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

01/23/2018
10:00 AM - 11:45 AM

How to Register a New Business in New Jersey

The rules for starting and registering a new business in New Jersey are always changing, and attendees will receive the most up-to-date information from experts who can answer all their questions. Learn about different business structures; how to register a small business; legal entity registration; how to report business income; and more. Presented by Taxation University (a unit of the New Jersey Division of Taxation) and the NJ State Library. Free. Advance sign-up is required. Click here to sign up.

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01/26/2018
2:00 PM

Friday Afternoon at the Movies: "The Time Traveler's Wife"

Join us to watch “The Time Traveler’s Wife” (2009) about a Chicago librarian who has a gene that causes him to involuntarily time travel, creating complications in his marriage. Our Friday afternoon movie series is funded by gifts to the Friends of the Bernardsville Library. Free. Advance sign-up is requested, but not required. Click here to sign up.

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01/30/2018
7:00 PM

Fitness & Diet Apps

From step counters and heart-rate monitors to calorie counters and food planners, we will talk about some of the many options available to those who want to use technology to improve their fitness. It doesn’t matter whether you’re already a gym rat or just looking for the motivation to get off the couch, there is an app for you! Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.  [This class will also be held at Bernards Township Library on Thursday, January 25 at 10:30 am.]

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01/31/2018
7:00 PM

Speak it! Believe it! Live It!

Whatever your goal or mission in life is, these three steps will help you reach your destination: Speak It! Believe It! Live It! We begin 2018 with a peek into each workshop in the series to whet your appetite for a year of inspiration! Professional Inspirer Andrea Mastrobattista will join us via Skype as she recounts her own journey of healing, and she will help you discover how to use these three steps to help live your own most fulfilling and inspiring life. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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02/04/2018
3:00 PM

Sundays at Three: Joshua Breakstone's Cello-Quartet

Guitarist Joshua Breakstone’s unique “Cello-Quartet” is a  collaboration of four well-known, veteran jazz players including, in addition to Mr. Breakstone, cellist Mike Richmond, bassist Lisle Atkinson, and drummer Andy Watson. The harmonizations of the strings—guitar, bass and cello—are stunning and a combination never before heard in jazz. This is a configuration that appeals to a broad audience from classical music lovers, to jazz lovers looking for something different, to guitar aficionados….While it’s definitely jazz, at the same time, it’s most definitely something a little different! This is a free concert funded by the Friends of the Bernardsville Library. Doors open at 2:45 pm. No sign-up is needed.

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02/09/2018
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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02/11/2018
2:00 PM

Armchair Tour of Historic Downtown Bernardsville

Join us for a slideshow tour of Historic Downtown Bernardsville. Sponsored by the Historic Preservation Advisory Committee and Friends of Historic Bernardsville, local architect and historian Daniel Lincoln will take us on an armchair tour that uses historic photographs and period documents to explore the origins of our town and how trends in architecture, transportation, commerce and innovation have shaped the Bernardsville we know today. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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02/13/2018
7:00 PM

Contested Symbols: Memorials, They Go Up, They Come Down

When it comes to memorials, heritage and events are political and often reflected in the monuments that are erected. As ideologies change, groups become more or less powerful in privileging the commemorated, or as new information comes to light, new monuments are created and/or old ones are removed. In this session, Dr. Barbara Seater of Raritan Valley Community College will examine the politics of and public response to memorials through numerous lenses. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up. This program is funded by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, an independent non-profit organization and state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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02/21/2018
7:00 PM

Movie Screening: "Before the Flood"

From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Academy Award-winning actor, environmental activist and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio, Before the Flood presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet. The film follows DiCaprio as he travels to five continents and the Arctic speaking to scientists, world leaders, activists and local residents to gain a deeper understanding of this complex issue and investigate concrete solutions to the most pressing environmental challenge of our time. Free. Advance sign-up is requested, but not required. Click here to sign-up.

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02/23/2018
2:00 PM

Friday Afternoon at the Movies: "Sense & Sensibility"

Join us to watch “Sense and Sensibility” (1995), the British-American period drama film directed by Ang Lee and based on Jane Austen’s 1811 novel of the same name. Actress Emma Thompson wrote the script and stars as Elinor Dashwood, while Kate Winslet plays Elinor’s younger sister Marianne. The story follows the Dashwood sisters, members of a wealthy English family of landed gentry, as they must deal with circumstances of sudden destitution. They are forced to seek financial security through marriage. Our Friday afternoon movie series is funded by gifts to the Friends of the Bernardsville Library. Free. Advance sign-up is requested, but not required. Click here to sign up.

