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Berlin-Peck Memorial Library • November 2021 Newsletter

Library Director's Message


“Nature’s first green is gold, her hardest hue to hold....” begins my favorite poem of all time, Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost. I don’t recall when I first heard this poem, though it was sometime in high school. I think of it every November even if the reference to fall is symbolic. It also reminds me to be grateful, a timely sentiment as we head into the holiday season. Speaking of, our annual Veteran’s Tree, courtesy of the Kensington Garden Club, is up! It’s a lovely way for our community to pay tribute and say “thank you” to those who have served. Stop by to look or submit your veteran for a spot on our tree.

November is also a month synonymous with food! Here at the library, we are offering a workshop on making cheddar scones. Perhaps you want to plan your holiday menus for Thanksgiving (November 25) and Hanukkah (begins Sunday November 28). Our assortment of cookbooks, available for every dietary need, will provide you with endless options. Hoopla’s holiday cookbook selection has no holds and no waiting and can be viewed on your phone or tablet—perfect for the kitchen! And finally, is this the season you’re going to wow your friends and family with a fabulous cake? Check out (literally) one of our cake pans! With more than 20 specialty pans to choose from we are sure to have just the one you need for your next baking project.

We are grateful to you, our patrons, for your continued support and enthusiasm for BPML. In order to make room for all that we have to offer you, we will begin splitting our one newsletter into three separate newsletters focused on adult services, children's services, and teens. This will allow us to share event information and library resources that best meet your needs. If you’d prefer not to receive all three you can manage your subscriptions at any time by clicking “Change My Subscriptions” below.

Thank you for using your local library. We’re here for you and we look forward to assisting you in this season and beyond.


Kim McNally

Library Director

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The library's one newsletter is becoming three newsletters! In order to deliver the news and events that you want the most, we will be sending out separate newsletters for adult, teen, and children's events. You'll be able to subscribe (or unsubscribe) separately to any of the newsletters, whenever you like.

Right now, you are subscribed all three newsletters. To change your subscriptions, simply click the button below.

Library Hours


Weekday hours: 10am–8pm, 5pm on Fridays.

Saturday hours: 10am–4pm.

Senior hour: Wednesdays and Fridays, 9am–10am.

Closed for Thanksgiving at 5pm on Wednesday, November 24, and all day Thursday and Friday, November 25-26.

Please wear a mask.

Masks are required for all unvaccinated individuals inside the library; required for all individuals in the Children’s Department, regardless of vaccination status; and strongly suggested for everyone throughout the entire library.

Veterans Tree

The Kensington Garden Club will display their annual Veterans Memorial Tree to honor those who have served. The tree will be on display at the Berlin Peck Memorial Library until the week after Veterans Day. You can fill out the form to add a name to the tree.

Adult Programs

Senior Center Book Club

Wednesday, November 3, 1:30 pm

Join us at the Berlin Senior Center for a discussion of Educated by Tara Westover.

Stress Management: A Proactive Approach

Wednesday, November 3, 6:30 pm Online

Join us online to learn what stress is, how the body responds to stress, and how we can manage stress.

Sit & Knit

Thursday, November 4 and 18, 6:00 pm

Thursday, November 11, 1:00 pm

Join local knitters for knitting and good conversation.

Cheddar Scones

Tuesday, November 9, 6:30 pm  Online

Join us for some cheddar cheesy goodness! Learn how to make cheddar scones from scratch.

Spice It Up! Sage

While supplies last—place your hold ASAP!

Pickup begins Wednesday, November 10

Try out a new spice (or herb) each month! This month's kit includes a sample of sage, information sheets, and a few recipes to try.

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

Thursday, November 11, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Vaccines save lives! Visit the library’s large meeting room to get your COVID-19 vaccine.

You do not need an appointment or insurance, and COVID-19 vaccines are free. This clinic is offering the Pfizer (ages 12+) and Moderna (ages 18+) vaccines. Booster shots available for those eligible. Walk-ins welcome.

