Adult Programs


Upcoming Events

Date/Time
Event
08/22/2019
7:00 PM

Honeybees and Beekeeping

The plight of native pollinators and the managed honey bee has been recognized as a serious agricultural problem worldwide. Destruction of native habitat through land development, negative effects of pesticide use, and a parasitic mite that weakens the honeybee have all contributed to the dwindling of honeybee and wild bee populations. Adele Barree, retired librarian and sideline beekeeper for nearly 10 years, will share her love of the European honeybee, Apis mellifera, some of the joys and challenges of beekeeping, and a few things we can all do to help the honeybees. The talk will conclude with a tasting of several varietal New Jersey honeys. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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08/23/2019
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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08/23/2019
2:00 PM

Friday Afternoon at the Movies: "A Star is Born"

Our movie this month is “A Star Is Born” (2018) starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. The most recent re-make of this classic theme. Hard-drinking country music star Jackson Maine discovers — and falls in love with — a struggling but talented singer named Ally. As her career quickly takes off, Jackson starts to realize that his best days may be behind him. 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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08/28/2019
7:00 PM

Healing Lessons

Care for Your Caregivers
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. Our theme at this meeting is “Care for Your Caregivers.” Caregivers are essential to one’s healing process.  They are our angels.  But, in the midst of taking care of others, our caregivers often put their own well-being aside. Attend this workshop to find out how to best help your caregivers make their own self-care a priority. Free. Advance sign-up is requested.  Click here to sign up.

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09/07/2019
3:30 PM

An Odyssey: A Father, A Son, and an Epic

Saturday Samplers
An Odyssey: A Father, A Son, and an Epic (2017) • Daniel Mendelsohn
This a deeply moving tale of a father and son’s transformative journey in reading–and reliving–Homer’s epic masterpiece. Free. No sign-up is needed.

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09/10/2019
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, September 10-October 15. The total cost is $40.00. 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 register.

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09/11/2019
12:00 PM - 1:00 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, September 11-October 16. The total cost for the session is $40.00. 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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09/11/2019
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

9/11 Remembrance

Join us at the flagpole flag, usaas we remember the two Bernardsville residents who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

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09/13/2019
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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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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09/24/2019
7:00 PM

"The Biggest Little Farm" - Movie Screening

“The Biggest Little Farm” chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature’s conflicts, the Chesters unlock and uncover a bio-diverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons, and our wildest imagination. Sponsored with the Bernardsville Green Team. 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
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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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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