Subject: February @ Berlin-Peck Memorial Library

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Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
February 2017 Newsletter

“If everyone cared and nobody cried
If everyone loved and nobody lied
If everyone shared and swallowed their pride
Then we'd see the day when nobody died.”
“If Everyone Cared” by Nickelback

In less than 2 weeks, the world will celebrate National Random Acts of Kindness Week. RAK Week, which will be observed Feb. 12-18, 2017, is an annual opportunity to unite through kindness. Formally recognized in 1995, this seven-day celebration demonstrates that kindness is contagious. It all starts with one act – one smile, one coffee for a stranger, one favor for a friend. It’s an opportunity for participants to leave the world better than they found it and inspire others to do the same.

In celebration of Random Acts of Kindness Week, the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library will have a Food for Fines program. From Monday, February 13th through Saturday, February 18th, every non-perishable, non-expired food item donated can be exchanged for $3.00 off in library fines. All items will be donated to the Berlin Food Pantry. 

Other activities include a Kindness Tree, with suggestions on how to spread kindness in the world; a card making day to send greetings to someone who may need cheering; a book discussion featuring R.J. Palacio's Wonder.

It doesn't take much to make somebody feel special. Please join our campaign.

Helen Malinka
Library Director
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Food for Fines
Monday, February 13 to Saturday, February 18
Every non-perishable, non-expired food item donated can be exchanged for $3.00 off in library fines.
All items will be donated to the Berlin Food Pantry.

Necessary fine print:
Food for Fines does not apply to damaged or lost library materials, or items that have already been billed for replacement. We cannot accept home-canned items, items that are past their expiration dates or are dented/damaged, or items with barcodes that have been lined or scratched through. This Food for Fines program is for Berlin-Peck Memorial Library cardholders only.

Kindness Tree
Monday, February 13 to Saturday, February 18
Looking for suggestions on how to spread kindness in the world? Please visit our kindness tree on display this week in the library (for all ages).

Card Making Day
Monday, February 13, 12:00 noon to 7:00 pm
Celebrate kindness! Stop in and and create a homemade Valentine’s card or thank you note for a special person, or send a card to a children’s hospital, local senior citizen, or U.S. serviceperson. While supplies last.

Kindness Book Club: Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Thursday, February 16, 6:30 pm
No right or wrong answers, just bring your opinions! We'll talk about the book and do a craft. Geared toward grades 3 and up.
The Library will be closed for President's Day
Monday, February 20
The Library will be closed on Monday, February 20th in honor of President's Day.

Tax Preparation with AARP Tax Aide (By Appointment)
Every Tuesday, February 7 to April 11
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is available free to taxpayers with low and moderate income, with special attention to those 60 and older. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in cooperation with the IRS. 
Call library for appointment: 860-828-7126.
Children's Events
Walkers & Wigglers (ages 18-36 months)
Monday, February 6 & 13
 @ 10:30 am

❤ Valentine's Day Storytime (recommended ages 3+) 
Tuesday, February 14 @ 6:30pm
Registration is required. Click to register »

Sleepytime Stories (geared towards children 3+)
Tuesday, February 21 @ 6:30 pm

(birth to 18 months)
Wednesday, February 8 & 15  @ 10:30 am

(ages 3-5)
Thursday, February 2, 9, & 16 @ 2:00 pm

(birth to preschool)
Thursday, February 23 @ 10:30 am

Mother Goose on the Loose
(birth to preschool)
Friday, February 3, 10, & 17 @ 10:30 am

