Where did all the snow go? Is winter on the way “out”?  Will March come in like a lion or a lamb? Stop by the library to pick up a book about the seasons, and to see what’s going on.  We have many after-school activities, and be sure to check out our monthly “Special Collections” book display, too.

Chess Lessons with Marty Sobin  (Grade 1 and Up)

Great news – we have a few openings in the chess classes.  The Beginner Class is for students with no chess experience. The Intermediate Class is for students with playing experience. Registration is required. Please click here to register for the Beginner Class. Please click here to register for the Intermediate/Advanced class.  Note: there will not be class on March 1.

Wednesdays, January 18-March 29. Beginner: 4:30-5.30 pm.  Intermediate: 5:30-7:00 pm. No class on March 1.  For Grade 1 and up. Free. Registration is required.


Block Printing (Grade 1 and Up): A Workshop with Artist Shanti Jain

Students will learn the art of Indian Sanganeri hand block printing at this workshop, and they will use that technique to create their own paper cards.  Space for this class is limited. Advanced registration is required. See below for registration link. 

Sunday, February 26, from 1:30-3:00 pm. For students in Grade 1 and up. Free. Click here for required registration.

Nursery Time on Mondays – New Session Begins February 27

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 – New Session Begins February 28
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 – New Session Begins on March 1  
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.

Wednesday, 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 – New Session Begins on March 1 
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  

We like to have art making available on different days throughout the year, so this session we’ve moved it to Wednesdays. Kids can 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 – New Session Begins on March 2 
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 – New Session Begins March 2


This weekly drop-in activity will allow students to explore with short science experiments, building projects or technology activities. Staff will be available to answer questions. Check the online calendar page for weekly topics. Drop in any time between 4:00-5:30 pm on Thursdays to try the experiments. Note: Tech Time weeks are for students in Grade 2 and up.

Thursdays, March 2-April 6,  from 4:00-5:30 pm. For Kindergarten and up. Free. No sign-up needed.


Friday Fun on March 3: Let’s Celebrate Dr. Seuss

What’s is your favorite Dr. Seuss book?  If you’re like us, you probably have more than one favorite story featuring funny cats, odd animals with odd names, and a rhyming story line with lots of tongue twisters. Join us to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday with stories, game, craft and snack.


Friday, March 3, from 10:30-11:00 am. For ages 2 1/2-5 years. Free. No sign-up needed.

Friday Fun on March 10: Healthy Snacks with Dietician, Allie Sanderson

Join our preschoolers to sample new and interesting foods with Miss Allie, the Shop Rite Dietician. She always reads a story and prepares a healthy snack with the help of the children attending. If you haven’t tried this program before, now is the time to get some ideas to perk up your home snacking options.

Friday, March 10, 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, February 16, March 2, 16 and 30, 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.