A library is defined by Merriam-Webster as a place where books are kept for use but not for sale. If taking this historical view of a library, people might be confused by our movie and music collections. They might wonder why we have programs such as Makerspace, Lego League, or Knit Wits. The answer is found in the mission statement of the library. “Meeting the needs of the community for life-long learning and entertainment.” 

Board games

As we spring ahead into Daylight Savings Time on March 9, there will be more light in the evenings.  Adults are encouraged to spend this Sunday evening playing board games at the Berne Public Library.  Develop strategical thinking while having fun. Game Night begins at 7 p.m.

Story time

Reading and the development of literacy skills is still the mainstay of the library. Preschool children and their caregivers are invited to join Kathy for story time on Tuesday, March 11, at 11 a.m.  Explore the letter X with x-rays.  Stories, activities, and a craft are all a part of this weekly program.

Annual report

Ever wonder where the library money comes from, what it is spent on, or how much material circulates each year?   The library is required to submit this information to the New York State Department of Education and report to the community.  The annual report for 2013 will be presented on Thursday, March 13, at 6:30 p.m.  Find out what was accomplished on a shoestring budget. The monthly meeting of the library board of trustees will follow the presentation.

Tech week

Teen Tech Week is March 9 -15.  This year’s theme is “DIY @ your library.”  The purpose is to showcase all of the great non-print resources and services that are available to teens.  We have books, but libraries are also places where teens can explore, create, and share. The teen advisory group takes over the library on Friday, March 14, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.  All teens are encouraged to attend this hands-on technology event.

Author Anne Herbert said, “Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries.”  Make use of this community resource that has books and much more.

Celebrate, Read Across America with the National Education Association on March 3. This annual event is planned around the birthday of Dr. Seuss, a beloved author of children’s books.  Stop at the Berne Public Library to pick up a good book that you can sink your teeth into.

Book talk

Reading together as a family is a lot of fun, but discussing the ideas afterward can be awkward. The library has a solution. Kathy and Avery Stempel have been trained by the NYS Council for the Humanities to facilitate these types of discussions. Parents of children ages 9 to eleven are encouraged to register for Together — Book Talk for Parents and Kids. This program begins on Saturday, March 1, at 1 p.m., and includes six sessions with refreshments and childcare. 

Book club

The Book Club for adults will be held on Sunday, March 2, at 7 p.m. The group will be discussing The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister. Your input is welcomed even if you have not read the book.  

Story time

There is still plenty of white, winter weather in March.  Preschool children and their caregivers are invited to explore the letter W during story time on Tuesday, March 4. Join Kathy at 11 a.m. for stories, activities, and a craft.  

Friends meet

The Friends of the Berne Library will meet Wednesday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m., to discuss fund-raising ideas for the library. Their book sale and soup luncheon are being held at the senior center on March 29 and 30. Donated books will be accepted on Saturday, March 22, between 9 a.m. and noon. If you have books that cannot be delivered on that day, contact Judy at the library at 872-1246 to make other arrangements.

Movie night

Do you like to read the book before seeing the movie?  The novel Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card is a popular science fiction book for young adults.  Movie Night at the Library is Friday, March 7, at 7 p.m. This month’s movie is rated PG-13 for some violence, sci-fi action and thematic material. There is no admission fee and refreshments will be served.

As Dr. Seuss wrote, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”  Make one of those places your local public library.


The 2014 Olympic events in Sochi, Russia conclude this Sunday and already people are preparing for South Korea in 2018.  The International Olympic Committee is responsible for selecting the host city and updating and approving the sports program. Twelve new events were included this year.

The five rings on the Olympic flag represent the continents of our world community. What symbols represent our local community? This question was posed to four teens who participated in a photo art workshop facilitated by artist Laura Provo-Parker. 

Please support these budding artists by attending their art reception on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 1 to 2 p.m., in the community room of the library. View their interpretation of our community as seen through the lens of a camera. 

The Olympic torch is lit in Greece and then carried by torchbearers to the Olympic venue. 

Story time

Greece is also famous for its volcanoes, especially Santorini.  Preschool children and their caregivers are invited to investigate volcanoes and the letter v during storytime. Join Kathy on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 11 a.m., for stories, activities, and a craft.  Be prepared for vinegar causing a volcanic eruption.

