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 and Go Activity
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Monday, Nov. 30
This grab and go activity kit (for Ages 2-5) contains everything you will need to create a gingerbread puppet!  Instructions and most supplies are included. This craft will require adult assistance.  Registration is required and begins on November 23. Once you have registered, you may pick up your kit in the **lobby** anytime between Monday, November 30th and Wednesday, December 2nd. 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, December 2nd at 8pm it will be given to the next spot on the waiting list. Questions? Call us at (860) 828-7127.
Grab and Go Activity
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Monday, Nov. 30
This grab and go activity kit (for Gr. K-5) contains everything you will need to make an adorable hedgehog.  Instructions and most supplies are included.  Registration is required and begins on Nov. 23.  Once you have registered, you may pick up your kit in the **lobby** anytime between Monday, November 30th and Wednesday, December 2nd. 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, December 2nd 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
Thursday, Dec. 3, 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.

Presented by Wethersfield Public Library
Grab and Go Activity
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Monday, Dec. 7
This grab and go activity kit (for Gr. K-5) contains everything you will need to create your own reindeer ornament for the holidays! Instructions and most supplies are included.  Registration is required and begins on Nov. 30. Supplies are limited, Once you have registered, you may pick up your kit in the **lobby** anytime between Monday, December 7th and Wednesday, December 9th. 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, December 9th at 8pm it will be given to the next spot on the waiting list. Questions? Call us at (860) 828-7127.
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Employment Workshop:
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Monday, Dec. 7, 6:30 pm

We will analyze and discuss numerous online search strategies including job alerts, job boards, job aggregators, and company employment pages. We will then discuss how to best utilize these web sites for submitting one’s resume.


About the presenter: Gary Gekow has over 30 years of employment consulting and recruiting experience in the Boston marketplace. He has earned preferred vendor status with many high profile companies including Fidelity Investments and John Hancock. He also works with individuals in the greater Boston area and throughout New England assisting them with job search strategies. This includes resume writing, cover/thank you letter writing, interviewing skills, transitioning into new careers, salary and benefits negotiation, and on-line job search.  

Sponsored by a partnership between Berlin-Peck Memorial Library, Wethersfield Library and Cora Belden Library. .
Grab & Go Activity K
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Monday, Dec. 14
This grab and go activity kit (for Gr. 4+) contains a variety of materials you will need to make your own glass ornament!  This kit is intended for tweens and teens in grade 4 and up.  Instructions and most supplies are included.  Registration is required and begins on Dec. 7. Once you have registered, you may pick up your kit in the **lobby** anytime between Monday, December 14th and Wednesday, December 16th. 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, December 16th at 8pm it will be given to the next spot on the waiting list. Questions? Call us at (860) 828-7127.
Saturday Book Club (
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Saturday, Dec. 19, 10:30
Please join us for a virtual discussion of the book From Scratch by Tembi Locke  Please contact the library to reserve a copy of this book. 

Book description: A poignant and transporting cross-cultural love story set against the lush backdrop of the Sicilian countryside, where one woman discovers the healing powers of food, family, and unexpected grace in her darkest hour.
Grab & Go Activity K
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Monday, Dec. 21, 10:00 AM
(All Ages Family Kit)This kit contains everything you need to have a rockin' New Year's Eve (or Noon Year's Eve), including DIY party hats and noisemakers! Registration is required and begins December 14. Supplies are limited. 

Once you have registered, you may pick up your kit anytime between Monday, December 21, and Tuesday, December 29. Your kit will be in a bag in the lobby labeled with your last name and first initialIf 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 Tuesday, December 29 it will be given to the next spot on the waiting list. Questions? Call us at (860) 828-7127.

P.S. For even more fun with your kit, register for our (virtual) Noon Year's Eve Countdown

  Sponsored by Friends of the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library.
Alzheimer’s Ca
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Monday, Dec. 21, 1 pm

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.

 

Third Mondays of every month, 1-2:30pm. Free.

 

Facilitated by Patty O’Brian, CDP, dementia specialist, Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging.
RSVP to Patty O’Brian, 203.859.1992
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Sponsored by Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging and Alzheimer’s Association. .
Grab and Go Activity
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Monday, Dec. 28

Spruce up your home with an adorable dangling snowman!

Instructions and most supplies are included.  Registration is required and begins on Dec. 21.  Once you have registered, you may pick up your kit in the **lobby** anytime between Monday, December 28th and Wednesday, December 30th.  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, December 30th at 8pm it will be given to the next spot on the waiting list. Questions? Call us at (860) 828-7127.

Grab and Go Activity
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Monday, Dec. 28

Make your own hot cocoa complete with marshmallow pompoms and add your own thumbprints to make it your own!

Instructions and most supplies are included.  Registration is required and begins on Dec. 21.  Once you have registered, you may pick up your kit in the **lobby** anytime between Monday, December 28th and Wednesday, December 30th.  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, December 30th at 8pm it will be given to the next spot on the waiting list. Questions? Call us at (860) 828-7127.

Grab and Go Activity
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Monday, Dec. 28

Cut and fold your own unique snowflakes and decorate them with sequins! Scratch off other snowflakes to reveal a rainbow of colors.  These will make great winter decorations!

