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

09/16/2019
3:00 PM

English Language Classes Begin

ESL notebookThe next sessions of English-As-A-Second-Language (ESL) classes will begin on Monday, September 16. Classes will be offered on Mondays and Thursdays at both 3:00 pm and 7:15 pm and will run through November 21. There is no charge and students may attend classes in more than one time slot if they wish. Registration is not required to attend. Click here if you’d like to register in advance. If you are interested in volunteering to be an ESL teacher (no special background is required, just a facility with English), please call Madelyn English at 908-766-0118.

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09/18/2019
7:00 PM

ABCs of DNA: Introduction to Genetic Genealogy

Walter Choroszewski will share his experience with DNA testing and tell you how to discover the hidden treasures in your DNA. As a former science educator, Mr. Choroszewski will decode the confusing science of DNA and translate it into common language. He will compare genetic testing companies and offer guidance on how to find your genetic relatives, biographical origins and much more. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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09/19/2019
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Spark Your Creativity!

Just as fire needs a spark, imagination needs to be kindled. Writers will nurture their creative impulses with a series of fun, innovative exercises and prompts that use writing as a means of expression and exploration. We’ll tap into previously untouched creative reaches of your mind, drawing inspiration from music, art, movement, language, poetry, and more. Attendees should be prepared to surprise themselves! Michelle Cameron, co-director of The Writers Circle, will lead this generative workshop that applies to writing in all genres. Ms. Cameron is the author of “Beyond the Ghetto Gates,” which will be published in April 2020, among other works of poetry. Free. Attendance is limited and advance sign-up is required. Click here to sign up.

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09/21/2019
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. To be added to our email list and stay up to date on the 50 Book Challenge, email librarian@bernardsvillelibrary.org. Free. No sign-up is needed.

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09/21/2019
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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09/22/2019
2:00 PM

Meet Randon Billings Noble, Author of "Be With Me Always"

Meet Randon Billings Noble, the author, most recently, of Be With Me Always: Essays. Ms. Noble, who grew up in Bernardsville and now lives in Washington DC, will read from and speak about her book which was published in March. In this collection of essays, Ms. Noble considers the ways she has been haunted—by a near-death experience, the gaze of a nude model, thoughts of widowhood, Anne Boleyn’s violent death, a book she can’t stop reading, a past lover who shadows her thoughts—in essays both pleasant and bitter, traditional and lyrical, and persistently evocative and unforgettable. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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09/25/2019
7:00 PM

Creating A Dynamic Job Portfolio

The job market continues to change, as does the way we look for work. This workshop examines the value of presenting yourself as a complete package by using a resume as an introduction to an employer and backing it up with a portfolio presented at the interview. Jan Goodman, Career Coach and Community Outreach Specialist, will cover writing the resume,
 creating a noticeable package, cover letters, personal branding, and much more. Free. Space is limited and advance sign-up is required. Click here to sign up.

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09/25/2019
7:00 PM

Healing Lessons

Handling Set-Backs
The Healing Lessons workshop series, led by Professional Inspirer Andrea Mastrobattista, focuses on topics that help people on healing journeys, whether they be physical, psychological, emotional, or any combination of those three. Andrea draws on the lessons she learned throughout her healing journey over the past 21 months, and shares how she discovered what is truly most important in her life. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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09/27/2019
2:00 PM

Friday Afternoon at the Movies: "First Reformed"

Our movie this month is “First Reformed” (2018). A minister of a small congregation in upstate New York grapples with mounting despair brought on by tragedy, worldly concerns and a tormented past. 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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10/05/2019
3:30 PM

The Things They Carried

Saturday Samplers
The Things They Carried (1998) • Tim O’Brien
In this, O’Brien’s second work of fiction about Vietnam, his unique artistic vision is again clearly demonstrated. Neither a novel nor a short story collection, it is an arc of fictional episodes, taking place in the childhoods of its characters, in the jungles of Vietnam and back home in America two decades later. Free. No sign-up is needed.

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10/16/2019
7:00 PM

Coming to America: The Great Waves

Walter Choroszewski will present the history of immigration to America, from the first Colonial wave through the second mid-1800s wave of frontier expansion, culminating with the third Great Wave that passed through Ellis Island Immigration Station in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These migrants brought their culture and traditions and blended into the melting pot of America. Mr. Choroszewski is the grandson of Eastern European immigrants and will share stories of his family’s journey. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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10/19/2019
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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10/25/2019
2:00 PM

Friday Afternoon at the Movies: "Long Shot"

Our movie this month is “Long Shot” (2019) starring Seth Rogen as Fred Flarsky, a gifted and free-spirited journalist with an affinity for trouble, and Charlize Theron as Charlotte Field, one of the most influential women in the world. The two have nothing in common, except that she was his babysitter and childhood crush. When Fred unexpectedly reconnects with Charlotte as she prepares to make a run for the Presidency, she impulsively hires Fred as her speechwriter, much to the dismay of her trusted advisors. However, sparks fly as their unmistakable chemistry leads to a round-the-world romance and a series of unexpected and dangerous incidents. 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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10/27/2019
2:00 PM

Tea and Conversation with Grace Schulman

Join us for tea and conversation as Julie Maloney, Director of Women Reading Aloud, conducts an up-close and personal interview with Grace Schulman, a literary icon in the poetry world. In 2016, she was awarded The Poetry Society of America’s highest award, the Frost Medal, presented annually for distinguished lifetime achievement in poetry. Last year, she published “Strange Paradise: Portrait of a Marriage” about the marriage she shared with her husband of many years and his physical decline. She has also published six collections of poetry and a collection of essays which reflects on her life as a writer and reader. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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10/30/2019
7:00 PM

Healing Lessons

Plan Your Future Now
The Healing Lessons workshop series, led by Professional Inspirer Andrea Mastrobattista, focuses on topics that help people on healing journeys, whether they be physical, psychological, emotional, or any combination of those three. Andrea draws on the lessons she learned throughout her healing journey over the past 21 months, and shares how she discovered what is truly most important in her life. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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10/30/2019
7:00 PM

Mastering the Interview

The interview is one of the key elements of the job search process. As with any skill, we can get better at it with preparation and practice. In this workshop, Jan Goodman, Career Coach and Community Outreach Specialist, will explore how to prepare for an interview and become familiar with the types of questions to expect, as well as the questions to think about asking. Participants will also learn how to prepare for second interviews, testing, and shadowing, as well as how to follow up on their interview sessions, seal the deal and get what they’re worth. Free. Space is limited and advance sign-up is required. Click here to sign up.

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