Comet or Cupid? Holding a banner for the Berne Library, a young patron sporting reindeer antlers marches along the Helderberg Trail in Berne last Sunday with other children from the library as part of the annual Christmas Parade.

What’s on your bucket list?  According to Merriam-Webster, a “bucket list” is a list of things that one has not done before but wants to do before dying. The phrase was popularized by the 2007 film with Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson. On my list is seeing a live moose in its natural environment. Of course, traveling to those locations will be the fun part.  

If you have not yet visited the Berne Public Library at its new site, please put this on your list. In addition to many books, you will find movies on DVDs, audiobooks, and music CDs.  New library cards with the library logo are being given to residents of Berne or Knox at no cost.  

Movie night

Flying solo could be on the list. The film for movie night at the library is about a person who can fly with his own super powers. The movie is being shown on Friday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. There is no admission fee to this PG-13 rated movie. Refreshments will be served.  

Story time

Story time is on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 11 a.m.  Preschool children and their caregivers are invited to manipulate the letter M.  A merry moose will meet you at the library for stories, activities, and a craft. There will be no story time on Dec. 24 or 31.  Story time will resume on Jan. 7.


There are a few leftovers from the move in October.  If you loaned us a plastic bin to move books, please pick it up at the library during hours. 

Quilt winner

At the grand opening, Terri Osterhout was chosen as the new owner of the children’s author quilt.  Congratulations to Terri and thanks to Peg Hoagland, Phyllis Johnson, and Karen Schimmer for their work on the quilt.

Farewell to trustees

It is with regret that we say goodbye to Mary Kinnaird and Joan Mullen as library trustees.  Both women were instrumental in the library’s move to a new building. Their community service as trustees will be missed. We thank them for their work and wish them the best in their future endeavors. 

Trustees needed

If you are a Berne resident and your bucket list includes being on the board of a library, this is your opportunity. Contact the town clerk by e-mail at

Many ways to model a hat: Kids decked out caps with red and green trim during story time this week at the Berne Library. They will wear the festive toppers to the annual Holiday Parade on Sunday, Dec. 8, starting at 2 p.m.

"No, he's not heavy; he's my brother": These girls, wearing caps they decorated at the Berne Library, are ready to march down Route 443 from the school to the Masonic Lodge on Sunday when the Holiday Parade hits town.

‘Tis the season to be jolly with lots of fun at the Berne Public Library.  Joy for teens begins on Friday, Dec. 6. The TAG (teen advisory group) meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Plans include blackout poetry and video gaming. No laggards allowed but do bring your friends.  

Board games

Adults will also be playing games this week but these are more traditional board games requiring lucid and logical minds.  Take the lead on Sunday, Dec. 8, starting at 7 p.m.  

Story time 

Lions will be in the library during story time on Tuesday, Dec. 10.  Preschool children and their caregivers are invited to join Kathy at 11 a.m. for levity with the letter L. Develop literacy skills at a lively location.

Board meets

The library’s board of trustees holds its monthly meeting on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m.  This is an open meeting to discuss library business.

Movie night

Last, but not least, is Movie Night at the library on Friday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m.  This month's film is rated PG-13 and is an adventure movie about a super man and some loathsome characters. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

No matter what your age, enjoy leisure activities at the library where there is always loads of laughter.


Happy Thanksgiving.  The first Thanksgiving meal is attributed to the Native Americans and the Plymouth Colony. The Pilgrims consisted of English Protestants who wanted to break away from the Church of England. Their pursuit of religious liberty lead them to New England.  

This year as Thanksgiving ends, Hanukkah begins. The Festival of Lights celebrates a time when Israel regained religious freedom taken away by the Syrians.  The fight for freedoms has always been an important part of history.     

Book club

If you find yourself quarreling with your children to do their homework, you may pick up some pointers during the Berne Book Club meeting on Sunday, Dec. 1 at the Berne Public Library.  The group will be discussing The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua.  The meeting begins at 7 p.m. for a lively and perhaps contentious conversation.

Holiday gifts

Both Hanukkah and Christmas have gift giving traditions.  If you are a tween or teen who enjoys making your gifts, the beading program on Monday, Dec. 2, from 6:45 to 8 p.m. is for you.  Liz LaPorte, a local beader, will demonstrate methods and ideas for making beaded gifts. Laporte and the library will supply the materials needed to make your first take-home project.  Don’t miss this free, hands-on fun designed for ages 11 to 18 years old.   

Story time

On Tuesday, Dec. 3, story time is sponsored by the letter K for karate. Karate, a Japanese art involving hand and foot techniques, is used for self-defense.  Preschool children and their caregivers are invited to join Kathy at 11 a.m. for stories and a karate demonstration.  The craft activity this week will be making hats to wear in the town of Berne holiday parade.  The parade from the Berne-Knox-Westerlo school to the Berne Masonic Lodge takes place on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m.

