Let the Thanksgiving countdown begin. Start your stomach-stretching exercises to fit as much of the feast in as you can. The United States and Canada both celebrate the holiday, which is steeped in a tradition of gratitude. Canada’s version takes place the second Monday in October.

Some other countries recognizing celebrations of appreciation include Japan’s Kinro Kansha no Hi — “Labor Thanksgiving Day” held on Nov. 23, Germany’s Erntedankfest — “Harvest Thank Festival” on the first Sunday in October, and Malaysia’s Kaamatan festival that is celebrated in May. All celebrations weave the common thread of being thankful with their own unique background stories.

Story time

With multitudes of thanks, gratitude, and Thanksgivings dangling about, would you care to toss a grand guess on Carrie’s story-time theme Nov. 26 at 10:30? Could it be, is it possible, do you think it might be Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer? Nice try, but that would be a no. 

Story time Tuesday has Thanksgiving traditions warming up the books for the 5-and-under crowd and their faithful transporters. What’s your favorite food at Thanksgiving? Stuffing the half-hour full of stories, a kid-size Thanksgiving Day parade, and a take-home craft for the family, your attendance is always welcome.

Holiday schedule

That rings the dinner gong wake-up call to share the holiday schedule. The library will be closed Thanksgiving Day. Regular hours resume Friday Nov. 29 from 2 to 6 p.m. and Saturday Nov. 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Happy Turkey Day everyone. 

Mitten Tree

Also, the Library’s Mitten Tree continues to accept donations of homemade mittens to fill the tree. Your generosity is hugely appreciated. Bringing warmth to the community one pair of mittens at a time. 

Community Caregivers

Future scan of programs coming up in December include the Community Caregivers Volunteer Orientation presentation from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Dec. 4. Are you interested in being part of this network of “neighbors helping neighbors”? Have you been contemplating diving into some volunteer activities? 

The Community Caregivers have been helping people in local communities for 25 years and counting. Reserve your seat at this informational program today by calling the library at 518-872-1246. Or stop in to add your name to the sign-up sheet. Refreshments will be served.

December Events

Other December happenings include a Holiday Craft and Book Giveaway on Dec. 7 and a Paint Party Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. Plus the monthly Book Club meet on December 1st at 7 p.m. The Berne Sunday Book Club will be digesting their thoughts about their lastest read “The Woman in the Window” by A.J. FInn. 

Just a few events to rev up your slide toward Christmas.

 — Photo from Sandra Kisselback

Mittens of all shapes and colors are starting to trim the Mitten Tree at the Berne Library. Soon they’ll be happily adorning the hands of Hilltowners.

You’ve heard of pineapple upside-down cake? Welcome to library upside-down notes. Read on for the upside of events and the lowdown of who’s sharpening the sign-in pencils. Peer closely for photo flashes, yarn, and turkeys. Plus volunteer opportunities for all you community spirited peeps out there. 

Knit Wit

Yarn up on Sunday, yarn down on Friday. Yarning along with a favorite song, Knit Wit members have their skeins and they know how to use them. Join them on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. as the group stays busy chatting and working on warm accessories for hospitals and local resource groups. 

Mittens from Sweaters

Jumping over to Friday, Nov. 22 at 4 p.m. is a “Mittens from Sweaters” workshop led by Claire. Class size is limited to ten so sign up as fast as you can. A few handy supplies to bring include a wool sweater, fleece, scissors, pins and needles, a ruler and some thread. Be ready to learn the upside of making mittens from old sweaters.

Workshop

Thursday, Nov. 21 at 6:30 p.m. it's a hands on learning experience with the Photo Composition Workshop.  Are you looking to make your camera shots better, clearer, snappier? This class may just be the right fit. Come in with questions, go home with great tips for snapping crisply focused photos. Chuck Batcher will be your guide. You may even master the upside down, standing on your head selfie in grand style. 

Storytime

After a few selfies, head over to Turkey storytime. Trotting down the lane, the turkeys are heading for the gate so they’ll be on time for story time at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19. They want to be front and center to gobble up some turkey talk. Then they’ll be strutting their turkey legs for a lap around the stacks just before winding down at the craft table for the birds.

Festival of Trees

If it’s a festival of trees you want, then look no further. The Helderberg Family and Community Organization is sponsoring “The Hope and Peace Community Festival of Trees.” 

The Library and Friends are on board. You’re invited to jot your fave books, authors and quirky quotes on a variety of foam shapes gathered at the circulation desk. These will be used for ornaments on the Literacy themed library tree. All trees will be displayed behind the Knox Fire House Dec 7 - Jan 2. 

