Subject: News and Events @ Berlin-Peck Memorial Library

Berlin-Peck Memorial Library • November 2018 Newsletter 
Giving Thanks
The season for giving thanks begins and we here at BPML have lots to be thankful for. At the top of the list is you, our patrons. We appreciate your use of our services and how you let your neighbors know the great and free things that happen here.

We appreciate our new staff. After a long summer of scrambling around, we can finally take a breath. Laurie Finke has joined the Adult Services team, and Megan Phan and Annie MacPherson are manning the Children's desk. We welcome them and look forward to their contributions to our mission.

We appreciate those of you helping with our two upcoming fundraisers. 
  • Dining for Dollars is coming up on Thursday, November 8th (11:30 am–10:30 pm) at Bertucci's in Newington. Show the flyer or mention the library fundraiser, and a percentage of your tab will be donated to the library... lunch, dinner, and even take-out! 

  • The First Annual Baubles and Bling Sale debuts on Saturday, December 1st (10:00 am–3:00 pm) at the library, with gently used jewelry of all types up for grabs.

We appreciate the Kensington Garden Club for their beautiful work all year round, but especially for their Veterans' Tree and Christmas displays.

We appreciate our weekly volunteers. Without you, we couldn't keep up with shelving, holds and weeding.

We appreciate our Friends of the Library and the Board of Trustees. The Friends work at the Used Book Sale and return the profit to us. If you've ever taken out one of our Museum Passes, you can thank a Friend. Our Board of Trustees is spearheading the fundraisers. They also make policy, support the budget and do outreach on our behalf.

I personally want to give thanks for the entire library staff, including our custodians and substitutes. You challenge me, make me smile and say yes to my plans and ideas. Who could ask for anything more?

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Helen Malinka
Library Director
Sit & Knit
Thursday, November 1 & 15, 6:00 pm
Thursday, November 8 & 29, 1:00 pm

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

Movie Matinee
Borg vs. McEnroe (R)
Friday, November 2, 1:00 pm

The story of the 1980s tennis rivalry between the placid Björn Borg and the volatile John McEnroe. Rated R. 1 hour, 47 minutes. Released in 2018.
Mary Todd Lincoln: Wife and Widow
Monday, November 5, 1:30 pm

Discover one of the most famous and historically significant First Ladies, brought to life by reenactor and living historian Sally Mummey. Join us for an entertaining, lively, and surprisingly humorous afternoon! 
Senior Center Book Club
Wednesday, November 7, 1:30 pm

Join us for a discussion of The Last Days of Café Leila by Donia Bijan. Contact the library for a copy of the book. Discussion takes place at the Berlin Senior Center.
Bertucci's Fundraiser
Thursday, November 8, 11:30 am to 10:00 pm

Bertucci's in Newington is hosting a fundraiser for the library! Show the fundraiser flyer (or just mention the Berlin-Peck fundraiser) and up to 25% of your meal total (lunch, dinner or take-out!) will be donated back to the Library. Flyers are available at the library or online at
Movie Matinee
Leave No Trace (PG)
Friday, November 9, 1:00 pm

Will and his teenage daughter Tom have lived off the grid for years in the forests of Portland, Oregon. When their idyllic life is shattered, both are put into social services. After clashing with their new surroundings, Will and Tom set off on a harrowing journey back to their wild homeland. Rated PG. 1 hour, 49 minutes. Released in 2018.
Wine Glass Etching
Saturday, November 10, 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Learn how to etch wine glasses using a simple process in this hands-on class. Please bring glasses with you. Call 860-828-7126 or visit the Reference Desk to register for a 45 minute time slot.
Autism and PANS/PANDAS
How to Improve Symptoms in Developmental Disorders without Pharmaceuticals
Monday, November 12, 6:30 pm

Dr. Cait Strong provides parents of children with autism and PANS/PANDAS understanding of why these developmental disorders have occurred, key nutrition and natural supplements that could help, and hope that their kids can get better.
Stock Club
Tuesday, November 13, 1:30 pm

Join local investors to discuss stock market trends.

