Adult Programs


Upcoming Events

Date/Time
Event
04/26/2017
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. In this meeting, we’ll discuss what happens when you butt heads with someone over your differences. Conflict can bring your progress to a standstill, but you can get past it. This month, we’ll look at how we can peacefully co-exist amidst our differences, so that everyone thrives. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to register.

Read more...
04/29/2017
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Readings by Local Self-Published Authors

Listen to local self-published authors Rena Cobrinik, Darla Desiderio, Keith Hirshland, Burton Leed, and Ashley Welsh, read from their fiction and non-fiction work. They’ll also tell us what inspired them, about their writing process and the path to publication. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

Read more...
04/30/2017
3:00 PM

Sundays At Three: Jefferson Jazz Ensemble

Trumpeter TH Kieren and the Jefferson Jazz ensemble (a sextet and vocalist) will perform a selection of jazz and swing songs from the American Songbook of the 1940s to the 1970s.  Songs such as Begin the Beguine, September Song, Tenderly, Over the Rainbow, Pennies from Heaven, Stardust, Angel Eyes and others will lighten up minds and hearts. Good listening, good singing, good dancing! Stroll down memory lane to hear what made that era so special and memorable. Doors open at 2:45 pm. Free. This concert is funded by the Friends of the Bernardsville Library. No sign-up is needed.

Read more...
05/06/2017
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Springtime Market

Drop by and browse at a Springtime Market on the library’s patio featuring the work of talented local businesses and crafters. A variety of local merchants will showcase products including artwork, clothing, skincare, essential oils, children’s books, jewelry, handbags and accessories. It’s the perfect place to pick up a Mother’s Day gift, and the vendors will make a donation to benefit the library at the end of the day. [Rain date:  Saturday, May 13.]

Read more...
05/08/2017
10:30 AM

Gentle Chair Yoga

Chair yogaThis gentle yoga class combines simple breath and movement to increase circulation in joints, strengthen major muscle groups and relax the nervous system. The benefits of this time-honored practice can include increased energy, mental clarity and mobility, better sleep, healthy digestion, and decreased pain. No prior yoga experience is needed. This class, taught by Julie Shaw, will run on Monday mornings, May 8-June 26 (no classes on May 29 and June 5) at 10:30 am.  The cost is $35 for six sessions. This program is a partnership of Bernardsville Library and Bernardsville Recreation. Register through Bernardsville Recreation’s Community Pass portal. Click here to register.

Read more...
05/09/2017
7:00 PM

Keep in Touch with Video Chat- WAIT LIST ONLY

THIS CLASS IS FULL. If you sign up, you will be placed on our wait list and we will call you if a spot opens up.
Skype, Google Hangouts, and other video chat programs can help you connect with loved ones who are thousands of miles away. Learn the basics of these free programs including how to set up an account and how to make and receive calls.
Presenter: Sarah Gillis
This class will be held at Bernardsville Library on May 9th at 7:00 pm and at Bernards Township Library on May 24th at 10:30 am. Click here to sign up.

Read more...
05/11/2017
7:00 PM

Making Sense of "Fake News"

Daily Record/USA Today Network reporter William Westhoven will address the growing topic of so-called fake news, presenting an overview of what actually defines fake news, how the Internet has blurred the lines between traditional journalism, prime-time punditry and outright propaganda; and how to separate the fact from fiction by identifying common components of each. This program will be presented in a strictly apolitical environment and will include polite (apolitical) discussion. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

Read more...
05/12/2017
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.

Read more...
05/12/2017
2:00 PM

Friday Afternoon Movie: "Arrival"

Join us to watch “Arrival,” the first movie we’ll be showing in our new Friday afternoon movie series. When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team — led by expert translator Louise Banks (Amy Adams) — races against time to decipher their intent. Jeremy Renner and Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker co-star in this fascinating examination of time — past, present and future. Our movie series is funded by the Friends of the Bernardsville Library. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

Read more...
05/13/2017
10:30 AM

Fifty Book Challenge

booksstackxxJoin our challenge to read fifty books in a year. The group meets quarterly for reading suggestions, feedback and refreshments. Link here to our 50 Book Challenge resources. New members are always welcome. Free. Click here to email Pat Kennedy-Grant to receive meeting reminders and other information.

Read more...
05/19/2017
10:30 AM

Organizing Your Digital Photos - This class has reached capacity.

We’re sorry, this class and the wait list are full.

With a device that can be a camera and a photo editor right at your fingertips, it is easy to fill a phone with hundreds of photo files –and even easier to quickly lose control of it all. Learn how to organize and manage your photos with these tips, tricks, and apps.
Presenter: Dana Skwirut
This class will be held at Bernards Township Library on May 1st at 7:00 pm and at Bernardsville Library on May 19th at 10:30 am.

Read more...
05/20/2017
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.

Read more...
05/24/2017
7:00 PM

The Importance of Estate Planning

Come learn what documents make up a complete estate plan (Last Will and Testament, Financial Power of Attorney, Healthcare Power of Attorney, Living Will, POLST), the importance of each document in the real world, and how each document empowers you. Robert Murray Esq. and Andrea Di Dio Esq. of The Murray Firm LLC, which specializes in preparing estate plans for individuals and couples that are tailored to their financial and familial circumstances, will be the presenters. They recommend that all adults, regardless of age and finances, protect themselves by having a full estate plan. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

Read more...
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 use 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.

Read more...
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.

Read more...
06/02/2017
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Seniors' Day 2017

Save the date! Join us for a free continental breakfast and 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.

Read more...
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. For more information on tickets and the benefits of contributing at a higher level, click here. To download a response card, click here.

Read more...
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.

Read more...
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.

Read more...
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.

Read more...
1 2