Subject: December Newsletter @ Berlin-Peck Memorial Library

Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
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December 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 big holiday booksale on Saturday, December 9 from 10am to 3pm in the Library’s Meeting Room. There will be books, CDs, DVDs and more for sale and if you come after 1pm, you can fill a bag for only $5! Bargains galore for your gift-giving list.

And lastly, help us support the 9th Annual Toy Drive to benefit the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Toys are given to less fortunate infants and children who enter the emergency room, have any type of procedure, and for use on the toy cart and waiting rooms. 100% of all donations go directly to the CCMC Foundation. A drop off box is located in our lobby.

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

Holiday Used Book Sale
Saturday, December 9, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Join us for a used book sale to raise money for the Friends of the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library. The sale will take place in our large meeting room. Most items are $1-$2. Fill a bag after 1:00 pm for $5!

For more information, call (860) 828-7126.

8th Annual
Gingerbread House Contest

Friday, December 15 through Thursday, December 21

Create a gingerbread house for display in the library!
Drop off your gingerbread creation between Friday, December 15 and Monday, December 18. The winner will be announced at 3:00 pm on December 19.

Vote for the Viewer's Choice winner between Tuesday, December 19 and Thursday, December 21. Visit the desk, or vote online on our Facebook page!

For more information, call (860) 828-7126.

Adult Programs
Sit & Knit
Thursday, December 7 & 21, 6:00 pm
Thursday, December 14 & 28, 1:00 pm

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

Make & Take
Wine Glass Etching
Saturday, December 2, multiple time slots

Back by popular demand! The library will provide a small selection of wine glasses to choose from, but you are encouraged to bring your own glasses to etch. Time slots are 1pm, 1:30pm, 2pm, 2:30pm, and 3pm. Registration is required. To register, visit the reference desk or call (860) 828-7126.  
For those registered for our Make & Take programs: Please remember to notify us of any cancellations to free up space for others.
Make & Take
Decorative Bow Making
Thursday, December 7, 6:30 pm

Learn to create beautiful big bows to a decorate wreaths, presents or even a brand new car! Please bring your own ribbon to this class. To create one bow, your ribbon should be 2"-4" wide, at least 3 yards and have a wired edge. To register, call (860) 828-7126 or register online »
For those registered for our Make & Take programs: Please remember to notify us of any cancellations to free up space for others.
Senior Center Book Club
Wednesday, December 13, 1:30 pm

Join us at the Berlin Senior Center for a book discussion of The Red Bandanna by Tom Rinaldi, the inspirational story of an iconic September 11 hero. Discussion takes place at Berlin Senior Center. Contact the library for a copy of the book.

Make & Take
Holiday Gift Tags

Thursday, December 14, 6:30 pm

Create a beautiful tags for your holiday gifts! Use paper, stamps, ribbon and more to create a collection of gift tags to complete your holiday gift-giving with a flourish! All supplies included. Adults, teens, and children 10 and up welcome! To register, call (860) 828-7126 or register online »
For those registered for our Make & Take programs: Please remember to notify us of any cancellations to free up space for others.
Holiday Closings
Saturday, December 23
Monday, December 25
Tuesday, December 26

The library will be closed for the Christmas holiday.
We'll reopen starting Wednesday for our regular hours.

Children's Programs
DIY Perler Bead Ornaments & Keychains
Wednesday, December 6, 6:30 pm

Make Perler Bead ornaments and keychains for yourself or to give as gifts! Hot cocoa and snacks will be served. Registration is appreciated but not required. Grades 5 and up.
To register, call (860) 828-7127 or register online »
Half Day Fun
Make a Catapult!
Wednesday, December 13, 2:00 to 3:30 pm

Grades K+; grades 2 and under with a caregiver. Drop in and build! Be creative and improve your engineering skills while we build our own catapults and test them out. No registration is required, while supplies last.
Riverside Reptiles Presents:
Living Dragons!

Wednesday, December 27, 2:00 pm

For ages 4 and up. Meet geckos that can climb glass, skinks with bright blue tongues, a legless lizard, a cousin of the Komodo Dragon, and a lizard with an impressive beard. Registration is required and begins December 18. Space is limited.
To register, call (860) 828-7127 or register online »
Critter Caravan
Thursday, December 28, 2:00 pm

Ages 3 and up. Hold on to a hedgehog! Pet a silky Angora rabbit! It's like going on a safari around the world! This traveling animal show uses a hands-on approach based on the belief that children learn best using all their senses. Registration is required, and begins December 18.
Space is limited. To register, call (860) 828-7127 or register online »
Family Movie Night
Despicable Me 3

Friday, December 29, 2:00 pm

Rated PG. 1h 30 min. Gru meets his long-lost charming, cheerful, and more successful twin brother Dru who wants to team up with him for one last criminal heist. No registration necessary, all ages. Bring comfy seating and snacks, if you wish!
Busy Bumble Bees (ages 2-3)
Monday, December 4, 10:30 am

Itsy Bitsy Storytime (ages birth-1) 
Wednesday, December 6, 10:30 am

Mother Goose on the Loose (all ages)
Friday, December 1, 10:30 am
Friday, December 8, 10:30 am

Movie Showings
My Cousin Rachel
Friday, December 1, 1:00 pm

Rated PG-13. 1 hour, 46 minutes. A young Englishman plots revenge against his late cousin's mysterious, beautiful wife, believing her responsible for his death. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms. Starring Rachel Weisz.

"An elegant, sumptuous and subtle adaptation of the Daphne du Maurier novel."
Rafer Guzman, Newsday

An Unfinished Life
Friday, December 8, 1:00 pm

Rated PG-13. 1 hour, 48 minutes. Desperate to provide care for her daughter, down-on-her-luck Jean moves in with her father in-law from whom she is estranged. Through time, they learn to forgive each other and heal old wounds.

"Consistently entertaining and ultimately satisfying, offering Robert Redford his best role in a decade. Kids, this is why everybody used to love this guy."
—Tom Long, Detroit News

Glass Castle
Friday, December 15, 1:00 pm

Rated PG-13. 2 hours, 7 minutes. A young girl comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a mother who's an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who would stir the children's imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty.

"...a family portrait that at its heart is a father-daughter movie, anchored by two outstanding actors."
—Ariel Scotti, New York Daily News

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

InstantFlix: Thousands of award-winning indie films, documentaries, classic TV, and more.
hoopla: Popular feature films, documentaries, children's video, popular and classic TV.
OverDrive: Popular feature films, documentaries, and children's video.

Library Services
Downloadable eBooks and audiobooks.
Berlin-Peck cardholders have free access to downloadable eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, movies, and more—at home, or on a smartphone or tablet. Start downloading today »

Online resources.
Your Berlin-Peck library card gives you access to databases like, AtoZdatabases, and Consumer Reports! See all our online resources »

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 »
These passes are made possible by the Friends of the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library.
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