Subject: February Newsletter @ Berlin-Peck Memorial Library

Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
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February Newsletter
Got the winter blues? No need to feel S.A.D. this winter…here’s a reminder that the Library owns two “happy lights” for anyone with seasonal affective disorder craving the sun! Reading or relaxing for 30 minutes next to these lamps may improve your outlook for hours. This year we have made one available for checkout for a week! Ask at reference or place a hold online.

Here’s another way to fight the winter blues. Have you ever wanted to start your own vegetables from seed, or grow an unusual plant but can’t find the plants? Learn how easy it is to start your own plants from seed and discover the Berlin-Peck Seed Library. Our favorite gardener Chris Fasciano will present this informative program. Save the date – Monday, March 19th at 6:30pm.

New! New! New! If you are a movie lover, the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library has a new offering just for you — Binge Boxes! What's a Binge Box? It's a themed collection of movies, providing hours of entertainment, in an easy-to-carry box. Perfect for sleepovers, rainy days, or family staycations, we have a Binge Box for every taste and age. Binge boxes feature categories such as The Dating Game, Adrenaline Rush, Classic Comedy, Accidently in Love, Cry Your Eyes Out, Classics, and many more. We even supply the popcorn! Binge Boxes may be checked out for one week and renewed twice if someone isn’t waiting for it.
Database of the Month
We will be highlighting one of our databases every month to show you what is available for FREE with your Berlin-Peck Library card. This month we are featuring AtoZdatabases
  • Job searches: Over 7 million available positions, including resume writing templates and interviewing skills
  • Free mailing lists and sales leads: Help entrepreneurs and small businesses find new prospects and grow sales
  • Background search: Whether you’re hiring a babysitter or business employee, check here for free. Search more than 200 million people from over 1 billion records
  • Look up a business or person: Get a complete credit profile or find long lost relatives and classmates
More good reasons to have a Berlin-Peck Library card. Use yours soon and try these new services!

45 more days until spring! But who’s counting? 

Helen Malinka
Library Director

Celebrate Random Acts of Kindness!
February 10 to February 17

Random Acts of Kindness Week celebrates kindness and the "pay it forward" mentality. Acts of kindness can include anything: donating money or groceries, letting someone go ahead of you in line, bringing muffins to work, giving out flowers, or posting anonymous uplifting messages. Come celebrate with us! 

Food for Fines
Saturday, February 10 to Saturday, February 17

Every non-perishable, non-expired food item you bring in can be exchanged for $4 off in library fines. All items will be donated to the Berlin Food Pantry. Learn more »
Saturday, February 10, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Create a homemade Valentine’s card or a thank you note for a special person using our craft supplies. All ages, children through adults, are welcome to create a card.
Kindness Rocks
Saturday, February 17, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
The Kindness Rocks Project was created to spread inspiration and kindness for unsuspecting passers-by through painted rocks dropped in random locations. Stop in to paint your own rock, and spread some kindness!

Free Tax Assistance through AARP
Every Tuesday by appointment, February 6 to April 17

This free program provides income tax preparation assistance for low and middle-income taxpayers of all ages, with special attention to those 50 and older. It’s free, it’s easy. Download the info sheet for more information. 

To schedule a Tuesday appointment with a certified Tax-Aide counselor or to obtain information, call the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library at 860-828-7126. For Thursday appointments, contact the Berlin Senior Center at 860-828-7006.

Adult Programs
Sit & Knit
Thursday, February 1 & 15, 6:00 pm
Thursday, February 8 & 22, 1:00 pm

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

Goodreads 101
Wednesday, February 7, 2:00 pm

Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers and book recommendations. This informative class will teach you how to use Goodreads to keep track of the books you read, find new recommendations, keep lists of books you want to read, and connect with other readers. To register, call (860) 828-7126 or register online »
Make & Take
Polymer Bead Bracelets
Thursday, February 8, 6:30 pm

Create your own polymer bead bracelets with presenter Marlo Matassa. All supplies included. Adults, teens and children over 10 are welcome to register for this event. To register, call (860) 828-7126 or register online »
Kindness Week
Cardmaking: Drop-in Craft
Saturday, February 10, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Celebrate kindness! Create a homemade Valentine’s card or a thank you note for a special person using our craft supplies. While supplies last. All ages, children through adults, are welcome to create a card. No registration required!
Stock Club
Tuesday, February 13, 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!
Kindness Week
Kindness Rocks
Saturday, February 17, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

