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Berlin-Peck Memorial Library • April 2024 Newsletter

Library Director's Message

Dear Library Patrons,

Happy Spring and welcome to the April edition of our library newsletter! I’m excited to share this month's program calendar with you, full of so many entertaining and informative events. From book clubs to career help to gardening lectures (and much more), there's something for everyone to enjoy at the library.

Our library is once again participating in the Passports to CT Libraries! This is a month-long initiative, modeled after the CT wine trail passport program, to encourage Connecticut residents of all ages to visit and explore libraries throughout the state. There are two ways to be entered to win one of four $200 gift cards:

  • Visit and get your passport stamped at 5 or more libraries. $200 gift cards will be awarded to one adult and one child chosen by random drawing.

  • Visit the most libraries! $200 gift cards will be awarded to one adult and one child who visited the most libraries from all participants throughout the state. Ties will be broken by random drawing.

Prize drawings will be held in May, so make sure you hand in your stamped passport before April 30. Please visit Passports to CT Libraries for more information.

As always, I welcome your feedback and encourage you to stop by to say hello, contact me to schedule a personal library tour or send me an email at

Thank you for being part of our vibrant library community!


Carrie Tyszka

Library Director

Friends of the Library

Learn more about donating or becoming a Friend of the Berlin-Peck Library!

April Book Sale Hours

April 9: 12:30 pm – 6:00 pm ($5/bag sale)

April 10: 9:30 am – 6:00 pm ($5/bag sale)

April 11: 12:30 pm – 6:00 pm ($5/bag sale)

April 17: 9:30 am – 6:00 pm

April 24: 9:30 am – 6:00 pm

The Book Sale is Overstocked!

The Friends cannot accept more books until they clear up some space. You can help out by holding off on donations until Wednesday, April 17th... or by visiting during their $5/bag sale!

$5 per Bag Sale

Visit the Friends Book Sale on April 9, 10, and 11 for a $5 per bag sale on regular inventory adult or teen books, DVDs, CDs, and books on CD. Bags are provided by the Friends.

See our booklists at

Poetry Contest

Monday, April 1 – Tuesday, April 30

Stretch those creative muscles and express yourself with a poem! Whether you’re an experienced poet or a newcomer to the art, we can’t wait to read your poetry.

Every participant will receive a custom bookmark with their best poem illustrated with a photo or artwork.

Dog Behavior: Your Dog’s Reactivity and the Tools You Can Use

Monday, April 1, 6:30 pm


John Jalbert gives you the tools you need to understand and manage your dog’s behavior! 🐶 This program is for humans only. Please leave pets at home.

Career Navigation

Wednesday, April 3, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm


Get help in your job search! Sponsored by American Job Center.

Sit & Knit

Thursday, April 4 + 18, 6:00 pm

Thursday, April 11 + 25, 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!

Friday Movie Matinees

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

Saturday, April 20, 1:00 pm (All-Ages Showing: Wonka)

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

Overdose Education & Naloxone (NARCAN) Training

Saturday, April 6, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm


Learn how to handle an emergency, including the signs of an overdose and how to administer the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone, as well as overdose prevention strategies, the role of harm reduction, and more. Sponsored by the Central Connecticut Health District.

Mending Circle

Tuesday, April 9, 10:00 am


Join Jennifer Duff of Wildwood Mending for a mending circle, where we’ll share skills, knowledge, and resources to fix things that might otherwise be thrown away.

Poetry and Art Show Reception

Thursday, April 11, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us for a reception celebrating the work created for our 2nd Annual Poetry and Art Show! Poets will be invited to read their pieces. Refreshments will be served.

Dementia Caregiver Support Group

Monday, April 15, 1:00 pm


Join us to share practical information, feelings, needs and concerns. This group meets monthly as a safe place for caregivers, family and friends of persons with dementia.

Virtual Author Talk: Marcia Zug

Monday, April 15, 6:30 pm


Join author Marcia Zug live on Zoom to discuss her new book You’ll Do: A History of Marrying for Reasons Other Than Love. She will discuss the unromantic (but much more common than most would like to think) reasons for marrying throughout history.

Gardening for Monarchs and Other Pollinators

Tuesday, April 16, 6:30 pm


Join Julie Michaelson from the Xerces Society to learn how to make your local landscape more friendly to Monarch butterflies and other pollinators. Sponsored by the Berlin Land Trust.

English Conversation Group

Wednesday, April 17, 2:00 pm


Join us to practice your English in a comfortable group setting.

Courageous Conversations: Immigration

Thursday, April 18, 6:30 pm


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

Saturday Morning Book Club

Saturday, April 20, 10:30 am

Join us for a discussion of Yellowface by R. F. Kuang. Contact the library for a copy of the book.

Connecticut Wineries with “The Nutmeg Nose”

Tuesday, April 23, 6:30 pm

Join us at the library to take a virtual ride through Connecticut’s wine country and learn about our state’s 40+ wineries.

Senior Center Book Club

Wednesday, April 24, 1:30 pm

Join us at the Senior Center for a discussion of Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk by Kathleen Rooney. Contact the library for a copy of the book.

Watercolor Portrait Painting

Thursday, April 25, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm


Create a portrait with watercolor artist Nancy Roman. All materials will be provided. No experience necessary!

Pen Turning Workshop

Saturday, April 27, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm


Learn to turn your own pen using a lathe with the Central Connecticut Woodturners. All materials will be supplied. Sponsored by Central Connecticut Woodturners.

Lawyers in Libraries: Free Legal Help

Monday, April 29, 5:30 pm / 6:00 pm / 6:30 pm


Sign up to receive free one-on-one legal advice, including landlord/tenant, immigration law, family law, employment, consumer rights, and personal injury.

Cookbook Club

Monday, April 29, 6:30 pm


This month’s cookbook is Copycat Restaurant Favorites by Taste of Home.

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!

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