Over the last few years, a new genre of play called "Real Escape Room" has taken hold in the United States. This is a real world version of a type of video game.

They must work at solving puzzles in order to escape the room before time runs out. The fun lies in the joint problem-solving and is often used for team-building in corporations.

The movie for this month is based on a video game. Enjoy a free night of entertainment on Friday, Sept. 2. Family movie night at the library begins at 6:30 p.m. and refreshments are provided. The title of the movie is available on our website www.bernepubliclibrary.org. The animated film is rated PG.


The workers of corporations, small businesses, and governments are essential for the well-being of our country. The library will be closed on Monday, Sept. 5 in observance of Labor Day. Regular hours will be in place on Saturday, Sept. 3. Also remember that we return to our normal Thursday hours of 2 to 8 p.m. beginning Sept. 8. Story time resumes on Tuesday, Sept. 13.  

Friends meet

The Friends of the Berne Library work together to tackle the fiscal realities of the library. The group meets on Wednesday, Sept. 7 to discuss their next major fundraiser. The lasagna dinner and cake walk is on Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Hilltown senior center.  If you are able to make lasagna or a cake for this event, please contact the library staff or Donna Gwin at .

Trustees meeting

One job of the library’s board of trustees is to oversee library services that help solve community problems. Decisions are made during monthly meetings which are open to the public.  The next meeting is at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8.  


The teen action group will work to escape the main library room on Friday, Sept. 9. Test your problem solving skills as you work with other teens to beat the clock. The action takes place from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Reading program

The end of the summer reading program for adults is at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11. Bring a healthy dish to share at our potluck dinner. Place settings and drinks will be provided. Discussion of the best summer reads will follow the dinner. Bring your completed challenge sheet in order to receive a prize.  Any adult may attend but please notify the library staff so we have sufficient supplies.  

Library lesson

If you find your digital device to be puzzling, consider a one-on-one lesson at the library. It is easier to have someone show you some tricks then to figure them out yourself. Call 872-1246 to make an appointment with Judy.

As children return to school, reflect on the words of dramatist John Ciardi, "The classroom should be an entrance into the world, not an escape from it."


Be Kind To Humankind Week is Aug. 25 to 31. According to the website BK2HK.org, it is a week of reflection and kind thoughts of others to make this world a better place. Of course, organizers suggest practicing kindness daily, but this is the week to take it to the next level.

The BK2HK site suggests that people should come together in harmony and the town of Berne is supplying the venue. The Berne Summerfest is on Saturday, Aug. 27 from noon to dark.

Come celebrate Berne with a day of live bands, reptiles and raptors, caricature drawings, and wall climbing. Look for Ms. Kathy Stempel at the library booth and pick up a scavenger-hunt sheet to complete for a prize.

Admission is free and all are welcome. Food and arts and crafts vendors will also be there at the Berne town park. Support the library by purchasing food items at the Friends of the Berne Library booth. The event concludes with glorious fireworks at dusk.  The rain date is Sunday, Aug. 28.

Family playtime

Although story time does not resume until Sept. 13, young children and their caregivers can join together during Family Playtime at the library. Enjoy playing with Legos, puzzles, games, dress-up clothes, puppets, and toys.

The community room is available for playtime on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and on Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m.

Forgiving your foe

For Friday of BK2HK week, work on forgiving your foe. Try to find enough forgiveness in your heart to alleviate the anger, confusion, or hatred you may be feeling towards other people or even towards yourself.

As poet Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."

Symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease

The mood and personalities of people with Alzheimer's can change so they are easily angered.  Learn the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia during a program at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 30.  

Movie night

Is it possible to put anger to a good use?  Find out during Family Movie Night at the library on Friday, Sept. 2. The animated film is rated PG and runs from 6:30 to 8:10 p.m. Admission is free and refreshments are provided. Go to our website www.bernepubliclibrary.org for the title. Kick off Labor Day weekend with this entertaining family event.

Library hours

The library will be open on Saturday, Sept. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Perhaps your child still needs to do the required summer reading before school starts.  Request the book today to assure that it will be available before school starts.  We will be closed on Monday, Sept. 5 in observance of Labor Day.  

Let the following Emerson quote lead your actions this week:  "You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late."


Geocaching is a treasure-hunting game where you use a GPS to find containers that others have hidden. Once you find it, you sign and date the logbook, re-hide the geocache exactly how you found it, and share your experience online at www.geocaching.com.

Saturday, Aug. 20, is International Geocaching Day.  If you long for the days of hide and seek but enjoy today's technology, this is the perfect activity for you.

Do you know how to download the geocaching app on your smartphone? Do you know what an app is? Call the library at 872-1246 to make a one-on-one appointment to learn some computer basics. It is one of the many educational pieces provided by the library.


If you would rather use a compass and a map to find treasure, orienteering is your sport. Adults and young adults are meeting at the Switzkill Farm lodge on Game Farm Road. Join us at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19 to learn orienteering. Sue Hawkes-Teeter will teach you how to race using this technique. Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the outdoors, including bug spray for mosquitoes. In case of inclement weather, we will be indoors. For more information, call 859-4063.

Coloring session

Time to relax is a rare commodity.Therapists are touting the calming benefits of coloring and adults are embracing this new rage. Come relax at the library during an adult coloring session at 7 p.m. on Thursday Aug. 25. The library will supply the needed materials or bring your own. Various types of herbal teas will be served during the program to enhance that meditative feeling.

