Teddy Bears Need Clothing, Too

November 19, 2013 by
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November 19, 2013 // Filed under Blog

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Once again, Bernardsville Public Library is participating in the annual Teddy Bear project. In just a few weeks, the Salvation Army will be distributing these teddy bears to needy children in New Jersey as a holiday treat.  But first, there is something missing; the bears are bare and need clothing! Right now the teddies sit patiently in our lobby cases waiting for their outfits, so we invite you to drop by, borrow a bear, dress it, and then return it … Continue reading

No Orthodoxy

November 11, 2013 by
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November 11, 2013 // Filed under Blog

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Deborah Feldman’s 2012 memoir, Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots, will be discussed by Memoirs & Coffee book group on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 10:30 a.m.  Ms. Feldman’s memoir demonstrates just how transformative an exposure to literature can be.  Raised in the repressively strict religious community of the Satmar Hasidim, this Brooklyn author was bound in marriage at age seventeen to a man she did not know, but found the courage to change her life after secretly reading forbidden … Continue reading

A Dickens of a True Story

October 28, 2013 by
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October 28, 2013 // Filed under Blog

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Fetid drinking water, often contaminated with human waste and life-threatening bacteria, was the only option for many Londoners in the mid-nineteenth century when cholera became a common occurrence.  Overcrowded living conditions and overflowing garbage mounds added to a recipe for health disasters, one of which struck a section of London in the 1850′s in a ferocious cholera outbreak.  The Ghost Map, by Steven Johnson, recounts how this outbreak came to pass, details the microbial profile of cholera, and describes how two … Continue reading

Library Benefit Draws Former Governor As Speaker

October 23, 2013 by
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October 23, 2013 // Filed under Blog

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Christine Todd Whitman, former Governor of New Jersey, will speak this Sunday, October 27, at a library benefit sponsored by the Friends of the Bernardsville Public Library.  Gov. Whitman served as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under President George W. Bush, and her topic reflects her particular interest in the well being of New Jersey’s environment.  Specifically, she will be addressing the state of the environment following Superstorm Sandy and how policy making might align itself with green movement … Continue reading

…On Being Stalked

October 15, 2013 by
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October 15, 2013 // Filed under Blog

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James Lasdun’s recent book Give Me Everything You Have: On Being Stalked will be discussed by Bernardsville Library book group Memoirs and Coffee on Tuesday, October 22, at 10:30 a.m. in the Community Room. Lasdun’s memoir recounts how a student/teacher email correspondence went terribly wrong so swiftly and destructively, leading to what he calls a campaign of “verbal terrorism” by his female student.  About Give Me Everything You Have, Publishers Weekly writes, “This subtle, compassionate take on the subject is … Continue reading

We Put NextReads Books Right In Your Hands

October 7, 2013 by
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October 7, 2013 // Filed under Blog

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We do everything except read the book for you! Now you can sign up on Bernardsville Public Library’s website to receive email newsletters tailored to your reading preferences via Next Reads.  The NextReads service delivers customized reading suggestions to your email inbox on a weekly, monthly, or bi-monthly basis.  Do you like to read historical fiction?  Want to know what’s the latest and greatest in mysteries or in kids’ books?  You get to choose which genres or kinds of books you will be notified … Continue reading

The Circus in Winter

September 30, 2013 by
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September 30, 2013 // Filed under Blog

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Saturday Samplers book group will discuss Cathy Day’s novel, The Circus in Winter, on Saturday, October 5, at 3:30 p.m. in the library.  Ms. Day currently teaches in the English Department of Ball State University, but at one time was an instructor at The College of New Jersey. A native of Indiana, she set her first book, The Circus in Winter, in her hometown of Peru (fictionalized as Lima, Indiana) which had an interesting history as the winter home of a … Continue reading

Blankets for Preemies from Saturday Crafters

September 25, 2013 by
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September 25, 2013 // Filed under Blog

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Saturday Crafters, a Bernardsville Library crafting group, has just completed another charity project, this one to be donated to a local hospital.  Forty beautiful blankets for premature babies were knitted or crocheted by participating crafters who volunteered their time and materials for this project. Participants chose their own patterns and yarns, so each blanket is truly one of a kind.  Hospitals are happy to receive these donations which they distribute to premature infants remaining in hospital for a period of … Continue reading

From the South Bronx to the Supreme Court

September 18, 2013 by
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September 18, 2013 // Filed under Blog

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My Beloved World, the 2013 memoir by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, will be discussed by Memoirs and Coffee book group on Tuesday, September 24, at 10:30 a.m. in the Community Room.  The public is welcome to attend this library book group discussion, and extra copies of the book are available at the circulation desk.  Bernardsville Library also has a copy of the memoir in Spanish, Mi Mundo Adorado, which may be borrowed.  Whether you read it in Spanish or … Continue reading

Go Green This Halloween

September 5, 2013 by
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September 5, 2013 // Filed under Blog

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What a great idea!!  Donate your gently used Halloween costumes so that others can purchase them at the upcoming Halloween Costume Sale hosted by Bernardsville Library’s Teen Group. Recycling a costume makes perfect sense these days and is in keeping with the Teen Group’s interest in the “green” movement. Your slightly used Halloween costumes for children or adults are now being accepted in the donation box located in our lobby.  Costume accessories are also welcome.  The fun part starts on … Continue reading

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