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October Newsletter

Let us know how the library can better serve the community—plus a horror story contest and a TON of events!

October 2, 2023

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    Library Director’s Message

    Hello!

    Ahhh…the rustle of leaves in the air reminds me of my favorite poem by Robert Frost titled Nothing Gold Can Stay. As you can tell by the title, the poem is a reference to the changing of seasons, and I love how it illustrates the evolution of a leaf from green to gold. Libraries evolve and change, too, as I’m sure you have experienced during the last few years. Thankfully, we don’t completely disappear and come back every year as leaves do. But we have had to get creative in the past to continue library services specifically in the midst of a pandemic. We move forward as we always do, and I’m excited to share that we are spending the month of October gathering information from you, our patrons, on the programs, services, and ideas you have for your library. Your input is vital, and I hope you will consider participating.

    The Berlin-Peck Memorial Library leadership is seeking community input from October 10-30, 2023 to develop a three-year strategic plan for library services. All information will be kept confidential. Community members can participate in one of three ways:

    • Complete a short survey by October 30, online or at the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library.
    • Attend a 90-minute community conversation session on Thursday, October 12 at 6:30 pm OR Saturday October 14, 10:30 am.
    • Stop by Berlin Town Hall or the Berlin Peck Memorial Library and share your idea on our idea wall.

    This is your opportunity to think big about what the library can do for our community. All ideas will be considered, even if we may be limited in what we can implement over the next three years. We invite you to look into the future and imagine what Berlin-Peck Library could be. Libraries are so much more than books, and we are excited to hear your hopes and dreams for your community and your library! Please send me an email at kmcnally@berlinpeck.org or give me a call at 860-828-7131 if you have any questions about this process. And I hope you have a moment this month to step outside and enjoy the annual changing of the leaves from green to gold – we are so lucky to experience it here in New England.

    Warmly,

    Kim McNally

     

    Closed for Columbus Day

    Monday, October 9

    The library will be closed for Columbus Day. We’ll reopen on Tuesday.

     

    Closed for Staff Training

    Tuesday, October 24

    The library will be closed for a day of staff training, where we will learn how to better support our community. We’ll reopen on Wednesday.

     

    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!
    Library Card Sign-Up Month

    Library Card Sign-Up Month

    Friday, September 1 to Saturday, September 30
    September is Library Card Sign Up Month!
    Movie Matinee: Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret

    Movie Matinee: Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret

    Friday, September 1
    1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    Join us for an afternoon movie!
    Senior Center Book Club

    Senior Center Book Club

    Wednesday, September 6
    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
    Join us at the Senior Center for a discussion of Where The Forest Meets The Stars by Glendy Vanderah. Contact the library for a copy of the book.
    Sit & Knit

    Sit & Knit

    Thursday, September 7
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
    Join us for knitting and good company.
    Movie Matinee: Book Club—Next Chapter

    Movie Matinee: Book Club—Next Chapter

    Friday, September 8
    1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    Join us for an afternoon movie!
    Courageous Conversations: Social Media & Mental Health

    Courageous Conversations: Social Media & Mental Health

    Saturday, September 9
    10:30 am to 12:00 pm
    Join us to discuss the effect of social media on mental health.
    Sit & Knit

    Sit & Knit

    Thursday, September 14
    1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
    Join us for knitting and good company.
    Movie Matinee: Mack and Rita

    Movie Matinee: Mack and Rita

    Friday, September 15
    1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    Join us for an afternoon movie!
    Learn to Knit

    Learn to Knit

    Saturday, September 16
    10:30 am to 12:00 pm
    Join us for a three-week introduction to knitting!
    Dementia Caregiver Support Group

    Dementia Caregiver Support Group

    Monday, September 18
    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.
    Memory Tips

    Memory Tips

    Monday, September 18
    6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
    Learn the tips and techniques used by "memory athletes" to improve their memory!
    Eastern Coyotes in Connecticut

    Eastern Coyotes in Connecticut

    Tuesday, September 19
    6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
    Learn about coyotes in Connecticut!
    Sit & Knit

    Sit & Knit

    Thursday, September 21
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
    Join us for knitting and good company.
    Make and Take: Wine Glass Lamps

    Make and Take: Wine Glass Lamps

    Thursday, September 21
    6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
    Turn an extra wine glass into an elegant little lamp. All supplies are included.
    Movie Matinee: Brian and Charles

    Movie Matinee: Brian and Charles

    Friday, September 22
    1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    Join us for an afternoon movie!
    Learn to Knit

    Learn to Knit

    Saturday, September 23
    10:30 am to 12:00 pm
    Join us for a three-week introduction to knitting!
    Pen Turning

    Pen Turning

    Saturday, September 23
    10:30 am to 2:00 pm
    Create your own wooden pen with the Central Connecticut Woodturners.
    Cookbook Club

    Cookbook Club

    Monday, September 25
    6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
    This month’s cookbook is The Pretty Dish by Jessica Merchant.
    Lawyers in Libraries: Free Legal Help

    Lawyers in Libraries: Free Legal Help

    Tuesday, September 26
    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.
    Perfect Apple Pie with King Arthur Baking

    Perfect Apple Pie with King Arthur Baking

    Tuesday, September 26
    6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
    Learn the techniques to make sure your apple pies turn out perfect—every time!
    Sit & Knit

    Sit & Knit

    Thursday, September 28
    1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
    Join us for knitting and good company.
    Movie Matinee: Tyson’s Run

    Movie Matinee: Tyson’s Run

    Friday, September 29
    1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    Join us for an afternoon movie!
    Learn to Knit

    Learn to Knit

    Saturday, September 30
    10:30 am to 12:00 pm
    Join us for a three-week introduction to knitting!
    Saturday Morning Book Club

    Saturday Morning Book Club

    Saturday, September 30
    10:30 am to 11:30 am
    Join us for a discussion of Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson.