The Every Child a Reader organization is dedicated to instilling a lifelong love of reading in children.  They join with the Children's Book Council to sponsor Children's Book Week which is the week of May 2.

A love of reading

The 2016 Children's Choice Book Award winners will be announced during the week.  This is the only national book awards program where the winners are selected by kids and teens.  The last day for voting was April 25 but you can still celebrate children's books and reading by visiting the library to check out the nominees.  

Adults attending the Sunday Book Club definitely have that lifelong love of reading.  Due to Spring Break, they will meet May 8 instead of May 1.  The group will be discussing the psychological thriller, “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn.  All are welcome to attend this program that begins at 7:00 p.m.

If your child prefers to read to a nonjudgmental audience, our canine friend Ariel will be at the library from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, May 2.  Read one of the award winning books aloud to our tail-waggin' tutor and her handler, Amber Pitcher.


“Funny Bones:  Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras” by Duncan Tonatiuh is one of the Choice Book nominees.  The story is about the Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe Posada.  Children ages 1 to 5 will be investigating Mexico during Storytime on Tuesday, May 3.  Join Ms. Kathy at 10:30 a.m. for stories, activities, and a craft making a maraca.

Low-maintenance gardening

How do you maintain a garden and still have time to read books?  Master Gardener Judith Fetterley from the Cooperative Extension Service has the answer.  On Tuesday, May 3 at 7 p.m., she will be discussing low-maintenance gardening.  Learn how to grow the most with the least amount of effort.  If you are interested in gardening, this program is a must.  

Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Library meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4.  Any person interested in supporting the library is invited to attend.  The agenda includes the recent Bowls for Books event and the upcoming Music in the Park series.  The Friends are currently looking for donations to purchase state books for the junior non fiction section of the library.

The Fourth Awakens

Wednesday, May 4, is also Star Wars Day; May the fourth be with you.  The library has a 31-inch storm trooper which will soon belong to some lucky person.  Stop at the library to find out how that winner could be you.  The new owner will be announced during Movie Night at the Library on Friday, May 6.  You should be able to guess which movie, recently released on DVD, will be shown.   The adventure, rated PG-13, will begin at 6:30 p.m.  Admission is free and refreshments are provided.

Be sure to stay tuned for the 2016 winning books and authors of the Children's Choice Book Award.  They were chosen by the most qualified critics around: our children.


According to, the first Earth Day was in 1970 when human energy was officially channeled toward environmental issues.  Forty-six years later, we continue to observe the day with the power of example. What are you doing on April 22, and every day, to help create a greener, more sustainable future?

Earth Day will be the focus of storytime on Tuesday, April 26.  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.  Learn what even the youngest of humans can do to help the Earth.

Kiwanis members discovered a lot of litter during their highway clean-up.  Consider acknowledging Earth Day by collecting garbage along a section of your road with family members.  Hopefully, this task will encourage them not to litter.  

Pajama story time

A Native American Proverb says, "We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children."  Put your children in their pajamas on Tuesday, April 26, and head to the library to learn more about being green.  Ms. Kathy is holding a pajama story time at 6:30 p.m. for children ages 1 to 5.  Members of the pre-school book club will receive their ribbons.

Vacation Makerspace

Ecologist Barry Commoner said, "The proper use of science is not to conquer nature but to live in it."  Science is the theme of Vacation Makerspace at 2 p.m., on Wednesday, April 27.  During the school break, engage in hands-on activities including soldering and examining remote controls.  Work on a flying aircraft with other youth ages 10 to 18.   

Inky Fingers Club

The three R's — reduce, reuse and recycle — all help to cut down on the amount of waste we throw away. Participants of the Inky Fingers Club definitely follow that mantra.  They make outstanding handmade cards from scraps instead of purchasing cards at a store.  The club meets at 7 p.m.,  on the fourth Thursday of each month.  Join them on April 28, as they share equipment and techniques. If you are interested in seeing what types of cards they make, visit their incredible display in the community room of the library.

Low-maintenance gardening

Growing your own produce contributes to a more sustainable Earth. Save Tuesday, May 3, at 7  p.m., to learn about low-maintenance gardening.  Judith Fetterley, a master gardener from the Cooperative Extension Service, will present this program.

Thank you

A huge thank you goes out to all those who helped with the Friends Bowls for Books event. The chili and soups were delicious and being able to take home the bowl was an extra bonus. The library books purchased with the proceeds will add to our junior nonfiction collection.  

