Subject: May Newsletter @ Berlin-Peck Memorial Library

Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
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May Newsletter
On Saturday, April 28th at 11 am, we had “lift-off” in the library! The new elevator took its maiden voyage, but not without its “ups and downs” (it took a minute to find the ON switch!) Nevertheless, it was an “uplifting” conclusion to an accessibility project that began all the way back in June of 2015!

I’d like to thank the town administration personnel both old and new, the Board of Trustees and Friends of the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library, the Commission on Aging, all those who privately gave donations, and Rep. Joe Aresimowicz for their support, and especially Head of Facilities Doug Solek, without whom I could never have navigated the path of construction and contractors. Thanks also to the staffs of the Library and Community Center, and to our patrons, who put up with construction noises, smells, dust and much more during the 6 month stretch.

We are gearing up for summer programs and summer reading — but with the budget still not approved, it may be a bare bones summer. With two positions still frozen, we cannot properly staff our public service desks and also provide the services you have become used to (including passports, reader’s advisory, book-a-librarian, and homebound delivery). Please consider that when you vote at the next public referendum on May 22.

I hope you continue to have an enjoyable spring!


Helen Malinka
Library Director

Afternoon Tea & Movie
in Celebration of the Royal Wedding

Thursday, May 17, 1:00 pm

Celebrate the Royal Wedding with some tea and the first two episodes of Netflix's series The Crown. You are encouraged to bring a dessert and wear your favorite fancy hat. Hot tea provided. To register, call (860) 828-7126 or register online »

Adult Programs
Sit & Knit
Thursday, May 3 & 17, 6:00 pm
Thursday, May 10 & 24, 1:00 pm

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

Stock Club
Tuesday, May 8, 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!

"Chemical Free" Cleaning with Essential Oils
Wednesday, May 9, 6:30 pm

Learn about “chemical free” cleaning options using essential oils.
To register, call (860) 828-7126 or register online »
Saturday Afternoon
Adult Book Group

Saturday, May 12, 1:00 pm

Join us for a discussion of the book Chemistry by Weike Wang. Please contact the library to reserve a copy of the book.
To register, call (860) 828-7126 or register online »
Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden
Wednesday, May 16, 6:30 pm

Learn practical tips for creating proper habitats and choosing appropriate plant systems in order to attract more pollinators to your garden and backyard.
To register, call (860) 828-7126 or register online »

Cookbook Club:
Cooking by the Book
Monday, May 21, 6:30 pm

Choose a recipe from Barefoot Contessa: How Easy is That? by Ina Garten, 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 »
Make & Take
Flip-Flop Welcome Sign
Thursday, May 24, 6:30 pm

Welcome the warm weather with this fun flip flop craft!  Please bring 4 pairs of flip flops (1 size small, 1 size medium, 2 size large). Please also try to bring your own glue gun. All other supplies provided. Registration is required.
To register, call (860) 828-7126 or register online »
Berlin High School
Art Show Reception
Tuesday, May 29, 6:00 pm

Berlin High School's ECE UConn Drawing class will showcase their artwork and hold a reception from 6:00 - 7:45 pm in the library's large meeting room. Exhibit will be up for the remainder of the week.

Children's / Teen Programs
Nutmeg Release Party
Thursday, May 3, 6:30 pm

Recommended for grades 3 – 6. Come celebrate with us! Have first pick of the 2019 Nutmeg titles! Be ready for snacks, activities, and lots of fun. No requirements, just come if you love to read. This will be our last book club meeting of the school year! You're welcome to discuss your favorite Nutmeg or any of the titles we haven't discussed this year.
To register, call (860) 828-7127 or register online »
Paper & Duct Tape Creations
Saturday, May 12, 2:00-3:45 pm

Hang out in our Makerspace and explore Ozobots, Cubelets, and Makey Makeys! For grades 4 and up. No registration is required.
Berlin High School
Art Show Reception
Tuesday, May 29, 6:00 pm 

Berlin High School's ECE UConn Drawing class will showcase their artwork and hold a reception from 6:30 to 7:45 pm in the library's large meeting room. Exhibits will be up for the remainder of the week.

Busy Bumble Bees (ages 2-3)
Monday, May 7, 10:30 am
Monday, May 14, 10:30 am
Monday, May 21, 10:30 am
PJ Storytime (birth to preschool and families) 
Tuesday, May 15, 6:30 pm
Mother Goose on the Loose (all ages)
Friday, May 4, 10:30 am
Friday, May 11, 10:30 am

Movie Showings
Darkest Hour
Friday, May 4, 1:00 pm

Rated PG-13. 2 hours, 5 minutes. During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds. 

I, Tonya
Friday, May 11, 1:00 pm

Rated R. 2 hours. Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the activity is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes. 
The Post
Friday, May 18, 1:00 pm

Rated PG-13. 1 hour, 56 minutes. A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join a battle between the press and the government.  

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Friday, May 25, 12:30 pm

Rated R. 1 hour, 55 minutes. After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter's murder case, Mildred Hayes paints three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at the town's revered chief of police. 

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

InstantFlix: Thousands of award-winning indie films, documentaries, classic TV, and more.
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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
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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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