Welcome To The Petersburgh Public Library

Posted in Information on January 2nd, 2015 by ptrbadmin — Comments Off on Welcome To The Petersburgh Public Library



Interested in CPR class?

Anyone interested in taking a CPR class, call the library at 658-2927 or stop by to sign up. No date has been picked; we are trying to ascertain how much interest there is in a CPR class.


Ancestry.com is now available at the library

In order to use the free version at the library, you have to come in and use one of our public computers. There is no remote access.

If you have never used this resource you are invited to join us at the library and learn more about it.  If you are looking for a particular ancestor please bring what information you have to start the search.  There will be help available at the library at three different times:
Saturday, March 4, 10 AM
Monday, March 13, 2 PM
Wednesday, March 15, 6 PM
Sign-up for one of the help sessions is required with maximum of 4 for each session unless 2 people want to work together on the same search – they should specify when they sign-up. Public computers will need to be reserved for the help sessions so call 658-2927 to sign up. Searchers need to bring information about the family they are looking for with specific names and dates.  For example, if they are looking for their great, great grandparents they need to bring information about their grandparents, such as dates and place of residence so they can work back from there.  More sessions will be scheduled if there is interest.
 You can try / use ancestry.com on your own on one of our public computers any time they are free or you can call ahead and reserve an hour a day (and stay longer if no one else needs to use the computer).


DATE: MARCH 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 (SNOW DATE APRIL 5)

TIME: 6:15-8:15 PM




OR EMAIL: jaugustine@berlincentral.org



        The challenge of successfully ushering children through their teen years has always been among parents’ hardest won achievements. But in today’s society where children seem to become adults overnight, and where they often make decisions about drugs, sexuality, and violence before they understand the consequences, a parent’s job is more important than ever. So how can you ensure that your teens develop the skills and character they need to not only survive but to thrive as they gain independence? ACTIVE PARENTING OF TEENS, a video and discussion program by parenting expert Dr. Michael Popkin, will show you how. In five sessions packed with activities, discussion, real-world examples, and feedback, you’ll learn a proven approach to parenting, plus indispensable techniques and insights for overcoming obstacles, that will bring happiness and harmony into your home. You’ll leave each session energized and motivated to make positive and realistic changes in your own family’s daily life.


Memoir-writing workshop at the Petersburgh Public Library

Saturday, April 1    10am-2pm (snow date Saturday April 8)

with Ellen Perry Berkeley

award-winning writer and enjoyable teacher of writing

Your Life is a Story, and your story matters: to you, to your children and family, to your town, and to others who don’t even know you, but are curious about what life was like in a time and place different from their own. Let us help you tell your story!

The first workshop will be held Saturday, April 1 (with a snow date of April 8) at the Petersburgh Public Library and will run from 10am-2pm.

Part 1, from 10-11:30, will include helpful hints on how to delve into your past, and encouragement to help you continue.  Part 2, from 11:30-2 will include a writing exercise, and, if you wish to share what you’ve written, some helpful feedback and suggestions on how to proceed.

If there is enough interest, several 2-hour follow up sessions will be scheduled every few weeks to help maintain your momentum.

This workshop is limited to 15 participants. To register, call the library at 658-2927 or stop by anytime to sign up. Sign up is required by 3/25/17.


Save the Date! April 19th at 6:30 PM

The Alzheimer’s Association of Northeastern NY will present “Healthy Living for a Healthier Brain”.

Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research: At any age, there are lifestyle habits we can adopt to help maintain or even potentially improve our health. These habits may also help to keep our brains healthy as we age and possibly delay the onset of cognitive decline.
To help people age well, the Alzheimer’s Association® is offering the Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research program. This workshop covers four areas of lifestyle habits that are associated with healthy aging:
• Cognitive activity.
• Physical health and exercise.
• Diet and nutrition.
• Social engagement.
In each area, we will discuss what we know, drawing on current research, as well as what we can do — steps to take now to improve or maintain overall health in each area.
Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research is designed for individuals of any age who are looking for information on ways to age as well as possible


Save the date! May 20th from 9 AM until 1 PM

Petersburgh Public Library’s annual book sale, bake sale, and plant sale

There is no tag sale this year.




Join us for stories and crafts on Tuesdays at 11 AM. There is no story hour if Berlin School is closed or delayed.


What is Beanstack?

Get email book recommendations just for your child – or you!

We have a free new service to help you find books that you – or for parents, your child – will enjoy! It’s called Beanstack, and when you sign up, you will receive an email from us with a book recommendation based on your – or your child’s – interests. Parents receive weekly emails, teen and adult readers get emails every other week. The recommendations are based on what you tell us about the reader’s interests. All recommended books are available free through our library. Beanstack also offers app recommendations for parents looking for an app appropriate to their child’s age and interests.

To get started, go to BEANSTACK logo / link at the top of the home page (on left).



In order to download free e-books to your device(s), use overdrive. You can access overdrive from this website by clicking on online databases under UHLS resources on left side of the home page. Overdrive and directions to use overdrive will be one of the options that comes up.


LINK TO “BOOKFLIX” – Check it out!

Bookflix is an online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction titles and is a great way to engage children and encourage nonfiction text reading. It features a read-along option for both fiction and nonfiction and develops listening and reading comprehension. Bookflix can be accessed at home, in the library, and anywhere – all you need is an Internet connection. On this web page, look for the link to Bookflix under UHLS Resources. You will need your library card #.



The magazines you know and love are available through the library.  All you need is your library card, a computer, and internet connection.  Click on the Flipster link on the left side of the home page of our website and you will be able to access the digital magazines available at our library.


Mango Languages
Are you interested in learning a foreign language?  If so, check out the Online Language-Learning from Mango languages available through the library.  More than 60 foreign language courses featuring native speakers are available.  You can take self-paced lessons anytime. To use, click on mango languages under links on left side of home page.

Local History/Genealogy

Be sure to check out our Local History page by clicking on the tab at the top of the page.  We have added a link to a picture of the map of Meadow Lawn Cemetery.  More information about the cemetery is available in a binder at the library.

Knitting Group

Everyone welcome to Knitting Group at 3:00 PM on Wednesdays. Call us at 658-2927 if there is a better time for you to make the class.  Come be part of the group either as a novice or experienced knitter.   A hat made by one of our members is pictured above.

Email addresses wanted!

The library is trying to update our patron’s information with email addresses. If we have your email address, you will be sent an email notifying you of upcoming due dates on your checked out items and then an overdue notice once an item has been out too long. Please let us know your email address next time you come in. This will help you keep track of your checked out items and when they are due.

 Museum Pass available

Passes are available for The Clark,  MASS MoCA,  Hildene The Lincoln Family Home, the Iroquois Museum, and the USS Slater.

Art In The Library

The current artist, William Siller, is displaying portraits he has drawn over the years.

Stop in and see his wonderful portraits displayed here at the library.

The library also has Ann Lindsay jewelry for sale (to benefit the library).

Any interested artists, who have artwork or photographs that they would like to display at the library, can call the library at 658-2927. We have wall space to display your art and would love to hear from you. There is no charge to display it here.

Book Discussion Group

The group meets at 7:00 P.M. on the second Wednesday of each month from September through June. NEXT BOOK CLUB: World Made by Hand by James Kunstler on Wednesday, March 8th at 7 PM.

The books being discussed are available from the Library so you can read them prior to the meeting.  New members are always welcome to join. Please join us even if you are only able to come once in a while or just want to come for the books in which you are interested.