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September Newsletter

September is National Library Card Sign-Up month!

August 31, 2022

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From the Library Director

Hello,

What do freshly sharpened pencils, library cards, and pirates have in common? They are celebrated in September! (Ok, sharpened pencils are technically only celebrated by me, but they are a universal symbol of back-to-school!) And now, so is your library card! September is National Library Card Sign-Up month, and we are celebrating! You can join in the celebration by visiting the library, sharing your experience on social media with the hashtag #getlibrarycarded, and encouraging your friends, family, and neighbors to get a library card, too! We have cards for all the ways people are a part of Berlin: resident adults and children, teachers who teach in Berlin, Town employees, and local Berlin business owners. Residing in Berlin, but don’t have a permanent address? We have a card for you, too, good for 3 months. Just ask for the Berlin Access Card. This is also a good time to check the expiration on your library card. All cards are renewed every three years.

You can use your library card to check out books and media, our library of things, or use any of our databases including Mango Languages. National Talk Like A Pirate Day is September 19 and to prepare for this parodic holiday you can learn pirate (yes, pirate) using our Mango Language database. Start now and you’ll be saying, “Arr, me hearty! A fine gentleman o’ fortune be ye!” by the time the special day arrives. For those of you new to the pirate language that’s “Great, my friend! You’re a fine pirate.”

And finally, speaking of school, we have many resources useful for our back-to-school set which can be found here on our website. For those not quite ready for school (0-5) we have school readiness resources including 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. And of course, we have plenty of learning opportunities for all ages this month and every month through our library programs listed below. We hope to see you soon!

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!

Sit & Knit

Thursday, September 1, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Join us for knitting and good company.

Movie Matinee: Let Him Go

Friday, September 2, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Join us for an afternoon movie! Please register.

Senior Center Book Club

Wednesday, September 7, 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Join us at the Senior Center for a discussion of The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles.

Sit & Knit

Thursday, September 8, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Join us for knitting and good company.

Movie Matinee: Downton Abbey: A New Era

Friday, September 9, 1:00 pm to 3:15 pm

Join us for an afternoon movie! Please register.

Courageous Conversations: Abortion—Getting Beyond the Labels

Saturday, September 10, 10:30 am to 11:30 am

Join us for an open, respectful discussion of abortion. 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 Book Club @ the coffee shop

Saturday, September 10, 10:30 am to 11:30 am

Join us at Provision State Coffee to discuss The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett.

FULL Wiggles & Giggles Storytime

Tuesday, September 13, 10:30 am to 11:00 am

Rhymes, songs, bounces & more!

Spice It Up! Charnushka

Wednesday, September 14

Charnushka (nigella seed) has a savory taste sometimes compared to onion, oregano, poppy seed, or black pepper.

Little Waddlers Storytime

Wednesday, September 14, 10:30 am to 11:00 am

Stories, Songs and More!

The Most Misunderstood Benefit: Social Security and You

Wednesday, September 14, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Join Robert Rodriguez, SSA Public Affairs Specialist, for an eye opening, humorous, and educational overview of the “most misunderstood” benefit that all workers and retirees have!

Sit & Knit

Thursday, September 15, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Join us for knitting and good company.

Bear Talk

Thursday, September 15, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Join Master Conservationist Paul Colburn to learn about co-existing with bears.

Mother Goose on the Loose

Friday, September 16, 10:30 am to 11:00 am

Songs, stories and more!

Movie Matinee: Finding You

Friday, September 16, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Join us for an afternoon movie! Please register.

Pirate Pop-In!

Monday, September 19 – Friday, September 30

Ahoy Mateys! Help us celebrate Talk Like A Pirate Day with a treasure hunt and spy glass craft in the Children’s Department!

Dementia Caregiver Support Group

Monday, September 19, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Join us ONLINE or IN PERSON 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.

FULL Wiggles & Giggles Storytime

Tuesday, September 20, 10:30 am to 11:00 am

Rhymes, songs, bounces & more!

FULL Books & Bites: Nutmeg Book Club

Tuesday, September 20, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Can she prove her dad’s innocence while baking the perfect cupcake?

Little Waddlers Storytime

Wednesday, September 21, 10:30 am to 11:00 am

Stories, Songs and More!

Recycling in Connecticut

Wednesday, September 21, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Learn about sustainable materials management in Connecticut, the current waste crisis, and the dos and don’ts of recycling.

Sit & Knit

Thursday, September 22, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Join us for knitting and good company.

Drop-In: Games Unplugged!

Thursday, September 22, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Learn a new board game or play an old favorite!

Make & Take: Literary Pumpkin

Thursday, September 22, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Create a fall or Halloween themed pumpkin with a literary flair!

Mother Goose on the Loose

Friday, September 23, 10:30 am to 11:00 am

Songs, stories and more!

Movie Matinee: Fatherhood

Friday, September 23, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Join us for an afternoon movie! Please register.

Pig Out On Reading with Farmer Minor & Daisy (& Pug)!

Saturday, September 24, 10:30 am to 11:30 am

We are excited to welcome Farmer Minor and Daisy the pig for their Pig Out On Reading program! Come meet Daisy, Farmer Minor, and the pugs and share some stories with the most famous pig in the world!

Journaling 101

Monday, September 26, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Explore the benefits of journaling, different ways to journal, and tips for creating a journaling experience that is just right for you!

Wiggles & Giggles Storytime

Tuesday, September 27, 10:30 am to 11:00 am

Rhymes, songs, bounces & more!

Little Waddlers Storytime

Wednesday, September 28, 10:30 am to 11:00 am

Stories, Songs and More!

Crafternoon: Perler Beads!

Wednesday, September 28, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Schools out early! Let’s craft!

Unique Eats and Eateries of Connecticut

Wednesday, September 28, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Learn the best places to get lobster tails, steamed cheeseburgers, and more with author Mike Urban!

Sit & Knit

Thursday, September 29, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Join us for knitting and good company.

Keep Moving: Simple Steps to Relieve Pain

Thursday, September 29, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Join us online to learn small steps you can take to reduce and manage pain without drugs or surgery.

FULL Mother Goose on the Loose

Friday, September 30, 10:30 am to 11:00 am

Songs, stories and more!

Movie Matinee: Nomadland

Friday, September 30, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Join us for an afternoon movie! Please register.