Subject: April Newsletter @ Berlin-Peck Memorial Library

Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
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April Newsletter
Happy spring everyone! April brings more daylight for reading and other fun activities. I’m not embarrassed to tell you that I have a Passport for CT Wineries and Vineyards. I love visiting new destinations and old favorites. What I also have, however, is a Passport to CT Libraries, and if you like exploring new places like I do, I suggest you participate.

Over one hundred Connecticut libraries are proud to participate in the Connecticut Library Association’s Passport to Connecticut Libraries Program. To celebrate National Library Week during April, the Passport to Connecticut Libraries Program invites you to visit all the participating Connecticut public libraries. Each library has its own architecture, vibe and collection to explore and browse! The program is open to adults and children, and the hope is that it encourages residents to explore the amazing diversity of our public libraries.

To participate, visit your local participating library to pick up your Passport. They will stamp it and give you a token gift to get you started. Then, take your Passport along as you visit other participating libraries. At each visit, you must show your library card, and then the library will stamp your passport and give you another small gift.

If you visit at least five participating libraries and return your passport to a participating library by May 7th, then you will be entered into one state-wide drawing for a chance to win a $150 Visa gift card for adults (18 and up) and a $100 Visa gift card for children (under 18). This is a state-wide contest where four winners will be selected: one adult and one child from a random drawing from all who visited at least five libraries, and one adult and one child from a random drawing from all who visited the most libraries.

For more details and a full list of participating libraries, ask at Information Services. The program runs from April 2nd to 30th.

In conclusion, I would like to thank all those residents who spoke, wrote or called our town officials on behalf of the library. The final results won’t happen for a while yet, but I know for certain that your voices were heard. We are so grateful.


Helen Malinka
Library Director

First Ladies:
An Adventure in Glamor, Guts, and Gumption
Saturday, April 7, 1:00 pm

Who were they really? What made them tick? This lively, humorous and engaging presentation takes a look at the women who became the First Ladies of the United States.
To register, call (860) 828-7126 or register online »

Adult Programs
Sit & Knit
Thursday, April 5 & 19, 6:00 pm
Thursday, April 12 & 26, 1:00 pm

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

From (Un)Employment to Empowerment!
Tuesday, April 3, 6:30pm

Learn all about franchising as a business ownership option.
To register, call (860) 828-7126 or register online »
Senior Center Book Club
Wednesday, April 4, 1:30 pm

Join us for a discussion of A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. A grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.

Please contact the library to reserve a copy of the book.
To register, call (860) 828-7126 or register online »
The Healing Power of Meditation
Wednesday, April 4, 6:30 pm

Discover this simple technique that can reduce stress, enhance relaxation and promote inner growth. With Dr. Matthew Raider.
To register, call (860) 828-7126 or register online »
Saturday Afternoon
Adult Book Group

Saturday, April 14, 1:00 pm

Join us for a discussion of the book In the Woods by Tana French. Please contact the library to reserve a copy of the book.
To register, call (860) 828-7126 or register online »
Stock Club
Monday, April 16, 1:30 pm

Join local investors to discuss stock market trends.

Interested in investing? Check out the library's subscription to Value Line online, at home or in the library!

Wednesday, April 18, 6:30 pm

Join Reiki Master Holly Kevorkian for an introduction to Reiki.
To register, call (860) 828-7126 or register online »

Make & Take
Book Hugger Bookmarks
Thursday, April 19, 6:30 pm

What's the worst part of a pretty bookmark? It gets hidden inside the book! Not so with these fun and adorable book huggers. Learn how to make your own from a few more supplies. Open to adults, teens, and children ages 10+ with an adult. To register, call (860) 828-7126 or register online »
New Britain Symphony Orchestra
Steel Drum Ensemble
Monday, April 23, 6:30 pm

Celebrate the infectious sounds of steel drum music, and learn how its worldwide popularity began in the Caribbean. Refreshments will be served.
To register, call (860) 828-7126 or register online »
Essential Oils 101
Tuesday, April 24, 6:30 pm

