“A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles.” said William Hazlitt, an English critic. Since February is National Children's Dental Health Month, it is time to remember what makes a sparkling smile. This year the American Dental Association is focusing on how sugar causes cavities. They recommend drinking water instead of juice or soda. A 12-ounce can of cola contains more than 9 teaspoons of sugar!

Book club and Knit Wits

The staff frowns when events are rescheduled due to weather; but safety comes first. The rescheduled Sunday Book Club meeting is at 6 p.m. on Feb. 19. The group will be discussing “The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend” by Katarina Bivald.  Knit Wits follows at 7 p.m. for those who like to knit or crochet.

Story time

Storytime for ages 1 to 5 is on Tuesday, Feb. 21.  Join Ms. Kathy at 10:30 a.m. to discover what makes a great smile. It may have to do with the two minutes, two times rule. To keep your smiles bright, brush your teeth for two minutes when you get up in the morning and again before you go to bed at night. This pre-literacy program includes stories, activities, and a craft.

President’s Day

Your children may be grinning ear to ear as the school winter vacation begins. If they complain of having nothing to do, bring them to the library. The library will be open on Presidents Day. Come in during the week to browse for interesting books and fun movies. Wi-Fi is available for use on your hand-held devices while you relax in a friendly environment.

Makerspace program

Ms. Kathy is having a makerspace program for ages 8 to 12 at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22. Will you be the next Jr. Master Chef? The Jr. Chef Challenge involves a secret ingredient and others of your choice.  Creations will be judged by taste and appearance. There are limited openings so register by Feb. 20 with the library staff at 872-1246 or email .  

Good fortune will smile on the winners of the People's Choice Award in the Friends of the Library Photography Contest. Your votes determine the recipients. Come view the photos and cast your votes in the adult and junior categories by Thursday, Feb. 23.  All winners of the contest will be announced during a reception at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25. You are invited to meet the local artists and enjoy some refreshments.  

Book and jewelry sale

Purchasing books at bargain prices is sure to put a smile on your face. The Friends Book and Jewelry Sale is Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26. Books, movies, music on CDs, jewelry, games, and puzzles may be dropped off at the community and senior center from 9 a.m. to noon on March 18. If this date does not work for you, please make alternate plans with Judy by contacting the library.

If your laptop, tablet, or smart phone cause you to grimace, the Berne Public Library offers a solution.  Make a one-on-one appointment with Judy.  Topics could include emailing, using word, using a spreadsheet like Excel, etc. When there's a smile upon your face, then the world’s a happy place!

“A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles.” said William Hazlitt, an English critic. Since February is National Children's Dental Health Month, it is time to remember what makes a sparkling smile. This year the American Dental Association is focusing on how sugar causes cavities. They recommend drinking water instead of juice or soda. A 12-ounce can of cola contains more than 9 teaspoons of sugar!

Book club and Knit Wits

The staff frowns when events are rescheduled due to weather; but safety comes first. The rescheduled Sunday Book Club meeting is at 6 p.m. on Feb. 19. The group will be discussing “The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend” by Katarina Bivald.  Knit Wits follows at 7 p.m. for those who like to knit or crochet.

Story time

Storytime for ages 1 to 5 is on Tuesday, Feb. 21.  Join Ms. Kathy at 10:30 a.m. to discover what makes a great smile. It may have to do with the two minutes, two times rule. To keep your smiles bright, brush your teeth for two minutes when you get up in the morning and again before you go to bed at night. This pre-literacy program includes stories, activities, and a craft.

President’s Day

Your children may be grinning ear to ear as the school winter vacation begins. If they complain of having nothing to do, bring them to the library. The library will be open on Presidents Day. Come in during the week to browse for interesting books and fun movies. Wi-Fi is available for use on your hand-held devices while you relax in a friendly environment.

Makerspace program

Ms. Kathy is having a makerspace program for ages 8 to 12 at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22. Will you be the next Jr. Master Chef? The Jr. Chef Challenge involves a secret ingredient and others of your choice.  Creations will be judged by taste and appearance. There are limited openings so register by Feb. 20 with the library staff at 872-1246 or email .  

