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Berlin-Peck Memorial Library • August 2021 Newsletter


August is here and at the library that means sun, a few showers, and summer reading! For many here in Connecticut, August is a time to be outdoors and enjoy the warmth before it fades into fall. Others are content to stay inside with air conditioners on (that’s me!) We’re delighted to bring back selected, small indoor programs this month including Poured Paint Planting Pots, Senior Center Book Club and Sit & Knit. It’s been a long 16 months without indoor, in-person programs and we hope you enjoy seeing each other as much as we enjoy seeing you!

We recently introduced lawn games available for checkout including croquet, ring toss, and corn hole so you can soak up the sun (and fun!) outside. And of course, it’s not too late to participate in our summer reading!

I’m grateful for our amazing staff who have kept our community engaged with new books and recommendations, Take & Make programs, story times, and outside games, events, and programs for all ages. Thank you to you, our patrons, who have supported this work. We strive to ensure that your needs are being met—in-person, online, or on-the-go!

As we plan for future library programs and services, please let me know how we can enhance our service to you. Send me an email at or call me at 860-828-7131.

See you at the library!


Kim McNally

Library Director

Library Hours


Weekday hours are 10am–8pm, 5pm on Fridays.

Saturday Hours are 10am–4pm.

Senior hours are Wednesdays and Fridays, 9am–10am.

Book drop is now open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Curbside pickup is still available!

Spanish and Polish Materials

Coming soon! The library is adding books in Spanish and Polish. The collections will be located on the short shelves in the adult section, near the paperbacks.

Homebound Delivery

Did you know? Homebound Delivery is available to Berlin residents who are homebound (permanently or temporarily) due to illness, disability, injury, or age. We'll help you select books, music, magazines, audiobooks, large print books, DVDs, or any other library materials—then set up a delivery!

Click the button below to register online. To register by phone, or if you are interested in volunteering, call 860-828-7126.


Adult Programs

Senior Center Book Club

Wednesday, August 4,1:30 pm

Join us at the Berlin Senior Center to discuss Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Contact the library for a copy of the book.


Sit & Knit

Thursdays, August 5 and 19, 6:00 pm

Thursdays, August 12 and 26, 1:00 pm

Join us in the library's large meeting room for a relaxing session of knitting and good company—six feet apart, of course.


Poured Paint Planting Pots

Thursday, August 12, 5:00 pm

Thursday, August 12, 6:30 pm

Learn the trendy, easy art of paint pouring while creating an eye-catching pot for your porch or garden. Registration is required and limited to 10 per session. This program will have two in-person indoor sessions, one at 5:00 pm and one 6:30 pm. Both sessions will begin promptly at the scheduled time, so please arrive a few minutes early.

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group

Monday, August 16, 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

Join the Zoom meeting:

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Spice It Up! Za'atar

While supplies last—place your hold ASAP!

Pickup begins Wednesday, August 18.

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


Beyond the Breed: Exploring Dog DNA

Wednesday, August 18, 6:30 pm  Online

Interested in the genetic make-up of your furry family members? Join us to learn about dog evolution and genetics! Presented by the Connecticut Humane Society.


Decoding the Mysteries of Cats

Why Cats Do What They Do

Monday, August 23, 6:30 pm  Online

Discover the evolutionary and adaptive forces that shape the lives of cats. Presented by Feline Behaviorist Stephen Quandt, Feline Behavior Coordinator for the Animal Care Centers of NYC and the ASPCA.


Children's Programs

Minute to Win It (Grades 1+)

Monday, August 2, 3:15 pm

Join us outside for an exciting afternoon of minute-to-win-it style games! Put your skills to the test and have fun competing against your friends!


Pop-Up Grab & Go Kit: Treasure Boxes (Grades 1+)

Registration is required.

Pickup: Tuesday, August 3 - Thursday, August 5

Make two unique boxes to hold your summer treasure (or to give as a gift). 

Mother Goose on the Loose (in Sage Park)

(Birth - Preschool)

Registration is required.

Friday, August 6, 10:30 am

Join us at Sage Park for rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and bubbles! Bring your own blanket or chair and please practice social distancing. Caregivers must be present. If there is inclement weather, registrants will be notified (via email and our Facebook page) ahead of time of cancellation.


Grab & Go Activity Kit: Cat Bookmark (Grades 1-5)

Registration is required and begins Monday, August 2

Pickup: Monday, August 9 – Wednesday, August 11

Create your very own cat-themed bookmark and personalize it with your name!


Outdoor Summer Storytime (Grades 1-3)

Registration is required and begins July 29.

Thursday, August 12, 2:00 pm

Do you love building, inventing, or engineering? Do you love to have fun and be silly? Come join us for stories and fun outside! We will read stories about building and inventing, and then complete a special building challenge! Bring your own blanket or towel and a water bottle. Caregivers must be present. For everyone's safety and comfort, masks are strongly recommended. Children will be in social distanced spots.


Grab & Go Activity Kit: Sunflower Craft (Ages 2-5)

Registration is required and begins Monday, August 9

Pickup: Monday, August 16 – Wednesday, August 18

Create your own beautiful sunflower craft.


Game On! NEW Board Games to Check Out

We just added even more games! We currently own over 100 different games—with more on the way!—for all ages (including preschoolers, elementary school students, tweens, teens, and family games), and they can be checked out for 3 weeks. They must be picked up and returned at the Berlin-Peck Library (they won't be sent to other libraries). The games are located in the Children's Department, and you can see a list of them HERE in our online catalog.

Playaway Launchpads

Check out our Playaway Launchpads! These popular learning tablets (that don't connect to the internet) feature high quality, ad-free learning apps, and games that are both fun and educational for kids through fifth grade.

Check Out Launchpads
LIMITLESS Build & Create SuperPack - Grades 3-5

Teen Programs

Grab & Go Activity Kit: Mosaic Photo Frame

(Grades 6-12)

Registration is required

Pickup: Monday, August 2 – Wednesday, August 4

Looking for a way to display your favorite summer photo? Create your own mosaic photo frame to remember your favorite summer day! (You provide glue-hot glue may work best, but school glue will work as well!) Instructions and all supplies are included. 


Teen Take Out Boxes

Love the idea of a book subscription box but don’t want to spend the cash? Teen Take Out Boxes to the rescue! Each monthly box will include a YA library book in your choice of genre, a snack, and fun goodies. You keep the goodies and return the book!

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