Libraries are definitely green since they loan out books over and over again. Help save trees by using your library.


When someone mentions March Madness, it is difficult to determine if they are talking about basketball, politics, or the weather.  Perhaps they are referring to all the activity at the library.

Thank you to those who supported the Friends of the Berne Library at the yearly book sale by donating, purchasing, and/or working.  The fundraiser was definitely a success.  Start saving your books and jewelry for March 2017.  

Glaze and decorate

The Friends' next fundraiser is Bowls for Books on Saturday, April 16.  Colleen Skiff's art students are making the bowls while learning how to use a pottery wheel; but we need your help to decorate and glaze them.  Work sessions  are being held at the library on Thursday, March 31 between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. and again on Saturday, April 2 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.  Stop in anytime during the sessions but please let the library staff know you are coming so we have sufficient supplies.

Using your device

The first NCAA tournament was held 77 years ago in 1939.  Only eight teams competed for the title, with the Oregon Webfoots emerging victorious over the Ohio State Buckeyes.  Facts on March Madness were gathered from the Best Schools Magazine 2016 website.  

Do you know how to find this type of information online?  The Albany County Office of the Aging is sponsoring technology workshops for those 60 or older.  Trainers from MicroKnowledge, Inc. will be at the Berne Library on Monday, March 28 at 1 p.m. for a workshop on tablets.  They will be there again on Thursday, March 31 at 1 p.m. for a laptop computer workshop.  The class is limited to twelve participants so please register with the library staff as soon as possible by calling 872-1246 or emailing .  Attend one or both of these events.  

Trademark madness

The phrase “March Madness” was not associated with the NCAA until 1982 when sportscaster Brent Musburger coined the term during his coverage of the tournament. The phrase had been used previously in an Illinois high school tournament and a trademark battle ensued.  The court decided to grant a dual use trademark allowing both groups to continue use of the term.  


Despite the weather, Spring officially began on March 20 with the vernal equinox.  Children ages 1 to 5 are invited to Storytime on Tuesday, March 29 to explore springtime ideas.  Join Ms. Kathy at 10:30 a.m. for stories, activities, and a craft.

Movie Night

The madness of power is the theme of Movie Night at the Library on Friday, April 1.  Check the library's website for the title of the film.  The movie begins at 6:30 p.m. and is rated PG-13 for action and violence.  Admission is free and refreshments are provided.   

Sunday Book Club

Finish off the month of March by reading “Big Little Lies” by Liane Moriarty.  The novel will be discussed at the Book Club on Sunday, April 3.  Join other adults at 7 p.m. for a conversation about the power-crazed parents of kindergartners.  

Don't expect to fill out a perfect March Madness tournament bracket.  The chances are 1 in 9.2 quintillion of picking out all the winners.  You have a much better chance of finding a book you would like to borrow from the library with your free library card.  Stop in and see.

Through the database link on the Berne Public Library's website, you can access an incredible amount of knowledge.  There is an article on goats by Robert J. Hudson from the Grolier Online New Book of Knowledge, which supplied these goat facts.  

Did you know goats are in the same hoofed mammal family as sheep and cattle?  The does give birth in the spring to one, sometimes two offspring known as kids.

Lego League

If you have kids ages 5 to 16, they are invited to the library at 11 a.m., on Saturday, March 19, for Lego League.  This month, use the library's Legos to build a farm with fencing that will keep in goats.  As farmers know, that is a daunting challenge.

Book sale

Book lovers will feel like a kid in a candy store this weekend. The Friends of the Berne Library are holding their annual Book Sale Plus.  All types of books, movies, music, jewelry, fashion scarves, and puzzles are on sale at the Hilltown Senior Center, 1360 Helderberg Trail, Berne.  Stop in on Saturday, March 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the best choices.  Then come on Sunday, March 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the best deals.

Knit wits

Goats were among the first animals to be domesticated.  They are raised for their meat, milk, and hair.  Angora goats produce mohair while Cashmere goats produce cashmere fibers.  People attending Knit Wits use these yarns while working on individual projects.  The group meets at 7 p.m., on Sunday, March 20.  Anyone interested in knitting or crocheting is invited for an evening of sharing ideas and conversation.