Friends activities

Our volunteers in the Friends of the Berne Library organization are priceless. Thank you for your recent work providing refreshments at the Music in the Park concert series. If you would like to help this group, the Friends will be serving food at the town of Berne Summerfest on Saturday, Aug. 27. Baked goods are needed. Also, save the date for the lasagna dinner and cake walk on Saturday, Oct. 1.  Proceeds from all these events are used to support the library.

Reading program

Although the summer reading program for ages 1 to 18 has finished, adults still have three more weeks to complete their challenges. Find a new author to cherish and share your thoughts at the finale on Sept. 11.  

Alzheimer presentation

A sharp mind is prized.The destruction of the brain by Alzheimer's disease or dementia makes it difficult to cope with a loved one. Help is available from the Alzheimer’s Association. There will be a presentation on Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. in the community room of the library.

Walt Disney said, "There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island."  That makes your library a very valuable place. Stop in this week and enjoy the offerings.


Libraries should be customer oriented. The American Library Association Code of Ethics states the values to which we are committed.  The first item in this code is as follows:  "We provide the highest level of service to all library users through appropriate and usefully organized resources; equitable service policies; equitable access; and accurate, unbiased, and courteous responses to all requests."  

Are we following the stated values? Do you have requests for us? Your feedback is essential to good service. Drop your comments into our suggestion box, or email or the library board president .  

Instruction for using digital devices such as tablets, e-readers, computers, and smart phones is one of the services we provide. Make arrangements for one-on-one instruction with Judy by calling the library at 872-1246.

Summer reading program

The summer reading program for ages 1 to 18 concludes on Monday, Aug. 15 with a trip to FunPlex.  Thanks to all who participated in our six week program. Keep on reading. The adult program continues until Sept. 11.

Family playtime

Although there is no scheduled story time until Sept. 13, there is Family Playtime at the library. Stop in the community room on Tuesdays or Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or on Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m.  Toys, games, puzzles, puppets, Legos, and dress-up clothes are available for your use.


Can you orient yourself using a compass and a map?  Learn how during the orienteering program on Friday, Aug. 19 at 6 p.m. This program is for adults and young adults, including TAG. Find your way up the hill from County Route 1 to the Game Farm Road Lodge for this program presented by Sue Hawkes-Teeter. This is a good excuse to check out the town's property.


Two additional adult programs are scheduled for August. Save the date for our coloring and herbal tea tasting session at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25. No registration is required.

The second program is at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 30. The Alzheimer Association is oriented toward informing the public about Alzheimer's Disease. This presentation is on the basics of Alzheimer's.

Thank you

The last Music in the Park was held on Aug. 10. Thank you to the members of the five bands who volunteered their time to entertain the community.  The bands included Wood Chuck Wood, Just a Bunch of Guys, Two's Company, Slim Pick'ins, and the Bluestones.  Lots of fun was had by many.


If you see cars in the library parking lot and people on the porch during off hours, don't be concerned.  They are accessing the internet through the library's WiFi. This is just one of the many ways that we provide equitable access to information.

With the goldenrod beginning to bloom, the last days of summer will arrive too soon. Rather than be glum about summer coming to an end, view the time like Italian polymath, Leonardo da Vinci.  "In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes; so with present time."  

Movie night

If good guys finish last, what happens when they fight against each other? Find out during Movie Night at the Library on Friday, Aug. 5. This month's film is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action. The recently released movie on DVD runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Admission is free and refreshments are provided.

Story time

The last Wee Read Storytime for the summer is on Tuesday, Aug. 9. Children ages 1 to 5 are invited to play sports with Ms. Kathy.  The program begins at 10:30 a.m. and includes stories, activities, and a craft.  After a four week hiatus, Ms. Kathy will return with the first story time for the school year on Sept. 13.  

Music in the Park

The last hurrah for the 2016 Music in the Park concert series is Wednesday, Aug. 10. The Bluestones are playing from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Berne town park pavilion.  Admission is free and there is a doorprize. Dinner and snacks are available for purchase from the Friends of the Library.

Read programs

The last chance for children ages 5 to 12 to attend an “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read” program is Thursday, Aug. 11. Join Ms. Kathy at 10:30 a.m. before the library opens at noon.

Reading minutes for youth ages 1 to 18 must be submitted online or to the library staff by Thursday, Aug. 11. Those that meet the goal will receive prizes and a 50 percent discount on admission to FunPlex on Aug. 15.  

Library trip

Enjoy the library's trip to Funplex in East Greenbush on Monday, Aug. 15. Details are at the library or on the website www.bernepubliclibrary.org.  This trip is open to the community with preference to summer reading program participants. The bus leaves the library at 9 a.m. and returns at 1:15 p.m. Sign up at the library or by email to by Thursday, Aug. 11. There is an admission fee for this trip.

Board meets

The library board, from the first to the last trustee, has the best interest of the community at heart.  The group meets on Thursday, Aug. 11 for an open meeting to discuss library business.  


Although summer programs for children end this week, there is still one last program for teens.  TAG meets on Friday, Aug. 19 so teens should save the date. There are also more summer adult programs to look forward to including an orienteering program at the Game Farm Road property on Aug. 19. Stay tuned for last minute details.