Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood said, “The Eskimos had 52 names for snow because it was important to them: There ought to be as many for love.” As Valentine’s Day rapidly approaches, some expect a token of affection while others prefer daily expressions of love.

TAG

The Berne Public Library is dubbed “the library with heart.” Although we may be lacking monetary resources, we have an abundance of good will. Teens are welcomed at our Teen Action Group programs.  TAG begins at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10. Plan on playing trivia and discussing possibilities for teen tech week in March.

Basket weaving

A friendly reminder to those who signed up for basket weaving:  the class is at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11. The class is full but you may add your name to the waiting list in case someone cancels. A list of materials you should bring is on the website or at the library.

Book club

Running a library or a bookstore is a labor of love.  The novel “The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend” by Katarina Bivaldbig revolves around a bookstore, friendships, and always being open to the unexpected. The Sunday Book Club will be discussing this book at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12.  Now is a great time to join this group of adults who adore books.

Story time

Because we love our children, we want what is best for them. It is important for children ages 1 to 5 to develop pre-literacy skills before they enter kindergarten. Attending weekly storytime at the library can help. Ms. Kathy incorporates skills in a fun environment. The next program is at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14. It includes stories, activities, and a Valentine craft.

The Albany Main

Martin Luther King Jr. said “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.”  Was the purchase of the Albany Main railroad a friendly merger or a hostile takeover?  Who owned the Albany to Delanson line and what types of trains ran these tracks? If you have a fondness for history or railroads, attend the program at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16.  John Valachovic has offered to share his knowledge and pictures of the Albany Main railroad from the 1850s to the 1950s.  

Photo contest

Pictures for the annual photography contest have been submitted and will soon be judged. Thanks go to John Valachovic for building the display units. Now we need your help picking the People's Choice. Stop by the library and enjoy the artistic photos entered by talented community members. Vote for the photos you are smitten with in the adult and junior categories. The awards will be announced during a reception at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25.

The adjective "friendly" has a positive connotation. According to the Longman Dictionary, it is "behaving towards someone in a way that shows you like them and are ready to talk to them or help them." A library should be a friendly place to go and you should express your displeasure if it is not.   

Movie night

Making and keeping friends during middle-school years is especially difficult. Knowing that others share your problems is one of the reasons for reading books and watching movies. An example is the film for Movie Night at the library on Friday, Feb. 3. The spirited comedy is rated PG for rude humor dealing with friendships. This movie, recently released on DVD, runs from 6:30 to 8:10 p.m. Admission is free and refreshments are provided. Go to the library's website www.bernepubliclibrary.org for the title.

Library day

Saturday, Feb. 4 is especially family friendly because it is Take Your Child to the Library Day.  Acquaint your child with the library, make and take a craft, and receive a giveaway. Why do children need to come to the library? The library promotes literacy, provides access to online resources, encourages hands-on learning experiences and much more.  

Book club

Since the book club was switched from Sunday, Feb. 5 to Feb. 12, there is still time to read “The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend” by Katarina Bivaldbig. This witty novel is about books, friendships, and always being open to the unexpected. Now is a great time to join this group of adults interested in conversing about books.

Story time

Storytime is a toddler-friendly program at the library. Children ages 1 to 5 and their caregivers are invited to explore shapes this week with Ms. Kathy. The pre-literacy program is at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7.   

Library report

Each year, the library director presents an annual report to the community.  The statistics help measure how well the library is serving the community. Join us at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9 to hear the facts.  Your opinions mean more than the numbers so please add constructive criticisms. The monthly library’s board of trustees meeting will follow the presentation.

TAG

Teens need a place to socialize with their friends. This opportunity is provided when the library is closed to all but teens. TAG begins at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10. Plan on playing trivia and discussing possibilities for teen tech week in March.

Basket weaving

A friendly reminder to those who signed up for the basket weaving class:  the class is Saturday, Feb. 11 beginning at 10 a.m. There is a waiting list for those who did not register but would like to make a bread basket. A list of materials you need to bring is on the website or at the library.

Historical program

Was the purchase of the Albany Main railroad a friendly merger or a hostile takeover?  Who owned the line from Albany to Delanson and what types of trains ran these tracks?  John Valachovic has offered to share his knowledge of railroad events from the 1850s to the 1950s. Mark your calendar for this history program on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m..  

During this week, don't wait for people to be friendly. Show them how.

"It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all," said Laura Ingalls Wilder. The added bonus is that these simple things require very little money.

That is also true of the public library so please take advantage of your wonderful community resource.  Ours hours have expanded for 2017. We are now open from noon until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Movie night

There is nothing pleasant about the superheroes in the film being shown during Movie Night on Friday, Jan. 6. The movie is rated PG-13 and runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is free and refreshments are provided. Visit our website, www.bernepubliclibrary.org for the title.

Book discussion

The Sunday Book Club meets at 7 p.m. on Jan. 8. The group will be discussing “Wonder” by R. J. Palacio. The conversation will center on the acceptance of those who are different. The author does not sugar coat the challenges of a disfigured child entering fifth grade in a public school system. Anyone interested in this topic is welcome to join the discussion.

Story time

Story time on Tuesday, Jan. 10 is No Sugar Day. The focus is on healthy eating without simple carbohydrates. Preschool children ages 1 to 5  and their caregivers are invited to join Ms. Kathy at 10:30 a.m. for stories, activities, and a craft.

Board meets

The library board meets each month to discuss library business. The organizational meeting to elect officers is at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12. The regular monthly meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.  These are open meetings and the community is encouraged to attend and offer suggestions.

TAG

Sometimes it takes a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down. Rather than focusing on negative happenings in the world, the summer reading program is working on building a better world. Teens meet with Ms. Kathy at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 13 to produce a video that demonstrates this concept. The Teen Action Group is at the library while it is closed to the public so don't worry about the noise level of this program.

