Does March weather remind you of a lion or a lamb today? Lately we don’t know what to expect from day to day! Stop by the library to pick up a book about the weather, and to see what’s going on. We have programs for all ages and many after-school drop-in activities. We look forward to seeing you soon!

3rd Annual NJ Makers Day – Saturday, March 25

Bernardsville Public Library will participate in NJ Makers Day 2017, from 11:00 am-4:00 pm, on Saturday, March 25. There will be many activities for families to “view and do”. In addition to 3D pens, robotics, and button making, there will be woodworking, cake decorating, balloon sculpting and much more. Please click here for a more detailed list of exhibitors and artists for the day. Plan to come with the family and spend time exploring and “making”.

Balloon Workshop with Earl Hicks – on Makers Day 

Earl Hicks, balloon sculptor extraordinaire, will teach a special workshop on the fine art of balloon sculpting. If you attended last year’s balloon program with Mr. Hicks, you will know he’s an expert in creating things “on the fly” and he’s also a lot of fun. The workshop will be held in the Children’s Area at 1:00 pm, for children ages 7 years old and up. Space is limited and you must register for this workshop. Click here to register.

Saturday, March 25 at 1:00 pm. For ages 7 years and up. Free. Registration is required. See above link to the registration.

Coming Up on April 4 – Make and Take Cake Pops

Have you ever eaten a cake pop? Have you ever made one? Come to the library on April 4th and bake with  Miss Tammy. Put your own spin on a delicious, bite-sized treat. Space is limited and registration is required. Click here to register.

Tuesday, April 4, from 4:30-5:00 pm. For Kindergarten and up. Free. Registration is required .

Chess Lessons with Marty Sobin  (Grade 1 and Up) – Through March 29

Our chess classes will continue through March 29, if your child would like to give it a try.  The Beginner Class is for students with no chess experience. The Intermediate Class is for students with playing experience. Registration is required for both classes. Please click here to register for the Beginner Class. Please click here to register for the Intermediate/Advanced class.  

Wednesdays, January 18-March 29. Beginner: 4:30-5.30 pm.  Intermediate: 5:30-7:00 pm.  For Grade 1 and up. Free. Registration is required.

Preschool Meet and Greet: Postponed to Tuesday, March 28, 4:30-6:45 pm

The Preschool Meet and Greet will be held on Tuesday, March 28, from 4:30-6:45 pm. Parents and caregivers are welcome to join us in the Library’s Community Room to meet area preschool teachers and to learn more about their schools. This open house will include many of the local preschool administrators and teachers who will bring samples of their school curriculum and information for you to take home. Please join us afterward for the Preschool Advantage program (see information below), to learn more about selecting an appropriate preschool and paying for it.

Tuesday, March 28, drop in from 4:30-6:45 pm.  For parents and caregivers. Free. No sign-up needed.

Learn more about selecting an appropriate preschool for your child at this program, following the Preschool Meet and Greet. Preschool Advantage is a local non-profit organization dedicated to helping parents understand the importance of preschool education, the various private options, and how to select and budget for a high-quality preschool.  Please join us. This program will follow a Preschool Meet and Greet which was postponed from March 14.

Tuesday, March 28, 7:00 pm, for parents and caregivers. Free. No sign-up needed.

 nursery-time-2016Nursery Time on Mondays 
We start off Nursery Time with a “welcome” finger play, then play music, read books, and share finger play rhymes. Children and caregivers learn rhymes to play at home, and there is always time to socialize, play puzzles or build with blocks after the program.

Mondays, February 27-April 3, from 10:30-11:00 am. For ages 17 mos.-2 1/2 yrs. Free. No sign-up needed.

LEGO® Building on Mondays 
What will you build? We have a large collection of blocks to share. Drop in for a few minutes or for the whole time. Build your own creation or collaborate on a Lego challenge with your friends.

Mondays, February 27-April 3, from 4:00-5:30 pm. Family. Free. No sign-up needed.

story-time-expressStory Time Express on Tuesdays 
Children will learn the rhythm and routine of story time through theme-related books, finger plays, action verses and rhymes, and will make a craft. This abbreviated story time is ideal for children who are not yet accustomed to focusing for longer periods.

Tuesdays, February 28-April 4, from 10:30-11:00 am. For ages 2½-4 years. Free. No sign-up needed.


Baby Book Time and Baby Play Time   
Babies and caregivers learn finger plays, lap rhymes, play music, and read stories at Baby Book Time.  Baby Play Time at 10:00 am is open play. Caregivers and babies are welcome to socialize and we have an array of baby toys for the little ones to explore.  The library main entrance is closed at 9:30 am, so please enter via the glass door along the driveway.

Wednesdays, March 1-April 5.  Baby Book Time – 9:30-10:00 am. Baby Play Time – 10:00-10:30 am. Birth-17 months with caregiver. Free. No sign-up needed.

Reading Rumpus on Wednesdays  
Have you heard about our Reading Rumpus program? The idea behind it is to read a story, then find ways to enrich the story experience with props, games and activities. Children actively participate in the story telling process, and they leave with an activity to share with their friends and family.

Wednesdays, March 1-April 5,  from 2:00-2:30 pm. For ages 2½-5 years. Free. No sign-up needed.

Art la Cart on Wednesdays  

Join us after school to share in this open studio approach to art. Each week we’ll have a different art experience, and you may drop in any time between 4:00-5:30 pm to participate.

Wednesdays, March 1-April 5, from 4:00-5:30 pm. Family program. Free. No sign-up needed.

story-timeThursday Story Time 
Would you like to hear some stories, play music, learn a finger-play or an action rhyme, help with a flannel board activity and make a craft?  If that sounds like fun, join us on Thursday mornings for story time. We’ll be doing all of those things and more!

Thursdays, March 2-April 6,  from 10:30-11:15 am. For ages 2½-5 years. Free. No sign-up needed.

STEM Starters for Kindergarten and Up – Exploring Our Sense of Smell on March 23

Do you sometimes think something smells good, but someone else disagrees with you? We smell things differently. Let’s explore our sense of smell at this fun hands-on program. 

Thursday, March 23, from 4:00-5:30 pm. For Kindergarten and up. Free. No sign-up needed.

Friday Fun on March 24 – Let’s Play with Trains and Tracks

We’ll gather up wooden train tracks and trains and get together to assemble them. It’s always a happy day when the junior engineers get to work.

Friday, March 24, from 10:30-11:00 am. For ages 2 1/2-5 yrs. 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. Family. Free. No sign-up needed.

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Pre-Teen Community Service 
Would you like to earn community service credits while having fun at the library? Bring a friend and join us for Pre-Teen Community Service evenings. Come for an hour, help us with projects, chat with your friends and make a difference.

Thursdays,  March 30, and April 20, from 6:30-7:30 pm. Gr. 4-6. 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.