Free Tax Prep

Free Tax Prep

AARP Tax-Aide provides free tax prep for low & middle-income taxpayers, with special attention to seniors. Appointments fill up quickly! Call 860-828-7126 or visit the library.

January Newsletter

Looking to explore new skills in 2023? We’ve got you covered: learn meditation, become a little smarter, try your hand at writing a memoir (in only 6 words!), organize and declutter, and communicate more effectively with your healthcare provider among many other programs.

January 7, 2023

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    From the Library Director

    Hello,

    Happy new year! The start of a new year is a wonderful time to consider both what we’ve accomplished and what lies ahead in our work and in our lives. Personally, I’m not one for resolutions, but I do like to ask questions and reflect on the answers. For example: What do I want to learn more about this year? Why is this important? The truth is I like to ask those questions year-round, but they seem especially timely for January. Over the last year we’ve asked ourselves lots of questions here in the library: How can our library services reflect the community we serve? What processes can we streamline to be more efficient for our patrons? In what ways can we provide better service? Here are some ways we are doing that in 2023:

    • In case you missed it last month, each patron now gets 10 free black and white prints per day.
    • We are getting new multi-function copiers this month that print and scan. Look for them soon in the library!
    • And computers – our desktop computers will be upgraded with 27-inch screens later this month.
    • We now offer Niche Academy with tutorials for patrons on our tools and databases.

    For those of you looking to explore new skills in 2023 we’ve got you covered in January: learn meditation, become a little smarter, try your hand at writing a memoir (only 6 words!), organize and declutter, and communicate more effectively with your healthcare provider among many other programs. I hope you have some time to reflect on what you want more (or less) of this year. Whatever it is we are here to support you. If have 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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    AARP Tax Aide

    Tuesdays, February 14–April 11
    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 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

    Monday, January 16

    The Library will close on Monday, January 16, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We will re-open on Tuesday.
     

    Events

    Check out the Events Page to see upcoming events!

    Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?: Winter Reading Challenge!

    Tuesday, December 27 – Saturday, January 21

    Cozy up with a good book!

    Garden Kit: Fig Cuttings

    Sunday, January 1 – Tuesday, January 31

    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.

    Library Littles Playgroup

    Thursday, January 5, 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

    Ready, Set, Play!

    Sit & Knit

    Thursday, January 5, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

    Join us for knitting and good company.

    Movie Matinee: The Soloist

    Friday, January 6, 1:00 pm to 2:57 pm

    Join us for an afternoon movie!

    Six Word Memoir Contest

    Monday, January 9 – Friday, January 27

    Writing the story of your life could take years… but what if you used only six words?

    Organizing and Decluttering

    Monday, January 9, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

    Get tips and ideas on how to declutter and organize your home!

    Books & Bites: Nutmeg Book Club

    Tuesday, January 10, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

    Can Robinson keep her and her Grandfather together?

    Meditation for People Who Can’t Meditate

    Wednesday, January 11, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

    Let’s find a meditation that’s right for you, so you can relax and enjoy a tranquil moment!

    Communicating With Your Primary Care Provider

    Thursday, January 12, 10:30 am to 11:30 am

    Learn how to talk to your doctor to help you both make informed choices about your health.

    Sit & Knit

    Thursday, January 12, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

    Join us for knitting and good company.

    Pencils & Pieces!

    Thursday, January 12, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

    Gaming and Sketching Fun!

    Movie Matinee: Ticket to Paradise

    Friday, January 13, 1:00 pm to 2:44 pm

    Join us for an afternoon movie!

    Drop-In Activity: Lunar New Year Dragon!

    Tuesday, January 17 – Saturday, January 28

    Happy Lunar New Year!

    Book Discussion with the Berlin Police Department

    Tuesday, January 17, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

    This month’s book is At the Edge of the Haight by Katherine Seligman.

    Library Littles Playgroup

    Thursday, January 19, 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

    Ready, Set, Play!

    Sit & Knit

    Thursday, January 19, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

    Join us for knitting and good company.

    Make & Take: DIY Cat Toys

    Thursday, January 19, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

    Learn how to make three different cat toys: a rattle ball, a wand toy, and a fabric spider.

    Movie Matinee: Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters

    Friday, January 20, 1:00 pm to 2:34 pm

    Join us for an afternoon movie!

    Saturday Book Club

    Saturday, January 21, 10:30 am to 11:30 am

    Join us for a discussion of Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy.

    Crafternoon: Snowman Bookmark!

    Monday, January 23, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

    The Perfect Page Holder!

    The Value of Old and Rare Books with Ken Gloss

    Monday, January 23, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

    Submit your book ahead of time for a free verbal appraisal.

    The Unknown Schubert

    Tuesday, January 24, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

    Discover the history of Schubert’s ascent to the pantheon of great composers.

    Sit & Knit

    Thursday, January 26, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

    Join us for knitting and good company.

    Pencils & Pieces!

    Thursday, January 26, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

    Gaming and Sketching Fun!

    Movie Matinee: Coach Carter

    Friday, January 27, 1:00 pm to 3:16 pm

    Join us for an afternoon movie!

    Ancestors Road Show

    Saturday, January 28, 10:30 am to 2:30 pm

    To register for a time slot, call 860-828-7126 or visit the Adult Reference Desk.

    Cookbook Club

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

    You do not need to be an experienced cook, just an enthusiastic one!

    Wiggles & Giggles Storytime

    Tuesday, January 31, 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!

    Winter Warm Up!

    Tuesday, January 31, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

    Warm up from the cold!