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February Newsletter

F is for February and finances. Plus, our second annual First Line Literary Contest is here!

February 1, 2023

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    From the Library Director

    Hello,

    F is for February and finances! For those of you starting to think about your taxes – we’re here for you. AARP Tax Aide begins on February 14. We’re grateful for the partnership with AARP, now in its eleventh year here at Berlin-Peck, which provides free tax assistance for people aged 50 and over with low to moderate income. Did you know that AARP tax preparers are trained and IRS-certified each year to ensure they understand updates and changes to the tax code? Appointments are required and can be made by calling the library 860-828-7126.

    This time of year, we’re also thinking about the Connecticut State Budget. CT has a biennial budget meaning that a budget is adopted every two years. During the odd years (2023) a budget is adopted, and during the even years (2024) it is reviewed and then the process starts over again. While we are supported by the Town of Berlin, we also receive benefits from the State of Connecticut – money for items we loan out to other libraries and through our membership in the Connecticut Library Consortium (CLC) which is funded in part by the CT State Library. CLC’s superpower is that it provides discounts for libraries on a variety of items by negotiating contracts with vendors on their behalf. By purchasing off these contracts in 2021-2022, the Berlin Peck Memorial Library saved approximately $52,000! This year, CLC celebrates 20 years of supporting CT libraries. These savings allow us to bring you Hoopla, Niche Academy, and more books because we get a discount on print materials!

    Is there a product or service you’d like to see at your local library? Let us know! If you have a suggestion for how we can better serve you, please drop me an email at kmcnally@berlinpeck.org. We might even be able to get a discount on it! I’ll see you soon at the library!

    Warmly,
    Kim McNally
    Library Director

     

    Books to Celebrate the Lunar New Year
    Anti-Valentines Day Books

     

    AARP Tax Aide

    Tuesdays, February 14–April 18
    BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

    AARP Tax-Aide provides free tax prep for low and middle-income taxpayers. Appointments will be available on Tuesdays at the Library (860-828-7126) and Thursdays at the Senior Center (860-828-7006).

    Here’s how it works:

    1. Call to schedule your appointment.
    2. Pick up your paperwork packet.
    3. Fill out your packet ahead of time.
    4. Attend your appointment.

    Appointments usually fill up fast, so please schedule as soon as possible.

    Learn More Call to Register

     

    Closed for Presidents Day

    Monday, February 19

    The library will be closed on Monday in honor of Presidents Day.

     

    First Line Literary Contest

    During the Month of February

    Ursula K. Le Guin once said: “First sentences are doors to worlds.” Here’s your chance to write your own! Berlin-Peck invites you to compose your best opening line to an imaginary novel. You can write on any topic or genre, as long as your sentence is original and makes us want to read more!

    The winner will receive bragging rights, a reading-themed pin from our All-Year Reading Contest. EVERY participant will receive a custom bookmark with their best sentence. Multiple entries are allowed, but each participant will receive one bookmark.

    Submit a sentence!

     

    Events

    Check out the Events Page to see upcoming events!

    Garden Kit: Fig Cuttings

    Sunday, January 1 – Tuesday, February 28

    Start your own fig tree from a cutting.

    POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

    Sunday, January 1 – Sunday, December 31

    Read books from the POPSUGAR reading challenge list and win prizes throughout the year.

    First Line Literary Contest

    Wednesday, February 1 – Tuesday, February 28

    Berlin-Peck invites you to compose your best original opening line to an imaginary novel!

    Little Waddlers Storytime

    Wednesday, February 1, 10:30 am to 11:00 am

    Songs, Books & More!

    Library Littles Playgroup

    Thursday, February 2, 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

    Ready, Set, Play!

    Sit & Knit

    Thursday, February 2, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

    Join us for knitting and good company.

    Mother Goose on the Loose Storytime

    Friday, February 3

    Bubbles and story fun!

    Movie Matinee: Tár

    Friday, February 3, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

    Join us for an afternoon movie!

    Take Your Child to the Library Day!

    Saturday, February 4 – Tuesday, February 7

    Visit us at the library!

