The year 2017 may become known as “The Year of Ransomware” with over 200,000 computers worldwide being infected with the WannaCry and Petya ransomware viruses. Ryan McCloskey, President and CEO of Computer Sharp, will share general technology tips, best practices and online safety information to better protect all your devices in today’s digital world. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.Read more...
Join 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.Read more...
10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
The rules for starting and registering a new business in New Jersey are always changing, and attendees will receive the most up-to-date information from experts who can answer all their questions. Learn about different business structures; how to register a small business; legal entity registration; how to report business income; and more. Presented by Taxation University (a unit of the New Jersey Division of Taxation) and the NJ State Library. Free. Advance sign-up is required. Click here to sign up.Read more...
Memoirs & Coffee – with Pat Kennedy-Grant
Daring To Drive: A Woman’s Awakening (2017) • Manal Al-Sharif
An intimate memoir by a devout woman from a modest family in Saudi Arabia who became the unexpected leader of a courageous movement to support women’s right to drive. No sign-up is needed. Just come!
Join us to watch “The Time Traveler’s Wife” (2009) about a Chicago librarian who has a gene that causes him to involuntarily time travel, creating complications in his marriage. 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.Read more...
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
On view: January 2-30, 2018
Basking Ridge resident Claudia Slater is a self-taught multimedia artist. Coming from a family of artists, at a young age she loved drawing people and was able to capture her subjects with striking accuracy. Her art consists mostly of flowers, portraits and has recently transitioned into fantasy. She says of her painting: “I paint many large flowers and incorporate women in some, as the woman’s form seems to fit with the flower. I love painting the delicate features of a woman as well as capturing the beauty of flowers.”
From step counters and heart-rate monitors to calorie counters and food planners, we will talk about some of the many options available to those who want to use technology to improve their fitness. It doesn’t matter whether you’re already a gym rat or just looking for the motivation to get off the couch, there is an app for you! Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up. [This class will also be held at Bernards Township Library on Thursday, January 25 at 10:30 am.]Read more...
Whatever your goal or mission in life is, these three steps will help you reach your destination: Speak It! Believe It! Live It! We begin 2018 with a peek into each workshop in the series to whet your appetite for a year of inspiration! Join Professional Inspirer Andrea Mastrobattista as she recounts her journey of healing and discover how to use these three steps to help live your own most fulfilling and inspiring life. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.Read more...
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
On view: February 2-27, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, February 2, 4:00-7:00 pm
This photo shows “then,” what is it now? This fascinating exhibit of photographs explores views of the town as it once was and as it is now. Images from the Library’s Local History Room photo files, in some cases taken over a century ago, are paired with a recent view. This program is made possible, in part, by the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State through the State/County History Partnership Program Grant, and administered in Somerset County by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission.
Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted (2011) • Justin Martin
Best remembered for his landscape architecture, from New York’s Central Park to Boston’s Emerald Necklace to Stanford University’s campus, Olmsted was also an influential journalist, early voice for the environment, and abolitionist credited with helping dissuade England from joining the South in the Civil War. Free. No sign-up is needed.
Guitarist Joshua Breakstone’s unique “Cello-Quartet” is a collaboration of four well-known, veteran jazz players including, in addition to Mr. Breakstone, cellist Mike Richmond, bassist Lisle Atkinson, and drummer Andy Watson. The harmonizations of the strings—guitar, bass and cello—are stunning and a combination never before heard in jazz. This is a configuration that appeals to a broad audience from classical music lovers, to jazz lovers looking for something different, to guitar aficionados….While it’s definitely jazz, at the same time, it’s most definitely something a little different! This is a free concert funded by the Friends of the Bernardsville Library. Doors open at 2:45 pm. No sign-up is needed.Read more...
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.Read more...
Join us for a slideshow tour of Historic Downtown Bernardsville. Sponsored by the Historic Preservation Advisory Committee and Friends of Historic Bernardsville, local architect and historian Daniel Lincoln will take us on an armchair tour that uses historic photographs and period documents to explore the origins of our town and how trends in architecture, transportation, commerce and innovation have shaped the Bernardsville we know today. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.Read more...
When it comes to memorials, heritage and events are political and often reflected in the monuments that are erected. As ideologies change, groups become more or less powerful in privileging the commemorated, or as new information comes to light, new monuments are created and/or old ones are removed. In this session, Dr. Barbara Seater of Raritan Valley Community College will examine the politics of and public response to memorials through numerous lenses. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up. This program is funded by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, an independent non-profit organization and state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.Read more...
From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Academy Award-winning actor, environmental activist and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio, Before the Flood presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet. The film follows DiCaprio as he travels to five continents and the Arctic speaking to scientists, world leaders, activists and local residents to gain a deeper understanding of this complex issue and investigate concrete solutions to the most pressing environmental challenge of our time. Free. Advance sign-up is requested, but not required. Click here to sign-up.
Join us to watch “Sense and Sensibility” (1995), the British-American period drama film directed by Ang Lee and based on Jane Austen’s 1811 novel of the same name. Actress Emma Thompson wrote the script and stars as Elinor Dashwood, while Kate Winslet plays Elinor’s younger sister Marianne. The story follows the Dashwood sisters, members of a wealthy English family of landed gentry, as they must deal with circumstances of sudden destitution. They are forced to seek financial security through marriage. 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.Read more...
Memoirs & Coffee – with Pat Kennedy-Grant
Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage (2017) • Dani Shapiro
The best-selling novelist and memoirist delivers her most intimate and powerful work: a piercing, life-affirming memoir about marriage and memory, about the frailty and elasticity of our most essential bonds, and about the accretion, over time, of both sorrow and love. No sign-up is needed. Just come!
“Jack the Ripper” is one of the most infamous serial murder cases in the world. Set in the horrendous slums of eastern London in 1888, five women, possibly more, all impoverished prostitutes, were viciously slain. The heinous crimes rocked London to its core. The unknown assailant, like a phantom in the night, committed his grisly tasks and vanished without ever being caught. Dr. Mark R. Vogel, a clinical psychologist who has studied the case, reviewed original police files, and visited the murder sites himself, will tell us what is known about the identity of Jack the Ripper and the countless other mysteries surrounding the case. Free. Advance registration is requested. Click here to sign up.Read more...
Whatever your goal or mission in life is, these three steps will help you reach your destination: Speak It! Believe It! Live It! The first step to reaching any goal is to give it a voice. Learn how to find the most supportive people in your life, share your dreams with them and watch as they begin to take shape. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.Read more...