Why does the Post Office have characters from the film, Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, featured on stamps this season? The film premiered on Dec. 6, 1964, and we are celebrating its 50th birthday. The animated tale was told with Japanese puppets and stop motion. The movie is a yearly classic featuring Burl Ives on the soundtrack.

Unlike the reindeer who made Rudolph feel like an outcast, the Berne Public Library embraces diversity.  All library programs are open to the public and there is no admission charge so please join the fun.

Teen video

The teens take over the library on Friday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m. They are developing super heroes to be used in a teen video. The characters may be as evil as the Abominable Snow Monster or as helpful as Rudolph with his glowing nose.

Game night

Reindeer games are on the schedule for game night. Join other adults at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13, to play board games. This will be the last game night for a while. We are trying out a new Pinterest group for the second Sunday of the month in 2015. Watch for upcoming details.  

Story time

Children ages one to four and their caregivers are invited to story time on Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 10:30 a.m. Learn about reindeer through stories, activities, and a craft.  Stay after for Playtime and pretend to be on the Island of Misfit Toys.


If you are interested in delivering an end of the year gift to the library, there are a couple of ways to do so. Consider purchasing a leaf on our Giving Tree in honor of a loved one. The form is on the Friends page of our website www.bernepubliclibrary.org or at the library. 

If shopping at Amazon, enter their webpage through the library's website and the Friends of the Library will receive a donation from AmazonSmile.  
The best suggestion for the holiday season is to buy a book for a child and encourage reading. 

English writer Gilbert Chesterton said, "When it comes to life, the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude."  With Thanksgiving Day rapidly approaching, it is an appropriate time to reflect on all the blessings received throughout the previous year.  

Thank you

The Berne Public Library trustees and staff are grateful for the community support received since opening at our new location a year ago. The lasagna dinner and cake walk is the most recent example of how Hilltown people come together to accomplish a goal. Thank you to those who made cakes or trays of lasagna, served the meal, or helped clean up.  Thanks also to those who supported the library by attending the event.  

Pardon the turkey

In the United States, celebration of the harvest can be traced back to the 16th Century but the presidential turkey pardon is relatively new. The pardon became a yearly event starting in 1989 with President George H. W. Bush. Since then, at least one of the turkeys presented to the president has been taken to a farm where it will live out the rest of its natural life. 

Story time

Turkeys will be the focus of story time on Tuesday, Nov. 25. Children ages one to five and their caregivers are invited to join Kathy at 10:30 a.m. for stories, activities, and a turkey craft.  


Story time is followed by pglaytime for those interested. The community room is also reserved for playtime from 2 to 4 p.m., on Thursdays and 10 a.m. to noon, on Saturdays.  Thanks to Zenie Gladieux for providing a tote of dress-up clothes along with a mirror for Playtime. The community room will not be available for playtime on Saturday, Nov. 22 because of the basket weaving class.

Memoir writing

The memoir-writing group is now meeting during the day to accommodate those who avoid night driving. The workshop will be held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month from 2 to 4 p.m. For the meeting on Nov. 26, write a story that demonstrates gratitude or on a topic of your choice. Bring the story to share with the group and facilitator MaryJo McKeon.

Library schedule

In observance of Thanksgiving Day, the library will be closed from 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26, until 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 29.  Be sure to stop by early in the week for books, movies, and magazines to entertain friends and family over the holiday.


According to the Farmer's Almanac, the tender pumpkin plant requires 75 to 100 frost-free days of growth. Since the seeds should not be planted until all danger of frost has passed, pumpkins may still be green when the vines die in the fall. The good news is that green pumpkins will ripen out of the patch if given sunlight, warmth, and time. 

The heaviest pumpkin in the Guinness World Records weighed 2,032 pounds when it was presented by Tim Mathison in October, 2013. That could make a lot of pumpkin pie.  

