Subject: November @ The Berlin-Peck Memorial Library

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November 2016 Newsletter
Director's notes...
Hello everyone!

Let’s talk turkey here. Sorry for the pun – I just can’t believe that Thanksgiving is almost upon us.

The Library is quite busy these days, with programs and library card drives. We’ve started sending an email reminder to those folks whose cards are expiring and everyone seems to appreciate it. 

You especially don’t want your card to lapse now because we have a new database that you will want to try out and you need that library card number to access it!

BrainHQ will debut in early November and has been clinically proven to improve cognitive performance. It was developed by a team of experts who design, test and refine online exercises that effectively address cognitive issues relating to healthy aging. This is more than crossword puzzles and Sudoku, folks. BrainHQ has more than two dozen brain-training exercises organized into six categories: Attention, Brain Speed, Memory, People Skills, Intelligence, and Navigation. Everyone establishes a private account with BrainHQ and gains access to a private, personalized performance dashboard. So find that library card and get ready to exercise your brain! And thanks to the Berlin Senior Center for sharing the cost with us! We’ll be doing a Lunch and Learn and library card drive there as well.

The next Lincoln Center screening will be held on Sunday, November 20 with a presentation of Sinatra: Voice for a Century, originally broadcast in December 2015. The New York Philharmonic celebrates the 100th birthday of Ol’ Blue Eyes with Christina Aguilera, Chris Botti, Fantasia, Sutton Foster, Kyle Dean Massey, Bernadette Peters, Billy Porter, Sting, and host Seth MacFarlane. The screening starts at 2 pm and runs 1 ½ hours. 

As always, any feedback or suggestions can be sent to me at

Hope to see you soon!

Helen Malinka
Children's Events

For more information on our events, please visit our online calendar.
Walkers & Wigglers (18-36 months)
Monday, November 7, 14, 21, 28 @ 10:30 am

Bibliobop (birth to preschool)
Tuesday, November 15 @ 10:30 am

Sleepytime Stories (geared towards children 3+)
Tuesday, November 15 @ 6:30 pm

Peek-a-Baby (birth-18 months)
Wednesday, November 9, 16, 23, 30 @ 10:30 am

Bookworms (ages 3-5)
Thursday, November 3, 10, 17 @ 2:00 pm

Mother Goose on the Loose (birth to preschool)
Friday, November 4, 11, 18 @ 10:30 am

Banish Bullying Book Discussion (grades 4+)
Thursday, Nov. 3, 6:30 pm
A discussion of the book Twerp by Mark Goldblatt. Participants can pick up a copy of the book at the library. Attendees will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Amazon Gift Card. Click here for more info and to register.
(grades 2-12)
Saturday, Nov. 5, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
The library has a Minecraft server that can be accessed from home or the library! Join other super-fans to show off your build skills, trade ideas, and work as a team. There will be prize drawings of Minecraft items, and snacks are provided! Registration required.
Click here for more info and to register.
Vote for Your Favorite Book Character!
(all ages)

Tuesday, Nov. 8, 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Here's your chance to weigh in on an issue we can all enjoy: Who's your favorite book character? Visit the library's voting booth to cast your ballot for your favorite character in two different categories. Ballots available all day. Every voter receives a sticker! Results will be announced on our website on November 9. 
Chapter Chat
Book Club

