A woman and her granddaughter came to the Berne Public Library last week. They are on a quest to visit all twenty-nine libraries in the Upper Hudson Library System.  At each library they borrow books. This is easy because their library cards are good at any public library in Albany and Rensselaer counties. The items can be returned at any UHLS library because of the courier system. What a wonderful way to see the area while emphasizing the importance of reading.  

Teen night

Teens can feel comfortable in a library, especially when it is closed. Teens take over the library on Friday, June 13, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Join in on the fun with Tag, the teen advisory group. Plan on some unusual competitions at this month's event.  

Knit Wits

After celebrating Father's Day, those who knit or crochet are invited to the library for Knit Wits. The group meets on Sunday, June 15, at 7 p.m. Work on your own project while enjoying conversations with other adults.

Preschool program

The first day of summer will be here next Saturday.  Preschool children and their caregivers are invited to the library on Tuesday, June 17, at 11 a.m. to hear stories about this season. The program includes activities and a craft. 

Summer reading program

Of course, the best part of summer is the summer reading program at the library.  This year the topic is science, and includes a lot of hands-on fun. Our first special event is Wednesday, June 25, at 3 p.m.  Children ages five or six are invited to investigate dinosaurs and make fossils.  Free books on dinosaurs will be distributed during this program. The book is called Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs.  Please register at the library by calling 872-1246 or e-mail Kathy@bernepubliclibrary.org

Happy Father's Day to all those great dads who make sure visits to the library are a part of their family's routine. 

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town of Berne covers 64.8 square miles while the town of Knox includes 41.9 square miles. Since the Berne Public Library is located in the southwest corner of Berne, it is easy to see why stopping by may not be convenient. The staff prefers face to face interactions but they are not necessary.

Library services

There is a way to use the free services at the library without having to travel.  All you need is access to the Internet.  Visit our website www.bernepubliclibrary.org, and click on Find ebooks and audiobooks in the right side column.  That link will take you to the Upper Hudson Library System OverDrive site where you can browse for titles. Use your library card to download e-books or e-audiobooks to your computer, iPods, iPads, Nooks, Kindles, smartphones, and more.

No high speed Internet access at your house?  That makes it worth a trip to the library to use the computers or WiFi.  No library card? Register for a free card at the library. Limited knowledge of e-devices?  Sign up for a one-on-one session with the library staff at 1 p.m., on Tuesdays or 5 p.m., on Thursdays.

Family night

Enjoy a family night out in the Hilltowns. This month’s movie at the library is an animation including pirates and fairies. The film is rated G and begins at 6:30 p.m., on Friday, June 6.  The movie is projected onto a large screen in the community room.  Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

Game night

If you need a break from electronic devices, join other adults on Sunday, June 8 for some old-fashioned fun.  Game night starts at 7 p.m., and involves board games such as Clue, Scrabble, and Settlers of Catan.

Father’s Day

Father’s Day is next Sunday.  Preschool children are invited to the library on Tuesday, June 10 to celebrate dads.  Join Kathy at 11 a.m. for stories and activities that develop literacy skills in a fun way.  This week’s craft will be a present to give a father.  

Memoir writing group

Interested in writing down memories of Dad to share with your family and community.  The memoir writing group meets on Tuesday, June 10, at 6:30 p.m.  All interested adults are invited to attend.  Bring a story to share.

Board meets

The library board of trustees will meet on Thursday, June 12, at 6:30 p.m., to discuss library business.  This is an open meeting and community members are encouraged to attend.  

TAG

Teens should grab a friend, and head to the library on Friday, June 13.  TAG (teen advisory group) takes over the library from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with fun activities and competitions. Hope to see you there.

 

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town of Berne covers 64.8 square miles while the town of Knox includes 41.9 square miles. Since the Berne Public Library is located in the southwest corner of Berne, it is easy to see why stopping by may not be convenient. The staff prefers face to face interactions but they are not necessary.

Library services

There is a way to use the free services at the library without having to travel.  All you need is access to the Internet.  Visit our website www.bernepubliclibrary.org, and click on Find ebooks and audiobooks in the right side column.  That link will take you to the Upper Hudson Library System OverDrive site where you can browse for titles. Use your library card to download e-books or e-audiobooks to your computer, iPods, iPads, Nooks, Kindles, smartphones, and more.

No high speed Internet access at your house?  That makes it worth a trip to the library to use the computers or WiFi.  No library card? Register for a free card at the library. Limited knowledge of e-devices?  Sign up for a one-on-one session with the library staff at 1 p.m., on Tuesdays or 5 p.m., on Thursdays.

