Kent Library announces programs

The Kent Memorial Library has announced its offerings in the coming days.

n Shelly Frome, noted professor emeritus of dramatic arts at University of Connecticut, will present a special workshop, "Ventures and Misadventures in Screenwriting," Aug. 8 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Kent town hall. The workshop will cost $35.

To sign up for the workshop, sponsored by the Kent Film Festival, call 860-592-0059 or visit

n The library will host diabetes screenings with representatives from New Milford Hospital Aug. 8 and Aug. 28 from noon to 2 p.m., Aug. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Aug. 7 from 1 to 3 p.m.

The screenings will be followed up with classes, one about pre-diabetes and the other about diabetes.

Books about diabetes are available at the library's summer book sale.

n Dr. Betty Krasne will lead the fall book discussion group based on the subject of how readers respond to works read in translation.

The group will meet Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 5 and Dec. 17 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the library.

The books to be read will be "The White King" by Gyorgy Dragoman, translated by Paul Olchvary (2007); "Out Stealing Horses" by Per Petterson, translated by Anne Born (2005); "The Yacoubian Building" by Alaa Al Aswany, translated by Humphrey Davies (2002); and "Snow Country" by Yasunari Kawabata, translated by Edward G. Seidensticker (1956).

nDue to the shrinking economy, the library will discontinue its magazine subscriptions beginning in January.

As a result, the library is making an appeal to the public to help fund the subscriptions.

The library purchases its magazines through one vendor; therefore, it is asking people to target a specific magazine and make a designated donation in that amount.

The magazines are Bon Appetit for $24; Connecticut Magazine for $13.97; Martha Stewart Living for $28; Mothering for $22.95; The New Yorker for $59.95; Newsweek for $42; O: the Oprah Magazine for $28, and Real Simple for $28.95.

A sponsor has stepped forward already to bring People, Sports Illustrated and Time magazines to library patrons.

To make a donation, contact the library.

For more information, call the Main Street library at 860-927-3761, email the library at or visit the library.