February is Library Lovers Month.  Libraries help us to better understand each other. By providing programs, collections, and meeting spaces, the Berne Public Library allows people to share and learn from their differences. Understanding leads to respect and respect leads to love. 


Children in grades two through eight are invited to share the library’s Legos on Saturday, Feb. 15.  This week we are building transportation vehicles to display in the library.  Like most library programs, Lego League is free and open to the public.

Knit Wits

The Knit Wits meet on Sunday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. The group is working on a service project for the Knots of Love organization.  Join others while you knit or crochet caps for chemo patients and others facing life-threatening illnesses.  You may also work on your own project. 

Story time

Libraries strengthen families.  Preschool children and their caregivers are invited to story time on Tuesday, Feb. 18.  Join Kathy at 11 a.m. to go under and upside down with the letter U.  Stories, activities, and a craft are all a part of this program, which help families learn, grow, and play together.

Digital literacy

Libraries support digital literacy.  For the school winter break, we have scheduled a Makerspace program for ages 10 to 18.  Learn coding for video games on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 1 p.m.


Libraries build communities.  Local teens worked with art teacher Laura Provo-Parker to express their sense of community through photography.  An art reception will be held on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 1 p.m., in the community room of the library.  Visit with the young artists, view their art projects, and support art in our community.  

With so much to offer, it is no wonder that people love libraries.  


The Helderberg Hilltowns are beautiful places to live all year round. The major drawback to country living is driving up and down the hill to go shopping and attend events.  In the winter, transportation can often be challenging.  

It is possible to attend movies without traveling off the hill.  Friday, Feb. 7, is Family Movie Night at the Berne Public Library.  Join us at 6:30 p.m., for an animated film, rated PG; that includes foodimals and funny weather. Admission is free and refreshments are available.

Game night

In the strategy game Ticket to Ride, players collect cards of various train cars and build railway routes. This is just one of the board games played at Game Night for Adults. The next program is Sunday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m., and all adults are welcome.  

Story time

Preschool children and their caregivers will investigate types of transportation on Tuesday, Feb. 11.  Story time with Kathy begins at 11 a.m.  Trains, turtles, and other “t” words will be the focus of this early literacy program.  Enjoy stories, activities, and a craft.


Suppose you have nothing to read at home and you don’t want to embark on a trip to the library.  Or perhaps you do not want to carry heavy books when you sally forth. An e-reader would be convenient.  Don’t purchase e-books and e-audios when they are available at no cost from the library. The program Ipads, Kindles, and Nooks, Oh My! is designed to teach you this process. This event takes place on Tuesday, Feb. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m.  Bring your digital device and know your passwords.  Jo-Ann from UHLS will show you how to make the most of this service from the library.

Library meeting

Certainly moving the library to its new location was the highlight of 2013. It is great having a comfortable space within a short driving distance. Learn the worth of your library tax money by attending the annual meeting. The 2013 annual report will be presented on Thursday, Feb. 13, at 6:30 p.m. 

The monthly meeting of the library board of trustees will follow.  Both of these meetings are open to the public.  

Teen group

The teen advisory group meets on Friday, Feb. 14, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.  Travel to a place of adventure and spark a reaction as you work on the video for the summer reading program.  


The library has the wheels and Legos for building vehicles. Children in grades 2 to 8 are invited to Lego League on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 11 a.m.  See what you can build in an hour.

Books can transport you to places at no cost.  Come visit your library.

Libraries are often wrongly prejudged as quiet and boring places with old books. A visit to the Berne Public Library will shatter this preconceived notion. Take your children to the library on Saturday, Feb. 1; to show them how exciting libraries are with new books, movies, computers, digital collections, magazines, and programs. Make a craft between noon and 2 p.m., to earn a chance on a gift basket. Tickets will also be given to children who take out an item with their own library card between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.  Don’t miss this special day.

Library card

A library card gives you access to many databases including Grolier Online.  If you look up snakes in The New Book of Popular Science, you will find that the prevailing notion of snakes is also incorrect. “Most people think snakes are slimy, ugly, dangerous creatures. But snakes are not slimy. Few are dangerous. Most are not ugly. In fact, many are strikingly handsome, with stripes, bands, and blotches of brilliant colors.” Snakes are valuable allies since they prey on mice, insects, and slugs.  

Book club

Recovering from tragic events can be as challenging as fighting snakes.  The book club for adults meets on Sunday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m., to discuss The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb. New members are welcome to join this conversation about hope in the midst of a messy life.

Story time

Scaly snakes will be the focus of story time on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 11 a.m. Preschool children and their caregivers will explore the letter S with Kathy.

Stories, activities, and painting a beautiful, wooden snake are all part of this program.

Friends meet

Solutions proposed by the Friends of the Library are not like snake oil; they are truly helpful. Currently the group is working on raising money to purchase air conditioning for the new library.  Supporters of the library are invited to attend the monthly meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 7:30 p.m. The next fund-raiser is a book sale on March 29.

