Summer Reading 2017: Build a Better World – Keep Building!!
The Summer Reading Club programs are going strong! Even though our “72 Hour Air and Space Museum” pop-up event is over, you will have many, many ways to enjoy the library during the rest of July and August. Have you tried our “Traveling Tales” stories around town on Tuesday mornings? Are you looking for “Waldo” with a special passport? Have you been collecting your reading prizes for every 2 hours of reading you accomplish? When you reach 10 hours of reading time (it won’t take long!) you’ll earn a special prize. Then it’s on to bonus hours and prizes!! Yay, you!! If you haven’t signed up for the Reading Club yet, you may sign up any time during the summer, and read at your own pace.


Rebecca Zook presents: Magical Math  

While summer is the perfect time to catch up on math or get ahead, students typically lose 2.6 months of grade level learning in math each summer.  Come learn how you can use the summer so your child can catch up or get ahead with math without having it be a boring, stressful chore. Presented by Rebecca Zook, a math mastery mentor and joyful learning expert with over 13 years of experience as a thought leader on the cutting edge of math education. This program is for parents of students in 4th grade through high school. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

Monday, July 24, at 7:00 pm. For parents and caregivers of students in grades 4-12. Free. Sign up is requested.

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J Emanuel  Chocolatier – Taste & Learn! 

Chocolatier Mike Canzano will lead us on a chocolate journey! It will begin with a tasting of different types of chocolate. He will then discuss uses and sources of chocolate and show examples of molds. This program is for adults and children ages 10 years and up. Space is limited and registration is required.

Tuesday, July 25 at 7:00 pm. For ages 10 years and up. Free. Registration required.

Build a Better Chocolate Bar 

On Wednesday, July 26,  our Youth Services “Build a Better…….” program will focus on making our own chocolate bars. We’ll have some basics and some interesting “add-in” ingredients. See if you like what you create! Who will you share your creation with? Please click here to register for this program.

Wednesday, July 26, at 6:30 pm. Recommended for ages 5 years and up. Free. Registration required.

Denise McCormack, Storyteller

What is the difference between a storyteller and a “story reader”?  Ms. McCormack will spin a tale or two for us, and we’ll find out.  We’ll be entertained and enlightened at this program for our younger listeners.

Friday, August 4, at 10:30 am.  For ages 2 1/2-5 years. Free. No sign up needed.

“Let’s Bloom Together” presents: Vermicomposting 

This program presented by “Let’s Bloom Together” will teach us everything we need to know about creating some beautiful, rich soil for the garden.  We’ll learn what goes into a compost, and how to keep it going throughout the seasons. Each participant will take home their own vermicomposting kit. Please click here to register. Let’s build a better world in the garden!

Monday, August 7, at 7:00 pm. For ages 6 years and up. Free. Registration is required.

Learn to Play Chess with Marty Sobin

We’re excited to welcome Coach Marty back to the Library for an August series of chess lessons.  Kids will learn the basic moves, how to think like a chess player, and they’ll have a chance to try out their new skills with games against each other. Registration is required for the classes. Please click here to register.

Wednesdays, August 9-30, class runs from 5:30-7:00 pm. For ages 6 years and up. Free. Registration is required.

The Friends of the Bernardsville Public Library present: An Ice Cream Social

Celebrate a job well done, Summer Readers!  The Friends of the Bernardsville Public Library will join us on the patio (or in the Community Room if it’s raining) to dish up ice cream and sprinkles at this annual summer reading club finale event.  Please come out to say “hello” and to enjoy the evening with us.

Monday, August 14, drop in from 6:30-7:30 pm. For all ages. Free. No sign up needed.

                                         Nursery Time on Mondays

Summer Nursery Time is a fun and relaxed program of finger plays, music and stories. Caregivers are encouraged to participate along with their children, and you’ll have plenty of time to play puzzles, games and toys after the program.

Mondays, June 26-August 14, from 10:30-11:00 am. Note: there will be no class on Monday, July 3, as the library will be closed.  For ages 17 mos.-2 1/2 yrs. Free. No sign up needed.


Traveling Tales will meet at Buona Pizza 

Our Traveling Tales story time will meet at Buona Pizza Restaurant, 19 Olcott Square, Bernardsville (908-766-1993) next Tuesday, July 25. Please park in the library lot and walk down the side ramp, or park on the street around Olcott Square, and just walk over. Join us for some great stories and maybe a slice of pizza if you wish. (Patrons buy their own pizza.)

Traveling Tales meets on Tuesdays, June 27-August 15, at 11:00-11:30 am at various locations around town. For ages 3 years and up. Free. No sign up needed.

Art la Cart                                                                                                        

Join us in our 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.

Tuesdays, July 11-August 15, drop in from 4:00-5:30 pm. Family program. Free. No sign up needed.

Baby Book Time and Baby Play Time 

Baby Book Time, at 9:30 am, is a program for caregivers, parents and their babies. 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 enter the Community Room via the glass door along the driveway, as the main entrance is locked until 10:00 am.

Wednesdays, June 28-August 16. Baby Book Time-9:30-10:00 am. Baby Play Time-10:00-10:30 am. Please note: Baby Play Time will continue during the program break weeks, on August 23 and 30, from 10:00-10:30 am. Birth-17 months with caregiver. Free. No sign up needed.

Reading Rumpus

Have you heard about our Reading Rumpus program? We read a story together, 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, June 28-August 16, from 2:00-2:30 pm. For ages 2½-5 years. 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, June 29-August 17, from 10:30-11:15 am. For ages 2½-5 years. Free. No sign up needed.

Wet-n-Wild Stories at the Pool 

Take a break from swimming and listen to some stories at the Bernardsville Pool, weather permitting. We’ll meet in the snack bar area at 1:30 pm. Be sure to bring your towel to sit on.

Thursdays, June 29-August 17, from 1:30-2:00 pm. For Bernardsville Pool members. All ages welcome. Free. No sign up needed.

DROP IN: Build It! 

We have some fun new building materials (large cardboard blocks, tubes and marbles game, connecting sticks, a race track) at the library and each week we’ll try something different. Meet us in the Story Time Room for a building challenge.

Thursdays, July 6-24, drop in from 3:00-4:30 pm. For all ages. Free. No sign up needed.


Friday Fun: Play Music with Us!

It’s always fun to bring out the musical instruments. This program will feature some of the library’s instruments and CD’s. Come and try out different instruments and make music with us!

Friday, July 28, from 10:30-11:00 am.  For all ages. Free. No sign up needed.


Friday Fun: Breakfast at Burger King

Meet us at Bernardsville Burger King, 76 Morristown Road, (908) 766-9852, for some stories and fun. Come a little early if you’d like to purchase your own breakfast snacks.

Friday, August 11, from 10:30-11:00 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. Family. Free. No sign up needed.

Preteen “Tuesday” 

If you missed our July 11 get together, you can still get in on some fun with your friends on August 8. Bring a friend and join us for snacks and activities. Tell us what you’re reading and get a bonus prize. These evenings will not earn volunteer service, but come and have fun.

Tuesday, August 8, from 6:30-7:30 pm. For kids entering grades 4-6. Free. No sign up needed.



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