According to the United States Census Bureau, the town of Berne covers 64.8 square miles while the town of Knox includes 41.9 square miles. Since the Berne Public Library is located in the southwest corner of Berne, it is easy to see why stopping by may not be convenient. The staff prefers face to face interactions but they are not necessary.

Library services

There is a way to use the free services at the library without having to travel.  All you need is access to the Internet.  Visit our website, and click on Find ebooks and audiobooks in the right side column.  That link will take you to the Upper Hudson Library System OverDrive site where you can browse for titles. Use your library card to download e-books or e-audiobooks to your computer, iPods, iPads, Nooks, Kindles, smartphones, and more.

No high speed Internet access at your house?  That makes it worth a trip to the library to use the computers or WiFi.  No library card? Register for a free card at the library. Limited knowledge of e-devices?  Sign up for a one-on-one session with the library staff at 1 p.m., on Tuesdays or 5 p.m., on Thursdays.

Family night

Enjoy a family night out in the Hilltowns. This month's movie at the library is an animation including pirates and fairies. The film is rated G and begins at 6:30 p.m., on Friday, June 6.  The movie is projected onto a large screen in the community room.  Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

Game night

If you need a break from electronic devices, join other adults on Sunday, June 8 for some old-fashioned fun.  Game night starts at 7 p.m., and involves board games such as Clue, Scrabble, and Settlers of Catan.

Father’s Day

Father's Day is next Sunday.  Preschool children are invited to the library on Tuesday, June 10 to celebrate dads.  Join Kathy at 11 a.m. for stories and activities that develop literacy skills in a fun way.  This week's craft will be a present to give a father.  

Memoir writing group

Interested in writing down memories of Dad to share with your family and community.  The memoir writing group meets on Tuesday, June 10, at 6:30 p.m.  All interested adults are invited to attend.  Bring a story to share.

Board meets

The library board of trustees will meet on Thursday, June 12, at 6:30 p.m., to discuss library business.  This is an open meeting and community members are encouraged to attend.  


Teens should grab a friend, and head to the library on Friday, June 13.  TAG (teen advisory group) takes over the library from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with fun activities and competitions. Hope to see you there.

Libraries are gold mines for the curious.   Those who visit the public library are able to find out how something works or why an event occurred. Books, internet, and magazines help to answer questions.  American author Bryant H. McGill said, “I have never read for entertainment, but rather for understanding and to satisfy my eager curiosity.”  For those who look for entertainment, the library has that too!

Have you ever wondered what would happen if terrorists and their hostages got to know each other during a crisis situation?  That is the premise of the novel Bel Canto by Ann Patchett.  The book club will be discussing this work of fiction on Sunday, June 1 at 7 p.m.  The meeting is open to anyone interested in having conversations about books.  

Curious George is the focus of story time on Tuesday, June 3 at 11 a.m.  Preschool children and their caregivers are invited to visit “The Man with the Yellow Hat”, a.k.a. Ms. Kathy.  There will be stories, activities, and a craft during this program. Develop literacy skills without squashing your child’s natural curiosity. 

The original series of seven books about Curious George were written and illustrated by Margret and Hans A. Rey from 1939 to 1966.  Since that time, this childhood favorite was made into a television series, short movies, and a video game.  The books still circulate frequently from the library.

While curiosity usually led George into trouble, it is often the basis of creativity.  Are you curious as to what the Friends of the Library are planning next?  Be a part of the creative process as the group discusses the ways and means for supporting the library.  Their next meeting is Wednesday, June 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the community room of the library.

Curiosity may have killed the cat, but satisfaction brought him back.

According to U.S. Representative Doc Hastings, the spirit of Memorial Day has not changed. It remains a day to honor those who died defending our freedom and democracy. The Kiwanis Club acknowledges this sacrifice by organizing Memorial Day Parades in Berne and Knox. The town of Berne parade begins at the Hilltown Senior Center at 9:30 a.m., on Monday, May 26.  Route 443 will be closed for this event so please plan accordingly.

Library closed

The library will be closed on Monday, May 26, in observance of Memorial Day, but, you will see our float in the parade. Please join us in honoring our fallen heroes by attending the parade and ceremonies. Story time kids are invited to ride on the library float. Be at the senior center no later than 9:15 a.m. dressed in red, white, and blue.    

Book club

Hostages and their captors are the subject of this month’s book club novel. Read Bel Canto by Ann Patchett in order to contribute to the conversation. The group will be discussing the book on Sunday, June 2, at 7 p.m.  

Story time

On Tuesday, May 27, join us for story time at 11 a.m. Preschool children and their caregivers are invited to join Ms. Kathy in exploring tadpoles. Real tadpoles will be held captive briefly for children to observe. Stories, activities, and a craft are all part of this literacy program.

Many thanks

The library staff feels gratitude daily. Thanks to Amy Anderson for lending her talents to our oil art workshop last week. Thanks to Avery Stempel for leading the sessions of the Together Book Talk for Kids and Parents. Thanks to the Friends of the Berne Library for their financial support. The indoor miniature golf fund-raiser was possible because of contributions from many community members. 

This weekend we are especially thankful for members of our armed services. We salute those soldiers who laid down their lives to preserve our freedoms.

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.