General Programs

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Registration required for most programs.

Most library programs are funded by The Friends of the Kent Memorial Library. Become a member!

There are fixings for coffee and tea in the library café area. $1 per cup.

Once a Month Programs

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

Photo Café

1st Tuesday, December 3 and January 7 at 6:30 p.m.

Cookbook Club

2nd Tuesday, December 10 and January 14 at 12:45 p.m.

Poetry Lovers

2nd Wednesday, December 11 and January 8 at 7 p.m.

Current Events Café 

3rd Tuesday, December 17 at 1 p.m.

Writer’s Workshop

December 16 and January 27 at 7 p.m.

Socrates Café 

Last Mondays, December 30 and January 27 at 7 p.m.

Book Discussions

Thursday Readers

Thursday, December 12, 12:30 p.m. This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel.

Thursday, January 9: TBA

World Book 

No meeting in December.

Thursday, January 16, 7:00 p.m. Judas by Amos Oz. 

Books in the Parlor

No meeting in December.

Tuesday, January 28, 2:00 p.m., location TBA. Circus Fire by Stewart O’Nan. 

Suffield by the River

Thursday, December 19, 2:00 p.m. Last Days of Night by Graham Moore. Thursday, January 30. Educated by Tara Westover

Christmas Tree Lighting on the Green

November 30

4-7 p.m.

Activities at the Library

November 30

5-7 p.m.

Crafts & Refreshments


Face Painting and

Tome Was, an

a cappella singing group with jazzy standards.

Jackie brings to mind the word ‘community.’ She has reached beyond the Suffield libary walls to help faciliatate programs such as Aging Mastery at the Suffield Senior Center.

 Judy Hodgman

Great Decisions

Tentative date is Tuesday, January 14 at 3 p.m.

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 an issue in the Briefing Book before the discussion. The program will run every week for 8 sessions. Please sign up for this free program by visiting or calling the library at 860-668-3896 or on-line at Topics that will be discussed this year are:

  • Climate Change and the Global Order
  • India and Pakistan
  • Red Sea Security
  • Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking
  • U.S. Relations with the Northern Triangle
  • China’s Road into Latin America
  • The Philippines and the U.S.
  • Artificial Intelligence and Data

2020 Adult Winter Reading Program

Are you looking to escape winter? Adults are invited to join Kent Memorial Library’s 2020 Winter Reading Program. With help from the Friends of Library, we are talking real get-away prizes. The program will run February 1–29. Just read anything you enjoy, and stop in once each week for a raffle ticket and a little something to thank you for coming. Check our website or Facebook page for details.

Jackie has been exceptionally helpful in the Friends of the Library, regularly using her free time to work at our book collections and at the Friends Annual Book Sale as well.

Kerry White

Yarn & Craft Exchange

Saturday, January 18 through Friday, January 24: Donate clean and in-good-condition craft and yarn supplies you do not need during the regular hours of the library. Do not miss this unique opportunity to recycle extra supplies and unfinished projects. Please put all donations in sealed, clear plastic bags. Please do not bring opened paint, solvents or glue.

Saturday, January 25: Yarn and Craft Exchange, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

You do not need to donate items in order to participate and no money is involved in the exchange. Please bring your own tote bag for carrying your new materials home.

Bet Your Bottom Dollar

The Psychology of Separating You From the Money


February 8 at 2 p.m.

Charles Zanor, a psychologist and Suffield resident, will present a program on behavioral economics, discussing things like brand loyalty, going to the casino and shopping for sales. He recently wrote a piece on the subject for Scientific American.

Jackie has promoted some of the most dynamic programming the library has ever seen.

Anne Borg

When we think of “economic theory,” we mostly think big – supply and demand, inflation and recession, national debt and taxes. But what does all that have to do with how we make financial decisions in our day-to-day lives? In some cases, not much. Often, how we spend or refrain from spending our money is more a matter of “behavioral economics.” How much are we willing to spend on concert tickets, for example? If we buy them, would we be later willing to sell them at a higher price? What happens if circumstances make it hard for us to actually go to the concert? ζ

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