Children's Book Week is the annual celebration of children’s books and reading. Established in 1919, it is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. The week for 2017 runs from May 1 to May 7 and the goal is to make every child a reader.  

One of the fun parts of this initiative is for children to nominate and vote for their favorite book.  Votes on the finalists are accepted online until May 7 at  The winners will be announced on May 31st at the BookExpo in NYC.  

Bowls for Books

The Friends of the Berne Library generously supplement the library's budget so that more children's books may be purchased. The money raised at the Bowls for Books luncheon is specifically earmarked for this use.  Join us for homemade soup, chili, and dessert on Saturday, April 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The best thing about this event is that you may keep the pottery bowl once you are done eating. Thanks again to Colleen Skiff for her work on these bowls.

Read to a dog

Is your child uncomfortable reading aloud to people? Try having them read to a dog.  Ariel, our tail waggin' tutor will be at the library with her handler Amber Pitcher on Monday, May 1 from 4 to 6 p.m.  Stop by the library and read a book to Ariel. It will help improve reading skills.

Story time

Developing children into readers is the focus of story times on Tuesdays.  Ms. Kathy does this in a fun way using stories, activities and a craft to engage children ages 1 to 5. The class at 10:30 a.m. on May 2 will be celebrating Children's Book Week.

Friends meet

The Friends of the Berne Library meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3. This month's discussion will be on the results of the Bowls for Books event and the upcoming Music in the Park summer concert series.  The Friends have received additional surplus road signs from the town of Berne highway department.  Make a donation to the library and own a sign of your road. The updated list is at the library.

Artful You

The Artful You class for May is on making homemade greeting cards that look professional.  Design unique cards for the special women in your life at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 4. Remember Mother's Day is coming soon. Kim Young will demonstrate techniques and provide supplies for your use. This program is designed for adults and young adults. Registration is requested so there are adequate supplies.

Book discussion

"Once you let a book into your life, the most unexpected things can happen" according to Katarina Bivald, author of “The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend”. This novel will be discussed at book club on Sunday, May 7.  Request a book from the library and be a part of the conversation that begins at 7 p.m.

Health care maze

Parents want their children to grow into healthy, intelligent adults. If a loved one becomes ill, where do you look for information? What questions do you ask the doctor? Find the answers to these questions at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 8. Specialists in navigating the healthcare maze are coming to Berne from Albany Medical College. Registration is suggested for this session. Call 872-1246 or email .

Author Mem Fox said, "When I say to a parent, "read to a child", I don't want it to sound like medicine. I want it to sound like chocolate."   Borrow great children's books from your public library.

“Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson was written in 1962. In the book, Carson laid out her basic thesis that the world is interconnected. Changing the environment should be done with extreme caution if we are to avoid destroying the very systems that support us.

In 1970, Senator Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin promoted a national day to focus on the environment.  Due to his efforts, we celebrate Earth Day on April 22.

Celebrate with us

Join Ms. Kathy at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 22 to celebrate Earth Day. Have fun identifying clouds and learning how to be a cloud reporter in coordination with NASA. This event is designed for families with children ages 5 and up. We should all become citizen scientists and help protect our world.


There is so much false news being published, especially on social media.  But what about before there was social media?  Did DDT really cause the decline of the American eagle by thinning the egg shells?  Whenever possible, look at the original research that is published in a peer reviewed journal. It takes time and effort to get to the truth.  

Story time

Storytime on Tuesday, April 25 will focus on eggs. Children ages 1 to 5 and their caregivers are invited for stories, activities, and a craft. This program led by Ms. Kathy begins at 10:30 a.m. and will feature some scientific facts.

Bowls for Books

Members of the Friends of the Berne Library are raising money to buy titles found on the B-K-W summer reading lists. The Bowls for Books luncheon is on Saturday, April 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  For a ten dollar donation, you receive a ceramic bowl to fill with many different types of soup and chili.  Once you have eaten, the bowl is yours to keep and reuse. If you can help by making a crock pot of soup or chili, cookies, or brownies please contact Donna at .

Art class

Mothers tend to worry about the future of the world for their children. In honor of mothers, the next Artful You class will be making Mother's Day cards. Please register for this workshop on Thursday, May 4 at 7 p.m. by contacting the library staff at 872-1246 or email . You will be impressed by how professional these homemade cards will look under the instruction of Kim Young.

