Well I'll be a monkey's uncle, the library is open on Monday, Oct. 9 even though it is Columbus Day.  Stop by during our normal hours of 4 to 8 p.m.  Although the library is open, remember that the town of Berne transfer station is closed.

Story Time

Children ages 1 to 5 are invited to join Ms. Kathy at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday Oct. 10 for Storytime. The pre-literacy program teaches skills in a fun environment. This week the stories, activities, music, and craft will be about monkeys.  

Severe weather

Severe weather events certainly can throw a monkey wrench into our lives. Discussion of this issue and how community members can work together are the focus of the second session of Pushing the Limits. This science cafe/book club meets at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Oct. 10. Refreshments will be available. Please pick up Zeitoun by Dave Eggers for the book discussion and register for this program on climate change.

Trustees meet

The trustees of the library meet at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12. There won't be any monkey business, but they will be discussing library business. This is an open meeting and community members are encouraged to attend.


The teen action group has more fun than a barrel of monkeys. TAG is having a Zombie Escape Room at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13. Work in teams using your wits and problem solving skills to exit the room in the time allowed. The building is closed to the public but not to teens. Bring a friend or come alone and make some new friends.

Knit Wits

The Knit Wits meet at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 15. If you knit or crochet, stop in for an hour or so to work on your own project with the support of other like-minded crafters.  Perhaps someone has a pattern for knitting a monkey.

If someone made a monkey out of you because you were lacking knowledge on a topic, it is time to visit the library and expand your horizons.   

In honor of the achievements of American workers, the library will be closed Saturday, Sept. 2 and Monday, Sept. 4. Happy Labor Day weekend!

Library cards

September is also Library Card Sign-Up Month. Crime-fighting DC Super Heroes, the Teen Titans, are the 2017 honorary chairs. Everyone loves superheroes, not just because they do great things, but also because they inspire us to be our best selves. There's no better place to discover and develop your superpowers than at the library.

We are asking everyone to write down their superpower and post it at the library. Share your special talents, skills, and interests that you have developed thanks to the library.  

Library friends

The members of the Friends of the Library are our heroes. They recently purchased a chair and a half that is the perfect size for an adult to read with a child. Try it out when you come to the library. This dedicated group meets at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 6 to discuss more ways to support the library. New members are always welcome.

Teen Titans

Raven, a Teen Titan, has telekinetic abilities but we will have to be satisfied with remote controls.  If you are interested in driving remote controlled cars as a hobby, we have a discovery program for you.  Mark Hohengasser will share his knowledge and passion at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7. This event is designed for adults and teens.  

Teen Titans have the power, courage, and teamwork to rise to any challenges thrown their way. Sounds like our teen action group. All teens are invited to spend time at the library on Friday, Sept. 8 when the library is closed to the public. Join Ms. Kathy at 6:30 p.m. for TAG.

Reading program

September marks the end of summer.  The Summer Reading Program for adults concludes on Sunday, Sept. 10. Bring a dish for the pot-luck supper at 6 p.m., followed by prizes and a discussion of your favorite summer reads. Pick up the book “The Water Knife” by Paolo Bacigalupi for a book club conversation after SRP.

Climate change

There is still time to be a part of the climate change conversations planned for this fall. Help make a difference. Pick up the book “The Water Knife” from the library to read for the discussion on Tuesday, Sept. 12. NOAA scientist Steve DiRienzo and library director Judy Petrosillo will co-facilitate the science cafe meets book club format. This Pushing the Limit - PLACE event at 6:30 p.m. is made possible by a grant from NOAA and the National Science Foundation. Refreshments will be provided.


Pre-school children seem to have some of Starfire's green energy beams. Ms. Kathy is looking forward to sharing that energy on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 10:30 a.m. when Storytime resumes for the fall.

Remember, the only thing more powerful than a Teen Titan is a library card!

School's out for the summer, but learning should never stop. The best thing about summer education is there are no tests or grades. Where can you experiment and develop new ideas in a free and fun environment? Go to the local public library, of course. The 2017 summer activities are based on the theme of building a better world.  Ask an elementary student which pig built the best house in the skit at the BKW Bulldog Show.

At the Berne Public Library, children from birth to 17 years old can attend events, log in reading minutes, complete an incentive game, or do any combination of these.  Adults may also participate by completing a reading challenge and/or submitting book reviews. Pick up a package at the library, download the information from our website, or sign up online at bernepubliclibrary.beanstack.org.  

Wee Build

The Wee Build programs are at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays for children from birth to age 5. Join Ms. Kathy on June 27 to discover how to build a better world. The event includes activities, a craft, and stories.  

