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. Right now, we face a shortfall and urgently need your help in order to not further reduce our hours of operation.

Click here to donate to our Endowment Fund to ensure the long-term success of our Library.

Click here to view our current appeal letter.

What We Do

Homes of Distinction

Watercolor by Philip Kennedy-Grant

Our 2017 Homes of Distinction fundraiser took place in the U.S. Equestrian Team Stable and Carriage Barn elegantly decorated by Jeffrey B. Haines of Butlers of Far Hills and Laura Clare Design. Located in Gladstone, the U.S.E.T. historic Hamilton Farm is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2017. Guests spent the afternoon socializing, shopping the silent auction and wine pull, and enjoying delicious appetizers provided by The Bernards Inn. Live jazz was performed by duo John Zweig and Rick Crane.
Click here to view the Keepsake Journal-Part 1.
Click here to view the Keepsake Journal-Part 2.
Click here to view the Keepsake Journal-Part 3.

Our 2016 Homes of Distinction fundraiser was a huge success! More than 220 people attended a cocktail party reception and silent auction on Sunday, May 15, at Faircourt, an exquisite Bernardsville estate once owned by the first in-laws of philanthropist Brooke Astor. The Tuscan style 30,000 square-foot villa sits on 15 acres landscaped by the son of Frederick Law Olmstead. The home was featured in the November 2015 issue of Architectural Digest. For those who attended, payments in excess of $50 per person are tax-deductible. Click here to see the 2016 Faircourt Keepsake Journal.

The 2015 Homes of Distinction was held on Sunday, April 12, 2015 at Little Brook Farm. 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 the Library in 2014 and an additional gift in the amount of $45,000 in August 2015. In 2016, the Foundation increased  its gift to $100,000, 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.

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