Subject: January Newsletter @ Berlin-Peck Memorial Library

Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
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January Newsletter
A new year brings new services to our Berlin-Peck patrons.

Bienvenido! Добро пожаловать! Bienvenue! 歡迎光臨! Welcome to Mango Languages! Our newest database is for new language learners of all ages. Planning a trip to Munich for Oktoberfest? Learn some key phrases in German before you arrive. Taking a wine and cheese tour in Paris? There’s a course in French for that as well. All in all, there are 72 languages you can study, many that use modern slang and idioms. All for free with your library card!

Speaking of foreign lands, it’s not too early to start preparing for travel abroad this spring and summer. Passport renewals can be done on your own online. We are a passport acceptance facility for new applications only. However, the Library now offers a photo service for both renewals and new passports. Please call 860-828-7126 for an appointment. The fee is $10.

And lest we forget, “We lose ourselves in books. We find ourselves there too.” The Library is sponsoring a year-long Reading Challenge to open you to new worlds, new perspectives and new emotions by reading a variety of books. You can pick up a reading log at the library or keep track of your books and your reading goals on (or the Goodreads app). We will be offering an “Intro to Goodreads” class in February for those interested. Throughout the year, the library will help you keep up with your reading challenge. We’ll provide (optional) monthly reading themes, book suggestions, quarterly meet-ups and incentives. Whether you choose to participate in these library sponsored activities or do it all on your own, we are happy to help you reach your personal goal. Make 2018 the year where reading makes a difference in your life.

Happy New Year to you all!

Helen Malinka

Library Director

Introducing Mango Languages! 

Mango Languages is a fun, colorful online tool for learning languages. Pick from 64 different languages, or find English lessons in 17 different languages. Available on your computer, Apple iOS, Android, and Amazon Kindle Fire.

Adult Programs
Sit & Knit
Thursday, January 4 & 18, 6:00 pm
Thursday, January 11 & 25, 1:00 pm

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

Stock Club
Tuesday, January 9, 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!
Adult Book Group
Saturday, January 13, 1:00 pm

Join us in discussing the book The One Man by Andrew Gross. When a World War II physics professor with information vital to Allied forces is sent to a Nazi concentration camp, intelligence officer Nathan Blum is sent undercover to infiltrate Auschwitz and bring the professor to safety. Contact the library to reserve a book. To register, call (860) 828-7126 or register online »
Holiday Closings
Monday, January 15

The library will be closed January 15 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Downloading Magazines Class
Tuesday, January 16, 1:00 pm

Did you get a new tablet over the holidays? Come in and learn how to download FREE magazines onto your tablet. Please bring your Berlin library card and your tablet to the class. To register, call (860) 828-7126 or register online »
Make & Take
Book Flower Wreath

Thursday, January 18, 6:30 pm

Learn to create a beautiful wall decoration using an old book and some simple supplies. Please bring a hot glue gun and hot glue sticks. Registration is required. 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.
Charlton Comics Event
Saturday, January 20, 1:00 pm

Join us for a behind-the-scenes glimpse of Charlton Comics: The Movie, about a classic comic book company right here in Connecticut. The movie's Producer/Director Jackie Zbuska and Producer Keith Larsen will discuss the history of Charlton Comics and why it matters in the annals of comic book history. To register, call (860) 828-7126 or register online »

Cookbook Club:
Cooking by the Book
Monday, January 22, 6:30 pm

Introducing our new cookbook club! Choose a recipe from this month's cookbook, The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook, 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 required.

Children's / Teen Programs
Winter Reading BINGO!
Wednesday, December 27 to Wednesday, January 31

Cross off a square on your Bingo Board each time you read a book! When you complete BINGO, earn a “cool” prize!

Page Turners
Thursday, January 11, 6:30 pm

For grades 1-3. This month we are reading My Pet Human by Yasmine Surovec. Copies are available in the Children’s Department. Join us for this exciting group which incorporates fun books with games and crafts! To register, call (860) 828-7127 or register online »
Half Day Fun
1/2 Day Crafts
Wednesday, January 24, 2:30 pm

Grades K+. Drop in and make!! Be creative as we make paper masks, bracelets, and little bags. No registration required; while supplies last.
Nutmeg Book Club
Thursday, January 25, 6:30 pm

Recommended for grades 3 – 6. This month we are reading TWO of the 2018 Nutmeg nominees, Ratscalibur by Josh Lieb and The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. 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 »
Exam Week Hours
January 16-18, 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

The library will be open late for high school students studying for finals! 
Refreshments (provided by Raising Berlin) will be served. On the days the library is open late, students must arrive before 8:00 p.m. and cannot re-enter the building once they have left. Dates may change due to school snow closings. 
Saturday, January 27, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

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.
Busy Bumble Bees (ages 2-3)
Monday, January 8, 10:30 am
Monday, January 22, 10:30 am
Monday, January 29, 10:30 am
Bibliobop (toddlers + preschoolers) 
Tuesday, January 23, 10:30 am

PJ Storytime (birth to preschool and families)
Tuesday, January 30, 6:30 pm
Itsy Bitsy Storytime (prewalkers)
Wednesday, January 10, 10:30 am
Wednesday, January 17, 10:30 am
Wednesday, January 24, 10:30 am
Wednesday, January 31, 10:30 am
Mother Goose on the Loose (all ages)
Friday, January 12, 10:30 am
Friday, January 19, 10:30 am
Friday, January 26, 10:30 am

Movie Showings
Megan Leavey
Friday, January 5, 1:00 pm

Rated PG-13. 1 hour, 56 minutes. Based on the true life story of a young Marine corporal whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq.

" affecting story about loyalty, sacrifice, and the forging of identity."
Andrea Gronvall, The Chicago Reader

Victoria and Abdul
Friday, January 12, 1:00 pm

Rated PG-13. 1 hour, 51 minutes. Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim. Starring Judi Dench.

"Packaged tightly with endearing charm and soul-gratifying beauty, this British drama eschews all aristocratic stuffiness, favoring humor and earned poignancy."
—Courtney Howard, Fresh Fiction

Friday, January 19, 1:00 pm

Rated PG-13. 1 hours 41 minutes. Frank, a single man raising his child prodigy niece Mary, is drawn into a custody battle with his mother. Starring Chris Evans.

"Sure, it's a simple, straightforward film, but sometimes that's all you need as long as its heart is true."
—Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Friday, January 26, 1:00 pm

Rated PG-13. 1 hours 46 minutes. Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German Army, and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.

"Technically awe-inspiring, narratively inventive and thematically complex, Dunkirk reinvigorates its genre with a war movie that is both harrowing and smart."
—Kate Taylor, Globe and Mail

"Masterful visual storytelling on an epic scale."
—Bob Mondello, NPR
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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234 Kensington Road
Berlin, CT 06037
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