Meeting canceled

The Friends of the Berne Library will not be meeting in December.  The next scheduled meeting is Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 7:30 p.m.  

Historical program

Our local history is ripe with stories of fighting for our rights.  Where do you go to find information on local families and past events?  Attend the program, Hilltown History At Your Fingertips, on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m.  Historians, authors, and librarians will gather at the library to share their best local resources, including Harold Miller’s new book Berne and Knox:  Our German Heritage.  If you are looking for gift ideas, many of these resources will be for sale after the program.

Teens meet

Teens are invited to the library on Friday, Dec. 6, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Enjoy the freedom of using the building when the library is closed.  Compete with other teens in video games, try creating black out poetry, discuss ways that the library can serve your needs, and enjoy free refreshments. Bring a friend.

As we reflect on Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, remember and honor all those who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor and fought for our freedoms in WWII.

We are jumping for joy.  After years of raising money, writing grants, finding the perfect location, and designing the building, the new library is finally a reality.  The grand opening of the new Berne Public Library is this Sunday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m.  Join us for the ribbon cutting ceremony followed by refreshments.  We are now located at 1763 Helderberg Trail in Berne.

Board openings

What did one book say to the other one?  I just wanted to see if we are on the same page. If you are a Berne resident who supports the library's goals and has visions for its future, you are on the same page as a trustee. There are two openings on the library board that begin on Jan. 1, 2014.  Apply for this volunteer position by contacting Pat Favreau at or Mary Kinnaird at by November 18.

Lego creations

The library has the space and the Legos.  All we need are children in grades 2 through 8 who are interested in making Lego creations.  Jump on the bandwagon and become a member of the Lego League.  The group meets this Saturday, Nov. 16, at 11 a.m., for an hour of hands-on fun. 

Nit Wits

Many who knit or crochet would leap at the opportunity to share their ideas and talents with others.  The monthly meeting of the Knit Wits is Sunday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. Bring your own project to work on in the community room of the library.

Story time

Preschool children and their caregivers are invited to jump into story time with both feet.  Join Kathy on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 11 a.m., for a jovial exploration of the letter J. Expect to hear a lot of jokes, jump around, and make a craft during this early literacy program.

New books

How come the librarian slipped and fell in the library? Because she strayed into the non-friction section. Some newly purchased non-fiction books include The Great American Dust Bowl by Dan Brown, Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink, and David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell. Come browse with us.

If you jumped to the conclusion that the library staff is proud of our new library, you would be correct.  Come in and see why.

Thomas Jefferson claimed that one of our unalienable rights is the pursuit of happiness. The International Society of Friendship and Good Will observes the second week in November as National Pursuit of Happiness Week. When looking for happiness, keep in mind the words of Abraham Lincoln; "Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”  

If you need cheering up, there are items at the Berne Public Library for you.  Try the book The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, a movie on DVD such as Happy Feet or a music CD.  Just being in our spacious building among friendly people may be enough to raise your spirits.

Movie night

Family Movie Night at the library is this Friday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m.  Enjoy a G-rated movie about Mike and Scully during their days at college.  This animated movie should bring a smile to your face.  Refreshments will be served.

Board games

Positive feelings should be shared with others. Adults are invited to play board games with their peers during Game Night on Sunday, Nov.10, at 7 p.m.

Book club

If a jovial discussion of a novel is more to your liking, consider participating in the Sunday Book Club for adults.  The group meets on the first Sunday of the month at 7 p.m.  They are currently reading Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua to prepare for the December meeting. Request a copy of the book from the library. 

Story time

We often celebrate joyful occasions with cake and ice cream.  Preschool children and their caregivers are invited to story time on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 11 a.m., to explore the letter I and have fun with ice cream.  Stories, activities, and a craft are all a part of this weekly program to develop literacy skills in a sunny atmosphere.  

Trustee openings

If you find happiness in deeds well done, consider becoming a library trustee.  There are currently two trustee openings beginning on January 1, 2014.   If you are interested in serving your community in this volunteer role, contact Pat Favreau at or Mary Kinnaird at by Nov. 18.  Please include a short description of your background and why you would like to be a trustee.  According to our charter, you must be a town of Berne resident.

Board meets

The library board of trustees meets on the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m.  The next meeting is Nov. 14 in the community room of the library.

Lego League

A sense of accomplishment can make one beam with pleasure.  The Lego League meets next Saturday, Nov. 16, at 11 a.m., to create objects with the library's Legos.  Projects will be on display in the library until the December program when they will be disassembled and reused. This free program is designed for children in grades 2 through 8.

Grand opening

Author Ayn Rand said "Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values."  Our library is a valuable community resource and we are ecstatic about finally procuring a user-friendly space for all ages.  Please join us on Sunday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m., for the official grand opening of the library. We may not have ice cream and cake to celebrate but there will definitely be refreshments and plenty of happy people.