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Berlin-Peck Memorial Library • May 2022 Newsletter

Library Director's Message


As you can imagine I work with a wonderful, talented staff here at Berlin-Peck Memorial Library. They brought you the wildly popular coffee kits, spice kits, and take and makes, the Lucky Day collection, Mother Goose on the Loose, brought back in-person programs, and made it a priority to get our Friday Matinees up and running again. They supported school visits to the library, implemented mobile checkout, and found new ways to reach our patrons: through homebound service, partnering with Berlin schools, and this newsletter! And that was just in the last year. I am grateful every day for their dedicated service to you.

We also have immense support from our community: The Friends of Berlin Peck Memorial Library, whose financial support allows us to put on programs and purchase museum passes. You can support their efforts by shopping through their Amazon Smile account at The Berlin Lions Club who recently donated more than 100 diverse children’s books, and our volunteers who give hundreds of hours supporting the work we do. Our local history room is entirely run by volunteers who organize, catalog, and research Berlin History. Most recently, they have updated our database of obituaries, researched Berlin in the Revolutionary War, and organized the yearbooks, photos, and city directories to help with your genealogy research. Have a question or want to learn more? Send an email to And thank you to everyone who donated time, money, and other resources to make our library shine. And finally, all of you who visit our building and use our services. We are here because of you. Thank you for supporting us.

This month, we are excited to announce that our library app is available for download! You can access it through the App store or Google Play store by typing in Library Connection Mobile. Download the app to your device, select Berlin Peck Memorial Library, and view our catalog, register for events, download museum passes, and learn more about library services. We hope this makes it easier for you to use our library services no matter where you are.


Kim McNally

Library Director

Our New Library App!

Library Connection Mobile by OCLC Capira

We're pleased to announce that the library's new app, Library Connection Mobile (LCI Mobile), is now LIVE for both iOS and Android. The app allows you to search the library catalog, access your account, see upcoming events, borrow museum and zoo passes, connect to databases, and more.

Apple iPhone users, visit the Apple App Store to download. Android users, visit the Play Store to download.

Visit our website for detailed instructions.

Friday Movie Matinees

Friday, May 6, 13, 20, 27, 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.

Sit & Knit

Thursday, May 5 + 19, 6:00 pm

Thursday, May 12 + 26, 1:00 pm

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

Make & Take: Decoupaged Jewelry Holders

Thursday, May 5, 6:30 pm

Create a jewelry holder perfectly matched to your décor. Open to adults, teens and children age 10+ with an adult.

Insects & Their Amazingosity!

Tuesday, May 10, 6:30 pm

It’s tough being a bug… Discover the remarkable adaptations bugs have developed in order to survive!

Forensic Science

Thursday, May 12, 6:30 pm -Online-

We’ve all seen forensic science on TV, film noir movies, and pulpy crime novels—but how much of it is true? Join Professor Lisa Dadio for a look into real forensic science. This online program will be shown on the library’s big screen for those who want to watch in person.

Dementia Caregiver Support Group

Monday, May 16, 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.

Earth’s History: The Fossil Timeline

Monday, May 16, 6:30 pm

Discover the history of our beautiful blue planet by studying what’s buried under the surface!

Senior Center Book Club

Wednesday, May 18, 1:30 pm

Join us at the Berlin Senior Center to discuss The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison.

Spice It Up! Greek Blend

While supplies last—place your hold ASAP!

Pickup begins Wednesday, May 18

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

Saturday Book Club

Saturday, May 21, 10:30 am

Read a memoir or biography of your choice and discuss it with the group. We will meet outside in front of the library if the weather is nice!

Introduction to Qi Gong

Tuesday, May 24, 6:30 pm

Learn how to decrease stress, obtain focus, and invite clarity through guided breathing and slow-flowing movement.

LGBTQ Awareness

Tuesday, May 31, 6:30 pm

As we head into LGBTQ Pride Month, join Danielle Morisse-Corsetti to learn about LGBTQ awareness, acceptance, and how to be an ally to the LGBTQ community.

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