December comes and goes in a flurry of activity here at the Library. Join us for some of our special events and be sure to select some holiday books so that you can cuddle up together and read at home! If you need a book suggestion, please ask us.  We always have ideas


nursery-time-2016Nursery Time on Mondays
We start off Nursery Time with a “welcome” finger play, then play music, read books and dance. 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, November 14-December 12, from 10:30-11:00 am. For ages 17 mos.-2 1/2 yrs. Free. No sign-up needed.

art-a-la-cart-2016Art la Cart on Mondays
We love sharing this open studio approach to art, and now we’ll have the “studio” open on Monday afternoons. Each week we’ll have a different art experience, and you may drop in any time between 4:00-5:30 pm to participate.

Mondays, November 14-December 19, from 4:00-5:30 pm. Family program. 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, November 15-December 13, from 10:30-11:00 am. For ages 2½-4 years. Free. No sign-up needed.

reading rumpus 3Reading Rumpus on Tuesdays
Have you heard about our Reading Rumpus program? Each week we read a story together, then share it in different ways. Children actively participate in the story telling process, and they leave with an activity to share with their friends and family.

Tuesdays, November 15-December 13, from 2:00-2:30 pm. For ages 2½-5 years. Free. No sign-up needed.

legosTuesday LEGO® Building
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.

Tuesdays, November 8-December 20, from 4:00-5:30 pm. Family. Free. No sign-up needed.

baby playBaby Book Time and Baby Play Time
Caregivers and babies will gather for a half hour of  Mother Goose rhymes and finger plays, music, movement and stories, followed by an open play time. Join us at 9:30 am for the class, and at 10:00 am to explore the toys, listen to some music and chat with other parents and caregivers.  You are welcome to attend one or both time slots. Note: since the library is not open at 9:30 am, the front doors will be locked. You must enter the building from the glass door along the driveway.

Baby Book Time: Wednesdays, November 16-December 14, from 9:30-10:00 am. Baby Play Time follows from 10:00-10:30 am. Birth-17 months with caregiver. 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, November 17-December 15,  from 10:30-11:15 am. For ages 2½-5 years. Free. No sign-up needed.


Decorate a Gingerbread Man
Oh boy! It’s time to decorate gingerbread cookies! Our intrepid library baker has mixed, rolled and baked some large gingerbread cookies that are in need of some special icing and decorations to be added by YOU!  We’ll furnish everything you need. Bring a friend and come to the library to decorate a cookie and then you may take him home or eat him right up.

Wednesday, December 7,  from 3:30-4:30 pm. For all ages. Free. No sign-up needed.

allison-napolitano-2016Friday Fun: Healthy Holiday Treats with Miss Allison
We know we love sweets, and at holiday time they’re all around us. Join Shop Rite Dietician, Allison Napolitano, for some alternate ideas to eating the usual holiday snacks.  She is very creative and always brings a yummy surprise for us to try.

Friday, December 9,  from 10:30-11:00 am. For ages 2 1/2-5 years. Free. No sign-up needed.

ornamentsSaturday Event: Ornament Workshop
It’s time for some holiday crafting! At our annual Ornament Workshop we’ll make a few different ornaments, at all skill levels, and some special gift tags that you can personalize.  We’ll be offering a second session of the Ornament Workshop at our Monday Art a la Cart program on December 19, from 4:00-5:30 pm.  Drop in and make some ornaments with us!

Saturday, December 10, from 3:00-4:00 pm. Our Art a la Cart Ornament Making session will occur on Monday, December 19, from 4:00-5:30 pm. Family. Free. No sign-up needed.


Story Time Saturdays            

Don’t forget……we have story time every Saturday, 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.

Thursday, December 15,  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.