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Berlin-Peck Memorial Library • November 2022 Newsletter

Library Director's Message


If November makes you think of holidays and Hallmark movies, you’re in luck! This year we are partnering with Berlin Social Services to be a drop-off site for their holiday food drive. The details are listed below. Thank you for your generosity towards our community.

We are kicking off the holiday season with the Kensington Garden Club’s annual Veterans Memorial Tree to honor those who have served. For those of you thinking about wrapping gifts and making wreaths in the coming weeks our bow making class might be just the thing to boost your creative skills.

We are pleased to announce the addition of Hallmark movies to the Hoopla lineup! Now available for viewing are Hall of Fame selections, holiday classics, and the romantic comedies Hallmark is known for. Best of all – no holds, no waiting. Download the Hoopla app here to get started. You can stream hoopla to your big screen by installing the Hoopla app on your smart TV so everyone in your household can watch! More information on streaming can be found here.

Of course, we have plenty of learning opportunities for all ages this month and every month through our library programs listed below. We hope to see you soon!


Kim McNally

Library Director

Holiday Food Pantry Donations

Last day to donate is Saturday, November 5

With the holidays just around the corner, please consider donating to the Berlin Social & Youth Services food pantry. Items can be dropped off at the Library during regular hours.

The food pantry is most in need of these items: peanut butter and jelly, pasta, pasta sauce, pasta sides (Pasta Roni/Knorr), rice sides, mayonnaise, canned tuna or chicken, soup, canned fruit, canned veggies, hot or cold cereal, stuffing, boxed potatoes, cranberry sauce, gravy, cookies, crackers, pudding, snacks, toilet paper, paper towels, and toiletry items.

For information about using the food pantry, or to donate money to the food pantry, please contact Doug Truitt at 860-828-7059.

Closed for Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 23—Closing at 5:00 pm

Thursday-Friday, November 24-25

The Library will be closing to celebrate Thanksgiving weekend. We will close at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, remain closed Thursday and Friday, and re-open on Saturday.

Veterans Tree

November 1-18

The Kensington Garden Club will display their annual Veterans Memorial Tree to honor those who have served. The tree will be on display at the Berlin Peck Memorial Library until the week after Veterans Day.

Sit & Knit

Thursday, November 3, 17, 6:00 pm

Thursday, November 10, 1:00 pm

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

Friday Movie Matinees

Friday, November 4, 11, 18, 1:00 pm

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

Take & Make: Zentangle Kit

Pickup begins Thursday, November 3


Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns—or “tangles.” Zentangle art is non-representational and unplanned so you can focus on each stroke and not worry about the result.

Healthy Brain Series

The Blue Zones
Thursday, November 3, 6:30 pm

Learn about lessons for living longer from the people who’ve lived the longest.

Get Connected to Your Family

Monday, November 7, 6:30 pm


Join local genealogist and author Thomas Kemp to upload your family photos and documents to FamilySearch.

Sponsored by a partnership between Berlin-Peck Memorial Library and Berlin Social Services (“Anchored in Wellness” series).

Paint Night

Tuesday, November 8, 6:30 pm


Learn to paint a waterfall with Lindsey’s Craft Studio! This activity is great for beginner painters or those with no experience.

Extreme Weather and Emergency Preparedness

Thursday, November 10, 10:30 am 


Learn how to be weather-ready, create a preparedness plan, and protect your family and home.

Make & Take: Bow Making

Thursday, November 10, 6:30 pm


Learn to create big, beautiful bows!

Courageous Conversations: Mental Health

Saturday, November 12, 10:30 am

Join us for an open, respectful discussion of mental health. 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.

Cut the Cord

Monday, November 14, 6:30 pm


Instead of overpaying for a massive selection of channels you never watch, discover how easy it is to choose the services you want using your existing internet connection.

War & Peace & Winslow Homer: The Civil War and Its Aftermath

Tuesday, November 15, 6:30 pm


Discover one of America’s most celebrated artist, and his work documenting the front lines of the Civil War.

Spice It Up! Ginger

Pickup begins Wednesday, November 16


The flavor of fresh ginger is warm, sweet, and a little spicy.

Senior Center Book Club

Wednesday, November 16, 1:30 pm

Join us at the Senior Center for a discussion of From Scratch by Tembi Locke.

Saturday Book Club

Saturday, November 19, 10:30 am

Join us for a discussion of The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams.

Dementia Caregiver Support Group

Monday, November 21, 1:00 pm


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.

New Britain Symphony Orchestra Mini Concert

Tuesday, November 22, 6:30 pm


Join the New Britain Symphony Orchestra for a Woodwind Quintet concert.

Holiday Décor Swap

Drop-Off: Friday, December 2, 1:00 pm–4:30 pm

Swap Day: Saturday, December 3, 11:00–1:00 pm

Spruce up your holiday décor without spending any money—or give some of your own décor a new home! All seasons and holiday décor accepted.

You DO NOT have to donate to be able to take items from the Swap, but you will earn a ticket for the Early Bird Hour.

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