The Cooked Seed

January 23, 2014 by
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January 23, 2014 // Filed under Uncategorized

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Anchee Min’s 2013 biography, The Cooked Seed, will be discussed at the next meeting of Memoirs and Coffee on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 10:30 a.m. in the Community Room. Memoirs and Coffee is a Bernardsville Public Library book discussion group led by staff member Pat Kennedy-Grant and is open to newcomers. Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk. The Cooked Seed recounts further developments in Ms. Min’s life since her debut personal narrative, Red Azalea, became a smash hit in … Continue reading

Handmade Baby Blankets Are Donated By Saturday Crafters

January 13, 2014 by
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  Saturday Crafters, the Bernardsville Public Library crafting group, has just completed yet another charity project, this one benefiting premature infants at Overlook Hospital in Summit, New Jersey.  As you can see, the project certainly brought out the creative talents of everyone involved!  Each of the baby blankets was a unique creation demonstrating a joyful choice of color, pattern, and technique.  Not only will the blankets brighten up the neonatal ward at Overlook, but once the infants are released from … Continue reading

New Year, New Executive Director

December 12, 2013 by
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December 12, 2013 // Filed under Uncategorized


The Board of Trustees of Bernardsville Public Library is pleased to announce that it has selected April L. Judge as the new permanent Executive Director of the library. Her position will start on January 2, 2014. Currently serving as West Caldwell Public Library’s Director, a position she held for 15 years, Ms. Judge has worked in numerous libraries over her career as well as serving in the role of President of the New Jersey Library Association.  She is active in … Continue reading

A Cup of Tea

November 27, 2013 by
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November 27, 2013 // Filed under Uncategorized


Saturday Samplers will discuss Amy Ephron’s novella, A Cup of Tea, on Dec. 7th at 3:30 p.m. in the library.  Copies of the book are available to borrow, and new members are encouraged to attend meetings of this library book discussion group. Ms. Ephron based her book on a short story of the same title published in 1922 by Katherine Mansfield.  Beginning with the same premise as Mansfield’s story, A Cup of Tea by Amy Ephron takes the characters in an … Continue reading

Teddy Bears Need Clothing, Too

November 19, 2013 by
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Once again, Bernardsville Public Library is participating in the annual Teddy Bear project. In just a few weeks, the Salvation Army will be distributing these teddy bears to needy children in New Jersey as a holiday treat.  But first, there is something missing; the bears are bare and need clothing! Right now the teddies sit patiently in our lobby cases waiting for their outfits, so we invite you to drop by, borrow a bear, dress it, and then return it … Continue reading

No Orthodoxy

November 11, 2013 by
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November 11, 2013 // Filed under Uncategorized

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Deborah Feldman’s 2012 memoir, Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots, will be discussed by Memoirs & Coffee book group on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 10:30 a.m.  Ms. Feldman’s memoir demonstrates just how transformative an exposure to literature can be.  Raised in the repressively strict religious community of the Satmar Hasidim, this Brooklyn author was bound in marriage at age seventeen to a man she did not know, but found the courage to change her life after secretly reading forbidden … Continue reading

A Dickens of a True Story

October 28, 2013 by
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Fetid drinking water, often contaminated with human waste and life-threatening bacteria, was the only option for many Londoners in the mid-nineteenth century when cholera became a common occurrence.  Overcrowded living conditions and overflowing garbage mounds added to a recipe for health disasters, one of which struck a section of London in the 1850’s in a ferocious cholera outbreak.  The Ghost Map, by Steven Johnson, recounts how this outbreak came to pass, details the microbial profile of cholera, and describes how two … Continue reading

We Put NextReads Books Right In Your Hands

October 7, 2013 by
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We do everything except read the book for you! Now you can sign up on Bernardsville Public Library’s website to receive email newsletters tailored to your reading preferences via Next Reads.  The NextReads service delivers customized reading suggestions to your email inbox on a weekly, monthly, or bi-monthly basis.  Do you like to read historical fiction?  Want to know what’s the latest and greatest in mysteries or in kids’ books?  You get to choose which genres or kinds of books you will be notified … Continue reading

The Circus in Winter

September 30, 2013 by
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September 30, 2013 // Filed under Uncategorized


Saturday Samplers book group will discuss Cathy Day’s novel, The Circus in Winter, on Saturday, October 5, at 3:30 p.m. in the library.  Ms. Day currently teaches in the English Department of Ball State University, but at one time was an instructor at The College of New Jersey. A native of Indiana, she set her first book, The Circus in Winter, in her hometown of Peru (fictionalized as Lima, Indiana) which had an interesting history as the winter home of a … Continue reading

Blankets for Preemies from Saturday Crafters

September 25, 2013 by
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September 25, 2013 // Filed under Uncategorized


Saturday Crafters, a Bernardsville Library crafting group, has just completed another charity project, this one to be donated to a local hospital.  Forty beautiful blankets for premature babies were knitted or crocheted by participating crafters who volunteered their time and materials for this project. Participants chose their own patterns and yarns, so each blanket is truly one of a kind.  Hospitals are happy to receive these donations which they distribute to premature infants remaining in hospital for a period of … Continue reading

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