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July Newsletter

It’s our busiest time of year!

July 5, 2023

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    From the Library Director

    Library Director’s Message

    Hello!

    I hope your summer is off to a great start! July is typically synonymous with fireworks, fun, and freedom (Our nation’s independence, and of course freedom to read!) And it’s our busiest time of year! We love seeing all our patrons, young and old, experiencing the joy of summer reading inside and outside the library. Summer reading helps reduce summer slide for students, and can be a powerful way to remind adults of the joys of reading and the beauty of a carefree summer afternoon lost in a book…no matter how old we are, that pastime is evergreen. Summer reading programs are happening all month long, books are being recorded and raffles are being drawn. It’s not too late to be part of our Adult Summer Reading.

    July is my birthday month so it’s always the start of a “new year” for me. July 2nd marks day 184 of the calendar year meaning we are halfway to the end of the year! July is also the beginning of our fiscal year here in the Town of Berlin so it’s a good time to reflect, assess, and plan. So much for July being carefree for me! I have a lot on my mind and I’m excited to share it with you:

    Our carpet is complete and looks beautiful! I encourage you to come in and see it for yourself.

    This fall, Berlin-Peck will embark on a strategic planning process which will allow us to review our mission, vision, and values and with our community’s input develop strategic initiatives that align with our vision.

    In the coming months, we are adding the Sunday NY Times in print and new databases, including Transparent Language which offers 110 languages and English as a second language.

    We will be upgrading our IT infrastructure and Wi-Fi for a more seamless experience for our patrons.

    And finally, there’s still time to complete your interpretation of My Hometown. Pick up a canvas at the library and use your talent to show us what Berlin, your hometown, means to you. I wish you a safe and happy summer. We look forward to seeing you at the library soon!

    Warmly,
    Kim

    Independence Day.

    The library will be closed Tuesday, July 4, in honor of Independence Day.

     

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    Events

    Check out the Events Page to see upcoming events!

    POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

    POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

    Sunday, January 1 to Sunday, December 31
    Read books from the POPSUGAR reading challenge list and win prizes throughout the year.
    Adult Summer Reading

    Adult Summer Reading

    Monday, June 12 to Friday, September 1
    Each book you read earns you one raffle ticket!
    Sit & Knit

    Sit & Knit

    Thursday, July 6
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
    Join us for knitting and good company.
    Movie Matinee: A Man Called Otto

    Movie Matinee: A Man Called Otto

    Friday, July 7
    1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    Join us for an afternoon movie!
    Learn to Knit

    Learn to Knit

    Saturday, July 8
    10:30 am to 11:30 am
    Join us for a three-week introduction to knitting!
    Discover the Safety Benefits of New Car Technology

    Discover the Safety Benefits of New Car Technology

    Wednesday, July 12
    1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
    Learn about the latest car safety technology.
    Sit & Knit

    Sit & Knit

    Thursday, July 13
    1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
    Join us for knitting and good company.
    Local Author Joe Clifford

    Local Author Joe Clifford

    Thursday, July 13
    6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
    Join us for a book signing event with local author Joe Clifford!
    Movie Matinee: Champions

    Movie Matinee: Champions

    Friday, July 14
    1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    Join us for an afternoon movie!
    Learn to Knit

    Learn to Knit

    Saturday, July 15
    10:30 am to 11:30 am
    Join us for a three-week introduction to knitting!
    Make and Take: Clothespin Dragonflies

    Make and Take: Clothespin Dragonflies

    Saturday, July 15
    10:30 am to 12:30 pm
    Boost your summer decor with this colorful dragonfly!
    Dementia Caregiver Support Group

    Dementia Caregiver Support Group

    Monday, July 17
    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.
    Mission to Ukraine

    Mission to Ukraine

    Tuesday, July 18
    6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
    Learn about Ukrainian humanitarian aid efforts happening in Connecticut.
    Sit & Knit

    Sit & Knit

    Thursday, July 20
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
    Join us for knitting and good company.
    Movie Matinee: Women Talking

    Movie Matinee: Women Talking

    Friday, July 21
    1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    Join us for an afternoon movie!
    Learn to Knit

    Learn to Knit

    Saturday, July 22
    10:30 am to 11:30 am
    Join us for a three-week introduction to knitting!
    Saturday Morning Book Club

    Saturday Morning Book Club

    Saturday, July 22
    10:30 am to 11:30 am
    Join us for a discussion of The Nature of Fragile Things by Susan Meissner.
    Sit & Knit

    Sit & Knit

    Thursday, July 27
    1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
    Join us for knitting and good company.
    Summer Foraging With The 3 Foragers

    Summer Foraging With The 3 Foragers

    Thursday, July 27
    6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
    Join The 3 Foragers as they teach the edible plants and fungi of summer!
    Movie Matinee: Whitney Houston—I Wanna Dance with Somebody

    Movie Matinee: Whitney Houston—I Wanna Dance with Somebody

    Friday, July 28
    1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
    Join us for an afternoon movie!
    Cookbook Club

    Cookbook Club

    Monday, July 31
    6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
    This month’s cookbook is The Complete Summer Cookbook from America's Test Kitchen.