The Kindness Rocks Project was created to spread inspiration and a moment of kindness for unsuspecting recipients through random inspirational rocks dropped along the way. Drop into the library to paint your own unique rock and then take it with you to place in the community to spread some kindness. Supplies included while they last.
Presidents' Day
Monday, February 19

The Library will be closed Monday, February 19 in honor of Presidents' Day. 
CT Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Camp 
History, Memories and Legacy
Saturday, February 24, 1:00 pm

A presentation by local author and historian Marty Podskoch on the Connecticut Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Camps, created in 1933 under President Roosevelt’s “New Deal” to relieve the poverty and unemployment of the Depression by building public works like bridges, dams, and roads.
To register, call (860) 828-7126 or register online »
Cookbook Club:
Cooking by the Book
Monday, February 26, 6:30 pm

Choose a recipe from this month's cookbook, The Soup and Bread Cookbook by Beatrice Ojakangas, 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. To register, call (860) 828-7126 or register online »

Children's / Teen Programs
Take Your Child to the Library Week 
Saturday, February 3 to Friday, February 9

Drop by the Children's Department any time during the week for fun activities for the whole family! Crafts, a scavenger hunt, a special "Library Game," and more. Participate in our Guessing Jar contest for a chance to win an Amazon Gift Card! Come by any time during regular library hours.

Saturday, February 10, 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.
Animals Spell Love
Wednesday, February 14, 6:30 pm

Families with children ages 5 and up are invited to meet David Cundy, creator of "Animals Spell Love," and hear him describe how the animals in his book use their movements, colors, and attributes to artistically spell the word LOVE. David will read, sign books, and answer questions, and lead an art workshop using his unique "wordpictures" technique and letterforms. Enter to win a signed copy of the book! Refreshments provided. To register, call (860) 828-7127 or register online »
Nutmeg Book Club
Thursday, February 22, 6:30 pm

Recommended for grades 3 – 6. This month we are reading the 2018 Nutmeg nominee Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald. Copies are available in the Children’s Department. Join us for games, crafts, and all things Nutmeg! 
To register, call (860) 828-7127 or register online »
Busy Bumble Bees (ages 2-3)
Monday, February 26, 10:30 am
PJ Storytime (birth to preschool and families) 
Tuesday, February 13, 6:30 pm
Mother Goose on the Loose (all ages)
Friday, February 2, 10:30 am
Friday, February 23, 10:30 am

Movie Showings
Friday, February 2, 1:00 pm

Rated PG-13. 1 hour, 55 minutes. An arthritic Nova Scotia woman works as a housekeeper while she hones her skills as an artist and eventually becomes a beloved figure in the community. 

"There's something real and touching here. In Everett's thwarted struggles with his own, clumsy emotions. In Maudie's determination to find beauty in absolutely everything."
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

Friday, February 9, 1:00 pm

Rated R. 2 hours, 14 minutes.The NSA's illegal surveillance techniques are leaked to the public by one of the agency's employees, Edward Snowden, in the form of thousands of classified documents distributed to the press. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

"It's well and compellingly made, working hard to bring the blurry figure of Snowden into focus while dramatizing his transformation from patriotic civil servant to appalled citizen whistle-blower."
—Ty Burr, Boston Globe

The Hollars
Friday, February 16, 1:00 pm

Rated PG-13. 1 hour, 28 minutes. A man returns to his small hometown after learning that his mother has fallen ill and is about to undergo surgery.

"An uplifting dramedy that reveals how disappointment can be a spiritual teacher."
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice

Goodbye Christopher Robin
Friday, February 23, 1:00 pm

Rated PG. 1 hour, 47 minutes. A behind-the-scenes look at the life of author A.A. Milne and the creation of the Winnie the Pooh stories inspired by his son C.R. Milne.

"Goodbye Christopher Robin lives up to its rather bittersweet title, offering both a warm look at childhood and a reminder of how easy it is to grow up too fast."
—Kyle Anderson, Nerdist

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.
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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Check out seeds from our Seed Library! 
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Berlin, CT 06037
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