Subject: ❄️ Happy Holidays!

Berlin-Peck Memorial Library • December 2018 Newsletter 
It's no secret that we love holidays and remembrances here at the Library, and as Thanksgiving has just passed, we hope you're still basking in the afterglow. But as you gear up for holiday shopping, please remember your Library and the wonderful programs we offer all year long. One of the most painless ways to give is through our Wowbrary Amazon account. Click on the link at the very bottom right of our webpage and then shop as usual on Amazon. It doesn’t cost you anything, but the Library will receive a small percentage of your purchase.

Another way to help us is to patronize our gently used jewelry sale, Baubles & Bling, on Saturday, December 1 from 10am to 3pm in the Library’s Meeting Room. Most items are priced from $1 to $10. Money raised will go toward library programming. Cash only please!

The Library Staff and I wish you and yours a joyous holiday season.

And thanks so much to all of you!

All the best,
Helen Malinka
Library Director
9th Annual
Gingerbread Contest
Drop off your homemade gingerbread house for display, and help us pick a winner! 

Creations must be constructed primarily of edible materials, and bases must not exceed 24" x 24". All entries must have a card attached to the underside of the base that includes the name, address and phone number of the contestant.

Drop off your gingerbread creations between Friday, December 14 and Monday, December 17.

Online voting will open on December 17. To vote, visit or visit us on Facebook.

Winners will be announced on Friday, December 21!

Sit & Knit
Thursday, December 6 + 20, 6:00 pm
Thursday, December 13 + 27, 1:00 pm

Join local knitters for a relaxing time filled with knitting and good company!

Baubles & Bling Sale
Saturday, December 1, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Join us for a gently-used jewelry sale. Most items will be priced between $1 and $10 and include brooches, necklaces, earrings and bracelets. Bring the kids to see items just for them or to purchase a holiday gift for mom or grandma! Proceeds will fund programs at the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library.
Understanding New Tax Changes
Tuesday, December 4, 6:30 pm

Join Heidi Parchmann, MSPA, EA, to learn about many of the changes we will all encounter when we sit down to prepare our 2018 income tax returns. Learn more now by reading the AARP Tax Aide Tax Time Check Up letter.
Senior Center Book Club
Wednesday, December 5, 1:30 pm

Join us for "Book Conversations". Share books you've read with the group. Maybe we'll get suggestions for our next read! Discussion takes place at the Berlin Senior Center.
Movie Matinee
Crazy Rich Asians (PG-13)
Friday, December 7, 1:00 pm

This contemporary romantic comedy follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu to Singapore to meet her boyfriend's family. Rated PG-13. Movie length: 2 hours. Movie released in 2018.
Cookbook Club Cookie Swap
Monday, December 10, 6:30 pm

Cookies!!! Bring 3-4 dozen cookies (please make only one kind of cookie), a container to bring cookies home, and a copy of your recipe.
Stock Club
Tuesday, December 11, 1:30 pm

Join local investors to discuss stock market trends.

Did you know? Your Berlin-Peck Memorial Library card gives you free online access to Value Line investment research! Check out Value Line »
Gift Wrapping Night
Thursday, December 13, 5:30-8:00 pm (drop-in!) 

Take advantage of our large room and long tables to get all your gift wrapping done in one night! Bring your gifts and wrapping supplies. Our crafty crew will be there to teach you how to make a stunning bow or a hand-stamped gift tag.
Movie Matinee
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again (PG-13)
Friday, December 14, 1:00 pm

Five years after the events of Mamma Mia! (2008), Sophie prepares for the grand reopening of the Hotel Bella Donna as she learns more about her mother's past. Rated PG-13. Movie length: 1 hour, 54 mins. Movie released in 2018.
Movie Matinee
Christmas Train (TV-G)
Friday, December 21, 1:00 pm

A cynical journalist decides to take a train from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles for Christmas to get inspiration for a story in honor of his late father. He gets to know the other passengers and runs into an old flame while aboard. Rated TV-G. Movie length: 1 hour, 26 minutes. Movie released in 2017.
You can register for programs online,
visit the Adult Reference Desk to register in person,
or call (860) 828-7126 to register by phone.

