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Berlin-Peck Memorial Library • January 2022 Newsletter

Library Director's Message

Happy New Year!

Turning the calendar to January 1 always brings me joy. There’s just something about a clean slate, a blank calendar, and 12 months full of possibility! I immediately jump to a new page in my reading log with a goal of one book a week, but not before I check our list of top checkouts from 2021. We’ve crunched the numbers for a list of the top checkouts in fiction, genre fiction, non-fiction, and biography. I only read two books from our list last year: The Four Winds and The Midnight Library, both of which I loved and I see a few more to add to my list in 2022! Check out our Top Checkouts of 2021 for additional titles.

This year, we are bringing you something new: Courageous Conversations. Starting this month, the library is offering a discussion series for people of all backgrounds and viewpoints to discuss important local, cultural, social, and political issues in a safe environment. We are kicking off the series with a discussion on two books aimed at helping us understand how to have conversations. (You can choose to read either book.) Library staff will facilitate conversations and ensure that all participants can share in the discussion. For more information visit the Courageous Conversations page.

And we are bringing back an old favorite: AARP Tax Aide! We're happy to announce that AARP Tax Aide will return to the Library and Senior Center this year. Tax Help begins in February, but we will start scheduling appointments on January 3. Appointments are REQUIRED and fill up FAST! For other ways to file your taxes FREE, check out our tax prep page.

To keep our community safe, we will continue to offer curbside pick-up and online programming this winter. See our list of adult programs below—we have lots to offer this winter! If you’d like a book recommendation let us know in our online form and our librarians will select some titles for you. We’re here to help however we can.

Stay safe out there!


Kim McNally

Library Closings

Closed for New Year's Day on Saturday, January 1

Closing early for a staff event on Friday, January 7 at 4:00 pm.

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.

AARP Tax Aide

AARP Tax-Aide provides free tax prep for low and middle-income taxpayers, with special attention to seniors. AARP will provide a packet that must be filled out at home, prior to your appointment.

Appointments are REQUIRED and they fill up FAST. The Library and Senior Center will start taking appointments on January 3. Tax Aide appointments will be held February through April.

Berlin-Peck Memorial Library (860-828-7126)

Tuesdays, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Berlin Senior Citizens Center (860-828-7006)

Thursdays, 9:00 am – 2:30 pm

Adult Programs


Tuesday, January 4, 6:30 pm  Online

Join us to explore the benefits of journaling, different ways to journal, and tips for creating a journaling experience that is just right for you! Bring your curiosity, creativity, and an open mind!

Take & Make: Pinecone Gnomes

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

Pickup begins Thursday, January 6

Create a sweet, woodland friend out of a pinecone and some simple supplies. Invite them to stay and keep you company or set them free to befriend a small human.

Sit & Knit

Thursday, January 6 + 20, 6:00 pm

Thursday, January 13 + 27, 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.

Garden Kit: Fig Cutting

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

Pickup begins Monday, January 10

Start your own "Brown Turkey" fig tree from a cutting!

Getting Started with iPad/iPhone

Tuesday, January 11, 2:00 pm  Online

Learn about iPhone and iPad fundamentals!

Tea Traditions from Around the World

Tuesday, January 11, 6:30 pm  Online

Learn about the different types of tea, and the many different tea ceremonies and traditions from around the world.

Spice It Up! Aleppo Pepper

While supplies last—place your hold ASAP!

Pickup begins Wednesday, January 12

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

The Art of Coziness

Wednesday, January 12, 6:30 pm  Online

Pour a cup of tea or hot chocolate and enjoy an inspiring evening of practical tips to support comfort and happiness at home. This class is grounded in cultural approaches to coziness that apply to all of our lives, particularly as we seek new ways to enjoy time at home and celebrate togetherness.

Dementia Caregiver Support Group

Monday, January 17, 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:

Connecticut’s Story

Wednesday, January 19, 6:30 pm  Online

Unravel the stories of Connecticut’s exciting geological past that are told by the rocks around us and learn how those ancient times still influence present-day Connecticut.

All About Windows 11

Thursday, January 20, 6:30 pm  Online

Learn all about the new version of Windows, including the new interface, features, system requirements, and how you can get it (or if you should avoid it!).

Book Tasting

Saturday, January 22, 1:00 pm  Online

Grab a snack and a drink and join us online as we highlight the most anticipated books of 2022. You will leave with a long list to add to your TBR (To Be Read) pile.

Getting Started with Android Phones/Tablets

Tuesday, January 25, 2:00 pm  Online

Learn about Android phone and tablet fundamentals!

Clear the Clutter with Jan Baltrush
Tuesday, January 25, 6:30 pm  Online

Join clutter consultant Jan Baltrush to learn about clearing out the clutter and downsizing your stuff.

Coping with Pandemic Related Anxiety

Wednesday, January 26, 6:30 pm  Online

As we enter the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have been experiencing elevated levels of depression and anxiety. Danielle Morisse-Corsetti, LCSW, will discuss how to notice and recognize anxiety and explore coping tools.

Natural Support for Dry Skin

Thursday, January 27, 6:00 pm  Online

Naturopathic physician Dr. Nicole will go over some natural remedies and tips to help sooth dry winter skin issues.

Courageous Conversations

Saturday, January 29, 10:30 am  In-person / Online

Join us to discuss important issues in a safe environment where differing opinions, patient listening, and respectful discussion are welcome. Join us online or in person.

The first discussion in this series will follow a book club format. Participants are asked to read ONE of the following books:

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