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

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 doctor 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, came 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, The Obituary Writer, 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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10/26/2016
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 this session, we’ll discuss what happens when you’re working on your plan to achieve your objective, and then you get sidetracked by new ideas or unexpected events. Come to this workshop to learn how to maintain focus on the goal that matters to you the most. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to register.

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10/28/2016
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Save the Date! Dinner with Author L'Aura Hladik Hoffman

L'Aura Hladik
L’Aura Hladik Hoffman
Join the Friends of the Bernardsville Public Library at The Bernards Inn for dinner with paranormal investigator L’Aura Hladik Hoffman, author of “Ghosthunting New Jersey.” It will be a spooktacular evening with a book signing, ghost stories, dancing, 50/50 and a silent auction. Tickets include hors d’oeuvres, steak, pasta and dessert. Proceeds benefit library programs. Attendees must be 18 or older. Click here to purchase tickets online now! If you’d like to mail in a check, click here for a downloadable reservation form.

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11/01/2016
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, November 1 – December 13 at 1:00 pm (no class November 8). 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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11/09/2016
7:00 PM

Affordable Care Act 2017: What You Need to Know

Katherine WoodfieldEvery year it seems the rules for the Affordable Care Act change a little and your insurance needs change a little too. Come listen and learn as Katherine Hermes discusses what health insurance plans are being offered in New Jersey this year. How do you choose? What is the difference between “on exchange” and “off exchange” health insurance plans? What does the closing of the “Doughnut Hole” mean to you? And more. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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11/11/2016
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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11/12/2016
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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11/13/2016
3:00 PM

"Cowspiracy"

cowspiracyThis 2014 documentary offers a look by filmmakers Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn at the devastating environmental impact that large-scale factory farming has on our planet and offers a path to global sustainability for a growing population. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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11/19/2016
3:00 PM

The Life of Thomas Paine

ian-ruskin-as-thomas-paine-dvdThomas Paine was perhaps the most radical figure of the American Revolution, a man who is largely forgotten and greatly misunderstood today. We’ll begin with watching a video of a one-man play starring Ian Ruskin as Thomas Paine and then learn about Paine’s importance to the American Revolution from Michael Rockland, Professor of American Studies at Rutgers University and the author of fourteen books, mostly on American society and culture. Prof. Rockland will also discuss Paine’s subsequent role agitating in the French Revolution, and contrast the goals and immediate outcomes of the American and French Revolutions. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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11/29/2016
7:00 PM

"Mining Iron in Northwest New Jersey: The People”

miningWith stories from his book, “Mining Iron in Northwest New Jersey: The People,” Stuart Lefkowitz will share the history of the miners who worked to make northern New Jersey what it is today. His book, the culmination of ten years spent interviewing mine workers and their families, is original research on people who were born, lived, worked and died in a plantation-type iron mining community in Mt. Hope, later Rockaway Township, NJ, from early in the 20th century until the 1970s. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to signup.

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11/30/2016
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. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to register.

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12/06/2016
3:30 PM

Bernards High School Madrigal Ensemble

music notesThe Bernards High School Madrigals, under the direction of Matthew LaPine, will fill the library with beautiful holiday music. Join us for the music and cookies compliments of the Friends of the Bernardsville Library.  Free. Just drop by and enjoy. No sign-up is needed.

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