Middle and High School Programs and Activities!

Middle and High School Calendar of Events

Fall Fest: Trunk or Treat!
Saturday, October 27th 12:00-5:00 pm

Halloween is coming early to Bernardsville and the party is right in the center of town! Young and old alike are invited to don a costume and join the fun. The Bernardsville Public Library presents and afternoon of entertainment inside the library in conjunction with Bernardsville Special Events Trunk or Treat in the parking lot (see for trunk and vendor registration). Come for the candy; stay for the fun!

Trunk or Treat 12:00-4:00 (Parking Lot)
Pumpkin Decorating 12:00-4:00 (Parking Lot)
Professional Story Teller 2:00-2:45 om (Library)
Not So Scary Haunted House 12:00-5:00 (Library)
Fun House Story Aisles 12:00-5:00 (Library)
Cookies for Books (Check out books and get a free cookie!) 12:00-5:00 (Library)
Halloween Games 12:00-5:00 (Library)
Escape Room ages 8 & older with an adult (Library, Registration Required)
Trunk Decorating & Staff Costume Contest Winners Announced 3:30-3:45 (Parking Lot)

High School Community Service

Grades 9-12 Thursdays, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25 and Saturday 10/20 from 3:00-4:00 pm

Middle School Community Service Fall Sessions Sign up:

Grades 5 & 6 Tuesdays, 10/2, 10/16, 10/30, 11/13 & 11/27 from 5:00-6:00 pm Please Click Here to Register

Grades 7 & 8 Tuesdays, 10/9, 10/23, 11/6 & 11/20 from 5:00-6:00 pm Please Click here to Register

For more information about our volunteer opportunities, please click here.


 Anime Club  
Wednesdays, October 17th, November 14th and December 26th at 4:00pm
Watch some anime, talk about your favorite manga series, share cosplay ideas, play games, and discover new things about Japanese culture! Snacks will be provided. Grades 6 & up

Code Club  
Thursdays, 5:00 – 6:00 pm  for Grades 5-9. 
Code Club is an informal way for kids to learn Scratch, Javascript, HTML/CSS, and Python. Kids choose what they want to work on, go at their own pace, and have fun. They make friends, learn to code, take ownership, and make some seriously cool stuff.                                                                              


Scary Movie Night 

October 24th at 5:30pm Grades 7-12

Get into the spirit and watch a Halloween movie at the library. Frights and fun are guaranteed! Movie TBA.

NEW Gaming Club 





After Hours Game Night                                                                                  

November 9th from 5:30 – 8:00pm Grades 6-12                                                                                                                Join us in celebrating International Games Week, an initiative run by volunteers from around the world, to reconnect communities through their libraries around the educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games. Bring in your handheld games, Experience with others: Board games, Console Games, Card games, Fortnite on the big screen, Twister and More! Food will be provided.

SMASH Release Party!
Friday, December 7th from 3:00 – 5:00pm Grades 6-12
Come by the library and celebrate almost 20 years of Super Smash Brothers! Bring your own Nintendo Console and controllers and play against each other or play Brawl on the Library’s copy on the Wii. Grades 6-12.

Teen Soap and Wrapping Paper Making Workshop
December 4th from 3:30 – 5:00 pm Grades 6 – 12.
Learn how to color and make scented soaps you can take home to use or give as gifts! Then decorate and create your own wrapping paper use during the holidays!  Registration Required.

Teen Cooking Class
Thursday December 27th from 4:30 -5:30pm
Join Local Dietician, Allie Sanderson, as she teaches us to cook nutritious and delicious meals. For Grades 6-12. Sign up Required.
Teen Cupcake Decorating
Thursday December 27th from 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Join us and decorate your very own cupcakes! For Grades 6-12. Sign up Required.

This Summer’s featured Book Reviews!

