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Berlin Branch

Calendar of Events


Tom Lilly’s One-Step MagiCompany
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 10:30 AM
Location: Berlin Branch
That happy guy in the Hawaiian shirt and saddle shoes is Baltimore’s own Tom Lilly, a performer who combines magic, juggling, fire-eating, and balloonacy with loads of audience participation to produce a show that leaves all ages laughing and wondering.

Harry Potter Party
Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 10:00 AM
Location: Berlin Branch
Visit the Berlin Library to celebrate the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child! There will be games, crafts, and more! Dress up as your favorite witch or wizard and wow us with Harry Potter trivia. Join us for Quidditch practice, and write a message to send by Owl Post! For kids and teens.

Donna Washington - Story-teller
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - 10:30 AM
Location: Berlin Branch
Multiple-award-winning artist Donna Washington has performed at thousands of schools , libraries, and story-telling festivals throughout the country. Inspire YOUR imagination!

Ice Cream Social
Tuesady, August 9, 2016 - 10:30 AM
Location: Berlin Branch
All active kids need to refuel and cool off during the warm summer months of summer reading. We know you’ve been working hard to read as many books as you can, and having a great time too! Celebrate your victory at the Berlin Library’s annual Ice Cream Social and make your own sundae as summer reading prizes are awarded!

Digital Drop In
September all month long, 2016 - Any time! Any Day!
Location: Berlin Branch
Don’t be frustrated by your new E-Reader or tablet; CONQUER IT! Call the Berlin Branch at 410-641-0650 to schedule your individual tutorial. We are happy to help!

Book a Librarian
September, 2016 - Anytime! Any Day!
Location: Berlin Branch
Need some one-on-one help with your resume, job application, or basic computer skills? Call the Berlin Branch at 410-641-0650 to reserve time with our helpful staff this month.

Write It! Creative Writing Forum
Saturday, September 3, 2016 - 10:00 AM
Location: Berlin Branch
Novice and established writers gather to share their fiction, non-fiction, and creative writing projects. Program includes critiques and appreciation as well as market leads and writing exercises.

Labor Day
Monday, September 5, 2016
Location: All Branches
Library Closed

Story Time “Princesses”
Tuesday, September 6, 2016 - 10:30 AM
Location: Berlin Branch
Some princesses like to go to balls, and some like to hang out with dragons and go on adventures! Come hear stories about princesses who make their own decisions!

E-Readers and the Library
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 2:00 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
The library is the best place to get free digital content, and downloading is convenient and easy! Bring your library card and tablet or e-reader to start downloading immediately.

Robot Monday
Monday, September 12, 2016 - 4:00 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
Calling all builders and mechanical enthusiasts! Our robots are available to build, code, and program. The possibilities are endless! Register by calling the Berlin Branch at 410-641-0650. For ages 9-13.

Play Time
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 10:30 AM
Location: Berlin Branch
Make new friends and learn new skills while playing with our great educational toys!
For infants to 5-year-old-children.


September Board of Trustees Meeting
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 9:30 am
Location: Snow Hill Branch
Meetings are open to the public.

New Adult Fiction Book Club
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 5:30 PM
Location: Berlin
The Young Adult genre often introduces complex ideas. “New adults” (aged 15 - 30) are invited to join our forum to discuss and analyze books in the Young Adult canon.

Getting the Most From Your Library—Homework Help
Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 4:00 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
Your library is great for homework help for students and beginning literacy for new readers! Join us for the first of our monthly programs introducing patrons to our online opportunities.

