Subject: Library News and Events

Berlin-Peck Memorial Library • January 2019 Newsletter 
Happy New Year! And do we have a lot of NEW for you!

No Fines for Seniors and Children
Let's start with a big announcement—we will no longer be charging fines on children's materials (except videogames) and for seniors age 62 and up! This new policy applies to materials borrowed after January 2.
If you have any questions, please check with the circulation staff when you visit next or call 860-828-7125.

Preserve and Share Your Old Videos
Also, thanks to your monetary donations dropped into our boxes at the circ desk and by the front doors, we have made our first purchase of equipment for a digital media center. With our new multi-function media recorder, you can save your memories for future generations and even share them on YouTube or Facebook! Whether you're pulling video from a USB drive, memory card, or even a VCR, this recorder makes it easy—all without needing a computer! 

Call the reference desk at 860-828-7126 to reserve a time or with any questions.

Basketball Hall of Fame
As you may know, the Friends of the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library fund the museum and attraction passes that provide discounts and free admissions to many surrounding places. This month, we are happy to announce that we now have passes to the Basketball Hall of Fame in nearby Springfield, Massachusetts. 

Users must come to the Berlin-Peck Library and pick up the pass in order to receive the specially discounted group rate of $14 for adults and $9 for children ages 5-15. Children ages 0-4 are free. The pass admits up to 6 guests and is also valid for 10% off any photo purchase at the "HOOPSHOTS" Photo Center.

Help Us Improve!
Last but certainly not least, if you could do us a favor and fill out a very short survey about our library services, it would help us plan future events and programs. After all, we're here for you!


All the best,
Helen Malinka
Library Director

Library Closed
New Year's Day
Tuesday, January 1

The Library will be closed in celebration of the new year!
Have you made your New Year's resolutions yet? Send them our way, and we'll recommend books to help! Or browse books on meditation, exercise, healthy eating, self improvement, personal finance, decluttering, and happiness!

Sit & Knit
Thursday, January 3, & 17, 6:00 pm
Thursday, January 10, 24, & 31, 1:00 pm


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

Wildlife and Connecticut's 
Changing Landscapes
Thursday, January 3, 6:30 pm

This presentation will provide a brief natural history and address the current state of the wildlife in Connecticut. Sponsored by Berlin Land Trust.
Movie Matinee
Blackkklansman (R)
Friday, January 4, 1:00 pm

A comedy-drama with 1970s flair, based on actual events. An African American police officer from Colorado Springs manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish officer who eventually becomes its leader. 2 hours, 15 minutes. Rated R. Released 2018. 
Stock Club
Tuesday, January 8, 1:30 pm

Join local investors to discuss stock market trends.

Did you know? Your Berlin-Peck Memorial Library card gives you free online access to Value Line investment research! Check out Value Line »
Make & Take
Embellished Trays
Thursday, January 10, 6:30 pm

Use our papers, buttons, ribbons and more to turn a plain tray into something unique! All materials provided. Registration is required and space is limited.  
Movie Matinee
Leisure Seeker (R)
Friday, January 11, 1:00 pm

A runaway couple go on an unforgettable journey in the faithful old RV they call The Leisure Seeker. Starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland. Rated R. 1 hour, 52 minutes. Released 2017.
Book Club
Saturday, January 12, 10:30 am

Join us in discussing An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are settling into the routine of their life together when Roy is sent to prison for a crime he didn't commit.
Author Talk
WWE Star Bob Backlund
Monday, January 14, 6:30 pm

Join professional wresting star Bob Backlund as he discusses his autobiography
Movie Matinee
Imitation Game (PG-13)
Friday, January 18, 1:00 pm

During World War II, the English mathematical genius Alan Turing tries to crack the German Enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians. Rated PG-13. 1 hour, 54 minutes. Released 2014.
Library Closed
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Monday, January 21

The Library will be closed in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Want to learn more? We have all sorts of books, ebooks, and audiobooks on topics like Martin Luther King, Jr. and civil rights.
American Red Cross
Blood Drive
Tuesday, January 22, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Walk-ins are welcome. To schedule an appointment, please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit REDCROSSBLOOD.ORG. Sponsor Code: BERPECKLIB. Get a $5 Dunkin Gift Card by email when you give blood at this drive.
Movie Matinee
Adrift (PG-13)
Friday, January 25, 1:00 pm

A true story of survival, as a young couple's chance encounter leads them first to love, and then on the adventure of a lifetime as they face one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history. Rated PG-13. 1 hour, 36 minutes. Released in 2018.
Author Talk
Anne K. Howard
Saturday, January 26, 1:00 pm

Join author and practicing attorney Anne K. Howard as she discusses her true-crime book His Garden: Conversations with a Serial Killer.
Author Talk
Martin Philip
Monday, January 28, 6:30 pm

Martin Philip presents Breaking Bread: A Baker's Journey Home in 75 Recipes, an intimate portrait of baking and our communion with food. Registration is required.
You can register for programs online,
visit the Adult Reference Desk to register in person,
or call (860) 828-7126 to register by phone.

