— Photo from Judy Petrosillo

Raising a Reader Baby Shower: Dr. Kristin Mack, right, and Deputy Tracy Mance offer advice for new moms on April 26 at the Berne Library.  Other presenters included Karen Murphy from the Albany County Department for Children, Youth and Families and photographer Erin Bremer.

Since the library lends both books and movies on DVDs, an oft-heard conversation is whether the book or the movie is better. This weekend affords the chance to explore this topic. Movie Night at the Berne Public Library is Friday, May 1, beginning at 6:30 p.m. 

The comedy-drama being projected on the screen in the community room is rated PG.  Admission is free and refreshments are served. The book discussion of “The Hundred Foot Journey” by Richard Morais takes place on Sunday, May 3, at 7 p.m.   Attend either or both.

The library also lends out graphic novels. The stories are presented in a comic strip format but published as a book. Enticing to reluctant readers, these books help develop language and literacy skills. Comic books were the precursors to graphic novels and continue to be published.  

Free Comic Book Day

Saturday, May 2, is Free Comic Book Day. The event promotes the many worlds of wonder available at local comic book shops. The library is a distribution site for this event. 

Choose your free comic book from the limited supply of 12 titles which range from young readers to adults. The opportunity to create your own comic strip is also available between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Read to a dog

Ariel, our tail waggin' tutor, enjoys being read to.  On Monday, May 4, choose a graphic novel to share with her during a 15-minute session between 4 and 6 p.m.

Her handler Amber is on hand to help out.  Reading aloud to a dog improves reading skills and is fun and nonjudgmental. 

Needle punch technique

Erin Bradt has offered to teach the needle punch technique for making a rug. The workshop is on Saturday, May 9, from 1 to 5 p.m.

Participants will use their newly learned skills to create a coaster. Register by Saturday, May 2.  Call 872-1246 or e-mail director@bernepubliclibrary.org. There is a $15 material fee.  

Story time

Mother's Day is on Sunday, May 10.  Children ages one to five and their caregivers will prepare for this event during story time on Tuesday, May 5. Join Ms. Kathy for stories, activities, and a craft that can be given to a special woman.

Thank you

Speaking of special people, thank you to the Friends of the Library for supplying refreshments for the Raising a Reader Baby Shower. 

The Friends monthly meeting is Wednesday, May 6, at 7 p.m. Consider joining this group of library supporters. Their next fund-raising event is a scrabble tournament being held on Saturday, May 16, at 2 p.m.  Please register to enter this event.


To end the week, the teen action group, known as TAG, meets on Friday, May 8, at 6:30 p.m.   Enjoy activities and refreshments with other teens when the library is closed to the public.

Bring a friend and any shoes that you no longer want. The library has a box where the Girl Scouts are accepting shoes for their community service project.


The following stanza is from the poem "I'm Nobody, Who Are You?" written by Emily Dickinson:

How dreary to be somebody!

How public like a frog

To tell one's name

    the livelong June

To an admiring bog! 

The Berne Public Library is celebrating Poetry Month this Friday, April 24, with a poetry workshop facilitated by Avery Stempel at 7 p.m. Open Mic follows the workshop for those who like to recite, read, or listen to poetry.  This open program is designed for adults and young adults.

A baby shower

Attention new parents and parents-to-be, the library is throwing a baby shower for you on Sunday, April 26, from 2 to 4 p.m.  Experts will be on hand to discuss baby issues. Kathy will provide tips on how to raise your baby as a reader. Gifts for your little tadpole, refreshments, and door prizes are part of the fun. Babysitting will be provided. To ensure that we are prepared, please sign up by Saturday, April 25.  Call the library at 872-1246 or e-mail us at director@bernepubliclibrary.org.   

One-room schoolhouse

If you find a jelly egg mass in a long chain, it was probably laid by a toad.  If the egg mass is a cluster, the eggs will eventually develop into frogs. At what grade level did you learn the difference between toads and frogs?  Imagine teaching all grade levels in one room.  Dan Driscoll will speak about the one room schoolhouse in Knox on Monday, April 27, at 7 p.m.  This program is being presented jointly by the library and the Berne Historical Society. If you are interested in local history, this is the program for you.    

Story time

Children ages one to five are invited to story time on Tuesday, April 28. Join Ms. Kathy at 10:30 a.m. to learn about frogs. This pre-literacy program includes stories, activities, and a craft.  

When it comes to receiving information about the library, we want you to be somebody instead of nobody. The monthly newsletter which lists upcoming events may be sent to your e-mail. Stay in touch by signing up for the e-newsletter at the library.  

"Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine," says writer Anthony J. D'Angelo. 

Friday night games

Any teen interested in gaming should bring their enthusiasm and knowledge to the library on Friday, April 10.  TAG meets from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the community room and promises to be enlightening and fun.  

Book club

The book club will meet Sunday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m.  Adults are welcome to participate in the discussion of Me Before You by JoJo Moyes.  The conversation will shed light on what to do when making the person you love happy means breaking your own heart?  This book is currently being produced into a movie.  

