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:
Grab & Go Activity K
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Monday, Mar. 1
Spring is coming!  Make your own bird nest.  Instructions and most supplies are included.  Registration is required and begins on Feb. 22.  Once you have registered, you may pick up your kit in the children's area anytime between Monday, March 1st and Wednesday, March 3rd.  Your kit will be in a bag labeled with your last name and first initial.  If you prefer to pick up your kit outside, please call the library and we will bring it out to you.  If you do not pick up your kit by Wednesday, March 3rd it will be given to the next spot on the waiting list. Questions? Call us at (860) 828-7127.
Grab & Go Activity K
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Monday, Mar. 1
Celebrate National Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’s 117th birthday with a special Grab & Go Activity Kit! Make your own Seussian scene complete with a Lorax finger puppet and popsicle stick Truffula Trees (adult assistance may be necessary with younger children)!  Instructions and most supplies are included. Once you have registered, you may pick up your kit in the Children's Department anytime between Monday, March 1st, and Wednesday, March 3rd.  Your kit will be in a bag labeled with your last name and first initial.  If you prefer to pick up your kit curbside, please call the library and we will bring it out to you.  If you do not pick up your kit by Wednesday, March 3rd at 8 pm it will be given to the next spot on the waiting list. Questions? Call us at (860) 828-7127. 
Nature As Healer (vi
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Tuesday, Mar. 2, 6:30 pm

Join the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library and Sensory Ecologist/ Healer, Marlow Shami for a virtual experiential workshop.  Marlow will discuss the ways nature can help create peace and connection with others.

Living through the pandemic makes it clear that we need to discover creative and new ways to stay healthy, connected, and wise. This presentation will explore how every day nature can guide, calm, inform and restore.

Empirical studies conducted over the past thirty years confirm that contact with natural world and meditation can lift spirits, reduce anxiety, alleviate pain, increase brain function, and help cultivate a sense of belonging and compassion.  Beautiful and compelling images will support Marlow’s talk. She will delve into the challenges and rewards of connecting with nature while living through a global pandemic in a mass-technological culture.  Marlow will also guide attendees through a meditation and nature activity.

Marlow Shami, M.S. is a nature-based educator, artist, and writer who conducts nature-based healing workshops and talks throughout New England, specializing in the healing connection between humans and the natural world. 

Refugee? Asylum seek
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Saturday, Mar. 6, 1 pm
Join Chris George, Director of IRIS (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services, New Haven), for an informative presentation.  He will discuss the legal paths of refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented immigrants and will provide information on each based on law, facts and numbers. By the end of the presentation, the audience will be equipped with knowledge on the legal challenges presented to refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented immigrants.
 

 

Sponsored by Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services, New Haven.
Grab & Go STEAM: Sno
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Monday, Mar. 8
Create your own snow castle out of marshmallows!  Instructions and most supplies are included.  Registration is required and begins on March 1st.  Once you have registered, you may pick up your kit in the children's area anytime between Monday, March 8th and Wednesday, March 10th.  Your kit will be in a bag labeled with your last name and first initial.  If you prefer to pick up your kit outside, please call the library and we will bring it out to you.  If you do not pick up your kit by Wednesday, March 10th it will be given to the next spot on the waiting list. Questions? Call us at (860) 828-7127.
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Wednesday, Mar. 10, 6:30 pm
Presented by Valentin Karate.
Details to be announced.
Sit & Knit (Virtual)
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Thursday, Mar. 11, 2 pm
Join local knitters for a relaxing session of knitting and good company.
Grab & Go STEAM: Den
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Monday, Mar. 15
This interactive and exciting kit inspires children to explore basic science concepts and the world around them.  Instructions and most materials are included.  It is intended for children ages 3 to 5.   Registration is required and begins on March 8th.  Once you have registered, you may pick up your kit in the children's area anytime between Monday, March 15th and Wednesday, March 17th.  Your kit will be in a bag labeled with your last name and first initial.  If you prefer to pick up your kit outside, please call the library and we will bring it out to you.  If you do not pick up your kit by Wednesday, March 17th it will be given to the next spot on the waiting list. Questions? Call us at (860) 828-7127.
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Monday, Mar. 15, 1 pm
RSVP to Patty O’Brian: 203-859-1992.

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.
Meets on the third Mondays of every month.

Facilitated by Patty O’Brian, CDP, dementia specialist, Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging.
Sponsored by Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging and Alzheimer’s Association.
Genealogy Basics: Fa
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Monday, Mar. 15, 6:30 pm

Want to dive into genealogy research but on a limited budget? The website FamilySearch is the perfect place to get started. Join us for an introduction to this free site, which includes access to records, how to guides, classes, and more.