Berlin Book of the Month - The Paris Architect
Friday, September 16, 2016 - 1:00 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
Berlin Book of the Month
The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure

Belfoure’s suspenseful and commercially oriented debut, set in 1942 Paris, follows a self-centered, ambitious man as he develops a moral conscience. When a rich businessman persuades architect Lucien Bernard to adapt an apartment to create a hiding place for a wealthy Jew, he takes it as a challenge. Despite the dangers, Lucien likes fooling the occupying Germans, the money is excellent, and it comes with a lucrative opportunity to design a new factory for the Reich. Tensions rise as he gets drawn deeply into the plans of both the occupiers and the Resistance. After one careless mistake results in tragedy, however, he begins reevaluating his life. The plot doesn’t skimp on evoking the constant fear the Parisians face or the brutality the Jews encounter. Food is scarce, black market goods are costly, and neighbors rat one another out to save their own necks. With his unadorned, zippy style and broad-brush characters, Belfoure writes like an up-and-coming Ken Follett but with more sex and violence and stronger language. There’s plenty of detail to interest architecture buffs, too. --Sarah Johnson -- BOOKLIST

Join us each month for a lively book discussion facilitated by Cynthia Hanagud and Gail Samis of Salisbury University.
Copies of books are available in advance at the Berlin Library.


Berlin Library Fundraiser: A Grand Affair
Friday, September 16, 2016 - 7 - 9 pm
Location: Atlantic Hotel, Berlin, MD
Join us for a "hotsy - totsy" roaring 1920's party at the Atlantic Hotel on Friday, September 16, 2016 from 7 - 9 pm
Tickets are $35 and available at the Berlin and Ocean Pines Branch Libraries
Jazz Music by Frankie Nanna and the Dukes of Delmarva - Silent Auction - Photo Booth - Cash Bar - Hors D'oeuvres
Costume Contest** - come show off your nifty glad rags! (**1920s attire optional)

StoryWalk®
Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 10:00 AM
Location: Berlin Branch
Reading and walking are two of the best things you can do! Join us September 17 at the Berlin Library’s new site on Harrison Avenue for a StoryWalk®! For children and their families.

Robot Monday
Monday, September 19, 2016 - 4:00 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
Calling all builders and mechanical enthusiasts! Our robots are available to build, code, and program. The possibilities are endless! Register by calling the Berlin Branch at 410-641-0650. For ages 9-13.

Story Time “Dragons”
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 10:30 AM
Location: Berlin Branch
RWAAAAR! Join us to read stories about all kinds of dragons! Some are big dragons, some are small, but they’re ALL fun to read about! RWARRRR!

Berlin in “1776 Delmarva”
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 3:00 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
Berlin, Maryland gives an interesting view of the occurrences of the American Revolution here on Delmarva. One of the biggest Tory leaders of our area was the Reverend John Bowie of St. Martin’s Church. Learn the history of Tory support as well as the Whig support from the Buckingham Presbyterian Church in a fascinating talk by the author of 1776 Delmarva, Phil Webster.

Robot Monday
Monday, September 26, 2016 - 4:00 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
Calling all builders and mechanical enthusiasts! Our robots are available to build, code, and program. The possibilities are endless! Register by calling the Berlin Branch at 410-641-0650. For ages 9-13.

Kids and Financial Literacy
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 5:30 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
Parents: Educating today's youth about financial skills can prepare them for a successful future. Our program will cover “Teaching Financial Literacy”, “Allowance – Yes or No”, and “Damaging Mistakes to Avoid”.

Fireside Chat
Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 3:00 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
Want to explore new authors and genres but don’t know where to start? Join us for a lively chat about our favorite good reads and get some great ideas!

Digital Drop In
October 2016 - Any time! Any Day!
Location: Berlin Branch
Don’t be frustrated by your new E-Reader or tablet; CONQUER IT! Call the Berlin Branch at 410-641-0650 to schedule your individual tutorial. We are happy to help!

Write It! Creative Writng Forum
Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 10:00 AM
Location: Berlin Branch
Novice and established writers gather to share their fiction, non-fiction, and creative writing projects. Program includes critiques and appreciation as well as market leads and writing exercises.

Book a Librarian
October, 2016 - Anytime! Any Day!
Location: Berlin Branch
Need some one-on-one help with your resume, job application, or basic computer skills? Call the Berlin Branch at 410-641-0650 to reserve time with our helpful staff this month.