Another tree shaping up at the library is the Mitten Tree. Mittens of all shapes and colors are warming up the tree’s branches. They’ll then go on to bring warmth to hands around the community.

Volunteer Orientation

Remember those volunteer opportunities for community spirited peeps mentioned a few paragraphs up? Looking ahead to Dec. 4 from noon to 2 p.m., the library will be hosting the Community Caregivers for a Volunteer Orientation program. If you’ve never heard of the Caregivers or felt their presence, they are a volunteer-driven not-for-profit of “neighbors helping neighbors” for 25 years and counting. 

Those wishing to be part of giving and helping in the community, please join in on Dec. 4 to see what it’s all about. Activities volunteers help with can be anything from transportation or phone check-ins to grocery pick-up and meal help. All this will be shared at the orientation program.

Sign-up sheets for Photo Comp, Mittens from sweaters, Community Caregivers Orientation and a Paint Party are ready at the circulation desk. Save your seat today. Questions? Call the library at 518-872-1246.  

Chuck Ver Straeten — musician, geologist, and photographer — is November’s featured artist at the Berne Library.

Grab your events calendar. It’s time to save some dates.

Up first is an author visit from Candace Christiansen on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m. Christiansen’s book, “The Mitten Tree,” will be part of the afternoon visit.

What was the spark bringing the Mitten Tree to the page? Did she think it would be so widely loved? With illustrations by Elaine Greenstein, the story sends out a message of kindness, generosity, and appreciation that remains timeless.

At the library, the Friends are sponsoring their own mitten tree. Handmade mitten, scarf, and hat donations are piling up. They’ll be filling their six-foot tree from top to bottom. The more, the warmier. All collected items will go the Hilltown CommunityResource Center.

Sky Program

In other happenings, think big, outside and rare. Turn your attention upward for a Sky Program scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11. Members of the Helderberg Earth & Sky Observatory are facilitating “The Transit of Mercury”. An event last seen in 2016, you will have to wait until 2049 if you miss  this Nov. 11 offering. Isn’t that a blast? 2049!

The Earth & Sky crew will lug their telescopes with special solar filters attached, so children and adults have the opportunity to safely view Mercury traipsing across the face of the sun over a 5 plus hour time frame. Each attendee receives their own observation certificate. It’s big, it’s outside in the library parking lot, it’s rare. No school that day so stop over and be a part of this celestial event.

Story time

Story time, story time, tell us your theme. Could be a color or funny bone meme. Perhaps a jungle bird or maybe a beam? Wait, what’s that basking in the sun atop the wood pile? Is that a fox? And there, alongside the pile are two kits rough housing and having fun.

On Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 10:30 a.m. you and your 5 and under rough housers can be part of Foxy Storytime with foxes stealing the show. Hear a fox story, stride along like a fox on a date, create a fox craft out of a plate.

Trustees gather

Gathering together to bask in the glow of their newest incentive, recycling loud and clear with large labeled receptacles you can’t miss, the Berne Library Trustees will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14. The three bins on site include separations for paper, cans/bottles, and trash. Thank you to the trustees - keep those good ideas sprouting. All trustee meetings are open to the public. 

Art Show

Also open to the public is the new art show. Chuck Ver Straeten, musician, geologist and photographer is November’s featured artist for the Friends Art Gallery.

Chuck grew up in Des Moines, Iowa with the trombone being his instrument of choice at age 9.  After a summer trip to the Colorado Rockies, Chuck said his focus fanned out into the mountains and forests. He wanted to adventure here, commune with the redwoods, study the rocks. Taking pictures seemed a natural step in his life journey. 

Waterfalls, ripples in a stream, looking beyond the obvious. Honing in on shapes, peaceful stillness and aweness all around him kept Chuck interested and passionate in ever expanding artistic endeavors.

At 21, Chuck found himself at a music school in the Catskill mountains. While there, the region’s geology lured him in. Attending grad school in Rochester, the geologist in him became solidly grounded. All the while, improv jazz music and photography were ever present.

Chuck is a musician, but he is much more than that. Bring yourself to the library to experience his photo array first-hand. You’ll notice peaceful tranquility reaching out and inviting you to sit for a spell in his wonderful world of nature.

Appreciation, appreciate, that’s just a splendid thing you did. Bowing gracefully, Sasha stood up and announced November’s Word of the Month Club’s selection, after toasts of avocado delights.

