By the book: Volunteers assemble cases at the new Berne Library. Books will be moved in over the weekend.

The fabulous volunteers who helped on Saturday, Oct. 12, did a fantastic job moving furniture into the new library.  Thank you.

The building will be ready for the books to be moved in on Saturday, Oct. 19.  The library will be closed on Saturday for the move and will reopen at the new location next to the Berne-Knox-Westerlo bus garage on Monday, Oct. 21, at 4 p.m.  

Teen and adult volunteers are needed to load carts with books, move the carts on and off a rental truck, and unload them at the new library.  This work will be done on Saturday, Oct. 19.  Show up for a 9 a.m. or an 11 a.m. shift at our current location for an assignment.

Route 443, Helderberg Trail, from the Berne Town Hall to the new library will be closed to traffic from 4:15 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, for the Picture Book Parade.  Children are invited to participate in the library move of the picture books.

Meet at the Berne Town Hall at 4 p.m. with wagons, strollers, wheelbarrows, or anything with wheels that can carry a box of books.  We will wheel the books down to the new library at 1763 Helderberg Trail and put them in their new bins made by Brett Pulliam. 

Knit Wits

The Knit Wits meet on Sunday, Oct. 20.  This program will be held at the Berne Town Hall at 7 p.m. for adults who knit or crochet.  Share problems, solutions, ideas, and conversation while working on your own project.   

Learn about Lyme

Our first program at the new library will be on Monday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m.  Sara Lyons from the Albany County Department of Health will be presenting a program on tick-borne diseases such as Lyme disease.

Learn how to reduce your chances of getting these diseases.  A minimum of 10 persons is required so let the library staff know if you plan to attend by calling 872-1246 or e-mailing  

Fun with “F”

Four Frankensteins are having fun this fall during story time on Tuesday, Oct. 22.  Preschool children and their caregivers are invited to join Kathy Stempel at 11 a.m. to investigate the letter “F” in the new children's section.

Frankly, you are going to want to visit the library frequently.

Grand opening

Although we will be open at our new location starting Monday, Oct. 21, the grand opening celebration is being planned for Sunday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m.

Please save the date and be a part of this historical event.

Children in reading dog programs were shown to increase their reading skills by 12 to 20 percent over those not in a reading dog program according to a 2010 study at UC Davis.  Librarians also noted an increase in the child's self-confidence.  If this is a program that interests you, let us know.  

We also want to know what teens are interested in.  The first teen action group meeting is this Friday, Oct. 4 at 6:30 p.m. and all teens are welcome. The TAG group will help the Berne Public Library decide on programs and purchases. Make your opinion known.

The TAG meeting will be followed by Teen Movie Night.  The first decision the teens will make is which PG-13 rated movie to watch:  World War Z or Ironman 3.  The film starts at 7 p.m. and refreshments will be served.

Sunday Book Club

Adults participating in the Sunday Book Club choose the books they read.  For the month of September, they read We Are All Welcome Here by Elizabeth Berg. The book talk is Sunday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. in the meeting room adjacent to the library.  Join other community members for a discussion of this novel.  The conversation is stimulating even if you have not read the book.

Story time

Preschool children and their caregivers are invited to the library for story time on Tuesdays at 11 a.m.  This week's topics are dogs and the letter D.  Stories, activities, and a craft are all a part of this program with Kathy.

Board meets

The library’s board of trustees meets Thursday, Oct. 10, at 6:30 p.m., to discuss library business.  This is an open meeting.  We are busy making plans for the big move.  The needed extra space will provide a pleasant atmosphere.

Associate reading with something positive like petting a dog or being active at your new library.  According to Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, “No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting.”  

Journalist B.C. Forbes said, "It is only the farmer who faithfully plants seeds in the spring, who reaps a harvest in the Autumn."  

The idea for a new library in Berne was planted over ten years ago and this autumn we will reap our reward for patience and hard work. The tiles and carpet were installed this week at 1763 Helderberg Trail, the future location of the Berne Public Library. Over the next few weeks, the contractor will apply the finishing touches and volunteers will move the bookcases and furniture into the building from several storage areas.

If you are interested in helping with this process, contact the library staff at 872-1246 or e-mail  Stay tuned for the fall dates when we move the books and have our grand opening.

Story time

Story time continues every Tuesday at 11 a.m.  Join Kathy on Oct. 1, for fun about cats and the letter C.  Preschool children develop literacy skills while their caregivers pick up pointers for helping the children become lifelong learners.  Stories, activities, and a craft are always included in this engaging weekly program.

