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.

There are oodles of books, puzzles, movies on DVD and VHS, music CDs, and cassettes, and audio-books sitting on tables and shelves at the Hilltown Senior Center, 1360 Helderberg Trail, Berne. These items are ready to be purchased at great bargains. Come to the Friends of the Berne Library Book Sale on Saturday, March 29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sunday, March 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Browse through novels, children’s books, history books, cookbooks, gardening books, biographies, craft books.  

Homemade soup, beverages, and baked goods will be available for purchase. All proceeds will go toward a matching grant to provide air conditioning in the new library building.  

Game night

Due to the April school break, April’s Game Night will be held in March.  No kidding. Meet with other adults interested in playing board games on Sunday, March 30, at 7 p.m. 

April Fool’s Day

April Fools’ Day is April 1.  According to the Museum of Hoaxes, the number one hoax occurred in 1957.  A BBC news show announced that thanks to a very mild winter and the virtual elimination of the dreaded spaghetti weevil, Swiss farmers were enjoying a bumper spaghetti crop. It accompanied this announcement with footage of Swiss peasants pulling strands of spaghetti down from trees. Many viewers called the BBC wanting to know how they could grow their own spaghetti tree.

Story time

Preschool children and their caregivers are invited to celebrate April Fools’ Day on Tuesday at 11 a.m. Think of a way to trick Kathy during story time. Stories, activities, and a craft are included in this fun literacy program.

Friends meet

The Friends of the Library will meet on Wednesday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m., to discuss ways to support the library. Hear the results of the book sale and help make plans for the miniature golf fund-raiser in May. Don’t be fooled by the amount of work this group has accomplished; they need more volunteers.

Movie night

Family Movie Night at the library is on Friday, April 4, at 6:30 p.m. This month’s film is an Academy Award winner, rated PG. The animated, musical comedy will leave you ice-cold.  Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

As you face chicanery on April Fools’ Day, remember the words of American writer Max Eastman:  “It is the ability to take a joke, not make one, that proves you have a sense of humor.”

— Photo from Judy Petrosillo

“Making caps and brightening the lives of people who are suffering from the ravages of cancer is such a small thing to do, but the results have made a big impact on the patients,” says the founder of Knots of Love, Christine M. Fabiani, of California. Her not-for-profit group has volunteers stretched across the country. These hats were made by women at the Berne Library.


Springtime inspires people to clean out their homes with zeal. A good guideline is to only keep things that are useful or bring you joy. Consider donating your unwanted books to the Friends of the Berne Library for their book sale. They are accepting book donations on Saturday, March 22, at the Hilltowns Senior Center between 9 a.m. and noon.  

Since books do bring zest to life, replace your discarded books with those you have not read.  The Friends Book Sale is Saturday, March 29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sunday, March 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Senior Center, 1360 Helderberg Trail, Berne. Enjoy a soup luncheon before or after browsing through tables of books.  All proceeds will go toward a matching grant to install air conditioning in the new library.

Story time

There are zero zoos that have zebras and zombies. Preschool children and their caregivers are invited to learn about the letter Z during story time on March 25.  Join Kathy at 11 a.m., for a zany time with stories, activities, and a craft.    

Book club

On Sunday, April 6, the book club will be discussing The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton. Request a copy of the book soon so you can participate in a conversation full of zing. The group meets at 7 p.m., and new members are always welcome.

Add more zip to your life by participating in activities at your local library.