Adult Programs


Upcoming Events

Date/Time
Event
05/30/2017
10:30 AM

Chair Yoga Make-Up Session

There will be a make-up class for those already enrolled on Tuesday, May 30 for the missed class earlier this month.

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05/30/2017
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Yoga Basics

Suitable for all students, this class offers an integrated sequence of poses designed to warm up the body and then work toward a specific intention within the natural movements of the spine. Pranayama (breath work) and a final deep relaxation are integral to every class. This is a six-week session with classes on the following dates at 1:00 pm: Tuesday, May 30, Thursday, June 8, Tuesdays, June 13, 20, and 27, and Thursday, July 6. The total cost for the session is $35.00. Please bring a yoga mat; a yoga blanket is helpful, although not required. This program is a partnership of Bernardsville Library and Bernardsville Recreation. Register through Bernardsville Recreation’s Community Pass portal. Click here to register.

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05/31/2017
7:00 PM

Make YOUR Difference

Andrea MastrobattistaEven though it doesn’t feel like it at times, you absolutely have the ability to make a positive difference in the world. Throughout this workshop series, Professional Inspirer Andrea Mastrobattista will help you uncover what makes you unique and then cultivate those talents and skills so that you are making YOUR difference every day. While you might see your differences as flaws or weaknesses, the truth is you can make them your greatest strengths. Says Ms Mastrobattista, “I hear this all the time and I used to think it was true: ‘But if I’m different, people won’t like me.’ Come to the May workshop to find out why this assumption is not true.” Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to register.

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06/01/2017
7:00 PM

Japan and Its Prints in the 20th Century: The New Prints Movement

Actor Portrait by Natori Shunsen, 1927
Kabuki Actor Portrait by Natori Shunsen, 1927

Tom Silver, a Japanese print enthusiast who developed an interest in this art while searching for an unusual gift for his wife, will present a comprehensive look at the Japanese “New Prints” movement in the first half of the 20th century. Discussion will focus on the great artists and their times, and how this new movement largely rescued the Japanese print tradition from oblivion. There will be examples of stunning landscape, kabuki actor, flower and bird, and portrait prints. Mr. Silver’s talks at libraries and other institutions showcase print masterpieces covering the 350-year history of the Japanese print genre. His current focus is Japanese prints of the 20th Century. He is a New Jersey native with degrees from Drew University and Rutgers University. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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06/02/2017
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Seniors' Day 2017

Save the date! Join us for a free continental breakfast and music by Ken Salvo’s Banjo Ragtimers Dixieland Jazz Trio. The band has been a major force on the Dixieland jazz circuit in Northern and Central New Jersey for the last 40 years. Founded in 1979 by banjoist Ken Salvo, a Basking Ridge resident, the band remains one of the most innovative groups in traditional New Orleans style jazz. Yes! “The Saints Go Marching In” is their most requested song! They’ll also do some favorite sing-along songs, and will have you tappin’ your toes to their beat. This free program is funded by the Friends of the Bernardsville Library. Advance sign-up is required. Click here to sign up.

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06/04/2017
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Homes of Distinction 2017

Please join us at the U.S. Equestrian Team Stable and Carriage Barn for our seventh annual “Homes of Distinction” benefiting the Bernardsville Library Foundation. Located in Gladstone, the U.S.E.T. historic Hamilton Farm is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. It’s an elegant place to spend the afternoon socializing, shopping the silent auction and wine pull. Enjoy appetizers provided by The Bernards Inn and cocktails in a conversation area designed by Jeffrey B. Haines, Butlers of Far Hills, and a live jazz performance by duo John Zweig and Rick Crane. Click here for more information on tickets and the benefits of contributing at a higher level. Click here to download the response card with details about the event. Click here to purchase tickets online; be sure to specify the correct amount for sponsor ($125/per person) or benefactor ($200/per person) tickets. If you can’t make it on June 4th, you can still bid on some fabulous items from our silent auction. Click here to take a look and put in a bid.

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06/09/2017
10:00 AM

Monthly Meditations

monthlymeditations, webFollow through on your intention to learn and practice meditation. We will explore different types of meditation with a time of sharing to follow for those who are so inclined. First timers and those with any meditation experience are welcome. This meditation program is led by Mary Bodenstein and Jean Leigh. Free. No sign-up is needed.

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06/14/2017
7:00 PM

Poetry Reading & Book Signing with Wanda Praisner

Wanda Praisner, winner of the 2017 New Jersey Poets Prize, will read poems from her latest book, Natirar. The poems describe her daily visits to the park the first year it opened and how the seasons of the park intertwine with those of her life. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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06/17/2017
3:00 PM

Saturday Crafters

crafters2Work on your own projects, get tips and chat with the group. You’ll also find out about new library craft resources.
Free. No sign-up is needed.

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06/22/2017
7:00 PM

"Pickets, Patriotism, War Service & Women's Suffrage"

Living History Presenter Carol Simon Levin portrays Jeannette Rankin, America’s first female member of Congress, in a show which tells the intertwined stories of women’s war service, suffrage activism, and the political calculus that finally brought the support of President Wilson, the U.S. Congress, and state legislatures to achieve passage of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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06/23/2017
2:00 PM

Friday Afternoon Movie: "Lo and Behold"

Join us to watch “Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World,” the second in our new Friday afternoon movie series funded by the Friends of the Bernardsville Library. Here, legendary master filmmaker Werner Herzog  examines the past, present and constantly evolving future of the Internet. Viewers are led on a journey through a series of provocative conversations that reveal the ways in which the online world has transformed how virtually everything in the real world works – from business to education, space travel to healthcare, and the very heart of how we conduct our personal relationships. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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06/28/2017
7:00 PM

Make YOUR Difference

Even though it doesn’t feel like it at times, you absolutely have the ability to make a positive difference in the world. Throughout this workshop series, Professional Inspirer Andrea Mastrobattista will help you uncover what makes you unique and then cultivate those talents and skills so that you are making YOUR difference every day. While you might see your differences as flaws or weaknesses, the truth is you can make them your greatest strengths.  Says Ms. Mastrobattista, “Do we really have to try to conform to other people’s unrealistic expectations to get what we want in life? NO! Attend this month’s workshop to find out why being different and true to who we really are is exactly what is expected of us.” Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to register.

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07/14/2017
10:00 AM

Monthly Meditations

monthlymeditations, webFollow through on your intention to learn and practice meditation. We will explore different types of meditation with a time of sharing to follow for those who are so inclined. First timers and those with any meditation experience are welcome. This meditation program is led by Mary Bodenstein and Jean Leigh. Free. No sign-up is needed.

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07/15/2017
11:00 AM

Saturday Crafters

crafters2Work on your own projects, get tips and chat with the group. You’ll also find out about new library craft resources. Please note start time. Free. No sign-up is needed.

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07/18/2017
7:30 PM

The Great American Solar Eclipse

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. This will be the first total solar eclipse visible from the contiguous United States since 1979. A truly rare event! Learn about how and why an eclipse happens and how to be well prepared to view the year’s best astronomical event! Presented by Paul Cirillo, a Board Member of the New Jersey Astronomical Association, which operates the largest public observatory in New Jersey. [Note start time.] For adults and children in Grades 4 and up. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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07/24/2017
7:00 PM

Making Math Magical

While summer is the perfect time to catch up on math or get ahead, students typically lose 2.6 months of grade level learning in math each summer.  Come learn how you can use the summer so your child can catch up or get ahead with math without having it be a boring, stressful chore. Presented by Rebecca Zook, a math mastery mentor and joyful learning expert with over 13 years of experience as a thought leader on the cutting edge of math education. This program is for parents of students in 4th grade through high school. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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07/26/2017
7:00 PM

Make YOUR Difference

Andrea MastrobattistaEven though it doesn’t feel like it at times, you absolutely have the ability to make a positive difference in the world. Throughout this workshop series, Professional Inspirer Andrea Mastrobattista will help you uncover what makes you unique and then cultivate those talents and skills so that you are making YOUR difference every day. While you might see your differences as flaws or weaknesses, the truth is you can make them your greatest strengths. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to register.

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07/28/2017
2:00 PM

Friday Afternoon Movie: "The Great Gatsby"

Watch “The Great Gatsby” (2013) and talk about it afterwards with the group.  Based on the book by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the cast includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher, and Joel Edgerton.  Our Friday afternoon movie series funded by gifts to the Friends of the Bernardsville Library. Free.  Click here to sign up.

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08/09/2017
6:30 PM

Egypt: The Sands of Time, Part I

Hatshepsut

For more than 5,000 years, beginning with the Narmer Palate (c. 3100 BCE) Egypt has given the world a storied history. This series of two talks by Dr. Douglas Munch will cover some of the important aspects of ancient Egyptian history and culture. In the first lecture, presented as part of the opening reception for his photographic exhibition, Dr. Munch will begin with a discussion of the archaeological and anthropological understanding of Egyptian pre-history (before writing) and continue through the construction of the pyramids and the great Pharaohs who built them. The second talk will take place on September 26 at 7:00 pm. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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08/11/2017
10:00 AM

Monthly Meditations

monthlymeditations, webFollow through on your intention to learn and practice meditation. We will explore different types of meditation with a time of sharing to follow for those who are so inclined. First timers and those with any meditation experience are welcome. This meditation program is led by Mary Bodenstein and Jean Leigh. Free. No sign-up is needed.

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