Presented by Genealogist Bryna O’Sullivan, a Middletown, Connecticut based professional genealogist and French to English genealogical translator. 
Next in series: Trace Your Connecticut Revolutionary Roots on March 29th.

 

Sponsored by a partnership between Berlin-Peck Memorial Library, Wethersfield Library, Lucy Robbins Welles Library and Cora Belden Library.
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Thursday, Mar. 18, 7 pm
It is important to understand basic pruning practices.  Pruning keeps gardens in good order and maintains their beauty.  It takes some skill and art.  This talk covers the why, when, where, and how to prune trees and shrubs to maintain structural strength and sustainability in landscapes and home gardens.

Presenter, Dr. Li, is responsible for the Plant Disease Information Office (PDIO) at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven.  The PDIO is a full-service plant disease diagnostic laboratory that assists all Connecticut stakeholders, including homeowners and professionals.  Plant samples are diagnosed utilizing molecular, serological, biochemical, and traditional diagnostic methods. The PDIO also  assists with inquiries about plants, plant identification, and plant health.  Sponsored by Kensington Garden Club.
Saturday Book Club (
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Saturday, Mar. 20, 10:30 am
Please join us for a virtual discussion of the book Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson.  Please contact the library to reserve a copy of this book. This book is also available as a downloadable audiobook on Hoopla for Berlin cardholders.
Book description: 
Lillian and Madison were unlikely, yet inseparable friends at their boarding school. Then Lillian had to leave the school unexpectedly in the wake of a scandal, and they have barely spoken since. Years later, Lillian gets a letter from Madison pleading for her help. Madison's twin stepkids are moving in, and she wants Lillian to be their caretaker. However, there's a catch: the twins spontaneously combust when they get agitated. Lillian is convinced Madison is pulling her leg, but it's the truth. Thinking of the life that has consistently disappointed her, Lillian figures she has nothing to lose. Over the course of one demanding summer, Lillian and the twins learn to trust each other while also staying out of the way of Madison's uptight husband. Surprised by her intense feelings of protectiveness she feels for them, Lillian ultimately begins to accept that she needs these strange children as much as they need her. Could this be the start of the amazing life she'd always hoped for?
Grab & Go Activity K
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Monday, Mar. 22

Make your own ladybug bookmark just in time for spring!  Instructions and most supplies are included.  Registration is required and begins on March. 15th.  Once you have registered, you may pick up your kit in the Children's Area anytime between Monday, March 22nd and Wednesday, March 24th.  Your kit will be in a bag labeled with your last name and first initial.  If you prefer to pick up your kit outside, please call the library and we will bring it out to you.  If you do not pick up your kit by Wednesday, March 24th at 8pm it will be given to the next spot on the waiting list. Questions? Call us at (860) 828-7127.

Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Tuesday, Mar. 23, 6:30 pm
Is it possible to make decadent desserts that are….good for you?  Bring your sweet tooth and join in to find out how – we’ll be making desserts from whole-food ingredients and tasting how great healthy treats can be!  The recipes for this class will be dairy and gluten-free, using no refined sugar…but don’t worry, you won’t miss it!

About the presenter: Colin McCullough has been a vegan for over 20 years, and enjoys teaching people ways to incorporate whole-foods, plant-based meals into their diet. He is the author of The Healthy Vegan Cookbook, published in 2019.

The presenter will be demonstrating three recipes: Dark Chocolate Raspberry Bites, Lemon Tartlets and Chocolate Mousse Cups.  If you'd like, you can make the Dark Chocolate Raspberry Bites along with him.  All recipes will be provided after the program.  Ingredients needed will be the following: 

½ cup raw almonds

½ cup raw cashews

½ cup raw pumpkin seeds

½ cup finely shredded coconut

⅓ cup raw cacao powder

½ cup quick oats

⅓ cup cacao nibs (optional)

8 medjool dates

½ tsp raspberry flavoring

¼ tsp espresso powder

¼ tsp vanilla

⅛ tsp salt

½ cup fresh or frozen raspberries 

½ cup finely shredded coconut for coating

This recipe requires a food processor.



  Sponsored by Friends of the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library.
Beginner Chess with
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Wednesday, Mar. 24, 4:15 PM
Join Nolan DeMott as he takes you on the beginning of your chess journey! This class is best suited for elementary-aged children as well as slightly older students who are interested in learning about playing chess. Learn the basics of chess as well as fundamental chess principles (piece development, controlling the center of the board). This program will be held via Zoom. To join us, please register online, and we will email you the link shortly before the meeting.

