Kent Memorial Library will present a program, “Thru Hiking the Appalachian Trail,” Jan. 20 at 3 p.m. following the library’s annual meeting.

The program, to be held at town hall on Kent Green Boulevard, will feature Connecticut resident Sam Ducharme, who set out on a 2,180-mile, 14-state backpacking trip from Springer Mountain, Ga., to Mt. Katahdin, Maine.

During his six-month journey, he documented the rugged beauty of the Appalachian Mountains, the wildlife, the hardships encountered on the trail, as well as the people, culture and humanity at its finest.

He will also discuss how he returned to the trail the following year, connecting with aspiring Thru Hikers, paying it forward, and his return to the summit of Katahdin one year later.

Ducharme is a retired K9 Officer and is a lifelong resident of Connecticut.

He has two adult sons, both serving in the United States Air Force.

As an avid outdoorsman, and finding the empty-nest, Ducharme decided to buy a backpack and a plane ticket to Georgia.

From there, he started walking north. With no prior backpacking experience, he learned on the trail.

For information and RSVP, call 860-927-3761.