February is Library Lovers' Month; a great time to explore why libraries are loved.  It may be the free access to books and movies or perhaps it is the ability to serve as a community hub. 

It may be the programs that entertain and educate or because the library welcomes people of every age, income level, physical ability, and ethnicity.  Whatever your reason for coming to the library, pass it on and share the love.

Lego League

In 2015, the library held 51 programs for children ages 5 to 12. The monthly Lego League program for this age group takes place on the third Saturday of the month. Use the library's Legos to create transportation vehicles on Feb. 20.  Invite your friends to join in the fun at 11 a.m.

Photo contest

Saturday, Feb. 20 is also the last day to vote for your favorite photograph in the junior and adult divisions of the Photography Contest.  The judges have already made their choices but you help decide the winners of the People's Choice.  Find out all the ribbon winners during the open reception on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 11 a.m.

Knit Wits

People to people connections definitely occurred during our 61 adult programs in 2015. The Knit Wits meet on the third Sunday of the month to work on their own projects in the company of others with a similar passion.  Join them at 7 p.m., on Feb. 21. if you are interested in knitting or crocheting.

Story time

The goals of our early literacy programs include educating and socializing children ages 1 to 5.  There were 65 programs in 2015 with 1,026 attendees. The popular Storytime is at 10:30 a.m. each Tuesday.  Cars will be the theme of the stories, activities, and craft on Feb. 23.

Paper crafting

Even though a program is held monthly, you do not need to attend every meeting.  Drop in whenever it fits into your schedule.  If you would like to try your hand at making impressive greeting cards, the paper crafting group convenes at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25.

Antique clocks

In addition to monthly programs, we have special events throughout the year. On Monday, Feb. 29, clock enthusiast Jim Burghart will discuss antique clocks. Please save the date and learn how to setup and maintain your antique clocks.  Bring your questions but not your clocks at 7 p.m.  

Libraries promote literacy and supply a platform for innovation.They are advocates for your right to read and your privacy. What's not to love?

In the picture book “Groundhog Stays Up Late” by Margery Cuyler, the groundhog plays instead of preparing for winter. This procrastination causes problems for his winter hibernation.

As the proverb says, “If you put off doing what you ought to do, you will end up not having enough time to do it properly.”

If you have been meaning to submit a photo in the photography contest sponsored by the Friends of the Berne Library, stop procrastinating. Photos must be submitted by 2 p.m., on Saturday, Jan. 30. Details and entry forms are available at the library and from the website www.bernepubliclibrary.org

Read to a dog

Although it is tempting to hibernate at home in the cold weather, the library is a cozy and inviting place to visit.  Ariel, our tail waggin' tutor, will be at the library on Monday, Feb. 1, from 4 to 6 p.m. Children are invited to read aloud to the dog under the supervision of her owner, Amber. In addition to improving reading skills, the kids enjoy a warm, furry companion.  

Online databases

The Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia is one of the online databases available through the library's website.  The article on hibernation explains that the body temperatures drop to just above freezing in animals that hibernate. The animal becomes unconscious and completely inactive and is able to survive for long periods on fat stored in its body. Various rodents, bats, and bears are known to hibernate.  

Story time

Hibernation is the theme for story time on Tuesday, Feb. 2.  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.  

Friends meet

The Friends of the Berne Library could never rightfully be accused of hibernating or procrastinating. This active group meets on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m., to discuss fund-raisers and purchases for the library. Upcoming events include a book and jewelry sale on March 19 and 20, and an empty bowl event in April.  If you are looking for ways to support the library, this organization needs your help. Contact Donna Gwin at  .

Movie night

The word hibernate comes from the Latin word hibernare which means to pass the winter. A fun way to spend a winter evening in the Hilltowns is at Family Movie Night. An adventure film rated PG will be shown on Friday, Feb. 5, from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m.  Admission is free and refreshments are provided. Check our website or call the library for the movie title.

Book discussion

The Sunday Book Club meets on Feb. 7.  Don't put off reading "The House Girl" by Tara Conklin if you want to participate in the discussion.  The group meets at 7 p.m., and newcomers are welcome.  


Whether the emerging groundhog sees his shadow or not on Tuesday, winter will last at least a couple of months.  Include a visit to the library in your winter schedule.


A current debate examines the value of teaching cursive writing in our schools. The Common Core initiative requires keyboarding skills but fails to mention cursive writing. Consequently, some states removed it from the curriculum. The Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association views this as a travesty and encourages you to pick up a pen and take advantage of National Handwriting Day on Jan. 23.  

Story time

Fine motor skills are needed for both writing and keying.  Activities during story time help develop these skills. Children ages 1 to 5 and their caregivers are invited to join Ms. Kathy at 10:30 a.m., on Tuesdays for stories, activities, and a craft.  Snow people will be the focus of the program on Jan. 26 at the Berne Public Library.   

Paper club

Grasping a writing instrument and letting your thoughts flow through your fingers is poetic.  Putting those thoughts on a handmade card is magical. The Paper Crafting Club meets on Thursday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m., to make greeting cards. Learn some amazing techniques from experienced crafters. There is a small fee for supplies.

