— Photo from Judy Petrosillo Tim Gerard poses with his picture of a mother doe and her fawn, “Backyard Visitors,” which won the Adult Division People's Choice award. Sixteen adults entered 38 photographs in the Berne Library contest. Patricia Aronson won the grand prize; she was first in the category “Backyard Visitor”; Erin Bremer was second, and Marilyn Naradolillo was third. In “Hilltown Charm,” Bremer was first, Heather Curvin was second, and Heidi Johnson was third; in “Up Close and Personal,” Sandra K
— Photo from Judy Petrosillo Ashley Scofield stands in front of her photo, in “View From My Door,” which won the Junior Division Grand Prize and Junior Division People's Choice awards in the Berne Library’s contest. Nine people entered a total of 15 photos in the Junior Division. Kaelyn LoBalbo won first place in the category “Backyard Visitor.” In “Hilltown Charm,” Hannah Young was first, Nathan Weis was second, and Scofield was third. In “Up Close and Personal,” Scofield was first, Weis was second, and Ca
— Photo from Judy Petrosillo Patricia Aronson won the Adult Division Grand Prize in the Berne Library’s photo contest.

English philosopher Francis Bacon said, "Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested." It seems that only the reader can decide which is which. Take advantage of the wide selection of books to be sampled at your public library.

Movie night

If your favorite genre is comedy, this month's film is perfect for you.  Family Movie Night is from 6:30 to 8 p.m., on Friday, March 4. The Oscar nominated animation is rated PG and should make you laugh aloud. Admission is free and refreshments are provided. The title is available on our website bernepubliclibrary.org.

Book club

One of the stimulating things about a book club is that you are encouraged to read types of books outside of your comfort zone. On March 6, at 7 p.m., the Sunday Book Club will be discussing “All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.”  The novel is about a blind French girl and a German soldier whose paths collide in occupied France during World War II. All adults are welcome to participate in the conversation on this historical drama that won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

Story time

The pre-school children also have a book club. They will be talking about “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” by Bill Martin Jr, and John Archambault during story time on Tuesday, March 8.  Children ages 1 to 5 are invited to join Ms. Kathy at 10:30 a.m., to discuss this rhythmic alphabet chant along with other stories, activities, and a craft.  

Trustees meet

The role of a library trustee is something that needs to be digested.  The Upper Hudson Library System executive director helps trustees understand their job. Tim Burke will meet with trustees at 6:30 p.m., on Thursday, March 10. The open business meeting follows the training workshop at 8 p.m.


The teen action group meets at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 11. Bring a friend for a teen activity in the library when the library is closed to the public and there is food, of course.

Item drop

This is the month to refresh your personal book collection by donating books you no longer want and replacing them with new-to-you items. Drop off items at the Hilltown senior center, 1360 Helderberg Trail on Saturday, March 12, from 9 a.m. to noon. The Friends of the Berne Library are accepting books, audio-books, music CDs, movies on DVD, jewelry, and fashion scarves.  If this timeframe does not work for you, please contact Judy by calling 872-1246 or e-mailing director@bernepubliclibrary.org.

The sale takes place on Saturday, March 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and again on Sunday, March 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Help is needed for this event. Please contact Donna Gwin by e-mailing bernelibraryfriends@yahoo.com.  

Celebrate National Nutrition Month by devouring some great books. See you at the library.

"How did it get so late so soon? It's night before it's afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?" wrote Dr. Seuss.

The National Education Association celebrates Read Across America on Wednesday, March 2, which is the birth date of Theodor Seuss Geisel.  

Photo contest

The time has come to reveal the winners of the photo contest. The Photography contest reception is at 11 a.m., on Saturday, Feb. 27. Come and see the winners of the people's choice in addition to those chosen by the judges. Thank you to Colleen Skiff, Agnes Zellin, and Paul Tick for volunteering to judge the entrees. It was a difficult task because of the superb quality of the 53 pictures.

