News & Info

The latest news, information, book lists, and more—from Berlin-Peck Memorial Library!

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Say hello to Edgar Allan Poempkin!
October 19, 2020

Edgar Allan Poempkin—that’s Edgar Allan Poe plus Pumpkin—is the library’s first-ever entry into the Pumpkin Decorating Contest! Photos will be posted on Facebook, and you can vote for the People’s Choice winner.

Voting will be October 27-30: https://www.facebook.com/TownBerlinCT

Halloween Reads

Grab your flashlight, crawl under the covers, and check out one of these scary reads!

Elect to Read: Books on Voting, Elections, and Democracy
October 12, 2020

As we prepare for Election Day on November 3, why not learn more about the right to vote? Don’t forget to check out our comprehensive guide to this year’s election!

Storytime 2 Go Book Bundles!
October 9, 2020

The Children’s Department staff misses our storytime friends SO MUCH! And while in-person storytimes aren’t happening just yet, we have the next best thing! We’re introducing themed Storytime 2 Go Book Bundles so you don’t have to miss out on storytime fun! Each Bundle will include an adorable Mo Willems Pigeon Book Bag (for reuse); […]

Welcome Back to Browsing!
October 7, 2020

You no longer need to make an appointment for browsing! Come for a quick visit anytime during normal hours. Masks are required for entry.

Curbside pickup will continue for the foreseeable future!

World Mental Health Day Reads
October 6, 2020

World Mental Health Day is an international day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma.

October BookPage
October 1, 2020

Discover your next great read!

October Newsletter

With the Governor’s announcement of Phase 3 reopening on October 8, we will be making a few changes here at the Library.

Our Favorite Podcasts
September 28, 2020

If you’ve never heard of them before, podcasts are episodic audio recordings, much like radio programs or audiobooks. In celebration of International Podcast Day, we’ve gathered together a list of our favorite podcasts for your enjoyment!

Spooky Reads for Kids
September 23, 2020

Tis the season for all things spooky, and we’ve got you covered with our lists of spooky books for kids! We have lists of only slightly scary books for little ones as well as some lists of more spine-tingling titles for older readers. And if spooky is not your thing, we’ve got lists of Fall […]

Remembering Ruth Bader Ginsburg
September 21, 2020

This Friday, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away at the age of 87. Although she is no longer with us, she has left a lasting legacy in her inspiring work—and her words. Want to learn more about Ruth Bader Ginsburg? Check out the books in this list.

Books to Get You in the Mood for Fall

Tuesday is the first day of fall! As the days grow shorter, curl up with a warm blanket and a good book—maybe even a warm cup of tea.

New(ish) Books You Might Have Missed
September 14, 2020

These books were new in February and March—but due to COVID-19, not many people had a chance to see them in our New Fiction section.

Books to Read This Labor Day
September 7, 2020

Labor Day is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. In honor of Labor Day, we’ve gathered together some interesting reads!

September Newsletter
September 1, 2020

Depending on your viewpoint, August either flew by or was slow as molasses. However you felt, it’s a fact that September is upon us.

Voter Information

Are you registered to vote? Are you eligible to vote by mail? What are the deadlines? Get answers with this handy FAQ!

What to Read for National Wildlife Day
August 31, 2020

In celebration of ​National Wildlife Day, we’ve gathered together some great books on wildlife and conservation. Other great ways to observe National Wildlife Day include taking a hike, donating to conservation groups, and picking up trash!

Books for Women’s Equality Day
August 24, 2020

Women’s Equality Day commemorates the 1920 adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment, giving women the right to vote. In honor of this important holiday, we’ve gathered together some great books on the women who fought for the right to vote, as well as modern issues faced by women today.

Books That Transport You to Other Places
August 17, 2020

Travel the world without leaving your couch… or putting on a face mask! Whether you’re in the mood for a spy thriller set in 1960s Cuba, a modern-day English romance, or a real-life foodie tour—these books will take you all around the globe.

Books About Books—for Book Lovers Day!
August 10, 2020

This Book Lovers Day, celebrate by reading a book… about books!

August Newsletter
August 3, 2020

Starting August 10, the library will be returning to normal weekday hours for lobby and curbside pickup service—plus an early senior hour on Wednesdays and Fridays!

Summer 2020 Beach Reads

Whether you’re sunning yourself—with plenty of distance!—at the beach, hanging out by the pool, relaxing in your back yard… or enjoying in the air conditioning inside… nothing’s better than a book! Here are some of the best beach reads to enjoy this summer.

Normal Weekday Hours Resume on August 10
August 1, 2020

Starting August 10, the library will resume normal weekday hours for limited lobby services, browsing by appointment, and curbside pickup: 10am–8pm Monday to Thursday, 10am–5pm Friday, plus a senior hour Wednesdays and Fridays, 9am–10am. The library will still be closed on Saturdays for the time being.

Spring Books You Might Have Missed
July 20, 2020

These books that came out in spring, while the library building was closed. Now that we’re open for curbside pickup, they’re all yours!

Teen Book Bundles
July 10, 2020

Don’t know what to read next, or looking for a new author or series to try? Request a Book Bundle for Teens today!

July Newsletter
July 1, 2020

Further service enhancements!

(More!) Overlooked Books
June 30, 2020

Do you ever feel overlooked? Well, some of our books definitely do! These haven’t been checked out in a while, but we still think they’re worth reading. Won’t you give them a chance?

