Subject: September Newsletter @ Berlin-Peck Memorial Library

Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
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September Newsletter
September is a special month for libraries across the nation. It’s Library Card Sign-up Month! Sign up for a new library card or renew your expired library card and pick a library-inspired gift.

If you read our newsletter, you probably already have a card.
But are you getting the most out of it?

Here are the top ten reasons to have a library card:
  1. Books
  2. CDs, DVDs, and Blu-Ray
  3. Homebound delivery service
  4. Downloadable content (eBooks, digital magazines, eAudiobooks and more)
  5. Museum passes
  6. Programs and events
  7. Wi-Fi, computers, and printing
  8. Research and consumer databases
  9. Book a Librarian for one-on-one help
  10. Friendly, helpful staff …and so much more!
With resources like these, and many others, having a single library card in your wallet unlocks a wide world of opportunity and wonder.

If you already have a valid card, congratulations (and thank you!) The best thing you can do for your local library is to spread the word. Tell your children, friends, and neighbors what they can do with a library card! Or simply forward this email, so they can sign up online. All you need is your driver’s license with your current Berlin address or pre-printed proof of address with I.D. You’ll receive a full-sized card plus a keyring card and children from birth to grade 7 have a special card just for them!


Helen Malinka
Library Director


The Berlin-Peck Memorial Library is happy to announce the arrival of two new staff members!

Jonathan Noyes joined the circulation staff in July. He formerly interned at the West Hartford Library.

Children's librarian Alyssa Skorski started in August. Alyssa has worked in Newington, Wethersfield, and Windsor.

Adult Programs
Sit & Knit
Thursday, September 7 & 21, 6:00 pm
Thursday, September 14 & 28, 1:00 pm

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

Taking Better Pictures
Using Any Camera 
Monday, September 11 & 18, 6:30 pm

Learn how to take and compose clear pictures, how to use the best exposure and light for your photograph, the pros and cons of color and black and white photography, and how to take artistic photos. Presenter, Lou Zucchi, is a local award-winning photographer.  To register for this two-week program, call (860) 828-7126 or register online for week one » and week two »

Stock Club 
Tuesday, September 12, 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!

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, September 12, 6:00 to 7:30 pm
Safety in the Environment and How to Structure a Day with Activities

Tuesday, September 26, 6:00 to 7:30 pm
Taking Care of the Caregiver and Care Options

Tuesday, October 3, 6:00 to 7:30 pm
Legal and Financial

College Financial Planning Workshop with College4Less
Wednesday, September 13, 6:30 pm

College4Less presents a FREE Educational College Financial Planning workshop that will focus on high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. 
Registration is required. To register, call (860) 828-7126 or visit the College4Less website to register online »

Taking Care of Your Aging Parent
Tuesday, September 19, 6:30 pm

Presenters from the attorney firm Rembish & LaSaracina, LLC, will cover topics such as Power of Attorney, Health Care Proxy, Living Wills and Long Term Title XIX.
To register, call (860) 828-7126 or register online »
Make & Take at the Library:
Wine Glass Etching

Thursday, September 21, 6:30 pm

Etch and paint wine glasses with local crafter Louise French. All supplies are included. Registration is required and begins August 17. 
To register, call (860) 828-7126 or register online »

Connecticut in the Great War
Thursday, September 28, 6:30 pm

From Liberty Loan campaigns and victory gardens to local soldiers and nurses on the front lines, discover how Connecticut and Berlin contributed to winning WWI. To register, call (860) 828-7126 or register online »

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

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. Learn more »

Children's Programs
Wednesday, September 13, 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.

To register, call (860) 828-7127 or register online »
Busy Bumble Bees (ages 2-3)
Monday, September 11, 18, & 25, 10:30 am

Bibliobop (toddlers/preschoolers) 
Tuesday, September 26, 10:30 am

Itsy Bitsy Storytime (ages birth-1) 
Wednesday, September 6, 13, 20, & 27, 10:30 am

Mother Goose on the Loose (all ages)
Friday, September 8, 15, 22, & 29, 10:30 am

Movie Showings
This Beautiful Fantastic
Friday, September 8, 1:00 pm

Rated PG. 1 hour, 40 minutes.
A contemporary fairy tale. Facing eviction in a month if she can't resurrect the dying garden in her backyard, reclusive librarian Bella Brown meets her grumpy next-door neighbor, who happens to be a talented horticulturalist. As the two form an unlikely friendship, Bella begins to wonder if she can revive both the garden, and her dreams of becoming a children's book author. 

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Friday, September 22, 1:00 pm

Rated TV-MA. 1 hour, 33 minutes. 
An African-American woman becomes an unwitting pioneer for medical breakthroughs when her cells are used to create the first immortal human cell line in the early 1950s. 

Testament of Youth
Friday, September 29, 1:00 pm

Rated PG-13. 2 hours, 9 minutes. 
A powerful story of love, war, and remembrance, based on the WWI memoir by Vera Brittain, which has become the classic testimony of that war from a woman's point of view. A searing journey from youthful hopes and dreams to the edge of despair and back again, a film about young love, the futility of war and how to make sense of the darkest times.

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 and movies in our digital library »

Online resources.
Your Berlin-Peck library card gives you access to databases like, AtoZdatabases, and Consumer Reports! Visit our Resources page to get started »
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 »
Book a Librarian!
Do you need some one-on-one help? Personalized service is just a phone call away.
Call (860) 828-7126 to book an appointment.
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Berlin Peck Memorial Library
234 Kensington Road
Berlin, CT 06037
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Friday 10-5 
Saturday 10-4
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860-828-7125 (main) 
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