Theodor Seuss Geisel was an American writer born on March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts. Using the pseudonym Dr. Seuss, he wrote and illustrated children's books, which are still loved today. Being persistent helped start his career since his first book was rejected 27 times before being published.

PARP, Parents as Reading Partners, kicks off on March 2 at the Berne-Knox-Westerlo Elementary School. As Dr. Seuss said, "You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child."

Read Across America

Children are invited to drop by the Berne Public Library on Monday, March 2, between 2 to 4 p.m., for Read Across America. Ariel, our tail waggin' tutor would love to hear a book by Dr. Seuss and the child benefits from interacting with the dog. Thanks to Amber, her trainer, for bringing Ariel to the library on the first Monday of each month.  

Story time

"A person's a person no matter how small", is another Seuss quote. Story time is designed for small people ages one to five. Join Ms. Kathy at 10:30 a.m., on Tuesday, March 3, for stories by Dr. Seuss, activities, and a craft.

Friends meet

Dr. Seuss wrote, "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."  Fortunately, the Friends of the Berne Library care a lot.  The group meets at 7 p.m., on Wednesday, March 4 in the community room. Anyone interested in supporting the library is invited to attend. The group is working on fund-raisers and a story walk for the Knox town park.  

The March fundraiser is a book and jewelry sale at the Hilltown Senior Center, 1360 Helderberg Trail, Berne. Donations of books, puzzles, movies on DVD or VHS, audio-books, and jewelry are being accepted on Saturday, March 21, from 9 a.m. to noon at the senior center.  Small donations may be left at the library during our March hours.  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. 

Movie night

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who'll decide where to go."  That quote by Dr. Seuss aptly describes the main character in the movie being shown on Friday, March 6. Movie Night begins at 6:30 p.m. The recently released film on DVD is rated PG-13.  Admission is free and refreshments are provided.

Consider including the library as part of your regular schedule.  As Dr. Seuss said, "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."

— 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. 


— Photo from Judy Petrosillo

Card-carrying creators: JoAnne Brady, teacher Kim Young, and Joan Mullen show their greeting cards produced during the card-making class at the library.  A monthly club is being formed and will meet at 7 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month starting in March.


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.

Lego League

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.  

Story time

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.

Book Club

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.  

Memoir writing

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.  

Solar energy

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. 

Display unit

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.

Book Club

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.

Story time

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.

Board Meeting

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 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."  

Book club

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.  

Story time

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.

Friends meet

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 or call the library for more information.

Movie night

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. 

Special day

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.

Family Playtime

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.

Craft group

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. 

Story time

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.

Memoir program

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!