Learn the basics of essential oils, how to use them, and their benefits.
To register, call (860) 828-7126 or register online »
George Washington's
30 Ways to Be Polite in an Impolite World
Saturday, April 28, 1:00 pm

Discover the rules of civility that helped shape America's first President.
To register, call (860) 828-7126 or register online »
Cookbook Club:
Cooking by the Book
Monday, April 30, 6:30 pm

Choose a recipe from this month's cookbook, Food, Health and Happiness by Oprah Winfrey, make the dish on your own, and then gather for a feast! While we eat, we'll discuss the cookbook, its recipes and the process of choosing what to make and how to make it. Registration is required. Visit the library for a copy of the cookbook. To register, call (860) 828-7126 or register online »

Children's / Teen Programs
Nutmeg Book Club
Thursday, April 5, 6:30 pm

This month we are reading Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman and Pugs of the Frozen North by Philip Reeve. Copies are available in the Children’s Department. Join us for games, crafts, and all things Nutmeg! Recommended for grades 3 – 6.
To register, call (860) 828-7127 or register online »
Berlin Schools Vacation Week
R.E.A.D. to a Dog!

Tuesday, April 10, 2:00-3:30 pm

Children who need to boost their reading skills (or just love dogs) can sign up for 15-minute sessions reading to a certified R.E.A.D. dog. Registration is required and begins on April 3. Please call (860) 828-7127 to register.
Berlin Schools Vacation Week
Button Making!

Wednesday, April 11, 2:00-4:00 pm

Spruce up your bookbags and jackets with a pin that you design. If you have a photograph you’d like to make into a pin, bring it in! Or use one of our pre-cut blank templates and design your own here with markers or crayons. Registration is not required. For grades K and up.
Berlin Schools Vacation Week
Family Movie Matinee: Coco

Thursday, April 12, 2:00-4:00 pm

Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family's ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer. Rated PG. All ages. Registration is not required. Bring snacks and comfy seating, if you wish!
Ozobots, Cubelets,
and Makey Makeys
Saturday, April 14, 2:00-3:45 pm

Hang out in our Makerspace and explore Ozobots, Cubelets, and Makey Makeys! For grades 4 and up. No registration is required.
Robots & Wall Coasters
Thursday, April 19, 6:30-7:30 pm

Drop by the Children's Department and the Makerspace and play with our Sphero and BB-8 robots and our super-fun new Wall Coaster! For grades 2 and up. Registration is not required. 
KEVA Planks, K'Nex, 
Strawbees, and OFFBITS
Thursday, April 26, 6:30-7:45 pm

Hang out in our Makerspace and build! KEVA Planks, K'Nex, Strawbees, and OFFBITS will be available to experiment with. For grades 4 and up. 
No registration is required.
Saturday, April 21, 10:30 pm to 12:00 noon

A playgroup that includes fun toys, sensory materials, musical instruments and other activities while providing caregivers an opportunity to interact and build skills with their children and network with one another. No registration is required.
Busy Bumble Bees (ages 2-3)
Monday, April 2, 10:30 am
Monday, April 16, 10:30 am
Monday, April 23, 10:30 am
Monday, April 30, 10:30 am
PJ Storytime (birth to preschool and families) 
Tuesday, April 17, 6:30 pm
Mother Goose on the Loose (all ages)
Friday, April 6, 10:30 am
Friday, April 13, 10:30 am
Friday, April 27, 10:30 am

Movie Showings
Loving Vincent
Friday, April 6, 1:00 pm

Rated PG-13. 1 hour, 34 minutes. A young man comes to the last hometown of painter Vincent van Gogh to deliver the troubled artist's final letter and ends up investigating his final days there. Depicted in oil painted animation.

Friday, April 13, 1:00 pm

Rated PG. 1 hour, 53 minutes. Based on the New York Times bestseller, Wonder tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.

The Greatest Showman
Friday, April 20, 1:00 pm

Rated PG. 1 hour, 45 minutes. Celebrates the birth of show business, and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

Murder on the Orient Express
Friday, April 27, 12:30 pm

Rated PG-13. 1 hour, 44 minutes. 
When a murder occurs on the train he's travelling on, celebrated detective Hercule Poirot is recruited to solve the case.

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