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

Thanks to funds raised, the Foundation was pleased to present the Library with an additional gift in the amount of $45,000 in August 2015.

This year’s 2015 Home of Distinction held on Sunday, April 12, at Little Brook Farm 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.

In June, an Annual Appeal mailing was sent to town residents requesting support for the Library, the anchor of our community.

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.

990 Filings By Year

2011 990
2012 990
2013 990