“I appreciate this opportunity to send you home looking for signs of appreciation in your readings, noticing appreciative actions, and sending appreciation doodles all over town. Now stand up and get out there with bucketfuls of appreciation during the month of November.”

Charitable Program

The library’s “Great Give Back,” a charitable program with arms reaching into the community, wrapped up on Oct. 19. Support from donors dropping non-perishable food and house items garnered 45 pounds of goods. Thank you all for giving a helping hand. Your actions are greatly appreciated.

Fundraiser

This Saturday, Nov. 2 at 5:30 p.m., come to the Hilltown Senior Center in Berne, for a tasty fundraising event. Smell the sauce. Sense the oven’s heat rising. Listen to the clatter of tableware tossing the salad, loosening the dinner rolls and testing the dessert. 

It’s the Friends annual lasagna dinner and cake walk. A flavor-filled affair where everyone walks away a winner. Pre-sale tickets are available until 5:59 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1 at the library. Or get your tickets at the door: adults-$12, children 12 and under-$8.

Book Club

On the heels of Saturday nights yum fest, is the Berne Sunday book club meet. Starting at 7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 3, members will gather to discuss “Little Bee” by Chris Cleave. New members are welcome any time.

Storytime

When you think of a barn, what color jumps to mind? Hold that thought. When you see a barn, do you wonder what’s inside? Put on your thinking cap. 

Barns with hay mounds piled up to the ceiling. Barn cats and cows living side by side. Barns housing livestock or transformed into a house. Holding court for a wedding or storing antiques.

Nov. 5 storytime explores barns in all their glory. Come by on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. to experience barn speak, barn dancing and throw in a bit of barn crafting to boot. Questions? Call the library at 518-872-1246.

Author visit

With stories planted in your brain, that brings up author Candace Christiansen and her book “The Mitten Tree.” A great kids’ book sharing a heartwarming message of kindness and giving.

Written in 1997, the story created a movement. Schools, libraries and other groups started putting up mitten trees of their own. The tradition continues today, 22 years later. The Friends are hosting a meet and greet with Candace Christiansen at the library on Saturday, Nov/ 9 at 1 p.m. Stamp your library events calendar now. Sign up sheet at the front desk.

Mitten Tree

Carrying the message forward, a Mitten Tree looking to be filled will be in residence at the Berne Library. Help fill the tree with homemade mittens, scarves and hats. All items collected will be donated to the Hilltown Resource Center.

Exhibit

New art exhibit alert. November’s show is soon set to be seen on the south wall’s Friends Art Gallery space. Artist details revealed in next week’s read. 

Stretching across the landscape, a line of blue wraps its arms around the library. Triplets of windows along the wall lend a view of the azure sky, a dimple of trees, snippets of buildings, and a glimpse of library visitors traipsing past.

Gazing inward, a flow of books, left and right, greet the eye with a wiggle of DVDs filling in the center. A youth, fervently studying her smartphone, lets slip a giggle and then quickly stifles a laugh-out-loud bark.

Suddenly, streaming in like a flipped switch, a sheath of brightness powers across the book stacks, showering the room with a calming glow before the sun dips down beyond the western tree line. It’s a brief meditative stillness noticed and appreciated.

Snap! A round of ding-dongs chime as the counter signals incoming. Four youngsters troop in, ahead of their mom, carrying backpacks and donning hearty smiles. All of them talking excitedly about their Halloween costume plans. Ghosts, vampires, a mirror (?), and maybe Mickey Mouse. Another victorious day at the library — people in, books checked out, curious conversations of costumes and a mouse.

Story time

So, Tuesday’s story time theme. What could it be? Here’s a hint. It begins with H.

It happens every year on Oct. 31. Sometimes toilet paper, ghouls, and gazillions of candies are involved. Or perhaps apples. Then there’s the traditional dressing up in costumes by children and adults.

Yes that’s right! Halloween story time struts its stuff at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29. Wear a costume or come as you are. Either way, Halloween is on it’s way for the 5 and under story time fans with their caregivers in tow. With Halloween stories, a parade and a craft, it’s bound to be a halloweenish hit.

Art Gallery

With a flair for uniquely designed images, artist Simona Bortis-Schultz’s October show in the Friends Art Gallery stands ready for visitors. You have one more week to soak in the view of fourteen visually relaxing gems.

Come experience a woman diving into a cup of coffee, a mermaid reaching for the moon, a jogger pulling a kite mask. Choose your favorite, if you can.

