Adult Programs


Upcoming Events

Date/Time
Event
10/23/2018
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. The dates for this six-week session are Tuesdays, October 23 – December 4 (no class on 11/6). The total cost 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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10/23/2018
7:00 PM

Democracy and the Threat of Losing It: Events and Ideas from Ancient Greece and Rome

We often read comparisons, in the newspapers, of today’s events with examples from ancient Greek and Roman history. Is our Senate like the Roman senate? If you don’t like a particular leader, what Emperor is he like? Is our democracy anything like Athenian democracy, and can we learn from them? John Lenz, from the Classics Dept. and History & Culture graduate program at Drew University, will give examples from ancient Greece and Rome of how democracy worked, how citizens protected it, and how they lost it. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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10/24/2018
7:00 PM

Speak It! Believe It! Live It!

Whatever your goal or mission in life, these three steps will help you reach your destination: Speak It! Believe It! Live It! Join Professional Inspirer Andrea Mastrobattista and discover how to use these three steps to help live your most fulfilling life. One of the things that Andrea’s healing journey has helped her realize is what is truly important to her as she creates and lives her own most fulfilling and inspiring life. Come to this workshop to discover how you can do the same, and no, you don’t have to go on a year of bed rest to do it! Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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10/25/2018
11:00 AM

Serious Fun! Craft Beer Apps

Intimidated by the Craft Beer craze? If you need help understanding the numerous choices, tracking your favorites, or finding an elusive brew, we will introduce you to some helpful beer apps. You will learn how Untappd allows you to share and explore the world of beer with your friends.
Presenter: Laura Cole
NOTE: This class will be held at Bernards Township LibraryClick here to sign up.

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10/26/2018
10:00 AM

Meditation, Serenity

Follow 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 Jean Leigh. Free. No sign-up is needed.

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10/26/2018
2:00 PM

Friday Afternoon at the Movies: "The Shape of Water"

Join us to watch “The Shape of Water” (2017),  an other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment. Stay afterwards for a short discussion of the film. Our Friday afternoon movie series is funded by gifts to the Friends of the Bernardsville Library. Free. Advance sign-up is requested, but not required. Click here to sign up.

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10/28/2018
2:00 PM

Impressions from an Antarctic Expedition

Bernardsville resident Daniel Murnick will show photographs and maps and discuss the highlights of his Antarctic Expedition early this year. It included visits to South Georgia Island and Elephant Island—significant sites on the legendary voyage and amazing rescue of Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew in 1914-16. The expedition included experts in Antarctic wildlife, geology, and environmental science. Effects of climate change and human activity on the Antarctic environment will be discussed with close-up views of whales, seals, multiple penguin species, and sea-going birds, including the wandering albatross. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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10/30/2018
7:00 PM

Witchcraft Through the Ages

Just in time for Halloween, Deborah Hoeflinger will discuss witchcraft from the 1600s, when people were really chasing after witches and burning them at the stake, to today’s beliefs. She’ll talk about what caused people to believe in witches, what kind of people were accused of being witches, how they were treated, and what caused the witch craze to subside.  Prof. Hoeflinger is retired from teaching history at Butler High School and is currently an adjunct professor at County College of Morris. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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11/04/2018
3:00 PM

Self-Published Author Panel

Meet the self-published authors who entered their fiction into the Morristown Festival of Books competition, including the winner, Dee Ernst, who was featured on a panel at the Festival in October. Four authors will have a roundtable discussion about their books, their writing process, and the road to publication. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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11/05/2018
10:30 AM

Gentle Chair Yoga

Chair yogaChair yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair or standing using a chair for support. The postures are adaptations of traditional yoga poses which offer increased strength, flexibility, body and breath awareness and overall vitality. This chair yoga class is open to everyone, and no prior yoga experience is needed. The schedule for this six-week session is Mondays, November 5 – December 17 (no class on 11/12). The total cost for the session is $35.00. 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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11/09/2018
10:00 AM

Meditation, Serenity

Follow 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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11/11/2018
3:00 PM

It's Alive! Frankenstein at 200

We are commemorating the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein—a classic of world literature and a masterpiece of horror! Docent Miryam Wasserman will give an illustrated talk about the exhibition at the Morgan Library on Mary Shelley’s monster. The show, a partnership of the Morgan and The New York Public Library, traces the origins and impact of the book, which is considered the first science fiction novel and has been repeatedly reinterpreted in spin-offs, sequels, mashups, tributes and parodies. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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11/14/2018
11:00 AM

Emergency Preparedness from the Healthcare Perspective

Laura Cummings, RN, BSN, Clinical Manager Community Health Services at the Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills, will speak about emergency preparedness specifically from the healthcare perspective. She will cover the importance of being informed and prepared; how to create a personal network and communication plan; how to put together an emergency kit; and how to prepare for power outages. She will also provide tips helpful to people with special needs and disabilities. Light snacks. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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11/17/2018
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.  Free. No sign-up is needed.

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11/27/2018
7:00 PM

Maximizing Your Social Security Benefits

This educational program, presented by Stephen A. Oliver of Manhattan Ridge Advisors, will demystify and simplify Social Security in order to better prepare you to make the best claiming choices for you and your family. The program will cover recent changes in Social Security and how they affect people of retirement age. There will be real examples of different claiming strategies to help illustrate how to avoid potential retirement mistakes and maximize benefits. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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11/28/2018
7:00 PM

Speak It! Believe It! Live It!

 It’s time to look back through 2018 and revel in how far we’ve come on our journey to Speak about, Believe in and Live our most fulfilling and inspiring lives. Join Professional Inspirer Andrea Mastrobattista for this inspirational evening that will also include a look forward to the new and exciting workshop series in store for 2019. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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11/29/2018
7:00 PM

Serious Fun! Home Improvement Apps

Planning a home improvement project can be a daunting task! In this class, we will discuss apps that will help you draw a floor plan, choose new paint colors, test new furniture arrangements, and more. Whether you’re preparing for a move, planning a renovation, or just moving your furniture, this class will introduce you to apps that will help you in the process.
Presenter: Sarah Gillis
This class will be held at Bernards Township Library on November 14 at 11:00 am and at Bernardsville Library on November 29 at 7:00 pm. Click here to sign up.

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12/05/2018
7:00 PM

Trivia Challenge Italian Style!

Test your knowledge and discover surprising new facts and intriguing insights about Italy.  Carla Gambescia, author of “La Dolce Vita University,” a unique lifestyle compendium of all things Italian (food, wine, art, history, architecture, literature, film, style and more) will be our MC. Light Italian refreshments will be served. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Free. Advance registration is requested. Click here to sign up.

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12/10/2018
7:00 PM

Colonial & Victorian Christmas Customs

Decorations of holly and mistletoe, gingerbread and caroling—these are just a few of the Christmas customs that have been handed down from earlier times. Learn the similarities and the differences between a Colonial Christmas and a Victorian Christmas celebration, and discover what foods were prepared and enjoyed as part of the holiday festivities. Presented by Judith Krall-Russo, a food historian and tea expert. We’ll enjoy refreshments appropriate for our topic. Free. Advance sign-up is required. Click here to sign up.

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12/11/2018
3:15 PM

Bernards High School Madrigal Ensemble

music notesThe Bernards High School Madrigals, under the direction of Matthew LaPine, will fill the library with beautiful holiday music. Join us for the music and cookies compliments of the Friends of the Bernardsville Library. Free. Just drop by and enjoy. No sign-up is needed.

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