Events


Upcoming Events

Date/Time
Event
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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12/12/2018
7:00 PM

Gong Meditation and Relaxation

Experience the soothing effects of the gong—a deep state of relaxation, meditation and healing—in this program led by Wanda Knapik. Sound healing, which dates back centuries, can be an effective way to reduce stress and create a deep sense of peace. Ms. Knapik will play a Paiste planetary gong, tuned to the frequency of the moon (210.42 Hz), in harmony with the moon’s orbit around the earth, and a moon gong whose tone can balance the energy of the gland and lymph systems and improve communication, which can be helpful during the holiday season. Participants can either lie on the floor or sit in a chair. Please bring your own yoga mat and/or blanket.  Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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12/14/2018
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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12/14/2018
2:00 PM

Friday Afternoon at the Movies: "West Side Story"

We’re marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein with the screening of “West Side Story” (1961) inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins with Bernstein’s score and Stephen Sondheim’s lyrics, this film remains perhaps the most iconic of all the Shakespeare adaptations to the screen. It won ten Academy Awards! 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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12/16/2018
3:00 PM

Sundays at Three: The Raritan Ringers

Enjoy beautiful holiday music by The Raritan Ringers. Our program will include popular pieces such as “Let it Snow” and “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” as well as traditional holiday carols. The Raritan Ringers are a community group of advanced handbell ringers sponsored by the United Reformed Church of Somerville, NJ. The choir is composed of thirteen ringers from communities in north central New Jersey who enjoy the opportunity to perform challenging music. This free concert is funded by donations to the Friends of the Bernardsville Library. Doors open at 2:45 pm. No sign-up is needed.

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12/28/2018
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

"Nature and Life" - Photographs by Gina Petrecca

All We Need Is Love

On view: December 2-28, 2018
Gina Petrecca has loved photography since she was a child when she became fascinated with preserving memories. She loves taking pictures of still lifes, landscapes, nature, and animals as well as special events and parties. Her inspiration comes from colors, shapes, or anything different, and it changes depending on the situations she finds herself in.

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12/28/2018
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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01/06/2019
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Landscapes, Florals and Still Lifes in Watercolor and Pastel

Paintings by Joanne Bodnar
On view: January 3-30, 2019
Artist’s Reception: Sunday, January 6, 2:00-4:00 pm
Joanne Smith Bodnar is a watercolor and pastel artist. Traditional and creative whimsical pieces make up most of her painting subject matter. She has been a painter and teacher for over 35 years. Design and color are strong components of her work. Music, a play on words and finding unusual objects for subject matter influence the compositions of her paintings. Many of her paintings are inspired from just one object, from which she proceeds to develop an entire painting. She has exhibited extensively in juried shows, won numerous awards and has paintings in several corporate and many private collections.

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01/09/2019
12:00 PM

Gentle Chair Yoga - New Time!

Chair yogaNote new day and time for this program.
Chair 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 Wednesdays, January 9 – February 13. 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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01/11/2019
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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01/15/2019
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, January 15 – February 19. 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 sign up.

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01/18/2019
11:00 AM

Serious Fun! Organizing Your Digital Photos

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, Children’s Librarian at Bernards Township Library
This class will be held at Bernards Township Library on Monday, January 14 at 7:00 pm and at Bernardsville Library on Friday, January 18 at 11:00 am. Click here to sign up.

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01/19/2019
10:30 AM

Fifty Book Challenge

booksstackxxJoin our challenge to read fifty books in a year. The group meets several times a year 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.

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01/19/2019
3:00 PM

Saturday Crafters

crafters2Note new start time!
Work 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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01/22/2019
10:30 AM

Heartland

Memoirs & Coffee – with Pat Kennedy-Grant
Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth (2018) • Sarah Smarsh
It’s an uncompromising look at class, identity, and the particular perils of having less in a country known for its excess. Free. No sign-up is needed. Just come!

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01/23/2019
7:00 PM

Thinking Out Loud: A Philosophical Perspective on Contemporary Issues

Are you tired of just replying to texts and emails and refreshing your newsfeed? Do you have a gnawing sense that life should be about more than just earning money and then relaxing at the end of the day? Come hear how philosophy can help us think about ourselves, our relationships, and the contemporary world in our new program series led by Bernardsville resident Philip Walsh. Dr. Walsh has a PhD in philosophy from the University of California, Irvine and is a faculty member of the philosophy department at Fordham University. Our first topic of discussion will be “Yoga, Mindfulness, and the Mind-Body Problem.” Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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01/25/2019
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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01/25/2019
2:00 PM

Friday Afternoon at the Movies: "The Death of Stalin"

Our movie this month is “The Death of Stalin: A Comedy of Terrors” (2018). When tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin dies in 1953, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to become the next Soviet leader. Among the contenders are the dweebish Georgy Malenkov, the wily Nikita Khrushchev and Lavrenti Beria,the sadistic secret police chief. As they bumble, brawl and back-stab their way to the top, the question remains: just who is running the government? Our movie series is funded by the Friends of the Bernardsville Library. Free. Advance sign-up is requested, but not required. Click here to sign up.

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01/27/2019
2:00 PM

The Infinite Variety of Shakespeare's Women

In Shakespeare’s plays, women are far outnumbered by men, yet they are among his most compelling characters. Veteran actress Ellen Barry will take us on a memorable journey as she performs and discusses a wide range of the Bard’s female characters, from ingénues to leading ladies to character women and finally crones. Along the way, she shares memories of her own experiences as the woebegone Helena in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” the saint-like Hermione in “The Winter’s Tale,” and the comic schemer Maria in “Twelfth Night,” among others. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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