A little shout out on happenings at the seed library housed to the right of the circulation desk. Broccoli Spear posts tips each month to help foster the health of your gardens. October’s tip stresses you gotta clean, clean, clean

 It’ll help your springtime start up sail in on smoother waters. By removing debris now, you may also minimize pests trying to snuggle in for the winter. Lots of great ideas to keep those gardens in tip top shape. Thank you Broccoli Spear.

November Calendar

A couple items to place on your November calendar include food and an author visit. Saturday, Nov. 2, is the annual Friends of the Berne Library Lasagna Dinner and Cake Walk event held at 5:30 p.m. at the Senior Center. Warm comfort food, salad, dessert and a cake walk.

That’s a recipe for success. Pick up your pre-sale tickets for $10 at the library or wait until the 2nd and pay $12 at the door.

Author visit

Author Candace Christiansen is scheduled to visit the library on Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. Her book “The Mitten Tree” will be featured. Mark your calendars now.

A sea of words sashays across the page with a victorious stance. Hey, over here. There may be something of interest to you as you scan these lines of type. Dip your gaze in this direction.

The essential questions spring up. What’s all the hubbub? Is there a freebie involved? A program, an event, a new challenge to sign up for?

Could it be information sharing, lessons in life, a roaring refusal to accept the status quo, passing along some humor to lighten the day? Is it worth 2 minutes and 61 seconds of my time I’ll never get back, to jump in and decipher the story line?

You”ll know you made the right decision when you scan the lines and discover an informative program being held at the library. Or a free seminar to improve your computer skills.

Maybe it’s a mention of new books, movies and magazines you’ve wanted to get your hands on. Housed here at the Berne Public Library, you’ll find all that and more. Read on for programs happening this week. Thanks for giving a nod this way. 

Knit Wit Group

The monthly Knit Wit group will meet Sunday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. Bring your latest yarning project and share new ideas. All interested in the craft are welcome to join. Do you have a snag you’d like help with? The Knit Wits will be happy to help.

Storytime

How about a look at story time Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.:

Pumpkins, pumpkins on the mound

Starting their life as a seed in the ground

Pumpkins, pumpkins beginning their fun

As vines pop out drinking water and sun 

Growing bigger and bigger from blooming flowers

Tiny green pumpkins thrive from sun’s daily showers

Gaining girth and new color 

That pleases the crowd

Pumpkins, pumpkins on the mound.

On Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., Oct. 22, Pumpkin Story Time rolls out in the community room with a story or two featuring, you guessed it, pumpkins.

Learn how these orange orbs are all sorts of wonderful. Pumpkin pie, Jack-O-Lanterns, decorations. All the 5 and under kids and their caregivers are invited in for this Tuesday’s story time filled with pumpkin stories, pumpkin grooving and pumpkin crafting. 

Food donations

In case you missed it, a community project sponsored by the library, stamped as “The Great Give Back”,  has been underway since Oct. 1 and continues through Oct. 19. People are asked to bring their non-perishable food donations to the library during open hours. Oct. 19 wraps up this month’s Great Give Back. The library thanks you all very much for supporting this program.

Trading Card Game

Also happening on Saturday, Oct. 19 is a Pokemon Trading Card Game starting at 1 p.m. in the community room. Compare your collections, bring your friends. All skill levels are welcome.

Fundraiser

Mark your calendars. The annual lasagna dinner fundraiser by the Friends of the Berne Library is set for 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 2 at the Senior Center. Tickets are $12 at the door or $10 pre-sale at the library. Find all library events listed at their web page www.bernepubliclibrary.org, follow the library on Facebook, call the library with any questions 518-872-1246 and read all about it in the Altamont Enterprise.

Is that a siren in the distance? Oh, look! The sound is coming from that big red fire truck heading down to the Berne Town Park. They must be doing a demonstration at the family picnic day.

Those fire trucks sure do lots of things. You see them in parades, visit them during fire-safety programs, and watch as their big ladders are put into action to rescue Zaza Ming, the cat, from your neighbor’s tree.

Fire trucks are a big part of our fabric. Many museums house all things related to firefighting. One such place is the Firemen's Association of the State of New York Museum of Firefighting, located in Hudson, New York. In October, the museum celebrates Dalmation Day.

 On Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the 10:30 a.m. story-time program, you’ll be listening to fire-truck tales and moving to the fire-truck beat. Early fire trucks were pulled by humans and then horses. All 5-and-under kids and caregivers are invited in to experience fire-truck story time with a take-home craft wrapping up the half hour.

