Subject: ⛱ Kick off summer @ Berlin-Peck Memorial Library

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Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
June 2017 Newsletter

Warm Thoughts for June

As I’m writing this, I’m trying to think “summer”, but Mother Nature hasn’t been cooperating. Our summer reading plans, however, haven’t been thwarted by the weather, but by staffing. We recently lost one full time and one part time staff members to new opportunities, which has set us back a bit in our planning.

All departments will have their programs in place by June 19 with new incentives and prizes – so look for a special summer eNewsletter coming to your inbox soon!

And if you’re looking for reading suggestions, check out our new MyLibrarian feature. Just fill out a quick questionnaire about your likes and dislikes, and you’ll get a personalized reading list from whichever Berlin-Peck librarian you choose. These librarians are voracious readers and love sharing their favorites with you. Even our custodians use them!

Lastly, many patrons have asked, “Why are you showing such great movies only during the day!" To that end, we will now be showing several on Monday evenings as well. "Hidden Figures" will kick it off on Friday, June 2 @ 1pm and then again on Monday, June 5 @ 6:30pm. The film is rated PG and lasts a little over 2 hours. We hope you can take advantage of TWO opportunities to see this wonderful movie! Pick up a copy of our summer movie brochure at the circulation desk.

Thinking warm thoughts,

Helen Malinka
Library Director

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The Kenn Morr Band
Monday, June 19, 7:00 pm
Kick off the summer with an outdoor concert featuring The Kenn Morr Band!
Alternative Folk/Rock with groovin' rhythms, unique instrumentation, poetic lyrics and sweet melodies. Critics say the music stays with you upon first-listening. Kenn's music has been played on radio stations throughout US and Europe. No registration required. The concert will be indoors if the weather is undesirable.
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Magic by George
Thursday, Jun. 22, 2:00 PM
Join Magic By George for a fast-paced, high-energy show full of surprises and fun-filled family entertainment. Watch in amazement as a member of the audience actually floats in midair!  For ages 5 and up. Space is limited. Registration is required and begins June 15. Call (860) 828-7127 to register.
Construction Club
Saturday, June 24, 1:00-2:30 PM
Calling all builders - come build with us! Legos®, giant blocks, Duplos, Magformers and more will be available. All you need to bring is your creativity! All ages (children under 8 with adult supervision). No registration is required. 
Acrobat Li Liu
Monday, June 26, 2:00 pm
Award-winning performer Li Liu will enthrall you with her acrobatic performance, which includes hand balancing, plate spinning, trick cycling, foot juggling, ribbon dancing, and Chinese water bowl manipulation. Li also touches on various aspects of Chinese language, geography and culture. For ages 3 and up. Space is limited. Registration is required and begins June 19. Call (860) 828-7127 to register.
Children's Book Clubs
Chapter Chat Book Club
Thursday, June 1, 6:30 pm
A book club for elementary school readers. Read the book at home and then join us for a lively discussion and craft based on the book. There are no wrong answers in Chapter Chat, just fun! This week we will be discussing David Adler's Danny's Doodles: The Jelly Bean Experiment. Copies are available at the Children’s Reference desk. Registration is required.
Click to register »
We're taking a break from our weekly storytimes to get ready for summer reading. Don't worry, storytimes will be back soon!
Bibliobop (birth to preschool)
Tuesday, June 27, 10:30 am
Are you ready to shake your sillies out? Join us for a story followed by some energetic dancing, singing, playing and bubbles! Geared to toddlers and preschoolers. No registration is required.
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Berlin High School Study Hours
Monday, June 12, 8:00 pm-10:00 pm
Tueday, June 13, 8:00 pm-10:00 pm
Wednesday, June 14, 8:00 pm-10:00 pm
We will be open late for BHS students studying for exams. Students may use our group study space, computers, and free Wi-Fi! Refreshments (provided by Raising Berlin) will be served. Students must arrive before 8 pm and will not be allowed to re-enter the building once they have left. Questions? Call 860-828-7126.
Adult Events View calendar »
Sit & Knit
Thursday, June 1 & 15, 6:00 pm
Thursday, June 8 & 22, 1:00 pm
Join local knitters for a relaxing time filled with knitting and good company! 
Stock Club
Tuesday, June 13, 1:30 pm
Join local investors in discussing stock market trends. No registration necessary, drop-ins welcome.
Interested in the stock market and investing? Check out the library's subscription to Value Line online for the latest data, tools, and analysis. Use it from home—all you need is your library card!
Memoir Writing Workshop
Wednesday, June 7 & 14, 1:00 pm
Join facilitator Kristianna Smith for this three day exploration of storytelling and performance! Write memoirs inspired by your real-life experiences. Then, bring your story from page to performance!
Click to register: June 7 »   June 14 »