Family night

Enjoy a family night out in the Hilltowns. This month's movie at the library is an animation including pirates and fairies. The film is rated G and begins at 6:30 p.m., on Friday, June 6.  The movie is projected onto a large screen in the community room.  Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

Game night

If you need a break from electronic devices, join other adults on Sunday, June 8 for some old-fashioned fun.  Game night starts at 7 p.m., and involves board games such as Clue, Scrabble, and Settlers of Catan.

Father’s Day

Father's Day is next Sunday.  Preschool children are invited to the library on Tuesday, June 10 to celebrate dads.  Join Kathy at 11 a.m. for stories and activities that develop literacy skills in a fun way.  This week's craft will be a present to give a father.  

Memoir writing group

Interested in writing down memories of Dad to share with your family and community.  The memoir writing group meets on Tuesday, June 10, at 6:30 p.m.  All interested adults are invited to attend.  Bring a story to share.

Board meets

The library board of trustees will meet on Thursday, June 12, at 6:30 p.m., to discuss library business.  This is an open meeting and community members are encouraged to attend.  

TAG

Teens should grab a friend, and head to the library on Friday, June 13.  TAG (teen advisory group) takes over the library from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with fun activities and competitions. Hope to see you there.

Libraries are gold mines for the curious.   Those who visit the public library are able to find out how something works or why an event occurred. Books, internet, and magazines help to answer questions.  American author Bryant H. McGill said, “I have never read for entertainment, but rather for understanding and to satisfy my eager curiosity.”  For those who look for entertainment, the library has that too!

Have you ever wondered what would happen if terrorists and their hostages got to know each other during a crisis situation?  That is the premise of the novel Bel Canto by Ann Patchett.  The book club will be discussing this work of fiction on Sunday, June 1 at 7 p.m.  The meeting is open to anyone interested in having conversations about books.  

Curious George is the focus of story time on Tuesday, June 3 at 11 a.m.  Preschool children and their caregivers are invited to visit “The Man with the Yellow Hat”, a.k.a. Ms. Kathy.  There will be stories, activities, and a craft during this program. Develop literacy skills without squashing your child’s natural curiosity. 

The original series of seven books about Curious George were written and illustrated by Margret and Hans A. Rey from 1939 to 1966.  Since that time, this childhood favorite was made into a television series, short movies, and a video game.  The books still circulate frequently from the library.

While curiosity usually led George into trouble, it is often the basis of creativity.  Are you curious as to what the Friends of the Library are planning next?  Be a part of the creative process as the group discusses the ways and means for supporting the library.  Their next meeting is Wednesday, June 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the community room of the library.

Curiosity may have killed the cat, but satisfaction brought him back.

According to U.S. Representative Doc Hastings, the spirit of Memorial Day has not changed. It remains a day to honor those who died defending our freedom and democracy. The Kiwanis Club acknowledges this sacrifice by organizing Memorial Day Parades in Berne and Knox. The town of Berne parade begins at the Hilltown Senior Center at 9:30 a.m., on Monday, May 26.  Route 443 will be closed for this event so please plan accordingly.

Library closed

The library will be closed on Monday, May 26, in observance of Memorial Day, but, you will see our float in the parade. Please join us in honoring our fallen heroes by attending the parade and ceremonies. Story time kids are invited to ride on the library float. Be at the senior center no later than 9:15 a.m. dressed in red, white, and blue.    

Book club

Hostages and their captors are the subject of this month’s book club novel. Read Bel Canto by Ann Patchett in order to contribute to the conversation. The group will be discussing the book on Sunday, June 2, at 7 p.m.  

Story time

On Tuesday, May 27, join us for story time at 11 a.m. Preschool children and their caregivers are invited to join Ms. Kathy in exploring tadpoles. Real tadpoles will be held captive briefly for children to observe. Stories, activities, and a craft are all part of this literacy program.

Many thanks

The library staff feels gratitude daily. Thanks to Amy Anderson for lending her talents to our oil art workshop last week. Thanks to Avery Stempel for leading the sessions of the Together Book Talk for Kids and Parents. Thanks to the Friends of the Berne Library for their financial support. The indoor miniature golf fund-raiser was possible because of contributions from many community members. 

This weekend we are especially thankful for members of our armed services. We salute those soldiers who laid down their lives to preserve our freedoms.

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