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02/27/2018
7:00 PM

Jack the Ripper: A Mystery of Mysteries

“Jack the Ripper” is one of the most infamous serial murder cases in the world. Set in the horrendous slums of eastern London in 1888, five women, possibly more, all impoverished prostitutes, were viciously slain. The heinous crimes rocked London to its core. The unknown assailant, like a phantom in the night, committed his grisly tasks and vanished without ever being caught. Dr. Mark R. Vogel, a clinical psychologist who has studied the case, reviewed original police files, and visited the murder sites himself, will tell us what is known about the identity of Jack the Ripper and the countless other mysteries surrounding the case. Free. Advance registration is requested. Click here to sign up.

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02/28/2018
7:00 PM

Speak It! Believe It! Live It!

Whatever your goal or mission in life is, these three steps will help you reach your destination: Speak It! Believe It! Live It! The first step to reaching any goal is to give it a voice. Learn how to find the most supportive people in your life, share your dreams with them and watch as they begin to take shape. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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03/09/2018
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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03/10/2018
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

NJ Makers Day 2018

makerdaylogoCelebrate and share maker culture. On this day, entrepreneurs, small business owners and young professionals, as well as children, teens and parents from across the state share their enthusiasm for and interest in the culture of making and creating. At the library, we’ll have a number of special programs for both children and adults. It’s all free. Check back later for details on the day’s activities.

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03/21/2018
7:00 PM

Multi-Payer Medical Nightmare: Curing Your Medical Insurance Problems

Get your medical insurance questions answered when we host Adria Goldman Gross, FIPC and CEO and Founder of Medwise Insurance Advocacy. Ms. Gross, who has over 25 years of experience in the insurance business and has worked extensively with the medical community and numerous insurance companies, will talk about navigating the world of medical insurance and billing. Copies of her book, “Solved! Curing Your Medical Insurance Problems,” will be available for purchase with proceeds to be donated to the Library. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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03/23/2018
2:00 PM

Fridays at the Movies: "The Wizard of Oz"

Join us to watch “The Wizard of Oz” (1939), the beloved icon of American popular culture notable for its use of technicolor, fantasy storytelling, musical score, and memorable characters. Widely considered to be one of the greatest films in cinema history, it stars Judy Garland and was nominated for six Academy Awards. Stay afterwards to chat about the film. Our Friday afternoon movie series is funded by gifts to the Friends of the Bernardsville Library. Free. Advance sign-up is requested, but not required. Click here to sign up.

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03/27/2018
7:00 PM

Franklin Delano Roosevelt: An Arsenal for Democracy

Neill Hartley as FDR

The date is December 29, 1940. Franklin Delano Roosevelt has just been re-elected to an unprecedented third term in office. But the world is in a crisis. Nazi Germany has blazed the path of destruction across Europe, and America may soon be drawn into war. Watch this famous moment come to life, as you meet with the President just prior to his delivery of the famous “Arsenal of Democracy” speech.  Learn what President Roosevelt was thinking, and listen to his plea for the support of our Allies.  Neill Hartley is Franklin Delano Roosevelt in this fully staged historical presentation. Following the presentation, there will be time for comments and questions. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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04/10/2018
7:00 PM

Poetry Reading - "Songs to Light the Way"

April is Poetry Month and two recipients of the New Jersey Poets Prize, Wanda Praisner and Ed Romond, will read from their work this evening. Both are teacher-poets who have been featured readers at the Dodge Poetry Festival. Ms. Praisner’s latest collection of poems, To Illuminate the Way (2018), begins with her childhood in World War II and moves through her life, culminating with poems of visits to Auschwitz and Hiroshima. Many of  Mr. Romond’s poems relate to his family, his career in public education, and his love of baseball. His book, Alone with Love Songs, was published in 2011. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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04/11/2018
7:00 PM

The Legacy of Stanley Milgram

During his brief and meteoric 24-year career, Stanley Milgram (1933-1984) offered some of the most brilliant insights ever produced in his field of social psychology. In this presentation, two men who worked closely with Prof. Milgram, Harold Takooshian, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Urban Studies at Fordham University, and Edward English, cameraman and editor for the original documentary “Obedience,” will briefly describe his remarkable life and career, including his work at Yale and Harvard on “obedience to authority” and his work at CUNY on “urban psychology.” Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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04/13/2018
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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