The library is open regular hours for BROWSING. We are still offering CURBSIDE PICKUP.

October Newsletter

Hello and happy Fall!

With the Governor’s announcement of Phase 3 reopening on October 8, we will be making a few changes here at the Library.

We are eliminating appointments for browsing and encourage you to come for a quick visit that would be less than 1 hour. There will be a table and chair set up for newspaper reading. The meeting room will be available by appointment for those individuals that need the extra time to complete tests, etc. that can’t be done in the 2-hour study room limit. One-hour computer appointments will remain in effect.

You LOVE senior hours (Wednesdays & Fridays from 9-10 am) and curbside pickup! We are keeping those in place but will move curbside to the lobby when the weather deteriorates.

To help you access us online more easily, we have purchased extra wi-fi access points, so our signal is stronger – all the way into the parking lot up the hill! Added to our technology arsenal are two more hotspots for you to borrow for two weeks when your internet is down or you’re travelling. Speaking of accessing us online, you need a library card for that. Please pickup any cards that you may have signed up for online in the spring and summer. If they aren’t picked up soon, we’ll unfortunately have to delete you from our files.

Like most libraries in the area, in-person programming is on hold right now, but come on in so we can see your smiling faces…oops, I mean see your pretty masks (from 6 feet away!).

Stay healthy and please vote. We have registration forms here!

Best,

Helen Malinka
Library Director

 

At a Glance

  • Lobby hours are weekdays 10am–8pm, 5pm on Fridays.
    Services include 20-minute express computer, print, copy, restrooms. 1-hour computers and 2-hour study rooms available by appointment.
  • Senior hours are Wednesdays and Fridays, 9am–10am.
    Lobby access and browsing for those over 65.
  • Book drop hours will be weekdays 7am–9pm, 6pm on Fridays.
  • Curbside pickup is still encouraged!

 

Voting

Are you registered to vote? Are you eligible to vote by mail? What are the deadlines?

Learn more about the upcoming General Election with this handy FAQ!

Voter Information

 

Book Lists

Did you know Berlin-Peck has themed book lists? Check out the book lists for this month!

 

Adult Programs

Make & Take
Woven Paper Bag Basket

Starting Friday, October 2 — while supplies last

Turn an ordinary grocery bag into a rustic, hand-woven basket, perfect for holding small items or a special gift for a loved one. Request a kit online or call 860-828-7126.

Request a Kit

Lessons From Apartheid
How Americans Can Join Across Racial Differences with Manju Soni Online

Thursday, October 8, 6:30 pm

Manju Soni is a former eye surgeon turned author. Originally from South Africa, she now lives in Mystic, Connecticut. In this talk, she will give a brief overview of her experiences growing up in South Africa under the system of racial separation called Apartheid, drawing parallels with America’s own past and present experiences with racism.

Register

Myths, Lies, and All The Latest Dirt Online

Thursday, October 15, 7:00 pm

Join gardening expert, author, radio host, and “plant geek” C.L. Fornari to learn about fertilization, mulching and planting. Sponsored by the Kensington Garden Club.

Register

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group Online

Monday, October 19, 1:00 pm

This new group meets monthly as 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 by calling 203-859-1992.

 

Learn to Make Homemade Ravioli Online

Wednesday, October 21, 6:30 pm

Join Registered Dietitian Katie Shepherd to make homemade ravioli. You’ll learn how to make your own pasta and whip up a delicious cheesy filling, without needing a pasta machine. Plus, ask Katie any food and nutrition related questions you may have.

Register

Saturday Book Club Online

Saturday, October 24, 10:30 am

Join us for a virtual discussion of the novel The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell by Robert Dugoni. Contact the library to reserve a copy of this book.

Register

Meditation Made Easy Online

Tuesday, October 27, 6:30 pm

Yoga instructor Liz Hall shares how she went from being a Type A personality, always on the go, to someone who can find utter bliss sitting in meditation. Join her for the first step in making meditation work for you.

Register

Children’s Programs

Storytime 2 Go Book Bundles!

Registration begins October 12

The Children’s department staff misses our storytime friends SO MUCH! And while in-person storytimes aren’t happening just yet, we have the next best thing! We’re introducing themed Storytime 2 Go Book Bundles so you don’t have to miss out on storytime fun! Each Bundle will include an adorable Mo Willems Pigeon Book Bag (for reuse); a Mo Willems bookmark; 5-7 books; literacy activities (including fingerplays, games, and songs); video links to our Children’s staff performing fingerplays and songs, and more! We’ll also provide video links to our Children’s staff performing fingerplays and songs. Some Bundles will even include supplies and instructions for a simple activity or craft.

Storytime 2 Go Book Bundles can be scheduled for pick-up via our Curbside Pickup Service by filling out the Storytime 2 Go Book Bundle form on our website (beginning October 12) or by calling the Children’s department at (860) 828-7127.

Learn More

Book Bundles

Kids need books, and we’ve made it easy for you to get them! Simply fill out one of the forms on our website and the Children’s department staff will choose up to 10 books (depending on the category) for your child. When your books are ready, you’ll be called to schedule a pick-up time via our Curbside Service!