Take Your Child to the Library Day
Saturday, February 4, 11:00 am
For preschool and up. Hungerford Park Nature Center is bringing their "Animals Preparing for Winter" program to the library for Take Your Child to the Library Day! As the days get shorter and the cold begins to set in, animals start to prepare for the long months ahead. Join Hungerford Park staff as we learn about different ways that animals survive the winter. A variety of live animals and artifacts will be shared during this program. Registration is required.
Click to register »
Chapter Chat Book Club
Thursday, February 9, 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 Here’s Hank: Bookmarks are People Too by Henry Winkler. Copies are available at the Children’s Reference desk. Registration is required.
Click to register »
Rock the Block: Legos
Saturday, February 18, 1:00 pm
We provide the LEGO bricks and upbeat music to build by. You provide the imagination! Grades K and up, younger children welcome with an adult caregiver. Drop-in; no registration required.
Nutmeg Book Review
Thursday, February 23, 6:30 pm
The 2017 Nutmeg Nominees are here! Join us as we talk about whether or not this book 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 Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein. Registration is required.
Click to register »
Adult Events
Sit & Knit
Thursday, February 2 & 16, 6:00 pm
Thursday, February 9 & 23 1:00 pm
Join local knitters for a relaxing time filled with knitting and good company! During the February 23rd session, we will try something new: "KNIT-FLIX". Come in and knit while we show the movie Lady in the Van.  Lights will be on in the back of the room for knitting.
Connecticut Architecture
Tuesday, February 7, 6:30 pm
A short introduction about what architecture is and ways of looking at it, followed by a selection of interesting examples from around Connecticut.  Presented by Christopher Wigren, Deputy Director of Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation.
Click for more information and to register »
Stock Club Introducing Value Line!
Tuesday, February 14, 1:30 pm
Join local investors in discussing stock market trends. This week, the club will be getting to know the library's new investment research tool, Value Line. Value Line puts you in the driver’s seat with accurate and insightful investment research on companies, industries, markets and economies. From the latest data, sophisticated tools and proven ranks to expert analysis and guidance, Value Line gives you the power to evaluate investments with confidence.
This Business of Fighting: A Human Face on World War II
Saturday, February 25, 1:00 pm
The letters of Lt. Tony Pritchard, 1942-47, as performed by his son Arnie. This is a live performance story, based on Tony Pritchard's letters to his parents in Rhode Island between his sailing for Europe in February 1944 and Germany's surrender about fifteen months later.
Click for more information and to register »
Movie Matinees
The Light Between Oceans
Friday, February 3, 1:00 pm
Rated PG-13
Tom is a World War I veteran who maintains a lighthouse off the shore of Australia with his wife Isabel, a woman desperate to have a baby. Her prayers are answered when an infant washes up on shore in a rowboat. Tom thinks they should notify the authorities but ultimately gives in to Isabel's wish to keep the girl.
About Time
Friday, February 17, 1:00 pm
Rated R
When Tim Lake is 21, his father tells him a secret: The men in their family can travel through time. Although he can't change history, Tim resolves to improve his life by getting a girlfriend. He meets Mary, falls in love and finally wins her heart via time-travel and a little cunning. However, as his unusual life progresses, Tim finds that his special ability can't shield him and those he loves from the problems of ordinary life.
The King's Speech
Friday, February 24, 1:00 pm
Rated R
The story of the future King George VI, who sees speech and language therapist Lionel Logue to cope with a stammar. The men become friends as they work together, and after his brother abdicates the throne, the new king relies on Logue to help him make his first wartime radio broadcast on Britain's declaration of war on Germany in 1939. 

Library Services
Digital Spotlight: Value Line
Value Line puts you in the driver’s seat with accurate and insightful investment research on companies, industries, markets and economies. From the latest data, sophisticated tools and proven ranks to expert analysis and guidance, Value Line gives you the power to evaluate investments with confidence. 
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 -- right in your own home! 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
The book sale will be closed on Mondays, January to March.
Wednesday 12:30-6:00
Friday 12:30-2:30
Special children's book sale during the month of February!  Details here.

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

Library Hours
Monday-Thursday 10-8
Friday 10-5 
Saturday 10-4
The library will be closed February 20 for President's Day
Library holiday closings

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860-828-7125 (main) 
860-828-7126 (reference) 
Town of Berlin, 234 Kensington Rd, Berlin, CT 06037, United States
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