Adult Program Listing

Our up-coming programs are listed below. Please browse through them and sign up for as many as you like!  

Upcoming Events

Date/Time
Event
08/31/2016
7:00 PM

I Can and I Am: Believe in Yourself and Achieve Your Dreams

goalThis is your year to make wonderful things happen in your life. Join Professional Inspirer Andrea Mastrobattista for monthly gatherings with lively instruction, discussion, brainstorming and inspirational activities to help you achieve your dreams. In July, we put together personal game plans, but now the tasks may seem a bit overwhelming. At this workshop, you will learn how to take your goals and organize them into manageable, achievable milestones that we will celebrate throughout the process. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to register.

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09/09/2016
10:00 AM

Monthly Meditations

monthlymeditations, webFollow through on your intention to learn and practice meditation. We will explore different types of meditation with a time of sharing to follow for those who are so inclined. First timers and those with any meditation experience are welcome. This meditation program is led by Mary Bodenstein and Jean Leigh. Free. No sign-up is needed.

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09/11/2016
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

9/11 Remembrance

Join us at the flagpole flag, usaas we remember the two Bernardsville residents who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

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09/12/2016
3:00 PM

English Language Classes Begin

ESL notebookThe next session of English-As-A-Second-Language (ESL) classes will begin on Monday, September 12. Classes will be offered on Mondays and Thursdays at both 3:00 pm and 7:15 pm and will run through November 17. There is no charge to attend and students may attend classes in more than one timeslot if they wish. Advance registration is optional. Just come to the first class, or click here to sign up. If you’d like to volunteer to be an ESL teacher (no special background is required, just a facility with English), please call Madelyn English at 908-766-0118.

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09/13/2016
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Yoga Basics

Suitable for all students, this class offers an integrated sequence of poses designed to warm up the body and then work toward a specific intention within the natural movements of the spine. Pranayama (breath work) and a final deep relaxation are integral to every class. This is a six-week session on Tuesdays, September 13 – October 18 at 1:00 pm. The total cost for the session is $35.00. Please bring a yoga mat; a yoga blanket is helpful, although not required. This program is a partnership between Bernardsville Library and Bernardsville Recreation. Register through Bernardsville Recreation’s Community Pass portal. Click here to register, sign in, and then click on Fall 2016.

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09/14/2016
7:00 PM

Financial Planning: A Wake-Up Call for Women!

dollar signMarriage, children, divorce, and loss of a spouse can all strain a woman’s finances and detour her financial well-being. Come listen to Ash Rajan of Janney Montgomery Scott and start developing an understanding of your own financial landscape. This program will introduce steps for preparing for such life-changes. Mr. Rajan counsels affluent families, advising them and their heirs on the acquisition, preservation and transfer of their wealth. Light refreshments. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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09/16/2016
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Bingo Night!

bingoThe Friends of Bernardsville Public Library are sponsoring a fun-filled night of bingo, right in the library’s Community Room. From 6:30 to 9:00 pm, everyone is invited to join the fun. Bring your friends and family as we play 15 games for cash and special prizes valued from $10 to $100. Admission ($25 at the door) includes a game booklet with 3 game cards good for all games played, an ink stamper and snacks/drinks. Pizza will be available for purchase at 6:30 pm. Games start at 7:00 pm. Attendees must be 18 or older. Proceeds will support Library programs.

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09/17/2016
3:00 PM

Saturday Crafters

crafters2Work on your own projects, get tips and chat with the group. You’ll also find out about new library craft resources. This month the group will host a yarn swap. Attendees are invited to bring their unwanted crafting materials, including yarn, needles, kits, and books, to be swapped with other members. Any materials remaining will be donated to the VNA’s upcoming Rummage Sale. Free. No sign-up is needed.

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09/21/2016
7:00 PM

"The Silver Baron's Wife"

Silver-Barons-WifeDonna Baier Stein, author of The Silver Baron’s Wife, will read from and talk about her new historical novel that traces a beautiful woman’s search for love, wealth, and faith in the heady silver mining days of 19th century Colorado. The legendary Baby Doe Tabor was a fiercely independent woman who worked in the mines, became the key figure in one of the West’s most scandalous love triangles, and after a devastating stock market crash destroyed her second husband’s vast fortune, lived in isolation at the Matchless Mine in Leadville. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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09/22/2016
10:30 AM

Gentle Chair Yoga

Chair yogaThis gentle yoga class combines simple breath and movement to increase circulation in joints, strengthen major muscle groups and relax the nervous system. The benefits of this time-honored practice can include increased energy, mental clarity and mobility, better sleep, healthy digestion, and decreased pain. No prior yoga experience is needed. This class, taught by Julie Shaw, will run on Thursday mornings, September 22 to October 27 at 10:30 am.  The cost is $35 for six sessions. This program is a partnership between Bernardsville Library and Bernardsville Recreation. Register through Bernardsville Recreation’s Community Pass portal. Click here to register, sign in, and then click on Fall 2016.

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09/28/2016
7:00 PM

I Can and I Am: Believe in Yourself and Achieve Your Dreams

Andrea MastrobattistaThis is your year to make wonderful things happen in your life. Join Professional Inspirer Andrea Mastrobattista for monthly gatherings with lively instruction, discussion, brainstorming and inspirational activities to help you achieve your dreams. In this session, we’ll discuss what happens when you’ve decided on a goal and come up with a plan to achieve it; then you make a mistake that stops you in your tracks. Discover how to make your mistakes work for you so you can move forward. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to register.

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10/01/2016
10:00 AM

October Brings One Book Bernardsville

Canterville GhostThis year’s One Book Bernardsville will actually focus on a short story: The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde. It’s a gothic tale about an American family who moves into a British mansion, Canterville Chase, much to the annoyance its tired ghost. The story was published in 1887 by the Irish playwright, poet and author of numerous short stories who became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day.
We will celebrate ghosts all month, discuss the story, watch a movie based on it, and discuss our own local ghost, Phyllis, of the old Vealtown Tavern. Join us for this community reading project!

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10/08/2016
2:00 PM

Phyllis, The Library's Ghost

Vealtown TavernBernardsville Public Library, formerly housed in the Vealtown Tavern on Route 202, is famous for its ghost Phyllis Parker. As legend has it, Phyllis, the innkeeper’s daughter, fell in love with a soldier who was revealed to be a British spy. She reportedly went mad when she learned he had been hanged, and has haunted the building ever since. Learn what we do and don’t know about Phyllis, historical background, and sightings, from the volunteers in our Local History Room. The room will be open for visitors after the talk. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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10/09/2016
3:00 PM

Sundays at Three: Frank & 3 To Clave

Frank and 3 to ClaveIt’s National Hispanic Heritage Month and to celebrate, Frank & 3 To Clave, a Latin jazz ensemble headed by Frank Villafañe, will perform at the library. Mr. Villafañe is a pianist, composer, and music arranger. He plays piano “con clave” in the styles of Eddie Palmieri, Peruchin and Sergio Mendes. The group consists of four exceptional musicians: Larry Evans, Justino Vargas, Eddie Perez and Mr. Villafañe. They specialize in Cuban dance music, and selections will include Salsa, Meringue, Rumba, Cha Cha and others. This program is funded by the Friends of the Bernardsville Public Library. Doors open at 2:45 pm. No sign-up is needed.

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10/11/2016
7:00 PM

A Dramatic Reading of "The Canterville Ghost"

Canterville GhostJoin us for a dramatic reading by local actors of selected parts of this year’s One Book Bernardsville selection, “The Canterville Ghost,” by Oscar Wilde. This short story, published in 1887, is, according to its author, “An amusing chronicle of the tribulations of the Ghost of Canterville Chase when his ancestral halls became the home of the American Minister to the Court of St. James.” It’s a whimsical tale, highlighting the culture clash between a 16th century English ghost and the “modern” American family which refuses to be afraid of him. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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10/14/2016
10:00 AM

Monthly Meditations

monthlymeditations, webFollow through on your intention to learn and practice meditation. We will explore different types of meditation with a time of sharing to follow for those who are so inclined. First timers and those with any meditation experience are welcome. This meditation program is led by Mary Bodenstein and Jean Leigh. Free. No sign-up is needed.

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10/14/2016
7:00 PM

Movie Night: The Canterville Ghost

Canterville Ghost movieJoin us to watch the 1944 movie, starring Charles Laughton, Robert Young and Margaret O’Brien, based on our One Book Bernardsville selection, Oscar Wilde’s short story, “The Canterville Ghost.” Afterwards, we’ll chat about the differences between the original story and the movie which was adapted to a contemporaneous, wartime setting. Laughton plays Sir Simon de Canterville, the 17th century British aristocrat who, after proving himself a coward on the field of honor, is doomed to haunt the corridors of Canterville Hall until one of his descendants performs a conspicuous act of bravery. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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10/15/2016
3:00 PM

Fifty Book Challenge

booksstackxxJoin our challenge to read fifty books in a year. The group meets quarterly for reading suggestions, feedback and refreshments. Link here to our 50 Book Challenge resources. New members are always welcome. Free. Click here to email Pat Kennedy-Grant to receive meeting reminders and other information.

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10/22/2016
3:00 PM

Saturday Crafters

crafters2Work on your own projects, get tips and chat with the group. You’ll also find out about new library craft resources.
Free. No sign-up is needed.

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10/23/2016
2:00 PM

Tea and Conversation with Ann Hood

Ann HoodJulie Maloney of Women Reading Aloud will conduct an up close and personal interview with the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Ann Hood. Her newest novel, The Book That Matters Most, comes out in August. It’s a book that is at once a riveting page-turner and a deeply affecting emotional journey. Ms. Hood is also the author of The Knitting Circle, The Red Thread, Comfort, and An Italian Wife, among other works. The winner of many writing awards, she is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, a Best American Travel Writing Award, and the Paul Bowles Prize for Short Fiction. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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