Make & Take: Memory Jars
Thursday, June 13, 6:30 pm
A memory jar is a great way to keep and treasure life’s small moments. In this class, we’ll create memory jars to collect your memories. Later, write down your treasured moments on slips of paper and add them to the jar. When the jar is filled or whenever you need a boost, take out the memories you’ve collected and read over them. We welcome adults, teens and children over 10 to participate in this program.
Click to register »
Book Clubs
Senior Center Book Club
Wednesday, June 21 1:30 pm
Join us in discussing Boston Girl by Anita Diamant. A story about family ties and values, friendship and feminism told through the eyes of a young Jewish woman growing up in Boston in the early twentieth century. Contact the library to reserve a copy of this book. Please note: this group meets at the senior center.
Movie Showings
Introducing Monday night movies!
Hidden Figures
Friday, June 2, 1:00 pm
Monday, June 5, 6:30 pm
As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history.
Rated PG. 2 hours, 7 minutes.
Monday, June 12, 6:30 pm
Friday, June 16, 1:00 pm
In 1950s Pittsburgh, a Black garbage collector named Troy Maxson--bitter that baseball's color barrier was only broken after his own heyday in the Negro Leagues--is prone to taking out his frustrations on his loved ones.
Rated PG-13. 2 hours, 19 minutes.
Monday, June 26, 6:30 pm
Friday, July 7, 1:00 pm
At only five years old, Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India. Unable to read or write or recall the name of his hometown or even his own last name, he survived alone for weeks on the rough streets of Calcutta before ultimately being transferred to an agency and adopted by a couple in Australia.
Rated PG-13. 1 hour, 58 minutes.
Library Services

InstantFlix (powered by IndieFlix) is a streaming video service that specializes in presenting independent films. Use your Berlin library card to watch movies on any Internet-enabled computer, smartphone, or tablet with a Web browser!

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Keep our Seed Library going! 
Did you have a good growing season? Please consider sharing your seeds with us. Click to learn more »
Downloadable eBooks and audiobooks. 
Berlin-Peck cardholders have free access to downloadable eBooks, audiobooks, magazines and movies in our digital library »

Online resources.
Your Berlin-Peck library card gives you access to databases like, AtoZdatabases, and Consumer Reports! Visit our Resources page to get started »

Homebound delivery service.
Berlin-Peck offers volunteer delivery services to patrons who are homebound (temporarily or permanently) because of illness, disability, or advanced age. To be eligible for our Homebound Service, patrons must be Berlin residents and must have a current Berlin-Peck Library card.
Give us a call at (860) 828-7126 or email us at

Need to print from your personal computer or smart device? 
The library offers wireless printing »

Reserve and print museum passes online! 
Free and discounted passes to local museums and attractions can be checked out with your library card. Most passes can be printed at home, with no need to return (and no late fees!)
Check out available passes »

Book a Librarian! 
Do you need some one-on-one help? Personalized service is just a phone call away.
Call (860) 828-7126 to book an appointment. 

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Friends of the Library
This newsletter and many of our library programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library. Please consider supporting our library by joining our Friends group today »

The ongoing library book sale, run by our Friends of the Library group, is located in the Berlin Community Center. Check out the Friends of the Library Facebook page! »

Book Sale Regular Hours
Wednesday 12:30-6:00
Friday 12:30-2:30

Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
234 Kensington Road
Berlin, CT 06037

Library Hours
Monday-Thursday 10-8
Friday 10-5 
Saturday 10-4
Contact Us
860-828-7125 (main) 
860-828-7126 (reference) 

Town of Berlin, 234 Kensington Rd, Berlin, CT 06037, United States
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