Summer Reading 2017: Build a Better World (programs begin this week!)
The reading club programs begin the week of June 26 and you may begin logging your reading time and start earning your prizes. Remember, you may sign up for the Summer Reading Club at any time during the summer, and read at your own pace to earn prizes based on your reading time. Watch for our “Air and Space Museum Pop-up” event, too. From July 18-20 we’ll have large displays and special activities, sculptures and programs related to space. We can’t wait to see you!


Summer Reading Club Kick-Off Event on June 27: A Magic Show with Jim Vagias!

Magician Jim Vagias is coming to surprise and delight us with his interactive magic show. Please bring your family and join us, and while you’re here, you could sign up for the Summer Reading Club.

Tuesday, June 27, from 7:00-8:00 pm. For ages 3 and older. Free. No sign up needed.

Printmaking Center of NJ presents: Monoprinting on July 10

Use a portable printing press to create your own composition using a process called monoprinting. This program will give an overview of the history of printmaking, too. Registration is required for this program and will open 2 weeks ahead of the program date. Please check back for the link to register.

Monday, July 10, from 6:30-8:30 pm. For ages 6-12 years. Registration required. Free.

Sciencetellers present: Tall Ships & Pirate Tales on July 17

A crew of quirky pirates, marooned on a deserted island, will spin a tale for us using interactive science-related storytelling! It’s bound to be fun and we might learn something new about air pressure, clouds, inertia, explosions and more.

Monday, July 17, from 7:00-8:00 pm. For ages 6 and up. Free. No sign up needed.

Pop-Up Air and Space Museum (72 hours of displays and happenings – July 18-20)

Courtesy of Bedwell School students and their advisor, Mr. Thurlow, the library will host a display of models from the school’s 2017 Air and Space Museum event. During 72 hours, in the middle of July, the library will be scheduling special programs (like the solar eclipse program listed below) and there will be space-related activities for you to try at various locations around the library. Check the website and online calendar for specifics. Be sure to stop in to view the display models, some of which will be very large, and to learn more about space. It will be a blast!!

Astronomy: The Great American Solar Eclipse – Special Program on July 18

In August a total eclipse of the sun will be visible in the United States along a 70-mile-wide path from Oregon to South Carolina. Learn how and why an eclipse happens, and how to prepare to “watch” the eclipse in action. This program is part of our “Pop-up Air and Space” exhibit this week.

Tuesday, July 18 at 7:30 pm. For Grade 4 and up. Free. No sign up needed.

                                         Nursery Time on Mondays – beginning June 26

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.

Special LEGO® Building on Monday, June 26 

Drop in with your family and friends to build and create with LEGO blocks. This will be our last regular Monday LEGO building until September, although you will see some surprise building events popping up through the summer. Be sure to pick up a “fridge calendar” or check online to see our list of summer programs.

Monday, June 26, from 4:00-5:30 pm. For all ages. Free. No sign up needed.

Traveling Tales will meet at Tons of Toys on Tuesday, June 27 

Our popular Traveling Tales Story Times will be presented at local businesses on Tuesdays this summer. Please check the website weekly for locations and parking suggestions. Tons of Toys is located in the center of town, at the corner by the traffic light, at 1 Mine Brook Road, Bernardsville. (908-502-5373) You may always park in the library lot for up to 4 hours, and the upper end of the train station has shoppers’ parking available also. Street parking is also usually available.

Tuesdays, June 27-August 15, from 11:00-11:30 am. Note: no class on Tuesday, July 4. For ages 3 years and up. Free. No sign up needed.

Baby Book Time and Baby Play Time resume on Wednesday, June 28

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 – beginning on Wednesday, June 28

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.

Build a Better……….Tower – on Wednesday, July 5

What can you do with a stack of newspapers and some tape? We’re going to use them to build towers. Join us to give it a try, and let’s see whose is the highest!

Wednesday, July 5, from 6:30-7:30 pm. Recommended for age 5 and up. Free. No sign up needed.

Art la Cart  – on Wednesday, June 28                                                                                                             (beginning on July 11, “art” will move to Tuesdays, 4:00-5:30 pm)

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.

Wednesday, June 28, from 4:00-5:30 pm. Note: July 11-August 15, this program will take place regularly on Tuesdays, from 4:00-5:30 pm. Family program. Free. No sign up needed.

story-timeThursday Story Time – beginning again on June 29

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 – beginning on Thursday, June 29

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! – Thursdays, beginning July 6

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. Come in and see what you can build.

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

Friday Fun on June 30 – It’s a Reading Rumpus!

Let’s get together for a special Friday version of our Reading Rumpus program. It’s a story time built around one story, with extra interaction built in. Children will participate with the activities related to the story, and will have some materials to take home to share with the family. This program gets kids involved in the storytelling process.

Friday, June 30, 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 “Tuesdays”  on July 11 and August 8

Bring a friend and join us for snacks and activities. Tell us what you’re reading and get a bonus prize. Come to have some fun with your friends. These evenings will not earn volunteer service, but come and have fun.

Tuesdays, July 11 and August 8, from 6:30-7:30 pm. For kids entering Grades 4-6. Free. No sign up needed.



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