— Photo from Judy Petrosillo
Health history: John Elberfeld of the Knox Historical Society installed a display of engravings and quotations from The Guide-Board to Health, Peace and Competence by Dr. William Hall written in 1869. The Knox Historical Society has a leather-bound copy in its collection at the Saddlemire Museum. The display may be viewed in the community room of the Berne Public Library through April.
The polar bear, Ursus maritimus, is the largest living land carnivore. The mammal can be found in the arctic with a climate similar to what we had this week. While we need crampons to walk on icy conditions, the polar bear has non-retractable claws, which act like ice picks.
Children ages 5 to 13 are invited to the Berne Public Library on Saturday, Feb. 21, to make arctic scenes with Legos. Lego League runs from 11 a.m. to noon. The library supplies the Legos and the creations go on display until next month. Younger siblings may join in the fun during Family Playtime from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Storytime is on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Pre-literacy skills are developed through stories, activities, and a craft. On Feb. 24, children ages one to five and their caregivers will learn about polar bears under the guidance of Ms. Kathy.
Although the northeast island featured in The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin is not part of the arctic, the main character seems cold-hearted. The book club will be discussing this book at 7 p.m., on Sunday, March 8. Request a copy from the library to read before the meeting.
The memoir writing group meets on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m. Bring a written memory to share with MaryJo and the group. A story about cold winter weather or interactions with bears would be appropriate.
While trying to keep the house warm during this past week, did you wonder if solar energy is the way to go? Hear the facts on solar energy, federal and state incentives, and types of solar panels during Solar 101. This special library program is on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. Bring your questions for the presenter Adam Jordan of Hudson Solar.
The display unit for the community room was installed by Scott Green and is ready to use. Thanks again to Pinch Penny Threads for the feedsack apron benefit that earned money for this equipment. The first display was created and set up by John Elberfeld of the Knox Historical Society. Pictures and quotes from Dr. W. W. Hall's book, The Guide-board to Health, Peace and Competence describe how to reach a happy old age. The leather bound book published in 1869 can be found in the Saddlemire House, Knox. This display is for all age groups. Although some of Dr. Hall's ideas are amusingly out-dated, others still apply today such as getting exercise even if it is cold outside.
Dr. Hall said "There is naturally but one disease – that of old age. To leave the world as gently go out the embers of the hearth, or as the candle in the socket, without pain, or shock, or spasm. — this is worth taking pains for! To have the lamp of life thus go out, physically, we must live regularly, temperately, actively. Reader! May such be your exit and mine."
The Greek root word for books is biblios and phile is the root word for love or friendship. Hence, a lover of books is known as a bibliophile. If you like being able to read books without having to purchase them, then you should be a library lover.
Movie Rentals and
Family Movie Night
For cinophiles, those who are fond of motion pictures, the library has movies on DVDs available for a seven-day loan period at no cost with your free library card. Also, each month we show one of the newly released movies on the big screen in the community room. On Friday, Feb. 6, Family Movie Night begins at 6:30 p.m. There will be animated adventure that is rated PG and runs 100 minutes. Admission is free and refreshments are provided.
Take Your Child
to the Library Day
Saturday, Feb. 7, at 11 a.m., bring your children to the library to participate in Take Your Child to the Library Day. Ms. Kathy is leading special family story time with books by James Dean and Mo Willems. Make and take crafts are available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Help us foster a life-long love of reading in your children.
The book club meeting was rescheduled to Sunday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. This adult group will be discussing The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. The conversation is always interesting, even if you have not read the book. New attendees are welcome.
Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 10:30 a.m., join Ms. Kathy for stories, activities, and a craft. This week the program will focus on hearts and valentines. This program, which is designed to develop pre-literacy skills, is open to children ages one to five.
Memoir Writing Program
On Wednesday, Feb. 11, share your fascinating story of a romance at the Memoir Writing program. This group will meet at 2 p.m. to accommodate those who are heliophiles and prefer sunlight.
On Thursday, Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m. there will be an open meeting of the Library Board of Trustees, ergophiles who love to work. The annual 2014 annual report will precede the meeting. Please attend to hear how your tax money was utilized and the excellent results.
Teen Book Lovers
Teens who love the library are invited to enjoy the space while the library is closed to the public.
Friday, Feb. 14, at 6:30 p.m., TAG meets to complete the video for the Summer Reading Program contest.
Card Making Class
On Saturday, Feb. 14, at 10:30 a.m., Kim Young will lead the introduction to card making class. Join other iconophiles, those who love icons, illustrations, and pictures, including those who like making cards for others. This two-hour class is designed for adults. Registration is appreciated. To sign up, contact the library at 872-1246 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. by Tuesday, Feb. 10.
Junior Master Chef
On Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m., participate in the library’s Junior Master Chef Competition. This makerspace program is for children ages eight to 13. Participants will have a limited time to create a culinary masterpiece with provided ingredients. Judges will determine the winner. Please register for this program by Monday, Feb. 16.
Lovers of Words
Hope to see local logophiles, lovers of words, at the library this week.
South African leader Desmond Tutu stated, "Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness."
On Sunday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m., the book club will be discussing The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. The novel includes two different struggles for freedom and the courage to dare what seems unattainable. Any interested adult is invited to join the conversation about the hope inside of us.
