Subject: Library News

Berlin-Peck Memorial Library • September 2020 Newsletter 
Depending on your viewpoint, August either flew by or was slow as molasses. However you felt, it’s a fact that September is upon us. We’ve been expanding library services a little at a time; accepting appointments for browsing, computers, and study rooms. Senior hours have been put in place on Wednesdays and Fridays from 9-10am (no appointment necessary). More and more people are discovering the variety of our virtual program offerings and we hope to expand these by coordinating with other area libraries.

In September, look for announcements regarding Saturday hours. We also plan on strengthening our Wi-Fi access to reach further outside of our building. You may have already noticed that we added more outdoor seating. We continue to seek guidance from the Central CT Health District, the Governor, the American Library Association and the Berlin schools in planning additional services. 

I especially appreciate hearing from you how helpful the staff has been. I wish you could see behind the scenes how hard they are all working.

Please like us on social media as we put many of our new service announcements and photos on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

We hope to see you in person soon! 


Helen Malinka
Library Director
Lobby hours are weekdays 10am–8pm, 5pm on Fridays.
Services include 20-minute express computer, print, copy, restrooms. 1-hour computers and 2-hour study rooms available by appointment.

Senior hours are Wednesdays and Fridays, 9am–10am.
Lobby access and browsing for those over 65.

Book drop hours will be weekdays 7am–9pm, 6pm on Fridays.

Curbside pickup is still encouraged!

Adult Programs
Sit & Knit  Online 
Thursday, September 10, 2:00 pm

Join local knitters for a relaxing time filled with knitting and good company!

Uncovering the Hidden Job Market  Online 
Tuesday, September 15, 11:00 am

Learn how to use ReferenceUSA to research area businesses, apply to available job openings, and create marketing plans; plus get helpful tips on how to strengthen your resume.

Successful Hydrangeas with Lorraine Ballato  Online 
Thursday, September 17, 7:00 pm

Presented by Lorraine Ballato, writer, speaker, horticulturist, photographer and confirmed plantaholic. Ballato will provide tips for both experienced and novice gardeners on how to grow this favorite garden shrub. Sponsored by the Kensington Garden Club.

Saturday Book Club  Online 
Saturday, September 19, 10:30 am

Join us for a virtual discussion of the novel The Forgotten Seamstress by Liz Trenow.  Please contact the library to reserve a copy of this book.  This title is also available to download on Hoopla for Berlin-Peck Memorial Library patrons.

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group  Online 
Monday, September 21, 1:00 pm

This new group meets monthly as a safe place for caregivers, family and friends of persons with dementia. Join us to share practical information, feelings, needs and concerns. Sponsored and hosted by Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging and Alzheimer’s Association.

RSVP to Patty O’Brian by calling 203-859-1992.
Learn Modern Calligraphy  Online 
Monday, September 21, 6:30 pm

Come learn the popular and playful Modern Calligraphy! In this 90 minute class, you will learn where this style comes from, strategies on how to create this lettering style and end with a project. Taught by calligrapher Debby Reelitz.

Trivia Night  Online 
Wednesday, September 23, 6:30 pm

Join us for a fun game of "Are You Smarter than a 6th Grader?" online trivia, with questions from various school subjects!

Votes for Women  Online 
Wednesday, September 30, 6:30 pm

In 2020 we mark the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States. The fight for women’s right to vote was long and took many twists and turns. Join us to learn about the Connecticut women who fought on a local, state, and national level and on whose shoulders we stand. Be inspired by their stories to use your vote to give a voice to women.

Children's Programs
Storytime 2 Go Book Bundles!

Miss Jennifer, Miss Cara, and Miss Annie miss our storytime friends SO MUCH! And while in-person storytimes aren't happening just yet, we have the next best thing! We're introducing themed Storytime 2 Go Book Bundles in September so you don't have to miss out on storytime fun! Each Bundle will include 5 books, a packet of literacy (activities including fingerplays, games, and songs), and more. We'll also provide video links to our Children's staff performing fingerplays and songs. Some Bundles will even include supplies and instructions for a simple activity or craft.

Storytime 2 Go Book Bundles can be scheduled for pick-up via our Curbside Pickup Service by filling out the Storytime 2 Go Book Bundle form on our website (beginning in September) or by calling the Children's Department at (860) 828-7127. 

Book Bundles

Kids need books, and we’ve made it easy for you to get them! Simply fill out one of the forms on our website and the Children’s Department staff will choose up to 10 books (depending on the category) for your child. When your books are ready you'll be called to schedule a pick-up time via our Curbside Service! 

Grab & Go Activity Kits

Grab & Go Activity Kits for ages 2-5 and grades K-5 will be available later in September! Grab & Go Kits contain science projects, arts & crafts, and other fun activities to help keep kids busy without screen time. Each kit comes with supplies and instructions and will be available for Curbside Pick-Up. Upcoming kits include fall wreaths, Cheerio bird feeders, straw bats, and portable Tic Tac Toe games! Visit our Events page to see upcoming kits and to register. Stay tuned!  

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
Our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program is available via Curbside Delivery! 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is an ongoing library program that encourages all families and caregivers to read at least 1,000 books (any book) to their infant, toddler and/or preschooler before entering kindergarten. Find out more at or call us at (860) 828-7127.

Teen Programs
Book Bundles for Teens
Don’t know what to read next, or looking for a new author or series to try? Request a Book Bundle for Teens today! Fill out a quick form and one of our librarians will choose 5 books selected just for you. We’ll put those books together in a bag (along with a bookmark) and then we’ll contact you to schedule a pickup. If you have specific titles you would like put on Hold, please use our Curbside Pickup service. Visit to get started!

Grab & Go Kits
Grab & Go Kits for teens and tweens in grades 6 and up are coming soon! Register on our Events page to pick up activities such as Fall Luminaries, Glass Pebble Magnets, Yarn Art, and more! All kits include supplies and instructions and will be available for Curbside Pick-Up.
Teen Book Reviews Online

Are you in grades 6-12? Have you read a book you loved (or just liked) and want to tell others about? Share it with us and we'll post it on our website! It's a great way to learn about the great books others are reading and share titles you really love! Visit the Submit a Book Review page and fill out a quick form to submit your book review (note that reviews are moderated). If approved, your review will be added to our Teen Book Reviews webpage!
Questions? Call 860-828-7125 or email

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