Want more movies? Check out the library's streaming services!

hoopla - Popular feature films, documentaries, children's video, popular and classic TV.
OverDrive - Popular feature films, documentaries, and children's video.

Create a free RBdigital account to access:
IndieFlix - Thousands of award-winning indie films, documentaries, classic TV, and more.
Qello Concerts - Full-length concerts and documentaries from the 1920s to today's hottest artists.
AcornTV - World-class mysteries, dramas, and comedies from Britain and beyond.
Great Courses - Video learning from some of the world's most engaging professors and experts.

Berlin-Peck Memorial Library • Teens
Makerspace Drop In Hours
Thursdays, December 6, 2:00-5:00 pm
Thursdays, December 13, 2:00-7:30 pm

For grades 4-12. Drop-in Thursdays after 2:00 pm to explore our makerspace! 
DIY Teens: Origami Stars
Thursday, December 6, 6:30 pm

Grades 6+. Learn to make origami stars. Give them away or use them to decorate your room, locker or Christmas tree! Registration is appreciated.
Movie Matinee
The House with a Clock in Its Walls (PG)
Wednesday, December 26, 2:00 pm

All ages (children must be accompanied by an adult). Based on a book, the film tells the story of a young orphan who aids his magical uncle in locating a clock with the power to bring about the end of the world. Rated PG; run time 1 hour and 46 minutes.
Teen Chocolate Make & Take
Friday, December 28, 2:00 pm

Ages 11+. Learn about the history of chocolate, partake in some chocolate trivia, and last but not least, MAKE and TAKE your CHOCOLATE creations home! There will even be a toppings bar for you to explore. Registration is required and begins December 19.
You can register for programs online,
visit the Children's Reference Desk to register in person,
or call (860) 828-7127 to register by phone.

Berlin-Peck Memorial Library • Kids
Read & Bead: Autumn Edition
October 1 through December 29

Grades K-5. Bring your Read & Bead necklace/keychain from summer back to the library and pick up an Autumn Challenge activity sheet to earn seasonal beads! If you are new to Read & Bead visit the Children's Desk for your necklace or keychain. 

World of Wonder
Monday, December 3, 10:30 am

Ages 1-6 with a caregiver. Explore science, technology, engineering art, & math through play (and books!) This month we will be making process art. Just drop in!
SaturPLAY on FriYAY
Friday, December 7, 10:30 am

All ages (children must be accompanied by an adult). A playgroup that includes fun toys, sensory materials, musical instruments and more while providing caregivers an opportunity to interact and build skills with their children and network with one another. No registration is required.
Nutcracker Tea Party
Saturday, December 8, 11:00 am

All ages. A festive tea...a magical ballet...a wonderful time! A family-friendly event perfect for the child in all of us. Dance Legacy will perform a short version of the holiday classic followed by a delightful tea party! Sponsored by Dance Legacy. Registration is required.
It's Splat the Cat Time!
Tuesday, December 11, 6:30 pm

Ages 2-6 with a caregiver. We will read a Splat the Cat story and do some fun activities. Registration is required as space is limited.
Dentist Fun
Friday, December 14, 10:30 am

Ages 2+ with a caregiver. Guests from the dental office of Dr. Michael S. Tosatti will be joining us to talk about teeth!
Pilkey Party: Dog Man Style
Thursday, December 27, 2:00 pm

Grades 3+ only. Do you love the Dog Man & Captain Underpants books as much as we do? Come enjoy a craft and games inspired by the author, Dav Pilkey. Registration is required and begins December 18.
Noon Year's Eve Party
Monday, December 31, 11:00 am

All ages (children must be accompanied by an adult). Join us for this rockin' child-friendly version of New Year's Eve as we countdown to noon! We'll make crafts, jump on bubble wrap, eat snacks and have a special countdown. Registration is required and begins December 20.
You can register for programs online,
visit the Children's Reference Desk to register in person,
or call (860) 828-7127 to register by phone.
Storytimes will resume in 2019!
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Homebound delivery service.
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