Subject: October Newsletter @ Berlin-Peck Memorial Library

Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
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October Newsletter
Happy Fall!

If you’ve used our online catalog lately, you may have noticed that the banner announcing the “5-hold restriction” has been removed. We are happy to tell you that the restriction has been lifted, so please feel free to put your titles on reserve online or when you come in. Also, we have never stopped doing inter-library loans for you. Our delivery system has worked out some kinks so now your materials should arrive a little faster! If in doubt, please ask a librarian at the Information Services desk.

A quick elevator update – the elevator has been ordered! It takes close to twelve weeks to manufacture one (no, you don’t go to the elevator store and pick one from the shelf!), so we are looking at mid-winter for installation. In the meantime, construction will begin on the shaft in October. Our Friends Booksale room will be impacted for about 2 weeks only. We’re not quite sure when, so please call before you come.

Lastly, don’t forget about our passport service if you are planning any holiday/spring international travel. Renewals can be done yourself, but first time passports or long-expired ones will need to be done at a passport acceptance facility, which we are. Call or visit our website for details.


Helen Malinka
Library Director

WWI Digitization Day
Saturday, October 7, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

This Saturday, the library is hosting a WWI Digitization Day!

Bring in your WWI photos, letters, keepsakes and stories to be preserved for future generations. State Library staff will record the stories and digitize the photos, letters, medals, keepsakes or objects, and they will be preserved in the Connecticut Digital Archive so that their efforts and sacrifices are never forgotten. 

No registration required, walk-ins welcome.

Adult Programs
Dementia & Caregiving
Join us for an educational program on Dementia and Caregiving: Focusing on the Person while Understanding the Disease Progression
To register, contact the Connecticut Center for Healthy Aging: (877) 424-4641.
Tuesday, October 3, 6:00 to 7:30 pm
Legal and Financial

Senior Center Book Club
Wednesday, October 4, 1:30 pm

oin us for a book discussion of The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman. 
A lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of Western Australia raise a baby they rescue from a drifting row boat. This discussion will take place at the Berlin Senior Center.

Sit & Knit
Thursday, October 5 & 19, 6:00 pm
Thursday, October 12 & 26, 1:00 pm

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

Stock Club 
Tuesday, October 10, 1:30 pm

Join local investors for discussions on stock market trends. Interested in the stock market? Check out the library's subscription to Value Line!

New Britain Symphony Orchestra
Polka Ensemble
Wednesday, October 18, 6:30 pm

Enjoy a rousing Polka performance from members of the New Britain Symphony Orchestra, and discover the world tradition and history of the Polka. To register, call (860) 828-7126 or register online »

Make & Take at the Library:

Thursday, October 19, 6:30 pm

This month, we’ll learn the basics of scrapbooking.  Supplies are included.  Just bring some photos. This program is for adults, teens and children over 10.
Registration is required. This program fills up quickly! To register, call (860) 828-7126 or register online »
The Rise and Fall of the Opioid Epidemic
Monday, October 23, 6:30 pm

The opioid epidemic has caused the deaths of over 200,000 Americans. Join Dr. Michael Saxe to learn about this epidemic's history, its causes, and what each of us can do to end it. To register, call (860) 828-7126 or register online »

Legal Family Matters
Tuesday, October 24, 6:30 pm

Rembish & LaSaracina, LLC, Attorneys-At-Law, will discuss topics dealing with legal separation, divorce and child support. To register, call (860) 828-7126 or register online »

Meet the Real Ghostbusters
Saturday, October 28, 1:00 pm

Experience it for yourself... IF YOU DARE!
Join us for spine-tingling tales of ghostly apparitions, mysterious voices, and pesky poltergeists, with Connecticut ghost hunters and founders of the Connecticut Paranormal Research Society, Joe Franke and Orlando Ferrante. To register, call (860) 828-7126 or register online »

Coming in November...
Charlton Comics
Wednesday, November 1, 6:30 pm

Join the producers of the feature-length documentary "Charlton Comics: The Movie," to discuss the production of the movie, view some footage from the film, and talk about the comics brand's history and recent resurrection under the mantle of Charlton Neo Media. To register, call (860) 828-7126 or register online »

Children's Programs
Early Release Program
Marshmallow Construction
Wednesday, October 4, 2:00 to 3:30 pm

Drop in and build!! Be creative and improve your engineering skills while building a skyscraper, a bridge, or anything you’d like out of marshmallows! No registration is required. For grades K+ and up.
Tween Scene
Giant Sticker Mosaic
Thursday, October 5, 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Drop in and make!! As a group, we will create a giant piece of community pixel art on a wall of the library with only stickers! No registration is required. For grades 4 and up.
Page Turners
Thursday, October 12, 6:30 pm

This month we are reading Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke. Copies are available in the Children’s Department. Join us for this exciting group which incorporates fun books with games and crafts! For grades 1-3.

Registration required. To register, call (860) 828-7127 or register online »
Wednesday, October 18, 2:00 to 3:30 pm

The library has a Minecraft server! 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 will be provided. For grades 2-12.

Registration required. To register, call (860) 828-7127 or register online »
Nutmeg Book Club
Thursday, October 26, 6:30 pm

This month we are reading the 2018 Nutmeg nominee A Whole New Ballgame by Phil Bildner. 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, October 2, 10:30 am

PJ Storytime (birth to preschool and families) 
Tuesday, October 17, 10:30 am
Wear your PJs and bring your favorite stuffed friend for a bedtime-themed storytime!
Itsy Bitsy Storytime (ages birth-1) 
Wednesday, October 4, 10:30 am
Wednesday, October 11, 10:30 am

Mother Goose on the Loose (all ages)
Friday, October 6, 10:30 am

Movie Showings
Monday, October 2, 6:30 pm
Friday, October 13, 1:00 pm

Rated PG-13. 1 hour, 56 minutes.
When twelve mysterious spacecraft appear around the world, linguistics professor Louise Banks is tasked with interpreting the language of the apparent alien visitors. Starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker.

"...a beautiful piece of filmmaking. The revelation is exhilarating, and it gives the viewer a sense of the profound."
—James Gleick, The New York Review of Books

"...a character-driven emotional drama that just happens to be about first contact with aliens."
—Denis Villeneuve, 100 Films In A Year

The Zookeeper's Wife
Friday, October 20, 1:00 pm

Rated PG-13. 2 hours, 7 minutes. 
The account of Antonina and Jan Zabinski, keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion in World War Two. Starring Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, and Daniel Brühl.

"In the war movie genre, those who quietly tend to the vulnerable don't always get their due."
—Sara Stewart, New York Post

The Sense of an Ending
Friday, October 27, 1:00 pm

Rated PG-13. 1 hour, 48 minutes. A man becomes haunted by his past and is presented with a mysterious legacy that causes him to re-think his current situation in life. Starring Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, and Harriet Walter.

"...a cozy movie with a decidedly un-cozy message - about the perils of resuscitating our pasts, and the even bigger risk of leaving them be."
—Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

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

InstantFlix: Thousands of award-winning indie films, documentaries, classic TV, and more.
hoopla: Popular feature films, documentaries, children's video, popular and classic TV.
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
Need to print from your personal computer or smart device?
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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 »
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