Subject: March @ Berlin-Peck Memorial Library

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Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
March 2017 Newsletter

Making Berlin even more Business-Friendly!

This news is especially for owners of Berlin-based businesses. We have been purchasing many databases to help you grow and maintain a successful operation. In order to take advantage of them, however, you need a Berlin-Peck library card.

But you don’t live in Berlin? Here’s the good news! If your company is in Berlin and you live out of town, we can offer you a special Business Library Card to use our online resources. This specially laminated card, different from our usual library card, is for online use only and expires in one year. Each business is eligible for one card and we will need one main contact.

Remember, use your hometown library card to check out items from any library in the state, but take advantage of this offer for your business. Real estate offices – get sales leads from AtoZ. Financial professionals – use Value Line to help your clients. Looking to switch careers? Check out JobNow.

Feel free to spread the news to your contacts.

Bring a business card or piece of mail to the circulation desk and walk away with your new card!

Wishing you success!

Helen Malinka
Library Director

EventsNew Books & MoviesMuseum Passes
eBooks & eAudiobooksBook a Librarian
Celebrating 300 Years of Connecticut’s Remarkable Women with Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame
Tuesday, March 7, 6:30 pm
Join us for an interactive multi-media program by the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame and learn about some of our state’s most remarkable women! Be inspired as you learn about well-known figures like Ella Grasso, Katharine Hepburn and Marian Anderson and lesser known heroines like Maria Sanchez, Barbara McClintock and Hannah Watson. This presentation will introduce you to the Hall, its mission and programs, and give you a panoramic view of some of its 109 Inductees from across all fields of endeavor, from politics and sports to the arts and sciences.
Click for more information and to register »
Berlin High School Art Exhibit & Reception
Wednesday, March 8, 6:30-7:45 pm
Exhibit will be on display Monday, March 6 to Friday, March 10.
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Children's Events
Walkers & Wigglers (ages 18-36 months)
Monday, March 6, 13, 20, & 27
 @ 10:30 am

Sleepytime Stories (geared towards children 3+)
Tuesday, March 21 @ 6:30 pm

(birth to 18 months)
Wednesday, March 8, 15, 22, & 29  @ 10:30 am

(ages 3-5)
Thursday, March 9, 16, 23, & 30 @ 2:00 pm

Mother Goose on the Loose (birth to preschool)
Friday, March 10, 17, 24, & 31 @ 10:30 am

