August Newsletter

Summer is in full swing! We don’t yet have a hammock—but we do have an outdoor projector for a movie night under the stars, life-size Jenga, puzzles, board games, and yard games! Plus, the Friends book sale has additional hours this month.

August 3, 2022

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From the Library Director

Hello,

Summer is in full swing and dare I say (despite the latest heat wave) this weather has been delightfully summer-y! I was inspired to put up a hammock in the backyard and it was a great idea! I spend a few minutes out there each evening with a book or magazine. Sometimes I just stare at the sky and listen to the birds. It’s been the perfect way to soak up a bit of time outdoors and a good reminder that you’re never too old to feel like a kid again.

Our Adult Summer Reading program is going strong! There’s still time to participate and enter our raffle before it winds down for the season on Thursday September 1. Magazines (as delightful as they are to read on a hammock!) don’t count towards the summer reading prizes, but you can read as many books, ebooks, audiobooks, and graphic novels as you’d like.

Build your home library and support Berlin-Peck’s programs and services! Our Friends Bookstore has extended hours in August. Shop a large selection of used books on Mondays 2:30-6PM and Wednesdays 9AM-6PM. Our Friends fund our museum passeslibrary programs, and special events throughout the year.

I am delighted to report that our door count is up, and patrons are back in the library. It has been wonderful to see patrons connect and hear children’s laughter again in our building. If you’re not quite ready to come in, we still happily offer curbside service. While we don’t yet have a hammock in our library of things, we do have an outdoor projector for a movie night under the stars, life-size Jenga, puzzles, board games, outdoor games, books, and magazines. I hope you have an opportunity to feel like a kid again this summer.

Warmly,

Kim McNally

Library Director

 

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Events

Check out the Events Page to see upcoming events!

Adult Summer Reading

Wednesday, June 15 – Thursday, September 1

Each book you read earns you one raffle ticket!

Read & Bead: Superhero Summer!

Wednesday, June 15 – Friday, August 12

The Read & Bead Summer Reading Challenge is back and better than ever! Sign up beginning June 15!

Super Rubber Ducky Club!

Wednesday, June 15 – Friday, August 12

Children from birth to preschool can join the Super Ducky Club this summer! Each time they’re read to, complete early literacy activities, or attend library programs they are on their way to earning small rewards and rubber duckies! Sign-up begins June 15.  

Teen Scratch Ticket Challenge

Wednesday, June 15 – Friday, August 12

Check out library books (or movies, or games), earn scratch tickets, and win prizes!

Mosaic Madness

Monday, August 1, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Let’s get creative!

Birding 101

Tuesday, August 2, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Summer is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the natural world around you. Join us for an introduction to birding with Connecticut Audubon Society!

Don’t Lose Your House: Protecting Your Assets from the Costs of Long-Term care

Wednesday, August 3, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Attorney Brendan Daly will explain how you can protect your assets with a carefully-orchestrated plan.

Hungerford Nature Center: A Place Called Home

Thursday, August 4, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

What is a habitat?

Sit & Knit

Thursday, August 4, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Join us for knitting and good company.

Movie Matinee: The Good Liar

Friday, August 5, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Join us for an afternoon movie! Please register. We will be checking registration at the door.

Books & Bites: Nutmeg Book Club

Tuesday, August 9, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Sometimes you can find friends in the most unexpected places!

Courageous Conversations: One-on-One

Thursday, August 11

Discuss important social issues with your political opposite in this facilitated one-on-one session of Courageous Conversations, where respectful, open talking and listening about important topics are taught through practice.

Sit & Knit

Thursday, August 11, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Join us for knitting and good company.

Movie Matinee: Stillwater

Friday, August 12, 1:00 pm to 3:20 pm

Join us for an afternoon movie! Please register. We will be checking registration at the door.

Saturday Book Club

Saturday, August 13, 10:30 am to 11:30 am

Join us for a discussion of Boston Girl by Anita Diamant.

Dementia Caregiver Support Group

Monday, August 15

This 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.

Spice It Up! Cumin

Wednesday, August 17

Cumin has an earthy, warm taste with very little spice or heat.

Sit & Knit

Thursday, August 18, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Join us for knitting and good company.

Make & Take: Sharpie Seashells

Thursday, August 18, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Learn a few simple techniques for embellishing seashells!

Movie Matinee: The Eyes of Tammy Faye

Friday, August 19, 1:00 pm to 3:10 pm

Join us for an afternoon movie! Please register. We will be checking registration at the door.

Composting 101

Monday, August 22, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Join Alastair Ong, Esq. a certified UConn Master Composter, to learn about easy, low maintenance composting.

Sit & Knit

Thursday, August 25, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Join us for knitting and good company.

Movie Matinee: Cyrano

Friday, August 26, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Join us for an afternoon movie! Please register. We will be checking registration at the door.