— Photo from Judy Petrosillo
Laura Simpson took second place in the junior division's Reflections and Shadows category.

BERNE — Pat Aronson was the grand prize winner and the people’s choice winner in the adult division of the second annual photography contest sponsored by the Friends of the Berne Public Library. In the junior division, Axton Pulliam took home the grand prize and Ashley Scofield was the people’s choice.

The winners were announced during a reception on Saturday, Feb. 25.  Seventeen adults submitted 32 entries, and four young adults submitted 13 entries.  First-place winners received gift certificates donated by Macy’s. The pictures will be on display in the community room of the Berne Public Library until March 4.

Paul Tick and Agnes Zellin judged the contest, and John Valachovik built the display boards.

In the Reflections and Shadows category, the adult winners were Aronson in first, Sarah Raymond in second, and Erin Bremer in third. The junior winners were Pulliam in first, Laura Simpson in second, and Scofield in third.

In the Joy of Reading category, adult winners were Aronson in first, Heidi Johnson in second, and Kathy Stempel in third. Junior winners were Simpson in first, Scofield in second, and Pulliam in third.

In the Hilltowners category, adult winners were Millie Zuk in first, Betsy Buchardt in second, and Erin Bremer in third. Junior winners were Pulliam in first, Scofield in second, and Simpson in third.
In the Down on the Farm category, adult winners were Aronson in first, Bremer in second, and Stephanie Baird in third. Junior winners were Scofield in first, Pulliam in second, and Simpson in third.

"You do not like them.  So you say.  Try them!  Try them!  And you may!" says Sam-I-am in the book Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. It is difficult to decide whether or not the library has something to offer you if you don't stop in and try it out. A free library card allows you to borrow materials at no cost.  What's not to like?

Movie night

Movie Night is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, March 3. The science fiction film determines whether the aliens are good eggs or rotten eggs. Visit the library's website, www.bernepubliclibrary.org, for the title. The movie is rated PG-13 for brief, strong language. Admission is free and refreshments are provided.

Book discussion

Is it better to take a risk and fail than never try at all? That will be part of the conversation during the Sunday Book Club program. The group is discussing the novel “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah. All interested adults are welcome at 7 p.m. on March 5.

Story time

Stories by Dr. Seuss will be the focus of Storytime on Tuesday, March 7.  Children ages 1 to 5 and their caregivers are invited to join Ms. Kathy at 10:30 a.m.  This pre-literacy program includes stories, activities, and a craft.

Board meets

A good egg is someone with positive qualities.  The phrase accurately describes each trustee of the library. The library’s board of trustees meets at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 9 to discuss library business. This is an open meeting.  

Teen Tech week

You don't need to be an egghead to enjoy Teen Tech Week, March 5 to 11. Teens are encouraged to visit the library to use the digital resources offered. Make sense out of sensors during teen night on Friday, March 10. The library is open for only teens from 6:30 to 8 p.m.  

Egg painting

Adults and young adults may demonstrate their artistic talents during the egg painting program. Linda Hall from Otsego County will be instructing the group in a painting method that is not your usual egg coloring.  The class is from 10:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 11.  Registration is requested so there is an adequate supply of blown out eggs to paint.  

Tax forms

The filing deadline to submit your 2016 tax returns and report your nest egg is Tuesday, April 18  rather than the traditional April 15 date. Forms may be downloaded and printed with no fee at the library.

Friends sale

Whether you have books by Dr. Seuss or paperback romances, the items may be donated for the Friends of the Berne Library sale.  The group is accepting books, jewelry, games, puzzles, movies, and music CDs on Saturday, March 18 from 9 to noon at the community and senior center, 1360 Helderberg Trail. If this date does not work for you, please contact Judy at 872-1246 or email to make other arrangements. The sale is on Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26.

Story-time kids each received a toothbrush, toothpaste, and stickers from Altamont General Dentistry on February 21. This was in recognition of February as National Children's Dental Health Month. Thank you Dr. Fass and Dr. Edwards.

John Valachovic

— Photo from Judy Petrosillo
John Valachovic shares his knowledge of and materials on the history of the Albany Main rail line at the Berne Public Library on Feb. 16.

Remember the career aptitude test given to you in middle school to determine what occupation you might enjoy?  If you like to put things in order, your suggested career included librarian. Although classifying objects keeps a library organized, the American Library Association lists the top skill for a librarian as "the desire to meet and serve the library's user community".

Photo contest

Participants of the photography contest classified their pictures into one of the following groups:  Reflections and Shadows, Hilltowners, Down on the Farm, and The Joy of Reading. Winners in each category, the grand prize, and the people's choice will be announced during a reception at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25. All are welcome to come support the photographers and enjoy refreshments.

Story time

According to developmental charts, a child begins to group, sort, and categorize at eight months old.  They begin to distinguish between familiar and unfamiliar people and objects.Children ages 1 to 5 years old are invited to Storytime at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays. Plan to match some mixed up socks with Ms. Kathy on Feb. 28. Stories, activities, and a craft are all part of this program that develops pre-literacy skills.  

Friends meet

The Friends of the Library like to mix business with pleasure. The next meeting is at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1. The group is working on sign-ups for the book and jewelry sale on Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26. Sort through your possessions for things to donate.  Books, jewelry, games, puzzles, movies, and music on CDs are being accepted from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 18. If this time is inconvenient, please contact Judy for alternative times by calling 872-1246 or emailing .

Movie

Movie Night is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, March 3. Enjoy a 2017 Oscar nominated film on the large screen of the community room. The projected movie is rated PG-13 for brief strong language and would be categorized under science fiction and suspense. Admission is free and refreshments are provided. The title is available at the library or on our website.

