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March Newsletter

New computers (finally!) and a new statement on diversity, equity, access, and inclusion.

March 2, 2023

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    From the Library Director

    Hello,

    It’s March and I’m ready for something new. Perhaps it’s the long winter with little snow that has me waiting impatiently for the tulips and daffodils. While I wait, there are new computers that were recently installed (with 27-inch screens) here at the library, a new paint color in our children’s area, and a new initiative we are proud of. I am happy to share that the Berlin Peck Library has posted our Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion statement on the website. You can view it here. Public libraries are a cornerstone of democracy—a place to access information, collaborate, and develop skills to participate fully in our society. It is our hope that this document will provide you with a better understanding of our role in the Berlin community and our commitment to welcome all the ways our patrons present themselves at the library.

    We began this work in early 2022 with a staff-directed committee and a goal to develop a DEAI statement to guide the library’s collection, services, planning, and decisions. We serve people of many identities and welcome and respect everyone who uses our library. Some ways we do this are through our homebound delivery, offering chairs that hold up to 800 lbs., providing Wi-Fi hotspots, Courageous Conversations, and implementing policies to protect your privacy. We are constantly evolving and learning which means this document will change and grow as we do. We welcome your suggestions for how we can improve our diversity, equity, access, and inclusivity. Send us an email at deai@berlinpeck.org.

    As we ease into spring, our seed library is refreshed and ready for you to start planting! We have more than 25 varieties of kale, cabbage, onions, watermelon, squash, tomatoes, and more. All you need is your library card! If you have a suggestion for how we can better serve you, please drop me an email at kmcnally@berlinpeck.org. I’ll see you soon at the library!

    Warmly,
    Kim McNally
    Library Director

     

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    Events

    Check out the Events Page to see upcoming events!

    POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

    Sunday, January 1 – Sunday, December 31

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

    Little Waddlers Storytime

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

    Songs, Books & More!

    Library Littles Playgroup

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

    Ready, Set, Play!

    Pencils & Pieces!

    Thursday, March 2, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

    Gaming and Sketching Fun!

    Sit & Knit

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

    Join us for knitting and good company.

    Courageous Conversations: Tips and Tricks

    Thursday, March 2, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

    Learn when to engage in conversation, how to keep things respectful, and why it matters.

    Mother Goose on the Loose Storytime

    Friday, March 3

    Bubbles and story fun!

    Movie Matinee: The Good House

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

    Join us for an afternoon movie!

    Houseplants 101

    Saturday, March 4, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

    Get expert tips to help your houseplants thrive!

    Wiggles & Giggles Storytime

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

    Can poetry make someone feel like home?

    Little Waddlers Storytime

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

    Songs, Books & More!

    Senior Center Book Club

    Wednesday, March 8, 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

    Join us at the Berlin Senior Center for a discussion of the book The Dutch House by Ann Patchett.

    Sit & Knit

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

    Join us for knitting and good company.

    Make & Take: Yarn Art

    Thursday, March 9, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

    Learn the basics of yarn painting and create a simple piece of art.

    Mother Goose on the Loose Storytime

    Friday, March 10

    Bubbles and story fun!

    Movie Matinee: The Fabelmans

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

    Join us for an afternoon movie!

    Courageous Conversations: Book Challenges

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

    Join us for an open, respectful conversation about book challenges.

    Library Littles Playgroup

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

    Ready, Set, Play!

    Pencils & Pieces!

    Thursday, March 16, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

    Gaming and Sketching Fun!

    Sit & Knit

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

    Join us for knitting and good company.

    Succession of Bloom in Your Pollinator Garden

    Thursday, March 16, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

    Discover the Pollinator Pathway movement and learn about the best pollinator plants for each month.

    Movie Matinee: Once

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

    Join us for an afternoon movie!

    Dementia Caregiver Support Group

    Monday, March 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.

    Breathwork

    Monday, March 20, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

    Learn about breathwork, the practice of various breath patterns can help with anxiety, depression, developing a stronger immune system, and working through trauma.

    Collage Memory Boxes

    Tuesday, March 21, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

    A place to hold all of your favorite things!

    Writing Effective Resumes and Cover Letters

    Tuesday, March 21, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

    Learn how to craft a compelling resume and cover letter that will help you get your dream job!

    Crafternoon: Perler Bead Snake Bookmarks

    Wednesday, March 22, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

    Save your place with the cutest snake!

    Sit & Knit

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

    Join us for knitting and good company.

    Movie Matinee: 42

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

    Join us for an afternoon movie!

    Reader’s Retreat

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

    Socialize with other readers in the community!

    Cookbook Club

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

    March’s cookbook is Cook This Book by Molly Baz.

    Keys to a Successful Job Search Process

    Tuesday, March 28, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

    Looking for a new job, but feeling overwhelmed by the job search process? Look no further!

    STEAM Series

    Wednesday, March 29, 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

    Explore the world of STEAM!

    Sit & Knit

    Thursday, March 30, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

    Join us for knitting and good company.

    Family Jammie Storytime

    Thursday, March 30, 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm

    Songs, Stories & Jammies!

    Movie Matinee: Till

    Friday, March 31, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

    Join us for an afternoon movie!