Chapter Chat Book Club
Thursday, March 9, 6:30 pm
A book club for elementary school readers. You read the book at home and then join us for a lively discussion and craft based on the book. There are no wrong answers in Chapter Chat, just fun! This week we will be discussing Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry. Copies are available at the Children’s Reference desk. Registration is required.
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Wednesday, March 22, 2:00-3:30 pm
For grades 2-12. The library has a Minecraft server! Join other super-fans to show off your build skills, trade ideas, and work as a team. Visit the Children's Dept. to fill out a form to be granted access. You must own the PC or Mac version of Minecraft to be able to enter the server. The library will provide 3 laptops with guest Minecraft accounts installed for use on a first-come, first-served basis. Snacks provided, as well as prize drawings of Minecraft items. Registration is required and begins March 15.
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Nutmeg Book Review
Thursday, March 23, 6:30 pm
The 2017 Nutmeg Nominees are here! Join us as we talk about whether or not this book has what it takes to be the 2017 Nutmeg winner. No right or wrong answers, just bring your opinions! Each month we’ll read one nominee and see if we can predict the state wide winner by the end of the voting period. Geared toward grades 3 and up. This meeting will focus on Eddie Red Undercover: Mystery on the Museum Mile by Marcia Wells. Registration is required.
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Adult Events
Sit & Knit
Thursday, March 2 & 16, 6:00 pm
Thursday, March 9 & 23 1:00 pm
Join local knitters for a relaxing time filled with knitting and good company! 
Senior Center Book Club
Wednesday, March 1, 1:30 pm
Join us in discussing The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood. On the day John F. Kennedy is inaugurated, Claire, a young wife and mother obsessed with the glamour of Jackie, struggles over the decision of whether to stay in a loveless but secure marriage or to follow the man she loves and whose baby she may be carrying. Decades earlier in 1919, Vivien Lowe, an obituary writer, is searching for her lover who disappeared in the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906. Contact the library to reserve a copy of this book. This group meets at the senior center.
It’s Not In Your Head, It’s In Your Gut!
Monday, March 13, 6:30 pm
From headaches to rashes to autoimmune disease to anxiety and depression, your gut plays a pivotal role in your health. In this presentation, Dr. Cait Barbiero will show you the causes and symptoms of "leaky gut" and how this widespread phenomenon could be impacting your health. This talk is for anyone looking to learn the important steps, foods, and supplements needed to heal your gut and feel good again! Dr. Cait Barbiero is a Connecticut board licensed Naturopathic physician.
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Stock Club
Tuesday, March 14, 1:30 pm
Join local investors in discussing stock market trends.
Everything You Wanted to Know about Opera, But Were Afraid to Ask
Saturday, March 18, 1:00 pm
An introduction to Opera, presented by lifelong opera enthusiast Mike Cascia. Learn what opera is, how it started, and enjoy various musical examples to help understand the whole bit about opera. Attendees will even see how an opera is written.
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Monologue Writing Workshop
Saturday, March 21, 28, & April 4, 1:00-2:00 pm
Come explore your inner playwright! Facilitated by Via Arts' Kristianna Smith, participants write monologues inspired by their real- life experiences. After creating written work, participants will be coached through performance technique to make their words on the page fit for the stage. Join us for this three day exploration of storytelling and performance. These workshops are sponsored by the Berlin Senior Center and Friends of the Library.
Click for more information and to register for March 21 »
The Refugee Experience
Wednesday, March 22, 6:30 pm
What is it like to be a refugee? What do refugees go through in order to enter the U.S., and what is it like for them once they arrive in a new country? Join Solange Rossignol and Hope Lennartz of Refugee Advocacy Services as they speak about their experiences in meeting new refugee families as they arrive in Connecticut and learning about their often traumatic journeys. Volunteers have helped establish many families in new homes and helped them adapt to American culture as they also try to hold on to the virtues of their own cultures.
Sinatra and Me: The Very Good Years
Saturday, March 25, 1 pm
Frank Sinatra had a history with New Haven, CT thanks to his lifelong friendship with Tony Consiglio, part of the family that ran Sally's Pizzeria on Wooster St. Sinatra called Tony "The Clam" because he kept his mouth shut, but Consiglio finally told his tales to writer Franz Douskey and the revelations are published in "Sinatra and Me: The Very Good Years." Join author Franz Douskey and hear the stories. All are welcome. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Literary Wreath Making
Thursday, March 30, 6:30 pm
Turn trash into treasure! Join us to make your own curled paper wreath using pages from old books. This is an easy yet beautiful craft project for the true bibliophile. No experience needed.
Movie Matinees
The Martian
Friday, March 10, 1:00 pm
Rated PG-13
When astronauts blast off from the planet Mars, they leave behind Mark Watney (Matt Damon), presumed dead after a fierce storm. With only meager supplies, the stranded visitor must find a way to survive on the hostile planet. Back on Earth, members of NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring him home.
The Magic of Belle Isle
Friday, March 24, 1:00 pm
Rated PG
Monty Wildhorn, an alcoholic novelist of Westerns, has lost his drive. His nephew pushes him to summer in quiet Belle Isle. He begrudgingly befriends a newly single mom and her 3 girls who help him find the inspiration to write again.

Library Services
Digital Spotlight: Instant Flix
InstantFlix brings engaging stories to movie lovers around the world. Enjoy over 7,000 high-quality shorts, features, documentaries, classic TV shows and Web series from 85 countries. View films from major festivals all over the world, including Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca, and more!
Keep our Seed Library going! 
Did you have a good growing season? Please consider sharing your seeds with us. Click to learn more »
Downloadable eBooks and audiobooks. 
Berlin-Peck cardholders have free access to downloadable eBooks, audiobooks, magazines and movies in our digital library »

Online resources.
Your Berlin-Peck library card gives you access to databases like, AtoZdatabases, and Consumer Reports -- right in your own home! Visit our Resources page to get started »

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.
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 »

Book a Librarian! 
Do you need some one-on-one help? Personalized service is just a phone call away.
Call (860) 828-7126 to book an appointment. 

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Friends of the Library
This newsletter and many of our library programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library. Please consider supporting our library by joining our Friends group today »

The ongoing library book sale, run by our Friends of the Library group, is located in the Berlin Community Center. Check out the Friends of the Library Facebook page! »

Book Sale Regular Hours
The book sale will be closed on Mondays, January to March.
Wednesday 12:30-6:00
Friday 12:30-2:30

Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
234 Kensington Road
Berlin, CT 06037

Library Hours
Monday-Thursday 10-8
Friday 10-5 
Saturday 10-4
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860-828-7125 (main) 
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Town of Berlin, 234 Kensington Rd, Berlin, CT 06037, United States
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