In this age of text messaging, the idea of setting aside a day for writing letters seems bizarre. Yet, Monday, Dec. 7, is National Letter Writing Day.

According to the Smithsonian website, "Letter writing has become something of a lost art in our time, and for any student of history this is a horrible tragedy. This is because our knowledge of the past, of historical people and events, would suffer hugely if we were denied the incredible bounty of the millions of letters that have been sent, and kept, over the centuries."

So write a letter on Monday. Thank a World War II veteran in honor of Pearl Harbor Day, describe your holiday happenings to a friend, or write a memory for your family.

Movie night

Do you have memories of the first “Star Wars” movie that was released in 1977?  Reminisce with newer fans during our “Star War” events in December. The first program is Movie Night on Friday, Dec. 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Admission is free and refreshments are provided. The film is rated PG and geared for tweens, teens, and adults. 

The party continues with subsequent movies on Dec. 13 and 19. The grand Star War Celebration takes place on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 11 a.m. Registration is required for this event which includes games, activities, and prizes. Contact Ms. Kathy by e-mail at or phone at 872-1246 before Monday, Dec. 14. Write a letter to your friends and see if they would like to come with you.

Book discussion

Another method of preserving the past is to tape-record oral history and then transcribe it. This is the technique described in “Boston Girl” by Anita Diamant. Addie Baum is asked by her granddaughter, how she got to be the person she is today. The book club will be discussing this historical novel on Sunday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. All adults are welcome.

Read to a dog

Children are invited to read their letters or a book to Ariel, our tail waggin' tutor on Monday, Dec. 7. The dog and her handler Amber will be at the library from 4 to 6 p.m. Children may read aloud for a 15-minute session to a non-judgmental audience; a great way to strengthen literacy skills. 

Story time

Pre-literacy skills are developed during story time on Tuesdays. Children ages one to five are encouraged to explore the color red during the program on Dec. 8.  Join Ms. Kathy at 10:30 a.m. for stories, red-hot activities, and a craft.  

Board meets

The library’s board of trustees meets on Thursday, Dec. 10 to discuss library business. The minutes from all meetings are written for future reference and are available to the public.  

Many of our local history books contain copies of letters.  German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said, "Letters are among the most significant memorial a person can leave behind them." Pick up a pen this week and write.

In the United States, the fourth Thursday of November is the designated day for giving thanks.  However, daily appreciation of people and things in your life would be more appropriate. "Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow." says American writer Melody Beattie.

Lego League

The Pilgrims showed their thankfulness for the 1621 harvest with a feast. The meal, recorded by colonist Edward Winslow, included wild fowl and venison. Turkey became the Thanksgiving meal of choice in the late 1800s. 

Make a Pilgrim scene during Lego League on Saturday, Nov.  21.  Meet Ms. Kathy at 11 a.m. to use the library's Legos for your creations. The scenes will be displayed during the remainder of November. This program is designed for children ages five to 15.

Story time

Turkeys will be the main focus of story time on Tuesday, Nov. 24. Children ages 1 to 5 and their caregivers are invited to join Ms. Kathy at 10:30 a.m. The pre-literacy program includes stories, activities, and a craft. Family playtime follows story time.

Thanksgiving closing

The library will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 26, in observance of Thanksgiving Day. We will reopen on Saturday, Nov. 28, at 10 a.m. Stop by early in the week to stock up on movies, books, and magazines to entertain friends and family over the holiday.

Book donations

The staff is grateful to those who offer to donate items to the library.  Recently we were unable to accept books due to lack of storage space. Fortunately, the Friends have located a place to store books until the book sale on March 19 and 20.  Single boxes and bags of books, jewelry, and fashion scarves are being accepted at the library during hours. If you have multiple boxes, please make other arrangements with me by calling the library at 872-1246.


We recently receive a complimentary copy of “State University of New York at Cobleskill” from Aracdia Publishing and the History Press. The book, written by the the Alumni Association, showcases over 200 vintage images depicting the evolution of the college.  If you are interested in this topic, visit the library to peruse the book.   

Whether people are grateful often depends on their view of life. French critic Alphonse Karr said, "Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses." The staff at the library appreciate the opportunity to work with a wonderful community and wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.



“To make democracy work, we must be a nation of participants, not simply observers. One who does not vote has no right to complain,” said author Louis L'Amour. 

Remember that Tuesday, Nov. 3, is Election Day.  Although some take the ability to vote for granted, in 1789 only white men with property could vote.  African-American men were constitutionally allowed to vote by 1870 but it wasn't until 1920 that the 19th amendment granted women this right.

Halloween fun

Males and females are allowed to participate in Halloween fun on Saturday, Oct. 31.  Children are invited to trick or treat at the library from 2 to 3 p.m.  Meet the challenges of our Halloween Minute to Win It and earn your treats.  See if you can toss an eyeball into a pumpkin or pick up spiders with a straw.

Death penalty discussion

Would you vote for the death penalty?

This will be part of the discussion on Sunday, Nov. 1.  The book club meets at 7 p.m. to talk about the novel “Change of Heart” by Jodi Picoult.  Whether you have read this book or not, share conversations with other adults who enjoy reading.

Read to Aerial

If dogs could cast ballots, they might vote to have all children read at least 15 minutes a day.  Ariel, our tail waggin' tutor, enjoys hearing books read aloud.

