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Berlin-Peck Memorial Library • August 2022 Newsletter

Library Director's Message


Summer is in full swing and dare I say (despite the latest heat wave) this weather has been delightfully summer-y! I was inspired to put up a hammock in the backyard and it was a great idea! I spend a few minutes out there each evening with a book or magazine. Sometimes I just stare at the sky and listen to the birds. It’s been the perfect way to soak up a bit of time outdoors and a good reminder that you’re never too old to feel like a kid again.

Our Adult Summer Reading program is going strong! There’s still time to participate and enter our raffle before it winds down for the season on Thursday September 1. Magazines (as delightful as they are to read on a hammock!) don’t count towards the summer reading prizes, but you can read as many books, ebooks, audiobooks, and graphic novels as you’d like.

Build your home library and support Berlin-Peck's programs and services! Our Friends Bookstore has extended hours in August. Shop a large selection of used books on Mondays 2:30-6PM and Wednesdays 9AM-6PM. Our Friends fund our museum passes, library programs, and special events throughout the year.

I am delighted to report that our door count is up, and patrons are back in the library. It has been wonderful to see patrons connect and hear children’s laughter again in our building. If you’re not quite ready to come in, we still happily offer curbside service. While we don’t yet have a hammock in our library of things, we do have an outdoor projector for a movie night under the stars, life-size Jenga, puzzles, board games, outdoor games, books, and magazines. I hope you have an opportunity to feel like a kid again this summer.


Kim McNally

Library Director

Adult Summer Reading

Record your reading for a chance to win some great raffle prizes! Raffles will be held weekly. Each book you read earns you 1 virtual raffle ticket to one of nine fantastic raffle baskets! Plus, complete challenges to earn small prizes like books, pens, and bookmarks.

Sit & Knit

Thursday, August 4, 18, 6:00 pm

Thursday, August 11, 25, 1:00 pm

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

Friday Movie Matinees

Friday, August 5, 12, 19, 26, 1:00 pm

Please register for each movie you'd like to attend. See all upcoming movies.

Birding 101

Tuesday, August 2, 6:30 pm -Online-

Summer is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the natural world around you. Join us for an introduction to birding with Connecticut Audubon Society!

Don’t Lose Your House: Protecting Your Assets from the Costs of Long-Term Care

Wednesday, August 3, 6:30 pm

Attorney Brendan Daly will explain how you can protect your assets with a carefully-orchestrated plan.

Courageous Conversations: One-on-One

Thursday, August 11, 6:00 pm / 6:30 pm / 7:00 pm


Discuss important social issues with your political opposite in this facilitated one-on-one session of Courageous Conversations, where respectful, open talking and listening about important topics are taught through practice.

Saturday Book Club

Saturday, August 13, 10:30 am

Join us for a discussion of The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant. Contact the library for a copy of the book.

Dementia Caregiver Support Group

Monday, August 15, 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.

Spice It Up! Cumin

Supplies are limited. Place your hold ASAP!

Pickup Wednesday, August 17

Cumin has an earthy, warm taste with very little spice or heat. It can be used as whole seeds or ground, and is popular in Middle Eastern, Latin American, Indian and North African cuisines.

Make & Take: Sharpie Seashells

Thursday, August 18, 6:30 pm


Learn a few simple techniques for embellishing seashells using sharpie markers and then let your creativity run wild!

Composting 101

Monday, August 22, 6:30 pm

Join Alastair Ong, Esq. a certified UConn Master Composter, to learn about easy, low maintenance composting.

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