Berne Library Notes for Monday, March 10, 2014

A library is defined by Merriam-Webster as a place where books are kept for use but not for sale. If taking this historical view of a library, people might be confused by our movie and music collections. They might wonder why we have programs such as Makerspace, Lego League, or Knit Wits. The answer is found in the mission statement of the library. “Meeting the needs of the community for life-long learning and entertainment.” 

Board games

As we spring ahead into Daylight Savings Time on March 9, there will be more light in the evenings.  Adults are encouraged to spend this Sunday evening playing board games at the Berne Public Library.  Develop strategical thinking while having fun. Game Night begins at 7 p.m.

Story time

Reading and the development of literacy skills is still the mainstay of the library. Preschool children and their caregivers are invited to join Kathy for story time on Tuesday, March 11, at 11 a.m.  Explore the letter X with x-rays.  Stories, activities, and a craft are all a part of this weekly program.

Annual report

Ever wonder where the library money comes from, what it is spent on, or how much material circulates each year?   The library is required to submit this information to the New York State Department of Education and report to the community.  The annual report for 2013 will be presented on Thursday, March 13, at 6:30 p.m.  Find out what was accomplished on a shoestring budget. The monthly meeting of the library board of trustees will follow the presentation.

Tech week

Teen Tech Week is March 9 -15.  This year’s theme is “DIY @ your library.”  The purpose is to showcase all of the great non-print resources and services that are available to teens.  We have books, but libraries are also places where teens can explore, create, and share. The teen advisory group takes over the library on Friday, March 14, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.  All teens are encouraged to attend this hands-on technology event.

Author Anne Herbert said, “Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries.”  Make use of this community resource that has books and much more.