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Berlin-Peck Memorial Library • October 2022 Newsletter

Library Director's Message


Anne of Green Gables said, “I’m so glad to live in a world where there are Octobers.” You know what? Me, too! In that way, Anne is a kindred spirit. I’m here for all things fall: changing leaves, brisk weather, pumpkins on my doorstep, and the annual love or hate Pumpkin Spice Latte (I’m a fan!) This year, we grew our own pumpkins and I highly recommend giving it a try. Be warned: the plants may take over your yard, but it is a fun way to watch the changing of seasons and delight your neighbors. Look for pumpkin seeds in our seed bank next year for you to check out so you can give it a try!  

Fall days are a great time to explore the great outdoors and this month we are offering several programs focused on nature – hiking, bobcats, even astronomy! We are delighted to be partnering with Hartford Healthcare Center for Healthy Aging on a 5-week, in person program focused on helping you find purpose, feed your brain, and challenge your mind daily. And if you’re stacking your TBR (To Be Read list) we have a selection of titles that our patrons love here!  

The library will be closed on Tuesday October 25 for our first annual All Staff Day. We appreciate your patience as we have a day to learn, share, and grow so that we can better serve you. We are always open online at where you can browse our catalog, place holds, and manage your account. Here’s hoping you have an opportunity to enjoy all that fall has to offer here in New England. I hope to see you in the library soon. 


Kim McNally

Library Director

Sit & Knit

Thursday, October 6, 20, 6:00 pm

Thursday, October 13, 27, 1:00 pm

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

Friday Movie Matinees

Friday, October 7, 14, 21, 28, 1:00 pm

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

Two-Sentence Horror Story Contest

Contest Starts October 1

Compose your own original horror story—in only two sentences! Entries must be submitted before Monday, October 24.


Tuesday, October 4, 6:30 pm

Discover the natural history of bobcats in Connecticut!

Make & Take: Halloween Ghost Kit

While supplies last—place your hold ASAP!

Pickup begins Thursday, October 6

Create a spooky light-up mini ghost for Halloween!

Healthy Brain Series

Challenge Your Mind Daily

Thursday, October 6, 6:30 pm

Learn about activities that can help keep your mind sharp!

Birds: Their Side of the Story

Tuesday, October 11, 6:30 pm

Join us for light-hearted stories of birds and bird watching!

Senior Center Book Club

Wednesday, October 12, 1:30 pm

Join us at the Berlin Senior Center to discuss Defending Jacob by William Landay.

Get Outside: Hiking on the New England Trail

Wednesday, October 12, 6:30 pm

Discover the 220-mile national scenic trail that passes right through Berlin!

AARP Safe Driver Program: Get Smart About New Vehicle Technology

Thursday, October 13, 10:00 am

Stay up to date with the latest car safety technology with this 90-minute workshop.

Healthy Brain Series

Feeding the Brain

Thursday, October 13, 6:30 pm

Join us to learn about the importance of diet and hydration for your brain health.

Saturday Book Club

Saturday, October 15, 10:30 am

Join us for a discussion of These Silent Woods by Kimi Cunningham Grant.

Witches in Connecticut

Saturday, October 15, 1:00 pm

Hear the stories of the Connecticut women and men accused, tried, and executed as witches—and learn how Connecticut successfully controlled the spread of witch accusations long before Salem.

Dementia Caregiver Support Group

Monday, October 17, 1:00 pm -Online or In Person-

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.

This group will meet in person, with the option for participants to join us on video chat using Zoom. RSVP to Patty O’Brian: 203-859-1992.

Healing with Books

Monday, October 17, 6:30 pm

Join historian Mary Mahoney for a talk on bibliotherapy, or the use of books as medicine.

Spice It Up! Cloves

While supplies last—place your hold ASAP!

Pickup begins Wednesday, October 19

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

America’s Best Idea: Our National Parks

Wednesday, October 19, 6:30 pm

Join Dr. Richard Benfield for an immersive look at America’s National Parks, World Heritage Sites, and conservation.

Healthy Brain Series

Benefits of a Purposeful Life

Thursday, October 20, 6:30 pm

Learn about activities that can help keep your mind sharp.

Courageous Conversations: Prisons

Saturday, October 22, 10:30 am

Join us for an open, respectful discussion of prisons. 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.

Mastering Self-Awareness and Compassion

Monday, October 24, 6:30 pm

Live a happier, more fulfilling life through self-awareness and self-compassion.

Backyard Astronomy

Wednesday, October 26, 6:30 pm

Join us for a journey through space and time… from your own backyard!

Healthy Brain Series

Good Sleep and Brain Power

Thursday, October 27, 6:30 pm

Learn why sleep is so important to your brain health.

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