Sunny storytime

Children ages 1 to 5 and their caregivers should join Ms. Kathy on Tuesday, April 14 to investigate our closest star, the sun.  Storytime begins at 10:30 a.m. and includes stories, activities, and a craft.  Develop pre-literacy skills in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

Solar 101

Are you interested in solar energy?  The Solar 101 program is on Tuesday, April 14 at 7 p.m.  Adam Jordan from Hudson Solar will explain the types of solar panels, current federal and state incentives, and the advantages of solar energy.  Have your questions answered without a sales pitch.  No registration necessary, just come on in.

Lego library

It is best to make hay while the sun shines.  The third Saturday of each month is when children may use the library's Legos to build whatever they want. Meet Ms. Kathy at 11 a.m. on April 18.  Creations go on display in the library until next month.  This program is designed for children 5 to 12. 

Raising readers

Sunday, April 26 is the day for new parents and parents-to-be to enjoy their day in the sun.  The library is holding a "Raising a Reader" Baby Shower from 2 to 4 p.m.  Please save the date.  

Light wisdom

British playwright, James M. Barrie said, "Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves."  Let that thought guide you through the week.

April Fools Day is over but the laughter continues. April is National Humor Month founded by author and humorist Larry Wilde in 1976. The day was designed to heighten public awareness of the benefits of joy and laughter. To test your sense of humor, this column includes a few riddles.  

Q — Why did Frodo read The Lord of the Rings 50 times?

A — Because it was hobbit-forming!


Movie Night is at 6:30 p.m., on Friday, April 3. Frodo appears in this month's fantasy action film, which is rated PG-13. Admission is free and refreshments are provided.  

Q — What did one book say to another?

A — I just wanted to see if we are on the same page.

Book club

The book club is meeting on Sunday, April 12, instead of the first Sunday of this month.  That gives you time to read “Me Before You” by JoJo Moyes before the discussion next week.  Any interested adult may attend.

Q — What dog keeps the best time? 

A — A watch dog!

Read to a dog

Ariel, our tail waggin' tutor, will be at the library on Monday, April 6, from 4 to 6 p.m., with her handler Amber. Children are invited to read aloud to Ariel who enjoys hearing a good joke book. It is a great way to improve reading skills. 

Q — Why don't aliens eat clowns?

A— They taste funny!

Story time

Funny books will be the focus of story time on Tuesday, April 7.  Children ages one to five are invited to join Ms. Kathy at 10:30 a.m., for stories, activities, and a silly craft.

Q — Why was the birthday cake as hard as a rock?

A — It was marble cake.  

Makerspace program

A makerspace program using marbles is scheduled for Thursday, March 9, at 3 p.m.  Teams will work together to create the best marble maze with recycled materials supplied by the library. This program is designed for ages eight through 12 and is a great way to spend a school vacation day.

Board meets

Although the discussion of library business is serious, there is much laughter during the meetings of the library’s board of trustees. The next open meeting is Thursday, April 9, at 6:30 p.m. Community members are encouraged to attend.

Q — What kind of parties do Minecraft players have?

A — "Block" parties.

Gaming night

Teens are invited for a gaming night at the library on Friday, April 10. The fun starts at 6:30 p.m. Bring a friend.

Solar program

Save Tuesday, April 14 for our rescheduled Solar 101 program and remember to laugh this week.  It's good for your heart.

"It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade." wrote Charles Dickens in his novel, “Great Expectations.”  He could have easily been describing the Hilltowns instead of England.  

Book and jewelry sale

The Friends of the Library hope you got wind of the Book and Jewelry Sale this weekend. Find some fantastic bargains on books, jewelry, puzzles, audio-books, and movies. The sale is Saturday, March 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Hilltown Senior Center, 1360 Rte. 443.

Bees and beekeeping

Bees fly like the wind at the speed of 15 miles per hour according to the website royalbees.com. Richard Ronconi and Mark Huth will present a program on bees and beekeeping at 7 p.m., on Monday, March 30, in the community room at the Berne Public Library.  Intro to Beekeeping is for those interested in the life of bees or are considering keeping bees. The program is open to the public as are most library programs.

Story time

Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it.  Children ages one to five and their caregivers will learn about kites during story time.  Join Ms. Kathy at 10:30 a.m., on Tuesday, March 31 for stories, activities, and a craft on kites.

Library survey

The library’s board of trustees would like to see which way the wind blows when it comes to the community's view of the library. If you have not filled out a library survey yet, please do so before March 31.  All residents over the age of five from the townships of Knox or Berne, including East Berne, are encouraged to express their opinions.

New catalog

The winds of change are upon us; March 31 is the first day of our new catalog. See the feature article elsewhere in this newspaper.

Friends meet

The Friends of the Library meet at 7 p.m., on Wednesday, April 1. The group will hear the summary of the book sale and get their second wind to plan a scrabble tournament.  All interested adults are encouraged to attend.

Movie night

Movie Night is on Friday, April 3, at 6:30 p.m. The featured film this month is a fantasy and there is something in the wind for our unsuspecting hero. Check our website www.bernepubliclibrary.org for the title.  Admission is free and refreshments are provided.  Since the film is rated PG-13, this is a perfect night out for teens.

If you have not been to the Berne Public Library, throw caution to the wind and visit us this week.  There is something for everyone.