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  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.


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


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  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?