Get ready for some family time! Have you already borrowed an array of picture books, chapter books and family-friendly DVD’s to share with the kids? Our November Special Collections display showcases some of our favorite picture books, and we have many more suggestions for you. Be sure to look for the “Mystery Reader” tags if you’re planning to read in your child’s classroom. As always, we’re happy to offer our “on the spot” suggestions too.  Please note that the library will be closed on November 23 and 24.

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.

Meet the Author: Jean Merrill

Join us in the library’s rotunda to hear Jean Merrill, local author, scientist, educator and photographer, read her new book:  The Wild Life of Limericks from A to Z.  She will have books for sale and will be happy to autograph copies. This program will be followed by an animal craft in the library’s story time room.

Saturday, December 2, from 10:30-11:00 am. For ages 3 years and up. Free. No sign up needed.

Animal Craft

Let’s get crafting! Come to the Story Time Room, following Jean Merrill’s story reading (see the program announcement above), to make an elephant paper bag puppet. Then you’ll be able to tell your own rhyme, limerick or story.

Saturday, December 2, drop in from 11:00-Noon. For ages 3 years and up. Free. No sign up needed.

Friday Fun: Stamp Art

Let’s start December with some shapes and stamping. We’ll furnish the ink/paint, stamps and paper. Dress for (possible) mess and join us!

Friday, December 1, from 10:30-11:00 am. For ages 2 1/2-5 years. Free. No sign up needed.

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, November 13-December 11, 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.

Mondays, November 13-December 18,  from 4:00-5:30 pm. (note: no building on Dec. 11 – come and decorate a gingerbread cookie, 4:30-5:30 pm, instead) 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, November 14-December 12,  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: we’ve moved this program to Tuesdays at a new time, and modified the age range a little.)

Tuesdays, November 14-December 12, from 2:00-2:30 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. Please enter the building from the glass door along the driveway.)

Baby Book Time: Wednesdays, November 15-December 13,  from 9:30-10:00 am. Baby Play Time: Wednesdays, November 8-December 20, from 10:00-10:30 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, November 15-December 20, from 4:00-5:30 pm. (note: no art a la cart on Nov. 22) 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, November 16-December 14 (no class on Nov. 23), 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. There’s no need to sign up, just come. You need to be here for the whole hour to receive service credit.

Tuesday, Dec. 12, from 6:30-7:30 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.