Subject: Library News and Events

Berlin-Peck Memorial Library • May 2019 Newsletter 
Hello May!
Besides the traditional holidays of Mother's Day and Memorial Day, we also celebrate Star Wars Day (May 4th), National Dance like a Chicken Day (May 14th), and quite possibly my favorite, National Wine Day (May 25th) this month.

Spring Baubles & Bling Sale
Here at the Berlin-Peck Library, we are also celebrating our Spring Baubles & Bling Sale on Friday, May 3 from 5pm-8pm and Saturday, May 4 from 10am-2pm. What's different this time is that we've added purses to our sale. We were lucky to be gifted with donations of many designer handbags, some with tags still on, which can be purchased for bargain prices. Of course we will still have rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings and pins that would make great presents for those wonderful women you celebrate on May 12th, Mother's Day. Just stop at the ATM first – it's cash only!

Check us out on YouTube!
Did you know that the Library has a YouTube channel? We're starting to add some of our library programming there. Look for segments of Anne's popular Make and Takes and we hope to film programs presented by outside speakers as well. Click here to check us out on YouTube!
What can we do for you today?
Lastly, Library staff and members of our Friends and Board of Trustees will be out in the community with surveys to get your opinion on library services. We want to know what YOU want from your town library! Look for us at Stop & Shop, the Kensington Garden Club's Plant Sale and the Kensington Congregational Church's Festival on the Hill and please give us your feedback!

May the Fourth be with you!

Helen Malinka
Library Director
Walking Book Club
Wednesdays in May, 12:15 pm

A fun, social outing that offers the mental and physical activity essential to a healthy mind and a healthy body!

Sit & Knit
Thursdays, May 2 & 16, 6:00 pm
Thursdays, May 9, 23 & 30, 1:00 pm

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

Spring Baubles & Bling Sale
Friday, May 3, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Saturday, May 4, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Gently used necklaces, bracelets, earrings and brooches, most priced $1 to $10. This year we are also selling purses. Proceeds will fund programs at the library. Cash only, please!

Keep Moving
Simple Steps to Relieve Pain
Monday, May 6, 6:30 pm

Learn small steps you can take to reduce and manage pain without drugs or surgery. Presented by Maggie Downie, author of the book Keep Moving.
Morocco Sahara Odyssey
A Travelogue
Tuesday, May 7, 6:30 pm

Casablanca, Rabat, Fez, and Marrakesh, through the High Atlas Mountains and into the Sahara... discover the beauty, traditions, and culture of this amazing country.
Learn about the Berlin VNA
Wednesday, May 8, 2:00 pm

Discover what the Berlin Visiting Nurse Association can do for you and your family.
Movie Matinee
If Beale Street Could Talk (R)
Friday, May 10, 1:00 pm

A woman in Harlem embraces her pregnancy while she and her family struggle to prove her fiancé innocent of a crime. 1 hour, 59 minutes. Released in 2018.

Polish Folk Art Workshop
Saturday, May 11, 1:00 pm

Join the Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast to make Polish paper cutouts, called wycinanki.
Creativebug Demonstration
Monday, May 13, 1:30 pm

Learn how to navigate Creativebug, a new library service with hundreds of award-winning art & craft video classes taught by design experts and artists.
Stock Club
Tuesday, May 14, 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.
Estate Planning
Tuesday, May 14, 6:30 pm

Join Attorney Paul Czepiga to discuss wills, trusts, POAs, healthcare directives and the basics of the probate process.
Making Art from a Photograph
Wednesday, May 15, 6:30 pm

Learn how to draw a portrait from a photograph using a grid system, a technique that can make drawing a portrait easier and more lifelike.
Movie Matinee
Welcome to Marwen (PG-13)
Friday, May 17, 1:00 pm

A victim of a brutal attack finds a unique and beautiful therapeutic outlet to help him through his recovery process. 1 hour, 56 minutes. Released in 2018.
Saturday Book Club
Saturday, May 18, 10:30 am

Join us for a discussion of The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams. Contact the library for a copy of the book.
Cookbook Club
Monday, May 20, 6:30 pm

Borrow the book, make a recipe, and share it with the club! This month we're cooking from Recipes from an Italian Summer.
Tick and Mosquito-Borne Diseases
Tuesday, May 21, 1:30 pm

Join Luis Pantoja from the Central Connecticut Health District to learn how to stay healthy as we head into the warmer summer months.
Movie Matinee
The Wife (R)
Friday, May 24, 1:00 pm

A wife questions her life choices as she travels to Stockholm with her husband, where he is slated to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. 1 hour, 39 minutes. Released in 2018.
Senior Center Book Club
Wednesday, May 29, 1:30 pm

Join us for a discussion of Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. Contact the library for a copy of the book. Discussion takes place at the Berlin Senior Center.
Movie Matinee
On the Basis of Sex (PG-13)
Friday, May 31, 1:00 pm

The true story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights, and the early cases of a historic career that led to her nomination and confirmation as U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice. 2 hours. Released in 2018.
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
Want to help your community, but don't know how? 
Try the Library this summer!
You'll meet other teens, help kids sign up for the Summer Reading Program, and assist staff with important tasks. It's a fun way to get experience that looks good on a college application or resume! If your school or club requires community service hours, volunteering at the Library could help you meet your goals.

What do volunteers do at the Library?
  • Help kids choose and swap beads at our Read & Bead Summer Reading table
  • Tidy library areas
  • Help staff with special events and programs
  • Prepare crafts, cut paper, and organize items
What you need to know!
  • To volunteer, you must be entering grades 6-12 in the Fall.
  • You need to be dependable and show up for your shifts. Make sure you have a ride worked out!
  • Ask your parent or guardian for permission.
Fill out and return the Teen Team Application
Questions? Contact Jennifer Needham at or call (860) 828-7127.

Berlin-Peck Memorial Library • Kids
Out of the Box: Especially You!
Wednesday, May 22, 6:30 pm

Grades K-3. Celebrate what makes each of us unique! Explore what makes you you through art and stories. Registration is required and begins May 8th.

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.
All Together Now Storytime
Tuesdays, May 7, 14, 21 & 28, 10:30 am

Ages birth to 5. Join us for a storytime featuring stories, songs, fingerplays, and rhymes followed by an open play session. No registration is required.
Mother Goose on the Loose
Fridays, May 10, 17 & 31, 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, 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
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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Berlin Peck Memorial Library
234 Kensington Road
Berlin, CT 06037
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Monday-Thursday 10-8
Friday 10-5 
Saturday 10-4
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860-828-7125 (main) 
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