Building Crew

The Building Crew will meet on Thursday, June 29 at 6:30 p.m. to investigate bridges and skyscrapers. This event is for ages 6 to 12 and Ms. Kathy is sure to make it entertaining.  

Beatbox and comedy show

The main kickoff event is a beatbox and comedy show for the entire family featuring Jester Jim. His special performance begins at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 6 at the Berne Community and Senior Center, 1360 Helderberg Trail in Berne. This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization program, a regrant program of the NYS Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature and administered by The Arts Center of the Capital Region.  In other words, it is worth your time to attend and there is no admission fee.

What is beatboxing?  According to dictionary.com, it is "a musical style or technique . . . in which the sounds and rhythms of percussion instruments . . . are simulated by using the mouth and voice."  The comedy part might include watching someone inexperienced attempt to beatbox!  Don't let that dissuade you from attending; Jester Jim only uses volunteers.

While school activities decrease, the library activities increase. Be sure to check our website often at www.BernePublicLibrary.org.


When it comes to producing a tadpole, most male and female frogs leave the fertilized egg to develop on its own. One exception is the Darwin's frog found in South America. In this species, the male frog guards the eggs until they are almost ready to hatch.He then ingests the eggs and holds them in his vocal sac where they hatch into tadpoles and develop into frogs.Then they hop out of the male's mouth and spread out. Freaky!

Story walk

Show how much you appreciate the care received from your father by taking him for a Father's Day Storywalk. Read a picture book by Jennifer Ward while enjoying a stroll in the park. “What Will Grow” is posted around the Knox Town Park and “The Busy Tree” is at the Berne Town Park.  These story walks are provided by the Friends of the Berne Library.

Knit Wits

Perhaps while dad is spending quality time with the kids, mom can escape to the library for Knit Wits.The program begins at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 18.Bring your own knitting or crocheting project to work on while sharing ideas, problems, solutions, and especially conversations with other adults.

Story time

Dads, moms, and other caregivers are invited to bring children ages 1 to 5 years old to Storytime on Tuesday, June 20. Join Ms. Kathy at 10:30 a.m. for stories, activities, and a craft on frogs.  Plan on jumping and making ribbit sounds.  

Summer events

We hop right into summer events at the library as soon as school ends.Sign up at the library or online at www.BernePublicLibrary.org. Click on the Beanstack logo in the right hand column. There is something for every age group. Attend programs, read, and earn prizes while we all work to "Build a Better World".

Comedy show

Mark Twain's literary career as a humorist was launched in 1865 with the tall tale of  "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County." Humor has always been great entertainment. A professional comedian is coming to the Berne Community and Senior Center at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 6. Jester Jim is sure to bring smiles to the faces of all family members as he shows you how to perform beatbox. This quality performance is not in our budget but is being made possible by a grant from the Arts Center of the Capital Region.

Remember that all library programs are free of charge unless otherwise noted.  


Photo — Marge Capuano
Baby ducks made an appearance at story time on Tuesday at the Berne Library.

There is a long-running debate on whether nature or nurture determines human behavior. Is the ability to write well due primarily to genetics or life experiences and environment?  Authors who may have inherited good DNA from their fathers include Joe Hill, son of Stephen King; Alafair Burke, daughter of James Lee Burke; and Jesse Kellerman, son of Jonathan Kellerman.  

We like to acknowledge the accomplishments of sons and daughters. Our Teen Action Group includes a group of seniors who will be graduating in a few weeks. TAG will be celebrating their successes at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, June 9. All teens are invited to participate in the fun.

Story time

Father's Day is only a week away. Children ages 1 to 5 will be preparing for the holiday during Storytime on Tuesday, June 13. Join Ms. Kathy at 10:30 a.m. for a pre-literacy event that includes stories, activities, and making a craft for an important male.

Our ancestors

You can find information about your forefathers by researching your family's history. The library edition of Ancestry.com is available on the library's computers and it is free to use in the library. Take advantage of this wonderful genealogical resource during library hours.

Summer reading

An environment that includes reading books can lead to success. As the school year comes to an end, the summer events at the library kick into gear for every age group. Register on Beanstack to keep track of your reading, write book reviews, and earn prizes. The Beanstack link can be found in the right hand column of our website www.BernePublicLibrary.org. Stay tuned for activities that begin the last week of June.

Jesse Kellerman said, “My dad never pushed me to pursue writing or any other career; he’s a believer in forging one’s own destiny, and he has repeatedly told me that his only wish is for me to be happy. Importantly, I believe him.”  This is a great example of what a father and child relationship should be.