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Berlin-Peck Memorial Library • April 2020 Update
Hi Everyone,

We are sending you a special mid-month newsletter because, even though our physical doors are closed, we are still working behind the scenes to bring you new services!

New Website
First, I am excited to share with you the launch of our new website. Starting Monday, April 20, when you go to, you will be directed to our easier-to-navigate, mobile-friendly and refreshed home page. Take a few minutes to explore!

Everything you’ve been able to previously access will still be available. If you have any trouble, staff will be available by email ( and by phone (860-828-7125) Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm.

Quaranzine: Sharing Our Stories 
Another launch I’m happy to share is our new Quaranzine, a weekly collection of creative works that document how our community is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Content will also be added to the library’s digital local history collection for posterity.

We look forward to seeing your creativity in the ways you and your families are dealing with this unprecedented time in our lives.

Social Worker/Community Liaison
And please remember, if you’re having a tough time and would like to speak to our Social Worker/Community Liaison Tara Skiparis, she is available through email or by phone at or 860-716-2098.

We continue to miss you and hope that you are getting a lot out of our postings on social media and the website.

Be safe, be physically distant but stay connected. We’ll see you soon.

Helen Malinka
Library Director
While the Library is Closed

Due dates on all materials have been extended until May 15. If our doors are still closed, we will extend the due date again.

Expiring library cards have been renewed until May 31

Please hold onto your books and other materials.
All fines are waived during this period.
Contact Us
You can still reach a librarian Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. If a librarian is busy on another call, please leave a message, and we will get back to you.

Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for more updates!
The Library is accepting submissions for Quaranzine: Sharing Our Stories! Everyone is invited to submit their work, from age zero to eleventy-one.

This small online publication will showcase art and writing from the Berlin community, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Submissions may include (but are not limited to!) art, photos, comics, recipes, poetry, essays, diaries, stories, interviews, and fiction.

Your Library, Online
Remember—you can sign up for your library card online! If you have difficulty with any of our online services, please contact us.
Online Resources
Check out ebooks, audiobooks, and videos from OverDrive, hoopla, or RBdigital—plus full-length concerts, British television, and indie documentaries. Check out the full list of downloadables, databases, and things for families and kids!

Book Club
Saturday, April 18 at 10:30 am
We miss our readers—so we're taking our book club online! Just like a regular book club, we will read one book a month and then discuss. We'll chat on Facebook as well as a live video chat. If you don't use Facebook, email for video chat info.

Our first book will be The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson, available to download as an ebook or audiobook.
Protect Your Piggy Bank
Wednesday, April 29 at 3:00 pm
Learn how to access and use Weiss Financial Ratings from anywhere, free with your Berlin-Peck Library card!

Weiss Financial Ratings offers independent, unbiased financial strength ratings of banks, credit unions and insurance companies. You can even set up a personal account to create a watchlist and get upgrade/downgrade notifications.

Join us online:
Or call 1 (669) 224 3412 / Access Code: 615 978 701
Books and Coffee
Thursday, April 30 at 2:00 pm
Grab a cup of coffee or tea and join us online for an informal book talk. Share reading recommendations, learn about some of the most anticipated upcoming releases and visit with some friendly faces. Register via email at and we’ll send you an email with instructions and a meeting ID.
For Kids
The staff of the Children’s Department misses you all, and we're still working to support you!

Visit our Library Fun @ Home Page for links to free read-alouds, activities, videos, learning resources, and, for a limited time, access to TumbleBook Library, Tumble Math, Teen BookCloud, Audio BookCloud books & audiobooks, Scholastic Bookflix, and many more!

Don’t forget to like the Children’s Department Facebook page for updates! Questions? Email us at
Online Storytimes
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 10:30 am
Since the library is closed, the Children's Department staff is working hard to bring storytime to you! We hope you'll read, sing, and dance along with us!

Join us on Facebook every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday morning. If you can't make the 10:30 am premiers, the videos will be available on Facebook for at least 12 hours after showing.
Nutmeg Book Club
Wednesday, April 22 at 6:30 pm
Grades 4-6. The Nutmeg Book Club will be online this month! We'll be reading Front Desk by Kelly Yang. To register and for details about connecting online, please email

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
It's a great time to read at home with your child! 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is an ongoing library program that encourages all families and caregivers to read at least 1,000 books (any book) to their infant, toddler and/or preschooler before entering kindergarten. You can download the first log from our 1,000 BBK page to get started, and there is no need to register. When the library opens, bring in your logs to earn your rewards!

In the News
Filing for Unemployment
For updates on filing for unemployment, visit the Connecticut Department of Labor. You can also check out their COVID-19 FAQ page.
The 2020 Census
Filling out the 2020 Census is fast, easy, and confidential. In as little as 10 minutes, you can help determine the funding and Congressional representation Connecticut will receive for the next 10 years. Visit the Census website below or call 844-330-2020 to respond today.

The questionnaire will take about 10 minutes to complete.
Questions? Call 860-828-7125 or email

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