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

Berlin-Peck Memorial Library Building
October Newsletter
October 1, 2021

October means changing leaves—and book releases! Plus our Vaccine Clinic on October 21, upcoming Director’s hours, and our new subscription to BBC Literary Adaptations.

Storytimes in Sage Park
September 30, 2021

Join us for storytimes in Sage Park! Little Owls and Mother Goose on the Loose storytimes (birth – preschool) include stories, music, fingerplays, and fun! Registration is required.

COVID-19 News & Support
September 28, 2021

Get the latest information about COVID-19 and the vaccines. The CDC is now recommending a booster shots for those at high risk.

2021 Adult Summer Reading Most Popular Books
September 3, 2021

A booklist is created by our summer readers! We’ve done the math to see which books were the most popular in the 2021 Adult Summer Reading program.

September Newsletter
September 1, 2021

Summer Reading comes to a close, COVID-19 updates, and upcoming author talks!

September 11 Book List
August 26, 2021

Books and resources to help understand the events of September 11, 2001.

Books on Afghanistan and the Taliban
August 21, 2021

Read about the complex issues surrounding Afghanistan and the Taliban.

Women Looking Away in Period Costume
August 10, 2021

Historical fiction with one little thing in common.

Check out an iPad!
August 4, 2021

Check out an iPad (for in-library use) at the Children’s Reference Desk! Our iPads have pre-loaded apps and games for kids, and don’t connect to the internet. Adults can check one out (with a valid photo ID) for use in the Children’s Department. iPads are disinfected after each use. Questions? Call us at (860) 828-7127.

August Newsletter
August 2, 2021

Lawn games, summer reading, new Spanish and Polish collections, and more!

Books and Films to Get You in the Olympic Spirit
July 20, 2021

Get in the Olympic spirit with non-fiction, memoirs, novels, and movies.

Booking Around Berlin Community Scavenger Hunt: Summer Edition
July 12, 2021

Find book covers hidden around town to earn a special Brag Tag and a chance to win one of twenty gift cards from local businesses!

July Newsletter
July 1, 2021

A welcome from the library’s new director, Kim McNally—plus a community scavenger hunt, yard games, and more.

Books for Independence Day

Discover America’s history!

Audiobooks Narrated by Screen Actors
June 23, 2021

Audiobooks narrated by famous actors (and famous authors!)

Summer Reading 2021
June 17, 2021

Reading programs for adults, teens, and kids starting June 22.

Summer Grilling and Picnic Cookbooks
June 15, 2021

Celebrate National Grilling Month and National Picnic Month!

Books for Father’s Day
June 14, 2021

Father’s Day is coming up on Sunday, June 20!

2021 Beach Reads
June 11, 2021

Enjoy the warm weather (or the cool air conditioning!) with a novel!

June 1, 2021

Read a book with your ears!

June Newsletter

Saturdays are back! Plus, the FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit, masks in the library, and a short summer reading update.

Books for LGBTQIA Pride Month

June is LGBTQIA Pride Month! We’ve gathered together some great fiction, non-fiction, memoir and biography.

Books for Memorial Day
May 24, 2021

Celebrate Memorial Day with a book that tell the story of those who served in the United States Armed Forces.

Our Animal Friends
May 20, 2021

Learn all about our animal friends the with these new books.

New NOLO Legal Guides
May 19, 2021

Looking to sell your house, repair your credit, settle an estate, or go to small claims court? If you need legal advice, check out a NOLO guide!

2021 Adult Summer Reading Challenges
May 17, 2021

Reading challenges curated by your Berlin-Peck librarians!

Get Crafty With Your Old Books
May 12, 2021

Love books? Love crafts? Show off your love of the written word with these fun book crafts!

May Newsletter
May 4, 2021

Updates on the Seed Library, RBdigital, the Friends book sale, and new bookdrop hours.

Books for Mother’s Day
April 30, 2021

Mother’s Day is coming up on Sunday, May 9!

Adult Summer Reading
April 23, 2021

Adult Summer Reading at Berlin-Peck Memorial Library

Books for Earth Day
April 20, 2021

Earth Day is coming up April 22! We’ve gathered together some books to help you get in touch with nature.

What to Read for Talk Like Shakespeare Day
April 19, 2021

If thou wouldst like to read more about the Bard and his works, get thee to a library and borrow these books!

Books for National Gardening Day
April 12, 2021

Roll up your sleeves—April 14 is National Gardening Day! We’ve gathered our best new books on gardening for your enjoyment.

Celebrate National Library Week with a book!
April 5, 2021

National Library Week is April 4-10 this year! Celebrate with a book about libraries or librarians.

April Newsletter
April 1, 2021

A fond farewell from Library Director Helen Malinka.

Poetry for World Poetry Day
March 16, 2021

World Poetry Day is Sunday, March 21! Celebrate with a book of poetry.

Bored? Check Out A Board Game!
March 15, 2021

We currently own nearly 80 different games for all ages (including preschoolers, elementary school students, tweens, teens, and games for families). They are located in the Children’s Department. 

NEW! Teen Take Out Boxes
March 8, 2021

Love the idea of a book subscription box but don’t want to spend the cash? Teen Take Out Boxes to the rescue! Each monthly box will include a YA library book in your choice of genre, a snack, a craft, and bookmarks, buttons, stickers, and other goodies. You keep the goodies and return the book!

Books for Women’s History Month

From the civil rights movement to women’s basketball, astronomy, and Britney Spears—celebrate Women’s History Month with a book about women!

Friends Book Sale Re-Opening
March 3, 2021

Starting March 2021, the Friends of the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library Booksale will be open Wednesdays 9:30 am to 1:00 pm.

Check Out Our New Teen Section!
March 2, 2021

Our Teen section has moved!

