Adult Program Listing

Our up-coming programs are listed below. Please browse through them and sign up for as many as you like!

 

Upcoming Events

04/22/2019
7:00 PM

"Living the Change"

It’s Earth Day and our film, “Living the Change” explores the solutions to the global crises we face today–solutions any one of us can be part of–through the inspiring stories of people pioneering change in their own lives and their communities in order to live in a sustainable and regenerative way. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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04/23/2019
10:30 AM

The Girl With Seven Names

Memoirs & Coffee – with Pat Kennedy-Grant
The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story (2015) • Hyeonseo Lee
 An extraordinary insight into life under one of the world’s most ruthless and secretive dictatorships – and the story of one woman’s terrifying struggle to avoid capture and repatriation and to guide her family to freedom. Free. No sign-up is needed. Just come!

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04/24/2019
7:00 PM

Healing Lessons: What's Most Important

Our workshop series led by Andrea Mastrobattista centers on topics to help people on healing journeys, whether they be physical, psychological, emotional, or any combination of those three. This month, we’ll talk about staying connected (to others and yourself). When you are dealing with any challenge, it is vital to maintain your connections to your friends, your family and, most importantly, to yourself. Not quite sure what that means? Come to this month’s healing lesson to find out! Andrea will draw on the lessons she learned throughout her own healing journey in 2018 and how she also discovered what is truly most important in her life. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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04/26/2019
10:00 AM

Meditation, Serenity

Follow through on your intention to learn and practice meditation. We will explore different types of meditation with a time of sharing to follow for those who are so inclined. First timers and those with any meditation experience are welcome. This meditation program is led by Jean Leigh. Free. No sign-up is needed.

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04/26/2019
2:00 PM

Friday Afternoon at the Movies: "Won't You Be My Neighbor?"

Our movie this month is “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” (2018), an intimate portrait of Fred Rogers, a creative genius who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination. His show “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” was one of the longest-running series on PBS. It wrapped production in 2000 after 31 seasons, but PBS continuously ran reruns of the series through August 2008. Our movie series is funded by the Friends of the Bernardsville Library. Free. Advance sign-up is requested, but not required. Click here to sign up.

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04/27/2019
10:30 AM

Fifty Book Challenge

booksstackxxJoin our challenge to read fifty books in a year. The group meets several times a year for reading suggestions, feedback and refreshments. Link here to our 50 Book Challenge resources. New members are always welcome. Free. Click here to email Pat Kennedy-Grant to receive meeting reminders and other information.

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04/28/2019
3:00 PM

Viva Vallenato! Folk Music of Colombia

Viva Vallenato Band

The Viva Vallenato Cumbia Band will perform the electrifying folk music of Colombia, South America for our Sundays at Three concert. The rhythms will make you dance! The accordion will sing to your soul! These happy songs contain the cultural memory of a people with roots in Africa, Native America and Europe. Learn the stories behind this unique music, and come dance the cumbia with Viva Vallenato! This program is funded by gifts to the Friends of the Bernardsville Library. Free. No sign-up is needed. Doors open at 2:45 pm.

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05/04/2019
3:30 PM

The Library Book

Saturday Samplers
The Library Book (2018) • Susan Orlean
Susan Orlean chronicles the Los Angeles Public Library fire in 1986 which consumed 400,000 books and damaged 700,000 more. She delves into its aftermath to showcase the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives. Free. No sign-up is needed. Just come!

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05/09/2019
7:00 PM

What Helps?

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and Jay Yudof from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will present a talk known as “What Helps.” Mr. Yudof is NAMI NJ’s Recovery Programs Coordinator and a Certified Psychiatric Practitioner. Part of the Alliance’s Hearts & Minds program, this session will be a focused overview of topics including peer support; the basics of maintaining mental wellness; resources for seeking mental health care; and helping someone with a mental health issue. A question and answer session will follow. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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05/10/2019
10:00 AM

Meditation, Serenity

Follow through on your intention to learn and practice meditation. We will explore different types of meditation with a time of sharing to follow for those who are so inclined. First timers and those with any meditation experience are welcome. This meditation program is led by Mary Bodenstein and Jean Leigh. Free. No sign-up is needed.

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05/11/2019
3:00 PM

Saturday Crafters

crafters2Work on your own projects, get tips and chat with the group. You’ll also find out about new library craft resources.  Free. No sign-up is needed.

