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Berlin-Peck Memorial Library • April 2022 Newsletter

Library Director's Message


This April feels like a fresh start! Spring is officially here, we no longer require a mask in the library, and we are welcoming back in-person programming! Three things to celebrate as we mark the second anniversary since Covid-19 began. Two years ago, we had no idea the impact this virus would have on our lives. Our staff quickly pivoted to bring virtual performers and presentations into your homes and your holds and pickups out to our curb. We were able to expand access to our programs through a virtual platform that we will continue to use periodically even as we welcome you back into the library. I’m so grateful to you, our patrons, for supporting us as we adjusted our programs and services to meet your needs over the last two years and I am hopeful for new opportunities as we emerge from this experience.

Thanks to American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding, provided because of the pandemic, we have new hard surface seating, air purifiers, and a solar charging table outside our building. If it's been a while since you’ve been to the library, we invite you to come and see what’s new—self-serve checkout using your smart phone, a Lucky Day collection, a subscription to Congressional Digest to learn more about the issues facing our nation, and USB charging ports. We hope these improvements make for a more streamlined experience with more of what you are looking for.

We hope to launch our new library app in the coming months so stay tuned for that! We welcome you in our building (with or without a mask) or to any of the community programs we are participating in this month: Berlin Early Childhood Council’s Supporting Young Learners Series, and The Central Connecticut Adult Workshop being held to provide community members with information and resources to assist the mental well-being of our youth. This year’s theme is "Live a Life Worth Talking About". 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. There are no appointments after Tax Day, which is April 18.

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

Blackout Poetry Contest

Last day to submit poems is April 23

Blackout poetry is when you take a written piece of text from a book, newspaper, or magazine and redact words to come up with a unique poem. The winner will receive a literary themed prize basket!

Passport to Connecticut Libraries

April 1 to April 30

Take your library card and passport to at least five libraries on the list to be eligible to win a $150 or $100 gift card. You will also receive a small prize at each library where your passport is stamped!

Movie Matinees are Back!

Friday, April 1, 8, 22, and 29, 1:00 pm


With chairs spaced further apart, our movie room isn’t able to fit as many people as it could before the pandemic. We don’t want you to worry about whether or not you can get a seat—so for now, we are requiring registration.

We will be checking registration at the door. If you’re registered, you are guaranteed entry. Unregistered attendees will be admitted if there is space.

Please register for each movie you'd like to attend.

The Big Count: Finding Your Relatives in the 1950 Census

Monday, April 4, 6:30 pm -Online-

Thursday, April 7, 2:00 pm -Online-

Learn how to access census data to find information about your ancestors. The presenter will be online, but the library will also show this program on the big screen for a limited number of patrons.

Planting for Pollinators

Tuesday, April 5, 6:30 pm -Online-

Join Emily May from the Xerces Society to learn how easy it is to turn your backyard into a space for pollinators to thrive.

Take & Make: Paper Strip Greeting Cards

While supplies last—place your hold ASAP!

Thursday, April 7

Create two spring greeting cards using decorative strips of paper.

Sit & Knit

Thursday, April 7 + 21, 6:00 pm

Thursday, April 14 + 28, 1:00 pm

Join us for a relaxing session of knitting and good company.

Frugal Living

Monday, April 11, 6:30 pm -Online-

Learn how to find savings for your everyday expenses so that you can use your money more effectively for the bigger and better things.

New Britain Symphony Orchestra Beatles String Quartet

Tuesday, April 12, 6:30 pm

Join us at the library for a mini concert featuring music from the Beatles.

Saturday Book Club

Saturday, April 16, 10:30 am -Online or In Person-

Join us to discuss The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot by Marianne Cronin. This discussion is a hybrid program. When registering, please specify whether you will be attending in-person or virtually.

Dementia Caregiver Support Group

Monday, April 18, 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.


Monday, April 18, 6:30 pm -Online-

Learn about breathwork, the practice of various breath patterns that can help with anxiety, depression, developing a stronger immune system, and working through trauma.

Spice It Up! Saffron

While supplies last—place your hold ASAP!

Pickup begins Wednesday, April 20

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

Senior Center Book Club

Wednesday, April 20, 1:30 pm

Join us for a discussion of Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly.

A Virtual Trip to the UK

Wednesday, April 20, 6:30 pm -Online-

Explore the destinations that you’ve read about or seen on the screen in shows like Downton Abbey and Outlander.

Fascial Fitness

Thursday, April 21, 6:30 pm -Online-

Learn gentle, flowy, and fluid movements that will help you activate and feel your fascia. You are sure to feel revitalized and energized after this workshop!

Courageous Conversations: Gun Policy

Saturday, April 23, 10:30 am

Join us for an open, respectful conversation about Gun Policy. All backgrounds and viewpoints are welcome in the discussion. Please read this month’s articles prior to the discussion.

Virtual Talk with Meteorologist Eric Fisher

Monday, April 25, 6:30 pm -Online-

Join us for an interesting and engaging evening with Eric Fisher, Chief Meteorologist at Boston’s WBZ-TV.

Sleep and Sleep Apnea

Tuesday, April 26, 6:00 pm -Online-

Dr. Nicole will go over the natural process of sleep, why sleep is so important to our health, and give tips on getting better rest!

Coffee Tasting Kit #3

While supplies last—place your hold ASAP!

Pickup begins Wednesday, April 27

Kit #3 in our 3-month journey into the world of coffee!

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