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Berlin-Peck Memorial Library • June 2022 Newsletter

Library Director's Message


It’s June and my favorite time of the year (for books!) is upon us. It’s Summer Reading time! During June, July, and August many new books hit our shelves, "To-Be-Read" lists are edited and checked-off, and reading challenges abound. June has many new releases coming out from prolific writers like James Patterson (James Patterson: The Stories of My Life), Kristin Hannah (Summer Island), Elin Hilderbrand (Hotel Nantucket), and Nelson DeMille (The Maze). Shiny new titles are hard to resist (believe me, I know, I work here.) But I’m here to share my love of backlist titles. The books that were written before this newest release was popular, the ones that were popular last year (or 5 years ago) that you couldn’t get your hands on? Those books. Our stacks are full of good books even if they no longer sit on the “new” bookshelf. So, if the book you want to read is checked out consider all the other titles we have. You might find your new favorite book! You might find a surprise favorite author! You might realize you like something now that you weren’t drawn to before! Chances are a favorite author had a book or two released before they became popular, and you never know what you might encounter. Some of the titles we’ve recently read include The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline, Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, The Gilded Wolves by Roshana Chockshi, The Editor by Steven Rowley, and The One by John Marr. We have read alike options based on author, plot, and writing style. So many possibilities.... All you have to do is ask. This could be your summer of reading! And in case you’re not convinced we’ve compiled a list of new release summer beach reads.

Our summer reading program for adults begins June 15 and we encourage you to read whatever you like. You can register on our website, track your books online, and every book read will count towards an entry to win one of our prize bags. This year, our summer reading prizes will be themed, but instead of baskets, the goodies will be housed in a boat and tote style bag you can later use to carry all your library books! If you would like a personalized reading recommendation to start off your summer reading list, fill out our form and we’ll send you some titles you might like. Happy reading!


Kim McNally

Library Director

Sit & Knit

Thursday, June 2, 16, 6:00 pm

Thursday, June 9, 23, 30, 1:00 pm

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

Friday Movie Matinees

Friday, June 3, 10, 17, 24, 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.

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

Courageous Conversations: Voting & Elections

Saturday, June 4, 10:30 am

Join us for an open, respectful discussion of voting and elections in America. All backgrounds and viewpoints are welcome in the discussion. Each participant is asked to read this month’s articles on the topic prior to the discussion.

Author Lisa Steele

Tuesday, June 7, 6:30 am -Online-

Join us for a night with Fresh Eggs Daily blogger Lisa Steele, better known as “Queen of the Coop," author of The Fresh Eggs Daily Cookbook.

Event is online, but the Library can put it up on the big screen for a limited number of patrons. When registering, please let us know if you want to watch it in the library.

Voting in Our Elections

Thursday, June 9, 6:00 pm

Get more informed about the local voting process! Berlin’s Registrars of Voters and Town Clerk will cover voting registration, new polling locations, redistricting, and more.

Save at the Supermarket

Monday, June 13, 6:30 pm -Online-

Slash your grocery bill while eating nutritiously with this informative and interactive workshop.

Event is online, but the Library can put it up on the big screen for a limited number of patrons. When registering, please let us know if you want to watch it in the library.

Broadway Brass with the New Britain Symphony Orchestra

Tuesday, June 14, 6:30 pm

Join the New Britain Symphony Orchestra’s Brass Quintet for a mini concert in the library!

Living with Connecticut’s Wildlife

Wednesday, June 15, 6:00 pm

Black bears, bobcats, and skunks—oh my! Join certified Master Wildlife Conservationist Paul Colburn to learn about our wild neighbors.

Spice It Up! Dill

While supplies last—place your hold ASAP!

Pickup begins Thursday, June 16

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

Author Stewart O’Nan
Thursday, June 16, 7:00 pm -Online-

Join bestselling author Stewart O’Nan as he discusses his new book, Ocean State.

Event is online, but the Library can put it up on the big screen for a limited number of patrons. When registering, please let us know if you want to watch it in the library.

Juneteenth Daylong Event

Saturday, June 18, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Learn all about Juneteenth and its connection to Berlin! Featuring food, live music, speakers and presentations, and more. Sponsored by B.E.A.T Berlin Equity Action Team.

Keynote Speaker: Steven Harris

Steven Harris is a Vietnam Veteran, Retired Hartford Fire Department Captain, board member of the Hartford Public Library, and a passionate humanitarian.

The Amistad Story

Learn about the Amistad Rebellion and participate in an

interactive dialogue on racial injustice today.

Berlin Historical Society

Hear about Berlin’s rich abolitionist history!

Dementia Caregiver Support Group

Monday, June 20, 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.

So Fine a Prospect

Tuesday, June 21, 6:30 pm

Explore the unique geology, ecology, history, and cultural significance of Connecticut’s Traprock Ridgelands, including tales, legends, secret spots, and little-known local history.

Watch online! This program is in-person, but the presenter will also be live on Zoom.

Saturday Book Club

Saturday, June 25, 10:30 am

Join us for a discussion of A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. Contact the library to obtain a copy of the book. This program is in person. If you would prefer to join virtually, please contact

Make & Take: Botanical Wood Prints

Thursday, June 30, 6:30 pm

Learn how to transfer vintage botanical prints to wood to create unique decor.

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