Instructions and most supplies are included.  Registration is required and begins on Dec. 21.  Once you have registered, you may pick up your kit in the **lobby** anytime between Monday, December 28th and Wednesday, December 30th.  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, December 30th at 8pm it will be given to the next spot on the waiting list. Questions? Call us at (860) 828-7127.

Food Explorers: Choc
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Tuesday, Dec. 29, 6:00-7:00 PM
Join Katie, Registered Dietitian from Food Explorers to make homemade Chocolate Peppermint Pop-Tarts! You’ll learn how to make pastry dough from scratch, a chocolate fudge filling, and a delicious glaze to drizzle on top with crushed candy canes. This event is family-friendly (for families with children in grades 2 and up) and will take place over Zoom! Registration is required and begins December 15. Once you register, you will receive an e-mail with Zoom information one day prior to the program. 

You will need the following ingredients for this recipe:
  • cocoa powder
  • chocolate chips
  • butter
  • AP flour
  • sugar
  • 1 egg
  • confectioners sugar
  • whole milk OR heavy cream
  • candy canes or peppermint candy.
Sponsored by Friends of the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library.
Noon Year’s Ev
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Thursday, Dec. 31, 11:45 AM
(All ages family program) Berlin-Peck Memorial Library's Noon Year's Eve tradition continues - online! Join us on WebEx @ 11:45 AM for a fun countdown to Noon Year's Eve! (As a bonus, register to pick up a Happy New Year Grab & Go Kit and use the supplies to make some noise when the noon hour rolls in). 

Registration is required and begins on December 21. Upon registration, you will be sent a link with WebEx login information.

Note: While there will be limited numbers of Happy New Year Kits available for families to register for, there is no limit on WebEx Noon Year's Even Countdown attendees. . 
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Thursday, Jan. 7, 6:30 pm
Presented by Professional Organizer, Ronni Eisenberg. 
Are you finding yourself with more and more tasks to do, yet there’s never enough time to get everything done? Are you stumped about how to accommodate kids, spouse and yourself, learning and working virtually from home at the same time, or in limited space? Are you planning to downsize, but have no clue on how to begin the process of getting rid of stuff you haven’t touched or needed for the past 20+ years? Have you become an expert juggler, but there’s that little voice of dissatisfaction and guilt in your ear, chiding you about not doing your best at anything? If you recognize yourself in any of these scenarios, Ronni’s workshop on “Had it with Being Disorganized? How to Get Organized & Stay that Way! “ is for you. With patience, self-deprecating humor and understanding, Ronni will step you through practical solutions, that will motivate you and leave you thinking, ‘now, why didn’t I think of that?’
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 6:30 pm
Join Karman, Registered Dietitian from Food Explorers to learn how to start the New Year off in a healthy way! No more calorie counting or juice cleanses, you’ll learn how to determine if a diet is fad or fact. You’ll also have the chance to cook along and make a delicious lunch-prep recipe: Sweet Potato Fajita Bowls with Guacamole. You’ll need the following ingredients: 1-2 sweet potatoes, 1 red onion, 1 pepper, olive oil, 1 avocado, 1 lime, salt, brown rice (or white rice, quinoa, carrot, etc) plus optional seasonings like: cumin, paprika, chili powder. Sponsored by Friends of the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library.
Book Discussion with
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2 pm
Join the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library and the New Britain Museum of American Art for a book discussion of the novel, The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro.

Book description: Auction-house employee Danielle Abrams investigates the unsolved disappearance of her famous artist great-aunt when she discovers enigmatic paintings hidden behind Abstract Expressionist works created decades earlier.

Please contact the library for a copy of the book.
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Thursday, Jan. 21, 7 pm
Kensington Garden Club
Titanic: A Date with
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Tuesday, Jan. 26, 6:30 pm

Listen as we tell the story of the Titanic - its celebrated construction, employing thousands during difficult times, its sailing and final plunge to the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. Few know that the Titanic's plunge into the frigid Atlantic was predicted more than a decade before the disaster. In a strange twist of fate, the author inadvertently foretold his own death. He was onboard the Titanic when it sank in April 1912. Join us as we share insights about a well-known story that might change your viewpoint of that fateful date with destiny.
About the presenter: John Cilio is a skilled historian focused on mid twentieth-century. He has published over seven books ranging from women working in WWI and their impact on today's business world to vintage helicopters. He is published in several national and local newspapers/magazines with over 200 articles covering a wide range of topics. He has spoken to large and small audiences in over 60 countries around the world. 

Sponsored by Friends of the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library.
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Wednesday, Feb. 3, 6:30 pm

Without even thinking about it, you take 12 to 20 breaths per minute.  Think about your breath and you can use it to relax or energize you.  Breathing is an important tool that fuels every system in your body.  Breathing not only oxygenates your blood it helps improve posture, enhances sleep, works your core muscles, and can be a form of meditation.  In this workshop we’ll go over a number of breathing exercises, breathing patterns,  and learn to sync breath patterns to gentle movements to help you feel stretched and revitalized. 

 

What you’ll need: comfortable clothes, a pillow, a mat (or soft surface you feel comfortable lying down on).  If you have a small (7-9-inch stability ball) bring that.  If not we will work around it. 

 

Join Maggie Downie,  founder of Personal Euphoria, a fitness and wellness company, where she has been helping her clients reduce pain since 2005. She is the author of Keep Moving: Take Steps to Relieve Pain & Improve Your Life.

Sponsored by Friends of the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library.
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