Get the Wall Street Journal—with your library card!

Your Berlin-Peck library card now gives you access to The Wall Street Journal online.

March Newsletter
March 1, 2021

Updates on the Friends book sale, our new FamilySearch affiliation, library cards for Berlin businesses, board games, teen take out boxes, and the new teen section!

Must-Read Personal Finance Books
February 24, 2021

Get your personal finances in order with these books on retirement, saving, and building wealth!

Read About Pandemics in History

Interested in learning more about vaccines and pandemics? Check out these books compiled for our recent program on COVID-19.

Book Tasting Menu
February 6, 2021

Check out these tasty books we enjoyed in this winter’s online Book Tasting event!

February Newsletter
February 4, 2021

Check out the news about our passport office, homework help, assistance for veterans, tax forms, the seed library—plus events coming up in February.

Celebrating Black History Month: Children’s Picks
February 3, 2021

Check out these inspiring titles in honor of Black History Month.

Books for Black History Month
January 29, 2021

Check out the library’s picks for Black History Month!

Playaway Launchpads for Kids
January 22, 2021

New Playaway Launchpads are here! These popular learning tablets feature high quality, ad-free learning apps, and games that are both fun and educational for kids in preschool through fifth

Books for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
January 12, 2021

Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by learning more about the man and his mission!

Bridgerton Read-Alikes

If you’ve watched and loved Bridgerton on Netflix and are now anxiously awaiting reading the books, check out these read-alikes while you wait!

New in Arts, Crafts, and Literature

Check out the new arts, crafts, and literature books we’ve added since July!

Science is Fun! New Science Books

Check out the new science books we’ve added since July!

January Newsletter
January 1, 2021

Happy New Year! 2020 was very hard, so let’s start fresh. We’d like to support your goals towards health, happiness, and comfort in 2021.

Food! New Cooking and Gardening Books
December 31, 2020

Check out the new cooking and gardening books we’ve added since July!

New History Books

From America’s most dangerous amusement park to the last years of World War II, check out the new history books we’ve added since July!

America Today! New Social and Political Books

What’s going on in America today? Check out the new social and political books we’ve added since July!

New Books for Living Your Best Life

Check out all the new books we’ve added since July, to help handle stress and anxiety, build good habits, get inspired, and make the world a better place!

New Romance
December 29, 2020

Check out all the new romances we’ve added since July!

Top Checkouts of 2020

As we celebrate the end of 2020 and the beginning of the new year, let’s take a look back at the year’s most popular books!

2020 Staff Favorites

Check out what Berlin-Peck staff read and loved in 2020!

RBdigital ebooks and audiobooks are moving to OverDrive!
December 14, 2020

You will still be able to browse, borrow, and enjoy all the same great ebooks and audiobooks you loved in the RBdigital app—now available through OverDrive and the Libby app.

Celebrate Music!
December 11, 2020

Get movin’ and groovin’ with these children’s books about rhythm and music, and inspire learning and conversation around music, instruments and musicians!

December Newsletter
December 1, 2020

Get creative this winter with our 11th Annual Gingerbread House Contest! Plus some great library resources to help you learn, create, and have fun.

New Cozy Mysteries

Check out all the new cozy mysteries we’ve added since July!

New Biography & Memoirs

Check out all the new biographies and memoirs we’ve added since July!

New Realistic Fiction

Check out the new realistic fiction we’ve added since July!

New Historical Fiction

Check out all of the great historical fiction we’ve added since July!

New Speculative Fiction

Check out all the new speculative fiction we’ve added since July—including science fiction, fantasy, horror, paranormal, magical realism, and more!

19 Books to Get You in the Christmas Spirit
November 24, 2020

Need something to inspire the Christmas spirit this year? Grab your fuzzy Santa socks, snuggle up on the couch, and enjoy one of the library’s new Christmas books!

Cookbooks for National Cookie Day
November 23, 2020

December 4 is National Cookie Day… and wow, do we have some cookie cookbooks for you!

Silly Children’s Books To Satisfy Your Appetite
November 19, 2020

Looking for a silly book to read? Check out these fun picture books about food!

Memoirs & More: Transgender Day of Remembrance
November 16, 2020

Celebrated on November 20, Transgender Day of Remembrance is an annual observance that honors the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. Learn more about this day of remembrance with GLAAD.

November Bookpage
November 10, 2020

Discover your next great read!

November Newsletter
November 1, 2020

“The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.” ~Jeff Miller

World Kindness Day
October 28, 2020

Celebrated on November 13, World Kindness Day is meant to highlight good deeds and the power kindness. Want to hear stories about kindness or understand kindness a little better? We’ve gathered together a great collection of books on kindness for you to enjoy!

Cookbooks for Thanksgiving

Berlin-Peck has hundreds of cookbooks as well as books on pie, cookies, cake, and baking! We’ve gathered together some great cookbooks (and a few cozy mysteries) to help you get in the spirit of the holiday—plus some tips to have a safe Thanksgiving!

Berlin Veterans Tree Submission Form
October 26, 2020

Add the name of your loved on to the Berlin Veterans Tree, on display at the library! Created by the Kensington Garden Club.

Scary Movies for Halloween

Get into the Halloween spirit with a scary (or not-so-scary) movie! This list has kid-friendly favorites like Hocus Pocus—dark and moody choices like The Shining and Interview with the Vampire—fun horror flicks like Beetlejuice or Scary Movie—and don’t forget classics like The Addams Family!

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:

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!

Welcome Back to Browsing!
October 7, 2020

With some minor exceptions, the library has returned to normal service. Masks are required for all unvaccinated individuals, required for all individuals in the Children’s Department, and strongly suggested for everyone.

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!

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.