She will be at the library with her handler Amber on Monday, Nov. 2 from 4 to 6 p.m.  Children are encouraged to stop by and read to her. 

Story time

Children ages 1 to 5 may also vote on Election Day by coming to story time.  Ms. Kathy is reading two stories and they are deciding which they like best.  Activities and a craft are also part of this pre-literacy program on Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 10:30 p.m.

Friends meet

If we were selecting the group most helpful to the library, the Friends of the Berne Library would win the election.  The group meets on Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. to discuss the ways and means of supporting the library.  All are welcome to attend.  

Movie Night

Emotions run high during an election season and also during this month's film that is rated PG.  Family Movie Night is Friday, Nov. 6, at 6:30 p.m.  Admission is free and refreshments are served.  Check our website for more information on the film which is newly released on DVD.

Weigh your decisions carefully this week.  After you vote, stop by the library for a great book, magazine, audio-book, or movie.

"To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone, and a funny bone,” said musician Reba McEntire. In case you haven't guessed, bones is the library theme for this week.  

Lego League

Lego League meets on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 11 a.m.  Kids will use the library's Legos to make skeletons and haunted houses to be put on display for Halloween. Anyone can join in the fun but the program is designed for children ages 5 to 12.  

Knit Wits

On Sunday, Oct. 18, the Knit Wits meet at 7 p.m. to work on their own knitting or crocheting projects while sharing problems, solutions, and conversation. The group is currently collecting hats for preemies and cancer patients. When a person is chilled to the bone, a warm soft hat is exactly what they need.  

Story time

Children ages 1 to 5 and their caregivers are invited to examine skeletons and bones on Tuesday, Oct. 20.  Join Ms. Kathy for story time at 10:30 a.m.  This pre-literacy program includes stories, activities, and a craft.

Memoir writing

Have you ever had a bone-shaking experience?  Write down your story and bring it to the Memoir writing program on Wednesday, Oct. 21. All interested adults may attend this session which begins at 2 p.m. and is facilitated by MaryJo McKeon. Look for writing ideas in the “Writer's Digest,” a magazine that may be borrowed from the library.   


Inky Fingers

The human hand has 27 distinct bones, which work together to create some amazing things. Try your hand at paper crafting on Thursday, Oct. 22. The Inky Fingers group meets at 7 p.m. to share techniques and ideas for making gift cards.  Please let the library know if you would like to attend so there are adequate supplies.  Call 872-1246 or e-mail HYPERLINK ""

Working hard

Men are currently working their fingers to the bone on regrading and repaving the parking lot.  Because the sewage line runs along the entrance driveway and the drainage pipe runs along the exit driveway, no cars should be parked on the sides of the building.  Please park in the main parking area only. The WiFi has been relocated to accommodate this change.      

Make no bones about it; the library is the place to go for education and entertainment. Your free library card is the skeletal key to the door.

What is cooler than being cool? Having a Berne Public Library card.

Snoopy, the world-famous beagle also known as The Flying Ace and Joe Cool, has added a new title to his résumé. September is Library Card Sign-up month and Snoopy is the honorary chair. 

Snoopy would like to remind adults, caregivers, children, and teens that the coolest card of all is a library card!

With a free library card, patrons can check out so much more than books. The library has magazines, movies on DVDS, music CDs, and audiobooks. Your card also gives you access to free e-books and e-audiobooks, even the new releases.

From finding a job, starting a new business, to getting homework help, and becoming more engaged in your community, a library card offers limitless opportunities to transform lives through education and lifelong learning. 


Teens interact at the library during their monthly TAG programs.  Join other teens for video gaming on Friday, September 11 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.

Game night

Adults are invited to play games also, but that monthly game night is for those interested in playing board games. Meet with Jodi on Sunday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m.

Read to a dog

Although Ariel is not a beagle, she is a also a great library supporter. This tail-waggin’ tutor will be at the library on Monday, Sept. 14 with her handler Amber. Children may read aloud to the dog anytime between 4 and 6 p.m.

Focus groups

Libraries belong to the community.  If you received an invitation to participate in the upcoming focus groups, please rsvp today. A reminder that the meeting is on Monday, Sept. 14 at the Hilltown Senior Center, 1360 Helderberg Trail in Berne.


Story time

It is not the cool weather, but a combination of rain and sunshine that produces a rainbow.   Rainbows are the theme for story time on Tuesday, Sept. 15.  Children ages 1 to 5 and their caregivers are invited to join Ms. Kathy at 10:30 a.m. for stories, activities, and a craft.

Bird watching

As you look to the skies, it is quite an experience to witness a soaring eagle or a flitting goldfinch.  If you would like to learn how to identify birds, attend the bird watching program on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. Ralph and Jan Miller will discuss birding and share some of their experiences.  

Save the date

Save Saturday, Oct. 3 for the lasagna dinner and cake walk sponsored by the Friends of the Berne Library. Donated trays of lasagna and homemade cakes are needed for this event. Contact the library at 872-1246 or e-mail HYPERLINK "" if you are able to help. Of course we also need people to come and eat. Tickets are on sale at the library for $10 per adult and $8 per child. Tickets for adults will be $12 at the door.  

If you have a library card, that is cool. If not, it would be great if you stopped at the library this month to get one. Either way, we hope to see you soon.