Help with medical information

Where do you find medical information that is up to date and correct?  The answer to that question is the focus of the program at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 8. Navigating the Health Care Maze is being presented by staff of the Schaffer Library of Health Sciences at Albany Medical College. Please save the date.

The first Earth Day led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts by the end of 1970. People may disagree with politicians, but John Kasich had a point when he said, "If we intend to provide a better life, and a better world, for future generations, we can't ignore the quality of the environment we leave them."  

"If it's your job to eat a frog, it's best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it's your job to eat two frogs, it's best to eat the biggest one first." said author Mark Twain.

Doing the worst job first is one way to approach work. I hope your job has few unsavory tasks.  The library staffers truly enjoy their work of serving the community. Let them know how they are doing on Library Worker Day, Tuesday, April 11.  

Movie night

The last Movie Night at the library is from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. on Friday, April 7. Enjoy an animated movie on the big screen of the community room. This film was recently released on DVD and is rated PG.  There are some scary images during a daring mission. Check our website for the title. Admission is free and refreshments are provided.  

Glazing bowls

Your help is needed in the task of glazing bowls for the Bowls for Books Luncheon. Potter Colleen Skiff will instruct you on finishing the bowls that she threw. The workshop takes place from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 8. You may reserve one of your bowls for the luncheon on April 29. This is a fundraiser for the purchase of books on the BKW summer reading list.

Knit Wits

Knitting and crocheting relieve the stress of daily undertakings. Attend Knit Wits at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 9 to work on your own project in the company of interesting adults. Share problems, solutions, ideas, and conversation. Note that this program is a week early because of the Easter holiday.

Story time

Developing skills is hard work but kids don't notice when it takes place in a fun environment. Children ages 1 to 5 and their caregivers are invited to Storytime on Tuesday, April 11. Join Ms. Kathy at 10:30 a.m. for stories, activities, and a craft celebrating National Library Week.


Have you endeavored to discover your ancestry? is a useful tool for this job and is available on the library's computers. Peg Harbour-Holland from the Capital District Genealogical Society will demonstrate how to navigate through the available information. She will be available to answer questions as you try using the database.  The program is at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11. Please register with the library staff since space is limited.  

Interview workshop

The most difficult part of job searching is the interview. Dr. Tom Denham from Careers in Transition will hold an interactive discussion on what to do before, during, and after an interview. This workshop is at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12. Any community member who is looking for a job or going to a college interview will benefit from this free program. Registration is required. Call 872-1246 and leave a message or email .

Board meets

The volunteers who make up the Library Board of Trustees are responsible for the welfare of the library.  The next monthly meeting is at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 13. This is an open meeting and community participation is encouraged.


Teen night at the library is Friday, April 14. Although there will be lots of fun and games, there are also two tasks to accomplish. The TAG group will be deciding on furniture for the teen sitting area and planning the upcoming open mic event. Any interested teen may join Ms. Kathy at 6:30 p.m.

Tax forms

Along with a job comes the paying of income taxes. The deadline to submit your 2016 tax forms is Tuesday, April 18. Printed forms are available at the library.  

"Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it." said physicist Stephen Hawking.  If you need something to do, consider volunteering at your local library.

In the book “Humor as an Instructional Defibrillator,” author Ronald Berk suggests that humor in the classroom can reduce anxiety, boost participation, and increase a student's motivation to focus on the material. Moreover laughter has been shown to decrease stress hormones. As comedian Jasper Carrott said, "Laughter is the best medicine — unless you're diabetic, then insulin comes pretty high on the list."

Book club

J. Ryan Stradal's debut novel, “Kitchens of the Great Midwest,” describes Eva's trials and tribulations.  Her difficult life is no laughing matter but her passion for food helps her survive. Discuss the book at 7  p.m. on Sunday, April 2 during book club. Any interested adult may attend.

Read to Ariel

Ariel, our tail waggin' tutor, will be at the library from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, April 3. Children interested in reading aloud to the dog are encouraged to stop by. This technique has been shown to improve reading skills. Ariel is accompanied by her handler Amber and they both enjoy books with humorous endings.

Bowls for Books

If a hot bowl of homemade soup brings a smile to your face, you will enjoy the next fundraiser by the Friends of the Library. The Bowls for Books luncheon is on Saturday, April 29. To prepare for this event, community members are encouraged to help decorate and glaze soup bowls made by potter Colleen Skiff. You may even reserve one of the bowls for yourself.  

