Subject: August Newsletter @ Berlin-Peck Memorial Library

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Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
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August Newsletter
It seems summer has just gotten underway, but by the end of this month, the kids will be back in school! Take advantage of what’s left of the summer by participating in one of our many programs, besides summer reading, of course. We run the gamut from an author visit from our native son, Joe Clifford, to movies, to important information about ticks and tick-borne diseases.

The latest elevator update: a contractor has been chosen and construction should begin this fall. We don’t anticipate being closed for any period of time during the project, but will keep you regularly briefed throughout.

Just in time for your end of summer and fall travel plans, we present our newest databases:
AtoZ The USA; and AtoZ World Travel. Learn about a possible destination before you venture there. All you need is your Berlin-Peck Library card!

We have a few new faces at the library who you may run into while you’re visiting us. Alyssa Skorski is joining the Children’s Department staff and Jonathan Noyes will be working at the new Information Services desk.

Speaking of the new desk, I hope you are enjoying the new set-up. We combined the Reference and Circulation Desks (now called Information Services) so you don’t have to be sent all over the Library to get the answers to your questions. Come and see our new look soon!


Helen Malinka
Library Director

— August Spotlight —

Author Joe Clifford
Tuesday, August 1 @ 6:30 pm

Join Berlin native Joe Clifford as he discusses his new book release. 

In Give Up the Dead
handyman Jay Porter is just putting his life back together when a mysterious stranger stops by with an offer too good to be true: a large sum of cash in exchange for finding a missing teenager. To register, call (860) 828-7126 or register online »

— Summer Reading! —
There's still plenty of time to participate in the 2017 Adult Summer Reading program! Read books, attend library programs, and complete fun challenges for your chance to win one of several raffle prizes!
Challenge prizes: Pick up a small prize at the reference desk each time you complete one of the challenges!

Raffle prizes: $20 Bakery on the Ave gift card, $20 Panera Bread gift card, $25 Stop and Shop gift card, Trader Joe's dry goods bag ($50 value), 2 tickets to the "Big E" ($30 value).

Raffle grand prizes: Amazon Kindle Fire 8, Lowe's tool set ($100 value)

Raffles will be drawn on August 25. Get started today »
Teens in grades 6 to 12 receive an instant-win scratch ticket when they check out any title from the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library. No need to sign up: if you win a prize, you win instantly!
Small scratch-off prizes: Instantly win your choice of fun prizes: toys, candy, lanyards, New Britain Bees ticket vouchers, and more.

Gift certificate prizes: Instantly win a gift card to Amazon, Dunkin’ Donuts, Subway, Taco Bell, or GameStop.

Raffle grand prizes: $75 Visa Gift Card

Raffles will be drawn on August 14. Learn More »
Read, complete challenges, and attend library programs to earn “energy credits,” Super-Action Play Packs, and prize-pack drawing tickets.
Read for 300 minutes: Super-Action Play Pack or other Treasure Chest prize
Read for 600 minutes: Spin the Prize Wheel
Read for 1,200 minutes: Earn a FREE BOOK

Raffle prizes: $75 Amazon gift card, Family Prize Pack ($25 Big Y gift card, assorted tabletop games, & 1 free child’s pass to Safari Golf), and more.

Read-to-Me Program (for children birth-preschool)
Pick up a Read-to-Me Log at the library. Color in a brick each time you read a book or complete an early literacy activity. Complete 10 activities and earn a prize, complete 60 activities and earn a special prize!

Raffles will be drawn on August 14. Learn more »

— Children's Programs —
Wednesday, August 9, 2:00 to 3:30 pm

The library has a Minecraft server! Join other super-fans to show off your build skills, trade ideas, and work as a team! There will be prize drawings of Minecraft items, and snacks will be provided. For grades 2-12.

To register, call (860) 828-7127 or register online »

Board in the Library!
Friday, August 18, 2:00 pm

Learn to play popular tabletop and card games such as Sushi Go, Carcassone, Munchkin Deluxe, Dominion, Monsters and Maidens and more. Feel free to bring your own! Snacks provided. For grades 6 and up. 

Registration is not required. 
Program will take place in our NEW MakerSpace!

Don't worry, storytimes will return this fall!

— Adult Programs —
Sit & Knit
Thursday, August 3 & 17, 6:00 pm
Thursday, August 10 & 24, 1:00 pm

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

Information on Ticks
and Tick-Borne Diseases

Wednesday, August 16, 6:30 pm

This summer could be a bad year for disease-carrying ticks. Join the Central Connecticut Health District for a seminar on the basics of tick-borne diseases, what to expect this year, and how you and your loved ones can protect yourselves. To register, call (860) 828-7126 or register online »

Make & Take at the Library:
Natural Cleaning Products

Thursday, August 17, 6:30 pm

Learn to make home cleaning products that use natural ingredients and are free of harsh chemicals! We'll provide the recipes and work together to make several home cleaners that will save you money and benefit the environment. Adults, teens, and children ages 10+ (with a parent) are welcome. To register, call (860) 828-7126 or register online »

Dementia & Caregiving
Tuesdays, 6:00 to 7:30 pm

Join us for a five week educational program, Dementia and Caregiving: Focusing on the Person while Understanding the Disease Progression

To register, contact the Connecticut Center for Healthy Aging: (877) 424-4641.

Schedule & Topics
Aug. 22    Overview of Dementia
Aug. 29    Basics of Good Communications and Understanding Behaviors
Sep. 12    Safety in the Environment and How to Structure a Day with Activities
Sep. 26    Taking Care of the Caregiver and Care Options
Oct. 3       Legal and Financial

The Dog Listener:
Understanding Your Best Friend

Wednesday, August 23, 6:30 pm

Looking to understand your dog a little better? Join Phil Klein, Certified Dog Listener, to learn how canines see the world, discover how they communicate, and understand the underlying reasons for their behaviors.

Bring your questions (but not your dog) for an informative, fun session! To register, call (860) 828-7126 or register online »

3rd Annual Tomato & Pepper Tasting Party
Wednesday, August 30, 6:30 pm

Do you love growing peppers?  Bring a few of your favorite tomatoes and/or peppers and compare them with your friends and neighbors. Didn't grow any this year? No problem, you're still welcome to join in the tasting!

Participants, please bring 2-3 of each variety you would like to have tasted. Plates/rating cards will be provided.

To register, call (860) 828-7126 or register online »

A Dog's Purpose
Friday, August 4, 1:00 pm

Rated PG. 1 hour, 40 minutes. The soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love. 

Café Society
Friday, August 11, 1:00 pm

Rated PG-13. 1 hour, 36 minutes. Set in the 1930s, a young Bronx native moves to Hollywood where he falls in love with the secretary of his powerful uncle, an agent to the stars. After returning to New York he is swept up in the vibrant world of nightclub life.

Collateral Beauty
Monday, August 14, 6:30 pm
Friday, August 18, 1:00 pm

Rated PG-13. 1 hour, 37 minutes. Retreating from life after a tragedy, a man questions the universe by writing letters to Love, Time and Death. After unexpectedly receiving answers, he begins to see how even loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty. 

Boynton Beach Club
Friday, August 25, 1:00 pm

Rated R. 1 hour, 45 minutes. Lois, Harry, Marilyn, Sandy and Jack live in an "Active Adult" community in Boynton Beach, Florida. Their lives intersect when they meet at a local Bereavement Club where they go to find the emotional support needed after losing a loved one.

— Library Services —
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.
Register online, 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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Berlin Peck Memorial Library
234 Kensington Road
Berlin, CT 06037
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Friday 10-5 
Saturday 10-4
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