Story time

Wild baby goats spend much of their day developing social and physical skills such as head-butting.  Storytime is where human kids develop social skills so they aren't butting heads with others. On Tuesday, March 22, goats will be the focus of story time.  Children ages 1 to 5 are invited to join Ms. Kathy at 10:30 a.m., for stories, activities, and a craft.  In addition, farmer Scott Green will bring his baby goats for a visit if the weather permits.  

Technology workshops

Are you an old goat who would like to keep up with the changes in technology? There are three recently scheduled workshops at the library for those 60 or older.  On Monday, March 21, at 1 p.m., bring your smart phone to the library to learn how to use it.  If you don't own a smartphone, attend the workshop for an overview to see if you want one in the future.  The class is limited to 12 participants. Call the library at 872-1246, e-mail , or stop by the library to register before Saturday, March 19.  

A class on tablets will be held on Monday, March 28, and a class on laptop computers is scheduled for Thursday, March 31. Attend one, two, or all three of these workshops to keep up-to-date on technology.  Trainers from MicroKnowledge Inc. will be holding the classes made possible through a grant with the Albany County Department of Aging.

Craft activity

All kidding aside, there are many opportunities at the library for expanding your knowledge and fostering creativity.  On Thursday, March 24, adults are making gift cards using a variety of techniques.  If you are interested in paper crafting, these talented people are willing to share their ideas and equipment.  The fun starts at 7 p.m.
There are two more reasons to like goats.  One is that goat milk can be made into delicious feta cheese.  The other is watching the carefree behaviors of baby goats. If you have not seen any online videos of kids playing, come to the library and use our computers or WiFi to watch these hilarious clips.  It will bring a smile to your face.

Limerick is the capital of County Limerick, one of the 32 counties making up Ireland. A limerick is also a comic verse, frequently nonsensical, explained as follows:

What is a limerick mother?

It's a form of verse, said brother,

In which lines one and two

Rhyme with five when it's through

And line three and four rhyme with each other.


The Teen Action Group will meet at the library on Friday, March 11, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. View the completed SRP video with Ms. Kathy and then have some nonsensical fun making up limericks and playing games.  

Book sale

In addition to limericks, the Irish have produced serious quality literature.  William Butler Yeats, James Joyce, George Bernard Shaw, John Banville, and Anne Enright are all Irish authors.   


Whether the books you own are by Irish authors or not, the Friends of the Berne Library are interested in them. Donations for the annual book sale may be brought to the Hilltown Senior Center, 1360 Helderberg Trail, Berne on Saturday, March 12, from 9 a.m. to noon.  Jewelry, fashion scarves, puzzles, audio-books, movies on DVDs, and music CDs are also being accepted.  

Albany parade

You should have enough time to drop off donated items before the Saint Patrick's Day parade begins in Albany, at 2 p.m. However, if March 12 is not a convenient day, contact Judy to make other arrangements by calling the library at 872-1246 or e-mailing .  

Board games

Fidchell was an Irish board game of equal sides played between two people. If you have an interest in board games, join other adults on Sunday, March 13, for game night. The group meets at 7 p.m., in the community room of the library and all are welcome.

Wearing of the green

In the U.S.A. it is customary to wear green on St. Patrick's Day; but in Ireland the color was long considered to be unlucky. Author Bridget Haggerty explains that in Irish folklore green is the favorite color of the faeries. They are likely to steal people, especially children, who wear too much of the color.

Children ages 1 to 5 will be focusing on the color green during storytime on Tuesday, March 15.  Join Ms. Kathy at 10:30 a.m., for stories, activities, and a craft. She promises to protect the children from the faeries.  

Memoir class

Do you have some family folklore that you would like to share with the memoir class?  The group, facilitated by MaryJo McKeon, meets at 2 p.m., on Wednesday, March 16, and new faces are needed.

Pancakes and books

After recovering from the holiday, spend a quiet weekend in the Hilltowns. On Saturday, March 19, enjoy some pancakes at the Berne Reformed Church then come over to the Hilltown Senior Center for the best choices at the Friends Book Sale. The sale is from 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.  

Firehouse breakfast

Eat breakfast prepared by the Kiwanis at the Knox Firehouse on Sunday, March 20, and then come to the Hilltown Senior Center for the best deals of the Friends Book Sale. The sale is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.  

For a challenge this week, try writing a limerick starting with "There once was a library friend,”  and submit it to the library before St. Patrick's Day.