Summer reading is in full-swing, or should we say constant wag, as Tails & Tales features reading challenges, raffle tickets, weekly prizes and lots of programs to keep kids, teens and adults learning, growing and playing.
We can recommend books and other reading materials and have many of the recommended reading books for the Suffield Public Schools.
Send your babysitters in with the kids. Daycares are welcome, too. Teens can find a cool place to hang out with games and crafts and iPad-controlled robots, and adults can pick up weekly gifts just for participating.
Sign up, in-person, at the library during regular hours and sign up online for our July programs like these:
Tale of a Shake – Thursday, July 8 at 6 and 6:30 p.m. at Kent Memorial Library. Meet Lindsey from Nutrition Shack of Suffield, and watch her demonstrate a healthy shake in person, and take home a kit to make your own!
Books & Beyond Talk – Meet the Author Gabrielle Glaser Thursday, July 15 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Gabrielle Glaser will be discussing her debut book, American Baby, with us via Zoom.
Tell Your Tale with a Brush – Paint Night at KML Wednesday, July 21 at 7 p.m.
Take a break from your quarantine routine and join us at the library for a paint night featuring Pam’s Picassos studio. Paint a lovely summer scene with step-by-step instruction by Pam Halligan. Limited to 15 people to observe social distancing.
All ages: Tales from the Past
Meet the Moore family virtually with the New York city Tenement Museum Wednesday, July 28 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom.
During a live, online tour, the Tenement Museum Educators will take you into the historically restored apartments and share the story of the Moore family who lived in the building in the 19th century. Travel back to 1860s New York to visit Joseph and Bridget Moore, Irish immigrants living with their children at 97 Orchard Street. We’ll visit their tenement apartment to understand daily life and discuss the Moore’s experiences as Irish New Yorkers.
The Teen and Children’s Department have a full course of fun planned as well.
Teens: SteamPunk Science
Wednesdays July 7, 14, 21 at 1 p.m.
Grades 5 and up
Solve the puzzles to design your own Steampunk box with Mr. Grimard, science teacher at Suffield High. Please register.
All ages: Tell Your Tale With Sidewalk Chalk Art
July 9 at 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
We provide the chalk, you provide the inspiration and design for art on our ramp entrance.
All ages: Tails with Tales
Riverside Reptiles comes to KML Saturday July 17 at 10:30 a.m. and 11:05 a.m.
Join one of the Riverside educators as they introduce you to some scaly ambassadors that call our center home. You’ll meet interesting animals with tails or that have a story to tell. Please register online.
Kids: Sidewalk Obstacle Course, Follow the Tails
July 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Need help with downloading your ebooks?
Working on a summer project and could use help with research? Our librarians are here to help. Just call or come in anytime for assistance. We can often purchase a requested book for our collection, and if you’re unable to find something on your reading list here, we can request it from other libraries.
Keep an eye on our website, (it’s fresh and new and only takes a minute to get acclimated) our Facebook page or our Instagram account for last minute program additions and other fun opportunities.
Have a Very Happy Summer!