“I come from Des Moines. Somebody had to.”

September 29, 2014 by
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In October, Bernardsville Public Library will host a month-long community reading event known as One Book Bernardsville.  A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson has been selected as our One Book.  To become better acquainted with the author, please view the enjoyable video posted below. Bill Bryson’s 1989 book, The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America, begins with the words “I come from Des Moines. Somebody had to.”  That opening line also kicks off this video about … Continue reading

One Book Bernardsville

June 26, 2014 by
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  Bernardsville Public Library is pleased to announce that Bill Bryson’s memoir, A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail, has been selected for its first “One Book Bernardsville” event to take place in October. During this month, our community of readers and area book groups are invited to participate in this shared reading experience.  The library will provide assistance for book groups wishing to participate, and copies of the book will be made available. In addition, … Continue reading

After Visiting Friends…

June 16, 2014 by
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New members are encouraged to join the next Memoirs and Coffee book group meeting on Tuesday, June 24, at 10:30 a.m. when Michael Hainey’s memoir, After Visiting Friends: A Son’s Story, will be discussed.  Currently deputy editor of GQ, Hainey used his reporter’s sense of curiosity and doggedness to solve the mystery behind his father’s death.  Bob Hainey, a newspaperman at the Chicago Sun-Times, died at the age of 35 under less than clear circumstances.  His son, Michael, took up the quest to find … Continue reading

Senior’s Day 2014

May 29, 2014 by
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We are pleased to announce that our 12th annual Senior’s Day event will be hosted once again by the Friends of Bernardsville Public Library on Friday, June 6, at 10 a.m. in the Community Room.  Our guests will be treated to a free continental breakfast and entertainment provided by Gordon Thomas Ward.  Mr. Ward will present an original musical program – “Story-Songs of History” – using anecdotes, multiple instruments, and vocals to transport the listener on an enchanting journey through time. … Continue reading

Mom & Me & Mom Memoir

May 19, 2014 by
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Memoirs & Coffee library book group will discuss Maya Angelou’s memoir entitled Mom & Me & Mom on Tuesday, May 27, at 10:30 a.m. in the Community Room. Ms. Angelou writes a deeply personal memoir of the mother/daughter relationship, starting with the point when her own mother sent a very young Maya and her brother to live with a grandmother. Natural feelings of abandonment and loss become tempered by a growing sense of respect and love for her mother over the … Continue reading

Creative Saturday Crafters

May 13, 2014 by
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Saturday Crafters, a monthly craft program run by Bernardsville Public Library, will hold its next meeting on Saturday, May 17, at 3 p.m.  Teens or adults are welcome to join others who enjoy doing various handwork techniques.  This could be your opportunity to complete an unfinished project, start something new or just get creative ideas, all while spending a pleasant afternoon in the library’s Community Room. At past meetings, members have practiced rug hooking, needlepoint,  jewelry-making, crochet, rug weaving, paper arts, embroidery and … Continue reading

She Matters

April 16, 2014 by
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Susanna Sonnenberg’s 2013 memoir, She Matters: A Life in Friendships, will be discussed by the library’s book group, Memoirs & Coffee, on Tuesday, April 22, at 10:30 a.m. The group will meet in the Community Room for their discussion led by Pat Kennedy-Grant.  Copies of the book are now available at the front desk. Publisher’s Weekly writes that Sonnenberg’s book is a “tribute to her lifelong fortress of friendship” and that “her strikingly honest depictions of tumultuous female alliances and … Continue reading

The Past is Present in Our Local History Room

March 27, 2014 by
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    Thanks to the dedicated work of some Bernardsville Public Library volunteers, a large trove of Somerset Hills family histories, artifacts, photographs, and books have been preserved in the library’s Edwin S. Spinning Local History Room. Significant collections in the Local History Room include the Fred Pitney Crater negatives from the early 20th century. Hundreds of these negatives have now been scanned and are viewable on our website. These negatives document town life in the early 1900’s and include … Continue reading

Son of a Gun

March 18, 2014 by
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Memoirs and Coffee book group will discuss Justin St. Germain’s memoir Son of a Gun on Tuesday, March 25, at 10:30 a.m. in the Community Room.  Memoirs and Coffee is one of two library book groups which meet once a month.  The other book group, Saturday Samplers, reads assorted literature, short stories and nonfiction and meets on a Saturday afternoon.  Both book groups welcome new members.  For more information about Son of a Gun, please refer to our catalog entry here.  Copies … Continue reading

VITA Appointments Being Taken

February 26, 2014 by
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Bernardsville Public Library continues to provide complimentary tax assistance to community residents through the VITA program.  VITA stands for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, and this service has been offered free of charge for over 15 years at our library. Volunteers are trained to assist with state and federal tax preparation as well as to help with estimated taxes and the filing of tax extensions.  We are especially pleased to offer translation for Spanish language speakers who request this service. Free … Continue reading

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