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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, October 1 at 6:30 p.m.

Cookbook Club– 2nd Tuesday, October 8 at 12:45 p.m.

Poetry Lovers – 2nd Wednesday, October 9 at 7:00 p.m.

Current Events Café – 3rd Tuesday, October 15 at 1:00 p.m.

Writer’s Workshop – 4th Monday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m.

Socrates Café – Last Mondays, October 28 at 7:00 p.m.

Ask George for technical help – TBD

Book Discussions

Thursday, October 10: 12:30 p.m. Thursday Readers: Stay With Me by Ayọbámi Adébáyọ.

Thursday, October 17: 7:00 p.m. World Book: Songs Of Willow Frost by James Ford.

Tuesday, October 29: 2:00 p.m. Books in the Parlor at the Phelps Hatheway House Visitor Center: Merrit Parkway by Bruce Radde.

Thursday, October 31: 2:00 p.m. Suffield by the River: Women In The Castle by Jessica Shattuck.

350th Writing Contest

As part of the year-long 350th Anniversary Celebration, the Kent Memorial Library is sponsoring an essay contest in four different age categories for Suffield residents, non-resident students in the Suffield public schools, or students at the Suffield Academy. The theme of the essay is Suffield: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. Essays must be under 500 words long. Deadline is October 31.

Aging Mastery Program: Every Friday from October 4 to December 13 at 9:30 a.m. at the Senior Center. This program is designed to inform, encourage, and support older adults as they take steps to improve their lives and engage with their communities. The Aging Master Program® is a program of the National Council on Aging and is funded in Connecticut by the Anthem Foundation. Suffield Senior Center, in collaboration with Kent Memorial Library, was selected by CT Healthy Living Collective to participate in this 10-week, evidenced-based program. Space is limited. The program is free and includes a light breakfast.

Hello, Poetry Lovers: Every second Wednesday, including October 9, 7:00 p.m.  Poetry lovers gather to read and talk about poetry. Bring a copy of a published poem to recite and discuss. Local poets can bring their poems to read aloud and talk of their inspiration.

Current Events Café: Every third Tuesday, including October 15 at 1:00 p.m. Join us for a lively discussion on current events! Here is how it will work: At each Current Events Café, participants, if they want, will bring one article that has been in the news recently and do a little research on it. Participants will vote on which topic they would like to discuss the most, the other topics will be discussed briefly. The discussion will last about an hour and a half. This is your opportunity to make your voice heard and hear what others are thinking. Coffee and tea provided.

Make an Autumn Tulle Wreath for Adults: Saturday, October 19 at 10:15 a.m. We will be using Tulle, a lightweight stiff netting, tied together around a wire frame. Add ribbon and silk leaves for a fabulous effect.

Chess for Kids: Monday, October 21, 28, November 4, 18 at 5:30 p.m. at the Kent Memorial Library. Students in grades K – 12 are invited to play and learn about the game of chess with Coach Alexander Lumelsky. Participants are expected to attend all of the sessions. At least 16 children must sign up before the session starts.

Coping with Loss, Loneliness and Isolation as We Age: Wednesday, October 23 at 2:00 p.m. Elizabeth D’Amico, Ph.D., LCSW and Joseph D’Amico, LICSW of D’Amico Clinical Services will present a one-hour presentation. Many changes often come with aging. Our worlds become smaller and it takes great effort to combat the forces of loneliness and isolation; and it takes fortitude to remain involved with our communities. This presentation will talk about the medical and psychological risks of isolation and provide suggestions for remaining connected or re-connecting.

Retirement: Making Your Money Last: Wednesday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m. Paul Muska, a financial advisor with Edward Jones, will discuss ideas to help build a reasonable and sustainable strategy for managing income and expenses during retirement, addressing key concerns such as inflation, health care expenses, market volatility and the unknown.

Socrates Café: Every Monday of the month, including October 28, 7 p.m. Come enjoy stimulating conversation and a thoughtful exchange of perspectives on the human experience. Challenge your beliefs, ask questions, hear ideas. Socrates, who took philosophy to the masses, is the inspiration for Socrates Café. There are over 600 Socrates Cafes in existence and we have one here!

Caring for Self & Others: Health & Flu Shot Fair Senior Health Fair at the Senior Center: Tuesday, October 29, 10 a.m. -2 p.m. The Kent Memorial Library table will display our Homebound Service, Programs and Reference Service.

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