Be cool at the Berne Public Library.  Despite the refreshing breezes in the Hilltowns, indoor temperatures can be quite warm during the summer months. The Friends of the Library are working on raising funds for a matching grant to install air conditioning in the library. Please support them in this effort.

Their next fund-raiser is this Saturday, May 17. Nine holes of indoor miniature golf will be set up among the book stacks of the library. A taco dinner will be available in the community room. Enjoy either or both events between 4 and 8 p.m.

Lego League

The Lego League meets on the third Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to noon. Children, ages five to 12, are invited to use the library’s Legos to create masterpieces. On May 17 the group will be making obstacles for the golf holes.

Library project

The fourth grade classes at Berne-Knox-Westerlo School learned local history through state historical markers found in Berne, Knox, and Westerlo. Donna Gwin and Kathy Stempel worked with the classes during an outreach library project.  The students signed replicated mini-markers that will be on display at the mini-golf event.  

Knit Wits

Knots of Love has received 126 hats from the Knit Wits. Now the group would like to contribute to a local project. If you know of a non-profit group that needs knitted hats or scarves, please contact Jodi at the library at 872-1246.  The Knit Wits meet at 7 p.m., on Sunday, May 18, for conversation while they crochet or knit their own projects.  

Story time

Memorial Day is Monday, May 26 and Berne and Knox are having parades. During story time on Tuesday, May 20, preschoolers will hear stories about parades and participate in fun activities that develop literacy skills. The craft this week will be something to wear on the float during the parade.  Join Ms. Kathy at 11 a.m.

Libraries help build a community and the community helps build the library.  Activities this week demonstrate our symbiotic relationship. Hope you will choose to participate.  

Playing dress-up with their mother’s hats and shoes is a lot of fun for children. At this young age, there is little understanding of all that is involved in being a good mother. Show your appreciation for moms on Mother’s Day this Sunday and every day.

Teen Advisory Group

Drop your teens off at the Berne Public Library and enjoy some peace at home. The TAG meets Friday, May 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  In addition to playing, the teens will be working on personalizing a golf hole for the miniature golf fund-raiser.

Board games

Mothers may want to join other interested adults in playing board games on Sunday, May 11.  It is Game Night at the library beginning at 7 p.m. 

Story time

Shoes are the focus for story time on Tuesday, May 13, at 11 a.m.  Enjoy stories, activities, and a craft with Kathy. Preschool children develop literacy skills in an atmosphere where you can kick off your shoes.

Writing class

Do you remember things about your mother that you would like to pass on to the next generation? Our memoir writing class meets on Tuesday, May 13, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Any adult interested in writing and sharing stories is invited to attend. 

Oil painting

Whether or not you inherited artistic talents from your mother, you can create an oil painting worth hanging in your home.  Amy is teaching oil painting at the library from 1 to 5 p.m., on Thursday, May 15. There are still openings for this class due to cancellations. Register by calling the library at 872-1246. Take home a completed picture using a wet on wet oil painting technique.

Knit Wits

The Knit Wit group just mailed 126 hats to the Knots of Love organization. Thanks to all who contributed to this worthwhile cause by knitting or crocheting hats for patients undergoing chemotherapy.  

Miniature golf

Bring the entire family to the Indoor Miniature Golf event on Saturday, May 17. The Friends of the Berne Library are holding this fund-raiser from 4 to 8 p.m. Enjoy 9 holes of miniature golf inside the library but, please, no golf shoes on the carpet. Tacos, drinks, and baked goods will be available for purchase. All proceeds will go toward a matching grant to install air conditioning in the library.

John J Plomp said, “The one thing children wear out faster than shoes is parents.” Be sure to give mom some time to rest on Mother’s Day.  

As part of National Park Week, national parks will have free admission on April 19 and 20.  Consider traveling to Hyde Park and touring the homes of Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt, National Historic Sites.  On your way home, stop at the Berne Public Library for books about these interesting individuals.  Our admission is always free.


Children ages 5 through 13 are invited to be creative during Lego League on Saturday, April 19, at 11 a.m. This month the group is building obstacles for a miniature golf course in the library. The golf fund-raiser is scheduled for Saturday, May 17, from 4 to 8 p.m. Your help will be appreciated.

Story time

It seems appropriate that Earth Day is in the middle of National Park Week. Both emphasize the importance of preserving our planet.  Preschool children and their caregivers will explore Earth Day during story time on Tuesday, April 22.  Join Kathy at 11 a.m. for stories, activities, and a craft.  

