Berne Library Notes for Thursday, September 5, 2013

September brings two things to mind: time to go back to school and time to harvest the garden before the first frost. According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, the first frost for Albany, is October 3.  Of course, the date for the Hilltowns is typically earlier. Despite our short growing season, it is possible to have a local sustainable food economy.  

Sarah Gordon, an enthusiastic believer in sustained living, will be presenting a program on this topic in the meeting room of the Berne town hall.  Gordon founded FarmieMarket and is actively involved in promoting local farmers. The presentation on Sunday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m., is open to the public.

Prior to Ms. Gordon's presentation, there will be a potluck dinner at 6 p.m.  We are celebrating the closing of the adult summer reading program and the resuming of the monthly Sunday Book Club at the Berne Public Library.  

The library staff will supply the drinks and place settings.  Participants are asked to bring a dish made with local foods. Please respond at 872-1246 or e-mail the and indicate the dish you will be bringing. With a little planning, it should be a balanced and delicious meal.

Story time

There is a new time for story time starting on Tuesday, Sept. 10, beginning at 10:30 a.m.  Preschool children and their caregivers are invited to join Kathy for stories, activities, and a craft.  This week the group will be playing school and taking turns being the teacher. What is the best way to prepare children for school?  Make sure they have a library card.

Volunteers needed

Work bees to apply polyurethane to new bookcases are scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon, and 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5 and on Monday, Sept. 9.  Any interested adult with paintbrush skills is invited to help with this community project. Please meet at the Hilltown Senior Center, 1360 Helderberg Trail, in Berne. We hope to move the shelving into the new library by the end of the month.

Board meets

The library’s board of trustees will be discussing library business on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 6:30 p.m.  This meeting is open to the public.

September is the perfect time to visit the library. There are new issues of magazines from 21 different subscriptions. If you would rather read a nonfiction book, try The Ultimate Guide to Homesteading: an encyclopedia for independent living by Nicole Faire. Remember, there is no charge for a library card or for taking out items. Why buy when you can borrow?