Subject: May Newsletter @ Berlin-Peck Memorial Library

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Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
May 2017 Newsletter

Spring cleaning and renovations!

Throughout the months of May and June, you may see some changes coming to the main desk of the library. We will be combining our reference and circulation desks to create a single point of service. In other words, you will just need to come to the front desk to get any kind of query attended to. It will be staffed by both circ and reference staff to get you an answer quickly. We are also lowering parts of the desk to make it less of a barrier and more welcoming to all who enter.

In the future, we hope to turn the area where the reference desk was into a digital media lab. Timing is unknown due to budget concerns – we may have to apply for grants.

We hope you’ll come in and check our progress!

Helen Malinka
Library Director

EventsNew Books & MoviesMuseum Passes
eBooks & eAudiobooksBook a Librarian
Author Abby Fabiaschi: Book Signing
Tuesday, May 9, 6:30 pm
Meet Abby Fabiaschi, whose book I Liked My Life was voted Best Winter 2017 book by Pop Sugar. Books will be available for purchase prior to the event. Refreshments will be served.
Children's Events View calendar »

Nutmeg Release Party
Tuesday, May 2, 6:30 pm
Nutmeg time is here! Those who’ve read and reviewed 5 out of 10 of the 2017 Nutmeg titles are welcome to join us for a first look at the 2018 Nutmeg titles as well as other Nutmeg fun! Geared toward grades 3 and up. Registration is required.
Click to register »
Family Game Time
Saturday, May 20, 1:30-3:30 pm
Newington’s Your Friendly Neighborhood Tabletop Shop will be here to teach us some fabulous tabletop games! Families are invited to participate in games that involve creative thinking and cooperative team planning. There will be different games on hand for different age levels (including games for elementary-aged children through teens). Join us for door prizes and fun! Registration is required and begins May 13.
Click to register »
Book Clubs
Chapter Chat Book Club
Thursday, May 11, 6:30 pm
A book club for elementary school readers. 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 Just Grace by Charise Harper. Copies are available at the Children’s Reference desk. Registration is required.
Click to register »
Walkers & Wigglers
Monday, May 1, 8, 15, 22
@ 10:30 am
Children ages 18-36 months
Sleepytime Stories
Tuesday, May 16 @ 6:30 pm
Geared towards children ages 3+
Wednesday, May 3, 10, 17, 24 @ 10:30 am
Children ages birth to 18 months
Thursday, May 4, 11, 18, 25 @ 2:00 pm
Children ages 3-5 years
Mother Goose on the Loose 
Friday, May  5, 12, 19, 26 @ 10:30 am

Children ages birth to preschool

Adult Events View calendar »
Sit & Knit
Thursday, May 4 & 18, 6:00 pm
Thursday, May 11 & 25, 1:00 pm
Join local knitters for a relaxing time filled with knitting and good company! 
Mozart and Mendelssohn: Musical Prodigies
Wednesday, May 3, 6:30 pm
Cellist Jeffrey Engel compares two famous musical prodigies: Mozart, a talented composer, pianist, and violinist at a ridiculously young age; and Mendelssohn, who was composing masterpieces as a teenager, several years before Mozart wrote anything comparable. You decide who was the more remarkable!
Stock Club
Tuesday, May 9, 1:30 pm
Join local investors in discussing stock market trends. No registration necessary, drop-ins welcome.
Are you interested in the stock market and investing? Check out our online subscription to Value Line for the latest data, tools, and analysis. Use it from home--all you need is your library card. 
Memoir Writing Workshop
Wednesday, May 31, June 7 & 14, 1:00 pm
Join facilitator Kristianna Smith for this three day exploration of storytelling and performance! Write memoirs inspired by your real-life experiences. Then, bring your story from page to performance!
Click to register:  May 31 »   June 7 »   June 14 »

Book Clubs
Senior Center Book Club
Wednesday, May 17, 1:30 pm
Join us in discussing Bettyville: A Memoir by George Hodgman. When George leaves Manhattan for his hometown of Paris, Missouri, he finds himself in a head-on collision with his aging mother, Betty. Will George lure her into assisted living? When hell freezes over. He can't bring himself to force her from their family home--the place where his father's voice lingers, the scene of shared jokes, skirmishes, and, behind the dusty antiques, a rarely acknowledged conflict: Betty, who speaks her mind but cannot quite reveal her heart, has never really accepted the fact that her son is gay. Contact the library to reserve a copy of this book. This group meets at the senior center.
Movie Matinees
La La Land
Friday, May 5, 1:00 pm
Rated PG-13
A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles.This original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing dreams. Starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.
A Man Called Ove
Friday, May 19, 1:00 pm
Rated PG-13
Ove, a grumpy, isolated retiree who spends his days enforcing block association rules and visiting his wife's grave, decides to give up on life until an unlikely friendship develops with a boisterous young family that moves in next door.
Library Services

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! 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
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
Contact Us
860-828-7125 (main) 
860-828-7126 (reference) 

Town of Berlin, 234 Kensington Rd, Berlin, CT 06037, United States
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