“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 www.bernepubliclibrary.org 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 "mailto:director@bernepubliclibrary.org"director@bernepubliclibrary.org.

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 "mailto:director@bernepubliclibrary.org"director@bernepubliclibrary.org 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.







Labor Day is a yearly tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength and well being of our country. Of course, this includes the Berne Public Library staff and schoolteachers.  The library will be closed on Monday, Sept. 7 in observance of Labor Day.  

Labor Day traditionally marks the end of summer vacation and the beginning of a new school year. If students still need summer reading books for school, this is your last chance. The library will be open on Saturday, Sept. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

“Titanic” program

Looking for a fun activity over the weekend?  Join us on Saturday, Sept. 5 at 11 a.m. for the program Finding the “Titanic”. Using hands-on investigations, find out why the “Titanic” sank the way it did and how it was found.  Facilitator Naval Jr. Officer Stempel worked on a submarine and is thoroughly familiar with sonar. The program is designed for ages 5 to 13, but all are welcome.  A NYS STEM grant provided funding for the books that will be given to young participants attending the program.

Story walk

The story walk at the Knox Town Park is another enjoyable activity. A new book has been installed for the fall season thanks to the Friends of the Berne Library and the Knox Historical Society. Stroll through the park and stop at each posting to read the book “Henry and the Cannons” by Don Brown.

Story time

Children ages 1 to 5 and their caregivers are invited to story time on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 10:30 a.m. This week we are exploring the story of Little Miss Muffett from her view and then the spider's take on what happened. Stories, activities, and a craft are all a part of this pre-literacy program.

Board meets

The library’s board of trustees will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 6:30 p.m. This open monthly meeting is to discuss library business.


Teens night

During TAG, teens interact at the library while the building is closed to the rest of the public.  Celebrate surviving the first week back to school with a night of video gaming.  Plan to meet on Friday, Sept. 11 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. with Ms. Kathy.

Happy Labor Day.


This is a week of thrilling events at the Berne Public Library. For amateur astronomers, the Perseid meteor shower will be at its peak with 60- to 100-inch "falling stars" per hour. Look to the northeast where the space debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle will appear to be radiating out from the Perseus constellation. This is one of the brighter meteor showers of the year so hope for clear night skies. 

Altamont Fair

Relish the experience of the Altamont Fair from Tuesday, Aug. 11 to Sunday, Aug. 16. This historic fair is worth the trip down the hill. Altamont hosted the first annual Albany County Fair in 1893. The fair grew over the years and by 1945 included Albany, Schenectady, and Greene Counties. It is the only tri-county fair in New York State.

Library events

Even more exciting for the up-coming week are the library events.

The Grand Finale for ages 1 to 18 will be held on Monday, Aug. 10, at 6:30 p.m. The program in the community room includes activities, refreshments, and door prizes. Each child who completes the library's goal of 500 reading minutes will receive a gift bag.   

Friday, August 7 is the last day to submit reading minutes for ages 1 to 18. Fill in your minutes online or submit the reading log sheet to the library staff.  The adult program doesn't end until Sunday, Aug. 30 so keep reading.

Movie Night at the Library is Friday, Aug. 7. This engrossing film was recently released on DVD and is rated PG-13 for action. Admission is free and popcorn and drinks are provided. The movie runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Check our website for the title.

The last concert of the Music in the Park series is Wednesday, Aug. 12.  Slim Pick'ins will be strumming at the Berne Town Park from 6:30 p.m. to dusk. Bring the family for a hot-dog or chili dinner and foot-stomping music. The music is free but a donation to the Friends of the Library for dinner is appreciated.  

The teens will meet on Friday, Aug. 14 for a superhero versus villain program. Please register for this event by calling the library at 872-1246 or e-mailing Kathy@bernepubliclibrary.org.

Story time resumes

Story time for ages 1 to 5 resumes on Tuesday, Sept. 1.  Although there are no planned children programs for the remainder of August, families are invited to the library to read books and play with Legos, Duplos, puzzles, games, toys, puppets, and dress up clothes. 

The community room is reserved for Family Playtime on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m.  

Reminder to those who need a break from the heat; the library is air-conditioned and provides Wi-Fi, computers, and comfortable reading chairs. It is the place to energize.