Good fortune will smile on the winners of the People's Choice Award in the Friends of the Library Photography Contest. Your votes determine the recipients. Come view the photos and cast your votes in the adult and junior categories by Thursday, Feb. 23.  All winners of the contest will be announced during a reception at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25. You are invited to meet the local artists and enjoy some refreshments.  

Book and jewelry sale

Purchasing books at bargain prices is sure to put a smile on your face. The Friends Book and Jewelry Sale is Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26. Books, movies, music on CDs, jewelry, games, and puzzles may be dropped off at the community and senior center from 9 a.m. to noon on March 18. If this date does not work for you, please make alternate plans with Judy by contacting the library.

If your laptop, tablet, or smart phone cause you to grimace, the Berne Public Library offers a solution.  Make a one-on-one appointment with Judy.  Topics could include emailing, using word, using a spreadsheet like Excel, etc. When there's a smile upon your face, then the world’s a happy place!

Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood said, “The Eskimos had 52 names for snow because it was important to them: There ought to be as many for love.” As Valentine’s Day rapidly approaches, some expect a token of affection while others prefer daily expressions of love.

TAG

The Berne Public Library is dubbed “the library with heart.” Although we may be lacking monetary resources, we have an abundance of good will. Teens are welcomed at our Teen Action Group programs.  TAG begins at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10. Plan on playing trivia and discussing possibilities for teen tech week in March.

Basket weaving

A friendly reminder to those who signed up for basket weaving:  the class is at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11. The class is full but you may add your name to the waiting list in case someone cancels. A list of materials you should bring is on the website or at the library.

Book club

Running a library or a bookstore is a labor of love.  The novel “The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend” by Katarina Bivaldbig revolves around a bookstore, friendships, and always being open to the unexpected. The Sunday Book Club will be discussing this book at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12.  Now is a great time to join this group of adults who adore books.

Story time

Because we love our children, we want what is best for them. It is important for children ages 1 to 5 to develop pre-literacy skills before they enter kindergarten. Attending weekly storytime at the library can help. Ms. Kathy incorporates skills in a fun environment. The next program is at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14. It includes stories, activities, and a Valentine craft.

The Albany Main

Martin Luther King Jr. said “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.”  Was the purchase of the Albany Main railroad a friendly merger or a hostile takeover?  Who owned the Albany to Delanson line and what types of trains ran these tracks? If you have a fondness for history or railroads, attend the program at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16.  John Valachovic has offered to share his knowledge and pictures of the Albany Main railroad from the 1850s to the 1950s.  

Photo contest

Pictures for the annual photography contest have been submitted and will soon be judged. Thanks go to John Valachovic for building the display units. Now we need your help picking the People's Choice. Stop by the library and enjoy the artistic photos entered by talented community members. Vote for the photos you are smitten with in the adult and junior categories. The awards will be announced during a reception at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25.

The adjective "friendly" has a positive connotation. According to the Longman Dictionary, it is "behaving towards someone in a way that shows you like them and are ready to talk to them or help them." A library should be a friendly place to go and you should express your displeasure if it is not.   

Movie night

Making and keeping friends during middle-school years is especially difficult. Knowing that others share your problems is one of the reasons for reading books and watching movies. An example is the film for Movie Night at the library on Friday, Feb. 3. The spirited comedy is rated PG for rude humor dealing with friendships. This movie, recently released on DVD, runs from 6:30 to 8:10 p.m. Admission is free and refreshments are provided. Go to the library's website www.bernepubliclibrary.org for the title.

Library day

Saturday, Feb. 4 is especially family friendly because it is Take Your Child to the Library Day.  Acquaint your child with the library, make and take a craft, and receive a giveaway. Why do children need to come to the library? The library promotes literacy, provides access to online resources, encourages hands-on learning experiences and much more.  

