The Past is Present in Our Local History Room

March 27, 2014 by
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March 27, 2014 // Filed under Uncategorized

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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

VITA Appointments Being Taken

February 26, 2014 by
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February 26, 2014 // Filed under Uncategorized


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

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

“Local History” Tidbits, Tales and Treasures

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

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Volunteers from Bernardsville Library’s Edwin S. Spinning Local History Room will offer the public a historical overview of Bernardsville, New Jersey, on Saturday, July 13th, from 10 a.m. to noon in the library.  Referencing old maps, newspapers, and photographs, our volunteers plan to discuss noteworthy and perhaps even odd stories about the early days of our town.  Here’s a wonderful opportunity to learn about notable houses, famous past residents, and lesser known, but equally fascinating tidbits from Bernardsville’s local history.  Small … Continue reading

Library Volunteers of the Year

August 21, 2012 by
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August 21, 2012 // Filed under Uncategorized

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  At a reception on Sunday, September 23rd, Bernardsville Public Library will honor Fauzia Burke and Andrea Mastrobattista as our 2012 Volunteers of the Year.  The public is invited to attend this reception from 2-3 p.m. to congratulate these volunteers on this recognition.  Both women lead busy professional lives, yet they have found time over the years to provide their expertise for programs offered at the library. Fauzia Burke is founder and president of FSB Associates, the premier internet marketing firm which promotes … Continue reading

Michaele and Keiko Make a Splash at the Library

August 3, 2010 by
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August 3, 2010 // Filed under Uncategorized

Bernardsville youth services librarian Michaele Casey and library volunteer Keiko Matsuura have done it again…yet another great display for the children’s summer reading program! This year’s theme is “Make a Splash at Your Library” and the accompanying book display does just that.  Read more about this beautiful display by clicking here. Keiko constructed the sea figures and young diver from paper, fabric and paint, and it took her very special imagination to assemble them all into a magical underwater scene. … Continue reading

Kids: Dip Into Some Great Summer Reading!

June 30, 2010 by
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June 30, 2010 // Filed under Uncategorized

The first week of Bernardsville Public Library’s summer reading program has started with a SPLASH!  In fact, that’s the theme of the statewide reading program for children this summer – “Make a Splash at Your Library.” As you enter the library lobby, you will be immersed in a beautiful display created in part by library volunteer Keiko Matsuura and Youth Services librarian Michaele Casey with contributions as well from Bedwell School. This display depicts a fantastic underwater scene complete with … Continue reading

Make A Difference

January 18, 2010 by
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January 18, 2010 // Filed under Uncategorized

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service.  To honor his life’s work toward social justice, equality and community service, Congress  in 1994 appointed the third Monday of every January as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, asking people to make this holiday “a day on, not a day off.”  Learn more about the Rev. King, his life, and opportunities for volunteerism here. Bernardsville Public Library, open today, has a display of books about … Continue reading

Library Volunteers Keiko Matsuura and Bob Baker Honored Today

September 15, 2009 by
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September 15, 2009 // Filed under Uncategorized

Bernardsville residents, Bob Baker and Keiko Matsuura, were recognized for their outstanding volunteer service to Bernardsville Public Library at a reception held on the library’s patio this afternoon.  The Board of Trustees organized this event which included refreshments, speeches and awards. Board members, staff and friends were in attendance to show their appreciation. . Bob has given many hours of service to the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program he manages at the library. VITA provides free assistance with income tax preparation … Continue reading

From Bernardsville To Mongolia With Love

July 18, 2009 by
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July 18, 2009 // Filed under Uncategorized

Thanks to a very generous donation of wool yarn from area resident Susan Haynes, the Adult Services department of Bernardsville Public Library was able to organize a charity knitting project this year. Knitters on the library staff, as well as library volunteers and members of the library’s Saturday Crafters group, turned an abundance of colorful skeins into woolen outerwear designed to keep children and adults in Mongolia warm throughout the winter. As you can see, we had spectacular results… Our … Continue reading

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