Friday, July 1, 2 p.m.
Movie: Matt (Kevin Hart) finds himself raising his daughter alone when his wife dies the day after their daughter’s birth. Comedy drama.
Rated PG-13; 1 hour 49 minutes
Wednesday, July 6, 6:30 p.m.
Arrowheads and Artifacts of Suffield and the Surrounding Area
Have you ever found an arrowhead locally and wanted to learn more about it? Have you ever wanted to find one but just didn’t know where to begin? There are resources available to help identify the approximate age of most locally found arrowheads. Connecticut has been a home to people for more than 12,000 years, and there is a good chance that people have walked along the same fields or along the same riverbanks that we walk today. Most arrowheads found in Suffield are thousands of years old. Jason Cromack, a local arrowhead enthusiast, will share examples of locally found artifacts as well as tips for someone looking to find their first artifact. If you have found some yourself, please come and share your collection. If you are looking to learn, please come and see some artifacts.
Thursday, July 7, 6:30pm/Friday, July 8, 2 p.m.
Movie: Colin Farrell, Jodie Turner-Smith, Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja and Justin H Min star in this sci-fi drama about a family who grapple with love and loss when their A.I. helper breaks down. Rated PG; 1 hour 36 minutes
Wednesday, July 13, 7 p.m.
Adult Summer Reading Program: Herbal Remedies for Seasonal Allergies
Join Nora Toomey, clinical herbalist of True Bloom, to discuss the roots of seasonal allergies. Learn how to support the body with plants that not only address the most common symptoms but can prevent allergies entirely. The first 15 participants to register (and attend the event) will receive an herb blend made with many of the plants to be discussed. All supplies will be provided. Registration required.
Thursday, July 14, 3 p.m.
Movie: A Studio Ghibli film tells the story of Ponyo, a goldfish who escapes from the ocean and is rescued by a five-year-old human boy and Ponyo’s desire to be a human girl. Rated G; 1 hour 43 minutes
Thursday, July 14, 6:15 p.m./Friday, July 15, 2 p.m.
Movie: Directed by Ron Howard, starring Chris Hemsworth, this movie tells the story of a ship that is sunk by a whale in 1820, inspiring Herman Melville to write Moby Dick. Rated PG-13; 2 hours 2 minutes
Monday, July 18, 6:30 p.m.
Rise to the Challenge Book Discussion (Bring Your Own Bagged Dinner)
Monster by Walter Dean Myers (281 pages)
Sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon is on trial for murder. A Harlem drugstore owner was shot and killed in his store, and the word is that Steve served as the lookout. Guilty or innocent, Steve becomes a pawn in the hands of “the system,” cluttered with cynical authority figures and unscrupulous inmates, who will turn in anyone to shorten their own sentences. For the first time, Steve is forced to think about who he is as he faces prison, where he may spend all the tomorrows of his life.
Read and discuss books that have been challenged and/or banned. Books available at the library.
Wednesday, July 20, 7 p.m.
Perfume Making with Nora
Nora Zinan is an advanced holistic nurse, who has been using and teaching about essential oils for 7 years. In the Perfume-Making with Essential Oils class, Nora will talk about the historical use of essential oils for both health and perfume-making. Participants will learn the properties of the oils and their blending companions, and then blend the oils that are most appealing to them, making their own personal perfume. All supplies are provided. Registration required.
Thursday, July 21, 6:30 p.m.
B.J. Smith Returns for Book Discussion:
The Crow Trap by Ann Cleeves (560 pages)
At the isolated Baikie’s Cottage on the North Pennines, three very different women come together to complete an environmental survey. Three women who, in some way or another, know the meaning of betrayal. For team leader Rachael Lambert the project is the perfect opportunity to rebuild her confidence after a double-betrayal by her lover and boss, Peter Kemp. Botanist Anne Preece, on the other hand, sees it as a chance to indulge in a little deception of her own. And then there is Grace Fulwell, a strange, uncommunicative young woman with plenty of her own secrets to hide. When Rachael arrives at the cottage, however, she is horrified to discover the body of her friend Bella Furness. Bella, it appears, has committed suicide – a verdict Rachael finds impossible to accept. Books available at the library.
Wednesday, July 27, 7 p.m.
Adult Summer Reading Program: Let’s Get Creative with Modern Calligraphy
During this 90-minute program, you will learn how to write in modern calligraphy style using dual-brush markers. All supplies provided. Registration required.
Thursday, July 28, 6:15 p.m./Friday, July 29, 2 p.m.
Movie: Buckle your seatbelts! Romance writer Loretta Sage (Sandra Bullock) and her cover model Alan (Channing Tatum) find themselves running through the jungle being chased by a reader (Daniel Radcliff) who is convinced she knows where the lost treasure is from her novel. Rated PG-13; 1 hour 52 minutes.
Thursday, August 11, 6:30 p.m.
B.J. Smith Returns for Book Discussions:
Gallows View by Peter Robinson (336 pages)
Peeping Tom is frightening the women of Eastvale; two glue-sniffing young thugs are breaking into homes and robbing people; an old woman may or may not have been murdered. Investigating these cases is Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks, a perceptive, curious and compassionate policeman recently moved to the Yorkshire Dales from London to escape the stress of city life. In addition to all this, Banks has to deal with the local feminists and his attraction to a young psychologist, Jenny Fuller. As the tension mounts, both Jenny and Banks’s wife, Sandra, are drawn deeper into the events. The cases weave together as the story reaches a tense and surprising climax. Books available at the library.
Monday, August 15, 6:30 p.m.
Rise to the Challenge Book Discussion and Bring Your Own Bagged Dinner:
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (289 pages)
Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local “powhitetrash.” At eight years old and back at her mother’s side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age—and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns that love for herself, the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors (“I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare”) will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned. Read and discuss books that have been challenged and/or banned.
Books available at the library.
Thursday, August 18, 3 p.m.
Teen Creativity Council
Join the Teen Creativity Council every third Thursday of the month to plan teen events, work on projects with the library’s collection, suggest books, and more! Community service hours will be awarded. And as always, there will be a snack! Open to teens in grades 5-12. All materials provided thanks to the Friends of Kent Memorial Library.