Did you know? Your Berlin-Peck Memorial Library card gives you free online access to Value Line investment research! Check out Value Line »
Make & Take
Book Trees
Thursday, November 15, 6:30 pm

Create beautiful holiday decor for your home! Please bring a hot glue gun. All other supplies provided. Open to adults, teens and children ages 10+ with parent.
Movie Matinee
I Can Only Imagine (PG)
Friday, November 16, 1:00 pm

The inspiring and unknown true story behind MercyMe's beloved, chart topping song that brings ultimate hope to so many is a gripping reminder of the power of true forgiveness. Rated PG. 1 hour, 50 minutes. 2018.
Book Club
Saturday, November 17, 10:30 am

Read a biography or memoir of your own choice. Come discuss what you've read, what you've learned and whether or not you'd recommend it to the others!
How to Take Better Holiday Photos
Monday, November 19, 6:30 pm

Tips and tricks for creating better holiday photos, from photographer Lou Zucchi.
Baubles & Bling Sale
Saturday, December 1, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Join us for a gently-used jewelry sale. Most items will be priced between $1 and $10 and include brooches, necklaces, earrings and bracelets. Bring the kids to see items just for them or to purchase a holiday gift for mom or grandma! Proceeds will fund programs at the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library.
You can register for programs online,
visit the Adult Reference Desk to register in person,
or call (860) 828-7126 to register by phone.

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

hoopla — Popular feature films, documentaries, children's video, popular and classic TV.
OverDrive — Popular feature films, documentaries, and children's video.

Create a free RBdigital account to access:
IndieFlix — Thousands of award-winning indie films, documentaries, classic TV, and more.
Qello Concerts — Full-length concerts and documentaries from the 1920s to today's hottest artists.
AcornTV — World-class mysteries, dramas, and comedies from Britain and beyond.
Great Courses — Video learning from some of the world's most engaging professors and experts.

Berlin-Peck Memorial Library • Teens
Makerspace Drop In Hours
Thursdays, November 1, 8, 15 & 29, 2:00 pm

For grades 4-12. Drop-in Thursdays any time between 2:00 pm and 7:30 (November 29 between 2:00 and 5:00 pm) pm to explore our makerspace! 
Into Orbit
Wednesday, November 7, 6:00 pm

For all ages. Berlin's own First Lego League Team 19779, the Techno-Bolts 2, will be presenting their 2018 Into Orbit project! This year's challenge is to find a social or physical problem in long-term space travel. The Techno-Bolts 2 are focusing on the issue of a sustainable food source.
College Financial Planning Night
Wednesday, November 28, 6:30 pm

Prepare for the college years and beyond! We'll discuss the FAFSA form and all the other information you need to understand in order to maximize the amount of financial aid you are eligible to receive. We will also take time to answer questions. 
JFF (Just For Fun) Club
Thursday, November 29, 6:30 pm

Recommended for grades 4-6. Come hang out with friends and join our videogame tournament. Registration is strongly recommended.
You can register for programs online,
visit the Children's Reference Desk to register in person,
or call (860) 828-7127 to register by phone.

Berlin-Peck Memorial Library • Kids
Read & Bead: Autumn Edition
October 1 through December 29

Grades K-5. Bring your Read & Bead necklace/keychain from summer back to the library and pick up an Autumn Challenge activity sheet to earn seasonal beads! If you are new to Read & Bead visit the Children's Desk for your necklace or keychain. 

November 1-30 During Open Library Hours

It's DINOvember! Join us all month long for a ROARING good time at the library. Go on a Dino Hunt, decorate our Dinosaur Park, and help name our Triceratops for a chance to win tickets to the CT Science Center.
DINOvember: Election Day Fun 
Tuesday, November 6, 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Grades K+. Happy Election Day! Visit the library and make a dinosaur button with our button maker & color a dino mask. While supplies last.
It's Very Hungry Caterpillar Time!
Tuesday, November 13, 6:30 pm

Ages 2-6. We will read "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle and do some simple caterpillar activities. Registration is required as space is limited.
JFF (Just For Fun) Club
Thursday, November 29, 6:30 pm

Recommended for grades 4-6. Come hang out with friends and join our videogame tournament. Registration is strongly recommended. 
You can register for programs online,
visit the Children's Reference Desk to register in person,
or call (860) 828-7127 to register by phone.
Busy Bumble Bees
Monday, November 12, 10:30 am

Recommended for ages birth to 3. Help your child work their wiggles out in this lively storytime that includes early literacy fun with stories, songs, and action rhymes. The program will be followed by an open play session. No registration required.
Mother Goose on the Loose
Friday, November 2, 9, & 16, 10:30 am

Ages birth-preschool. Help your child develop early literacy skills while having a great time! This program combines music, movement, nursery rhymes, instruments, and books. The program will be followed by an open play session. No registration required.
—Library Services—
Downloadable eBooks and audiobooks.
Berlin-Peck cardholders have free access to downloadable eBooks, audiobooks, children's materials, 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, The New York Times, 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!
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 »
These passes are made possible by the Friends of the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library.
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234 Kensington Road
Berlin, CT 06037
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Friday 10-5 
Saturday 10-4
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