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Berlin-Peck Memorial Library • December 2021 Newsletter

Library Director's Message


As I write this at 4:35 PM it’s already dark. I can see the warm glow of the lights on the front of our library building through my office window and the snowy owl on top of our winter tree that the Kensington Garden Club decorated. It’s been delightful to experience the summer, fall, and now (almost) winter through the eyes of our library. The displays change as beach reads make way for new non-fiction, cozy mysteries, literary fiction, and my personal favorite: cookbooks. Half Baked Harvest Cookbook by Tieghan Gerard helped get dinner on my table this Thanksgiving! Time and seasons change, but our commitment to excellent customer service remains the same.

Fine-ally Free!

We do our work with you in mind. This month, along with the usual seasonal book lists (learn about navigating family conversation here), we have more to share. We are happy to announce that Berlin Peck Memorial Library is fine-ally free! Yes, we have eliminated overdue fines for transactions at our library! That means that if you checkout at Berlin-Peck (including curbside and homebound delivery) you will not incur overdue fines. Replacement fees will still be collected for lost or damaged items. We strive to provide equal access to information, services, and opportunities for all. We believe fines create an economic barrier to that access. By eliminating fines, we can enrich the lives of everyone in the community. You can learn more about our fine-free policy on the website.

Tax Aide Will Be Back in 2022!

The AARP Tax-Aide Program will be available this upcoming tax season (February-April) at both the Berlin Senior Center and the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library. We will begin scheduling appointments in January, so please call after January 1 to make your appointment.

Thank you for your support this year and always. Wishing you and yours a happy holiday season however you choose to celebrate.


Kim McNally

Library Hours


Weekdays: 10am–8pm, 5pm on Fridays

Saturdays: 10am–4pm

Senior hour: 9am–10am on Wednesdays and Fridays

Holiday Closings
December 24 to 27 (Friday to Monday)

December 31 to January 1 (Friday to Saturday)

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.

Adult Programs

Sit & Knit

Thursday, December 2 & 16, 6:00 pm

Thursday, December 9, 23, & 30, 1:00 pm

Join us in the library’s large meeting room for a relaxing session of knitting and good company—six feet apart, of course.

Take & Make: Snowy Candle Jars

In-person event: registration required.

Thursday, December 2, 6:30 pm

Take-home kits: while supplies last—place your hold ASAP!

Pickup begins Friday, December 3

Choose from an in-person event or take-home kit.

Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes

Tuesday, December 7, 6:30 pm  Online

Join Katie from Food Explorers and learn how to make Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes.

Spice It Up! Allspice

While supplies last—place your hold ASAP!

Pickup begins Wednesday, December 8

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

Senior Center Book Club

Wednesday, December 8, 1:30 pm

Join us at the Berlin Senior Center for a discussion of A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg.

The Importance of Wetlands

Wednesday, December 8, 6:30 pm  Online

Learn about Connecticut wetlands and how to mimic them in our gardens. Sponsored by Berlin Land Trust.

12th Annual Gingerbread House Contest

Drop off: Saturday, December 11 to Wednesday, December 15

Voting: Thursday, December 16 to Wednesday, December 22

Celebrate the season with delicious decorations! Our annual Gingerbread House Contest will take place AT THE LIBRARY! Voting will be online and in person.

Saturday Book Club

Saturday, December 11, 10:30 am  Online or In-Person

Join us for a discussion of One Day in December by Josie Silver. 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.

Holiday Music Favorites

Monday, December 13, 7:00 pm  Online

Discover the story behind some of your holiday favorites while we learn why they truly are the most wonderful songs of the year. Featuring live musical fun and holiday song trivia. Sponsored by Cora Belden Library.

Movie Matinee

Friday, December 17, 1:00 pm

Join us in the library’s large meeting room for a viewing of Last Christmas. To ensure social distancing, attendees must register for this program. Masks must be worn during the movie matinee.

Dementia Caregiver Support Group

Monday, December 20, 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:

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