General Programs

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Registration required for most programs.

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!

We have fixings for coffee and tea in the library café area. $1 per cup

Old Suffield Photos: If you have any historical photos of Suffield, we would like to scan them for a display on Suffield’s 350th celebration. Be assured that your photographs will be treated gently and will be returned to you on the spot! We will also note your generosity on the display. Thanks.

Once a Month Programs 

New members are welcome at all our programs including book discussions and the cookbook club.

Photo Café: 1st Tuesday, November 5 at 6:30 p.m.

Cookbook Club: 2nd Tuesday, November 12 at 12:45 p.m.

Poetry Lovers Special Program (see below):  2nd Wednesday, November 13 at 7 p.m.

Current Events Café: 3rd Tuesday, November 19 at 1 p.m.

Writer’s Workshop: 4th Monday, November 25 at 7 p.m.

Socrates Café: Last Monday, November 25 at 7 p.m.

Book Discussions

Thursday, November 14: 12:30 p.m. Thursday Readers: Book of Polly by Kathy Hepinstall

Thursday, November 21: 7 p.m. World Book: Passion of Artemisia by Susan Vreeland

Tuesday, November 26: 2 p.m. Books in the Parlor at the Phelps Hatheway House Visitor Center: Ida Tarbell: The Woman Who Challenged Big Business by Emily Arnold McCully

Thursday, November 28: 2 p.m. Suffield by the River: Last Days of Night by Graham Moore

Other Events

Friday, November 1: Barbara Coffin Holiday Art Show Reception and Sale at 6 to 9 p.m.

Monday, November 4 at 6:30 p.m. (Refreshments) 7 p.m. (Program): Bobcat and Wildlife Management. Trapper Don Dandelski of D&D Wildlife Management will speak to the Suffield Garden Club. Enter the Garden Club’s photo contest by bringing a 5″x7″ photo of a domestic cat on the theme “The Cat’s Meow.” *Holiday House Tour tickets will be available for sale before the program. Sponsored by The Suffield Garden Club.

Wednesday, November 6 at 7 p.m. Ken Feder Digs Into Archaeology Claims. Did ancient Native Americans live among pterodactyls and did they paint the image of one of those prehistoric beasts in Black Dragon Canyon in Utah? If not pterodactyls, did ancient Native Americans interact with travelers from outer space and produce rock art depicting these extraterrestrial alien visitors to America in antiquity? Did ancient Jewish visitors to the New World leave a message etched onto a stone surface in New Mexico? Have archaeologists discovered the remnants of a far-western outpost of ancient Egyptian civilization in, of all places, southern California? In this lecture, Ken Feder, Central Connecticut State University Professor of Archaeology, will discuss these claims of a hidden history that appear in my book Archaeological Oddities: A Field Guide to Forty Claims of Lost Civilizations, Ancient Visitors, and Other Strange Sites in North America. Sponsored by The Friends of the Kent Memorial Library.

Thursday, November 7 at 7 p.m. Best-selling Author Mike Chase and his book “How To Become A Federal Criminal: An Illustrated Handbook for the Aspiring Offender

Wednesday, November 13 at 7 to 10 p.m. Poems to Love with Eileen Kennedy. Funny, down to earth, irreverent, poems communicate before they are even understood. This workshop will explore many aspects of the genre and encompass different kinds and forms of poetry by traditionally loved and lesser known contemporary poets. All participants are welcomed from first-time poetry readers to life-long devotees. Eileen Kennedy writes, reads and loves poetry. Her Banshees (Flutter Press, 2015) was awarded Second Prize from the Wordwrite Book Awards in Poetry, nominated for a Pushcart Prize and awarded Honorable Mention from the New England, New York and London Book Festivals. She is retired from the faculty of the City University of New York and lives, with the ghost of Emily Dickinson, in Amherst, MA. Sponsored by The Friends of the Kent Memorial Library.

Thursday, November 14 at 7 p.m. The Story of Immigration as Told Through Maps with Dr. Francis Coan. Dr. Francis Coan, History Professor at Tunxis, will present the story of American immigration through maps. This is a very visual way to understand how the populations, cultures and time periods have evolved throughout the geography of America, allowing an access point to discuss prejudice, legislation and the current state of America. The waves, time periods and migration of each group resonates differently when told with visual aids. Sponsored by The Friends of the Kent memorial Library

Saturday, November 16 at 11 a.m. at the Senior Center: Calm Mind Meditation with Josette Lumbruno. Calm Mind Meditation entails learning to quiet the mind by focusing first on the inhale and then on the exhale slowly repeating the mantra calm. Learning to regulate and calm oneself is that simple, but not always easy to do. Josette Lumbruno started the practice of meditation in the 1970’s. She is certified and insured to teach through the Master of Meditation by Anmol Mehta

Saturday, November 16 at 2 p.m. at the Senior Center: Friends or Frenemies: Music’s Greatest Generation, Chopin, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Wagner and Berlioz with Jeffrey Engel.Heinrich Heine wrote, “When dear God is bored in heaven, he opens the windows and contemplates the boulevards of Paris.” His thought is a reference to Paris during the 1830’s when its’ sidewalks resembled a French Hollywood Walk of Fame. Europe’s musical elite visited or resided in the French capital to attend stellar performances at l’Opera, la Societe des Concerts and to try out the latest pianos of Erard and Pleyel. They also quarreled, socialized and performed together. It would not have been surprising to see Chopin, Liszt and Mendelssohn walking down a street together. Jeffrey Engel will detail the various relationships of music’s greatest generation and play excerpts from their music dating from this time. 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. Sponsored by The Friends of the Kent Memorial Library.

Tuesday, November 19 at 4 p.m. Short Term Care Insurance with Brian Michaud. Brian Michaud from the Encompass Group will describe this new health insurance product to help families pay for the cost of receiving care. This product was approved by the State of Connecticut DOI only 18 months ago. It’s affordable, the benefits start immediately, simplified underwriting (only 15 health questions … no physical or bloodwork). The purpose of Mr. Michaud’s low-key presentation is to enlighten people about the new product and not solicit business.

Wednesday, November 20 at 3 p.m. Stress Management with Lynn MacDonald. Learn how to lesson the intensity of stress and emotions, to turn down the volume so you don’t feel drained. You will learn two key techniques that will help you deal with stress effectively while building levels of resilience! Lynn is a personal coach/mentor and owner of Mission Possible, Your Transformative Coaching LLC.

Thursday, November 21 at 6 to 8 p.m. Travel Back Centuries to the Himalayans! with Scott Emmons. Sandwiched between Tibet and India, Nepal is a country rich in culture and natural beauty. Scott Emmons, a Suffield resident, has extensive photos and tales of a trip during which he assisted in the building of three schools as a volunteer in the earthquake devastated regions of Nepal. He then went trekking for two weeks in the Himalayan Mountains. Scott hiked through regions only recently open to tourists and was able to witness Nepalese daily life. 

Registration closes on Wednesday, November 13. Sponsored by Parks & Rec.

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