SUPEREASY DOWNLOAD FOR KINDLE USERS: Try downloading to your Kindle or other device directly from our catalog. Put in your favorite author’s name and when results appear narrow your search to e-books. Scroll down to see if any volumes are available. If they are, you click on CHECK OUT, verify your library card number and pin number (last 4 digits of your phone number) and lo and behold it is checked out! You will be directed to go to your account where you have the option of returning the book or downloading. Choose the format you need, in my own case Kindle. Kindle users will be directly connected with Amazon, where one click of “Get Library Book” downloads the title wirelessly to your device. It was so easy I was amazed a non-techy person like me did it in a flash. If you are hesitant, bring in your device and we will help you with a sample download. Even better news is the fact that if you make a mistake, or just don’t like the book you can return it immediately! I am absolutely hooked!
PARDON OUR DUST!: Have you been looking for the bubbler lately? It is missing in action! We are in the process of adding a unisex bathroom to the second floor and until the plumbing is completed it is advisible to bring your own water bottle to the library. Many patrons have bemoaned the fact that there was not a restroom on the second floor and we agreed with their assessment. We hope people who come to meetings or programs at the library will see the addition as a positive change. Check out our FACEBOOK page for pictures of the construction.
E-BOOKS: Are you looking for a children's or young adult e-book? Are they hard to find among all the other books on Overdrive. Try this link that will automatically take you to children's and teen e-books on Overdrive.http://sql.winnefox.org/winnefox/er/go.asp?lib=ber&db=okt 
ADULT BOOK DISCUSSIONS: Join us the last Wednesday of each month for an adult book discussion. This is open to everyone and is very informal. The book of the month can be found on the calendar on our website. Stop in the library to pick up a copy to read in advance.
WHAT’S NEW AT THE LIBRARY: Over the last year two collections have disappeared from library shelves, videos and audio books on cassette. The last of the books on cassette were withdrawn from the children’s collection and are now replaced with PLAYAWAY BOOKPACKS. BOOKPACKS consist of an MP3 player and a set of picture books. All of the books can be listened to on the MP3 player. A set of earphones and a battery are required. The checkout period is 3 weeks. Check out “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus” and other Mo Willems favorites along with many other author and classic collections. We have also recently purchased CD’s of this year’s Grammy nominees and have ordered the movies nominated for academy awards. Not all are being released to DVD before the awards ceremony but the will be available at the library as soon as they arrive.
The displays in the library for the next months will feature the art of our local schools. Presently, art from Berlin High School is featured on the display wall and the display cases.
Have you noticed our new neon sign that lets you know when we are open? There is no missing it!
STORYTIME REGISTRATION: Storytime will begin on February 5 and continue until April 17. The Wednesday session is held at 10 in the morning and the "Family Storytime" held on thursday evenings is at 6:30. Preschoolers and their families are invited to join in this half hour of stories songs and fingerplays for this spring session. Call the library at 361-5420 or register at the desk when you come in. Although attendance at every session is not required, there is a minimum group requirement for the session to take place. If you are interested in either group call or stop in to register.
HAPPY NEW YEAR: As 2014 begins, the staff at the library would like to thank everyone who supported the library in the last year. Over 100,000 people visited the library, an average of over 300 people a day. Those patrons used the computers, borrowed books, movies magazines and music, researched the lives of their relatives, made copies, typed a variety of documents, picked up tax forms, met with people in many community groups, came to watch children’s movies on Tuesday night, accessed electronic books and magazines, read the papers and used the wireless access the library provides. Many used staff expertise to learn more about the internet, and how to use those new “gadgets” considerate relatives gave them for Christmas. Hundreds of children and adults enjoyed the entertainment provided through the Summer Reading Program. Adult programs included everything from care of our gardens to care of our minds. Those patrons who visited also noted the disappearance of several collections, videos, and books on cassette to name two. They also saw the arrival of digital books in the form of Playaways, books on MP3 players. What did everyone check out? This past year 32,000 adult books and 27,000 children’s books were read. Over 2500 magazines were enjoyed. Over 3000 books and 4500 CD’s were listened to by young and old alike. Over 45000 movies were watched. All in all it was a “good year” and we are thankful for it and for all the community support we have enjoyed.
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.