Wrath and the Dawn By Renee Ahdieh (Gorgeous, Enchanting, Mystical)

“The opening of Renée Ahdieh’s debut duology wove a stunning story with elements of political intrigue, romance, and the beautiful retelling of the old tales, 1,001 Nights.” (LD Gr.10)



The Rose and the Dagger By Renee Ahdieh (Heart-Wrenching, Romantic, Magical)

“The Rose and the Dagger ends Ahdieh’s first duology with bang weaving a story of love, both old and new, magic, and the terrors of war.” (LD Gr.10)




Turtles All the Way Down By John Green (Intriguing, Romantic, Heartfelt)

“I never knew what was going to happen next in this book! I couldn’t put it down!” (MT Gr.10)




City Of Ember By Jeanne DuPrau (Intriguing, Mysterious, Page-Turner)

“This book is more for kids, but it was still a great read as a teen! I was kept in suspense the whole time and never knew what was about to happen.” (MT Gr.10)



Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks By Rebecca Skloot (Informative, Detailed, Emotional)

“This book followed a family who wanted answers about the death of their mother and why people are calling her immortal.” (AR Gr.9)



Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi (Hillarious, Heartwarming, Perfect)

“As with all of her writing, Roshani Chokshi captivates readers with her elegant prose, intricate plots, and beautiful use of mythology and culture.”  (LD Gr.10)




The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross  (Gorgeous, Shocking, Page-Turner)

“The Queen’s Rising is filled with plot twists, political intrigue, and romance, leaving the reader stunned and wanting more!” (LD Gr.10)




Brothers at Bat by Alex White  (Great, Happy, Slow)

“Book is exciting fun and great I highly recommend brothers at bat!” (AD Gr. 8)




Rein the Earth by A.C. Gaughen  (Heartbreaking, Sweet, Exciting)

“The fast-paced first novel in Gaughen’s new fantasy series tells a gripping story beautifully while expertly weaving a tale of family, magic, rebellion, and romance to create a powerhouse book.”         (LD Gr. 10)



Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Action, Sports, Adventure)

“A book for any Harry Potter fan or sports fan action packed with three events. My favorite of the seven books” ( AD Gr. 8)




Flame in the Mist (Fierce, Surprising, Romantic)                               

The first book in Renée Ahdieh’s thrilling duology features a beautiful retelling of Mulan set in a country of magic, deception, and the ancient art of the samurai. Mariko is a strong, clever protagonist with such greatness. (LD Gr. 10)



All the Reviews below are from the most Avid reader this Summer: VB Gr.8!


Soldier X by Don Wolffson (Captivating, Detailed, Edge-of- your-seat)       

“The story guides you through the life of a soldier in WWII, this book shows in real detail the whole storyline and what it took to be a soldier on the opposite lines.” (VB Gr. 8)



Silder by Pete Hautman (Funny, Kind-of-Gross, Inspiring-to-pursue-dreams)

“This book is very humorous in the character’s bad luck and everyday life, although at times can be a bit too descriptive in his struggles to persevere.” (VB Gr. 8)



Finally by Wendy Mass  (Humorous, Relatable, Edge-of-your-seat-Interesting)

“This book is really funny, and gets you hyped up with the characters- in their journey through becoming twelve years old!”(VB Gr.8)



Protected by Claire Zorn  (Realistic, Page-Turner, Honest)                                                       

“This book is very realistic and honest about the feelings felt by characters when struck by tragedy, and how friends and others around them can help them recover!”(VB Gr.8)




Sophomores and other Oxymorons By David Lubar  (Interesting, Humorous, Realistic)

“This sequel to Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie is a great continuation of the book! It is filled with humor, and realistic analogies pertaining to High School and School in general!” (VB Gr.8)




Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welsh (AMAZING, Beautiful, Captivating)

“I LOVE this book, it guides you through the eyes of a girl who lost her mother, which sends her on a trip to Italy! Where she meets her newfound crush, and a dilemma that no one had predicted from her before.”  (VB Gr.8)




Fault in Our Stars by John Green (Emotional, Beautiful, Honest)

“This book is just too good for words, it is a rollercoaster of emotions from start to finish. John Green honestly guides you through the sick main characters life, and her struggle to create serious relationships with others.” (VB Gr.8)




23 Minutes by Vivian Vande Vende (Frustrating-In a good way, Awesome, Unique)

“This book guides you through the literally fast-paced life of the main character- how she makes acquaintances that are hard to maintain, but ones that she has to rely on to save lives.” (VB Gr.8)




Daniel’s Story By Carol Matas (Intense, Page-Turner, Informational) 
“Although this specific story is fictitious, it provides interesting facts and perspective on the lives of Jewish  people and their survival during WWII” (VB Gr.8)




Two Naomis by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich & Audrey Vernick (Interesting, Cute, Amusing)

