Kent Memorial Library’s adult summer reading program ends on a sweet note
By Jennifer Coe - ReminderNews
Suffield - posted Thu., Aug. 8, 2013
When a children’s summer reading program ends, the young readers are rewarded with bounce houses and prizes, but when an adult summer reading programs comes to an end, its participants get the delicious concoctions of local TV celebrity Chef Renee.
Kent Memorial Library brought its six-week adult summer reading program, called “Reading by the Bedside,” to a close on July 31. The auditorium in the library was filled with delicious smells as Chef Renee grilled asparagus on a skillet in the front of the room. She talked casually with everyone about how she got started cooking. “Food makes people happy,” she said. “And this is not something I set out to do at all. I love people… I love cooking,” she said.
The crowd watched as she poured chocolate balsamic oil on her asparagus. After her cooking demonstration, everyone crowded into the art gallery, where several plates of Chef Renee creations were laid out and tended to by her husband, recently graduated daughter and an employee.
The adult summer reading program started six years ago, and the participation has increased markedly from year to year. This year, almost 500 adults were enrolled in the program. “They just have to read something,” said librarian Sue Mack, who added that she and the other librarians want to bring all kinds of people into the library.
“We have had the doors busting down every week,” said Mack. The high turnout especially pleased Mack, as she lamented that when the library had to be housed in the Town Hall, it lost some patrons. “We’re really excited about this program,” she said.
Throughout the six weeks, the library brought in the mystery author Rosemary Harris and cartoonist Rick Stromoski to speak. The library gave out raffle tickets to readers in the program for an opportunity to win elaborately decorated and filled baskets from local businesses.