Berlin-Peck Memorial Library • Teens
Robotics Competition Kickoff 
Video Watching Party
Saturday, January 5, 10:00 am

Berlin FIRST Robotics team will be watching the kickoff video for this year’s competition. The public is welcome to join the team to see what they'll be up against.
Makerspace Teen Drop-In
Thursdays, January 10 & 31, 2:00-7:30 pm
Thursday, January 17, 2:00-5:00 pm

For grades 4-12. Drop-in Thursdays after 2:00 pm to explore our makerspace! 
JFF Club
Thursday, January 17, 6:30 pm

Grades 4 - 6. Join our club and hang out with friends. We will provide games, crafts, and maker activities. This month we will explore our videogame collection. Registration is strongly recommended.
Hogwarts Study Hall
Exam Week Study Hours
Tuesday, January 22, 6:30–9:30 pm
Wednesday, January 23, 6:30–9:30 pm

We'll be open late for high school students to study! In addition to group study space, computers, free Wi-Fi, and charging stations, we'll also have Harry-Potter themed snacks and fun stress-relieving activities. We'll even provide extra paper, scissors, pens, and, of course, moral support. Students must arrive before 8 PM and will not be allowed to re-enter the building once they've left. Questions? Call (860) 828-7127.

You can register for programs online,
visit the Children's Reference Desk to register in person,
or call (860) 828-7127 to register by phone.

Berlin-Peck Memorial Library • Kids
World of Wonder
Wednesdays, January 9, 16, 23, & 30, 10:30 am

Ages 1-6 with a caregiver. Explore science, technology, engineering, art, & math through play and books! This month we will be making process art. Just drop in!
Makerspace Drop-In
Thursdays, January 10 & 31, 2:00-7:30 pm
Thursday, January 17, 2:00-5:00 pm

For grades 4-12. Drop-in Thursdays after 2:00 pm to explore our makerspace! 
SaturPLAY
Saturday, January 12, 10:30 am

All ages (children must be accompanied by an adult). A playgroup that includes fun toys, sensory materials, musical instruments and more while providing caregivers an opportunity to interact and build skills with their children and network with one another. No registration is required.

It's Mo Willems Time!
Tuesday, January 15, 6:30 pm

Ages 2-6 with a caregiver. We will read a Pigeon story or two by Mo Willems and do some fun activities. Registration is required as space is limited.
JFF Club
Thursday, January 17, 6:30 pm

Grades 4 - 6. Join our club and hang out with friends. We will provide games, crafts, and maker activities. This month we will explore our videogame collection. Registration is strongly recommended.
Mobile Electronics & Your Child
Tuesday, January 29, 6:00 pm

For parents. Berlin Police Officer Catherine Griffin presents some basic internet, social media, and phone safety. This presentation is for grown-ups only, please. Registration is required and begins January 15.
You can register for programs online,
visit the Children's Reference Desk to register in person,
or call (860) 828-7127 to register by phone.
Storytimes
Busy Bumble Bees
Mondays, January 14 & 28, 10:30 am

Ages birth to 3. Help your toddler work out their wiggles in this lively storytime that includes early literacy fun with stories, songs, and action rhymes. The program will be followed by an open play session. Drop in to any class, no registration required.
Mother Goose on the Loose
Fridays, January 18 & 25, 10:30 am

Ages birth to preschool. Help your child develop early literacy skills while having a great time! This program combines music, movement, nursery rhymes, instruments, and books. The program will be followed by an open play session. Drop in to any class, no registration required.
—Library Services—
Downloadable eBooks and audiobooks.
Berlin-Peck cardholders have free access to downloadable eBooks, audiobooks, children's materials, 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 Ancestry.com, AtoZdatabases, The New York Times, 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 library@berlinpeck.org.
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.
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Berlin Peck Memorial Library
234 Kensington Road
Berlin, CT 06037
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Friday 10-5 
Saturday 10-4
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