John Valachovic

— Photo from Judy Petrosillo
John Valachovic shares his knowledge of and materials on the history of the Albany Main rail line at the Berne Public Library on Feb. 16.

Remember the career aptitude test given to you in middle school to determine what occupation you might enjoy?  If you like to put things in order, your suggested career included librarian. Although classifying objects keeps a library organized, the American Library Association lists the top skill for a librarian as "the desire to meet and serve the library's user community".

Photo contest

Participants of the photography contest classified their pictures into one of the following groups:  Reflections and Shadows, Hilltowners, Down on the Farm, and The Joy of Reading. Winners in each category, the grand prize, and the people's choice will be announced during a reception at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25. All are welcome to come support the photographers and enjoy refreshments.

Story time

According to developmental charts, a child begins to group, sort, and categorize at eight months old.  They begin to distinguish between familiar and unfamiliar people and objects.Children ages 1 to 5 years old are invited to Storytime at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays. Plan to match some mixed up socks with Ms. Kathy on Feb. 28. Stories, activities, and a craft are all part of this program that develops pre-literacy skills.  

Friends meet

The Friends of the Library like to mix business with pleasure. The next meeting is at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1. The group is working on sign-ups for the book and jewelry sale on Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26. Sort through your possessions for things to donate.  Books, jewelry, games, puzzles, movies, and music on CDs are being accepted from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 18. If this time is inconvenient, please contact Judy for alternative times by calling 872-1246 or emailing .

Movie

Movie Night is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, March 3. Enjoy a 2017 Oscar nominated film on the large screen of the community room. The projected movie is rated PG-13 for brief strong language and would be categorized under science fiction and suspense. Admission is free and refreshments are provided. The title is available at the library or on our website.

Search your past

Ancestry.com is an online program that can help sort out your ancestral history. The library edition is free to use at the library with computers connected to the Internet. Search your past without committing to a paid subscription to Ancestry.  

Painting eggs

The Artful You class in March is painting eggs. Linda Hall is teaching a method that is not as complicated as Ukrainian egg painting, but definitely at a higher level than coloring Easter eggs. If you like to mix and match color, register for this workshop being held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 11.  The class size is limited to eighteen.

Author E. B. White said, "We should all do what, in the long run, gives us joy, even if it is only picking grapes or sorting the laundry."

“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.

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