The Great Give Back

Besides in-house programs, the Berne Public Library strives to connect with the community in other ways. This month rolls out the Great Give Back in an effort to promote charitable giving.

With your generous assistance, a food-collection drive is underway. Bring nonperishable items to the library during open hours and add your give back to the community. Collections continue through Oct. 19 and will be donated to the Hilltowns Community Resource Center.

Two other Give Back opportunities stand ready for your help at the library also. First is the Coats for Kids drive, coordinated by the Helderberg Kiwanis Club. Besides coats, they are looking for hats, gloves, and scarves for protection against cold weather days and nights. Brrrrr. It won’t be long. Hang on to those warm sunny thoughts.

Second to coats, is the Girl Scout Troop 1482 shoe drive. Good condition, no holes or tears. They’d really like it if they came in pairs. Any type of shoe is good, but they kindly nix roller and ice skates from going in the bin.

So, there you have it folks. Food, coats, hats, gloves, scarves, and shoes.  

Hey, it’s a veritable giving paradise flowering brightly at the Berne Public Library’s victorious Great Give Back in October. Thank you for your kindness in supporting this program.

“Cosmic Lady Walking” is by Simona Bortis-Schultz. Her artwork is now on display at the Berne Public Library.

The new Friends Art exhibit by October’s featured artist, Simona Bortis-Schultz, is in the building.

Bortis-Schultz, hailing from Romania, emigrated to America with her family when she was 8 years old during Ronald Reagan’s administration. Originally landing in Arizona, she continued her education after high school at a college in the Pacific Northwest. As far back as she can remember, drawing has been an integral part of her life. She has a finger callus to prove it. 

After college, Bortis-Schultz moved with friends to New York City where she found work and met her future husband. She has been a design professional and illustrator for over 20 years working on lettering projects for brands like Nike and movie projects such as “UTurn.” The artist eventually settled here in Berne to raise a family and continue her passion for creating art.

After honing in on a certain idea or concept in her head, she uses a combination of textures to make the idea come alive visually. Drawing comes first, using water colors and/or acrylics and then scanning and using computer programs to create a layered look of textures and shadows.

Bortis-Schultz says her relationship with expressive imagery seen in Eastern European posters of historical interest can be credited for bolstering some of her artistic callings.

When asked about other blasts of inspiration, Bortis-Schultz replied, “I’d have to say I am always looking, thinking, and studying life. If you are curious and interested, ideas are sparked and flow in copiously.”

Please swing in and view October’s artwork display by Simona Boris-Schultz for a peaceful and relaxing experience. You can also visit and learn more about the artist at www.figure8design.net

Book Discussion

On Sunday, Oct. 6 at 6 p.m., the Berne Sunday Book club gathers around the table to discuss and ponder over “Some Luck” by Jane Smiley. Part of a trilogy called the “Last Hundred Years”, “Some Luck” walks you through the first 33 years of the Langdon’s growing family with their roots on an Iowa farm.

Story time

Swoosh, swoosh, swoosh. Look for story time gliding into view at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8.  Just like an owl in the throes of picking up dinner. Gliding down noiselessly with razor sharp focus.

Silently yet skillfully the half hour bumps alive with stories, movement and a craft.  This week, the young ones 5 and under will be scavenging the library for Owls hidden among the stacks after hooting for the owl story offerings. Welcome to the storyboard fans, it’s owl time.

Dealing with High Blood Pressure

As Tuesday shifts toward evening, adults are invited to an informational meeting on healthy ways to address high blood pressure. Lurking silently in the background, high blood pressure, known medically as hypertension, affects 1 out of  2 adults. Many having this health issue can be clueless of their situation. Most people exhibit zero signs.

Sometimes hypertension may be a result of other medical conditions such as kidney disease. Either way, presenters Tricia Bulatao, RDN and Selethia Garcia from the Albany County Department of Health will be at the library October 8 at 6:30 p.m. to share ways to get the beast under control. Sign-up to reserve your spot for Get Healthy: Stay Healthy with simple lifestyle changes within your reach. Questions? Call the library at 518-872-1246, check program details on the website: www.bernepubliclibrary.org or look on the library’s Facebook page.

Trustees meet

The monthly Library Trustees meeting will convene at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10.  All are welcome to attend this public meeting.

Escape Room

A Teen Escape Room is planned for Friday, Oct. 11 at 6:30 p.m. Take on the challenge awaiting you at the library. Grab your friends, make a plan and escape the zone before time runs out. Please call or sign-up at the library.