Photo contest

If your talent is photography instead of writing, the Friends of the Berne Library have a contest for you. Photographs must be submitted to the library before 2 p.m., on Saturday, Jan. 30.  Details and entry forms are available at the library or online at www.bernepubliclibrary.org.  


Jan. 23 was chosen for National Handwriting Day because it coincides with John Hancock's birthday. As President of the Continental Congress, Hancock was the first to sign the Declaration of Independence.  Without knowing cursive, future generations will be unable to read our valued historical documents in their original form.


The word corn was used in the past to signify the most-used grain of a specific place. Wheat, barley, or oats were called corn in other countries.  Since maize was the common American corn, it took that name and keeps it today. Jan. 19 is National Popcorn Day.  

Fitness video

Teens should pop into the Berne Public Library at 6:30 p.m., on Friday, Jan. 15. The teen action group is working on a fitness video for the summer reading program and all teens are welcome.  Bring a sports uniform if you have one.  

Photo contest

There are four common types of corn:  sweet, dent, flint, and popcorn. Only popcorn has a hull thickness that allows it to pop. As the water inside the kernel heats up, the steam superheats the starch.  The pressure inside the grain will reach 135 pounds per square inch before finally bursting the hull open.    

The Friends of the Library are bursting with enthusiasm regarding their photo contest. Entries must be submitted by Saturday, Jan. 30. Grab your camera and take a shot of scenery, people, or wildlife in the Hilltowns. Corny or serious, your pictures are wanted. Details and entry forms are available at the library or at HYPERLINK "http://www.bernepubliclibrary.org/"www.bernepubliclibrary.org.

Lego League

The Lego League meets at 11 a.m., on Saturday, Jan. 16. Use the library's Legos to create whatever pops into your head. This monthly program is designed for children ages 5 to 12.

Knit Wits

There is a decorative crochet stitch known as the popcorn stitch. Learn this technique and other stitches during Knit Wits on Sunday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. Bring your own yarn and needles to work on a project with other passionate knitters, and crocheters.  


Story time

Children ages 1 to 5 and their caregivers are invited to story time at the library on Tuesday, Jan. 19. Join Ms. Kathy at 10:30 a.m., to investigate popcorn. There is sure to be a snack at this program along with stories, activities, and a craft.

Popcorn makes a great snack.  It is a whole grain food with only 35 calories per cup if oil-popped. Of course, adding butter will increase the calories. To achieve the utmost in popability, the moisture content should be about 14 percent. Store popcorn in an airtight container to prevent the kernels from becoming too dry.   

The information on popcorn is from the website HYPERLINK "http://www.popcorn.org/"www.popcorn.org sponsored by the Popcorn Board. Pop over for a visit at the library to discover more about corn using our books or computers.  

Which is warmer to wear on your hands, mittens or gloves? From the Berne Public Library's website, you may access a database known as Gale's Academic One File. A UWire article discusses the pros and cons of mittens.

According to Frank Pellegrino, "With four fingers together in the same area, they can work as a team to generate heat — far more heat than a single finger can manage on its own."  Thus mittens are warmer than gloves.  

Game night

However, when it comes to playing board games, wearing mittens would be disastrous. Take them off once you arrive at the library for Game Night on Sunday, Jan. 10. Adults are invited to the cozy community room at 7 p.m., to play Scrabble, Settlers of Catan, and other games.

Story time

To avoid losing mittens, children may need them attached to their coats. Mittens is the theme for story time on Tuesday, Jan. 12.  Children ages 1 to 5 are invited to join Ms. Kathy at 10:30 a.m., for stories, activities, and a craft. Try out a game where you match mittens.

Board meets

It is with warm hands and warm heart that we welcome three new trustees to the library board. Ted Borys, Lisa Raymond, and Missy Worden were appointed to the board on Jan. 1. Their first library board meeting is on Thursday, Jan. 14, at 6:30 p.m. This monthly meeting to discuss library business is open to the public. Come and meet your new representatives.

Photo contest

Mittens should be removed before attempting to take any pictures with a camera.  Your photographs of the Hilltowns may be entered in the photography contest sponsored by the Friends of the Berne Library. The submission deadline is Saturday, Jan. 30. Entry forms are available at the library or online at HYPERLINK "http://www.bernepubliclibrary.org/"www.bernepubliclibrary.org.


Teen fitness

Because gloves allow more dexterity, they are chosen over mittens in many sports activities.  Teens are encouraged to bring a sports outfit to teen night at the library on Friday, Jan. 15. The group will be working on a video for the summer reading program incorporating the 2016 theme of fitness. Join Ms. Kathy at 6:30 p.m.

Lego League

Putting together Legos while wearing mittens could be difficult. Try your hand at it on Saturday, Jan. 16, at 11 a.m., during Lego League. Children ages 5 to 12 are invited to create objects using the library's Legos.  

Knit Wits

If knitting mittens is your talent, attend Knit Wits on Sunday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. This group shares ideas, problems, and solutions while working on individual projects.   

 Wear mittens for maximum warmth but wear gloves for dexterity. Brian Miller adds an additional viewpoint regarding fashion in that same UWire article. He said, "By no means do I strive to have the trendiest of winter wear, but unless your style is 'I am six years old' — you should probably get yourself some gloves." What's the most important factor for you?