Thursday, Nov. 10, 6:30 pm
A book club for elementary school readers. Read the book at home and join us for a lively discussion and craft based. This month's selection: Horrid Henry by Francesca Simon. Copies are available at the Children’s Reference desk. Registration Required. Click here for more info and to register.
Adult Events
Connecticut Ballet Presentation
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 6:30 pm
Learn to appreciate and understand the ballet! Join members of the Connecticut Ballet for an introduction to ballet, including a historical background and a demonstration of ballet technique and storytelling.
Click here for more info and to register.
New Britain Symphony Orchestra: Beatles String Quartet
Wednesday, Nov. 2, 6:30 pm 
This performance of Beatles music will be performed in special arrangements for string quartet by the NBSO’s own Fab Four. Click here for more info and to register.
Sit & Knit
Thursday, Nov. 3, 10, 17
Join local knitters for a relaxing time filled with knitting and good company!  
Holiday Food Safety
Monday, Nov. 7, 6:30 pm
 Are you involved with planning a holiday luncheon or banquet for a crowd? Join us for this hands-on session with tips and techniques for safe food handling, cooling and storage.  Come prepared to be involved and have a few nibbles! Keep your parishioners, colleagues, students, friends and families safe!!! Presented by Central CT Health District. RSVP: Ann Hartman (860-721-2824)
Investor’s Group
Tuesday, Nov. 8, 1:30 pm
Join local investors in discussing stock market trends.
Writing Group
Saturday, Nov. 12, 1:00 pm
Do you like to write? Are you interested in getting together with fellow writers to get feedback? Meet the Berlin-Peck Writers Group! This group will meet monthly. 
Coloring for Adults
Monday, Nov. 14, 6:30 pm
Enjoy a relaxing night out. We'll supply the coloring pages and writing utensils.
International Survivors of Suicide 
Loss Day
Saturday, Nov. 19, 10:30 am
Reaching out can change your life. Join us for a screening of the documentary, Life Journeys, presentations by local suicide loss survivors and mental health professionals, and a small group discussion. Click here for more info and to register.
Senior Center Book Club
Wednesday, Nov. 30, 1:30 pm
Join us for a discussion of the book, Dinner with Edward, by Isabel Vincent. Please contact the reference desk to obtain a copy of the book. This discussion takes place at the Berlin Senior Center: 33 Colonial Drive, Berlin, CT. 
Click here for more info and to register.
Coming up in December...
Meet the Author: Cooking Gourmet in 60 Minutes with Dale Reney
Thursday, Dec. 1, 6:30 pm 
Click here for more info and to register. 

Kensington Garden Club Holiday Boutique
Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 am -2 pm  Click here for more info

Seventh Annual Gingerbread Contest
Begins December 14 
Click here for more info
Movie Matinees
Friday Matinees @ 1pm
45 Years (Rated R)
Friday, Nov. 4, 1:00 pm
As their 45th wedding anniversary approaches, a woman (Charlotte Rampling) learns that her husband (Tom Courtenay) was once engaged to someone else.
Far from the Madding Crowd (Rated R)
Friday, Nov. 18, 1:00 pm
Based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy about Bathsheba Everdene who is an independent woman who attracts three different suitors: a sheep farmer; a dashing soldier; and a prosperous, older bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba's passions explores the nature of relationships, love and resilience.
Berlin-Peck patrons can access additional movies for FREE online streaming through InstantFlix.
Browse by genre, or check out film festival winners!
Sunday Lincoln Center Screenings @ 2pm
Sinatra: Voice for a Century
Sunday, Nov. 20, 2 pm
Lincoln Center teams up with the New York Philharmonic to celebrate the 100th birthday of Ol’ Blue Eyes with Christina Aguilera, Chris Botti, Fantasia, Sutton Foster, Kyle Dean Massey, Bernadette Peters, Billy Porter, Sting, and host Seth MacFarlane.
Major support for Lincoln Center Local: Free Screenings is provided by the Oak Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Booth Ferris Foundation and the Altman Foundation. Metlife is the national sponsor of Lincoln Center. 
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. © 2016
Did you know?
  • Need to print from your device? The library now offers wireless printing with PrinterOn.
  • Reserve and print museum passes online! Free and discounted passes to local museums and attractions can be checked out with your library card! See details here.
  • We offer free downloadable eBooks, audiobooks, magazines and movies for Berlin library cardholders. Click here for instructions.
  • Book a Librarian!  Do you need some one-on-one help? Personalized service is just a phone call away. Details here.
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. Click here for more information. The ongoing library book sale, run by our Friends of the Library group, is located in the Berlin Community Center. 

Book Sale Regular Hours
Monday 12:30-2:30 
Wednesday 12:30-6:00
Friday 12:30-2:30 
Open Veteran's Day, Closed November 25
Open during Santa's Parlor: November 28-29

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Library Hours
Monday-Thursday 10-8
Friday 10-5 
Saturday 10-4
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