If your enthusiasm for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro is starting to grow, you are not alone. The games begin Aug. 5. Americans hope to bring home medals in many events including women's gymnastics with the help of talented Simone Biles.    

When using the library's resources to research the Olympics, you will discover that there are actually three gymnastic disciplines. Artistic gymnastics for women has been in the games since 1928 and includes  floor, vault, uneven bars and balance beam. Two additional types of gymnastics were added more recently.   

Rhythmic gymnasts use a ball, hoop, ribbon, and clubs to create a floor presentation with a soundtrack.  Trampoline gymnasts perform acrobatic jumps in the air. All three types of gymnastics demand great strength, flexibility, balance, and grace.

Story time

Children ages 1 to 5 will use grace and flexibility to perform action rhymes during the next Wee Read Storytime. Meet with Ms. Kathy on Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 10:30 a.m. for "Move It" .  This program will help develop coordination and rhyming skills with stories, activities, and a craft.  


The bands playing at the Music in the Park concerts could definitely provide soundtracks for rhythmic gymnastics. Or maybe they are best for a night of easy listening and dancing. Slim Pick'ins performs on Wednesday, Aug. 3 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Berne town park. Admission is free. Refreshments are available for purchase from the Friends of the Berne Library.

Science of sports

What is needed to balance on a board? Children ages 5 to 12 will investigate the "Science of Sports" at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 4. Join Ms. Kathy for this summer program on fitness before the library opens at noon.

Movie night

Superheroes are known for their strength and flexibility. Watch them in action during Movie Night at the Library on Friday, Aug. 5. The adventure film is rated PG-13 and runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Admission is free and refreshments are provided. Check our website for the title.

Field trip

Show off your athletic skills during the library sponsored field trip to FunPlex in East Greenbush on Monday, Aug. 15. The bus leaves the library at 9 a.m. and returns at 1 p.m.  A two-hour ticket gives you access to unlimited go-cart rides, miniature golf, bankshot basketball, bungee trampoline, bumper boats, and more. Cost varies with your participation in the summer reading program. Additional information is available at the library or online at www.bernepubliclibrary.org.


Perhaps your enthusiasm is for other types of games such as the new craze, Pokemon Go. Pokemon trainers are welcome in the"gym” at the library no matter which color is in control. A rare pokemon character was found in the library just last week.  

With the summer heat upon us, remember that the library is air conditioned. Come in and chill with us while watching the olympic games on the community room television.  


July is Sandwich Generation Month. This is not referring to food, but to those Americans who are squeezed between caring for their own children and their aging parents. The financial and emotional cost of care can be overwhelming. The dedicated month is to draw attention to this group and their need for support and resources.

Story time

All three generations need to eat healthy. Yummy food is the focus for Wee Read Story time on Tuesday, July 26. Children ages 1 to 5 and their caregivers are invited to explore healthy eating with stories, activities, and a craft.  Join Ms. Kathy at 10:30 a.m.


Bring your children and your parents to a free family event at the Berne town park on Wednesday, July 27.  Two's Company is the featured band for the third Music in the Park concert. Reduce your stress by listening to easy rock music from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Take the night off from cooking by purchasing food provided by the Friends of the Berne Library.    

Children’s program

Children ages 5 to 12 will be experimenting with sandwiches during their program at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 28. Ms. Kathy will guide you in ways to fuel your engine with healthy choices. The library opens to the public at noon.


In order to continue to care for others, the primary caregiver must also be sure to care for themselves.  That means making sure you get enough rest, have time to exercise, and eat well. It is important to take a physical and emotional break.  Consider participating in adult programs that focus on relaxing such as Zentangle or Yoga.

Melissa Borys is leading a Zentangle class for adults and young adults on Thursday, July 28 at 7 p.m.  Zentangle is a fun, meditative art form that anyone can enjoy. If you can draw a dot, line, curved line, S shape, and a circle, you can create beautiful images from simple patterns. Please register with the library staff since class size is limited.  

