Subject: December @ Berlin-Peck Memorial Library

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Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
December 2016 Newsletter

Besides our major December holidays of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, there are many other things celebrated during the month. Some are somber (Pearl Harbor Day and Human Rights Day) and some are silly (National Eggnog Day, National Chocolate Covered Anything Day, and National Bicarbonate of Soda Day, which you will definitely need to celebrate after all that eggnog and chocolate!)

I hope you will also keep celebrating your library, as we continue to bring you more services. This month, look for the debut of Value Line online, an investment research database. With 85 years of proven and trusted financial knowledge, Value Line covers over 3,500 stocks and provides online tools and educational resources as well. Our gift to you, with your Berlin-Peck library card!

With the Christmas holiday falling on Sunday this year, the Library will be CLOSED Friday, December 23 through Monday, December 26. We’ll have a variety of children’s programs that following vacation week, as well as a new collection of eBooks and downloadable audiobooks to try out on all your new electronic devices. Give us a call for any downloading help you may need!

On behalf of the Berlin-Peck Library Staff and the Library Board of Trustees, I wish you and your families a peaceful and joyous holiday season.

Helen Malinka
Library Director
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
234 Kensington Road
Berlin, CT 06037

860-828-7125 (main) 
860-828-7126 (reference) 
860-828-7127 (children's) 
Library Hours
Monday-Thursday 10-8
Friday 10-5 
Saturday 10-4
The library will be closed December 23-26.
Library holiday closings.
Holiday Events
Seventh Annual Gingerbread Contest
Saturday, December 10 to Saturday, December 17
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”x24”. All entries must have a card attached to the underside of the base that includes the name, address and phone number of the contestant. Gingerbread houses will be judged by the public this year! Pick up your ballot at the adult reference desk.
Click here for more information »
Gingerbread house drop-off
December 10-13 (closed Sunday)

Vote for your favorite
December 14-17

Viewer’s choice announced
December 17 @ 3:00 pm
Berlin High School Madrigals
Thursday, December 15, 6:30 pm
The Berlin High Madrigals perform a wide variety of music dating from the 15th century to the present. Enjoy a seasonal concert of a cappella music and carols.
Children's Events
Bookworms (ages 3-5)
Thursday, December 1 @ 2:00 pm

