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Berlin-Peck Memorial Library • March 2022 Newsletter

Library Director's Message


People who ask me if I read books on an e-reader are sometimes surprised to hear that I do! (I think as a librarian they expect my answer to be a resounding, "NO!” Like many others, I appreciate being able to adjust the font and carry a library in my tote bag!) How else would I be able to toggle between The Betrayal of Anne Frank and Circe without cluttering my bedside table? While nothing beats the smell and feel of a traditional book, the portability and convenience of an e-reader are tough to disregard. All you need to read eBooks are your Berlin-Peck library card and a smartphone! You may not realize you do not even need an actual e-reader—your smartphone can double as an e-reader using the Libby app. And Hoopla allows you to watch movies, read comics, and listen to audiobooks without any waiting!

Did you know that libraries pay twice as much (sometimes more!) for an eBook than what a consumer pays for an eBook? If this is surprising, you will be glad to know that the state of Connecticut is hoping to do something about that. Our eBook and e-audiobook circulation soared over the last two years, and we are delighted to offer this capability to more of our patrons. We work hard to balance adding to our eBook collection by purchasing additional popular titles just for Berlin patrons while still offering new ways to engage our community. It is helpful to know that, as libraries across Connecticut and the country, we are in this together and raising awareness about this critical budgetary issue.

As usual, we hope to inspire you in a variety of ways this month and we are delighted to announce that we are resuming some in-person programming! For those interested in viewing any of our online programs in a group setting you can join us in our Delaney Room to view the program. Please make sure to register! It's March so if you are thinking of gardens and St. Patrick's Day we have you covered! If you happen to be thinking of social safety nets, too, join us for our Courageous Conversation on March 19. A full list of this month’s programs is below.

Thank you for supporting your local library. 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

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 are currently taking appointments. 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

Sit & Knit

Thursday, March 3 + 17, 6:00 pm

Thursday, March 10, 24 + 31, 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.

Forever Ireland

Tuesday, March 8, 6:30 pm -Online- 

Storyteller Monica Peterson brings the history, humor, and magic of the Irish people to life in this fascinating program. We'll also have this program up on the library's big screen!

Zentangle Abstract Art Class

Wednesday, March 9, 6:00 pm -Online-

Zentangle is a method of creating abstract art through structured patterns. Although it looks complicated, anyone can be an artist using this method.

Blood Sugar Balance

Thursday, March 10, 6:00 pm -Online-

Join us for a virtual talk with Naturopathic physician Dr. Nicole Klughers. We'll also have this program up on the library's big screen!

Square Foot Gardening: Grow Your Own Salad
Monday, March 14, 6:30 pm

In-Person • Limited Attendance • Registration Required!

Join us to learn more about square foot gardening, a term coined by Mel Bartholomew to describe gardening in a small space. Jeff McNally has been using this method for decades to plan gardens full of beautiful and tasty salad ingredients. He will share how to divide your plot, place your seeds, and determine companion planting.

Spice It Up! Sumac

While supplies last—place your hold ASAP!

Pickup begins Wednesday, March 16

Sumac has a tangy, almost citrus-like taste, with no “spicy” heat. New Englanders might balk at the name “sumac,” but don’t worry—it does not come from the poison sumac plant!

Courageous Conversations: Social Safety Nets

Saturday, March 19, 10:30 am

Join us for an open, respectful conversation about Social Safety Nets. All backgrounds and viewpoints are welcome in the discussion. Each participant is asked to read this month’s article on the topic prior to the discussion.

Dementia Caregiver Support Group

Monday, March 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:

Coffee Tasting Kit #2

While supplies last—place your hold ASAP!

Pickup begins Wednesday, March 23

Join us on a 3-month journey into the world of coffee! While supplies last. Supplies are limited, so place your hold as soon as possible.

Senior Center Book Club

Wednesday, March 23, 1:30 pm

Join us at the Berlin Senior Center for a discussion of Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg.

Bald Eagles in Connecticut

Thursday, March 24, 6:30 pm -Online-

Join Ginny Apple, a Master Wildlife Conservationist with the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, for a talk about these magnificent birds of prey that so fascinate onlookers and their valuable contributions to our ecosystem. We'll also have this program up on the library's big screen!

Saturday Book Club

Saturday, March 26, 10:30 am -Online or In Person-

Join us online or in person for a discussion of The Push by Ashley Audrain.

How to Survive the Apocalypse

Monday, March 28, 6:30 pm -Online-

Join Dr. Ritchie to examine Earth’s changing climate, how it impacts us globally and locally at the regional and local scales, and how we can mitigate and adapt to apocalyptic events. This talk will close with a discussion of how you can improve your personal emergency preparedness and foster visions of hope for the future. We'll also have this program up on the library's big screen!

You’re Making Me Blush: The History of Women’s Makeup

Tuesday, March 29, 6:30 pm -Online-

Learn about the history of women’s makeup, from cave paintings of Paleolithic women to Queen Victoria—who declared makeup to be vulgar! We'll also have this program up on the library's big screen!

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