Beginning yoga

A beginning Yoga class will be  held for adults at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 4. Cynthia Johnson will lead the class that focuses on developing strength, flexibility, and relaxation techniques. The class is limited to 10 participants so registration is required.

If your time is filled with caring for others, you may not be able to find time to travel to the library.  Remember that there are free e-books, e-audiobooks, and e-magazines available through the Overdrive link on the left-hand column of our website www.bernepubliclibrary.org.  All you need is a free library card.


Pope Francis said, "Together with a culture of work, there must be a culture of leisure as gratification.  To put it another way:  people who work must take the time to relax, to be with their families, to enjoy themselves, read, listen to music, play a sport.”

Educators feel that reading should be the number one leisure activity for the summer.  Children ages 1 to 18 may still sign up for the summer reading program and earn a reduced fare to FunPlex on Aug. 15. The library has books to read for fun and assigned books to read for school. Adults are also encouraged to read by completing a summer reading challenge. Books on hobbies, the Olympics, and those written by comedians are all on the challenge sheet available at the library.  

Adult programs

Upcoming adult programs focus on relaxing.  On Sunday, July 17 join us for Spa Night at 7 p.m. with Crystal Keyes. Enjoy a shoulder massage and a facial mask while listening to calming music.  

Then on Thursday, July 28, relax by doodling. Learn Zentangle with Melissa Borys at 7 p.m.

If you need to improve flexibility, attend the yoga program on Thursday, Aug. 4 with Cynthia Johnson. Because the class size is limited for all three of these programs, registration is required.  Call the library at 872-1246 or e-mail to sign up for one or all events.

Story time

Listening to music is great for the mind, but dancing to music helps the body. On Tuesday, July 19, the Wee Read Story time theme is Dance, Dance, Dance.  Children ages 1 to 5 and their caregivers are invited to join Ms. Kathy at 10:30 a.m. for stories, dancing activities, and making a maraca.  


Dance or just listen to the music at the second Music in the Park concert. This event is at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20 in the pavilion of the Berne town park. Enjoy the vintage rock music of Just a Bunch of Guys. Admission is free but donations for refreshments are appreciated.  Hot dogs, baked goods, and more are offered by the Friends of the Library.

Sport program

What sport do you think of when you hear the term "extraordinary races"? Children ages 5 to 12 are invited to find out what Ms. Kathy thinks on Thursday, July 21 during the On Your Mark, Get Set program.  The fun starts at 10:30 a.m. before the library opens to the public at noon.  Iditarod and crayons are in the mix.    

Remember that library programs are free and open to the public. In addition, anyone with a free library card may borrow items from the library. What is more relaxing then reading a good book?

A library provides resources to gain knowledge and enlightenment. Another type of enlightenment is the goal of Zen Buddhism, a sectarian movement within the Buddhist religion. Buddha, the historical founder of the Buddhist religion, was personally known as Siddhartha and Sakyamuni Gautama.  

Buddha is quoted as saying, "To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear."  Since a goal of the library is to strengthen the mind, it is no wonder that fitness is the summer theme.  

Programs encouraging healthy bodies and minds  

Stop by the library to pick up a package explaining reading minutes and challenges. There is something for every age from 1 to 100. Participate in one, some, or all opportunities for your age group.

One must be in shape to perform acrobatics and juggling. Scotty Nut Nut Entertainment consists of a duo who will demonstrate their professional skills at the Hilltown Senior Center on Thursday, June 30. All ages are encouraged to attend this show that starts at 6:30 p.m.  Interactive circus play for children follows the performance.  

Movie night

On Friday, July 1 join us for Family Movie Night at the library. The animated film is being shown at 6:30 p.m. in the air-conditioned community room. Check our website www.bernepubliclibrary.org for the title.  This newly released movie on DVD shows how peaceful co-existence is difficult to maintain. Admission is free and refreshments are provided.  