Mother Goose on the Loose (birth to preschool)
Friday, December 2 @ 10:30 am

Santa Storytime (all ages)
Saturday, December 10 @ 1:30 pm

Bibliobop (birth to preschool)
Tuesday, December 20 @ 10:30 am

Sleepytime Stories (geared towards children 3+)
Tuesday, December 20 @ 6:30 pm

Chapter Chat Book Club
Thursday, December 8, 6:30 pm
A book club for elementary school readers. You 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 Heidi Heckelback Has a Secret. Copies are available at the Children’s Reference desk.
Registration is required. Click here to register »
Santa Storytime
Saturday, December 10, 1:30 pm
A very special visitor is coming! Join us for stories, songs, treats, a craft and most importantly a visit from Santa himself. All ages welcome!
Click here to register »
Nutmeg Book Review
Thursday, December 22, 6:30 pm
The 2017 Nutmeg Nominees are here! Join us as we talk about whether or not has what it takes to be the 2017 Nutmeg winner. No right or wrong answers, just bring your opinions! Each month we’ll read one nominee and see if we can predict the state wide winner by the end of the voting period. Geared toward grades 3 and up. This meeting will focus on Gaby, Lost and Found by Angela Cervantes.
Registration is required. Click here to register »
Yoga for Kids!
Tuesday, December 27, 10:30 am
Join certified yoga instructor Kelly Murphy for this yoga program just for kids! For ages 4-9. 
Registration is required. Click here to register »
Sciencetellers: Dragons and Dreams
Tuesday, December 27, 2:00 pm
Join us as we learn about dry ice and the changing states of matter through the tale of "Dragons & Dreams." Wouldn't dragon's breath be an amazing sight to see?! Well, get ready to see it... feel it... smell it... maybe even taste it! This story features interactive and explosive experiments with dry ice, fog, bubbles, flying rockets and more. Enjoy this spectacular adventure and be swept away to a world where dragons are real and dreams come true — and where only the most daring of people will survive to tell the tale! For ages 3 and up (geared to elementary-aged children). 
Registration is required. Click here to register »
Wednesday, December 28, 2:00 pm
The library has a Minecraft server! Join other super-fans to show off your build skills, trade ideas, and work as a team. For grades 2-12. Registration is required. Click here to register »
Pokemon Party
Thursday, December 29, 6:00-7:30 pm
The library is a PokeStop! Join us for Pokemon crafts, games, safety tips and a scavenger hunt. If possible, bring your own devices loaded with the Pokemon Go App. For children ages 5+, teens and adults. Registration is required. Click here to register »
Teen Events
T.A.B. (Teen Advisory Board): Button Making!
Wednesday, December 7, 6:30 pm
Make some great buttons with our Button Machine! They make great holiday gifts. We'll provide the machine and materials, but feel free to bring in your own pictures or sayings - just make sure they fit into a 2 1/4 " circle with a 1/2" border. Snacks and hot cocoa provided! For grades 6 and up. 
Registration is required. Click here to register »
Wednesday, December 28, 2:00 pm
The library has a Minecraft server! Join other super-fans to show off your build skills, trade ideas, and work as a team. Visit the Children's Dept. to fill out a form to be granted access. You must own the PC or Mac version of Minecraft to be able to enter the server; the mobile versions are not compatible. The library will provide 3 laptops with guest Minecraft accounts installed for use on a first-come, first-served basis. We also have a Wii U and an Xbox One with Minecraft installed! Snacks provided, as well as prize drawings of Minecraft items. For grades 2-12.
Registration is required. Click here to register »
Pokemon Party
Thursday, December 29, 6:00-7:30 pm
Gotta catch 'em all at the library! Did you know the library is a PokeStop? Join us for Pokemon crafts, games, safety tips and a scavenger hunt. Bring your own devices (loaded with the Pokemon Go App) if you are able. We'll be dropping lures during the program, as well! 
For children ages 5 and up, teens and adults.
Registration is required. Click here to register »
Adult Events
Sit & Knit
Thursday, December 1 and 15, 6:00 pm
Thursday, December 8 and 22, 1:00 pm
Join local knitters for a relaxing time filled with knitting and good company!
Meet the Author: Cooking Gourmet in 60 Minutes with Dale Reney
Thursday, December 1, 6:30 pm
New Britain native and Bristol resident Dale Reney has journeyed from cooking in the kitchens of three- and four-star restaurants to being a cookbook author. Reney will tell his story and share his some of his 50 mouth-watering recipes from his book Cooking Gourmet in 60 Minutes. Books will be on sale at the event ($6 per book or 2 for $10). Samples of his cranberry orange bread will be available for tasting.
Kensington Garden Club Holiday Boutique
Saturday, December 3, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Items for sale include table arrangements, swags, wreaths, bake goods, white elephant table, Christmas bird house and a wooden gingerbread house.
Writing Club
Saturday, December 3, 1:00 pm
Do you like to write? Are you interested in getting together with fellow writers to get feedback? Meet the Berlin-Peck Writers Group! This group meets monthly.
Click here to register »
Book Club for Adults
Thursday, December 8, 6:30 pm
Join us for a discussion of I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai. The author is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate. Please contact the library to reserve a copy of this book.
Click here to register »
Coloring for Adults
Monday, December 12, 6:30 pm
Enjoy a relaxing night out. We'll supply the coloring pages and writing utensils. 
Investor’s Group
Tuesday, December 13, 1:30 pm
Join local investors in discussing stock market trends.
Movie Matinees
A Very Murdoch Christmas
Friday, December 9, 1:00 pm
Not Rated

William Murdoch uses radical forensic techniques for the time, including fingerprinting and trace evidence, to solve some of the city's most gruesome murders. In this Christmas thriller, a philanthropist is found dead before the holidays and the presents he distributes to Toronto's orphans go missing.
Bridget Jones's Diary
Friday, December 16, 1:00 pm
Rated R

A British woman is determined to improve herself while she looks for love in a year in which she keeps a personal diary. A reinterpretation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, starring Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant, and Colin Firth.

Family Movie
Friday, December 30, 2:00 pm
Rated PG

Steven Spielberg's adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic. Rated PG. Runtime: 118 minutes. All ages, no registration is required. Feel free to bring comfy seating and snacks!
Library Services
Digital Spotlight: BrainHQ
BrainHQ™ is an easy way to make brain health a priority, with life-enhancing brain fitness exercises. Try out 27 exercises with 840+ levels of training organized around the 6 core cognitive areas of Attention, Brain Speed, Memory, People Skills, Intelligence and Navigation. Exercises are delivered in short 2 minute or less segments, adapting speed and delivery to your performance. Start exercising your brain »
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 -- right in your own home! Visit our Resources page to get started »

Need to print from your personal computer or smart device? 
The library now 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! 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
Monday 12:30-2:30
Wednesday 12:30-6:00
Friday 12:30-2:30

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