Spring 2014 Events and Information   

Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game!  Babe Ruth – baseball player 

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You can make a difference in your child’s chances for school success by reading 15 minutes each day.  See youth services staff for more information about this campaign or for suggestions about reading to your child. Start today, the changes will last a lifetime.  To learn more…

libraryweekNational Library Week Events:
  Book Cover Bingo 4/14 @ 1:30 pm & 4:15 pm Family Program; Legos & pizza 4/15 @ 3:00 pm Grades 4-6; Drop-in egg decorating between 4/16  3:30-4:30 pm Family Program (bring 6 hard cooked eggs in their shells with you to class); “I Love the Library story time 4/17 @ 10:30 am for ages 2 1/2-5 @ 1:30 pm for ages 3 1/2-5 & @ 4:15 pm for grades K-grade 1.  
plantingEarth Day Project!
Let’s plant something green together 4/22 @ 4;15 pm Family Program.

njsnakeMeet the New Jersey Snakeman! The snakeman will bring eight non-venomous species to visit the Bernardsville Library on Saturday, May 17 @ 2:00. Pre-registration is required.  To register link here. 
JohnLygaSunday Science is returning in May!  Sunday Science is a wonderful hands-on science program with our super-duper resident scientist, John Lyga.  We do limit the participants to those in 2nd grade and above because of the nature of the experiments.  And an adult is required to stay with the little scientists throughout the program to assist as necessary. Sunday, May 18 @ 2:00 pm.  Click here to register.  


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.


Celebrate Poetry Month and Baseball Season!  Books selected by Youth Services staff  to put you in the game with reading, rhyming and possibly reciting.

joe diBecoming Joe DiMaggio by Maria Testa - J 811.54 TES.  It is the summer of 1936.  The Yankees have a new center fielder  whose name sounds like music and Papa-Angelo has a new grandson whose name is Joseph Paul.  Testa’s tender verse novel tells a story about love that is a hopeful and ageless as the American dream.   


joyfuul noiseJoyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman - J 811:54 FLE.  A collection of poems describing the characteristics and activities of a variety of insects.  Fleischman has created not only a clear and fascinating guide to the insect world — from chrysalid butterflies to whirligig beetles — but an excellent celebration of life.  


indexThe Underwear Salesman and Other Jokes for Better or Verse by J. Patrick Lewis – J 811 LEW.  A collection of poems about unusual jobs sure to tickle the funny-bone of a paleontologist or possibly a local librarian!  When looking for a career,  start here for some laughs. 


caseybatCasey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888 by Ernest Lawrence Thayer – J 811.52 THA.  ”And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout; But there is no joy in Mudville-mighty Casey has struck out.” Those lines have echoed through the decades, the final stanza of a poem published pseudonymously in the June 3, 1888, issue of the San Francisco Examiner.  


oh noOh, No!  Where Are My Pants and Other Disasters: Poems edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins – J 811.008 OHN.  ”It was simply the worst the most terrible day.” Nothing but NOTHING was going my way.  Ever have one of those days? The narrators of these fifteen poems have. They’ve had worm-in-the-apple days, friends-moving-away days, even forgetting-my-pants days.  If you’ve ever wondered what it is like to have a really bad day, this special collection of funny, outrageous poems is for you!


crackbatAt the Crack of the Bat compiled by Lillian Morrison – J 811.008 AT.  Noted poet and anthologist Lillian Morrison has gathered poems–some classic, some lesser known–that bring the crack of the bat, the cheers of the crowd, and the full flavor of the ballpark home to readers in a collection that honors America’s favorite pastime. 

dinothesaurusDinothesaurus: Prehistoric Poems and Paintings by Doug Florian – J 811:54 FLO. ”Ste-go-SAUR-us Her-bi-VOR-ous dined on plants inside the forest…” So begins a poem about the “roof lizard” in Doug Florian’s book of prehistoric poems and paintings. If you love dinosaurs, you will love these poems about amazing dinosaurs, including everyone’s favorite, T-Rex! Be sure to check the “Glossarysaurus” for fun facts about the dinos, too! 

love that dogLove That Dog by Sharon Creech - J FIC CREECH.  It’s a novel…it’s a diary…it’s written in verse. It’s the story of a boy who doesn’t want to write poetry: “I tried. Can’t do it. Brain’s empty.” But wait and see what happens when he connects with a poem and author Walter Dean Myers, and finally puts pen to paper. It’s a MUST READ!

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

Weekly Story Time Programs The Library offers the following: Baby’s Book Time, Nursery Time, Tot Time, Story Time, and Afternoon with Books.  Click here to see the target ages and schedule for 2014 Story Times. The library offers a wide selection of special programs including bedtime story hour, craft programs, science programs, and theater productions. Unless otherwise noted, pre-registration is required for special programs. Link here for description of programs. Family friendly activities and suggestions are available too! Stop by the Library to pick up a copy of our monthly Fridge Calendar for all of our events plus fun monthly activities and facts.