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."

One of the joys of June is the availability of fresh fruits. Since June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month, celebrate by feasting on some locally grown strawberries.  

Read to a dog

Ariel, our tail waggin' tutor, would enjoy hearing “Strawberries are Red” by Peter Horacek.  Ariel will be in the Berne Public Library with her handler, Amber on Monday, June 1. Children are invited to read to the dog anytime between 4 and 6 p.m.

Story time

The theme for story time on Tuesday, June 2, is strawberries.  Join Ms. Kathy at 10:30 a.m. for stories, activities, and a craft. This pre-literacy program is designed for children ages one to five and their caregivers. Let's hope a taste test is included in the program.

Story walk

The community should take time to enjoy the fruits of labor supplied by the Friends of the Berne Library. Their most recent project is a story walk installed at the Knox Town Park.  Pages from the picture book, “In A Nutshell” by Joseph Anthony, are posted along the nature trail. Enjoy a book and a walk with the family. If you are interested in supporting the library, join this group, which meets at 7 p.m., on Wednesday, June 3. 

Movie night

Friday, June 5 is Family Movie Night at the library. This month's film is a animated, musical fairy tale rated PG. The movie is projected on the large screen in the community room from 6:30 to 8:10 p.m. Admission is free and refreshments are provided.

Book discussion

There is still time to read the chosen novel for the next book club meeting. The group convenes at 7 p.m., on Sunday, June 8. The discussion will revolve around the book “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline. New members are always welcome.

Save-the-date

A special program is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, June 8.  Laurie Searl, senior production manager at SUNY Press, worked on the book, “An Irrepressible Conflict:  The Empire State in the Civil War” by Robert Weible.  She will be discussing the production process and the content. This program should prove to be as sweet as a strawberry for history buffs, potential writers, and graphic artists. Please save the date.  
Remember to support your local farmers when purchasing seasonal fruits and vegetables

One of the joys of June is the availability of fresh fruits. Since June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month, celebrate by feasting on some locally grown strawberries.  

Read to a dog

Ariel, our tail waggin' tutor, would enjoy hearing “Strawberries are Red” by Peter Horacek.  Ariel will be in the Berne Public Library with her handler, Amber on Monday, June 1. Children are invited to read to the dog anytime between 4 and 6 p.m.

Story time

The theme for story time on Tuesday, June 2, is strawberries.  Join Ms. Kathy at 10:30 a.m. for stories, activities, and a craft. This pre-literacy program is designed for children ages one to five and their caregivers. Let's hope a taste test is included in the program.

Story walk

The community should take time to enjoy the fruits of labor supplied by the Friends of the Berne Library. Their most recent project is a story walk installed at the Knox Town Park.  Pages from the picture book, “In A Nutshell” by Joseph Anthony, are posted along the nature trail. Enjoy a book and a walk with the family. If you are interested in supporting the library, join this group, which meets at 7 p.m., on Wednesday, June 3. 

Movie night

Friday, June 5 is Family Movie Night at the library. This month's film is a animated, musical fairy tale rated PG. The movie is projected on the large screen in the community room from 6:30 to 8:10 p.m. Admission is free and refreshments are provided.

Book discussion

There is still time to read the chosen novel for the next book club meeting. The group convenes at 7 p.m., on Sunday, June 8. The discussion will revolve around the book “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline. New members are always welcome.

Save-the-date

A special program is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, June 8.  Laurie Searl, senior production manager at SUNY Press, worked on the book, “An Irrepressible Conflict:  The Empire State in the Civil War” by Robert Weible.  She will be discussing the production process and the content. This program should prove to be as sweet as a strawberry for history buffs, potential writers, and graphic artists. Please save the date.  
Remember to support your local farmers when purchasing seasonal fruits and vegetables

— Photo from Judy Petrosillo

Raising a Reader Baby Shower: Dr. Kristin Mack, right, and Deputy Tracy Mance offer advice for new moms on April 26 at the Berne Library.  Other presenters included Karen Murphy from the Albany County Department for Children, Youth and Families and photographer Erin Bremer.

Since the library lends both books and movies on DVDs, an oft-heard conversation is whether the book or the movie is better. This weekend affords the chance to explore this topic. Movie Night at the Berne Public Library is Friday, May 1, beginning at 6:30 p.m. 

The comedy-drama being projected on the screen in the community room is rated PG.  Admission is free and refreshments are served. The book discussion of “The Hundred Foot Journey” by Richard Morais takes place on Sunday, May 3, at 7 p.m.   Attend either or both.

The library also lends out graphic novels. The stories are presented in a comic strip format but published as a book. Enticing to reluctant readers, these books help develop language and literacy skills. Comic books were the precursors to graphic novels and continue to be published.  

Free Comic Book Day

Saturday, May 2, is Free Comic Book Day. The event promotes the many worlds of wonder available at local comic book shops. The library is a distribution site for this event. 

Choose your free comic book from the limited supply of 12 titles which range from young readers to adults. The opportunity to create your own comic strip is also available between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Read to a dog

Ariel, our tail waggin' tutor, enjoys being read to.  On Monday, May 4, choose a graphic novel to share with her during a 15-minute session between 4 and 6 p.m.

Her handler Amber is on hand to help out.  Reading aloud to a dog improves reading skills and is fun and nonjudgmental. 

Needle punch technique

Erin Bradt has offered to teach the needle punch technique for making a rug. The workshop is on Saturday, May 9, from 1 to 5 p.m.

Participants will use their newly learned skills to create a coaster. Register by Saturday, May 2.  Call 872-1246 or e-mail director@bernepubliclibrary.org. There is a $15 material fee.  

Story time

Mother's Day is on Sunday, May 10.  Children ages one to five and their caregivers will prepare for this event during story time on Tuesday, May 5. Join Ms. Kathy for stories, activities, and a craft that can be given to a special woman.

Thank you

Speaking of special people, thank you to the Friends of the Library for supplying refreshments for the Raising a Reader Baby Shower. 

The Friends monthly meeting is Wednesday, May 6, at 7 p.m. Consider joining this group of library supporters. Their next fund-raising event is a scrabble tournament being held on Saturday, May 16, at 2 p.m.  Please register to enter this event.

TAG

To end the week, the teen action group, known as TAG, meets on Friday, May 8, at 6:30 p.m.   Enjoy activities and refreshments with other teens when the library is closed to the public.

Bring a friend and any shoes that you no longer want. The library has a box where the Girl Scouts are accepting shoes for their community service project.

 

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