Lobby Will Open July 6 for Limited Services
June 29, 2020

The library’s lobby will be opening for limited service starting July 6, including 20-minute express computer, printing, copier, restrooms, and public computers (by reservation, 1 hour per day). Curbside Pickup is still available—and encouraged!

Book Bundles!
June 23, 2020

We know that many families are missing being able to browse our shelves for children’s books, so the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library has introduced Book Bundles! Simply fill out a form and the Children’s Department staff will choose 3-5 books (depending on the category) for your child.

Overlooked Books

Do you ever feel overlooked? Well, some of our books definitely do! These haven’t been checked out in a while, but we still think they’re worth reading. Won’t you give them a chance?

A letter from Library Director Helen Malinka
June 18, 2020

By now, you have noticed that the Library did not re-open on June 17th in Phase 2. Learn more about the factors that need to be addressed before the library building can reopen to the public.

New Graphic Novels on Hoopla!
June 16, 2020

What do black magic folk horror, a space trucker, futuristic crime, giant prehistoric sharks, a memoir about a nurse and her Alzheimer’s patient, and a couple trying in vitro have in common? You’ll find them all in these hot new graphic novels, available on hoopla!

Romance Recs You’ll Love
June 8, 2020

Life is hard. Sometimes you just need to read about people falling in love.

June Newsletter
June 1, 2020

Library opens for curbside pickup.

Mystery audiobooks and standout authors 🔍

Need more mystery in your life? Check out a mystery audiobook from hoopla! We’ve looked through thousands of titles to bring you some great “whodunits,” from hidden gems to genre-defining classics—plus a list of standout mystery authors.

Eye-Opening Books and Podcasts
May 27, 2020

Knowing where and how injustice exists is the first step to being aware of the problems faced by those around us and finding ways to effect change. Here are some eye-opening books and podcasts to help you on a journey towards social justice.

Pets Caught Reading Photo Contest!
May 26, 2020

Send us a photo of your pet(s) (or stuffed animals) reading a book, magazine, ebook, etc. for a chance to win an as-yet-to-be-determined but very cool prize when the library reopens!

Great action/adventure audio on hoopla!

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I just need a good treasure hunt or globe-trotting journey.

The best sci-fi audio on hoopla!
May 17, 2020

Our resident fan of sci-fi and horror, Mike, has sifted through over six thousand audiobooks on hoopla to bring you the best in Science Fiction.

Quaranzine #3
May 14, 2020

Quaranzine is a collection of creative works that share and document how our community is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone is invited to submit their work, from age zero to eleventy-one!

Spring Books Online!
May 11, 2020

We’re all hunkered down at home, but that doesn’t mean missing out on new books! We’ve put together a list of great reads released March through May, available for immediate download on hoopla or OverDrive.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with these great reads!
May 5, 2020

Mexican and Mexican-American authors, available now on hoopla!

May the 4th Be With You
May 4, 2020

Happy Star Wars Day! Check out these awesome ebooks, available for immediate download on hoopla—free with your library card!

May Newsletter
May 1, 2020

This month: what’s going on with the bookdrop? Plus lots of online programs!

Quaranzine #2
April 30, 2020

A collection of creative works that show how our community is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Submit your own work.

Online Storytimes!
April 24, 2020

Miss Jennifer, Miss Annie, and Miss Cara miss you all so much, so we thought that since you can’t come to us, we’ll come to you! We’ll be posting Online Storytimes on our Facebook Page every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday morning.

Ten eBooks to Read This Arbor Day

Trees—they clean our air, protect our drinking water, create healthy communities, and feed the human soul. Get in touch with our leafy friends with a book, available now on hoopla!

Quaranzine #1
April 20, 2020

A collection of creative works that show how our community is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Quaranzine: Sharing Our Stories
April 14, 2020

A collection of creative works that share and document how our community is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Welcome to the new website!
April 6, 2020

We’ve redesigned the entire site, refreshing the look and feel, making it easier to navigate, and adding a blog to showcase library news and special information.

Things to do at home

Stay safe, stay at home… stay sane! We’ve gathered together tons of free resources to keep you happy and healthy at home. Read, watch, listen, exercise, relax, craft, learn!

COVID-19 news & support

We’ve gathered together the best resources for dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, including: news, scams and myths, how to explain COVID-19 to children, taxes & economic impact payments, employment resources, food and housing.

Face Masks
April 5, 2020

Recently, there have been a lot of tutorials and articles about homemade face masks. Here’s what you need to know.

April Newsletter
April 1, 2020

This month: The library remains closed for now, but we’re here for you online!

March Newsletter
March 1, 2020

This month: Barbara wins the statewide award for Library Volunteer of the Year, and our new monthly caregiver support group.

Changes to OverDrive ebook holds
February 29, 2020

OverDrive’s new hold redelivery feature gives you more flexibility and control over your holds.

February Newsletter
February 1, 2020

This month: Kindness month, art exhibits, and a new social worker.

January Newsletter
January 1, 2020

This month: Top checkouts of 2019, passports, and census!

December Newsletter
December 1, 2019

This month: Baubles & Bling, music in the library, and pop-up libraries!

Best Books of 2019
November 10, 2019

A list of lists! Check out every online year-end book list available.

November Newsletter
November 1, 2019

This month: Baubles & Bling, community liaison, and a LED light box tracer.