Subject: November Newsletter @ Berlin-Peck Memorial Library

Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
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November Newsletter
Finally! A year after we were awarded the State Library’s Construction Grant for the installation of an elevator, construction began on October 23rd. The estimated date of completion is February 1, 2018. The first thing the contractor accomplished was building a temporary corridor so that customers would still be able to enter the booksale room during its open hours of Wednesdays 12:30-6:00pm and Fridays 12:30-2:30pm. We depend on the income from the booksale for programs and museum passes, so we are happy to continue those regular hours throughout the project. Look for photos of the construction on Facebook and Instagram.

One Stop Shopping! Most of you know that we have been a Passport Acceptance Facility for almost a year. Beginning November 13, you can come here for your passport photos as well. For only $10, we will take your photo according to government specifications to include with your passport application. When you call us to make your passport appointment, let us know you will need the photo as well, so we allot enough time. You now have 2 places in the town hall complex to get photos done; the town clerk’s office and the library!

The Kensington Garden Club will once again display a Veterans’ Tree in the Library in November. Along with the patriotic-themed decorations, there will be ornaments with the names of local Veterans who have served. If you would like to submit a Veteran's name for the tree, please click on the Veteran Application Form link at If you do not have internet access, you can fill out a paper form at Kensington Garden Center, located at 398 Chamberlain Highway.

Lastly, at this time of Thanksgiving celebration, our thoughts turn gratefully to you, our loyal patrons, with warm appreciation. Our best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving!


Helen Malinka
Library Director

A Visit with Queen Victoria
Thursday, November 9, 3:00 pm

Join us for tea with the Queen! Using Queen Victoria's diary and letters, this performance by Sally Mummey reveals a powerful yet humane woman, who ascended to the British throne as an untrained and innocent teenager.

To register, call (860) 828-7126 or register online »

Adult Programs
Sit & Knit
Thursday, November 2 & 16, 6:00 pm
Thursday, November 9, 1:00 pm

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

A Conversation on Russia 
Saturday, November 4, 1:00 pm

Russia is in the news. Explore current global geo-political issues and concerns with speaker Sergei Kambalov, a Russian economist who has served at the United Nations for 21 years. To register, call (860) 828-7126 or register online »

Monday afternoons in November...
Adult Coloring
Monday, November 6, 13, 20, & 27 1:30 pm

Looking for a way to relax, find your inner zen... and explore your artisitc side? Look no further: coloring books are here to help! Your 5-year-old self would be so proud. No registration required, walk-ins welcome!

Long Term Care Seminar
Wednesday, November 8, 6:30 pm

If you’re 40 or older, long-term care insurance can be part of your retirement plan. Come learn about how the State’s Partnership for Long-Term Care can help you plan ahead for your future long-term care needs. No sales or solicitations – just information that you should know. To register, call (860) 828-7126 or register online »

A Visit with Queen Victoria
Thursday, November 9, 3:00 pm

Join us for tea with the Queen! Using Queen Victoria's diary and letters, this performance by Sally Mummey reveals a powerful yet humane woman, who ascended to the British throne as an untrained and innocent teenager. To register, call (860) 828-7126 or register online »
Stock Club
Tuesday, November 14, 1:30 pm

Join local investors for discussions on stock market trends.

Interested in the stock market? Check out the library's online Value Line subscription, in the library or right from home!
An Introduction to Creative Nonfiction Writing
Wednesday, November 15, 6:30 pm
Wednesday, November 29, 6:30 pm

Do you have an interesting life? Have you always wanted to get it down on paper but were not sure how? This course will lead you in the right direction! Learn the art and techniques of essay, long form articles, journalistic/newspaper articles, and memoir writing. To register, call (860) 828-7126 or register online »
Make & Take
Gilded Leaf Garlands
Thursday, November 16, 6:30 pm

Create a beautiful garland for the fall season! This program is for adults, teens and children ages 10+. Registration required. Materials have been purchased for use in this program. If you register but cannot attend, please call to cancel. To register, call (860) 828-7126 or register online »

Thanksgiving Closings
Thursday, November 23
Friday, November 24

The library will be closed for Thanksgiving and the following Friday. We'll reopen on Saturday for our regular hours (10:00 am to 4:00 pm).

Children's Programs
International Games Day
Thursday, November 2, 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Ages 3-18. So you think you’ve got game? If you are a beginner or an expert, come play and enjoy the educational, recreational, and social value of games! Drop in anytime, no registration required.
No School Program
Button Making 
Tuesday, November 7, 1:00 to 3:30 pm

For grades K+. Happy no school day Berlin, let's drop in the library and make!! Draw your own picture or cut up popular magazines to make your own buttons to pin to your clothes, bag or give to friends. No registration required.
Page Turners
Thursday, November 9, 6:30 pm

For grades 1-3. This month we are reading The Secret Chicken Society by Judy Cox. Copies are available in the Children’s Department. Join us for this exciting group which incorporates fun books with games and crafts! 

Registration required. To register, call (860) 828-7127 or register online »
Nutmeg Book Club
Thursday, November 30, 6:30 pm

This month we are reading the 2018 Nutmeg nominee Took by Mary Downing Hahn. Copies are available in the Children’s Department. Join us for games, crafts, and all things Nutmeg! Recommended for grades 3-6.

Registration is required. To register, call (860) 828-7127 or register online »
Busy Bumble Bees (ages 2-3)
Monday, November 6, 10:30 am
Monday, November 13, 10:30 am
Monday, November 20, 10:30 am
Monday, November 27, 10:30 am

PJ Storytime (birth to preschool and families) 
Tuesday, November 14, 6:30 pm
Wear your PJs and bring your favorite stuffed friend for a bedtime-themed storytime!
Tuesday, November 28, 10:30 am
Are you ready to shake your sillies out? Join us for a story followed by some energetic dancing, singing, and playing! For all ages (geared to toddlers and preschoolers). No registration is required.
Itsy Bitsy Storytime (ages birth-1) 
Wednesday, November 1, 10:30 am
Wednesday, November 8, 10:30 am
Wednesday, November 22, 10:30 am
Wednesday, November 29, 10:30 am

Mother Goose on the Loose (all ages)
Friday, November 3, 10:30 am
Friday, November 10, 10:30 am
Friday, November 17, 10:30 am
Family Thanksgiving Storytime (all ages)
Saturday, November 18, 10:30 am
All are welcome! Join us for a special Thanksgiving-themed program, featuring stories, songs and activities related to the upcoming holiday! No registration is required.

Movie Showings
The Big Sick
Friday, November 3, 1:00 pm
Monday, November 6, 6:30 pm

Rated R. 2 hours. 
Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani and grad student Emily Gardner fall in love, but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail finds himself forced to face her feisty parents, his family's expectations, and his true feelings. Starring Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, and Holly Hunter.

"Nanjiani and Showalter imbue the film with so much more character-based truth than we usually see from the genre. It's the best romantic comedy in years."
Brian Tallerico,

To Walk the Invisible
Friday, November 17, 1:00 pm

Rated TV-PG. 2 hours. 
A chronicle of the Brontë sisters' battle to overcome obstacles and publish their novels, which would become some of the greatest in the English language.

"This one-off Masterpiece is well-stocked with tea and melodrama, as it tells the story of one of literary history's most important times and places: the Bronte household from 1845 to 1848."
Matthew Gilbert, Boston Globe

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234 Kensington Road
Berlin, CT 06037
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