Fall Fest: Trunk or Treat!
Saturday, October 27th 12:00-5:00 pm

Halloween is coming early to Bernardsville and the party is right in the center of town! Young and old alike are invited to don a costume and join the fun. The Bernardsville Public Library presents and afternoon of entertainment inside the library in conjunction with Bernardsville Special Events Trunk or Treat in the parking lot (see for trunk and vendor registration). Come for the candy; stay for the fun!

Trunk or Treat 12:00-4:00 (Parking Lot)
Pumpkin Decorating 12:00-4:00 (Parking Lot)
Professional Story Teller 2:00-2:45 om (Library)
Not So Scary Haunted House 12:00-5:00 (Library)
Fun House Story Aisles 12:00-5:00 (Library)
Cookies for Books (Check out books and get a free cookie!) 12:00-5:00 (Library)
Halloween Games 12:00-5:00 (Library)
Escape Room ages 8 & older with an adult (Library, Registration Required)
Trunk Decorating & Staff Costume Contest Winners Announced 3:30-3:45 (Parking Lot)


Magic Show featuring  Magician Mark Zacharia

Thursday, November 8th, 11am – 12pm                       

Make this day off from school a little more magical. Children and their families will be astounded by the magic and comedy of this talented magician! No Registration Required.For Ages 4 and Up.

Colorful Fall Snacks: Great for Thanksgiving too!

Friday, November 9th, 1pm – 2pm

Create a perfect seasonal snack. A great way for children and their caregivers to share and prepare for Thanksgiving together For ages 5 years and up with caregiver. Registration Required.

Family Soap and Wrapping Paper Making Workshop

Thursday, December 6th, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Learn how to color and make scented soaps you can take home to use or give as gifts! Then decorate and create your own wrapping paper use during the holidays! Grades K-5 Registration Required.

Cookie Decorating

Thursday, December 13th, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
We bring the gingerbread cookies, you decorate them. A deliciously delightful program. For Ages 3 yrs. and up. No registration required!

After School Activities for Grades 2 and Up:


Sunday Science With John Lyga

Sunday, October 21st from 2:00 – 3:00 pm Registration is required. (Space is limited)

Don’t miss this popular hands-on program that is full of fun and science for children in grades 2 & up with adult. Click here for required registration.



NEW: Full STEAM Ahead

Mondays, September 17th – October 29th from 4:30 – 5:30 pm. For Grades 1-4.

Science, technology, engineering, and math concepts are reinforced with hands-on activities and art projects. Find out how to make paper airplanes go faster and farther, use paint to demonstrate the properties of gravity learn about surface tension by playing with bubbles, and enjoy concocting different types of slime.

Activities for Ages 2 1/2 and Up:


Stories and More!

Mondays, September 17th-October 29th,  from 10:30-11:00 am and Thursdays, September 20th – November 1st from 10:30-11:00 am. For ages 2 1/2 – 4 years.

Children will learn the rhythm and routine of story time through theme-related books, finger plays, verses, rhymes, and will complete a simple craft.



 Ready-To-Read Story Time

Mondays, September 17th – October 29th from 1:30 – 2:15  pm For ages 3-5 years.

Through theme-related stories, preschoolers and their caregivers will be introduced to key early literacy skills. Songs, finger plays, games, and a craft will reinforce reading readiness.




Reading Rumpus  

Wednesdays, September 19th – October 31st from 10:30-11:00 am. For ages 3 -5 years.

This award-winning, interactive story time is perfect for active children. Through a variety of hands-on activities, children will bring a story to life.



Art a La Cart

Wednesdays, September 19th – October 31st from 4:00-5:30 pm.                                    Drop in anytime. For ages 3 and up. (Younger siblings are welcome)

This open studio approach to art programming is ideal for creative people with busy schedules. Each week we’ll have a different art experience, using a variety of materials to                                                     create a broad range of projects. There is no right or wrong and no two are ever the same.



Friday Fun

Fridays, September 28th – November 2nd from 10:30 – 11:00 am. Ages 2 1/2 and up.

Each week focuses on a different hand-on, activity-based program featuring games, crafts, creativity, food and fun.

Music in the Somerset Hills with Alison Siener Brown: October 5th

Healthy Snacks with Allie Sanderson:  Oct 12th, Nov 16th, and Dec 14th

                                                 Yoga Story Time with Pamela Nixon: Fridays, Oct 19th, Nov2nd and Dec 7th.



Sunday,October 14th from 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Build and create with our over-sized collection of LEGOs. Choose from an “idea card” to get started or build something of your own choosing. Just drop in.



Birth to 2 1/2 Years:


Toddler Tales

Tuesdays, September 18th – October 30th from 9:30 – 10:00 am.                                        Ages 17 months – 2 1/2 years. 

This story time is just right for Toddlers. With shorter stories, action verses, finger plays,                                                        rhymes,and games, toddlers are sure to love listening and learning.



Baby Book Time Plus Additional Play Time! 

Wednesdays, September 19th – October 31st from 9:30*-10:00 am. And open playtime from 10:00-10:30am For Birth – 17 months, with caregiver.

Babies and caregivers will be introduced to finger plays, baby games, action verses, and Mother Goose rhymes. Followed by Baby Play Group that is an open play time with toys.

*Please note: The library will be closed at 9:30. You may enter the building from the side door along the driveway.



Family Story Time

Every Saturday, from 10:30-11:15 am. All ages are welcome!

Saturday is family day! Everyone will enjoy stories, songs, finger plays, games, and a craft.


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