Berlin-Peck Memorial Library

Library Events

Join us for upcoming events, classes and programs at Berlin-Peck Memorial Library! All events are free and open to the public. Registration required where noted.
 Limit by audience:
Larry Rifkin No Dead
Tuesday, Oct. 26, 6:30 pm
Larry Rifkin was the programming executive for Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) for over a quarter of a century, from 1986 to 2009.  CONNECTICUT Magazine characterized his time at the station as the ‘Elvis years’ because of the many programming accomplishments attributed to his leadership.  Most notable, Rifkin was responsible for bringing ‘Barney & Friends’ to PBS. It went on to become one of the most successful children’s television series in history and he introduced UConn Women’s Basketball to television and helped to propel women’s sports on TV nationally. 

Under his leadership, CPTV amassed over fifty (50) Emmy Awards in the Boston/New England competition. And Mr. Rifkin was inducted into the Boston/New England Silver Circle in 2006. This is the regional television equivalent of a Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Rifkin was a skilled on air presenter on CPTV and returned to his radio roots full-time back in 2010 as host of ‘Talk of the Town’ on WATR 1320 for a seven year period.

Join Larry as he discusses his new book, ‘No Dead Air’, which will be released this fall. 
In the book, Rifkin reflects on an improbable career that spawned two groundbreaking hits, ‘Barney & Friends’ and ‘UConn Women’s Basketball’.  Each provided the impetus for changes in the industry. The first led to much more pre-school programming on television and the other catapulted women’s sports on the small screen.
Little Owls Storytim
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Thursday, Oct. 28, 10:30am (Thursdays, Oct. 14 and Oct. 28)
(Birth - Preschool)  Come get your wiggles out in this outdoor storytime featuring a story, songs, action rhymes, and bubbles!  For children ages 0 to 5 and their caregivers.  Bring your own blanket or chair and please practice social distancing.  Caregivers must be present.  If there is inclement weather, registrants will be notified (via email and our Facebook page) ahead of time of cancellation.  Weather permitting, registration is required and begins September 30th.
We will be meeting in the Sage Park auxiliary field, a grass field located next to Scalise Football Field. It is labeled as a soccer field on the following map: Sage Park's physical address is Suranna Drive, Berlin, CT 06037.
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Thursday, Oct. 28, 1 pm
Join local knitters for knitting and good conversation.
Grab & Go Kit: KidSa
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Monday, Nov. 1
Help your little ones create a Dino-riffic scene and name their “hand”made dino discoveries! All you’ll need are scissors, glue, and markers or crayons. Registration is required and begins on Oct. 25. Pick up in the Children’s Department between Monday, Nov. 1st and Wednesday, Nov. 3rd.  Sponsored by Friends of the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library.
Senior Center Book C
Berlin Senior Center
Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1:30 pm
Join us for a discussion of Educated by Tara Westover.  This discussion will take place at the Berlin Senior Center, 33 Colonial Drive.  Contact the library for a copy of the book.

Book description: This memoir traces the author's experiences as a child born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, describing her participation in her family's paranoid stockpiling activities and her resolve to educate herself well enough to earn an acceptance into a prestigious university and the unfamiliar world beyond.
Wednesday, Nov. 3, 6:30 pm

Join us for an engaging workshop where we will learn what stress is, how the body responds to stress, and how we can manage stress. We will learn about a variety of tools including nutrition for stress management, movement, and other modalities.  Stress is very common today and can wreak havoc on our immune system, health, and well-being.  Learn strategies that will provide solutions for optimal stress management.

Jill Patterson, RDN is an award-winning registered dietitian nutritionist, certified fitness instructor and certified personal trainer with over a decade of experience. She is passionate about helping people live their healthiest & happiest lives!


This class is for Ages 16 and up.  

Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Thursday, Nov. 4, 6 pm
Join local knitters for knitting and good conversation.
Grab & Go Kit: Stand
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Monday, Nov. 8
Prepare to paint! Cut, color, and construct your own three-dimensional dinosaur! You will need scissors, glue, and markers or crayons in addition to the supplies provided in this kit. Pick up in the Children’s Department between Monday, November 8th and Wednesday, November 10th. Sponsored by Friends of the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library.
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Tuesday, Nov. 9, 6:30 pm
Learn to make cheddar scones.  Further details to come.
Presented by Food Explorers. Sponsored by a partnership between Berlin-Peck Memorial Library, Wethersfield Library and Lucy Robbins Welles Library .
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Thursday, Nov. 11, 1 pm
Join local knitters for knitting and good conversation.
COVID-19 Vaccine Cli
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Thursday, Nov. 11, 1 pm- 4:30 pm

Location Address

Berlin-Peck Memorial Library


Date & Time of Clinics

-Thursday, October 21st 1:00pm – 4:30pm

-Thursday, November 11th 1:00pm – 4:30pm

Registration/Patient Flow

-Pre-registration is not needed

-All walk-in

-Last patient seen 15 minutes prior to close of clinic to allow proper break-down times

Vaccine Offered

-We will be offering Pfizer and Moderna first and second doses, as well as boosters (if approved)

-For those receiving dose 1, we will work each patient to schedule them for their second dose

-For those receiving boosters, they will need to present their vaccination card with record of receiving doses 1 & 2, vaccine administration date and lot number (information below on how to obtain lost cards)

Consent Form

-Minors must have guardian present

-Will be completed electronically at time of registration

Vaccine Cards

-Please bring vaccination cards to the clinic so our team can document any historical vaccines administered

-If vaccine card has been lost, please obtain record through the following methods:

·       Obtain via Hartford HealthCare’s MyChart Plus patient portal. Log into MyChart Plus. Questions? Call Hartford HealthCare’s Community Care Center at 860-972-8100.

·       If you have an account, log into VAMS and view or download your Certificate of COVID-19 Vaccination (click here for instructions), or

·       Call (860) 509-7929 to request your Official Immunization Certificate. from the CT Immunization Information System (CT WiZ) at the Department of Public Health. Vaccination providers are required to report COVID-19 vaccinations to CT WiZ.

Sponsored by Hartford Healthcare.
Glittered Ornaments
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Thursday, Nov. 11, 6:30 pm

Create 2 glittery ornaments (that won't shed their shine on your floor!) to add some sparkle to your holiday decor.  There are a limited number of seats; once seats are filled, you may join the waiting list. If you’re on the waiting list and want to make sure you get a kit, you may also place a hold on a take-home kit.  Glitter, ribbon, and vinyl stickers will vary.
Program cancellation policy applies to this event: We purchase supplies for Make & Take programs and they typically have a waiting list. If you need to cancel your registration, you must notify us prior to noon on the day of the event. Failure to do so will result in a $5 charge.

Saturday Book Club
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Saturday, Nov. 13, 10:30 am
Join us for a discussion of Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng.  Please contact the library for a copy of the book.

Book description: From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, the intertwined stories of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the mother and daughter who upend their lives. In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned - from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother - who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community. When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town--and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs. Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood - and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.--Provided by Publisher.
Grab & Go Kit: Spark
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Monday, Nov. 15, 10:00 AM
(Gr. 6-12) These glittery winter luminaries add a bit of sparkle to any space (and make great gifts)! Most supplies (including a battery-powered tea light candle) are included. Registration is required and begins on November 8. Once you have registered, you may pick up your kit in the Children's Dept. anytime between Monday, November 15 and Wednesday, November 17. Your kit will be in a bag labeled with your last name and first initial. Sponsored by Friends of the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library.
Monday, Nov. 15, 1 pm
A safe place for caregivers, family and friends of persons with dementia. Join us to share practical information, feelings, needs and concerns. Sponsored and hosted by Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging and Alzheimer’s Association.

RSVP to Patty O’Brian: 203-859-1992
Join the Zoom meeting:

Build a support system with people who understand.  Alzheimer’s Association® caregiver support groups, conducted by
trained facilitators, are a safe place for caregivers, family and friends of persons with dementia to:
• Develop a support system.
• Exchange practical information on caregiving challenges and possible solutions.
• Talk through issues and ways of coping.
• Share feelings, needs and concerns.
• Learn about community resources.
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Monday, Nov. 15, 6:30 pm

Instead of overpaying for a massive selection of channels you never watch, discover how easy it is to choose the services you want using your existing internet connection.  In this session we discuss services, equipment, and how to save money!

Sponsored by Wethersfield Library.
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Thursday, Nov. 18, 6 pm
Join local knitters for knitting and good conversation.
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Thursday, Nov. 25
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Friday, Nov. 26
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Tuesday, Dec. 7, 6:30 pm
Details to be announced.
Presented by Food Explorers
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