Game night

Game Night is at 7 p.m., on Sunday, Feb. 28.  This is a fun time for adults to play board games.  If you would like to hone your skills before playing with others, games may be borrowed from the library between game nights.

Clock discussion

If the sands of time move too quickly for you, perhaps your clocks need adjusting. Jim Burghart is discussing the history and mechanics of clocks during the antique clock program on Monday, Feb. 29.  He will show how to maintain antique clocks and dispel some clock myths.  Bring a friend, but not your clock, to this special program at 7 p.m.

Dr. Seuss story time

People often asked Dr. Seuss where he got his ideas.  According to his biography by Judith and Neil Morgan, he once said he went to a small hamlet called Uber Gletch on the fourth of August each summer to get his cuckoo clock repaired. While the cuckoo was in the hospital, he would wander around and get ideas from the strange people in the streets.  Of course, he tended to invent answers.

Dr. Seuss was childless but he invented a fictional daughter, Chrysanthemum-Pearl, who did astonishing things. The books of Dr. Seuss will be the theme for story time on Tuesday, March 1.  Children ages 1 to 5 and their caregivers are invited to be in the right place at the right time. Join Ms. Kathy at 10:30 a.m., in the community room for stories, activities, and a craft.   

Friends meet

While families are reading across America on Wednesday, March 2, the Friends of the Berne Library will be meeting at 7:00 p.m. to discuss funding library needs.  If you have the time to help, it would be greatly appreciated.  The next fund-raiser is the book, movie, jewelry, and scarf sale on March 19 and 20, at the Hilltown Senior Center.  Donated items may be brought to the center at 1360 Helderberg Trail on Saturday,  March 12, from 9 a.m. to noon.  

Family movie night

Once upon a time, dinosaurs roamed the earth. Although they are extinct, they hit the big time in the movies.  Family Movie Night at the library is Friday, March 5.  The animated film being shown is rated PG and begins at 6:30 p.m.  Admission is free and refreshments are provided.  This is an inexpensive way to have a good time on the hill.

As Dr. Seuss said, "Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one."  Make time to visit the library this week.


February is Library Lovers' Month; a great time to explore why libraries are loved.  It may be the free access to books and movies or perhaps it is the ability to serve as a community hub. 

It may be the programs that entertain and educate or because the library welcomes people of every age, income level, physical ability, and ethnicity.  Whatever your reason for coming to the library, pass it on and share the love.

Lego League

In 2015, the library held 51 programs for children ages 5 to 12. The monthly Lego League program for this age group takes place on the third Saturday of the month. Use the library's Legos to create transportation vehicles on Feb. 20.  Invite your friends to join in the fun at 11 a.m.

Photo contest

Saturday, Feb. 20 is also the last day to vote for your favorite photograph in the junior and adult divisions of the Photography Contest.  The judges have already made their choices but you help decide the winners of the People's Choice.  Find out all the ribbon winners during the open reception on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 11 a.m.

Knit Wits

People to people connections definitely occurred during our 61 adult programs in 2015. The Knit Wits meet on the third Sunday of the month to work on their own projects in the company of others with a similar passion.  Join them at 7 p.m., on Feb. 21. if you are interested in knitting or crocheting.

Story time

The goals of our early literacy programs include educating and socializing children ages 1 to 5.  There were 65 programs in 2015 with 1,026 attendees. The popular Storytime is at 10:30 a.m. each Tuesday.  Cars will be the theme of the stories, activities, and craft on Feb. 23.

Paper crafting

Even though a program is held monthly, you do not need to attend every meeting.  Drop in whenever it fits into your schedule.  If you would like to try your hand at making impressive greeting cards, the paper crafting group convenes at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25.

Antique clocks

In addition to monthly programs, we have special events throughout the year. On Monday, Feb. 29, clock enthusiast Jim Burghart will discuss antique clocks. Please save the date and learn how to setup and maintain your antique clocks.  Bring your questions but not your clocks at 7 p.m.  

