Berlin-Peck Memorial Library

Library Events

Join us for upcoming events, classes and programs at Berlin-Peck Memorial Library! All events are free and open to the public. Registration required where noted.
 Limit by audience:
Dementia & Caregivin
Tuesday, Aug. 22, 6- 7:30 pm
Dementia and Caregiving:  Focusing on the Person while Understanding the Disease Progression
Are you caring for someone with dementia?  Do you want to learn more about the progression of the disease and good communication tips?  Would you like to be able to recognize common behaviors and know how to respond?
 Join us for this 5 week educational program:
 Tuesday, August 22nd: Overview of Dementia
 Tuesday, August 29th: Basics of Good Communications and Understanding Behaviors
 Tuesday, September 12th: Safety in the Environment and How to Structure a Day with Activities
 Tuesday, September 26th: Taking Care of the Caregiver and Care Options
 Tuesday, October 3rd: Legal and Financial
  
This program is presented by staff members from The Connecticut Center for Healthy Aging.

RSVP to the Connecticut Center for Healthy Aging: 1-877-424-4641 Sponsored by Connecticut Center for Healthy Aging, Berlin Senior Center & Berlin-Peck Memorial Library.
The Dog Listener: Un
Wednesday, Aug. 23, 6:30 pm
If you want to gain a much better understanding of your dog and its challenging behaviors, this session led by Phil Klein, Certified Dog Listener is for you. 
LEARN:
...  How canines see the human world.
 
...  How canines communicate including the importance of eye contact and movement.
 
...  The underlying reasons for your dog's behaviors like nervousness, toileting indoors, incessant barking, aggression, jumping on people, pestering for attention, destructive chewing, separation anxiety, pulling on the leash, etc. 

THE BEST NEWS - learn the simple, dog-friendly changes in how to interact with your dog to transform its behavior in a kind and lasting way. In doing so, you will have a calmer, happier dog and a more enjoyable relationship with it. 
 
Bring your questions, but not your dog for an informative, fun session!
 
 
 
About Phil Klein, Certified Dog Listener: Phil's path to becoming a Dog Listener started when his family rescued a special dog named Abby from Labs4Rescue.  At the time, he had no idea about the journey he would be privileged to take with Abby.  Abby's behavioral challenges were the motivation for Phil to learn a lot more about dogs and find a way to help Abby overcome her fears.  In the process, Phil discovered Jan Fennell, The Dog Listener who had developed a revolutionary method for training dogs based on their instincts.  In April 2009, Phil attended Jan Fennell's Foundation and Advanced Canine Communications courses, thereby becoming a Certified Dog Listener.  Through in-home consultations, volunteer work with Labs4Rescue and other rescue organizations, and public talks, Phil has been honored to help hundreds of dog owners and their dogs. Sponsored by Friends of the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library.
Sit & Knit
Thursday, Aug. 24, 1 pm
Join local knitters for a relaxing time filled with knitting and good company!
 
Movie Matinee: Boynt
Friday, Aug. 25, 1 pm
Movie description: Lois, Harry, Marilyn, Sandy and Jack live in an "Active Adult" community in Boynton Beach, Florida. Their lives intersect when they meet at a local Bereavement Club where they go to find the emotional support needed after lossing a loved one. New love and romance do not end before retirement, but can bloom long after. These five do not see themselves as becoming old, and these residents of Boynton Beach aren't about to start. Sometimes we all need a little reminder that life is worth living and sharing.  Starring Brenda Vaccaro and Dyan Cannon.  Rated R. 1 hour, 45 minutes. 
Dementia & Caregivin
Tuesday, Aug. 29, 6- 7:30 pm
Dementia and Caregiving:  Focusing on the Person while Understanding the Disease Progression
Are you caring for someone with dementia?  Do you want to learn more about the progression of the disease and good communication tips?  Would you like to be able to recognize common behaviors and know how to respond?
 Join us for this 5 week educational program:
 Tuesday, August 22nd: Overview of Dementia
 Tuesday, August 29th: Basics of Good Communications and Understanding Behaviors
 Tuesday, September 12th: Safety in the Environment and How to Structure a Day with Activities
 Tuesday, September 26th: Taking Care of the Caregiver and Care Options
 Tuesday, October 3rd: Legal and Financial
  
This program is presented by staff members from The Connecticut Center for Healthy Aging.

RSVP to the Connecticut Center for Healthy Aging: 1-877-424-4641 Sponsored by Connecticut Center for Healthy Aging, Berlin Senior Center & Berlin-Peck Memorial Library.
3rd Annual Tomato &
Wednesday, Aug. 30, 6:30 pm
Do you love growing peppers? Can’t wait for that first tomato to ripen on the vine? Bring a few of your favorite tomatoes and/or peppers and compare them with your friends and neighbors.  How it works: please bring 2-3 of each variety you would like to have tasted. Plates/rating cards will be provided. They will be cut up and you can sample any and all the tomatoes and peppers you like. Didn't grow any this year? No problem, you're still welcome to join in the tasting!
Itsy Bitsy Storytime
Wednesday, Sep. 6, 10:30 am (Wednesdays, September 6, 13, 20 & 27 & October 4 & 11, 10:30 am)
(Recommended for pre-walkers) Help your baby begin a lifelong love of reading by joining us for this fun program, featuring stories, songs and movement activities. The program will be followed by an open play session. No Registration required.
Sit & Knit
Thursday, Sep. 7, 6 pm
Join local knitters for a relaxing time filled with knitting and good company!
 
Make & Take at the L
Thursday, Sep. 7, 6:30 pm
Due to popular demand of our August 16th program, we have opened up second date: September 7th.