Book club

Since the book club was switched from Sunday, Feb. 5 to Feb. 12, there is still time to read “The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend” by Katarina Bivaldbig. This witty novel is about books, friendships, and always being open to the unexpected. Now is a great time to join this group of adults interested in conversing about books.

Story time

Storytime is a toddler-friendly program at the library. Children ages 1 to 5 and their caregivers are invited to explore shapes this week with Ms. Kathy. The pre-literacy program is at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7.   

Library report

Each year, the library director presents an annual report to the community.  The statistics help measure how well the library is serving the community. Join us at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9 to hear the facts.  Your opinions mean more than the numbers so please add constructive criticisms. The monthly library’s board of trustees meeting will follow the presentation.

TAG

Teens need a place to socialize with their friends. This opportunity is provided when the library is closed to all but teens. TAG begins at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10. Plan on playing trivia and discussing possibilities for teen tech week in March.

Basket weaving

A friendly reminder to those who signed up for the basket weaving class:  the class is Saturday, Feb. 11 beginning at 10 a.m. There is a waiting list for those who did not register but would like to make a bread basket. A list of materials you need to bring is on the website or at the library.

Historical program

Was the purchase of the Albany Main railroad a friendly merger or a hostile takeover?  Who owned the line from Albany to Delanson and what types of trains ran these tracks?  John Valachovic has offered to share his knowledge of railroad events from the 1850s to the 1950s. Mark your calendar for this history program on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m..  

During this week, don't wait for people to be friendly. Show them how.

"It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all," said Laura Ingalls Wilder. The added bonus is that these simple things require very little money.

That is also true of the public library so please take advantage of your wonderful community resource.  Ours hours have expanded for 2017. We are now open from noon until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Movie night

There is nothing pleasant about the superheroes in the film being shown during Movie Night on Friday, Jan. 6. The movie is rated PG-13 and runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is free and refreshments are provided. Visit our website, www.bernepubliclibrary.org for the title.

Book discussion

The Sunday Book Club meets at 7 p.m. on Jan. 8. The group will be discussing “Wonder” by R. J. Palacio. The conversation will center on the acceptance of those who are different. The author does not sugar coat the challenges of a disfigured child entering fifth grade in a public school system. Anyone interested in this topic is welcome to join the discussion.

Story time

Story time on Tuesday, Jan. 10 is No Sugar Day. The focus is on healthy eating without simple carbohydrates. Preschool 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.

Board meets

The library board meets each month to discuss library business. The organizational meeting to elect officers is at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12. The regular monthly meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.  These are open meetings and the community is encouraged to attend and offer suggestions.

TAG

Sometimes it takes a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down. Rather than focusing on negative happenings in the world, the summer reading program is working on building a better world. Teens meet with Ms. Kathy at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 13 to produce a video that demonstrates this concept. The Teen Action Group is at the library while it is closed to the public so don't worry about the noise level of this program.

Knit Wits

Whether you are crocheting a blanket for a sweet baby or knitting a sweater for an adult, you should attend Knit Wits.  The group works on individual projects while sharing problems, solutions, ideas, and conversations.  If you have never knitted or crocheted, someone in the group will instruct you.  They meet at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15.

Photography contest

Wanted:  photographs that show the joy of reading, or capture the essence of Hilltowners, or demonstrate life on a farm, or just have reflections and shadows. Enter your 8-by-10-inch photos on 11-by-14 mats at the library by Tuesday, Jan. 31. Rules and entry forms for the second annual Photography Contest are available at the library or from our website. This year includes some sweet prizes for the junior and adult divisions.

Computer help

Did you receive a new e-tablet or smart phone and need one-on-one help?  Do you want to learn how to set up e-mail or an excel sheet on a computer? Schedule an appointment with Judy by calling 872-1246.  Individual instruction allows you to nicely start from where you are and move forward.   

Remember that the library offers all these programs and opportunities while also keeping traditional library services. "The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, /And all the sweet serenity of books," as written in a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

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