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November Newsletter

Changing seasons, visiting family, and brain health—plus some great events!

November 1, 2023

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    Library Director’s Message

    Hello!

    I’m not from New England. In fact, I’m originally from Florida, where the seasons rarely change, and I spent nearly a decade in the Pacific Northwest where the trees are evergreen. Still, five years on the change of season in Connecticut never gets old. As soon as I see the first leaf turn, I trade my iced mocha and magazine for hot coffee, a crossword puzzle, and a good read. I enjoy these things year-round, but for some reason they seem especially suited to fall. Turns out strategy puzzles like crosswords can help support brain health. According to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, November is Alzheimer’s Awareness month and I’m glad to see an organization raising awareness. Dementia affects 55 million people (about twice the population of Texas) year-round all over the world. As you gather with friends and family this holiday season—perhaps for the first time in a while—I wanted to share resources for those living with dementia and their caregivers.

    According to the World Health Organization, dementia is an umbrella term for several diseases (including Alzheimer’s) affecting memory, other cognitive abilities and behavior that interfere significantly with a person’s ability to maintain their activities of daily living. Although age is the strongest known risk factor for dementia, it is not a normal part of ageing. You can learn more about what to look for at the National Institute on Aging. We recognize that dementia can be challenging for everyone involved. The library offers books for reading, programs for socializing and building community, and online resources to learn a new language, a new hobby, or create your family tree—all activities that can support brain health. We host a monthly dementia caregiver support group in partnership with Hartford Healthcare. We recently added a memory care shelf which houses a collection of materials on dementia, caregiver support resources, and our Memory Kits which can be checked out to engage those living with memory loss.

    Whether you are looking for specific resources, a good read, a puzzle, a program, or coming to see the annual Veterans Tree courtesy of the Kensington Garden Club, we look forward to seeing you in the library soon.

    With gratitude,
    Kim

     

    Closed for Thanksgiving

    Wednesday, November 22 (Open 10:00 am to 5:00 pm)
    Thursday and Friday, November 23-24 (Closed)

    The library will be closing early the day before Thanksgiving, closed for Thanksgiving, and closed the day after Thanksgiving.

     

    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.
    Behind the Bench: A Conversation with Two Superior Court Judges

    Behind the Bench: A Conversation with Two Superior Court Judges

    Wednesday, November 1
    6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
    Learn about the courts!
    Sit & Knit

    Sit & Knit

    Thursday, November 2
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
    Join us for knitting and good company.
    Movie Matinee: Barbie

    Movie Matinee: Barbie

    Friday, November 3
    1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    Join us for an afternoon movie!
    Community Conversation: Imagine the Library (Online)

    Community Conversation: Imagine the Library (Online)

    Saturday, November 4
    10:30 am to 11:30 am
    This event has been cancelled. If you were registered for this event, we will contact you.
    Learn to Knit

    Learn to Knit

    Saturday, November 4
    10:30 am to 12:00 pm
    Join us for a three-week introduction to knitting!
    Makeup For The 50+ Crowd

    Makeup For The 50+ Crowd

    Monday, November 6
    5:00 pm to 7:30 pm
    Create a makeup style that compliments you as you age!
    The Last Full Measure of Devotion: Honoring Our Vets

    The Last Full Measure of Devotion: Honoring Our Vets

    Tuesday, November 7
    6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
    Learn how veterans are recognized for their service.
    Senior Center Book Club

    Senior Center Book Club

    Wednesday, November 8
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
    Join us at the Senior Center for a discussion of In Falling Snow by Mary-Rose MacColl. Contact the library for a copy of the book.
    Happy Hips and Low Back

    Happy Hips and Low Back

    Wednesday, November 8
    6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
    Keep your hips and back healthy!
    Sit & Knit

    Sit & Knit

    Thursday, November 9
    1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
    Join us for knitting and good company.
    Movie Matinee: War Horse

    Movie Matinee: War Horse

    Friday, November 10
    1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
    Join us for an afternoon movie!
    Learn to Knit

    Learn to Knit

    Saturday, November 11
    10:30 am to 12:00 pm
    Join us for a three-week introduction to knitting!
    Sporting Events That Changed America

    Sporting Events That Changed America

    Monday, November 13
    6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
    This event has been cancelled. If you were registered for this event, we will contact you.
    Book Discussion with the Berlin Police Department

    Book Discussion with the Berlin Police Department

    Tuesday, November 14
    6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
    NEW DATE. Join Officer Aimee Krzykowski and Librarian Carrie Tyszka to discuss Craig & Fred: A Marine, a Stray Dog, and How they Rescued Each Other by Craig Grossi.
    Sit & Knit

    Sit & Knit

    Thursday, November 16
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
    Join us for knitting and good company.
    Movie Matinee: You've Got Mail

    Movie Matinee: You've Got Mail

    Friday, November 17
    1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    Join us for an afternoon movie!
    Saturday Morning Book Club

    Saturday Morning Book Club

    Saturday, November 18
    10:30 am to 11:30 am
    Join us for a discussion of I'm Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy. Contact the library for a copy of the book.
    Dementia Caregiver Support Group

    Dementia Caregiver Support Group

    Monday, November 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.
    NBSO: Music Of The March

    NBSO: Music Of The March

    Tuesday, November 21
    6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
    Presented by the New Britain Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet.
    Lawyers in Libraries: Free Legal Help

    Lawyers in Libraries: Free Legal Help

    Monday, November 27
    5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
    Sign up to receive free legal advice, including landlord/tenant, immigration law, family law, employment, consumer rights, and personal injury.
    Cookbook Club

    Cookbook Club

    Monday, November 27
    6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
    This month’s cookbook is Boards: Stylish Spreads for Casual Gatherings by Elle Simone Scott and Steve Klise from America's Test Kitchen.
    Coping with Holiday Stress

    Coping with Holiday Stress

    Tuesday, November 28
    6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
    Prepare for the holiday season by learning stress management techniques, boundary setting, and effective communication.
    Sit & Knit

    Sit & Knit

    Thursday, November 30
    1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
    Join us for knitting and good company.
    Make and Take: Coffee Filter Trees

    Make and Take: Coffee Filter Trees

    Thursday, November 30
    6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
    Create a beautiful winter scene out of simple supplies.