    An Introduction to Active Dreaming

    Monday, February 6, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

    Learn more about the magic we tap into every time we close our eyes!

    Wiggles & Giggles Storytime

    Tuesday, February 7, 10:30 am to 11:00 am

    Join us for a lapsit storytime that focuses on developing pre-literacy skills with nursery rhymes, songs, bounces, and books!

    Books & Bites: Nutmeg Book Club

    Tuesday, February 7, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

    Who wouldn’t want a magic train ride for their birthday?

    Little Waddlers Storytime

    Wednesday, February 8, 10:30 am to 11:00 am

    Songs, Books & More!

    Sit & Knit

    Thursday, February 9, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

    Join us for knitting and good company.

    Family Jammie Storytime

    Thursday, February 9, 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm

    Songs, Stories & Jammies!

    Mother Goose on the Loose Storytime

    Friday, February 10

    Bubbles and story fun!

    Movie Matinee: The Banshees of Inisherin

    Friday, February 10, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

    Join us for an afternoon movie!

    Drop-In Activity: Valentine Studio!

    Saturday, February 11 – Tuesday, February 14

    Create something special for your Valentine!

    History of the Connecticut Landscape

    Monday, February 13, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

    From floating rocks to volcanoes, dinosaurs, and ice!

    Wiggles & Giggles Storytime

    Tuesday, February 14, 10:30 am to 11:00 am

    Join us for a lapsit storytime that focuses on developing pre-literacy skills with nursery rhymes, songs, bounces, and books!

    Little Waddlers Storytime

    Wednesday, February 15, 10:30 am to 11:00 am

    Songs, Books & More!

    Library Littles Playgroup

    Thursday, February 16, 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

    Ready, Set, Play!

    Sit & Knit

    Thursday, February 16, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

    Join us for knitting and good company.

    Make & Take: Coffee Filter Wreaths

    Thursday, February 16, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

    Create an easy, beautiful wreath!

    Mother Goose on the Loose Storytime

    Friday, February 17, 10:30 am to 11:00 am

    Bubbles and story fun!

    Movie Matinee: She Said

    Friday, February 17, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

    Join us for an afternoon movie!

    Saturday Book Club

    Saturday, February 18, 10:30 am to 11:30 am

    Join us for a discussion of The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb.

    Dementia Caregiver Support Group

    Monday, February 20, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

    Join us 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.

    Cancelled: Wiggles & Giggles Storytime

    Tuesday, February 21, 10:30 am to 11:00 am

    Join us for a lapsit storytime that focuses on developing pre-literacy skills with nursery rhymes, songs, bounces, and books!

    Crafternoon: Name Keychains!

    Tuesday, February 21, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

    Create a keychain unique to you!

    Little Waddlers Storytime

    Wednesday, February 22, 10:30 am to 11:00 am

    Songs, Books & More!

    Amazing Mazes!

    Wednesday, February 22, 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

    Calling all makers, builders, planners, and dreamers!

    Sit & Knit

    Thursday, February 23, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

    Join us for knitting and good company.

    Pencils & Pieces!

    Thursday, February 23, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

    Gaming and Sketching Fun!

    Beat the Winter Blues

    Thursday, February 23, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

    Learn about warning signs and coping mechanisms for winter blues and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

    Mother Goose on the Loose Storytime

    Friday, February 24

    Bubbles and story fun!

    Movie Matinee: Armageddon Time

    Friday, February 24, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

    Join us for an afternoon movie!

    Beyond the Amistad

    Saturday, February 25, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

    Explore artifacts and photos representing the Black experience in Connecticut’s History.

    Get to Know Your Library!

    Monday, February 27, 10:30 am to 11:30 am

    An open house for Berlin senior citizens.

    Cookbook Club

    Monday, February 27, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

    This month’s cookbook is Baking with Dorie by Dorie Greenspan.

    Wiggles & Giggles Storytime

    Tuesday, February 28, 10:30 am to 11:00 am

    Canceled due to inclement weather. Our policy: No program will be held (during school hours) when the Berlin Public Schools are closed due to the weather. Join us for a lapsit storytime that focuses on developing pre-literacy skills with nursery rhymes, songs, bounces, and books!