Story time

Pumpkins are the theme of story time on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the Berne Public Library.  Preschool children and their caregivers are invited to join Kathy at 10:30 a.m. for stories, activities, and a craft.  Family Playtime follows the program for those interested in staying.

Memior writing

The Memoir Writing class will not meet on Oct. 28. Instead, the members are traveling to UAlbany for a program sponsored by the Writers Institute.  Najla Said, an American author, actor, playwright, and activist, will be reading at the performing arts center.  

New senior program

The Senior Services of Albany are offering a new Hilltowns program for seniors age 60 and older.  Helderberg Haven is an adult day program on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Lutheran Church in Berne.  Door-to-door transportation, breakfast, hot lunch, and structured, supervised group activities are included in the fee. More information will be available at the library on Thursday, Oct. 30, at 2 and 6:30 p.m..  Attend one of the half hour presentations to see if this program is right for you or a loved one.  

Enjoy using your creative talents while carving  pumpkins into jack o' lanterns for Halloween. For those less artistic, help is available in craft books or online using the library's computers or WiFi. 

According to the National Chicken Council, September is National Chicken Month.  Every year, chicken producers and grocery retailers come together to offer promotions and showcase delicious recipes. "Tastes like chicken" is considered a compliment.

If you are interested in raising your own chickens, the Berne Public Library is a wonderful source of information. All you need is a free library card. There is no charge for borrowing items as long as they are returned by their due date. Add to your nest egg by using your library's resources instead of purchasing items.  

Story time

Story time on Tuesday, Sept. 30 will focus on chickens. Children ages one to five and their caregivers are invited to join Ms. Kathy at 10:30 a.m. for stories, activities, and a craft.  Perhaps she will teach you the Chicken Dance.

Friends meet

The Friends of the Berne Library meet on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m., in the Community Room of the library. The group plans to hatch some ideas for the lasagna dinner fund-raiser on Nov. 15. If you are interested in supporting the library, they are interested in having you as a Friend.

One of the Friends is supporting the library with proceeds from her tag sale. The sale is at 232 Rock Road, Knox on Oct. 3 and 4, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Since it will be in the basement, there is no need for a rain date.  Get up with the chickens for the best deals.

Movie night

Chickens are believed to have evolved from reptiles.  A large reptile is featured during movie night at the library on Friday, Oct. 3, at 6:30 p.m. The film is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of destruction, mayhem, and creature violence and may not be appropriate for young children.  Admission is free and refreshments will be served.  

If you have not visited the library at its new location, this is the month to show that you are not chicken-hearted. Hope to see you there. 

 The American Library Association has a code of ethics for library staff. It includes upholding the principles of intellectual freedom and resisting all efforts to censor library resources. September 21 through 27 is Banned Book Week. This annual event celebrates the freedom to read.  

The list of the top ten challenged books in 2013 includes The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, The Bluest Eyes by Toni Morrison and the Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey.  Stop by the Berne Public Library to check out these books.

Family Playtime

In addition to books, there is a community room at the library. This room is being reserved on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10:30 a.m. to noon for Family Playtime.  There are Legos, Duplos, puzzles, and games for children to play with. This is a great way to socialize with other families in a welcoming environment.   

Knit Wits

The freedom to seek and express ideas is a part of our Knit Wits program.  Meet with adults who knit or crochet on Sunday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m.  Share problems, solutions, and conversations as well as ideas.  

Story time

Story time is on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 10:30 a.m. Children ages one to five and their caregivers are invited to join Ms. Kathy for stories, activities, and a craft about dogs.  The freedom to read should begin with our children.

Memoir Writing

The Memoir Writing group meets on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 6:30 p.m. Develop the skill of sharing past events in an engaging, written form. Any interested adult can drop in for this bi-monthly program facilitated by MaryJo McKeon.

Librarians have a special obligation to ensure the free flow of information and ideas to present and future generations.  Author Salman Rushdie asked, “What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.”