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05/15/2019
2:00 PM

Let's Talk About It: MYSTERIES

If you are a fan of mysteries, join us to talk to people of like mind. Come share your favorite titles and get some great reading suggestions from others. Analyze characters; talk about the authors you like best and why; discuss what goes into concocting a thrilling and successful story. Light refreshments will be served. Free. No sign-up is needed.

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05/16/2019
7:00 PM

Meryl Carmel: "Finding Kate"

When Meryl Carmel took a walk at Natirar one afternoon in 2007, she never thought it would lead to ten years of research tracking down the little-known story of Kate Macy Ladd, a Gilded Age heiress who opened a convalescent home for women at Natirar where she lived with Walter Graeme Ladd, her husband of almost fifty years. She was influential as a philanthropist in many health-related areas during her life and also afterwards through the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation. Ms. Carmel will talk about her book, how she came to write it, and about its subject, Kate Macy Ladd. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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05/18/2019
2:00 PM

Donna Baier Stein: "Scenes from the Heartland"

Donna Baier Stein will speak about her new book, “Scenes from the Heartland: Stories Based on Lithographs by Thomas Hart Benton.” When this contemporary writer turns her imagination loose inside the images of an iconic artist of the past, the result is storytelling magic at its best. These nine tales bring to vivid life the early decades of the 20th century as witnessed by one of America’s best-known painters. Though Thomas Hart Benton’s lithographs depict the past, the real-life people he portrayed face issues that are front and center today: corruption, women’s rights, racial inequality. These stories reveal our fellow countrymen and women living with grace and strong leanings toward virtue, despite the troubles that face them. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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05/21/2019
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Yoga Basics

Suitable for all students, this class offers an integrated sequence of poses designed to warm up the body and then work toward a specific intention within the natural movements of the spine. Pranayama (breath work) and a final deep relaxation are integral to every class. The dates for this six-week session are Tuesdays, May 21 – July 2 (no class on 6/4). The total cost is $35.00. Please bring a yoga mat; a yoga blanket is helpful, although not required. This program is a partnership of Bernardsville Library and Bernardsville Recreation. Register through Bernardsville Recreation’s Community Pass portal. Click here to sign up.

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05/22/2019
12:00 PM

Gentle Chair Yoga

Chair yogaChair yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair or standing using a chair for support. The postures are adaptations of traditional yoga poses which offer increased strength, flexibility, body and breath awareness and overall vitality. This chair yoga class is open to everyone, and no prior yoga experience is needed. The schedule for this six-week session is Wednesdays, May 22 – June 26. The total cost for the session is $35.00. This program is a partnership of Bernardsville Library and Bernardsville Recreation. Register through Bernardsville Recreation’s Community Pass portal; click here to register.

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05/22/2019
7:00 PM

Skin Cancer and Its Prevention

Dr. H.C Haliasos, a dermatologist from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, will present a program all about skin cancer including how it develops, its impact and how to prevent it. Skin cancer is diagnosed more frequently in the US than all other cancers combined. It is estimated that the number of new cases of melanoma diagnosed in 2019 will increase by 7.7 %. Furthermore, the number of children, adolescents, and young adults being diagnosed with skin cancer has increased more than 250% over the past four decades. As people, young and old, get more sun exposure, participate in leisure activities and sports outdoors, and live longer, it is important to learn how to prevent this type of cancer. Join us to find out more. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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05/23/2019
6:00 PM

Tabletop Gaming Night

Bring your friends for a night of fun playing all of your favorite tabletop games! Thanks to our sponsor, Bearded Dragon Games, we will have Settlers of Catan, One Night Werewolf, Pandemic and more. We also encourage you to bring your own games like Magic: The Gathering cards. Adult game enthusiasts and beginners ages 18 and up are welcome!  Pizza and beverages will be served. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

 

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05/24/2019
10:00 AM

Meditation, Serenity

Follow through on your intention to learn and practice meditation. We will explore different types of meditation with a time of sharing to follow for those who are so inclined. First timers and those with any meditation experience are welcome. This meditation program is led by Jean Leigh. Free. No sign-up is needed.

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05/24/2019
2:00 PM

Friday Afternoon at the Movies: "The Last Suit"

Our movie this month is “The Last Suit” (2018). An 88-year-old Jewish tailor named Abraham embarks on a long journey to try and find the man who saved him from certain death during the Holocaust. This film is in Spanish with subtitles. Our movie series is funded by the Friends of the Bernardsville Library. Free. Advance sign-up is requested, but not required. Click here to sign up.

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