Story Time Special Event: Visit the Firehouse!
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 10:30 am
Location: Berlin Branch
Join us for a very special Fire Safety Story time with Firefighter Nancy! We’ll read stories about fire safety and then walk to the fire house for a private tour.

Preservaton History
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 2:00 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
Important documents often fade before being lost forever. Archivist Leslie Van Veen, from the Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture, offers tips to preserve your family archive.

E-Readers and The Library
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 2:00 pm
Location: Berlin Branch
The library is the best place to get free digital content, and downloading is convenient and easy! Bring your library card and tablet or e-reader to start downloading immediately.

Columbus Day
Monday, October 10, 2016
Location: All Branches
Library Closed

Play Time
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 10:30 AM
Location: Berlin Branch
Make new friends and learn new skills while playing with our great educational toys!
For infants to 5-year-old-children.


Bread Baking Class
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 2:00 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
Our grinding of grain and baking bread class will teach participants the health benefits of using fresh ground, spelt, teff, quinoa, and more. Learn the benefits of sprouting and baking fresh grains. The class will talk about manual vs. electric grinders and provide recipes and samples of freshly ground and baked products. A delicious and nutritious class.

October Board of Trustees Meeting
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 9:30 am
Location: Berlin Branch
Meetings are open to the public.

New Adult Fiction Book Club
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 5:30 PM
Location: Berlin
The Young Adult genre often introduces complex ideas. “New adults” (aged 15 - 30) are invited to join our forum to discuss and analyze books in the Young Adult canon.

Cosplay Day
Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 10:00 am
Location: Berlin Branch
CosPlay is dressing up like characters from Anime, Manga, comics, TV, or movies. Join us for Fandom Trivia, Super Trivia, games and prizes! Plus, the TARDIS! For kids and teens.

Story Time “Sleeping Beauty”
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 10:30 AM
Location: Berlin Branch
Beautiful Princesses, handsome Princes, a jealous heart, and handfuls of fairies. What could be more fun? Join us to read and make crafts all about sleepy people who need rescuing!

Getting the Most From Your Library - Catalog
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 2:00 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
Browsing the library is great, browsing from home is even better! Learn how to request local and interlibrary loans, and create lists in this session of our monthly program.

Berlin Book of the Month - All American Boys
Friday, October 21, 2016 - 1:00 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely is the One Maryland One Book selection for 2016.
"With Reynolds writing Rashad’s first-person narrative and Kiely Quinn’s, this hard-edged, ripped-from-the-headlines book is more than a problem novel; it’s a carefully plotted, psychologically acute, character-driven work of fiction that dramatizes an all-too-frequent occurrence. Police brutality and race relations in America are issues that demand debate and discussion, which his superb book powerfully enables.” - Booklist

Join us each month for a lively book discussion facilitated by Cynthia Hanagud and Gail Samis of Salisbury University. Copies of books are available in advance at the Berlin Library.


Young and Restless - Experiment with Color and Light
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 10:30 AM
Location: Berlin Branch
“Experiment With Color & Light”

Science, Art and Fun!
For 3 to 7-year-old-children


Family Night “BOO!”
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 5:00 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
October is all about tricks, treats, and fun! Join us for spoooooky stories, crafts, scavenger hunts, and candy. Add to the fun by learning magic tricks or wearing a costume!

Fireside Chat
Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 3:00 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
Want to explore new authors and genres but don’t know where to start? Join us for a lively chat about our favorite good reads and get some great ideas!

Digital Drop In
November 2016 - Any Time! Any Day!
Location: Berlin Branch
Don’t be frustrated by your new E-Reader or tablet; CONQUER IT! Call the Berlin Branch at 410-641-0650 to schedule your individual tutorial. We are happy to help!

Story Time “Ick, I’m Sick!”
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 10:30 am
Location: Berlin Branch
What do you do when you don’t feel well? We’ll hear about some of the ways you can feel sick, and some of the ways you can feel better!

Book a Librarian
November, 2016 - Anytime! Any Day!
Location: Berlin Branch
Need some one-on-one help with your resume, job application, or basic computer skills? Call the Berlin Branch at 410-641-0650 to reserve time with our helpful staff this month.