Summer schedule

Two hours have been added to the library's summer schedule. The doors open at noon on Thursdays instead of 2 p.m.

The library will be closed on Monday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day so please plan accordingly. Due to the holiday weekend, the Book Club for Adults will meet on July 10 instead of July 3.

Story time

“When watching after yourself, you watch after others. When watching after others, you watch after yourself.” said Buddha. The first Wee Read Story time is on Tuesday, July 5.  Children ages 1 to 5 and their caregivers that watch after them are invited to join Ms. Kathy at 10:30 a.m. The stories, activities, and craft focus on appreciating nature.

Friends meet

The Friends of the Library are watching over the community; providing them with entertainment and a means to exercise. The group meets at 7 p.m. on Wednesday,  July 6 to discuss Music in the Park. If you can help at the concerts, please attend this meeting or notify Donna Gwin. The first concert is scheduled for July 13.

Reading programs

On Your Mark, Get Set...READ programs for ages 5 to 12 begin on Thursday, July 7. The fun starts at 10:30 a.m. when the library is closed to the public. Learn the dance steps to the jitterbug. Enjoy fitness games from the 1950s including jump ropes and hula hoops. Decorate a hula hoop to take home.


Zen gardens were created at Buddhist temples to aid in meditation about the true meaning of life.  The teen action group will meet on Friday, July 8 to create a miniature Zen garden.  Ms. Kathy leads this Mind and Body Wellness program from 6:30 to 8 p.m.  All teens are welcome so grab a friend and head to the library.

Books on Zen Buddhism and other religions are available at the library.  Visit us soon.


In the minds of students, summer begins when school ends despite what the calendar may say. And so, the crazy, hazy days of summer are here.

You will be hearing a lot about fitness of the body and mind for the next two months. Fitness is the 2016 national theme for public library programs. Many of our regular programs are taking a summer vacation but special programming replaces them.

The Berne Public Library has two summer components for children ages 1 to 18. One is attendance at programs that use games, sports, and healthy eating to promote fitness.  Participate in one or all of the programs offered to your age group.

The other component encourages reading by challenging you to read for 500 minutes between June 24 and Aug. 11. Although 500 sounds like an insane number, it means reading about 10 minutes a day.  Non-readers have someone read to them. On your mark, get set, read starting June 24. Children keep track of their reading minutes by signing up at the library or online at www.bernepubliclibrary.org.  

Story time

There is no story time this week. Regular story time resumes on Tuesday, Sept. 13. In its place, Ms.Kathy has scheduled six weeks of Wee Read Story time for the summer beginning July 5.

Circus fun

The first unique program of the summer is a variety show of acrobatics and juggling on Thursday, June 30.  A professional duo will perform at the Hilltown Senior Center, 1360 Helderberg Trail, Berne. This program is designed for all ages but only children will be allowed to try out the circus equipment after the show. Bring your friends and family for a free night of nutty entertainment beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Movie night

A zoo can be a collection of living animals or a situation marked by confusion. Either definition describes the film for Family Movie Night. The movie is being shown at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, July 1 in the air-conditioned community room of the library. Admission is free and refreshments are provided. The movie is rated PG.Adult reading

Adults have their own challenge and programs for the summer.  Pick up a challenge sheet after June 24 and complete five of the 12 choices by Sept. 8. Attend any programs that interest you, including the book club on Sunday, July 10.  Meet at 7 p.m. to discuss “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown. This is a true story that emphasizes the wild amount of training required to be fit for Olympic competition. Note that this program is a week later than usual because of the July 4 weekend.


Congratulations to the seniors graduating this Saturday from the Berne-Knox-Westerlo High School.  Continue to learn and broaden your experience outside the classroom by coming into the library.  For those who have more years of high school, your summer reading has been assigned.

Most of these books may be borrowed in hard copy or as e-books from the public library.  All you need is a free library card, one of the tools for success.