Homes of Distinction 2017

May 16, 2017 by
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This year’s Homes of Distinction fundraiser, organized by the Bernardsville Library Foundation, puts an exciting spin on the usual idea of viewing a magnificent estate. In this case, the Foundation is providing its guests with a one-of-a-kind afternoon of entertainment and equestrian history presented in a perfect setting – the United States Equestrian Team stable and carriage barn at Hamilton Farm. Located in the horse country of Gladstone, Somerset County, the stable and carriage barn are part of the original 5,000-acre Hamilton … Continue reading

Help Build A Strong Foundation

April 24, 2017 by
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The mission statement of the Bernardsville Library Foundation proclaims that it was established “to be a source of private funding to enable the outstanding Bernardsville Public Library to continue to operate at a level of excellence without regard to variations in public funding.” Famous for its spectacular annual Homes of Distinction fundraiser, which will be held at Hamilton Farms in June, this volunteer group is also determined to establish an income-generating endowment to fund special projects for the library. A well-funded endowment will help … Continue reading

We’re Looking For YOU…

March 27, 2017 by
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Yes, we’re looking for you to write a review. Jot down your thoughts about a book, movie, or other library item and share them with us. We’d love to know what you think, and we’re sure others would, too. Maybe you were captivated by the storyline and characters in a book; maybe you hated the whole thing – it doesn’t matter! Your very own takeaway is what we’re looking for, and we want to share your thoughts on our Bernardsville … Continue reading

Seriously!

February 26, 2017 by
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Seriously, you thought your digital devices and smartphones were supposed to make you smart or at least make life easier for you. Somewhere along the way, things got complicated, and now you find yourself lost in a tangle of apps and phone features you don’t even know how to use. And can you even find half of them when you want them? It’s time to become smartphone savvy, and we have just the help for you at our Serious Fun classes taught … Continue reading

Let Lynda Teach You

January 16, 2017 by
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Do you want to improve your job skills in order to be eligible for advancement or a raise in 2017? Are you interested in learning new applications that will improve or add a creative touch to your life? The specialty teaching platform, Lynda.com, can guide you through a large number of classes and videos tailored to your needs, and we offer this online service FREE to our library members. Simply find the Lynda link on our website, create an account, and … Continue reading

What Tells Time Without Saying A Word?

December 14, 2016 by
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Although its chimes are now silenced for library purposes, our magnificent 19th century German wall clock keeps perfect time. It was donated in 1916 to the old Bernardsville Library on Morristown Road by Mr. Francis G. Lloyd and stood in the front reading room of that pre-Revolutionary War building. Over the years, the clock acquired a deep layer of soot from the wood-burning fireplace and needed a thorough cleaning before it could be moved to our new library building at … Continue reading

Books For Kids: A Holiday Giving Opportunity

November 21, 2016 by
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Imagine the consequences if you were to put the gift of a new book in the hands of a child with little access to reading material. You’d be right to envision the immediate joyous scene as the child smiled, laughed, or jumped with the thrill of book ownership. But think of the benefits that could accrue to that child over time just from being exposed to new reading opportunities. Early literacy opens a young mind to unimagined possibilities and choices. Books introduce new ideas … Continue reading

Learn With Lynda

October 28, 2016 by
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What a busy fall this has been for us! First we added Rosetta Stone, the language immersion program, to our roster of important resources that are free to Bernardsville Library members. Rosetta Stone enables you to learn up to 30 languages online in self-paced sessions that cater to your needs. Do you want to learn enough vocabulary to get by on a trip abroad? Maybe you want to improve grammar and conversation skills in a language you previously learned? You … Continue reading

It Will Boo Spooktacular!

October 15, 2016 by
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Halloween lurks around the corner to wrap up a spooky month during which we’ve celebrated several famous ghosts! A literary ghost, Sir Simon de Canterville, has haunted us this October while we’ve enjoyed the communal reading of Oscar Wilde’s short story, “The Canterville Ghost,” chosen as our One Book Bernardsville selection. In addition, there’s also our very own library ghost, Phyllis, to whom we must pay homage. Said to haunt the old library building, Phyllis has her own extended history of … Continue reading

Hoopla, A Lending Service Worthy Of Its Name

October 6, 2016 by
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This month we’re making a big hoopla about offering Bernardsville Library members free access to an exciting digital lending service called hoopla. Hoopla enables you to instantly borrow digital media which you can stream or download to a computer, tablet, or smartphone using the hoopla app. This product is also compatible with Chromecast and viewable on Apple TV. One of the most exciting features of hoopla is that it allows you to borrow music, movies, audiobooks, ebooks, comics, and TV episodes without … Continue reading

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