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

11/18/2017
11:00 AM

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. [Please note our start time.]

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12/04/2017
7:00 PM

Crack Open the Mystery of Podcasts

Still think podcasts are just for peas? Think again! Millions of people are listening to podcasts every day and there are millions of different podcasts on the internet to listen to! Learn some reliable sources from which to download and how to do so without using valuable cellular data. We’ll suggest some popular podcasts and some hidden gems that you may not have heard about but will want to give a listen. Click here to sign up. [This class will also be held at Bernards Township Library in Basking Ridge on Thursday, December 14 at 10:30 am.]

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12/06/2017
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Upcycle Your Holiday Wrapping Paper

Don’t waste those odd pieces of wrapping paper! In this workshop, led by Laura Shabazz, you will learn to make ornaments that can be hung on your tree, piled up in a bowl for a decorative centerpiece, strung together for a festive DIY garland, or taped to presents in lieu of a bow.  Free. Supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring your own paper, if you like. Participation is limited to twelve and advance sign-up is required. Click here to sign up.

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12/08/2017
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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12/10/2017
3:00 PM

Sundays at Three: The Michaela McClain Band

Michaela McClainA free concert with Michaela McClain, winner of the 2013 “Best Indie Act” at the Jersey Acoustic Music Awards. Born and raised in Bernardsville, she is a critically-acclaimed, folk-soul singer/songwriter with a “warm groove” and rich mezzo-soprano voice, and she tours with drummer Meredith Foreman, guitarist Raul Abbad, and bassist Brad Schwartzseid. This concert will feature her original music and covers ranging from jazz, folk, rock, R&B, and, of course, what she resonates with most: the singer/songwriter genre. There will be something for everybody! 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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12/11/2017
7:00 PM

Gong Meditation and Relaxation

Experience the soothing effects of the gong—a deep state of relaxation, meditation and healing—in this program led by Wanda Knapik. Sound healing, which dates back centuries, can be an effective way to reduce stress and create a deep sense of peace. Ms. Knapik, who will play a Paiste symphonic gong and a Venus planetary gong, has been using sound therapy for many years for relaxation and healing. Participants can either lie on the floor or sit in a chair. Please bring your own yoga mat or blanket and don’t wear metal (watches, jewelry, or clothing with metal buttons). Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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12/12/2017
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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12/13/2017
7:30 PM

The Story of Michelangelo’s David

In connection with the exhibit “Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer” on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from November 13, 2017 to February 12, 2018, this talk by Vivian Gordon will trace the fascinating story behind Michelangelo’s world-famous marble David. This colossal figure stands as the culmination of an almost century-long plan to install statues atop the Cathedral of Florence. It’s a tale of dashed attempts, bold experimentation, and final triumph involving some of the best known Italian Renaissance artists. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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12/18/2017
7:00 PM

Colonial & Victorian Christmas Customs

Decorations of holly and mistletoe, gingerbread and caroling—these are just a few of the Christmas customs that have been handed down from earlier times. Learn the similarities and differences between a Colonial Christmas and a Victorian Christmas celebration, and discover what foods were prepared and enjoyed as part of the holiday festivities. Presented by Judith Krall-Russo, food historian and tea expert. We’ll enjoy refreshments in keeping with our topic. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up. This program is underwritten by the Friends of the Bernardsville Library.

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01/15/2018
3:00 PM

English Language Classes Begin

ESL notebookThe next session of English-As-A-Second-Language (ESL) classes will begin on Monday, January 15. Classes will be offered on Mondays and Thursdays at both 3:00 pm and 7:15 pm and will run through April 2. The Thursday evening classes will be located in the Bernards High School Community Room. All other classes take place at the Library. There is no charge and students may attend classes in more than one time slot if they wish. Advance sign-up is requested, but not required. 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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01/19/2018
10:30 AM

Online Safety

The year 2017 may become known as “The Year of Ransomware” with over 200,000 computers worldwide being infected with the WannaCry and Petya ransomware viruses. Bernards Township Information Technology Manager, Ryan McCloskey will share general technology tips, best practices and online safety information to better protect all your devices in today’s digital world. Free. Advance sign-up is required. Click here to sign up.  [This class will also be held at Bernards Township Library on Friday, January 12 at 2:00 pm.]

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01/20/2018
10:30 AM

Fifty Book Challenge

booksstackxxJoin our challenge to read fifty books in a year. The group meets several times a year 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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01/20/2018
11:00 AM

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. [Please note our start time.]

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

How to Start a Small 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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01/30/2018
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 required. 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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02/13/2018
7:00 PM

The Politics of 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 lens. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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