“This book is very cute; it shows the two perspectives between two very different girls, with the same name- struggling to get along during difficult times.” (VB Gr.8)



The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney (Mysterious, Entertaining, Honest)

“This mysterious novel places you in the mindset of a teen who is questioning everything and everyone she knows!” (VB Gr.8)



Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (INTENSE, Action-Packed, Adventurous)

“This action-packed novel shows the stress of being the third-wheel, and at the same time, tells a sci-fi story about overcoming challenges and becoming the hero!”(VB Gr.8)




Chasing Secrets by Gennifer Choldenko (Serious, Girl-Power!, Tragic)

“Once “the Plague” has hit near Lizzie’s town, and a new quarantine has seemed to swallow up Lizzie’s best friend, she must find a way to fix this wrong- before it is too late!” (VB Gr.8)




Paper Towns by John Green (Sweet, Funny, Adventurous)

“This sweet book shows the lengths the main character will take for a crush, and how caring for someone can help others and yourself in the process.” (VB Gr.8)




The Eye of Minds by James Dashner (Scary, Cool, Entertaining)

“Although a bit scary at times, this novel revolving around virtual reality can impact you in real life with its humor, intense adventures, and the bravery shown through its characters.”(VB Gr.8)



Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson (Sad, Tragic, Beautiful)

“This book shows the struggles of every day life, and the struggles of dealing with a tragic loss.” (VB Gr.8)




Scythe by Neal Shusterman (Thrilling, Page-Turner, Insightful)

“Neal Shusterman’s novel was SO enjoyable to read through! The suspenseful behavior displayed by the characters in this book keeps you on the edge for every single page!” (VB Gr.8)



SteelHeart by Brandon Sanderson (Intense, Captivating, Page-Turner)

“Brandon Sanderson’s novel is so captivating and makes you feel like you are living along with the characters every step of the way. This action-packed thriller book is amazing!!” (VB Gr.8)




Firefight by Brandon Sanderson (Intense, Dramatic, Exciting)

“The second book in The Reckoners series is pure adventure, drama, and lots of alliances forming, breaking, and shifting!” (VB Gr.8)



Calamity By Brandon Sanderson (Gripping, Intense, Unique)

“The third and last book in the Reckoners series is no disappointment! It is as thrilling, exciting, and gripping as the first two books, and includes lots of plot twists to finish off the series on a fantastic note.” (VB Gr.8)




Schooled by Gordan Korman (Sweet, Humorous, Honest)

“This book shows the hilariously honest perspective of a protected boy, living within the safety of a far-away from all civilization, as he makes the journey to his worst nightmare: Middle. School.” (VB Gr.8)



Someday Dancer by Sarah Rubin (Sweet, Inspirational, Honest)

“This inspirational story shows that you should work hard and follow your dreams. EVEN if you feel you’re at the disadvantage, if you are aching to give up, when you try your best, you can accomplish anything!” (VB Gr.8)




Cloud and Wallfish by Anne Nesbet (Sweet, Mysterious, Informative)

“Noah, a normal, 11 year old boy is suddenly swept out of his perfect school in Virginia. He is now Jonah, he is 10, and they live in East Germany. There are Rules that keep Noah out of his life as Jonah.” (VB Gr.8)




Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi (Intense,  Adventurous, Thrilling)

“Aria is a high-tech, spoiled “Mole” in his world. Perry is a wild “Savage” in her world. But he is Marked, he has a problematic power; kept from those in Aria’s world. When the two worlds meet in times of suffrage, can they work together to save each other and their families?” (VB Gr.8)



The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken (Page-Turner, Emotional, Thought-Provoking)

“AMAZING… it makes you feel emotions along with the characters, such as embarrassment at their actions, pain for their hardships, and joy for their relationships!” (VB Gr.8)



If I Stay By Gayle Forman (Emotional, Interesting, Captivating)

“This emotional story is set in the mind of Mia, a seventeen-year-old girl, whose life was perfect, up until a casual drive with her family. Which ended all things “normal” for her.” (VB Gr.8)



Partials by Dan Wells (Thrilling, Gripping, Page-Turner)

“As mankind cowers in fear of their own creations, sixteen-year-old Kira and her friends know they will have to overcome their fears in order to save their future.” (VB Gr.8)