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:
Movie Matinee: Adrif
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Friday, Jan. 25, 1 pm
Movie description: A true story of survival, as a young couple's chance encounter leads them first to love, and then on the adventure of a lifetime as they face one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history. Rated PG-13. Movie length: 1 hour, 36 minutes. Movie released in 2018.
Mobile Electronics &
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 6:00 pm
(For parents) Berlin Police Officer Catherine Griffin presents some basic internet and phone safety and will also touch on some of the different social media and messaging apps that are available to our kids.  We’ll talk about the dangers of some apps and what to look for on your child’s device.  We’ll also discuss online bullying and the places it’s most likely to occur. This presentation is for grown-ups only, please. Registration is required and begins January 15. Call (860) 828-7127 or register online. 
 
Make & Take Session
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Thursday, Jan. 31, 6:30 pm

Create stunning art tiles from old CDs (!) and then turn the finished tiles into one-of-a-kind pendants.  All supplies provided.  You must attend both sessions to complete the project.  Registration required. 

Second session will be held February 7th @ 6:30 pm.  After registering for this first session, please return to the main calendar to sign up for the second session.


Cancellation policy: Please be courteous.  We purchase supplies for these Make and Take programs adn they typically have a waiting list.  If you need to cancel your registration, you must notify us prior to noon on the day of the event.  Failure to do so will result in a $5 charge.

Movie Matinee: Littl
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Friday, Feb. 1, 1 pm
Movie description: Susette Kelo, a small-town nurse, develops as the hesitant leader of her working-class neighbors in their fight to save their homes from political and corporate entities intent on taking the land and handing it over to Pfizer Corporation. Her battle goes all the way to the US Supreme Court and the controversial decision gave government officials the power to destroy a neighborhood for the benefit of a multibillion-dollar corporation. Movie length: 1 hour, 38 minutes. Movie released in 2017.
Take Your Child to t
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Saturday, Feb. 2, 11 AM - 2 PM
(All ages). Help us celebrate Take Your Child to the Library Day! Drop into the Children's Department between 11 AM and 2 PM for a special library-wide Scavenger Hunt. Make a beautiful 3D flower to take home (while supplies last), and one to decorate the library tree. Take home some seeds to plant and grow (while supplies last)! Sign up for a new children's library card (or renew an old one) and receive a special goodie bag.
Make & Take: Art Til
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Thursday, Feb. 7, 6:30 pm

Create stunning art tiles from old CDs (!) and then turn the finished tiles into one-of-a-kind pendants.  All supplies provided.  You must attend both sessions to complete the project.  Registration required.  First session was January 31st @ 6:30 pm.
Cancellation policy: Please be courteous.  We purchase supplies for these Make and Take programs adn they typically have a waiting list.  If you need to cancel your registration, you must notify us prior to noon on the day of the event.  Failure to do so will result in a $5 charge.

Movie Matinee: The H
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Friday, Feb. 8, 1 pm
Movie description: Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what's right. Rated PG-13. Movie length: 2 hours, 13 minutes. Movie released in 2018.
Writing Your Extraor
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Monday, Feb. 11, 1 pm
Join us for a hands-on presentation with The Hartford Courant's Extraordinary Life columnist Anne Hamilton.  Hamilton will provide tips on writing meaninful obituaries.  She will also discuss some of her most memorable Extraordinary Life columns. Sponsored by Friends of the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library.
Outback Steakhouse F
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 4:30-8:30 PM
Help support Berlin-Peck Memorial Library programming! Visit Outback Steakhouse on the Berlin Turnpike between 4:30 and 8:30 PM on Tuesday, February 12 and present the coupon below (show on phone, pick one up at the library, or click on link below to print) and Outback Steakhouse will donate 15% of the proceeds back to the  Berlin-Peck Memorial Library's Children's and Teen Departments. Applies to dine-in or takeaway. 

Outback Steakhouse Printable Coupon Sponsored by Outback Steakhouse.
Movie Matinee: First
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Friday, Feb. 15, 1 pm
Movie description: A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969. Starring Ryan Gosling. Rated PG-13. Movie length: 2 hours, 21 minutes. Movie released in 2018.
USS Connecticut
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Saturday, Feb. 16, 1 pm
Military Historian Mark Albertson will lead a Discussion on the History of the USS Connecticut Battleship.  

The USS Connecticut was commissioned on September 29,1906 and was considered the most advanced ship in the U.S. Navy. The USS Connecticut was one of 16 ships that made up the Great White Fleet that traveled 46,729 miles around the world. This was considered the greatest peacetime demonstration of naval power in modern maritime history. The USS Connecticut also served as the the flagship for the Jamestown Exposition in mid-1907, which commemorated the 300th anniversary of the founding of the Jamestown Colony. During World War I, The USS Connecticut would serve as a vessel to train more than 1,000 sailors. The vessel also transported troops and supplies to the war front.

On October 22, 1952, U.S. Senator William Benton (D-CT) formally presented a model of the USS Connecticut to State Librarian James Brewster. The nine and one half foot model is an exact scale replica of the original vessel, and is currently on display in the Museum of Connecticut History. 
Mark Albertson is the historical research editor for Army Aviation magazine in Monroe; and, is a long-time member of the United States Naval Institute, He has authored several books: USS Connecticut: Constitution State Battleship; They'll Have to Follow You! The Triumph of the Great White Fleet and On History: A Treatise. He is currently at work on a two-volume history of Army Aviation titled, Sky Soldiers: The Saga of Army Aviation. In addition, Mark teaches history as an adjunct at Norwalk Community College: The Extended Studies Program, World War I; The Great Patriotic War: The Titanic Clash between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union; Vietnam: The Long War. In May 2005, Mark was presented with a General Assembly citation by both houses of Congress in Hartford for his efforts in commemorating the centennial of the USS Connecticut. Sponsored by Friends of the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library.
Movie Matinee: Lean
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Friday, Feb. 22, 1 pm
Movie description: A teenager gets a summer job working for a horse trainer and befriends the fading racehorse, Lean on Pete. Rated R. Movie length: 2 hours, 1 minute. Movie released in 2017.
SaturPLAY
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Saturday, Feb. 23, 10:30 AM - 12 PM
(All ages) A playgroup that includes fun toys, sensory materials, musical instruments, bubbles, and more while providing caregivers with an opportunity to network with one another. No registration is required -drop in!
Book Tasting
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
Saturday, Mar. 2, 1:30 pm

Join us for a fun afternoon!  Refreshments served.

Adults: Looking for a new book to read? Interested in trying something outside of your norm? Expand your reading palate with a book tasting! 

You will have the opportunity to sample numerous books in various genres in a short period of time and come away with a wish list of titles. We will even have the books available for instant check out at the end of the program. You just might be introduced to some great books that you'd never considered before!
 

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