Knit Wits

Whether you are crocheting a blanket for a sweet baby or knitting a sweater for an adult, you should attend Knit Wits.  The group works on individual projects while sharing problems, solutions, ideas, and conversations.  If you have never knitted or crocheted, someone in the group will instruct you.  They meet at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15.

Photography contest

Wanted:  photographs that show the joy of reading, or capture the essence of Hilltowners, or demonstrate life on a farm, or just have reflections and shadows. Enter your 8-by-10-inch photos on 11-by-14 mats at the library by Tuesday, Jan. 31. Rules and entry forms for the second annual Photography Contest are available at the library or from our website. This year includes some sweet prizes for the junior and adult divisions.

Computer help

Did you receive a new e-tablet or smart phone and need one-on-one help?  Do you want to learn how to set up e-mail or an excel sheet on a computer? Schedule an appointment with Judy by calling 872-1246.  Individual instruction allows you to nicely start from where you are and move forward.   

Remember that the library offers all these programs and opportunities while also keeping traditional library services. "The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, /And all the sweet serenity of books," as written in a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

— Photo from Judy Petrosillo 
Kids learn coding at the Berne Library on Tuesday, Dec. 27.

The best thing about the year coming to an end is the ability to change in the new year. As author James R. Sherman said, “You can’t go back and make a new start, but you can start right now and make a brand new ending.” Making resolutions is easy but it does take determination to keep them.

Additional hours

One of the 2016 goals of the library board was to increase the hours that the library is open.  Thank you to the towns of Berne and Knox for supplying the necessary funding for four additional hours each week. The doors open on Wednesdays at noon instead of 4 p.m. beginning Jan. 4.  

Story time

Parents wish for well-behaved children. That could include not jumping on the bed. Ms. Kathy is reading about five monkeys who misbehave during Story time on Tuesday, Jan. 3.  Children ages 1 to 5 and their caregivers are invited to attend this pre-literacy program that includes stories, activities, and a craft.  The fun begins at 10:30 a.m.

Friends meet

Perhaps you would like to increase your community involvement in 2017. Working with the Friends of the Berne Library is a great way to support the library and interact with really nice people. The group meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m.  Join them on Jan. 4 to discuss the upcoming photography contest, book sale, and bowls for books.

Photo contest

This year might be your year to win a prize at a photography contest. Submit your 8-by-10-inch photos in 11-by-14-inch mats by Tuesday, Jan. 31. The categories are "The Joy of Reading", “Hilltowners,” “Down on the Farm” and "Reflections & Shadows.” Rules and entry forms are available at the library or from our website www.bernepubliclibrary.org.

Museum passes

If you resolve to investigate museums in the area this year, look for museum passes at the library. The Friends of the Berne Library recently purchased two MiSci passes for your use. There are many interactive displays at this museum of innovation and science in Schenectady. Each pass provides free entrance for an entire family into the museum and planetarium. All you need is a free library card to check out the pass.

Movie nights

Spend less money this year by using the library. There is no admission fee for movie nights and refreshments are provided. An adventure film recently released on DVD will be shown at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 6.  Check our website for the title of the movie which is rated PG-13.

Book discussion

Because of the New Year holiday, the first book club of the year will be on Sunday, Jan. 8.  The conversation will center on the junior novel “Wonder” by R.A. Palacio. The discussion on being different and being accepted starts at 6:30 p.m. Any interested adult may attend.

Learn a language

Put learning a new language on your list of resolutions. Mango Languages is a learning resource available online with your library card. Access the program from the right-hand column of the library's website. It is available from your home computer, hand-held device, or a library computer.  

As we approach the beginning of a new year, consider following the advice of Benjamin Franklin, "Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man" (or woman).

 

In about a month, the 2017 Caldecott Medal winner will be announced.  This award is given to the artist of the most distinguished picture book for children published in the United States during 2016.  Chris Van Allsburg won this award in 1982 for Jumanji and again in 1986 for The Polar Express.

The Polar Express was published in 1985, released as a movie in 2004, and has become a Christmas classic.  As the story goes, a young boy is lying in bed on Christmas Eve awaiting Santa's arrival when he hears the sound of a train outside his home. He is invited by the conductor to come aboard the Polar Express which is heading to the North Pole.  The young boy is picked by Santa to receive the first gift of Christmas and he chooses a simple, silver bell from Santa's sleigh.

If you have silver bells to add to mittens or scarves, the Knit Wits group is meeting at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18.  Bring your own projects to knit or crochet while enjoying conversations with other adults. This will be your last chance to finish 2016 holiday gifts.

The focus of Storytime on Tuesday, Dec. 20 is The Polar Express.  Children ages 1 to 5 and their caregivers are invited to join Ms. Kathy at 10:30 a.m. for stories, activities, and a craft.  In keeping with the story, refreshments will be served.  Perhaps Santa will be there to give a gift!

Polar Express train rides have become wildly popular events in December.  The ride usually features a telling of the magical story complete with hot chocolate and cookies, just like in the book.  In our area, the Catskill Mountain Railroad and the Saratoga and North Creek Railroad often have a sold out schedule for these events.  

Are your plans for the holiday complete or do you need some last minute cards?  Creative Hands will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 22 to make cards and tags.  Registration is requested so there are adequate supplies but it is not required.  Contact the library staff  by calling 872-1246 or emailing .  We will be discussing potential art projects for next year so please come with ideas to share.    

For your planning pleasure, note that the library will be open Saturday, Dec. 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. and again on Monday, Dec. 26 from 4 to 8 p.m.  A Vacation Makerspace for ages 5 to 12 is planned for Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 2 p.m.  All aboard for fun events at the library.

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