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Berlin-Peck Memorial Library • October 2021 Newsletter

Library Director's Message


Anne Shirley once said in Anne of Green Gables, “I’m so glad to live in a world where there are Octobers.” I agree! I love it, not only for the changing leaves, but for the book releases. October and November are generally busy as publishers gear up for the holiday season. This year, I’m eyeing the new release by Amor Towles, The Lincoln Highway, (available October 5) and Miss Eliza’s English Kitchen by Annabel Abbs (out October 26). The mere mention of Downtown Abbey and “inspired by a true story” in the review convinced me to add it to my list!

Books are only a part of what makes your public library so powerful. We provide lifelong opportunities to learn, connect, enjoy, and discover. Through partnerships like our Hartford Healthcare COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic on October 21, lectures, classes, job search support, take and make projects, online resources, small business resources, outdoor story times, and passport processing, we offer a world of possibility. And if you need assistance, our trained staff can help you find exactly what you need. Beginning on October 20th, I will have evening hours at the library on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. On those days I will be available until 8pm. Stop by and say hello! I welcome your visits, questions, concerns, and ideas for how we can make our library even better.

And finally, we heard your disappointment at losing Acorn TV. While this service isn’t available to libraries anymore, you can access some content on Hoopla, and we just added a new resource full of period dramas and BBC specials. BBC Literary Adaptations is now available with your library card. Look for it under ebooks and audiobooks on our website.

Wishing you a wonderful October and we hope to see you at the library soon.


Kim McNally

Library Hours


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

Saturday hours: 10am–4pm.

Senior hour: Wednesdays and Fridays, 9am–10am.

Closed due to Columbus Day on Monday, October 11.

Please wear a mask.

Masks are required for all unvaccinated individuals inside the library; required for all individuals in the Children’s Department, regardless of vaccination status; and strongly suggested for everyone throughout the entire library.

Adult Programs

Time Management Workshop

Tuesday, October 5, 6:30 pm Online

Too much to do—and not enough time to do it? Not sure where to start on your next project? Join Ronni Eisenberg for practical solutions!

Medicare Supplement Insurance

Wednesday, October 6, 6:30 pm Online

Join us for a discussion about Medicare and Medicare Supplement Insurance, including costs and how to get the best rate.

Sit & Knit

Thursdays, October 7 and 21, 6:00 pm

Thursdays, October 14 and 28, 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.

Take & Make: Wine Cork Pumpkins

Thursday, October 7, 6:30 pm

Registration is required.

You don’t need to be an oenophile to love these little pumpkins! Choose from an in-person event or take-home kit. Choose from an in-person event or take-home kit.

Lead Like a Pro

Wednesday, October 13, 6:30 pm Online

Enhance your leadership style and become a better coach for your athletes and team—whether you are a volunteer coaching your child’s team, a part-time high school coach who’s also a teacher, or a full-time college or professional coach!

Dementia Caregiver Support Group

Monday, October 18, 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:

Save Money and the Earth

Monday, October 18, 6:30 pm Online

Learn how to travel, raise children, own a home, and save for the future—all on one salary!

Spice It Up! Garam Masala

While supplies last—place your hold ASAP!

Pickup begins Wednesday, October 20

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

Apple Pie Workshop

Wednesday, October 20, 6:30 pm Online

Join us online for some pie making fun! Learn how to make the pie dough from scratch and the filling using fresh and canned sliced apples.

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

Thursday, October 21, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Thursday, November 11, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Vaccines save lives! Visit the library’s large meeting room to get your COVID-19 vaccine.

You do not need an appointment or insurance, and COVID-19 vaccines are free. This clinic is offering the Pfizer (ages 12+) and Moderna (ages 18+) vaccines. Booster shots available for those eligible. Walk-ins welcome.

Saturday Book Club

Saturday, October 23, 10:30 am Online + In-Person

Join us for a discussion of A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. Please contact the library to obtain a copy of this book. Participate online or in person.

Changing Land, Changing Landscape

Monday, October 25, 6:30 pm Online

Landscape has changed dramatically over the last 500 years—and as the land has changed, so has our wildlife. Learn how our current land use and gardening practices impact our wild areas.

Author Talk: Larry Rifkin

Tuesday, October 26, 6:30 pm Online

Join the legendary CPTV programming executive as he discusses Barney & Friends, UConn Women’s Basketball, and his new book No Dead Air.

Senior Center Book Club

Wednesday, November 3, 1:30 pm

Join us at the Berlin Senior Center for a discussion of Educated by Tara Westover.

Stress Management: A Proactive Approach

Wednesday, November 3, 6:30 pm Online

Join us online to learn what stress is, how the body responds to stress, and how we can manage stress.

Children's News

Reading Academy and Pre-K Academy Launchpads

We've added brand new Reading Academy and Pre-K Academy Launchpads to our collection! The Reading Academy Launchpads are specifically designed to help kids master verbal, reading, and writing skills, starting at any level. Each of the apps, stories and videos help kids gain the knowledge they need to transition from learning-to-read to reading-to learn! The Pre-K Academy Launchpads are designed to help preschool-aged children develop the skills they need to enter kindergarten. Topics include language and literacy, math and science, and motor and cognitive skills.

Halloween Scavenger Hunt

Get into the spirit of the season with our Halloween-themed scavenger hunt! Browse through our displays of Fall and Halloween books, then borrow a board game or Playaway Launchpad to keep the family busy on chilly autumn nights!

Mother Goose on the Loose (in Sage Park)

(Ages 0-5)

Fridays, October 8 + 22, 10:30 am

Registration is required.

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 and Go Kit: Fall Pumpkin Craft (Grades K-5)

Registration is required and begins Tuesday, October 5

Pick up Tuesday, October 12 to Thursday, October 14

Celebrate the fall season by creating your own 3D pumpkin from scrapbook paper!

Little Owls Storytime (in Sage Park)

Thursdays, October 14 + 28, 10:30 am

Come get your wiggles out in this outdoor storytime featuring a story, songs, action rhymes, and bubbles!

Spooky Cupcake Decorating (Gr. 4 and up)

Tuesday, October 19 @ 5:00 pm

Come eat pizza, hang out with friends, and decorate cupcakes in celebration of the spooky season! This program will be held outside, in an area behind the library. If there is inclement weather, registrants will be notified in advance and the program will be rescheduled to Tuesday, October 26 at 5 pm.

Teen News

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 includes a YA library book in your choice of genre, a snack, and fun goodies. You keep the goodies and return the book!

Spooky Cupcake Decorating (Gr. 4 and up)

Tuesday, October 19 @ 5:00 pm

Come eat pizza, hang out with friends, and decorate cupcakes in celebration of the spooky season! This program will be held outside, in an area behind the library. If there is inclement weather, registrants will be notified in advance and the program will be rescheduled to Tuesday, October 26 at 5 pm.

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