Learn More

Booklists for Kids!

Are you looking for something to read but don’t know where to start? Check out our booklists! There’s something for every grade and interest, and more are being added all the time.

Learn More

Grab & Go Activity Kits

Each kit comes with supplies and instructions and is available for Curbside Pick-Up. Registration is required. Visit our EVENTS page to register for each kit and for more details. Questions? Call us at (860) 828-7127.

Grab and Go Activity Kit: Halloween Bats (For Grades K-5)
Registration begins October 5

This kit contains everything you will need to make your own hanging bats using paper straws, just in time for Halloween! Instructions and most supplies are included. Once you have registered, you may pick up your kit in the **lobby** anytime between Monday, October 12th, and Friday, October 16th between 10 am and 7 pm Monday-Thursday, or 10 am-4 pm on Friday. Your kit will be in a bag labeled with your last name and first initial. If you prefer to pick up your kit outside, please call the library and we will bring it out to you. If you do not pick up your kit by Friday, October 16th at 4 pm it will be given to the next spot on the waiting list.

Grab and Go Activity Kit: Pumpkins (For Grades 2-6)
Registration begins October 12

This kit contains everything you will need to make your own pumpkins out of yarn! Instructions and most supplies are included. Once you have registered, you may pick up your kit in the **lobby** anytime between Monday, October 19th, and Friday, October 23rd between 10 am and 7 pm Monday-Thursday, or 10 am-4 pm on Friday. Your kit will be in a bag labeled with your last name and first initial. If you prefer to pick up your kit outside, please call the library and we will bring it out to you. If you do not pick up your kit by Friday, October 23rd at 4 pm it will be given to the next spot on the waiting list.

Special Grab and Go Kit: Happy Halloween! (Ages 2-5)
Registration begins October 19

This special Halloween-themed kit will have fun treats and activities to celebrate Halloween! Instructions and most supplies are included. Once you have registered, you may pick up your kit in the **lobby** anytime between Monday, October 26th, and Friday, October 30th between 10 am and 7 pm Monday-Thursday, or 10 am-4 pm on Friday. Your kit will be in a bag labeled with your last name and first initial. If you prefer to pick up your kit outside, please call the library and we will bring it out to you. If you do not pick up your kit by Friday, October 30th at 4 pm it will be given to the next spot on the waiting list.

Special Grab and Go Kit: Happy Halloween! (Grades K-5)
Registration begins Oct 19

This special Halloween-themed kit will have fun treats and activities to celebrate Halloween! Instructions and most supplies are included. Once you have registered, you may pick up your kit in the **lobby** anytime between Monday, October 26th, and Friday, October 30th between 10 am and 7 pm Monday-Thursday, or 10 am-4 pm on Friday. Your kit will be in a bag labeled with your last name and first initial. If you prefer to pick up your kit outside, please call the library and we will bring it out to you. If you do not pick up your kit by Friday, October 30th at 4 pm it will be given to the next spot on the waiting list.

 

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program is available via Curbside Delivery! 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is an ongoing library program that encourages all families and caregivers to read at least 1,000 books (any book) to their infant, toddler and/or preschooler before entering kindergarten. Find out more at https://berlinpeck.org/children/1000bbk/ or call us at (860) 828-7127.

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Teen Programs

Book Bundles for Teens

Don’t know what to read next, or looking for a new author or series to try? Request a Book Bundle for Teens today! Fill out a quick form and one of our librarians will choose 5 books selected just for you. We’ll put those books together in a bag (along with a bookmark) and then we’ll contact you to schedule a pickup. If you have specific titles you would like put on hold, please use our Curbside Pickup service. Visit https://berlinpeck.org/teens/book-bundles/ to get started!

Learn More

Grab & Go Kits

Each kit comes with supplies and instructions and is available for Curbside Pick-Up. Registration is required. Visit our EVENTS page to register for each kit and for more details. Questions? Call us at (860) 828-7127.

Grab & Go Kit: Animal Crossing Keychain (Grades 4 and up)
Registration begins October 13

Make an adorable Animal Crossing keychain! Once you have registered, you may pick up your kit in the **lobby** anytime between Tuesday, October 20th, and Friday, October 23rd between 10 am and 7 pm Tuesday-Thursday, or 10 am-4 pm on Friday. Your kit will be in a bag labeled with your last name and first initial. If you prefer to pick up your kit outside, please call the library and we will bring it out to you. If you do not pick up your kit by Friday, October 23rd at 4 pm it will be given to the next spot on the waiting list.

 

Teen Book Reviews Online

Are you in grades 6-12? Have you read a book you loved (or just liked) and want to tell others about it? Share it with us and we’ll post it on our website! It’s a great way to learn about the great books others are reading and share titles you really love! Visit the Submit a Book Review page and fill out a quick form to submit your book review (note that reviews are moderated). If approved, your review will be added to our Teen Book Reviews webpage!