If you need to borrow a chessboard, please call us at (860) 828-7127 or send us an email at kids.bpml@gmail.com, and (if available) we will place one on hold for you to pick up in the library or via our Curbside Pickup service. 

Nolan DeMott is an experienced Chess player with over 12,000 games played on chess.com, having achieved a rating of 1900. Nolan started playing Chess at age 5 and started competing in tournaments soon after. In elementary school, he led his elementary school to a Top 4 finish at the Hurvitz Cup a regional team chess tournament, hosted by The Massachusetts Chess Association. While Nolan decided early on to not pursue playing the game at a more serious level, he's always found the time to play recreationally and teach those who are looking to improve their game.
Trace Your Connectic
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Monday, Mar. 29, 6:30 pm

Did your Connecticut ancestor support the American cause during the Revolution? This virtual program will introduce you to the major sources that trace their “service” during the War, from pension files to town meeting records. Whether you want to join DAR or SAR or simply learn more about your ancestors’ activities, this program will give you the resources needed to tell their stories.

Presented by Genealogist Bryna O’Sullivan, a Middletown, Connecticut based professional genealogist and French to English genealogical translator. 

Next in series: House History: Part One on April 12th.

Sponsored by a partnership between Berlin-Peck Memorial Library, Wethersfield Library, Lucy Robbins Welles Library and Cora Belden Library.
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Tuesday, Mar. 30, 6:30 pm

Now that most of us are working from home (and so are our children and significant others) our workplace may not be ideal.  We may be sharing space with relatives or working on the couch because it is the only space available. 

 

Even in an ideal situation, working from home does not always come with the best ergonomics.  The sit-stand desk from the office is now a pile of boxes you stack and remove.  At home we may be creating an office out of our couch, bed, floor, dining room table, or a desk if we are lucky. 

 

In this workshop Maggie Downie from Personal Euphoria provides tips on how to make your home office as ergonomic as possible.  Tips and images reveal how to create different positions throughout the day no matter what your work surface.  We’ll show moves you can do to relieve discomfort from unideal sitting situations.  We’ll also review some of the important basic guidelines of good ergonomics that will help limit and reduce pain during your workday. 

Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Thursday, Apr. 8, 6:30 pm

Did you know that if you don’t create your own estate plan, some of your end of life decisions are dictated by the state of Connecticut? If you’re OK with this, you really don’t need to attend this program. But if you would like to decide how your estate is divided, who is responsible for your care, who gets custody of your minor children, and more… this program is for you! Come learn from an experienced elder law attorney about important documents EVERY ADULT should have. You’ll learn about wills, trusts, powers of attorney (POA), and healthcare directives. You’ll walk away knowing what these documents are for, and what you need to do to create them. Even if you already have an estate plan, you should attend because there’s a good chance it needs updating because laws often change.
Presented by Attorney Colleen Masse from 
Czepiga Daly Pope & Perri

House History Part 1
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Monday, Apr. 12, 6:30 pm

Would you like to learn the history of your home, discover who lived there, and what it looked like in the past? This two part series will help you get started. In part one, we’ll learn how to navigate Connecticut’s land records so that you can determine who once owned your property.

Presented by Genealogist Bryna O’Sullivan, a Middletown, Connecticut based professional genealogist and French to English genealogical translator. 

Next in series: House History: Part Two on April 26th.

Sponsored by a partnership between Berlin-Peck Memorial Library, Wethersfield Library, Lucy Robbins Welles Library and Cora Belden Library.
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Thursday, Apr. 15, 7 pm

Sleepless because the mulch is not spread, your perennial border is not pristine, there are weeds dancing in the lawn and the dwarf Alberta spruce took over the front door??  Oftentimes, we gardeners are our own worst enemies.  By unintentionally working against nature and succumbing to garden envy, we make more work for ourselves.  Spring is great but by fall, we are exhausted. The good news is that we can free ourselves!  This presentation proposes ten steps to help us examine our old habits and expectations, focus on what is important, and lastly, take a deep breath and chill.          
About the presenter: 
Renée Marsh is a garden designer, an advanced master gardener, a horticulturist (aka a plant nut) and a flower farmer.  She believes our gardens should be a healthy ecosystem where people, plants, animals and insects are in balance.  Doing it right means less chemicals, less maintenance and more enjoyment.

Sponsored by Kensington Garden Club.
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