What is cooler than being cool? Having a Berne Public Library card.

Snoopy, the world-famous beagle also known as The Flying Ace and Joe Cool, has added a new title to his résumé. September is Library Card Sign-up month and Snoopy is the honorary chair. 

Snoopy would like to remind adults, caregivers, children, and teens that the coolest card of all is a library card!

With a free library card, patrons can check out so much more than books. The library has magazines, movies on DVDS, music CDs, and audiobooks. Your card also gives you access to free e-books and e-audiobooks, even the new releases.

From finding a job, starting a new business, to getting homework help, and becoming more engaged in your community, a library card offers limitless opportunities to transform lives through education and lifelong learning. 


Teens interact at the library during their monthly TAG programs.  Join other teens for video gaming on Friday, September 11 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.

Game night

Adults are invited to play games also, but that monthly game night is for those interested in playing board games. Meet with Jodi on Sunday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m.

Read to a dog

Although Ariel is not a beagle, she is a also a great library supporter. This tail-waggin’ tutor will be at the library on Monday, Sept. 14 with her handler Amber. Children may read aloud to the dog anytime between 4 and 6 p.m.

Focus groups

Libraries belong to the community.  If you received an invitation to participate in the upcoming focus groups, please rsvp today. A reminder that the meeting is on Monday, Sept. 14 at the Hilltown Senior Center, 1360 Helderberg Trail in Berne.


Story time

It is not the cool weather, but a combination of rain and sunshine that produces a rainbow.   Rainbows are the theme for story time on Tuesday, Sept. 15.  Children ages 1 to 5 and their caregivers are invited to join Ms. Kathy at 10:30 a.m. for stories, activities, and a craft.

Bird watching

As you look to the skies, it is quite an experience to witness a soaring eagle or a flitting goldfinch.  If you would like to learn how to identify birds, attend the bird watching program on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. Ralph and Jan Miller will discuss birding and share some of their experiences.  

Save the date

Save Saturday, Oct. 3 for the lasagna dinner and cake walk sponsored by the Friends of the Berne Library. Donated trays of lasagna and homemade cakes are needed for this event. Contact the library at 872-1246 or e-mail HYPERLINK "mailto:director@bernepubliclibrary.org"director@bernepubliclibrary.org if you are able to help. Of course we also need people to come and eat. Tickets are on sale at the library for $10 per adult and $8 per child. Tickets for adults will be $12 at the door.  

If you have a library card, that is cool. If not, it would be great if you stopped at the library this month to get one. Either way, we hope to see you soon.







Labor Day is a yearly tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength and well being of our country. Of course, this includes the Berne Public Library staff and schoolteachers.  The library will be closed on Monday, Sept. 7 in observance of Labor Day.  

Labor Day traditionally marks the end of summer vacation and the beginning of a new school year. If students still need summer reading books for school, this is your last chance. The library will be open on Saturday, Sept. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

“Titanic” program

Looking for a fun activity over the weekend?  Join us on Saturday, Sept. 5 at 11 a.m. for the program Finding the “Titanic”. Using hands-on investigations, find out why the “Titanic” sank the way it did and how it was found.  Facilitator Naval Jr. Officer Stempel worked on a submarine and is thoroughly familiar with sonar. The program is designed for ages 5 to 13, but all are welcome.  A NYS STEM grant provided funding for the books that will be given to young participants attending the program.

Story walk

The story walk at the Knox Town Park is another enjoyable activity. A new book has been installed for the fall season thanks to the Friends of the Berne Library and the Knox Historical Society. Stroll through the park and stop at each posting to read the book “Henry and the Cannons” by Don Brown.

Story time

Children ages 1 to 5 and their caregivers are invited to story time on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 10:30 a.m. This week we are exploring the story of Little Miss Muffett from her view and then the spider's take on what happened. Stories, activities, and a craft are all a part of this pre-literacy program.

Board meets

The library’s board of trustees will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 6:30 p.m. This open monthly meeting is to discuss library business.


Teens night

During TAG, teens interact at the library while the building is closed to the rest of the public.  Celebrate surviving the first week back to school with a night of video gaming.  Plan to meet on Friday, Sept. 11 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. with Ms. Kathy.

Happy Labor Day.


This is a week of thrilling events at the Berne Public Library. For amateur astronomers, the Perseid meteor shower will be at its peak with 60- to 100-inch "falling stars" per hour. Look to the northeast where the space debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle will appear to be radiating out from the Perseus constellation. This is one of the brighter meteor showers of the year so hope for clear night skies. 

Altamont Fair

Relish the experience of the Altamont Fair from Tuesday, Aug. 11 to Sunday, Aug. 16. This historic fair is worth the trip down the hill. Altamont hosted the first annual Albany County Fair in 1893. The fair grew over the years and by 1945 included Albany, Schenectady, and Greene Counties. It is the only tri-county fair in New York State.