Carving of bowls takes place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 3. Glazing of the bowls takes place on Thursday, April 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. and on Saturday, April 8 from noon to 2 p.m.  Attend an hour, all three sessions, or anything in between. Registration is suggested so there are adequate supplies. Your help is greatly appreciated.

Story time

Children love funny books. Although Storytime is a few days after April Fools' Day, jokes will be a prevalent part of the program.  Children ages 1 to 5 and their caregivers are invited to join Ms. Kathy at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 4. The stories, activities, and craft will have the kids rolling on the floor with laughter.

Friends meet

Even when the members of the Friends are working hard, they are wearing a smile. Thanks to all who contributed their time and skills to the book sale. The group will meet to discuss this successful fundraiser and plan the next one at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5. All library supporters are welcome.


Family Movie Night is from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. on Friday, April 7. This is the last movie night at the library. Don't miss your chance to view a film projected on the large screen of the community room.  Check our website for the title of this animation that is rated PG for peril and some scary images.  Admission is free and refreshments are provided.  

Upcoming events

Please note two upcoming events for your planning pleasure:  a genealogy workshop at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11 and an interactive program on positive job interviews at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12.  Registration is requested by April 10 for both programs.

Comedian Groucho Marx said, "From the moment I picked your book up until I laid it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Someday I intend reading it."   Hope to see you reading books that you borrow from the library with a free library card!  

It's a matter of perspective. “They All Saw a Cat” is a picture book by author and illustrator Brendan Wenzel. A terrified mouse sees the cat as a toothy, angular feline while the compound eyes of a bee view multiple cats. The cat appears as an enemy to the dog and as a companion to a human. All the animals are looking at the same cat but from different viewpoints.

Friends sale

No matter how you look at it, there are a lot of books, movies, music CDs, audiobooks, jewelry, games, and puzzles at the town of Berne Community and Senior Services Center.  These items are available at bargain prices from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 25. Prices are even lower from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 26. The sale is sponsored by the Friends of the Berne Library.  

Town surplus

Surplus town of Berne road signs will also be available at the sale. The sign of the town road where you grew up or where you live now may be available. It would look great displayed in your home or garage. This is an opportunity that will not be repeated for quite some time. All proceeds benefit the library.   

Story time

Ms. Kathy will be reading the book, They All Saw a Cat, to the storytime kids on Tuesday, March 28. Children ages 1 to 5 and their caregivers are invited to this pre-literacy program for stories, activities, and a craft about perspective and cats. The fun begins at 10:30 a.m.

Book club

Your point of view may be determined by your socio-economic class according to Dr. Ruby Payne.  Her book, “A Framework for Understanding Poverty,” includes a chart labeled “Hidden Rules Among Classes.” According to Payne, the poverty class may worry about the quantity of food while the middle class is concerned about the quality. The wealthy class would consider its presentation important. The role of food in one's life is a theme in the book club book for April 2. The group will be discussing “Kitchens of the Great Midwest” by J. Ryan Stradal at 7 p.m. Request a book now and contribute to the conversation.

Pottery craft

Perspective of a situation may change as things heat up; similar to pottery. It is challenging to imagine how a glazed bowl will look after it has been fired since the process changes the original color. The Artful You programs for April work with pottery. Thanks to Colleen Skiff, a supply of hand-thrown soup bowls will be available to carve and glaze. The carving and stamping of the clay takes place on Monday, April 3 from 4 to 6 p.m.  Glazing will occur on Thursday, April 6 and Saturday, April 8. Come to one, two, or all three of these workshops. To ensure that there are adequate supplies for the April 3 event, please register with the library. The bowls will be used at the Bowls for Books fundraiser on April 29.


How you look is determined by your genetics. What do you know about your ancestors? The library edition of is available on the library's computers. To help you wade through the quagmire of information, the library is holding an "Introduction to Ancestry" program. Peg Harbour-Holland from the Capital District Genealogical Society will show you how to used this tool at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11.  Registration is requested.


The employers viewpoint of your ability to fill a job is greatly affected by the interview. Dr. Denton of Careers in Transition leads an interactive discussion on how not to blow your interview. This event is at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12. Register by contacting the library by April 10. The program is supported by funds from the NYS Library's Adult Literacy Library Services Program, in partnership with the Capital Region Workforce Development Board and NYSED's ACCES-VR.

As author Neal Shusterman said, “Try to see things differently — It's the only way to get a clearer perspective on the world and on your life.”  We certainly do not all see things the same way but we hope you view your library as a worthwhile part of the community.