Bernardsville Library Foundation

Our Mission

The mission of the Bernardsville Library Foundation, a volunteer organization, is to be a source of private funding to enable the outstanding Bernardsville Public Library to continue to operate at a level of excellence without regard to variations in public funding.

What We Do

Homes of Distinction

The 2016 Homes of Distinction reception and silent auction will be held next May at Faircourt, an exquisite Bernardsville estate once owned by the first in-laws of philanthropist Brooke Astor. This promises to be a sell-out event, so mark your calendars now for Sunday, May 15, 2016!

The Tuscan style 30,000 square-foot villa sits on 15 acres landscaped by the son of Frederick Law Olmstead. It was first built in 1897 and has recently undergone a gorgeous transformation under its current owners Cynthia and Clive Meanwell. The home is so stunning it has recently been featured in the November 2015 issue of Architectural Digest.

Remember, mark your calendars now for Sunday, May 15! Check back here for ticket information in the near future.

The last Homes of Distinction event was held on Sunday, April 12, 2015 at Little Brook Farm and was a huge success! Special thanks to homeowners Monique and Gregg Seibert. More than 200 guests enjoyed a cocktail reception and special presentation on the history of the Farm by Barry Thomson.

Homes of Distinction 2015, web

The current owners, from left, Gregg and Monique Seibert, chat with prior owners, Dr. Edward Babbott and Cynthia Babbott, now of Basking Ridge.

Homes of Distinction 2015, 2-web

Guests mingle on the side patio.

Donations to Meet Library’s Current Budget Shortfall

Foundation President Leslie Brown-Witt was pleased to present a $70,000 check to Library Director April Judge in 2014 and an additional gift in the amount of $45,000 in August 2015. But it is imperative we receive continuing support from town residents for the Library.

Funding provided by our Borough Council exceeds state-mandated requirement, but rising costs and lowered property values have left us with an uncomfortably tight budget. That’s why the Foundation has been challenged to raise $100,000 to meet the Library’s shortfall for 2015 and why the “most important place in our town” needs your help.

We’re grateful that several generous citizens have agreed to help us reach this goal: Drs. Neill and Julia Johnson have offered $10,000 with a dollar-for-dollar challenge match for any size donation… and an additional anonymous donor has offered a second $15,000 matching grant for gifts of $1,000 or more.

Please send in your donation today – in whatever amount you can.

Long-term efforts are also underway to fund an endowment that will generate income for Library operations in the future. The goal is to fund the endowment to ensure a secure future for the Bernardsville Public Library. In addition, the Bernardsville Library Foundation welcomes bequests of any size in individual estate planning, pledges paid over time, and insurance beneficiary designations.

Please click here for information about making a gift to the Foundation. Your help is urgently needed to offset budget restrictions that could reduce library hours and services.


Foundation Check 2014

After meeting our budget for 2014, Foundation President Leslie Brown-Witt presented a $70,000 check to Library Director April Judge.

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