Events


Upcoming Events

Date/Time
Event
06/20/2018
7:00 PM

Equestrian Heritage of the Somerset Hills

Local historian W. Barry Thomson will give an illustrated presentation about the Somerset Hills’ rich and varied equestrian heritage. After a broad contextual overview of the development of the so-called “Mountain Colony” and the many equestrian activities, Mr. Thomson will focus the history of the “Farmers’ Day” races that evolved into the annual Far Hills Race Meeting steeplechase event, and the history and art of the elegant four-in-hand road coaches that were owned and driven by the area’s wealthy estate owners. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.
NOTE: You’re probably a local history buff, if you’re coming to this program! If you live in Bernardsville, please bring along a photograph of your house (new and/or old) to add to our Local History collection for future generations to see and enjoy. Thank you!

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06/22/2018
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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06/22/2018
2:00 PM

Friday Afternoon at the Movies: "For Whom the Bell Tolls"

Join us to watch “For Whom the Bell Tolls” (1943) starring Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman. The script is based on the 1940 eponymous novel by Ernest Hemingway. The film is about an American International Brigades volunteer, Robert Jordan (Cooper), who is fighting in the Spanish Civil War against the fascists. During his desperate mission to blow up a strategically important bridge to protect Republican forces, Jordan falls in love with a young woman guerrilla fighter (Bergman). 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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06/26/2018
10:30 AM

An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic

Memoirs & Coffee – with Pat Kennedy-Grant
An Odyssey: A Father, A Son, and an Epic (2017) • Daniel Mendelsohn
From award-winning memoirist and critic, and bestselling author of “The Lost”: a deeply moving tale of a father and son’s transformative journey in reading–and reliving–Homer’s epic masterpiece. Free. No sign-up is needed. Just come!

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06/27/2018
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. While it may not seem like it, we have a lot to gain from the setbacks we experience. Come to this workshop to learn how to turn those negatives into positives. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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06/29/2018
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

"Bursts of Color" - Art by Kathleen Havens

Old Estate in Provence

On view: June 1-29, 2018
Artist’s Reception: Saturday, June 16, 2:00-4:00 pm
Kathleen Havens of Chatham will show her landscape, still life, and abstract paintings worked in pastels, acrylics, oils and encaustics. Her love for Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painting as well as modern art and Abstract Expressionism has influenced her work. One can see it in her use of different mediums. Her style is known for strong composition, line and exciting, bold colors.

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07/07/2018
11:00 AM

Sing, Unburied, Sing

Saturday Samplers
Sing, Unburied, Sing (2017) • Jesmyn Ward
An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle, “Sing, Unburied, Sing” examines the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power – and limitations – of family bonds. No sign-up is needed. Just come!

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07/10/2018
7:00 PM

Sewing Workshop

Upcycle a t-shirt into a shopping bag while learning to use a sewing machine! Bring an old but serviceable adult t-shirt, and Laurine Gilbert will show you how to cut and sew it into a reusable shopping bag. Upcycling can start you on an adventure of creation with fabric and sewing! You will also learn about the parts of a sewing machine and how to mend minor rips and tears in clothes. Find out what to look for when buying new and used machines. Stitch together some sweet smelling sachet bags to try your hand sewing too. Please bring a clean t-shirt or two. Other materials will be provided. Free. Click here to sign up.

 

 

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07/11/2018
11:00 AM

Summer Health & Safety

Join us and learn important summer safety tips for you and your family including information on the newest tick-borne diseases and how to protect yourself, sun safety, and hydration. Our speaker is Audrey Taffet, Associate Director of Adult Day Center and Private Care Services at the VNA of Somerset Hills. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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07/13/2018
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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07/14/2018
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

American Landscape Art by Katalin Luczay

River Scene, Hunterdon County

On view: July 6-30, 2018
Artist’s Reception: Saturday, July 14, 11:30 am-1:30 pm
Ms. Luczay showed aptitude in drawing at an early age growing up in war-torn Hungary in the fifties. After a turbulent time of escaping her country, settling in Canada and later in the US, she seriously took to developing her talent. She is basically self-taught, but took the chance to participate in different workshops and private instruction from Bucks County, PA artists. Working primarily in oil, Ms. Luczay is also adept in pastels and acrylics. In addition to being known for her seascape and landscape art, she is a recognized portrait painter as well. Her style is representational realism, and she likes to paint in a painterly way with a play of light in her works.

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07/19/2018
7:30 PM

Public Parks, Private Gardens: Paris to Provence

Parc Monceau by Claude Monet

Vivian Gordon will talk about this beautiful exhibition now at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (until July 29). The show explores how revolutionary changes in French art of the 19th century coincided with great innovations in horticulture. New urban green spaces and country gardens inspired avant-garde artists some of whom, like Monet, became avid gardeners themselves. Paintings by Monet and his fellow Impressionists Pissarro and Cassatt, works by Cezanne, van Gogh and others are displayed along with photographs, prints, and garden tools of the time to show many popular masterpieces in context with contemporary parks and gardens. Free. Click here to sign up.

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07/21/2018
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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07/24/2018
10:30 AM

The Radium Girls

Memoirs & Coffee – with Pat Kennedy-Grant
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women (2017) • Kate Moore
This book illuminates the inspiring young women exposed to the “wonder” substance of radium, and their awe-inspiring strength in the face of almost impossible circumstances. Free. No sign-up is needed. Just come!

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07/25/2018
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.  In this session, we will concentrate on building faith in ourselves. Creating and living the life you want takes faith in yourself and your ability to do it. That faith is often the toughest to build and maintain, but YOU CAN DO IT! Come to this workshop and find out how. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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07/27/2018
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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07/27/2018
2:00 PM

Friday Afternoon at the Movies: "The Big Sick"

Join us to watch “The Big Sick” (2017). Loosely based on a real-life romance, Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani and grad student Emily Gardner fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail finds himself forced to face her feisty parents, his family’s expectations, and his true feelings. 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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07/28/2018
11:00 AM

Hand-Crafted Soap Workshop

Learn how to make hand-crafted soap with soap expert Hilda Bahner. Choose your favorite color and scent and take a bar or two home with you. No experience is necessary and all supplies will be provided. Free. Space is limited, so please register soon. Click here to register.

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08/01/2018
7:00 PM

New Jersey’s Role in World War I

James Hockenberry, author of the WWI Intrigue Trilogy, will discuss the New Jersey’s key role in America’s efforts during “The Great War.” A large percentage of troops sent overseas were trained here and shipped out of Hoboken. The huge demand for munitions during the war sparked New Jersey’s transition from an agricultural state to an industrial one. Its industrial capacity increased 300% during World War I! As a result, New Jersey’s economic strength, both as a manufacturing force and shipping hub, was vital to the Allies’ success. Mr. Hockenberry’s books will be available for purchase and signing. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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08/06/2018
7:00 PM

"SEED: The Untold Story" - Movie Screening

Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds, worshiped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. “SEED: The Untold Story” follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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