Take & Make: Glitter Ornaments

Registration required.

Thursday, November 11, 6:30 pm (in-person event)

Available Friday, November 12 (take-home kit)

Create two glittery ornaments (that won’t shed their shine on your floor!) to add some sparkle to your holiday décor. Choose from an in-person event or take-home kit.

Saturday Book Club

Saturday, November 13, 10:30 am  Online or In-Person

Join us for a discussion of Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Please contact the library to obtain a copy of this book. This discussion will take place in the library’s large meeting room. If you prefer to participate online, there will be an option to do so.

Dementia Caregiver Support Group

Monday, November 15, 1:00 pm Online

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: 203-859-1992

Join the Zoom meeting:

Cut the Cord

Monday, November 15, 6:30 pm  Online

Instead of overpaying for a massive selection of channels you never watch, discover how easy it is to choose the services you want using your existing internet connection. In this session we discuss services, equipment, and how to save money!

Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes

Tuesday, December 7, 6:30 pm  Online

Join us online for some chocolatey goodness! Learn how to make chocolate peppermint cupcakes.

The Importance of Wetlands

Wednesday, December 8, 6:30 pm  Online

Learn about Connecticut wetlands and how to mimic them in your garden.

Holiday Music Favorites

Monday, December 13, 7:00 pm  Online

Discover the story behind some of your holiday favorites—plus live musical fun and holiday song trivia.

Children's News

Grab & Go Kit

KidSaurus and the Volcano! (Ages 2-5)

Registration begins Monday, October 25

Pickup Monday, November 1 to Wednesday, November 3

Help your little ones create a Dino-riffic scene and name their “hand”made dino discoveries! All you’ll need are scissors, glue, and markers or crayons.

Grab & Go Kit

Standing Stegosaurus (Grades K-5)

Registration begins Monday, November 1

Pickup Monday, November 8 to Wednesday, November 10

Prepare to paint! Cut, color, and construct your own three-dimensional dinosaur! You will need scissors, glue, and markers or crayons in addition to the supplies provided in this kit.

Super Dinosaur Scavenger Hunt!

Whether you love the monthly in-house Scavenger Hunt or are new to the fun, come in to test your super-sleuthing skills this DiNovember! Complete our standard 10 Clue Hunt to earn a Dino Sticker. Think you are the Ultimate Dinosaur Hunter? Earn a special Dinosaur Fact Bookmark when you complete an additional 5 Clue BONUS SCAVENGER HUNT!!

Decorate A Dinosaur

Help populate the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library's DINOSAUR PARK this November! Choose either a T-Rex, Triceratops, or Brachiosaurus to color and place in our magical prehistoric oasis! Crayons provided.

Weekly Dinosaur Trivia

Think you are a dinosaur EXPERT? Challenge yourself with some Dinosaur Trivia for an extra prize! Children of all ages are eligible to play once per week. A new question will be posted in the Children's Department each Monday throughout the month of November.

Reading Academy and Pre-K Academy Launchpads

We've added brand new Reading Academy and Pre-K Academy Launchpads to our collection! The Reading Academy Launchpads are specifically designed to help kids master verbal, reading, and writing skills, starting at any level. Each of the apps, stories and videos help kids gain the knowledge they need to transition from learning-to-read to reading-to learn! The Pre-K Academy Launchpads are designed to help preschool-aged children develop the skills they need to enter kindergarten. Topics include language and literacy, math and science, and motor and cognitive skills.

Teen News

Grab & Go Kit

Sparkling Winter Luminaries (Grades 6-12)

Registration begins Monday, November 8

Pickup Monday, November 15 to Wednesday, November 17

These glittery winter luminaries add a bit of sparkle to any space (and make great gifts)! Most supplies (including a battery-powered tea light candle) are included.

Teen Take Out Boxes

Love the idea of a book subscription box but don’t want to spend the cash? Teen Take Out Boxes to the rescue! Each monthly box includes a YA library book in your choice of genre, a snack, and fun goodies. You keep the goodies and return the book!

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