. NO meeting in December, January 18: A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz.

Books in the Parlor

1:30 p.m. NO meeting in December. January 29: The Peabody Sisters by Megan Marshall. The meeting will be at Suffield Commons.

Suffield By the River

2 p.m. Thursday, December 27: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer. January 31: A Gentleman In Moscow by Amor Towles.

For more information, 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.

Christmas Tea and

Queen Victoria

Saturday, December 1 at

3 p.m. at the 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.

Mike Shalin

Talks Red Sox

Monday December 10

7 p.m. at the Senior Center. 

(Earlier date was postponed because of snow.) 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.

Great Decisions

will start in February. 

The program runs every other week for 8 sessions. Please sign up for this free program by contacting Jackie Hemond at or by phone 860-668-3896. Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs designed by the American Foreign Policy Association. Individuals who register for the program will receive a briefing book, paid for by The Friends of Kent Memorial Library. Participants will read about the issue in the briefing book before the discussion. Topics which will be discussed this year are:

Refugees and Global Migration

The Middle East: Regional Disorder

Nuclear Negotiations: Back to the Future?

The Rise of Populism in Europe

Decoding U.S.-China Trade

Cyber Conflicts and Geopolitics

The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested

State of the State Department and Diplomacy.

Kent Memorial Library’s New Year – YAY!

It looks like the library will be back at our beloved 50 North Main Street soon! Maybe February? 

The library staff, Friends of the Library, the Library Commission and the Library Foundation are planning Grand Opening activities, so stayed tuned. 

One thing the library staff would like to do is to create a human chain from the temporary library at Ffyler Place to the Big House at 50 North Main Street to move some books. It would only be a symbolic gesture as most of the books will be moved by trucks and not humans, but it would make a great photo shot!

 If you would like to be part of the Kent Memorial Library Human Chain please contact Jackie Hemond at or by phone 860-668-3896. We are looking forward to the New Year!  

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