Berne Library Notes for Wednesday, July 23, 2014

If asked to list famous scientists, who would be on your list?  Einstein, Galileo, Madame Curie, or Darwin may come to mind.  Over the next two weeks, adults in the summer reading program will be asked to read and review a book about scientists or their discoveries.  Silent Spring by Rachel Carson is on that list of books along with many others.  Any interested adult may participate.

First magnets

The first magnets were not invented by a scientist, but rather were found from a naturally occurring mineral called magnetite.  Lodestone is another name for magnetite, an iron oxide.  Magnets will be the focus of the Wee Read SRP on Tuesday, July 29.  Children ages 1 through 5 are invited to join Ms. Kathy at 11 a.m. for stories, activities, and a craft.

Music in the park

Lodestone is also defined as a thing that is the focus of attraction.  If good music is your lodestone, the Berne Town Park is the place to be on Wednesdays.  The Music in the Park concert series features Slim Pick'ins on July 30.  The band will be playing from 6:30 p.m. to dusk and admission is free.  Refreshments will be available for purchase from the Friends of the Berne Library.


Army surgeon, William Beaumont, discovered how the stomach breaks down food.  In 1822, a gunshot victim allowed the surgeon to insert a tube into the wound that penetrated his stomach.  Beaumont was able to observe the workings of the stomach and to collect and analyze the contents.  Sound gross?  Grossology is the title for the next Fizz, Boom, Read SRP for children ages 5 to 12.  Meet at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 31 for an exploration into things that could be considered disgusting. 

Family movie night

The inventor of Lego building blocks may not have been aware of all its possibilities.  Imagine a movie based on these plastic pieces.  Family Movie Night is Friday, August 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Contact the library for this month's film title. It is an animated film that is rated PG for mild action and rude humor.  Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

Summer reading list

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson is also on the B-K-W summer reading list.  Now is a great time to pick up the books that students need to read before school begins.  Scientists have shown that reading over the summer helps prevent learning loss.  Sounds like a smart idea.