Check out Kent Memorial’s Summer Reading Program, Oceans of Possibility, for kids (age 3 to grade 4) and teens (grades 5-12)!!! Each week that you read, you can win a prize, and you’ll earn a free ticket for a fun raffle. What do you have to read? Anything! Read a book, magazine, newspaper, website – write your own book — it all counts! Come join us this summer and have fun. (Check the website for other weekly programs.) Summer Reading starts Monday, June 20 and finishes Friday, August 5.
Every Thursday, 7-8 p.m.
Historical Room Research
On these nights, a member of the Suffield Historical Society is available to help with Suffield research in the Historical Room. Bring a specific question or no question at all. Appointments available upon request.
Wednesday, June 8, 7-8:30 p.m.
Baseball Trivia – Take Me Out to the Ball Game!
Enjoy an evening of Baseball Trivia and compete for prizes. The contest will be led by Karl Cicitto of SABR (Society for American Baseball Research). There will be 2 rounds. One round will focus on the completed 2021 season; the other will be about the 2022 season. Expect surprises. Suitable for baseball fans of any level of expertise.
Prizes, food, fun! Batter up!
Saturday, June 11, 2–4 p.m. Movie:
Studio Ghibli Saturday returns with Howl’s Moving Castle! When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking castle. (2004 . PG . 1h 59m)
Thursday, June 23, 1 p.m. A Zoom Program
Jeffrey Engel returns with another music history program. He will detail Clara Schumann’s remarkable career and play selected excerpts from her compositions. At Clara’s death in May of 1896, an obituary appearing in the Manchester Guardian proclaimed her “the greatest pianist of her sex that the world has ever known.” This was not hyperbole. Even as a child prodigy, Clara was placed in the top tier of her contemporaries, both male and female. In some ways she was also ahead of her time. Clara promulgated music by Beethoven, Chopin and Robert Schumann that was largely unknown to the public. She was the first to perform from memory. Clara was also an influential teacher and composer of talent, even though she stopped writing music before the age of forty. She was unquestionably one of the great musicians of the nineteenth century!
Monday, June 27, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Writing Group open to all writers of any genre. We meet the fourth Monday of the month, September thru June. Come learn, critique, and enjoy the creative experience.
More Book Discussions!
B.J. Smith returns for three book discussions: Books will be available at the library.
Thursday, June 16 at 6:30 p.m. Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith (433 pages)
A triple murder in a Moscow amusement center: three corpses found frozen in the snow, faces and fingers missing. Chief homicide investigator Arkady Renko is brilliant, sensitive, honest, and cynical about everything except his profession. To identify the victims and uncover the truth, he must battle the KGB, FBI, and New York police as he performs the impossible–and tries to stay alive doing it.
July’s book 7/21– The Crow Trap by Ann Cleeves
August’s book 8/11 – Gallows View by Peter Robinson
Rise to the Challenge Book Discussions BYOBD (Bring Your Own Bagged Dinner)
Mondays through September at 6:30 p.m.
Read and discuss books that have been challenged and/or banned
June 20: Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks (304 pages)
When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna’s eyes we follow the story of the fateful year of 1666, as she and her fellow villagers confront the spread of disease and superstition. As death reaches into every household and villagers turn from prayers to murderous witch-hunting, Anna must find the strength to confront the disintegration of her community and the lure of illicit love. As she struggles to survive and grow, a year of catastrophe becomes instead annus mirabilis, a “year of wonders.”
July book – Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
August’s book – I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
September’s book – Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain