One Book Bernardsville

Walk in the WoodsA Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson is the featured book for our first “One Book Bernardsville.” This shared community reading experience will take place throughout October, and we’ll host a series of book discussions and thematically related programs on nature, hiking, and the Appalachian Trail itself. There is no charge to attend, but advance sign-up is requested for most of the programs.

Kick-Off – Hiking the Appalachian Trail: Wednesday, October 8 at 7:00 pm Join us for our opening event with guest speaker Bob Sickley who through-hiked the Appalachian Trail in two long sections in 1997 and 1998. A 1978 graduate of Bernards High School, he has been an avid hiker and backpacker for more than thirty years. He currently works at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) in Boiling Springs, PA, focusing on treadway programs and projects from the New York/Connecticut border to the southern end of Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

A Walk in Lord Sterling Park: Saturday, October 11 at 9:00 am We’ll take a walk in Lord Stirling Park (it’s closer than the Appalachian Trail!) and get tips on how to prepare for a “walk in the woods” and how to behave when you are there. Led by park naturalist Christa Wood, this is an improvisational hike on level trails highlighting what’s occurring in nature at this time of year. We will meet at Lord Stirling Park, 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge at 8:45 am in the lobby of the Environmental Education Center. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

NJ Appalachian Trail Hike: Saturday, October 18 at 9:00 am Join Bob Baker for a day hike on a portion of the actual Appalachian Trail that runs through New Jersey near the Delaware Water Gap. We’ll hike toward Sun Fish Pond. Bring your lunch and water. Details and the meet-up location will be emailed to participants a week ahead. Free. Advance sign-up is required. Click here to register.

The Ins & Outs of Camping Equipment: Wednesday, October 22 at 7:00 pm Katherine Harris and Ryan Farrell will give an overview of essential backpacking gear, including different types of backpacks, sleeping bags, cooking equipment and trail food. Both are experienced backpackers. Try some tasty gorp too! Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

Day of the Raptor: Saturday, October 25 at 1:00 pm One of the most spectacular fall sights is the migration of the raptor. Join us in the Learning Center at the NJ Audubon Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, 11 Hardscrabble Road in Bernardsville, for a PowerPoint presentation on our local birds of prey, followed by a walk on the sanctuary grounds enjoying the wildlife and the beautiful fall scenery. The sanctuary protects 276 acres of woodland, field and floodplain habitat where over 200 species of birds have been sighted, and is home to over 60 species of nesting birds. For adults and children aged ten and up. Free. Advance registration is required and limited to 25. Click here to sign up.

Stories Around the Campfire: Tuesday, October 28 at 7:00 pm Join us for “campfire” stories in the library’s community room with spooky tales and s’mores. [This is for adults and older children.] Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

Library Book Group Discussions of “A Walk in the Woods”

Saturday Samplers: Saturday, October 11 at 3:30 pm Page Turners: Tuesday, October 14 at 6:30 pm Memoirs and Coffee: Tuesday, October 28 at 10:30 am

To sign up your own book group to have a library staff member lead your discussion of this book, click here.

One Book Bernardsville for Youth
Make One Book Bernardsville a family affair! Throughout September and October, the Youth Services Department is offering nature and outdoor themed stories and activities so parents and children can connect their One Book Bernardsville experiences.

For Preschool
Children ages 2½-5 years old can enjoy story times about hiking, exploring outdoors, leaves, apples and more. From September 15-October 25, these story times are offered every Tuesday and Wednesday, 1:30-2:15 pm, or Saturday, 10:30-11:15 am.

Alvin HoFor Elementary School
Students in 1st-4th grades will be tickled to hear the enter-taining tale of how Alvin Ho overcomes his fear of camping and even enjoys his outdoor adventure. Each week will include a reading from Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking and Other Natural Disasters and a nature-related activity.
Tuesdays, September 23-October 28 4:15-5:30 pm September 23 Make a Sundial September 30 Build a Shelter October 7 Nature Press Pictures October 14 Camping/Outdoor Games October 21 Bear Scavenger Hunt October 28 Campfire Stories

For Preteens and Teens
Bring a little bit of the outdoors inside. Make a terrarium magnet to decorate your locker, message board or refrigerator. Teens in grades 7-12: Thursday, October 2, 6:30-7:30 pm Preteens in grades 4-6: Thursday, October 9, 6:30-7:30 pm All programs are free and no sign-up is needed.