Subject: March Newsletter @ Berlin-Peck Memorial Library

Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
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March Newsletter
Rabbit, rabbit! I always wondered why my Facebook page was inundated with “Rabbit, rabbit” wishes at the beginning of each month. With a little research (I am a librarian after all), I discovered that by saying Rabbit, Rabbit as the first thing out of your mouth on the first day of the month ensures that you’ll be lucky for the rest of the month.

Well, as luck would have it, our elevator should be completed by the end of March! The cab has been built, the pulleys and racks are in place; the workers just need to put the whole thing together, test it, get through several inspections and we’ll be good to go. We’ll be planning a ribbon-cutting and ceremonial first ride, so keep checking our website and Facebook page for details!

We also hope to be lucky at the public hearing for the town budget on March 27. Thank you to those who have already spoken at Board of Finance meetings and written to town officials on our behalf. I would encourage you to carry on your writing and speaking campaigns. You are being noticed! Please contact me at with questions about the budget and/or talking points.

NEW! Courtesy renewals! You have plenty of things to worry about and renewing your library materials shouldn’t be one of them. As a better way to serve our patrons, we are now offering our new Courtesy Renewal service. Beginning March 1st, our system will renew all eligible* items three days before they are due. To be eligible for a courtesy renewal, the item:
  • Must have been originally checked out at the Berlin-Peck Library
  • Cannot be a downloadable item
  • Must be a renewable item*
Loan rules still apply, and the following will not be renewed:
  • Video Games
  • Items that another patron has requested
  • Interlibrary Loan System items from libraries outside of our consortium
If you have questions, please call the Library at 860-828-7125, or ask the front desk staff next time you come in.

Have a great month!

Luckily yours,

Helen Malinka

Library Director

Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail
Saturday, March 10, 1:00 pm

A modern day adventure! Hiker Sam Ducharme set out on a 2180 mile, 14 state backpacking trip from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mt. Katahdin in Maine. Join him as he takes you through the trail towns, over the mountaintops and through the back-country of the Appalachian Trail, and discover the beauty of our country. To register, call (860) 828-7126 or register online »

Adult Programs
Sit & Knit
Thursday, March 1 & 15, 6:00 pm
Thursday, March 8 & 22, 1:00 pm

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

Free College Planning Workshop
Thursday, March 1, 6:00 pm

Join College4Less for a FREE College Financial Planning Workshop designed to help you prepare for the college years and beyond! They'll share college financial planning information, as well as take time to answer questions.
To register, call (860) 828-7126 or register online at College4Less »
Saturday Afternoon
Adult Book Group

Saturday, March 3, 1:00 pm

Join us for a discussion of the book Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy. Please contact the library to reserve a copy of the book.
To register, call (860) 828-7126 or register online »
Preparing for
Your Home Transition
Tuesday, March 6, 6:30 pm

Thinking about downsizing your home? Learn some new tips before you begin the transition. Presenter Donna Finocchiaro is an Estate Organizer, specializing in downsizing and staging homes to increase their value and competitive edge in the market place. To register, call (860) 828-7126 or register online »
Senior Center Book Club
Wednesday, March 7, 1:30 pm

Join us for a discussion of The One-in-a Million Boy by Monica Wood. Please contact the library to reserve a copy of the book.
To register, call (860) 828-7126 or register online »
Demonstration of the New
Libby OverDrive App
Wednesday, March 7, 6:30 pm

Max Rowe, Library Connection Inc., returns to give a lecture and live demo on how to use the new Libby by OverDrive app to borrow eBooks, audiobooks and more from the library. Bring along your own device and get hands-on help.
To register, call (860) 828-7126 or register online »

Celtic Chocolate
Friday, March 9, 6:30 pm

A special Friday night program highlighting the history of chocolate in Ireland, Irish chocolate pioneers, Irish lore, famous Irish foods & Irish poetry. Samplings of Irish tea, Irish bread, and beautiful Celtic chocolates.  Registration required.
To register, call (860) 828-7126 or register online »
Stock Club
Tuesday, March 13, 1:30 pm

Join local investors to discuss stock market trends.