Read to Ariel
Reading to a dog is known to help develop literacy skills. Amber is bringing Ariel, our tail waggin' tutor, to the library on Monday, Feb. 2, from 4 to 6 p.m. The Dark by Lemony Snickett would be a good picture book to read to Ariel. Children may drop in or call the library at 872-1246 to reserve a time slot.
On Feb. 2, a groundhog will be pulled from the darkness of his hole. If light causes a shadow, we can expect six more weeks of winter weather. Children ages one to five and their caregivers will learn about groundhogs during storytime on Tuesday, Feb. 3. Join Ms. Kathy at 10:30 a.m. for stories, activities, and a craft.
The Friends of the Library is a hopeful group that makes dreams come true for the library. The next meeting is Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. Members are currently planning a used jewelry and book sale as a fund-raiser. Donations are needed and help is appreciated. Sort through your books and jewelry over the next two months. Drop off donations at the senior center on March 21. The sale is on March 28 and 29, during the Maple Fest weekend. E-mail email@example.com or call the library for more information.
If you missed the last movie shown at school, you have another chance to see it. Family Movie Night at the library is Friday, Feb. 5, from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. The Oscar nominated, animated film features creatures that live underground. The movie is rated PG for action, some peril, and mild rude humor. Admission is free and refreshments are provided.
Saturday, Feb. 7, is Take Your Child to the Library Day. Bring your family to celebrate all the library has to offer.
Ms. Kathy is holding a special family story time at 11 a.m., featuring Pigeon and Pete the Cat from books by Mo Willems and James Dean. A take and make craft will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Don't miss this opportunity to show your children the importance of reading.
Hope you will use this great community resource to enlighten your life.
“Snowflakes, like people, are all different and beautiful, but they can be a nuisance when they lose their identity in a mob”. The unknown author of this quote aptly states why we like snowflakes but not blizzards and why we like people but not crowds.
Fortunately the Berne Public Library can accommodate quite a few teens before it would be considered crowded. The teens take over the library on Friday, Jan. 9, at 6:30 p.m. The group is currently working on a hero video and all teens are invited to participate.
According to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a snowflake begins to form when an extremely cold-water droplet freezes onto a pollen or dust particle in the sky. As the ice crystal falls to the ground, water vapor freezes onto the primary crystal, building the six arms of a snowflake. The temperature and humidity of the air determines the final unique shape.
Help your children develop into unique and creative individuals with the help of the library. Join other families for Family Playtime on Saturday, Jan. 10, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 15 from 2 to 4 p.m.. Drop in and use the library's games, puzzles, and dress-up clothes.
A new craft group is forming on the second Sunday of the month at 7 p.m. This open program for adults includes making a craft and then deciding on a craft for the following month using the Pinterest website. The first craft planned for Sunday, Jan. 11, is a pair of sweater slippers. Bring an old sweater, scissors, pins, yarn, and a darning needle. Add snowflakes to your finished product. Extra supplies will be available for those who need them.
The theme for story time on Tuesday, Jan. 13, is snowflakes. Children ages one to five and their caregivers should join Ms. Kathy at 10:30 a.m. for stories, activities, and a craft. Hopefully, there will not be a large accumulation of snowflakes outside.
How do current snowfalls compare to those of the past? Do you have a favorite story about a snowfall? The memoir program resumes on Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 2 p.m. MaryJo will facilitate as the group shares stories they have written. New participants are always welcome.
For those who enjoy the winter weather, let it snow!
Happy New Year. Author Neil Gaiman offers these words: "I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're doing something."
Try watching a movie projected on the large screen of the Berne Public Library’s community room. A movie recently released on DVD will be shown on Friday, Jan. 2, at 6:30 p.m. This fantasy adventure is 121 minutes long and is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence, action, and some language. Admission is free and refreshments are served. Contact the library for the title.
January marks the 12th anniversary of the Friends of the Berne Library. Without this group of volunteers doing many things over the years, the present library would not exist. The Friends are holding an open house on Sunday, Jan. 4, from 2 to 4 p.m., to thank those who donated money, time, or talents to the library during 2014. Come celebrate with them.
The first book club meeting of the New Year is on Sunday, Jan. 4, at 7 p.m. The group will be discussing Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O'Nan. If joining a book club is something new you would like to try, now is a great time. The conversation is stimulating with many differing opinions.
Read to a dog
Has your child ever read aloud to a dog? The library provides this opportunity, which has been shown to increase a child's reading confidence. Ariel, our tail waggin' tutor, will be at the library on Monday, Jan. 5, from 4 to 6 p.m., with her handler Amber. Call the library at 872-1246 to reserve a time or just drop in.
Make a snowman
When making a snowman, are you a traditionalist or do you branch out? Children ages one to five and their caregivers will learn about snow-persons on Tuesday, Jan. 6 at 10:30 a.m. Stories, activities, and a craft are all part of this pre-literacy program which promotes trying new things.
The library’s board of trustees challenges the library staff to stay current with the needs of the community. The trustees meet on Thursday, Jan. 8, at 6:30 p.m. to discuss library business. This is an open meeting.
The teens are working on a new video project for the summer reading program. Last year their video placed in the top three in New York State. All teens are invited to help with this project on Friday, Jan. 9, at 6:30 p.m.
If you are pushing yourself to get rid of clutter in the New Year, save your books and jewelry for the Friends of the Library. The group is having a sale on March 28 and 29. Items may be brought to the senior center on March 21.
The library offers many opportunities to do something new and it is okay to make mistakes. Hope to see you there in the new year.