According to the National Chicken Council, September is National Chicken Month.  Every year, chicken producers and grocery retailers come together to offer promotions and showcase delicious recipes. "Tastes like chicken" is considered a compliment.

If you are interested in raising your own chickens, the Berne Public Library is a wonderful source of information. All you need is a free library card. There is no charge for borrowing items as long as they are returned by their due date. Add to your nest egg by using your library's resources instead of purchasing items.  

Story time

Story time on Tuesday, Sept. 30 will focus on chickens. Children ages one to five and their caregivers are invited to join Ms. Kathy at 10:30 a.m. for stories, activities, and a craft.  Perhaps she will teach you the Chicken Dance.

Friends meet

The Friends of the Berne Library meet on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m., in the Community Room of the library. The group plans to hatch some ideas for the lasagna dinner fund-raiser on Nov. 15. If you are interested in supporting the library, they are interested in having you as a Friend.

One of the Friends is supporting the library with proceeds from her tag sale. The sale is at 232 Rock Road, Knox on Oct. 3 and 4, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Since it will be in the basement, there is no need for a rain date.  Get up with the chickens for the best deals.

Movie night

Chickens are believed to have evolved from reptiles.  A large reptile is featured during movie night at the library on Friday, Oct. 3, at 6:30 p.m. The film is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of destruction, mayhem, and creature violence and may not be appropriate for young children.  Admission is free and refreshments will be served.  

If you have not visited the library at its new location, this is the month to show that you are not chicken-hearted. Hope to see you there. 

 The American Library Association has a code of ethics for library staff. It includes upholding the principles of intellectual freedom and resisting all efforts to censor library resources. September 21 through 27 is Banned Book Week. This annual event celebrates the freedom to read.  

The list of the top ten challenged books in 2013 includes The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, The Bluest Eyes by Toni Morrison and the Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey.  Stop by the Berne Public Library to check out these books.

Family Playtime

In addition to books, there is a community room at the library. This room is being reserved on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10:30 a.m. to noon for Family Playtime.  There are Legos, Duplos, puzzles, and games for children to play with. This is a great way to socialize with other families in a welcoming environment.   

Knit Wits

The freedom to seek and express ideas is a part of our Knit Wits program.  Meet with adults who knit or crochet on Sunday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m.  Share problems, solutions, and conversations as well as ideas.  

Story time

Story time is on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 10:30 a.m. Children ages one to five and their caregivers are invited to join Ms. Kathy for stories, activities, and a craft about dogs.  The freedom to read should begin with our children.

Memoir Writing

The Memoir Writing group meets on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 6:30 p.m. Develop the skill of sharing past events in an engaging, written form. Any interested adult can drop in for this bi-monthly program facilitated by MaryJo McKeon.

Librarians have a special obligation to ensure the free flow of information and ideas to present and future generations.  Author Salman Rushdie asked, “What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.” 

 The American Library Association has a code of ethics for library staff. It includes upholding the principles of intellectual freedom and resisting all efforts to censor library resources. September 21 through 27 is Banned Book Week. This annual event celebrates the freedom to read.  

The list of the top ten challenged books in 2013 includes The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, The Bluest Eyes by Toni Morrison and the Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey.  Stop by the Berne Public Library to check out these books.

Family Playtime

In addition to books, there is a community room at the library. This room is being reserved on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10:30 a.m. to noon for Family Playtime.  There are Legos, Duplos, puzzles, and games for children to play with. This is a great way to socialize with other families in a welcoming environment.   

Knit Wits

The freedom to seek and express ideas is a part of our Knit Wits program.  Meet with adults who knit or crochet on Sunday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m.  Share problems, solutions, and conversations as well as ideas.  

Story time

Story time is on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 10:30 a.m. Children ages one to five and their caregivers are invited to join Ms. Kathy for stories, activities, and a craft about dogs.  The freedom to read should begin with our children.

Memoir Writing

The Memoir Writing group meets on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 6:30 p.m. Develop the skill of sharing past events in an engaging, written form. Any interested adult can drop in for this bi-monthly program facilitated by MaryJo McKeon.

Librarians have a special obligation to ensure the free flow of information and ideas to present and future generations.  Author Salman Rushdie asked, “What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.” 

Many readers are enthralled by pirates. From Long John Silver in Treasure Island to Captain Hook in Barrie's Peter Pan, pirates have sparked the imagination.  Some real pirates such as Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard, are legendary.  

Blackbeard relied on his fearsome look to intimidate those he met. Appearances do count. Teens will meet at the Berne Public Library on Friday, Sept. 12, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., to improve the look of our Facebook page. Plans also include making binary bracelets and playing video games such as Pirates of the Caribbean. Brin' a bucko.

Game night

Game Night is Sunday, Sept. 14 beginning at 7 p.m. Play board games with other interested adults. Place treasures in your ports during a game of Settlers of Catan.

Therapy dog

Ariel, the therapy dog, will be at the library with Amber on Monday, Sept. 15, from 4 to 6 p.m.  Reading to a nonjudgmental audience is a great way to improve literacy skills. Register your child for a fifteen-minute time slot by calling the library at 872-1246 or just drop-in. The book Pirates Ahoy! by Hans Wilhelm would be a perfect choice for this week.  

Story time

Although meeting real pirates would not be fun, talking like them can be. Talk Like a Pirate Day is Sept. 19. Kathy is celebrating this holiday on Tuesday, Sept. 16, during story time. Children ages one to five and their caregivers are invited for pirate stories, activities, and a craft. This program begins at 10:30 a.m. Thar be lots o' fun.

Ayyy, matey. Stop at the library this week for a great pirate book or movie.

By Louise Grieco

On Friday, Sept. 12, at 4 p.m., come to the Bethlehem Public Library for Tai Chi for Kids. Lorraine Noval of the Asian Arts Group will teach basic tai chi movements. Wear loose clothing and comfortable shoes. This program is for kids in kindergarten through grade five with their family.

International Dot Day

On Monday, Sept. 15, at 10 a.m. the library will celebrate International Dot Day with stories and crafts for children age three and up with a caregiver.

Teen Sew-cial

On Monday, Sept. 15, at 3:30 p.m., bring an old T-shirt to the library and give it a new life, and use the library’s sewing machines to work on a project. This program is for kids in grades six through 12.

Tabletop gaming night

On Monday, Sept. 15, at 6:30 p.m., drop into the library for games and snacks. This program is for adults, and teens age 16 and up.

Friends meet

On Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 6:30 p.m., the friends of the library will meet. This meeting is open to the public.

Zombie apocalypse

and other disasters

On Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m., come to the library and learn how to prepare yourself and your family for emergencies. Participants will receive an item to start a family preparedness kit. This program is presented by the Albany County Department of Health, and is for adults and families. Call 439-9314 to sign up.

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