Writing class

Do you have a story about visiting a national park? The Memoir Writing class decided to continue meeting twice a month to write and share stories. The format is informal and interested adults are encouraged to drop-in. The next session is on Tuesday, April 22, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Computer help

Use the books and computers at the library to plan your next trip to a national park. If you need help with computer skills, set up an appointment by calling the library at 872-1246.  

President Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “There is nothing so American as our national parks. .... the    country belongs to the people.”   Make an extra effort on Earth Day to clean up our country.

Ann Landers said, “It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.”   This week is National Library Week and the library is the perfect place for your children to learn a multitude of skills. We will be open normal hours during the school’s spring vacation along with special program hours.

Open Mic

Expressing your feelings and thoughts so others can relate to them is a skill.  Poetry helps do just that.  The Middleburgh Public Library is holding an Open Mic on Friday, April 11, from 7 to 9 p.m. Teens, young adults, and those young at heart are invited to read and listen to poetry. Choose a favorite poem or lyric to read, share your own poem or lyric, or just enjoy listening to others. 

Story time

Spring chicks will be the theme for story time on April 15.  Preschool children and their caregivers are invited to join us at 11 a.m. for stories, activities, and a craft.  This is a great way to develop literacy skills in a relaxed atmosphere. 


A special Makerspace program is scheduled for Thursday, April 17, at 1 p.m. Make a wooden planter after learning woodworking skills that include measuring, sawing, and hammering. This hands-on event is designed for ages 9 to 16. Everything you need for the project will be provided by the library, including a plant.


The Friends of the Library are planning their May fund-raiser so mark your calendars. Play miniature golf in the library on Saturday, May 17, between 4 and 8 p.m.  Teach putting skills to your children during this fun event.  The Lego League will be creating obstacles for the golf course on Saturday, April 19, at 11 a.m.  This is a drop-in program for interested children ages 5 to 12.  

“Lives change @ your library” is the theme for National Library Week.  We encourage you to tell the story of how the library has changed your life. Tweet using the hashtag #LivesChange or write down your story and give it to the library staff. What did you learn that made you successful?


Before a dollar bill will tear, it can be folded back and forth about 4,000 times. That’s because it is made of fabric instead of paper. The fabric is composed of approximately 25 percent linen and 75 percent cotton with red and blue synthetic fibers woven throughout. More fun facts plus games and publications about money can be found at the website. 

“Money Smart Week @ your Berne Public Library” is April 5 through 12.  This national initiative between the American Library Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago is designed to help community members by providing financial literacy programming. If there is a money program you are interested in, let us know.

Save at your library

How much can you save by using the library? Use the calculator on our web page,, to find out. Attending free library programs instead of taking your children to the movie theater will result in big savings. 

Family Movie Night at the library is on Friday, April 4, at 6:30 p.m. This month’s movie is an animated, Disney film with a PG rating. Refreshments will be served.

Book club

The Sunday Book Club would have paid at least $250 in order for each person to have a copy of The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton. Because the books were requested from the Upper Hudson libraries, no money was needed. A discussion of this book takes place on April 6, at 7 p.m. New members are always welcome.

EBay program

To contribute to your financial knowledge, the library is sponsoring a program “Make $ on Ebay”.  Terry Schinnerer, an experienced eBay user, will explain the process on Monday, April 7, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  No need to bring a computer but you will want to take notes. Terry has lots of tips on how to make the most of this Internet marketplace. 

Story time

If Goldilocks had paid the three bears for the damage she caused, they would not have been so angry. The three bears will be the focus of story time on Tuesday, April 8. Preschool children and their caregivers are invited to join Kathy at 11 a.m. for stories, activities, and a craft.  

Trustees meet

The Library Board is entrusted with obtaining and budgeting library funds. The trustees hold their monthly meeting on Thursday, April 10, at 6:30 pm. This is an open meeting and community members are encouraged to attend.

Poetry month

Poet Robert Graves said, “There’s no money in poetry, but then there’s no poetry in money, either.”  The library is celebrating Poetry Month with an open mic on Friday, April, 11 from 7 to 9 p.m.  Teens, young adults, and those young at heart are invited to read poems or lyrics during this program. Find your favorite poem in a book or read your own creation.  

The largest note produced today is the $100 bill. The largest bill ever printed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing was the $100,000 gold certificate. Of course, the library is worth much more as a community resource.