Keep Calm And Carry On With “All Things Downton”

May 9, 2013 by
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Need some help to get through the off season of Downton Abbey?  Chin up, we have a new library display entitled “All Things Downton.”  As you enter the library you will be greeted by a comprehensive selection of period literature and dvds exploring 20th century British fiction and history.  Read-alikes/view-alikes to the Downton Abbey PBS series are showcased throughout the display.  Featured videos include The Cazelets, Brideshead Revisited, The Forsyte Saga, and, of course, Upstairs, Downstairs.  When not on reserve, … Continue reading

Driving With Dead People

April 29, 2013 by
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Monica Holloway’s memoir, Driving With Dead People, will be discussed on May 4th at 3:30 p.m. by Bernardsville Public Library’s book group, Saturday Samplers.  The observation that some people ought never to become parents certainly applies here as the author reveals a childhood of parental abuse and neglect that proved shocking to the people who knew her family and later read her memoir. Some of the abuse from her parents was verbal, some psychological, some physical, some violent, yet those in her hometown … Continue reading

The Cost of Hope

April 19, 2013 by
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  In the 2012 memoir The Cost of Hope, Amanda Bennett writes about life, love and death as she experienced them in her marriage to her late husband Terence Foley.  Recollections of their first meeting in China, stories of raising children and growing careers – the normal things in marriage – are counterbalanced by her story of her husband’s long-term struggle with illness and the confusing system of healthcare they encountered.  The Cost of Hope has been described as a thought-provoking, affecting memoir … Continue reading

National Library Week

April 17, 2013 by
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National Library Week (April 14-20th) at Bernardsville Public Library is designed to highlight the strong bond we share with our community.  The slogan, “Communities Matter” illustrates the symbiotic relationship inherent between libraries and library users.  When people use libraries, libraries succeed; when libraries serve people, people succeed. To celebrate our community, we have created posters of a few Bernardsville community leaders holding their favorite books.  Each poster is unique, but all posters say the same thing, “Read.”  Posters of the … Continue reading

The Life of a Newspaperman

April 1, 2013 by
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    Bernardsville Public Library book group, Saturday Samplers, will attend author Mark Di Ionno’s talk on Saturday, April 6th, in the Community Room of the library. The book group has just finished reading his new book, The Last Newspaperman, an acclaimed piece of historical fiction set entirely in New Jersey.  Mr. Di Ionno is an award-winning reporter for The Star-Ledger and has a lot to say about the newspaper business. The Last Newspaperman recounts the life and journalistic exploits of fictional reporter Fred Haines, … Continue reading

Winter Journal

March 22, 2013 by
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March 22, 2013 // Filed under Blog

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Winter Journal, Paul Auster’s 2012 biography, will be the subject of discussion at Memoirs and Coffee on Tuesday, March 26, 10:30 a.m.  Memoirs and Coffee is one of two Bernardsville Public Library book discussion groups, the other being Saturday Samplers; both groups are open to new members. Paul Auster is a master of metafiction as seen in his so-called “detective novels,” The New York Trilogy.  His references to earlier New York authors and his love of Brooklyn stand out in these … Continue reading

MakerSpace: A Creator’s Dream @ Bernardsville Library

March 19, 2013 by
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Bernardsville Public Library is pleased to offer MakerSpace, where creativity meets computer.                               A new iMac computer with extra-large monitor is now available for creators who want to work on photography, music, illustration, and other projects.  Our MakerSpace programs include Apple’s iPhoto, Pages, Numbers and Keynote, as well as Photoshop and Garage Band.  Special headphones, mouse and keyboard are part of a check-out kit which entitles Bernardsville Library members … Continue reading

Saturday Crafters, 117 Washcloths Later

March 7, 2013 by
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Saturday Crafters, a monthly craft group organized by Bernardsville Public Library, recently received a letter from the Community Soup Kitchen and Outreach Center in Morristown thanking the group for its donation of 117 washcloth and soap sets.  Many of the cloths were knitted or crocheted by participating Crafters, who purchased the soaps and wrapped the parcels in colorful ribbons.  Bernardsville Library staff member Evelyn Fischel, who founded Saturday Crafters, delivered the items to the Soup Kitchen and Outreach Center where they … Continue reading

My Cousin Rachel

March 1, 2013 by
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Saturday Samplers, Bernardsville Library’s book group, will attempt to crack the perplexing puzzle inherent in Daphne du Maurier’s suspense novel, My Cousin Rachel, when the group meets Saturday, March 2nd, at 3:30 p.m.  Best known for her novel Rebecca, British author Daphne du Maurier also excelled at short fiction.  Her wonderful short stories, The Birds and Don’t Look Now, were made into motion pictures, as were many of her books.   Conflicting points of view and misunderstandings abound in her stories, … Continue reading

Elsewhere: A Memoir

February 19, 2013 by
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Richard Russo’s latest book, Elsewhere: A Memoir, will be featured at the next meeting of Bernardsville Public Library’s book group, Memoirs and Coffee.  The book discussion will take place in the library on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 10:30 a.m. Winner of the Pulitizer Prize for Fiction, Richard Russo wrote Elsewhere to explore his childhood in the dreary upstate New York town of Gloversville and his conflicted, but loving, relationship with his unusual mother.  It is a memoir about about family and … Continue reading

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