Friends meet

The Friends of the Library have been invaluable in making dreams become reality.  The group meets on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m., in the meeting room adjacent to the library. Anyone interested in supporting the library is welcome at these monthly meetings.

Teen help

The new library will have a young adult section and we need the help of teens. What items do you want in this area? How would you like it decorated? What programs would you like to have?  Come to the first Teen Action Group (TAG) meeting on Friday, Oct. 4, at 6 p.m., to discuss options. The meeting will be followed by Teen Movie Night at 7 p.m. The majority will decide which PG-13 rated movie to watch Iron Man 3 or World War Z.

New items

A new page has been added to our website.  Check out Newly Ordered Items after going to See what books and movies have been ordered for the month of September and October. There are lots of new things happening in Berne.

— Photo by Judy Petrosillo

Ways to learn A: Kids at the Berne Library’s story time on Sept. 17 learned about the letter A and about apples. They tasted three different kinds of apples and then did a painting project.

— Photo by Judy Petrosillo

The core of understanding: Painting paper plates to look like eaten apples, these kids get help sponge painting in red and green during story time at the Berne Library on Tuesday.

September 22 to 28 is Banned Book Week. The American Library Association hopes to draw attention to the harms of censorship by celebrating the freedom to read. Unlike other areas of your life, your privacy is protected at the Berne Public Library. There is no record of the materials you have borrowed from the library once you return them. Take advantage of this uncensored resource.

What books on our shelves were challenged in the United States in the last year? Some examples include The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Alexie Sherman, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, Looking for Alaska by John Green, and The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.

Lego League

Youth in grades 2 through 8 are encouraged to display unlimited creativity at the Lego League program. Meet at the library on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 11 a.m. Use the library’s Legos to make a project to display for the month.

Knit Wits

The Knit Wits meet on Sunday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. Share problems, solutions, ideas and conversation while you work on your own project. Adults who knit or crochet are welcome to attend.

Story time

Books are the topic for story time this week as the letter B is explored. Join Kathy on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 11 a.m. Preschool children and their caregivers will hear stories, participate in activities and make a craft during this weekly program.

Sunday Book Club

Although the next book for the Sunday Book Club has never been challenged, it is interesting. Read We Are All Welcome Here by Elizabeth Berg for the next meeting on Sunday, Oct. 6. The discussion will begin at 7 p.m. and all adults are encouraged to attend. Visit the library to request a copy of the book or request it online. Remember that there is no charge to borrow library materials.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice William Brennan, in Texas v. Johnson, said, “If there is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment, it is that the Government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeable.” Your public libraries stand behind this principle.


— Photo from Judy Petrosillo

Girl Scouts together: Annielaura Shafer, center left, and Christina Grippin, center right, were presented with the Girl Scout Silver Award during a ceremony on Sept. 8.  The girls are shown with their leaders Jean Forti, far left, and Maria Shafer, far right.  For their project, the girls designed and built an outdoor reading area for the Berne Library at its new location.

After many years of anticipation, the move to a new location will be occurring soon. Phase 1 of the building renovations are almost complete.

So far, the asbestos flooring has been removed for your safety, insulation has been sprayed in the ceilings and walls to lower future energy costs, and new walls and ceilings have been installed.

The flooring materials should arrive this week.  We will be ready to move a few weeks after the carpet is installed.  Stay tuned because we will definitely need help with the move.

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped stain and polyurethane the new bookcases. They look great and are ready to be moved to 1763 Helderberg Trail.

If you have a pickup truck or trailer and are able to lift heavy objects, please sign up with the library staff to help transport the cases.

On tour

In the meantime, programs continue to be held at the current library site. This weekend, the library is participating in the Helderberg Hilltown Association's Farm and Artisan Tour.

Our tour stop is from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14.  We will be showcasing local history materials.

Settle into Catan

Sunday, Sept. 15, is Game Night at the library.  Beginning at 7 p.m., play board games such as Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, or Scrabble with other interested adults.

Investigate A

After gathering more information, it was decided that Story Time should remain at 11 a.m.

Preschool children and their caregivers are invited to join Kathy Stempel on Tuesday, Sept. 17, to investigate the letter A.  Stories, activities, and crafts this week will focus on apples or amphorae.  You will have to attend the program to find out which one.


Lego League

Children ages 7 to 13 may create projects using the library's Legos on Saturday, Sept. 21.

Meet at 11 a.m. for Lego League fun.  We will display your creation until next month when we reuse the Legos for new projects. 

Sterling character

Kudos to Annielaura Shafer and Christina Grippin for earning their Silver Award from the Girl Scouts.  Their project was designing and building an outdoor reading area for the new library.

Where would the library be without wonderful volunteers of all ages?