DIG INTO READING: Summer reading is about to begin at the Berlin Public Library. Registration for all summer programs will begin on May 28. Children signing up for the program will again have their pictures taken for their “passport” into a summer of fun! Thursday June 13 will kick off our program, “Dig Into Reading” with a craft program at 1:00 p.m. open to children of 6 and up (finished kindergarten). Registration is required for the craft day. Five more programs follow on successive Thursdays. June 20 features Jason Huneke, a master juggler. The program is at 1 in the afternoon. On June 27 at 3 p.m., Bob Bosworth will dig into the world of “Bugs Beetles and Bookworms. There will be two programs on July 11. Paul Meiklein will present a cartooning workshop for all ages at 1 in the afternoon. At 3 he will have a “hands on” workshop for teens only about how to cartoon. Registration is required for this teen event. Daryl Rogers will stretch our credibility with amazing magic on July 18 at 1 in the afternoon. Our final program will feature Nature’s Niche a program full of animals. This program will culminate with the grand prize drawing for the summer reading program.
The Reading Program will again encourage children to read for 20 minutes a day. The incentive from the library is a free book for every 7 days of reading. Everyone will have the opportunity to receive 6 books over the summer. Also for every completed week of reading each child will have one chance at the “Grand Prizes”. Registration for the Summer Reading Program may be done at the library, by e-mail or by phone. Contact information is as follows: Christine Carroll, Berlin Public Library, 920-361-5420, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The programs for teens and adults will also require registration at the library. Teens are also being asked to read for at least 20 minutes a day and to record their reading in a "passport". There will be a weekly drawing for Shepherd's gift certificates. The first completed week will also qualify for a handy bookbag that collapses into a small zipper pouch. Adults will also qualify for the zipper pouch after one week of reading. Completion of weekly reading will qualify adult readers for a drawing for Berlin "Chamber" dollars that can be spent at local businesses.
KIDS @ THE MOVIES: Join us at the library every Tuesday evening in March and April for a family night of children's movies. Movies like Madly Madagascar, Pirates, Band of Misfits and others will be entertaining for all members of your family. Showings are at 6 p.m. and generally last for 90 minutes. Check the calendar on the web page for which film is being shown. Those movies that exceed 2 hours will begin earlier. Check for any time changes by calling the library at 920-361-5420.
REGISTER FOR STORYTIME: Storytime for preschoolers will begin the week of February 4. Call to register for the Wednesday or Thursday storytime or stop at the desk when you are in the library.
A NEW LOOK IS COMING TO THE LIBRARY CATALOG!
Our on line catalog is being upgraded and will boast some great new features to help you find material of interest to you. Go to our online catalog and choose “TRY OUR NEW CATALOG” to begin enjoying the new features that will be soon available to you. Keep in mind there is still work in progress and you may not be able to log in at all times. If you can’t, try again at another time. We will let you know when it is up and running as our main catalog.
One of the first differences that you will notice is that you are first asked to select the library of your choice. For Berlin Library patrons that would be BERLIN. You are immediately able to start your search from the most general category of “all fields”, or you may select a narrower search of title, author or subject. In the all fields, title and subject searches you will have a number of options, a click away, to narrow your search. Most notably across the top of your search you will be able to select the format of material you want, from book to movie to e-book. You may also narrow your search by library, age group, genre and author. There are a number of new features that allow you to keep a list of your favorites, create a book bag for consideration before placing a hold and even short biographies of an author when you search by author. If you would like a “personal” tour around the upcoming catalog stop in at the library and let us “show you around.”
Have you tried dowloading e-books from our free resource "OVERDRIVE". We have held several workshops explaining how to download to your own Nook or Kindle or other e-reader. If you have missed the workshops and would like to get started downloading e-books, handouts of instructions for your devise are available at the library. For personal help call for an appointment and arrangements will be made to assist you. Another popular resource for the travel season are Playaways. These personal MP3 players are loaded with one book title and can be listened to individually with the addition of earphones and an AA battery. There are converters available that allow you to play the device through your car speaker system by hooking into the earphone jack. Books like "Touching Spirit Bear" may be enjoyed by the whole family as you drive.
If you have questions about any of our programs please call the library during business hours at 920-361-5420.