Red is the color of fire and blood. It is the color connected with the Devil and Cupid. According to, "Red is a very emotionally intense color."  It is associated with energy, danger, power, as well as passion and desire.

Challenged books

Some books are written to such extremes that they are outside our comfort zone.  Fortunately, the library values open access to all information. Celebrate Banned Book Week, Sept. 25 to Oct. 1, by reading a book that has been challenged or banned. “Looking for Alaska” by John Green, and “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E.L. James were the two most challenged books in 2015.  

Our internet connection also allows access to all information.  If your child is using a library computer, please sign the form that indicates you understand that this information is unfiltered.    

Story walk

To escape the intensity of life, enjoy a story walk at the Berne or Knox town park.  Each location has pages of a picture book along a walking path. Read a comfortable story and exercise at the same time.

The story walk at the Berne town park is the silver project of girl scout Jordan Latter. The dedication of the story walk takes place on Monday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. The brief ceremony will highlight Jordan's achievement and our gratitude toward donors. Donors include the Kiwanis, Rudy Stempel Family Sawmill, Lowes, and the Friends of the Berne Library. Scott Green and the youth summer crew installed the posts.

Story time

Red apples are the focus of storytime on Tuesday, Sept. 27. Children ages 1 to 5 are invited to join Ms. Kathy at 10:30 a.m. for stories, activities, and a craft. Fortunately, the red apples at the program will not signify danger as they should have for “Snow White.”

Fund raiser

Red enhances human metabolism which might account for the amount of lasagna a person can eat.  The lasagna dinner and cake walk is Saturday, Oct. 1 at 5:30 p.m. in the Hilltown senior center. The meal includes lasagna (meat, vegetarian, or gluten-free), salad, bread, beverage, and an ice cream sundae.  Tickets are on sale at the library for a discounted price or at the door for full price. This is an annual fundraiser by the Friends in support of the library.

Book club

The color red has very high visibility which is why stop signs and fire equipment are painted red.  Planes did not stop and fire equipment was needed in the book “In the Unlikely Event” by Judy Blume.  The Sunday book club will be discussing it at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2.  

Enjoy a novel

Red is so intense that people suffering from temporary blindness due to a brain injury will begin to perceive red long before they see any other colors. Perhaps that is why Lois Lowry choose to use red in her book “The Giver.”  Read the novel to see what this means.

For a challenge this week, download a free e-book from the library's website that has the word red in the title.


Tom Cat and Jerry Mouse are animated characters created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera in 1940.  “The Tom and Jerry Show,” a spin off of the original cartoons, is still on television today. The plots usually center on Tom's attempts to capture Jerry and the mayhem and destruction that follows. Jerry's cleverness saves him from demise.  At times, the two work together to pursue a common goal.  DVDs of the cartoons are available at the library.


Teens are invited to show their cleverness during TAG at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16. The community room will become a Real Escape Room. Try to find the clues, solve the problems, and escape the room before the time limit is up.

Community book

It doesn't seem possible that Tom and Jerry existed before World War II.  Our servicemen may have been entertained with these cartoon shorts while waiting for deployment. A scrapbook of community members that served in World War II was compiled by Linda Carman and tweaked by JoAnne Brady. The book will be available for viewing at the library with other local history resources on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The library is just one of the many stops of the Farms and Artisans Tour being held this weekend by the Helderberg Hilltown Association.

Knit Wits   

The Knit Wits program returns on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. Adults who are interested in knitting or crocheting are invited to bring their projects to the library. Instructions will be available for knitting a toy mouse for a cat.  

Story time

Children ages 1 to 5 are welcome at story time on Tuesdays. Nice mice are the focus for Sept. 20.  Join Ms. Kathy at 10:30 a.m. for stories, activities, and a craft.  

Inky Fingers

The Inky Fingers program begins a new season at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22. Adults and teens interested in creating pieces of art on paper cards should attend. A small material fee of $3 or less may be applied but you will be taking home some great cards. It could even be a card for your favorite cat lover.

Cat month

According to the CATalyst Council, September is Happy Cat Month. The annual event was created to assist in spreading the word about the health, welfare, and value of companion cats. This group would definitely not approve of any real life antics that copy the Tom and Jerry show.  

Friends fundraiser

Working together to achieve a common goal is what the Friends of the Berne Library do.  Their major fundraising event is the annual lasagna dinner and cake walk. This year's event takes place at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1. Tickets are now on sale at the library. A silent auction for homemade cakes occurs after the dinner. Please offer to help by making a tray of lasagna, baking a homemade cake, or attending the event. Contact the library for more details.


As children head back to school, backpacks are being filled with essentials. A library card should be included. September is Library Card Sign-up Month and that free library card can lead to many surprises.  Coming into the library for one reason may result in the discovery of other pleasures. Poet Carl Sandburg said, "Nearly all the best things that came to me in life have been unexpected, unplanned by me."  


Participating in a potluck dinner means taking a chance. Everyone could bring a tossed salad. The summer reading program for adults concludes with a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11. Bring a healthy dish of your choice. Place settings and beverages will be provided. Favorite summer reads will be discussed after dinner. Prizes will be given to those who have completed the challenge sheet.  

Book club

“In the Unlikely Event” by Judy Bloome will be distributed to the book club members after the program. If you are interested in joining the club, request a book to read before the next meeting on Oct. 2. This novel is based on three plane crashes that took place in Elizabeth, N.J. over the course of 58 days.  Quite unlikely but it actually did happen.

Story time

Story time starts for the season with fresh, new, and unanticipated ideas. Children ages 1 to 5 and their caregivers are invited to join Ms. Kathy at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13 for Up, Up, and Away.  This pre-literacy program includes stories, activities, and a craft.   


Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Teen Action Group will be meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16 instead of Sept. 9. The planned activity is a real escape room. Expect to be locked in the library with only your wits and brainpower to figure a way out before the time limit is up.  

Knit Wits

Plan ahead for the Knit Wits program at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18. You will need your own pattern and materials for knitting or crocheting. The fun is in sharing conversations, ideas, problems, and solutions.

Friends fundraiser

It should come as no surprise that the Friends of the Library group works hard to raise money to support the library.  The lasagna dinner and cake walk is the next fundraiser. The dinner is at the Hilltown Senior Center on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 5:30 p.m. The $10 meal includes lasagna, salad, bread, beverage, and an ice cream sundae. Volunteers are needed to make trays of lasagna or homemade cakes.  Contact Donna at .  

Expect the unexpected at your local library.


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 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, 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 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."