Search your past

Ancestry.com is an online program that can help sort out your ancestral history. The library edition is free to use at the library with computers connected to the Internet. Search your past without committing to a paid subscription to Ancestry.  

Painting eggs

The Artful You class in March is painting eggs. Linda Hall is teaching a method that is not as complicated as Ukrainian egg painting, but definitely at a higher level than coloring Easter eggs. If you like to mix and match color, register for this workshop being held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 11.  The class size is limited to eighteen.

Author E. B. White said, "We should all do what, in the long run, gives us joy, even if it is only picking grapes or sorting the laundry."

“A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles.” said William Hazlitt, an English critic. Since February is National Children's Dental Health Month, it is time to remember what makes a sparkling smile. This year the American Dental Association is focusing on how sugar causes cavities. They recommend drinking water instead of juice or soda. A 12-ounce can of cola contains more than 9 teaspoons of sugar!

Book club and Knit Wits

The staff frowns when events are rescheduled due to weather; but safety comes first. The rescheduled Sunday Book Club meeting is at 6 p.m. on Feb. 19. The group will be discussing “The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend” by Katarina Bivald.  Knit Wits follows at 7 p.m. for those who like to knit or crochet.

Story time

Storytime for ages 1 to 5 is on Tuesday, Feb. 21.  Join Ms. Kathy at 10:30 a.m. to discover what makes a great smile. It may have to do with the two minutes, two times rule. To keep your smiles bright, brush your teeth for two minutes when you get up in the morning and again before you go to bed at night. This pre-literacy program includes stories, activities, and a craft.

President’s Day

Your children may be grinning ear to ear as the school winter vacation begins. If they complain of having nothing to do, bring them to the library. The library will be open on Presidents Day. Come in during the week to browse for interesting books and fun movies. Wi-Fi is available for use on your hand-held devices while you relax in a friendly environment.

Makerspace program

Ms. Kathy is having a makerspace program for ages 8 to 12 at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22. Will you be the next Jr. Master Chef? The Jr. Chef Challenge involves a secret ingredient and others of your choice.  Creations will be judged by taste and appearance. There are limited openings so register by Feb. 20 with the library staff at 872-1246 or email .  

Good fortune will smile on the winners of the People's Choice Award in the Friends of the Library Photography Contest. Your votes determine the recipients. Come view the photos and cast your votes in the adult and junior categories by Thursday, Feb. 23.  All winners of the contest will be announced during a reception at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25. You are invited to meet the local artists and enjoy some refreshments.  

Book and jewelry sale

Purchasing books at bargain prices is sure to put a smile on your face. The Friends Book and Jewelry Sale is Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26. Books, movies, music on CDs, jewelry, games, and puzzles may be dropped off at the community and senior center from 9 a.m. to noon on March 18. If this date does not work for you, please make alternate plans with Judy by contacting the library.

If your laptop, tablet, or smart phone cause you to grimace, the Berne Public Library offers a solution.  Make a one-on-one appointment with Judy.  Topics could include emailing, using word, using a spreadsheet like Excel, etc. When there's a smile upon your face, then the world’s a happy place!

“A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles.” said William Hazlitt, an English critic. Since February is National Children's Dental Health Month, it is time to remember what makes a sparkling smile. This year the American Dental Association is focusing on how sugar causes cavities. They recommend drinking water instead of juice or soda. A 12-ounce can of cola contains more than 9 teaspoons of sugar!

Book club and Knit Wits

The staff frowns when events are rescheduled due to weather; but safety comes first. The rescheduled Sunday Book Club meeting is at 6 p.m. on Feb. 19. The group will be discussing “The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend” by Katarina Bivald.  Knit Wits follows at 7 p.m. for those who like to knit or crochet.

Story time

Storytime for ages 1 to 5 is on Tuesday, Feb. 21.  Join Ms. Kathy at 10:30 a.m. to discover what makes a great smile. It may have to do with the two minutes, two times rule. To keep your smiles bright, brush your teeth for two minutes when you get up in the morning and again before you go to bed at night. This pre-literacy program includes stories, activities, and a craft.

President’s Day

Your children may be grinning ear to ear as the school winter vacation begins. If they complain of having nothing to do, bring them to the library. The library will be open on Presidents Day. Come in during the week to browse for interesting books and fun movies. Wi-Fi is available for use on your hand-held devices while you relax in a friendly environment.

Makerspace program

Ms. Kathy is having a makerspace program for ages 8 to 12 at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22. Will you be the next Jr. Master Chef? The Jr. Chef Challenge involves a secret ingredient and others of your choice.  Creations will be judged by taste and appearance. There are limited openings so register by Feb. 20 with the library staff at 872-1246 or email .  

Good fortune will smile on the winners of the People's Choice Award in the Friends of the Library Photography Contest. Your votes determine the recipients. Come view the photos and cast your votes in the adult and junior categories by Thursday, Feb. 23.  All winners of the contest will be announced during a reception at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25. You are invited to meet the local artists and enjoy some refreshments.  

Book and jewelry sale

Purchasing books at bargain prices is sure to put a smile on your face. The Friends Book and Jewelry Sale is Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26. Books, movies, music on CDs, jewelry, games, and puzzles may be dropped off at the community and senior center from 9 a.m. to noon on March 18. If this date does not work for you, please make alternate plans with Judy by contacting the library.

If your laptop, tablet, or smart phone cause you to grimace, the Berne Public Library offers a solution.  Make a one-on-one appointment with Judy.  Topics could include emailing, using word, using a spreadsheet like Excel, etc. When there's a smile upon your face, then the world’s a happy place!

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