Movie night

If a snake were made into a foodimal, what would it be? Join the shrimpanzees and the cheespiders during Family Movie Night at the Library on Friday, Feb. 7, at 6:30 p.m. The film is animated and rated PG.  Admission is free and refreshments will be served.


There are still openings for the e-book workshop on Tuesday, February 11. The program Ipads, Kindles, and Nooks, Oh My will be held at 6:30 p.m.  Learn how to download free e-books and e-audios from the library on to your digital device.  For example, you can download the e-book The Snake, the Crocodile, and the Dog by Elizabeth Peters or the e-audio How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill by James Patterson. Registration is requested by calling the library at 872-1246 or e-mailing director@bernepubliclibrary.org.

According to SUNY ESF, there are only three poisonous snakes in New York State. These are the timber rattlesnake, the massasauga, and the copperhead. Because snakes are ecothermic, there are fewer species in the colder regions. That’s one good reason to like the winter. Visit the library to learn more about snakes.

To help escape from the cold weather, warm up with a bowl of hot soup.  January is National Soup Month and you can celebrate by using the Berne Public Library’s cookbook collection to find the perfect soup recipe. Soup is an ideal meal for the winter months. According to the Mayo Clinic, chicken soup also works to relieve cold symptoms.      

Thank you

Thanks to the following volunteers who came out on a blustery Monday for a work bee at the library:  Jim and Marion Burghart, Bob Gwin, Terry Hatton, MaryJo McKeon, Sharon Nevins, Laura Simpson, Alan Zuk, and Millie Zuk.  The building touch-ups make the library even more inviting.

Story time

Story time is Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 11 a.m.  Preschool children and their caregivers are invited to join Kathy in an exploration of the letter R.  Rascal raccoons and red-hot rocks will be a part of this early literacy program.  

Child’s library day

Libraries strengthen families by offering a warm, comfortable, and welcoming space. The available resources allow families to learn, grow, and play together. Take Your Child to the Library Day is Saturday, Feb. 1. Save the date for a visit to show your children that libraries are a great place to be. Crafts and a potential gift basket are in the plans for this special day.  


Remember that libraries are also a source of free e-books and e-audios. To find out how to download digital content from the library on to your device, attend the program Ipads, Kindles, and Nooks, Oh My on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 6:30 pm. Registration is requested by calling the library at 872-1246 or e-mailing director@bernepubliclibrary.org.

The French playwright Moliere said, “I live on good soup, not on fine words.”  Many think life is best when it includes both.

“Do you want to be Queen for a Day?” This question was the introduction to a popular television show in the 1950s and 1960s. Women competed for prizes by telling their personal stories to the public. The woman whose story was voted the most heart-wrenching was crowned Queen for a Day. The show’s idea of ordinary Americans letting the public hear about their personal lives was the beginning of reality TV.

Lego League

Lego League meets on Saturday, Jan. 18, from 11 a.m. to noon, at the Berne Public Library. This open monthly program is for children in grades two through eight.  Let’s see who can make the best royal crown out of the library’s Legos.    

Knit Wits

Knit Wits is a program designed for those who would like to knit or crochet with their peers. The group meets on Sunday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m.  All are welcome to bring their own projects to work on. Share ideas, problems, solutions, and conversation in the Queen’s English.

Story time

Q is the focus of story time on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 11 a.m. Pre-chool children and their caregivers are invited to investigate queens and quarters with Kathy. This early literacy program includes stories, activities, and a craft.

TAG meets

The teens are trying to spark a reaction in the library by making a video for the summer reading program. TAG meets again this month on Friday, Jan. 24, at 6:30 p.m., to edit their videos using movie maker. Come and learn this process or help us teach others. This is the time to be a real drama queen.


If you need bookcases for all your kingly possessions, there is still time to purchase pine shelving from the old library. Stop by the Berne town hall during open hours to make a claim.  We hope to have them all sold by Jan. 25.

Children’s library day

Your children could view the library as a castle filled with make-believe stories. Saturday, Feb. 1, is Take Your Child to the Library Day. Bring them in between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., to enjoy the enchantment. Prizes are involved.

Book club

The Sunday Book Club is currently reading The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb. The book talk will take place on Sunday, Feb. 2, at 3 p.m.  The novel may be requested from the library so you can read it before the meeting and be the queen bee of the discussion.


Were you treated royally with a gift of a tablet or e-reader recently?  We would like to show you how to obtain newly released e-books, e-audios, and digital videos without buying them. Ipads, Kindles, and Nooks, Oh My, downing loading training is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. Registration is requested for this free program designed to teach you how to download e-content with a library card.

You can feel like royalty at the library without telling family secrets.  The staff is ready to wait on you and supply you with books, audios, movies, and magazines at no cost. Best of all, you can escape into one of our reading chairs with the peace and quiet fit for a queen or king.