Berne Library Notes for Wednesday, March 11, 2015

March is Irish-American Heritage Month, which includes Saint Patrick's Day on March 17.  Although Saint Patrick's Day was originally a religious holiday, it has evolved into a celebration of all things Irish.  What Irish symbols come to mind?  The harp is the official national symbol of Ireland, but it was probably not your first thought.

Irish Gaelic and English are the official languages of Ireland. There are apps that can be downloaded to e-devices for learning Gaelic. Have you ever wanted to make someone into a leprechaun? Leprechaun Me is an app that does that by adding features to photos.

Apps and new technology will be the focus of the next teen program at the Berne Public Library. Participate in Teen Tech Week with Kathy on Friday, March 13.  The Teen Tech Cafe begins at 6:30 p.m.  Share your favorite app with your peers.

Knit Wits

The Irish flag consists of three vertical stripes. The green represents the Gaelic tradition, the orange represents the followers of William of Orange, and the white represents the aspiration for peace between them. Those who knit or crochet use these colors in their creations.  Bring your own project to work on during the Knit Wits program on Sunday, March 15, at 7 p.m. It promises to be a peaceful night with other adults who share your passion.  

Library survey

Legend says leprechauns are wee folk that are mischievous and intelligent.  They like to play odd tricks but are generally harmless.  Perhaps that is who changed the due date of the library surveys to March 1, which is incorrect.  The trustees are very interested in hearing your opinions about the library, so please fill out a survey on paper or online and submit it anytime in March.  The survey is for everyone living in Berne, East Berne, and Knox.

Story time

Wee folks, ages one to five, are invited to story time at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17.  Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day with Ms. Kathy, our favorite Irish lass. Listen to stories, participate in activities, and make a craft during this pre-literacy program.  


Spring officially begins on March 20.  As you begin your spring house cleaning, remember that the Friends of the Library are interested in your books, movies on DVD or VHS, audio-books, puzzles, and jewelry. Bring your boxes and bags of donations to the Hilltown Senior Center, 1360 Helderberg Trail, Berne on Saturday, March 21, between 9 a.m. and noon.  If this time is inconvenient, bring your donations to the library during hours before March 27.

The book and jewelry sale is on Saturday, March 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hilltown Senior Center.  Enjoy a pancake breakfast in the area during the Hilltown Maple Weekend and then head to the Hilltown Senior Center for the sale. You should be able to find good books by authors of Irish descent, which include Vince Flynn, Pat Conroy, Michael Connelly, Nora Roberts, and Mary Higgins Clark.

We’d like to share this Irish saying, "May you get all your wishes but one, so that you will always have something to strive for!"