Subject: Library News and Events

NEWS & EVENTS at Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library • February 2020 Newsletter 

Ahh…only 49 days (as I write this) until spring – my favorite season. However, February has its bright spots too. World Nutella Day is February 5, and National Pizza Day is February 9! But during this time of divisiveness and unrest, let us concentrate on Random Acts of Kindness Day on February 17. 

The only real custom associated with Random Acts of Kindness Day is to do something good for someone else. This could be donating your used clothing, helping a friend find a job, pay someone’s parking meter for them, collect canned food for food banks and other charitable organizations, or just compliment a random person. Every little bit of kindness helps to make the world a better place.

Art Exhibits

We have upgraded our hanging wire track system in the Delaney Meeting Room and are eager to begin exhibiting 2-dimensional works of art by local artists. Interested in displaying your artwork in the library? 
Click here for more information.

Social Worker

Our Community Liaison/Social Worker, Tara Skiparis, is available to talk to those seeking help on Thursdays from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Her schedule has gotten busier, so please feel free to make an appointment by calling the reference desk at 860-828-7126. Channel 30 will be doing a story on our social worker project, and it will air sometime in February. We'll send out more details as we get them.

Have a great month!
Helen Malinka, Library Director


Helen Malinka
Library Director
Sit & Knit
Join local knitters for a relaxing time filled with knitting and good company!

Thursdays, February 6 & 20, 6:00 pm
Thursdays, February 13 & 27, 1:00 pm
Movie Matinees
Join us on Fridays at 1:00 pm for a free movie!

February 7: Blinded by the Light
February 14: The Time Traveler's Wife
February 21: Brian Banks
February 28: Judy

Books & Coffee
Monday, February 3, 1:30 pm

Join us at The Avenue for an informal book talk. Get reading recommendations from a librarian, learn about some upcoming releases and share information about the books you are currently reading. No purchase necessary.
Eliminate the Sugar Craving
Wednesday, February 5, 6:30 pm

Are you constantly craving sugar? Join Certified Health Coach Marcia Witter to help eliminate those sugary cravings, so you can look and feel better!
Make & Take: Book Safes
Thursday, February 6, 6:00 pm

Create a hardcover book safe with a secret hidden compartment! 
Identity Theft and Scam Workshop
Monday, February 10, 1:30 pm

Learn how to prevent identity theft, fraud and scams, as well as the steps to take if something has already happened.
Stock Club
Tuesday, February 11, 1:30 pm

Discuss investment trends with local investors.
Heart Healthy Cooking
Tuesday, February 11, 6:30 pm

Get hands on and cook some delicious dishes guaranteed to help your heart thrive!
IV Vitamin Therapy
Wednesday, February 12, 6:30 pm

Presenter Aericka Khongdy, accredited and licensed APRN, will discuss the basics of IV Nutrient therapy.
Around the World in 80 Gardens
Saturday, February 15, 1:00 pm

Discover the gardens and floral kingdoms of the world!
Presidents' Day
Monday, February 17

Library closed. 
Scanning Your Photos and Home Movies
Wednesday, February 19, 6:30 pm
Monday, February 24, 1:30 pm

Learn how to transfer your VHS videos, photos, and photo negatives to your computer for easy storage, viewing, and sharing. 

Saturday Book Club
Saturday, February 22, 10:30 am

Join us for a discussion of Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate. Please contact the library for a copy of the book.
Cookbook Club
Monday, February 24, 6:30 pm

Borrow a cookbook, make a recipe, and share it at the club. All cooks welcome! This month we're cooking from Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat.
Nutrition, Diet and Your Heath
Wednesday, February 26, 1:30 pm

Learn how to read and understand nutrition labels. Crafts will also be on hand to make homemade cards. Presented by the Berlin VNA. 
Wednesday, February 26, 6:30 pm

Explore how the attitude of gratitude shapes the way we see the world, our moods, our physical and mental health, and our relationships.
Hip Hop Hamilton and the Rest of America’s Founding Fathers
Saturday, February 29, 1:00 pm

The Founding Fathers, as their title implies, shaped the ideals on which America was built. But who exactly were these guys?
You can register for programs onlinevisit the Adult Reference Desk to register in person, or call (860) 828-7126 to register by phone.
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library TEENS
TEEN Collage Night Grades 6+
Thursday, February 13, 6:00 pm 

Attention artsy-type folk! The library is tossing a whole year's worth of old magazines—let's collage! 
Nutmeg Book Club Grades 4-6
Wednesday, February 19, 5:30 pm

Read, discuss, and vote for your favorite books! This month's title is The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau. Copies are available at the Children's Desk. Come at 5:30 pm to watch the movie adaptation; discussion to follow! Pizza provided 🍕 

Berlin-Peck Memorial Library KIDS
Noah’s Ark Tie-Dye Teddy Bear Workshop Ages 3+
Saturday, February 1, 11:00 am

To celebrate Take Your Child to the Library Day, the library is partnering with Noah's Ark Animal Workshop to offer our young patrons a chance to create a one-of-a-kind best friend! Ages 3+ with caregiver. 
Wiggles & Giggles Ages 0-2
Tuesdays, February 4, 11, & 25, 10:30 am

Storytime for children ages birth to 2 years old and their caregivers that focuses on enriching your child’s life and supporting pre-literacy with nursery rhymes, songs, bounces, and books. Program is followed by an open play and chat session. No registration necessary.
Busy Bumble Bees Ages 1-3
Wednesdays, February 5, 12, 19, & 26, 10:30 am

Help your toddler work out their wiggles in this lively storytime that includes early literacy fun with stories, songs, and action rhymes. Program is followed by an open play and chat session. No registration necessary.
Mother Goose on the Loose Ages 0-4
Fridays, February 7, 21, & 28, 10:30 am

A fun-filled, interactive program featuring simple picture books, nursery rhymes, puppets, musical instruments and movement. Program is followed by an open play period. Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. No registration necessary.
Ed Leonard Silly Song Sing-Along All ages
Monday, February 10, 10:30 am

An educational and creative program that allows children, accompanied by guitars, drums, and a grab bag full of musical surprises, to sing, dance, and act silly! No registration is necessary.
Build Bash Grades K+
Monday, February 10, 6:30 pm

We're putting out our building supplies such as Giant Legos, Keva Planks, K'Nex, Magformers, and more for creative designs and construction. Children develop STEM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) while enhancing spatial awareness and imagination!
Nutmeg Book Club Grades 4-6
Wednesday, February 19, 5:30 pm

Read, discuss, and vote for your favorite books! This month's title is The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau. Copies are available at the Children's Desk. Come at 5:30 pm to watch the movie adaptation; discussion to follow! Pizza provided 🍕 
SaturPLAY All Ages
Saturday, February 22, 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

A playgroup that includes fun toys, sensory materials, bubbles, games, and other activities. A great way for kids to meet new friends and for parents to socialize with one another! No registration is required.

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

Berlin Peck 
Memorial Library
234 Kensington Road
Berlin, CT 06037
Contact Us
860-828-7125 (main) 
860-828-7126 (reference) 
860-828-7127 (children's) 
Library Hours
Monday-Thursday 10-8
Friday 10-5 
Saturday 10-4
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