E-Readers and the Library
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 2:00 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
The library is the best place to get free digital content, and downloading is convenient and easy! Bring your library card and tablet or e-reader to start downloading immediately.

Write It! Creative Writing Forum
Saturday, November 5, 2016 - 10:00 am
Location: Berlin Branch
Novice and established writers gather to share their fiction, non-fiction, and creative writing projects. Program includes critiques and appreciation as well as market leads and writing exercises.

Robot Monday
Monday, November 7, 2016 - 4:00 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
Calling all builders and mechanical enthusiasts! Our robots are available to build, code, and program. The possibilities are endless! Register by calling the Berlin Branch at 410-641-0650. For ages 9-13.

STEM Play Time
Tuesday, November 8, 2016 - 10:30 AM
Location: Berlin Branch
Make new friends and learn new skills while playing with our great educational toys!
For infants to 5-year-old children.


New Adult Fiction Book Club
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Location: Berlin
The Young Adult genre often introduces complex ideas. “New adults” (aged 15 - 30) are invited to join our forum to discuss and analyze books in the Young Adult canon.

Getting the Most From Your Library
Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 2:00 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
Library databases are great for research. In this session of our monthly program, learn how to fix your car, speak a new language, take a class - all from home!

Robot Monday
Monday, November 14, 2016 - 4:00 AM
Location: Berlin Branch
Calling all builders and mechanical enthusiasts! Our robots are available to build, code, and program. The possibilities are endless! Register by calling the Berlin Branch at 410-641-0650. For ages 9-13.

Celebrating Americana Roots Music with Angela Easterling
Monday, November 14, 2016 - 2:00 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
Angela Easterling, an Americana-Roots Singer Songwriter based in Greenville, SC is a three-time Kerrville New Folk Finalist, a Telluride Troubadour Finalist and a two-time Wildflower Performing Songwriter
Finalist. She will present "A Songwriter's Journey Through American Music" which is part of the Smithsonian Institute’s traveling exhibit "New Harmonies: Celebrating American Root’s Music."
Don’t miss this amazing performance!


Story Time “Dem Bones”
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 10:30 AM
Location: Berlin Branch
We wouldn't be able to dance, run, wiggle, or even high five without our bones. Join us to read stories, learn about bones, and do a craft!

November Board of Trustees Meeting
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 9:30 am
Location: Ocean City Branch
Meetings are open to the public.

Fireside Chat
Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 3:00 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
Want to explore new authors and genres but don’t know where to start? Join us for a lively chat about our favorite good reads and get some great ideas!

Berlin Book of the Month - A Little Life
Friday, November 18, 2016 - 1:00 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Our prize-winning selection follows the lives of four college men (and their many friends, nearly all male) from their early post-graduation days in New York through much of their accomplished adult lives, and backward to their childhoods. It opens with them helping Willem and the fragile Jude St. Francis move into an apartment on Lispenard Street and then delineates the course of their lives. They include Malcolm, a light-skinned African American architect from a wealthy background; JB, an occasional drug-using artist of Haitian ancestry; Willem, the handsome actor who, as we first meet him, is, of course, waiting tables downtown; and, at center stage, Jude. Although Jude is a successful litigator, his full background is murky, though what we do learn about it is horrific. Jude is frail, vulnerable, private, and given to cutting himself. In his neediness, he is the focus of the others’ existence. This profoundly disturbing book is about pain and compulsion, secrets and betrayals, sexuality and loss—but, finally, about friendship. — Mark Levine, BOOKLIST

Join us each month for a lively book discussion facilitated by Cynthia Hanagud and Gail Samis of Salisbury University. Copies of books are available in advance at the Berlin Library.



Game Day @ Your Library
Saturyday, November 19, 2016 - 10:00 am
Location: Berlin Branch
International Games Day continues to grow and prosper. This year 2,157 libraries registered for the free event. Join us to play board games and be part of an exciting morning!