Learn to make home cleaning products that use natural ingredients, kill germs, and are free of harsh chemicals!  We'll provide the recipes and work together to make several home cleaners that will save you money and benefit the environment. 
 
We welcome adults, teens and children over 10 to participate in this program. Sponsored by Friends of the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library.
Mother Goose on the
Friday, Sep. 8, 10:30 AM
Help your child develop early literacy skills while having a great time!  This program combines music, movement,
nursery rhymes, instruments and books. Aids in developing literacy skills, and strengthens bonds between
caregiver and child. Geared toward toddlers and preschoolers, all ages welcome. No registration is required.
Movie Matinee: This
Friday, Sep. 8, 1 pm
Movie description: Set against the backdrop of a beautiful London garden, the story is 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.  Rated PG. 1 hour, 40 minutes. 
Busy Bumble Bees
Monday, Sep. 11, 10:30 am (Mondays, September 11, 18 & 25, 10:30 am)
(Recommended for ages 1 – 3) Help your toddler work out their wiggles with this lively storytime that includes early literacy fun with stories, songs and action rhymes. The program will be followed by an open play session. No registration required.
Taking Better Pictur
Monday, Sep. 11, 6:30 pm
This is a two week class: Monday, September 11 and Monday, September 18.

Week One: Learn how to take and compose clear pictures. Learn how to use the best exposure and light for your photograph.

Week Two: Discuss results from previous week.  Learn the pros and cons of color and black and white photography.  Learn how to take artistic photos.

Each class will last 90 minutes.

About the presenter: Lou Zucchi is an award-winning Art Photographer and a member of Salmagundi in NYC.  His photography includes art photography, weddings and modeling.
Stock Club
Tuesday, Sep. 12, 1:30 pm
Join local investors for discussions on stock market trends.
Dementia & Caregivin
Tuesday, Sep. 12, 6- 7:30 pm
Dementia and Caregiving:  Focusing on the Person while Understanding the Disease Progression
Are you caring for someone with dementia?  Do you want to learn more about the progression of the disease and good communication tips?  Would you like to be able to recognize common behaviors and know how to respond?
 Join us for this 5 week educational program:
 Tuesday, August 22nd: Overview of Dementia
 Tuesday, August 29th: Basics of Good Communications and Understanding Behaviors
 Tuesday, September 12th: Safety in the Environment and How to Structure a Day with Activities
 Tuesday, September 26th: Taking Care of the Caregiver and Care Options
 Tuesday, October 3rd: Legal and Financial
  
This program is presented by staff members from The Connecticut Center for Healthy Aging.

RSVP to the Connecticut Center for Healthy Aging: 1-877-424-4641 Sponsored by Connecticut Center for Healthy Aging, Berlin Senior Center & Berlin-Peck Memorial Library.
Itsy Bitsy Storytime
Wednesday, Sep. 13, 10:30 am (Wednesdays, September 6, 13, 20 & 27 & October 4 & 11, 10:30 am)
(Recommended for pre-walkers) Help your baby begin a lifelong love of reading by joining us for this fun program, featuring stories, songs and movement activities. The program will be followed by an open play session. No Registration required.
Minecrafters
Wednesday, Sep. 13, 2-3:30 PM (Wed., September 13 & October 18 )
Early Release Day for Berlin Schools. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. The library has a Minecraft server! Visit the Children's Dept. and fill out a form to be granted access (whitelisted). Join other super-fans to show off your build skills, trade ideas, and work as a team! Bring your laptop if you have one with Minecraft installed; if not, we have 4 laptops to borrow (first-come, first-served) as well as a Wii U and an Xbox One with Minecraft installed. There will be prize drawings of Minecraft items, and snacks will be provided. For grades 2-12.  PLEASE NOTE: The mobile versions of Minecraft (Playstation, iPad) are not compatable with our server.  Sponsored by Friends of the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library.
FREE College Financi
Wednesday, Sep. 13, 6:30-8:30 PM
College4Less presents a FREE Educational College Financial Planning workshop that will focus on high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. We’ll discuss the FAFSA form and all the other information you need to understand in order to maximize the amount of financial aid you are eligible to receive! Even if your family isn’t eligible for need-based aid, we will cover the best strategies on how to pay for college in the most cost effective basis – without it putting a strain on the rest of your finances. Registration is required, please register at http://mylocalworkshop.org/Events/WorkShopDetails?RSVPcode=78289 and use RSVP code 78289.

In this workshop, you will learn:
  • How to increase your college- related tax deductions and tax credits
  • How to pick colleges that will give  you  the  best  f inancial  aid packages
  • How  to  send  your  child  to  an  expensive  private  university  for  less than a state school
  • Which assets are taken into consideration  when  the  U. S. Department of Education calculates your Expected Family Contribution ( EFC)
  • How to pay  for college in a failing economy  without relying on 529 plans, expensive private student loans or raiding your retirement accounts
  • How to get ahead by developing a customized plan to meet all  the college costs you will incur as a family
  • How to lower your “ out- of- pocket”  costs  and  get  the  maximum amount of money from each school
Sit & Knit
Thursday, Sep. 14, 1 pm
Join local knitters for a relaxing time filled with knitting and good company!
 
Mother Goose on the
Friday, Sep. 15, 10:30 AM
Help your child develop early literacy skills while having a great time!  This program combines music, movement,
nursery rhymes, instruments and books. Aids in developing literacy skills, and strengthens bonds between
caregiver and child. Geared toward toddlers and preschoolers, all ages welcome. No registration is required.