KML General Programs

For more information or to register for programs, stop by the library, call 860-668-3896, check suffield– or follow us on Facebook. All of our programs are free! Most of our programs are funded by The Friends of the Kent Memorial Library.

Good Progress at KML

The PCB abatement grit-blasting work at the library was concluded near the end of November. Ceilings and floors have been cleared of the coatings and adhesives that were the suspected sources of airborne PCB contamination discovered in tests at the end of 2015.

KML Receives a Grant

The Kent Memorial Library received a grant from the American Library Association in partnership with Citizen Film and the National Writing Project to host a series of programs which will be community conversations centered around American Creed, a PBS documentary that invites audiences to consider what America’s ideals and identity ought to be. 

Additional funding for the programs is provided by The Friends of the Kent Memorial Library. In the documentary, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy, civic entrepreneur Eric Liu, founder Joan Blades, Tea Party Patriots founder Mark Meckler, Chicago Cubs Manager Joe Maddon and other citizen-activists come together from remarkably different perspectives to explore the idea of a unifying American creed.

PCB Abatement Continues

By mid-November, the grit blasting to remove ceiling paint judged to be the primary cause of the airborne PCB in Kent Memorial Library had been completed, and attention was directed to the floor, from which all the carpet squares and faux wood flooring had been removed, leaving adhesive residue. With all the windows blanked out by plastic to protect the glass, library aficionados couldn’t watch the work, but it’s certainly been gratifying to hear reports on the progress.

Crowds Come to Honor Vern

Vern Taylor laughs at First Selectman Melissa Mack’s tales on the special day held for him at the temporary Kent Memorial Library. Before his stroke, he had been a loyal and very helpful library volunteer for several decades. His wife, Dorian Taylor, left rear, laughs along with him. (She retired from the library recently; his daughter, Wendy, is children’s librarian.) As many as 50 friends at a time crowded the limited space to honor Vern. Many wore funny T-shirts in his honor; his read, “Follow in my footsteps and you’ll eventually reach the library.”