Berne Library Notes for Wednesday, September 16, 2020

— Photo from Kathy Stempel

Talk Like a Pirate Day is on the poop deck at the Berne library for Friday, Sept. 18 and Saturday, Sept. 19.

— Photo from Berne Public Library

Ann Hein has been recognized by the Friends of Berne Library for her efforts in planting and maintaining two gardens on the library's property which, along with birdhouses she's placed around the lawn, have earned a Wildlife Habitat certification by the National Wildlife Federation. "Due to Ann Hein’s efforts many eastern region birds visit the library," said Kathy Stempel, the library's director, in a release."We have seen tree swallows, downy woodpeckers, northern flickers, nuthatches, wrens, goldfinches, sparrows, robins, starlings, and hummingbirds. Also there are many types of bees and other insects that prosper at our library in the town of Berne."

There are many different words signaling the presence of sugar in food.

Did you know there are over 50 different ones? From dextrose, fructose, and lactose to cane sugar, barley malt, and rice syrup.

There’s high-fructose corn syrup, galactose, maltodextrin, honey, beet sugar, and blackstrap molasses too. Plus you have artificial sweeteners and sugar substitutes like xylitol, sucralose, and aspartame. It’s positively staggering to think about.

So here’s a little challenge for you. Read some of your food labels. How many sugars can you identify? How much added sugar makes the cake?

Speaking of identifying things, Broccoli Spear of the Seed Library mentioned there are phone apps available to identify plants in a snap. Check to see if it’s right for you.

Build confidence in discovering poison-ivy patches to steer clear of. Delve into identifying different trees growing in your neighborhood. Become familiar with plants living in your world, read food labels, and take advantage of your home library’s resources to keep that life-long learning in the go lane. 

Ahoy there!

Talk Like a Pirate Day is on the poop deck at the Berne library for Friday, Sept. 18, and Saturday, Sept. 19. Aaaarrrrggghh! Be on the lookout, me hearties, for any scallywags aiming to plunder the book coffers.

Blimey! What started out as a bit of blarney on a racquetball court in Albany, Oregon in 1995, soared to fandom after columnist Dave Barry wrote a piece lauding the pirate-talk idea. Look it up: “Arrrrr! Talk like a pirate — or prepare to be boarded” by Dave Barry, published in the Miami Herald on Sept. 8, 2002. Shiver me timbers, that’s worth checking out. 

So, heave ho and batten down the hatches, me buckos, as you prepare your pirate gear, weigh anchor, and hoist the Mizzen! It’s pirate talking time on the 18th and 19th at the Berne Library. Savvy?

Switzkill hike

A second community hike will take place on Sunday at 1 p.m. on the Switzkill Farm’s property. Located on Game Farm Road in Berne, hikers are asked to meet at the first trailhead.

Bring your hat, water, and step counters. Also, remember the sunscreen. Distancing parameters will be respected, me mateys. 

Director’s note

On Sept. 19 at 7 p.m., the Berne Public Library will host a virtual role-playing board game called Call of Cthulhu. Call of Cthulhu is a game of secrets, mysteries, and horror.

Do you want to be an investigator who can travel to strange and dangerous places and uncover foul plots? This trial game is estimated to last about one hour and is for players ages 10 and up. Contact the library if you are interested at 518-872-1246.