Food Item Collection

Another program underway is the “Great Give Back” culminating on Oct. 19. The library will be collecting non-perishable food items now until Saturday the 19th. Bring your donations to the library during open hours and be a supporting leg of this community effort. 

— Photo from Kathy Stempel

Sara Chauvot’s artwork is on display at the Berne Library. 

— Photo from Kathy Stempel

A week till a tick is fully engorged: On Sept. 18, Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara and Cornell Cooperative Extension gave a presentation at the Berne Library on Lyme disease with tips on how to minimize the risk and what to do if you find a tick bite.

When the world sits on your stomach, scrinch to the side, thrust up your shoulder, and give the world the Word of the Month Club’s winner for October.

And remember, after you burst up from the rubble, your arms will be thrust up, your head will be thrown back, and you’ll be wearing a million-dollar smile as you fling out VICTORIOUS loud and clear.  

Be victorious in your thoughts. Let victorious claim the banner on your white board. Write victorious on the edges of your notebook. Try victorious on for size as October carries you forward.

Story time

Peeking ahead to story time with new story time educator Carrie Needham, you can be sure that leaves are in your future. On Tuesday, Oct. 1, listen to leaves in a book, sway in a leafy fashion and make a leaf inspired craft. 

Do you prefer oak, maple or hickory leaves? Bring your favorite leaf to share during story time at 10:30 a.m. 

Friends meet

Bouncing over to Oct. 2, it’s an all hands on deck for the Friends of the Berne Library monthly meeting. Anyone interested in helping grow the Berne Library are invited to attend the  7 p.m. meeting. Prepping for the annual lasagna dinner is on the menu. Mark your calendars for Nov. 2 in big red letters so you’ll be sure to snag your tickets early. As with any fundraising crowd, volunteers are valued, appreciated and always welcome.  

Art Gallery 

Another variety of volunteers include the artists lending their masterpieces to the Friends Art gallery in the community room. There’s just one week left to view September’s featured artist. Sara Chauvot brought us 20 pieces of her artwork with scenery and people from Alaska to Texas, from California to New York and many states in between. 

Chauvot and her husband will soon be traveling to warmer climates in her motorhome which contains her art studio on wheels. Follow the artist on her Facebook page at SARACHAUVOT,ARTIST  while she travels the country. Also, check to see how she’s doing with her new daily painting challenge. Along with the challenges, Chauvot is busy with commissioned pet portraits. Thanks to all the artists for making the art gallery so welcoming. 

— Photo from Kathy Stemple

Picture books hang out with Heldercon raffle baskets at the Berne Library.  Everyone is invited to enjoy a fun day at the Berne Town Park for the Incredible Heldercon on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 11 a.m. to  4 p.m. 

The third Incredible Heldercon, brought to you by the Berne Public Library’s Heldercon volunteer squad, is mere hours away. Do you have your costume ready? Are you looking for entertaining activities for children and adults to enjoy?

Is that a yes? Then swoop on down and join this free family-friendly event full of magic, games, and adventures.

Super Heroes, Villains, Minions and Storm Troopers are tending to final details before swarming the Berne Town Park for some cosplay action. Be a “Guardian of the Galaxy” for the day and enter the costume contest.

Wait, there’s more! You can see hula-hoopers, visit the Star Wars tent, try out the Superhero Training Course, and team up for a scavenger hunt. 

Are there going to be local vendors, you ask? Indeed, replies the mysterious voice behind the curtain. Plus raffles and prizes and a bounce house. 

What about demos and such? You betcha. A K9 unit, magic show, Balloon Animals with Bowey,and  the popular Heldercon: “Now smile for the camera” photo booth.

Food, how about food? Yes, indubitably. Available for purchase, food there will be. So, here’s a little tip.

Wear a costume or come as you are. Everyone is invited to enjoy a fun day at the Berne Town Park for the Incredible Heldercon on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 11 a.m. to  4 p.m. 

Story Time

With tips coming fast and fabulous, how about tipping your toes into story time on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 10:30 a.m. Story time’s half hour early literacy campaign offers stories, movement and a craft. This week’s theme is the letter A. To the five and under story time visitors, bring something to the library that begins with A. 

Hint: apple, ankle, alien. Or maybe think of what animals or words begin with A and bring them along to share. More hints: aardvaark, alligator, aaaachooo. Story time, an all around auspicious adventure. 

Information on library programs can be found at www.bernepubliclibrary.org, or call 518-872-1246 during open hours. Also check out the library’s Facebook page. for event updates.

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