Interested in investing? Check out the library's subscription to Value Line online, at home or in the library!
Make & Take
Craft the Day Away
Saturday, March 17, 10:30 am - 3:00 pm

Stop by for scrapbooking and papercrafting! There'll be plenty of work space, as well as an assortment of papercrafting supplies, including a Sizzix Die Cut Machine and dies, rubber stamps and inks, papers and embellishments. To register, call (860) 828-7126 or register online »
The Meaning of Omelets and Life
Tuesday, March 20, 6:30 pm

John E. Finn, author of The Perfect Omelet: Essential Recipes for the Home Cook, talks about the process of writing his definitive book on the iconic omelet, full of practical wisdom about omelets, cooking, and life. He will also demonstrate omelet preparation and invite audience members to try it out and enjoy samples. Books will be available for sale. To register, call (860) 828-7126 or register online »
Cookbook Club:
Cooking by the Book
Monday, March 26, 6:30 pm

Choose a recipe from this month's cookbook, The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman, make the dish on your own, and then gather for a feast! While we eat, we'll discuss the cookbook, its recipes and the process of choosing what to make and how to make it. Registration is required. Visit the library for a copy of the cookbook. To register, call (860) 828-7126 or register online »
Berlin High School
AP Studio Art Show Reception
Tuesday, March 27, 6:30 pm

No registration required. Art will be on display in the board room from Monday, March 26th to Thursday, March 29. 
Library Closing
Good Friday
Friday, March 30

The library will be closed all day for Good Friday, and will reopen for regular hours on Saturday.

Children's / Teen Programs
Saturday, March 3, 10:30 pm to 12:00 noon

A playgroup that includes fun toys, sensory materials, musical instruments and other activities while providing caregivers an opportunity to interact and build skills with their children and network with one another. No registration is required.
Berlin Schools Early Release Day
Early Release Movie: Wonder

Wednesday, March 7, 2:00 pm

The incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time. Rated PG. 113 minutes. Bring comfy seating and snacks, if you wish! No registration is required.
Busy Bumble Bees (ages 2-3)
Monday, March 5, 10:30 am
Monday, March 12, 10:30 am
PJ Storytime (birth to preschool and families) 
Tuesday, March 13, 6:30 pm
Mother Goose on the Loose (all ages)
Friday, March 2, 10:30 am
Friday, March 9, 10:30 am
Friday, March 16, 10:30 am

Movie Showings
20th Century Women
Friday, March 2, 1:00 pm

Rated R. 1 hour, 59 minutes. The story of a teenage boy, his mother, and two other women who help raise him among the love and freedom of Southern California of 1979.

A Street Cat Named Bob
Friday, March 9, 1:00 pm

Not Rated. 1 hour, 43 minutes. James, a drug addict, is living hand to mouth in London when he adopts a sickly cat. James names the cat Bob and soon they are inseparable.

Friday, March 16, 1:00 pm

Rated R. 1 hour, 59 minutes. Inspired by the true story. Jeff Bauman, a working-class Bostonian, was at the 2013 marathon when the bomb blast occurred and he tragically lost both of his legs. After regaining consciousness, Jeff was able to help law enforcement identify one of the bombers, but his own battle had just begun. Jeff's deeply personal journey tests a family's bond and defines a community's pride as he overcomes adversity to become the living embodiment of ''Boston Strong.''

Lady Bird
Friday, March 23, 12:30 pm

Rated R. 1 hour, 34 minutes. In 2002, an artistically inclined seventeen-year-old girl comes of age in Sacramento, California. Nominated for 5 Oscar Awards.  Please note this movie showing starts at 12:30 pm.

Want more movies? Check out the library's streaming services!

InstantFlix: Thousands of award-winning indie films, documentaries, classic TV, and more.
hoopla: Popular feature films, documentaries, children's video, popular and classic TV.
OverDrive: Popular feature films, documentaries, and children's video.

Library Services
Downloadable eBooks and audiobooks.
Berlin-Peck cardholders have free access to downloadable eBooks, audiobooks, 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, 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!
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These passes are made possible by the Friends of the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library.
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