Director’s Corner

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This time last year the Kent Memorial Library was eager to welcome our patrons back into our building by appointment. For our staff, being able to engage with people inside of our building again was such an exciting time after months of operating our curbside pick-up service. Folks were happy to talk with us about all the reading they did (and didn’t get to) through the lockdown and to reconnect with other library patrons. People were happy to socially interact with each other again.

Not knowing whether or not this year will yield the same results as last year, we’re reaching out in a number of ways to strengthen our connections. In September, we launched a new Fall Walking Challenge called Roaming Readers, where folks meet up at the library, go for a walk, and enter into a raffle for a chance to win a grand prize! No reading required, though we won’t say no if you happen to find one you like while you’re here.

We also collaborated with the Town’s Youth Services Department and popped up the library in the schools, raising awareness on the importance of mental health, showcasing our programs, and offering different resources. Not all illnesses are visible. Normalizing discussions of mental health serves to destigmatize the topic and can help folks get connected to the support they need.

Additionally, we kicked off a Town-wide series on Cyber Security alongside the other members of the Suffield Fraud Prevention Council. By the time this article is published there will still be a number of upcoming events in the series, and I urge you to consider attending at least one. Every single person can benefit by learning some basic tips to avoid falling victim to fraud, and if you’re an expert already, that’s great! Talk to your friends and relatives about how important cyber security is in our day-to-day life! Please visit our website (below) for more information and to register.

During the first week of November (1-5), we will be celebrating Diwali, the festival of lights. We welcome you to come inside and see beautiful decorations, food, and work on crafts to take home. Maybe you and your family will start a new tradition by extending the holiday season a bit, because if there’s anything I’ve learned from the pandemic, it is to celebrate the lives we are all fortunate enough to live.

Please continue to contact us by phone – 860-668-3896, email –, and through social media on Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube. For up-to-date information, please visit our website at

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