This fall was a busy time at the Kent Memorial Library. In addition to a steady stream of patrons, the library hosted thirty-three programs in October. If you happened to stop by during the first week of November you would have seen the colorful decorations and treats in honor of Diwali, the Indian Festival of Lights to welcome the New Year. The library paired with Suffield Community Aid to collect food for those in need before Thanksgiving. KML is sponsoring a family of seven for the holiday season, so please stop in and take a look at the lovely tree in the lobby. The tree is hung with gift requests, and the staff hopes that patrons will contribute to help spread cheer to a Suffield family.
As winter approaches, you might want to start work on that family tree. Did you know that the library offers Ancestry and Fold3 programs to help with this project? Perhaps you’d like to take advantage of one of the audiobook streaming apps such as Libby, Hoopla, or OverDrive. One of our helpful librarians can help you install these on your phone or tablet, and you’ll be able to listen to books anywhere. There is an exciting shelf of “Pronto!” books, current bestsellers available for a weekly loan. For younger readers (or those just starting to read), KML offers BookFlix, which allows children to see more than 120 animated stories. Speaking of children, be sure to keep an eye out for Miss Sandy’s fun crafts. The library also offers passes to several local museums, and there is a monthly art exhibit in the gallery downstairs.
Due to staffing shortages, the KML is not open on Saturdays for the next few weeks. The Library Commission, our wonderful librarians and the town’s Human Resources Department are currently undergoing a search for a reference librarian and additional clerks. If you haven’t seen the beautiful new space, please consider taking the time to stop by. The Kent Memorial Library is truly a town treasure.