Library events

Even more exciting for the up-coming week are the library events.

The Grand Finale for ages 1 to 18 will be held on Monday, Aug. 10, at 6:30 p.m. The program in the community room includes activities, refreshments, and door prizes. Each child who completes the library's goal of 500 reading minutes will receive a gift bag.   

Friday, August 7 is the last day to submit reading minutes for ages 1 to 18. Fill in your minutes online or submit the reading log sheet to the library staff.  The adult program doesn't end until Sunday, Aug. 30 so keep reading.

Movie Night at the Library is Friday, Aug. 7. This engrossing film was recently released on DVD and is rated PG-13 for action. Admission is free and popcorn and drinks are provided. The movie runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Check our website for the title.

The last concert of the Music in the Park series is Wednesday, Aug. 12.  Slim Pick'ins will be strumming at the Berne Town Park from 6:30 p.m. to dusk. Bring the family for a hot-dog or chili dinner and foot-stomping music. The music is free but a donation to the Friends of the Library for dinner is appreciated.  

The teens will meet on Friday, Aug. 14 for a superhero versus villain program. Please register for this event by calling the library at 872-1246 or e-mailing Kathy@bernepubliclibrary.org.

Story time resumes

Story time for ages 1 to 5 resumes on Tuesday, Sept. 1.  Although there are no planned children programs for the remainder of August, families are invited to the library to read books and play with Legos, Duplos, puzzles, games, toys, puppets, and dress up clothes. 

The community room is reserved for Family Playtime on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m.  

Reminder to those who need a break from the heat; the library is air-conditioned and provides Wi-Fi, computers, and comfortable reading chairs. It is the place to energize.

Many consider outstanding sports players as heroes, but tennis player Arthur Ashe felt otherwise. He said, "True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others, at whatever cost."  These are the types of heroes being investigated at the Berne Public Library this week.

Lego  League

The Lego League meets with Ms. Kathy on Saturday, July 18, at 11 a.m. Use the library's Legos to create a scene including your favorite hero. Projects will be displayed at the library until next month when they will be taken apart and reused. This program is designed for children ages five to 12.  

Story time

Children ages one to five and their caregivers are invited to Wee Read story time on Tuesday, July 21.  Join Ms. Kathy at 10:30 a.m., to examine medical heroes. Doctors, nurses, paramedics, and EMTs are often heroic when dealing with human lives. Perhaps an ambulance visit will be a part of this program that includes stories, activities, and a craft.

Music in the Park

The second of the Music in the Park concerts takes place on Wednesday, July 22, at the Berne Town Park on Route 443. Just a Bunch of Guys will play from 6:30 p.m. until dusk. Admission is free for this family event. Enjoy the music and purchase dinner or snacks from the Friends of the Berne Library. All donations go to support the summer reading programs.

Inky Fingers Club

Calling all paper crafters. The Inky Fingers Club meets monthly on the fourth Thursday of the month and new participants are always welcome. Learn a new card making technique and share ideas with others. This month's meeting is at 7 p.m., on July 23. Please register with the library so there will be sufficient supplies. 

Animal heroes

The middle readers, ages five to 12, will explore animal heroes on Thursday, July 23.  The program is at 11 a.m. before the library opens at noon. This event will focus on Balto, a famous sled dog, and K-9 units. If your child has not yet attended a library program this summer, make this one the first.

There is a statue of Balto located in New York City's Central Park with the following inscription: "Dedicated to the indomitable spirit of the sled dogs that relayed antitoxin 600 miles over rough ice, across treacherous waters, through arctic blizzards from Nennana to the relief of stricken Nome in the winter of 1925. Endurance, Fidelity, Intelligence."  Sounds like an example of heroic service.

Reading books and playing strategy games involve problem solving. Through these enjoyable activities, people gain skills that contribute to success. It makes sense that both books and games are available at the Berne Public Library whose mission is to provide resources for education and entertainment.

Teen action group

The teen action group will be playing games on Friday, June 12, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  Join other teens for a fun night at the library when the building is closed to other patrons.

Game night

Game Night for adults is Sunday, June 14, at 7 p.m. Play board games with your peers and develop strategy skills. Any interested community member may attend.

Father’s Day

According to British poet George Herbert, "One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters."  Father's Day on Sunday, June 21, recognizes the contributions by father figures.  

Story time

Dads will be the focus of storytime on Tuesday, June 16. Children ages one to five and their caregivers are invited to join Ms. Kathy for stories, activities, and a craft. Make a gift to give to an important male figure.

Lego League

Fathers may bring their children to play at the library. Lego League meets on Saturday, June 20, at 11 a.m. and is designed for children ages five to 12.  Use the library's Legos to create an object to be put on display until next month. The younger siblings may come and play with the Duplos and puzzles.

If father's are feeling unappreciated, remember the words of American author Mark Twain:  "When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years."