Weekly Story Time programs start on January 12. For our calendar of weekly programs and story times for children from birth through high school, click here. They change seasonally and range from story times and art projects to Friday Fun and Sunday Science.

Chess Classes with Marty Sobin

Two classes will be offered. The Beginner Class is recommended for those who have not had formal chess instruction. The Intermediate Class is best for those who understand basic moves and strategies and are ready to play games and learn more advanced moves. Participants are encouraged to attend all classes during the session. Registration is required and is for the entire session, not individual dates. Click here to register for the Beginner Class. Click here to register for the Advanced Class.

Wednesdays, January 24-March 28. (no classes on 2/21 and 3/21) Beginners at 4:30-5:30 pm. Advanced at 5:30-7:00 pm. For grades 1 and up. Free. Sign up is required.


Dinosaur Days: Saturday, February 24 and Sunday, February 25 

Join us for the Grand Opening of our updated dinosaur collection featuring nearly 100 new dinosaur books. The weekend will be filled with programs, prizes, and displays. Every child who checks out a book on February 24th  or 25th  featuring a dinosaur will go home with a dinosaur treat. One treat per child, please!

Don’t miss these exciting programs:

Image result for dinosaurs rockDINOSAURS ROCK: Enjoy this visual display and interactive presentation of museum-quality (many genuine and life-size) dinosaur fossils and other prehistoric related items right in your own school. See specimens that are 10,000 to over 500 million years old. Participants will have the opportunity to discover and keep genuine fossils. As they participate in this hands-on activity, they will be awed as they uncover genuine dinosaur bone, shark teeth, ammonites, petrified wood and more. Best of all, every child will take home a fossil.

Saturday, February 24 at 11:30. For ages 4 years and up. Free. No sign up needed.

Image result for dinomanDINOMAN!: With magic, merry mayhem, and magnificent props, the audience is taken on a trip throughout the mesozoic era. How do we know dinosaurs were here? What is a fossil? How are they made? This program is fun and informative for all ages. Dinoman Dinosaurs! has garnered a “Best Bet” from the LA Times, quoted in the Wall Street Journal, and has appeared at the largest family celebration in the country—Boston’s First Night—fifteen times.
Sunday, February 25 at 2:00 pm For ages 4 years and up. Free. No sign up needed.


Sunday Science with John Lyga

THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELED. Join us for hands-on science experiments with one of our favorite scientists, John Lyga. Children and their parents will have a chance to learn about a particular scientific topic and perform the experiments together.

The Sunday, February 18, from 2:00-3:00 pm program has been canceled. Please Check back soon to register for the program on March 18.

Nursery Time

Toddlers and caregivers will participate together, listening to simple stories, and sharing finger plays, flannel board games and music. The social time after the program will allow for free play and conversation with other parents and caregivers.

Mondays, January 15-March 26 (note: no program on February 19), from 10:30-11:00 am. For ages 17 months-2 1/2 years, with caregiver. Free. No sign up needed.

DROP IN: Build It! 

Do you like to build? Stop by the library after school on Mondays to see what we’re building each week. We have tubes and balls, straws & connectors, Legos, large and small blocks. You are welcome drop in for a short while or stay for the whole time. Please check the calendar for the specific weekly building project.

Mondays, January 15-March 26 (note: no program on February 19), from 4:00-5:30 pm. For ages 3 years and up. Free. No sign up needed, just drop in. 

Story Time Express

Preschoolers will listen to stories, share flannel board games, play music, do finger plays and make a craft in this simplified story time aimed at our younger listeners.

Tuesdays, January 16-March 27,  from 10:30-11:00 am. For ages 2-4 years. Free. No sign up needed.

Reading Rumpus  

This program is designed to bring a story to life in a fun and hands-on way. Children will listen to a story and then participate in related activities. (Please note the time change)

Tuesdays, January 16-March 27, from 1:30-2:00 pm. For ages 3 1/2-5 years. Free. No sign up needed.

Baby Book Time and Baby Play Time 

Babies and caregivers will learn new finger plays, songs and rhymes at Baby Book Time. Baby Play Time, at 10:00 am, is open play and socializing for babies and their caregivers. You may park in the Borough and Staff designated parking areas, along the side of the building, until 11:00 am on Wednesdays. (Please note: the main library entrance will be closed at 9:30. You may enter the building from the glass door along the driveway.)

Baby Play Time only: Wednesdays, January 3 and January 10, from 10:00-10:30 am. Baby Book Time class resumes January 17-March 28, from 9:30-10:00 am, followed by Baby Play at 10:00 am. For ages birth-17 months, with caregiver. Free. No sign up needed.

DROP IN: Art a la Cart

Drop in each week to try a different art technique. It’s fun to experiment with art materials and you can take your project home.  Stay for the whole time, or just 5 minutes.

Wednesdays, January 17-March 28,  from 4:00-5:30 pm. For ages 3 years and up. Free. No sign up needed, just drop in.

Thursday Story Time

Children will listen to age appropriate stories, help with flannel board games, do finger plays, play music and make a craft, based on a weekly theme.

Thursdays, January 18-March 29, from 10:30-11:15 am. For ages 2 1/2-5 years. Free. No sign up needed.

Story Time Saturdays (every week)     

Don’t forget……we have story time every Saturday when the library is open, even during the other program breaks. Stories, music, finger plays and more await you and your children. We hope to see you there!

Saturdays, from 10:30-11:15 am. For ages 2 1/2-5 years. Free. No sign up needed.

Middle School Community Service

Students in grades 5-8 are invited to come to our scheduled Middle School Community Service hours throughout the school year. We have adjusted the time slightly for 2018. There’s no need to sign up, just come. You need to be here for the whole hour to receive service credit.

Tuesdays, 1/9, 1/23, 2/6, 2/27,  (note the new time) from 6:00-7:00 pm. For grades 5-8. Free. No sign up needed.


Polaris PowerPAC - Children's Edition Did you know that we have a children’s version of our online catalog? Click here to try out our child-friendly version.

The Bernardsville Public Library has Test Prep Databases to help you prepare for the NJ Ask, the PSAT, the SAT, the GRE, the Citizenship Exam and so much more! Click here to register or start taking practice exams.