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Berlin-Peck Memorial Library • February 2022 Newsletter

Library Director's Message


You are receiving this letter on the first day of February which coincides with the Lunar New Year, celebrated by people all over the world. Valentine's Day and Presidents Day follow. It’s Black History month, National Library Month, and American Heart Month among other observances. In the library world we devote an entire week to Take Your Child to the Library January 31 - February 5. What a gift to have a month of celebration in the middle of winter! We are celebrating with programming and take & make kits inspired by these winter holidays.

February also ushers in tax season. We are delighted to welcome AARP Tax Aide back this year! While doing taxes may not be considered cause for celebration, having Tax Aide to assist our community certainly is. See below for more information and registration. Federal Tax forms are available at the library, but Connecticut state forms are not. You can file CT state income tax online, pick up CT State forms from their office in Hartford, or you can come to the library, and we will print one copy for you free of charge.

Just in time for winter reading we have launched our Lucky Day collection! This collection of bestsellers (with long waitlists) will allow extra copies of popular books to be available to our community. Here is how it works: If you come into the library and you see that book you’ve been waiting for on our Lucky Day table it’s your lucky day—the book is yours to check out! Books are available for 3 weeks, no holds and no renewals!

Thank you for allowing us to serve you in so many ways. We always welcome your thoughts and suggestions. Send us an email at or feel free to stop by. My door is always open.


Kim McNally

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.

Library Closings

Closed for Presidents Day on Monday, February 21

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

First Line Literary Contest

Starting Tuesday, February 1 -Online-

Entry deadline: Thursday, February 24

Berlin-Peck invites you to compose your best opening line to an imaginary novel. You can write on any topic or genre, as long as your sentence is original and makes us want to read more!

The First Ladies of the United States

Tuesday, February 1, 6:30 pm -Online-

This President’s Day, join us to learn about the WOMEN who stood beside our famous presidents.

Sit & Knit

Thursday, February 2 + 17, 6:00 pm

Thursday, February 10 + 24, 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.

Author Talk: Matthew Dicks
Monday, February 7, 6:30 pm -Online-

Join local author Matthew Dicks for a fun and engaging night. Matthew Dicks is the author of such favorites as Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, Twenty-One Truths About Love, Something Missing and many more.

Spice It Up! Tarragon

While supplies last—place your hold ASAP!

Pickup begins Wednesday, February 9

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

10 Minutes to Save the Planet

Wednesday, February 9, 6:30 pm -Online-

Join Susan Quincy from the Kellogg Environmental Center to see how we are affected on the local level and what steps individuals can take to reduce carbon emissions.

Take & Make: Mini Clay Pot Snowman

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

Pickup begins Thursday, February 10

Create a winter snowman who won't melt when the sun comes out.

Saturday Book Club

Saturday, February 12, 10:30 am -Online or In Person-

Join us online or in person for a discussion of Eternal by Lisa Scottoline.

Microsoft Word Basics

Tuesday, February 15, 2:00 pm -Online-

Learn how to create and edit a document with Microsoft Word.

The Life of Hattie Carthan

Tuesday, February 15, 6:30 pm -Online-

Learn about pioneering urban gardener and environmentalist Hattie Carthan!

Owls of Connecticut

Wednesday, February 16, 6:30 pm -Online-

Join Jay Kaplan, Director of Roaring Brook Nature Center in Canton, to learn about Connecticut’s owls, including their adaptations for survival, habits, and the habitats where they can be found.

It Happened Last Year in Real Estate

Thursday, February 17, 6:30 pm -Online-

Learn about the real estate market during the pandemic, predictions for the upcoming spring season, and how you can prepare and navigate as a buyer or seller.

Dementia Caregiver Support Group

Monday, February 21, 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:

Microsoft PowerPoint Basics

Tuesday, February 22, 2:00 pm -Online-

Learn how to create a digital presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint.

Coffee Tasting Kit #1

While supplies last—place your hold ASAP!

Pickup begins Wednesday, February 23

Join us on a 3-month journey into the world of coffee! Each month we will offer a coffee sample to help you explore origins and tasting notes.

Immune Support

Tuesday, February 22, 6:00 pm -Online-

Naturopathic physician Dr. Nicole will go over natural ways that we can boost our immune systems.

Make a Simple Website with HTML

Thursday, February 24, 6:30 pm -Online-

Join us for a one hour crash course on basic HTML web design!

Courageous Conversations: Healthcare

Saturday, February 26, 10:30 am

Join us for an open, respectful conversation about Health Care. All backgrounds and viewpoints are welcome in the discussion. Each participant is asked to read an article on the topic prior to the discussion. Please visit or contact the library to get this information and read more about the program series here.

Lilacs in Bethlehem
Monday, February 28, 6:30 pm -Online-

This photo tour will take you through the historic Bellamy-Ferriday House and Garden, including the residence, barns, and the historic formal garden. The lives of the house’s notable residents will be interwoven with lovely images of site.

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