Write a history

You may never participate in an Olympic event, but you have interesting stories to tell. If you would like to write the history of your life in a format that is not boring, try a memoir-writing workshop. Freelance writer MaryJo McKeon will work with participants over a series of six Tuesdays from March 4 to April 8.  Register with the library staff by calling 872-1246 or e-mailing director@bernepubliclibrary.org. before Feb. 28.  We may be able to juggle dates to accommodate your schedule. 

Together program

If your child is between ages 9 and 11 and you are interested in having meaningful discussions, join our Together program. This is a book talk for parents and kids facilitated by Kathy and Avery Stempel. The group will meet every other Saturday at 1 p.m. for six sessions from March 1 to May 3.  Babysitting and refreshments will be provided.  Register with Kathy by e-mailing Kathy@bernepubliclibrary.org.  It will be a great way to explore universal themes.

Jewelry making

Instead of a gold medal worn around the neck, consider a pretty pendant.  Make your own jewelry during a beading workshop for adults on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 6:30 p.m. Liz LaPorte will supply the instructions, form, wire, and beads needed to make a tree of life pendant. This program was so popular with the teens that it is being repeated for the adults.  

Book sale

The Friends of the Berne Library are planning a book sale for their next fund-raiser. Now is the time to make an Olympian effort to clear out books you no longer want. Donations are being accepted on Saturday, March 22, at the Hilltown Senior Center between 9 a.m. and noon. If this isn’t convenient, please make other arrangements by contacting the library. In order to replenish your bookshelves, come to the sale on Saturday, March 29 and Sunday, March 30.  Join us for a homemade soup luncheon during the sale. 

Pierre de Coubertin was the founder of the IOC and is considered the father of the modern Olympic Games. He felt that the most important thing in the Olympic Games was not winning but taking part. That attitude can be applied to many parts of life, including the library. The fun is taking part in your community.   

On Friday, Feb. 14, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., join in the Bethlehem Public Library’s community room. It will be your space to hang out, be yourself and talk with your friends. Games, crafts and snacks are available. This activity is for kids in grade six to 12.

Origami Club

On Saturday, Feb. 15, at 3:30 p.m., come to the library and learn basic techniques; get help with a special project. For kids in kindergarten through grade 12.

Building challenge

On Monday, Feb. 17, at 2:30 p.m., the challenge for you or your team is to use newspaper and tape to build a chair strong enough to hold a stack of encyclopedias. Call 439-9314 to sign up. Grade 1-5. This is a library STEM program.


On Monday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m., leave your stuffed friend overnight at the library for a sleepover; find out later what a good time they all had. Call 439-9314 to sign up. All ages are welcome.

Thumbs up

On Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 11 a.m., celebrate your handy opposable thumbs with stories and a creative project. For kids in kindergarten through grade four.

Dinosaur stomp

On Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 3 p.m., dance like the dinosaurs, listen to stories, and do a dinosaur craft. For kids ages three to eight with their family.

Pajama rama

On Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m., join us for bedtime stories and fun for children up to age six and their families.

Listening party

On Thursday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m., the library’s Listening Party will enjoy Eliane Elias. Listen to the best in jazz; learn about jazz history; share observations and stories.

February is Library Lovers Month.  Libraries help us to better understand each other. By providing programs, collections, and meeting spaces, the Berne Public Library allows people to share and learn from their differences. Understanding leads to respect and respect leads to love. 


Children in grades two through eight are invited to share the library’s Legos on Saturday, Feb. 15.  This week we are building transportation vehicles to display in the library.  Like most library programs, Lego League is free and open to the public.

Knit Wits

The Knit Wits meet on Sunday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. The group is working on a service project for the Knots of Love organization.  Join others while you knit or crochet caps for chemo patients and others facing life-threatening illnesses.  You may also work on your own project. 

Story time

Libraries strengthen families.  Preschool children and their caregivers are invited to story time on Tuesday, Feb. 18.  Join Kathy at 11 a.m. to go under and upside down with the letter U.  Stories, activities, and a craft are all a part of this program, which help families learn, grow, and play together.

Digital literacy

Libraries support digital literacy.  For the school winter break, we have scheduled a Makerspace program for ages 10 to 18.  Learn coding for video games on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 1 p.m.


Libraries build communities.  Local teens worked with art teacher Laura Provo-Parker to express their sense of community through photography.  An art reception will be held on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 1 p.m., in the community room of the library.  Visit with the young artists, view their art projects, and support art in our community.  

With so much to offer, it is no wonder that people love libraries.