Spring is a busy time of year at the library! We’re celebrating Mothers, Fathers, and Teen and Preteen volunteers. We have story times for all age groups, as well as many drop-in activities. We’ve got a new display in our Juvenile Special Collections area, too. Current books on that display are about parenting. Be sure to take a look when you come in and, as always, you are welcome to check out books from the displays.
Please note that the library will be closed on Monday, May 29, in honor of Memorial Day.
Nursery Time on Mondays
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, April 17-June 5, 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, April 17-June 5, from 4:00-5:30 pm. For all ages. Free. No sign-up needed.
Story 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, April 18-June 6, from 10:30-11:00 am. For ages 2½-4 years. Free. No sign-up needed.
At Baby Book Time, babies and caregivers learn finger plays, lap rhymes, play music, and read stories. Baby Play Time, at 10:00 am, is open play and socializing for babies and their caregivers. (Note: the main library entrance is closed at 9:30 am. Please enter the building from the glass door along the side driveway, for Baby Book Time. At 10:00 you may also enter the front doors. You may park in the special Bernardsville Borough and Library Staff designated parking areas along the side of the building, until 11:00 am.)
Wednesdays, April 19-June 7. 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 June 14 and 21, from 10:00-10:30 am. Birth-17 months with caregiver. Free. No sign-up needed.
Reading Rumpus on Wednesdays
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, April 19-June 7, from 2:00-2:30 pm. For ages 2½-5 years. Free. No sign-up needed.
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, April 19-June 7, from 4:00-5:30 pm. Family program. Free. No sign-up needed.
Thursday 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, April 20-June 8, from 10:30-11:15 am. For ages 2½-5 years. Free. No sign-up needed.
Friday Fun on June 2: Duplo Day
Let’s bring out the Duplo building blocks and see what we can make!
Friday, June 2, from 10:30-11:00 am. For ages 2 1/2-5 years. Free. No sign up needed.
Let’s head into summer with some tips about healthy snacks and seasonal foods to enjoy. Miss Allie always reads a a story and then leads kids through a simple food preparation activity.
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.
Our thanks go out to all of our Preteens who have volunteered so diligently with us through the school year. Be sure to come for the pizza party (see below for details) and watch for special volunteering get-togethers during the summer. Thank you so much for your volunteer time at the library.
We want to thank you for your volunteer service this year, and what better way than with pizza? If you are a preteen who has volunteered this year or someone who would like to volunteer in the future, please join us. We’ll have some fun. (Note: this program will not earn you any community service time, but you’ll have fun and you’ll get to hang with your friends and eat pizza.) Please click here to register, or call the library (908-766-0118) and let us know you’re coming!
Thursday, June 1, from 6:30-7:30 pm. For grades 4-6. Free. Registration is required.
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.