Libraries promote literacy and supply a platform for innovation.They are advocates for your right to read and your privacy. What's not to love?

In the picture book “Groundhog Stays Up Late” by Margery Cuyler, the groundhog plays instead of preparing for winter. This procrastination causes problems for his winter hibernation.

As the proverb says, “If you put off doing what you ought to do, you will end up not having enough time to do it properly.”

If you have been meaning to submit a photo in the photography contest sponsored by the Friends of the Berne Library, stop procrastinating. Photos must be submitted by 2 p.m., on Saturday, Jan. 30. Details and entry forms are available at the library and from the website www.bernepubliclibrary.org

Read to a dog

Although it is tempting to hibernate at home in the cold weather, the library is a cozy and inviting place to visit.  Ariel, our tail waggin' tutor, will be at the library on Monday, Feb. 1, from 4 to 6 p.m. Children are invited to read aloud to the dog under the supervision of her owner, Amber. In addition to improving reading skills, the kids enjoy a warm, furry companion.  

Online databases

The Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia is one of the online databases available through the library's website.  The article on hibernation explains that the body temperatures drop to just above freezing in animals that hibernate. The animal becomes unconscious and completely inactive and is able to survive for long periods on fat stored in its body. Various rodents, bats, and bears are known to hibernate.  

Story time

Hibernation is the theme for story time on Tuesday, Feb. 2.  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.  

Friends meet

The Friends of the Berne Library could never rightfully be accused of hibernating or procrastinating. This active group meets on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m., to discuss fund-raisers and purchases for the library. Upcoming events include a book and jewelry sale on March 19 and 20, and an empty bowl event in April.  If you are looking for ways to support the library, this organization needs your help. Contact Donna Gwin at bernelibraryfriends@yahoo.com.

Movie night

The word hibernate comes from the Latin word hibernare which means to pass the winter. A fun way to spend a winter evening in the Hilltowns is at Family Movie Night. An adventure film rated PG will be shown on Friday, Feb. 5, from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m.  Admission is free and refreshments are provided. Check our website or call the library for the movie title.

Book discussion

The Sunday Book Club meets on Feb. 7.  Don't put off reading "The House Girl" by Tara Conklin if you want to participate in the discussion.  The group meets at 7 p.m., and newcomers are welcome.  


Whether the emerging groundhog sees his shadow or not on Tuesday, winter will last at least a couple of months.  Include a visit to the library in your winter schedule.


A current debate examines the value of teaching cursive writing in our schools. The Common Core initiative requires keyboarding skills but fails to mention cursive writing. Consequently, some states removed it from the curriculum. The Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association views this as a travesty and encourages you to pick up a pen and take advantage of National Handwriting Day on Jan. 23.  

Story time

Fine motor skills are needed for both writing and keying.  Activities during story time help develop these skills. Children ages 1 to 5 and their caregivers are invited to join Ms. Kathy at 10:30 a.m., on Tuesdays for stories, activities, and a craft.  Snow people will be the focus of the program on Jan. 26 at the Berne Public Library.   

Paper club

Grasping a writing instrument and letting your thoughts flow through your fingers is poetic.  Putting those thoughts on a handmade card is magical. The Paper Crafting Club meets on Thursday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m., to make greeting cards. Learn some amazing techniques from experienced crafters. There is a small fee for supplies.

Photo contest

If your talent is photography instead of writing, the Friends of the Berne Library have a contest for you. Photographs must be submitted to the library before 2 p.m., on Saturday, Jan. 30.  Details and entry forms are available at the library or online at www.bernepubliclibrary.org.  


Jan. 23 was chosen for National Handwriting Day because it coincides with John Hancock's birthday. As President of the Continental Congress, Hancock was the first to sign the Declaration of Independence.  Without knowing cursive, future generations will be unable to read our valued historical documents in their original form.