Hats off to the volunteers, Friends of the Library, the town of Berne, the library trustees, the library staff, and those who contributed toward making the new Berne Public Library a reality.  To celebrate the opening at our new location at 1763 Helderberg Trail, there is a ribbon cutting ceremony planned for Sunday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m.  All community members are invited to attend.

Board vacancies

The library trustees wear many hats including financial managers, policy developers, and library promoters.  There will be two vacancies on the library board as of January 1, 2014.  Residents of the town of Berne interested in serving on the board should contact Mary Kinnaird at mmkinnaird@aol.com or Pat Favreau at Bernenyclerk@gmail.com by Nov. 18.  Consider throwing your hat into this ring of committed volunteers.

Teen group

The staff would be talking through their hats if they said they knew exactly what teens want at the library.  The TAG (teen action group) was established to find out what teens really think and then to act on these ideas.  These TAG happenings occur on the first Friday of the month.  Interested teens should plan to meet with Kathy on Nov. 1, at 6:30 p.m. 

Book club

The book club for adults is Sunday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m.  The group will be discussing The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morgan. I'll eat my hat if the conversation about this novel is not stimulating.  New members are always welcome even if you have not read the book.

Story time

Hang on to your hat!  Story time this week is featuring the letter H.  Preschool children and their caregivers are invited to wear their favorite hats on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Join Kathy at 11 a.m. for stories, activities, and a craft.  Perhaps you will see her pull a rabbit out of a hat!

Friends meet

The Friends of the Berne Library have been known to lend assistance at the drop of a hat.  Their monthly meeting is in the community room of the new library on Wednesday, Nov. 6.  The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m.  The main topics this month include the ribbon cutting ceremony on Nov. 17 and a book sale tentatively scheduled for Nov. 23.

Movie night

Family Movie Night at the library takes place on Friday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m.  We will be showing a newly released movie on DVD that is rated PG.  The title is being kept under my hat but you can contact the library at 872-1246 for more information. Refreshments will be served.

If you know additional idioms about hats, e-mail them to director@bernepubliclibrary.org.  Just be sure they are not old hat.

The Berne Public Library is now open at its new location, 1763 Helderberg Trail, next to the Berne-Knox-Westerlo bus garage. Stop by and take a tour during library hours to see your beautiful community resource. Our hours are 4 to 8 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.  

The move would not have been possible without the help of many volunteers. Thank you.  Teen and adult volunteers moved the contents of the library in the morning, the children moved the picture books in the afternoon, and others worked all day on Saturday, Oct. 19 to ensure that we would be open on Monday, Oct. 21.  Everything should be in its place by the ribbon cutting ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 17.

Game night

Game Night for adults will be held on Sunday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m.  Join other adults in playing board games in the new community room of the library.

Story time

Ghastly ghosts gather at story time this week.  Preschool children and their caregivers are invited to glean information about the letter G with stories, activities, and a craft. Join Kathy on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 11 a.m. 

 If you are out on Halloween night, trick or treat at the new library.  In addition to treats, we have movies on DVDs, audiobooks, music CDs, and many books.  Happy Halloween.


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 director@bernepubliclibrary.org.  

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 director@bernepubliclibrary.org.  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 www.bernepubliclibrary.org. See what books and movies have been ordered for the month of September and October. There are lots of new things happening in Berne.