George Washington Bridge: Poetry in Steel

March 1, 2020 by
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On Wednesday, March 11 at 7:00 pm, Michael Aaron Rockland, Professor of American Studies at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, will speak about his newly updated book on the George Washington Bridge. “George Washington Bridge: Poetry in Steel” recounts the history of the bridge, which, since opening in 1931 and linking New York and New Jersey, has become the busiest bridge in the world. Over 100 million vehicles cross it each year. Many people also consider it the most beautiful bridge … Continue reading

Sunday, March 1: Celebrate 20 Years in Our New Building!

February 26, 2020 by
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Twenty years ago on February 27, 2000, the doors of the new Bernardsville Public Library building opened to community residents for the first time. On Sunday, March 1 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm, we will celebrate 20 years of serving the community with an open house. There will be an ice sculptor, music, remarks by local dignitaries, and refreshments. Photographs taken by Middle School students will be on view in the Community Room, and mementos of Bernardsville Library history will … Continue reading

“Capernaum” is Friday Movie

February 24, 2020 by
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On Friday, February 28 at 2:00 pm, Bernardsville Public Library will present a free screening of “Capernaum” (2018), the runner-up for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film that year. It’s a heart-wrenching story about a resourceful, sympathetic 12-year-old Lebanese boy named Zain who sues his parents in protest of the life they have given him. Zain runs away from his parents in a desperate attempt to save his teenage sister from a forced marriage, commits a violent crime because of it, and ends up … Continue reading

City Winds Trio to Perform Ragtime Music

February 12, 2020 by
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The Friends of the Bernardsville Public Library will host a free concert by City Winds Trio on Sunday, February 23 at 3:00 pm in the library’s Community Room.  The group will celebrate the great American music known as Ragtime, performing music by Scott Joplin, the King of Ragtime, and Charles “luckith” Roberts.  Each selection will be introduced with historical information and context.  The trio will also answer questions about the music. The performers are Crispian Fordham, flute; Meredyth Coleman, oboe; and … Continue reading

Thinking Out Loud: What is Faith?

February 8, 2020 by
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On Wednesday, February 12 at 7:00 pm, Dr. Philip Walsh will present the next topic in his series, “Thinking Out Loud: A Philosophical Perspective on Contemporary Issues.”  His subject: “What is Faith? A Philosophical Inquiry.” “What does it mean to ‘have faith’ or “be faithful” or ‘be a person of faith’?” asked Dr. Walsh, “This talk will conduct a conceptual analysis of faith.  Is faith the same as belief?  Does it need to be based on evidence?  Is faith voluntary … Continue reading

A Hole Lot of Fun! Mini Golf in the Library

January 28, 2020 by
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On Saturday, February 8, join the Friends of the Bernardsville Library for a “hole lot of fun” – mini golf up and down the library aisles!  There will be fun for families from 10 am to 4 pm, and for adults only from 7 pm to 10 pm. In addition to the golf, snacks will be available for purchase during the day, and, in the evening there will be international cuisine from local restaurants along with wine, beer and other beverages. … Continue reading


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On Tuesday, January 28 at 7:00 pm, join Kevin Woyce for an illustrated tour of the Niagara River, from its historic bridges and forts to modern-day parks and tourist attractions. Discover how the river, falls and gorge formed, and see how they have changed over the years. He will also introduce the river’s explorers and settlers; daredevils who risked their lives for fame or fortune; businessmen who harnessed the falls’ power; and the conservationists and visionaries who saved the falls for generations of visitors. Free. Advance … Continue reading

Friday Afternoon Movie: “The Farewell”

January 16, 2020 by
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On Friday, January 24 at 2:00 pm, Bernardsville Public Library will present a free screening of the 2019 movie “The Farewell.” The film tells the story of a young woman named Billi (Awkwafina) whose family decides to keep news of a terminal diagnosis from the family’s elder matriarch, Billi’s grandmother. Awkwafina, a Chinese-American rapper, just won a Golden Globe Award in the lead actress film category, the first woman of Asian descent to do so. Directed by Lulu Wang, the … Continue reading

Free Healthy Aging Workshops Start January 15

January 8, 2020 by
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Community in Crisis (CIC), in partnership with the Bernardsville Public Library, will offer a free, seven-week workshop to Somerset County residents aged 60 and up in the library’s Community Room. Workshops will begin at 1:15pm on Wednesday, January 15th and will continue at the same time each Wednesday until February 26th. Lunch will be offered as well as weekly incentive prizes and a gift certificate for each participant on successful completion of the series. Advance sign-up is required by visiting … Continue reading

English-As-A-Second-Language Classes Begin New Session at Bernardsville Library

December 27, 2019 by
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Bernardsville Public Library’s next session of English-As-A-Second-Language (ESL) classes will begin on Monday, January 13, 2020. Classes will be offered on Mondays and Thursdays at both 3:00 pm and 7:15 pm and will run through Monday, April 6. There is no charge to attend and students may come to classes in more than one timeslot if they wish. At the first session, students will be divided into small groups based on their native language and their facility with English. The … Continue reading

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