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Berlin-Peck Memorial Library • June 2023 Newsletter

Library Director's Message


This month marks my two-year anniversary as the director of the Berlin Peck Library. I could not have asked for a better community to serve and I’m so happy to be here. I know for sure we have some of the best library staff members in the business! In fact, many of them live right here in Berlin, which makes our customer service extra special. We love hearing your ideas (and implementing them—more new books, a growing ESL collection, and a place to sit outside!) and connecting with our community.

A sense of home is such a wonderful feeling and that’s how Berlin feels to me two years in. This month the refresh of our interior “home”—the place where you gather, learn, connect, find materials, and use our computers—will be complete. While the layout is the same, we hope this refreshed space feels comfortable and welcoming and much like "home” to you. Though we don’t allow any sleepovers as depicted in the 1979 book “Help I’m a Prisoner in the Library” (one of my favorites as a kid)... we do welcome everyone at the library, and we invite you to come to see our new carpet later this month! I hope you will take us up on the invitation.

We are proud of our community, and we are offering some programs that highlight our history this month. On June 17 we will host our second annual Juneteenth event in partnership with the Berlin Equity Action Team (BEAT). This is the first year that the Town of Berlin is recognizing this as a holiday and our Town offices and library will be closed on Monday June 19, 2023, in observance of Juneteenth. We’re also partnering Berlin’s Economic Development department on a tiny art show with the theme My Hometown. Pick up a canvas at the library and use your talent to show us what Berlin, your hometown, means to you. We look forward to seeing you (and maybe your art?) at the library soon.



Library Hours in June

Thursday, June 8: Delayed Opening

All Town of Berlin buildings and facilities will be officially closed until 2:15pm on Thursday, June 8, so that staff may attend a Town of Berlin staff event. The library's open hours will be 2:15 pm to 8:00 pm.

Monday, June 19: Closed

The library will be closed Monday, June 19, in honor of Juneteenth.

B.E.A.T's Juneteenth celebration will take place at the library on Saturday, June 17.

See more booklists at

My Hometown Art Project

Monday, May 22 – Saturday, June 24

The Town of Berlin has teamed up with the Berlin Peck Memorial Library for a special town-wide tiny art project! Pick up a tiny canvas at the library—and capture your favorite places to explore, visit, or enjoy in Berlin!

Sit & Knit

Thursday, June 1 + 15, 6:00 pm

Thursday, June 22 + 29, 1:00 pm

We are a friendly and welcoming group of all skill levels from beginner to advanced. It’s a great opportunity to trade knitting tips and tricks, and to socialize and make new friends—so come on down and join us for a fun and creative time!

Please note that the board room will be getting new carpet, so we will not be able to meet on June 8.

Adult Summer Reading

Monday, June 12 – Friday, September 1

Each book you read earns you a raffle ticket for one of our TEN awesome raffle baskets!

Summer Reading opens on June 12, but you can sign up now. If you participated in last year's summer reading, you can sign up with the same username and password. Reading booklets will be available at the Adult Reference Desk.

Over a Wyoming Campfire: The Beginnings of the National Park Service

Tuesday, June 13, 6:30 pm

Join Professor Hamish Lutris to learn about the creation of the National Park Service in 1916, a radical move for its time, to intervene in the health of the nation’s lands. We’ll discuss the history of conservation and how the American wilderness plays an important role in the identity of the American people, as well as outlining the personalities and events that created this, one of the most successful and popular government agencies ever conceived.

Take & Make Kit: Yarn Baskets

Registration opens June 1

Pickup starts June 15


Learn how to create an adorable basket with yarn and a bit of simple weaving with our take-home kit and instructional video.

This is a take-home kit only. Supplies are limited.

Juneteenth Celebration

Saturday, June 17, 11:00 am–3:30 pm

Learn all about Juneteenth and its connection to Berlin! Featuring food, live music, speakers and presentations, book displays, and more.

Juneteenth Celebration

Keynote Speaker Jeffrey Fletcher

Saturday, June 17, 11:30 am

Join us for an inspiring keynote speech by Jeffrey Fletcher, Executive Director of the Ruby and Calvin Fletcher African American History Museum.

Juneteenth Celebration

Berlin Civil War Heroes Documentary Film Premiere

Saturday, June 17, 12:45 pm

Discover the story of eleven brave African-American men from Berlin who enlisted in Connecticut's 29th and 30th Colored Troop Regiment during the Civil War. A documentary from the Berlin Civil War Heroes Project.

Juneteenth Celebration

Amistad & Beyond: Black History at the Connecticut Historical Society

Saturday, June 17,1:30 pm

Take a tour of Connecticut Historical Society artifacts representing the Black experience in Connecticut!

Juneteenth Celebration

Underground Railroad

Saturday, June 17, 2:30 pm

Join musical group Nzinga's Daughters to learn about the Underground Railroad through music, drumming, storytelling, and poetry.

Juneteenth Celebration

Lantern Making Workshop

Saturday, June 17, 11:00 am–3:30 pm

Join us for a fun and creative Juneteenth lantern making workshop! All ages are welcome. Let’s make beautiful lanterns together and light up the night!

Dementia Caregiver Support Group

Monday, June 19, 1:00 pm

June's meeting will be ONLINE ONLY.

The library is closed on June 19.

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.

Because the library is closed on June 19, this month's group will be meeting ONLINE ONLY. We'll be using Zoom. RSVP to Patty O’Brian: 203-859-1992.

Stone Breaker: The Life of James Gates Percival

Tuesday, June 20, 6:30 pm

Join author Kathleen L. Housley for an informative talk and book signing for her new book

about poet, linguist, unstable savant, and brilliant geologist James Gates Percival. Sponsored by the Berlin Historical Society.

Courageous Conversations: Making Ends Meet

Thursday, June 22, 6:30 pm

With inflation, rising interest rates, and failing banks in the news, being able to pay the bills and plan financially is on a lot of people's minds. How should we spread prosperity and improve opportunity? What role should the government play?

Join us for a small-group discussion on making ends meet. Prior to the conversation, please read the article from National Issues Forum and review the Conversational Agreements.

Movie Matinee: Jerry and Marge Go Large

Friday, June 23, 1:00 pm

Rated PG-13. 1 hour, 36 minutes. Retiree Jerry Selbee discovers a mathematical loophole in the Massachusetts lottery and, with the help of his wife, Marge, wins $27 million dollars and uses the money to revive their small Michigan town. Based on a true story. Starring Bryan Cranston and Annette Bening.

Saturday Morning Book Club

Saturday, June 24, 10:30 am

Join us for a discussion of Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive by Stephanie Land. Contact the library for a copy of the book. Online attendance is available by request.

Cookbook Club

Monday, June 26, 6:30 pm

This month’s cookbook is The Complete Salad Cookbook from America’s Test Kitchen.

Copies of the cookbook are available at the Adult Reference Desk. To participate, please register and let us know which dish you will bring. You can register first, call or email us your dish later. Then bring in your dish for a fun potluck!

You do not need to be an experienced cook, just an enthusiastic one!

Natural Sleep Solutions

Tuesday, June 27, 6:30 pm

Join Naturopathic physician Dr. Nicole Klughers to learn about the natural process of sleep, why sleep is so important to our health, and get tips for better rest!

Movie Matinee: 80 for Brady

Friday, June 30, 1:00 pm

Rated PG-13. 1 hour, 38 minutes. Four best friends go on an unforgettable journey to see Tom Brady play in Super Bowl LI. A hilarious true story of friendship, fun, and living life to the fullest, no matter your age. Starring Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno, and Sally Field.

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