Robot Monday
Monday, November 21, 2016 - 4:00 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
Calling all builders and mechanical enthusiasts! Our robots are available to build, code, and program. The possibilities are endless! Register by calling the Berlin Branch at 410-641-0650. For ages 9-13.

Young and Restless - Magnet Fun
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 10:30 AM
Location: Berlin Branch
Feel the Attraction! Come have fun with magnets!
For 3 to 7-year-old-children.


Wednesday before Thanksgiving
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - All branches close at 5 p.m.

Thanksgiving
Thursday, Friday & Saturday - November 24, 25 & 26, 2016
Location: All Branches
Library Closed

Story Time “Silly Stories”
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 10:30 am
Location: Berlin Branch
Knock knock. Who’s there? SILLY. Silly who? A SILLY STORY TIME! Join us for lots of laughs, stories, and crafts.

Famiily Night “Brought to You By the Letter “S”
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 5:00 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
We are celebrating the letter S! Slime, Scavenger Hunts, and Saying Thanks all begin with S! We will have crafts for all ages, games, and a greeting card making station.

Digital Drop In
December 2016 - Any Time! Any Day!
Location: Berlin Branch
Don’t be frustrated by your new E-Reader or tablet; CONQUER IT! Call the Berlin Branch at 410-641-0650 to schedule your individual tutorial. We are happy to help!

Write It! Creative Writing Forum
Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 10:00 am
Location: Berlin Branch
Novice and established writers gather to share their fiction, non-fiction, and creative writing projects. Program includes critiques and appreciation as well as market leads and writing exercises.

Story Time “Bears”
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 10:30 am
Location: Berlin Branch
Bears, bears, BEARS! This week is all about growly bears, snore-ry bears, hungry bears, cuddly bears, and funny bears. Join us for stories, crafts, and songs!

E-Readers and the Library
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 2:00 pm
Location: Berlin Branch
The library is the best place to get free digital content, and downloading is convenient and easy! Bring your library card and tablet or e-reader to start downloading immediately.

Sing-a-long with Frozen
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 5:00 pm
Location: Berlin Branch
If your family is still constantly singing “Let it Go,” come sing with us! Build snowmen crafts, learn trivia about Anna, Elsa, and Olaf, and enjoy some tasty treats!

December Board of Trustees Meeting
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - 9:30 am
Location: Ocean Pines Branch
Meetings are open to the public.

New Adult Fiction Book Club
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 5:30 PM
Location: Berlin
The Young Adult genre often introduces complex ideas. “New adults” (aged 15 - 30) are invited to join our forum to discuss and analyze books in the Young Adult canon.

Getting the Most From Your Library - Downloadables
Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 2:00 pm
Location: Berlin Branch
Your library is more than books! In this session of our monthly program, we’ll present ways to enjoy downloaded books, magazines and more, all from home. And free!

Story Time “Sleep”
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 10:30 am
Location: Berlin Branch
Everybody sleeps, even animals! Join us for stories, crafts and songs about sleeping, napping, and dreaming. Pillows and pajamas are welcome!

Christmas Eve
Saturday, December 24, 2016
Location: All Branches
Library Closed

Christmas Holiday Observed
Monday, December 26, 2016
Location: All Branches
Library Closed

Family Night “Hibernation”
Wednesday, December 28, 2016 - 5:00 PM
Location: Berlin Branch
Bears, frogs, bats, butterflies, and turtles hibernate; it seems like humans should too! Make pillows, learn a lullaby, and bring your favorite stuffed animal for a STUFFED ANIMAL SLEEP OVER!

Noon Years Eve Party
Friday, December 30, 2016 - 11:30 am
Location: Berlin Branch
Join us at 11:30 am to learn about and celebrate New Year’s Eve! Make crafts and count down to 12 o’clock noon!

New Year’s Eve
Saturday, December 31, 2016
Location: All Branches
Library Closed

New Year’s Day Observed
Monday, January 2, 2017
Location: All Branches
Library Closed