Adult Programs


Upcoming Events

Date/Time
Event
04/04/2020
3:30 PM

POSTPONED: The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

We’re sorry. This program has been postponed.

Saturday Samplers
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane (2017) • Lisa See
A powerful story about circumstances, culture, and distance, “The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane” paints an unforgettable portrait of a little known region and its people and celebrates the bond of family. It’s a moving novel about tradition, tea farming, and the bonds between mothers and daughters. Free. No sign-up is needed.

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04/07/2020
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

POSTPONED: 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 will be determined after the current health crisis has passed. 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. Registration will open as soon as dates are set.

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04/08/2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

POSTPONED: 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 will be determined when current health crisis has passed. The total cost for the session is $40.00. This program is a partnership of Bernardsville Library and Bernardsville Recreation. Registration will open when the dates are set.

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04/15/2020
6:30 PM

CANCELLED: 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. This event is for adults ages 18 and up. Free. No sign-up is needed. Just come!

 

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04/16/2020
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

"Beyond the Ghetto Gates" - Meet Author Michelle Cameron

We are trying to set up a virtual meeting with author Michelle Cameron to talk about her newly published book, “Beyond the Ghetto Gates.” A coming-of age story wrapped up in startling historical events, the book reveals a time in history few know about. Influenced by her experience living in Israel for more than a decade and learning of Napoleon’s history with Italy’s ghetto gates, Ms. Cameron, who is director of the Writers Circle, an NJ based organization that offers creative writing programs, weaves a dynamic tale shedding light on the conflict between assimilation and preserving religious tradition. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Free. Click here to sign up.

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04/18/2020
10:30 AM

POSTPONED: Fifty Book Challenge

booksstackxxA new date will be scheduled when the COVID-19 health crisis has passed.

Join 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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04/18/2020
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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04/22/2020
7:00 PM

Serious Fun! Apps for Planning Great Day Trips

Planning a day trip in a new city can be daunting. We will discuss apps that can help you choose a restaurant for lunch, find parking, download museum audio tours, locate restrooms, and much more. Come learn about some of the ways that technology makes planning easier so you can make the most of your next day trip!
Presenter: Sarah Gillis, Technical Services Supervisor at Bernardsville Library
This class will be held at Bernards Township Library on Tuesday, April 14 at 11:00 am and at Bernardsville Library on Wednesday, April 22 at 7:00 pm. Click here to sign up in Bernardsville.

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04/24/2020
10:00 AM - 11:00 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. Led by Jean Leigh. Free. No sign-up is needed.

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04/24/2020
2:00 PM

Friday Afternoon at the Movies: "Marianne & Leonard"

Our movie this month is “Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love” (2019). The documentary begins on the Greek island of Hydra in 1960, where Leonard Cohen, then a struggling and unknown fiction writer, and Marianne Ihlen, a single mother with a young son, became part of a community of expat artists, writers and musicians. It’s a unique portrait of an idyllic 1960’s bohemia, a time that left a lasting imprint on both Marianne and Leonard, whose friendship would last another fifty years before their deaths in 2016. 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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04/25/2020
2:00 PM

George Post's Grotesques

Local historian W. Barry Thomson will give an illustrated presentation about the grotesques designed some 120 years ago by the architectural firm of George B. Post & Sons for the new Gothic-style campus in upper Manhattan for the College of the City of New York. First, small plaster models were designed for more than 600 large-scale grotesques in terra cotta. Some of these plaster models were later placed by Post around the cornice of the library in his new Claremont mansion (ca. 1904) in Bernardsville. Fourteen additional plaster models remained stored at Claremont until 2012 when the contents of the mansion were auctioned off following the death of the last Post family descendant to own the house. These plaster grotesques will be exhibited at the Library during April. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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04/26/2020
3:00 PM

Sundays at Three: A Jazz Recital with the Peare/Messina Duo

Rich Peare (classical guitar) and Don Messina (double bass) will play from their repertoire of jazz compositions (Charlie Parker, Lennie Tristano, Warne Marsh, Lee Konitz) and American standards (George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern). Using the natural volume of their instruments, this duo improvises in the jazz tradition in their own unique way, yet their music is inspired and influenced by jazz greats and others true to art of improvising. The duo strives to continue this particular art of spontaneous improvisation and straight-ahead swing. Funded by the Friends of the Bernardsville Library.  Free. Doors open at 2:45 pm. No sign-up is needed. Just come!

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04/29/2020
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Being and Doing - Being Afraid & Doing It Anyway

Kurt Vonnegut has said, “I am a human being, not a human doing.”  Many live by one modality or the other, but when we combine the two, we are our best selves. Over the course of this year, Andrea Mastrobattista will lead the group in talking about the differences between and similarities of being and doing, and how to integrate the two to create and live our most fulfilling and inspiring lives.  At this month’s workshop, we are going to take a deep dive into doing what it takes to face our fears and go for our dreams. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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05/07/2020
11:00 AM

Serious Fun! Apps to Connect You to Your Community

Did you know you can use your phone or tablet to stay informed about what is happening in your area?  Learn about apps that make it easier to order food, buy and sell locally, keep up on local news, track recycling and stay connected to neighbors.
Presenter: Karen Vaias, Reference Supervisor at Bernards Township Library
This class will be held at Bernardsville Library on Thursday, May 7 at 11:00 am and at Bernards Township Library on Wednesday, May 20, at 7:00 pm. Click here to sign up in Bernardsville.

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05/13/2020
7:00 PM

Thinking Out Loud: The Meaning of Life in the Age of Big Data and Algorithms

Algorithms and big data are transforming everything from how we listen to music to how we police our cities. But beneath the superficial transformations of this “algorithmic existence” lies a transformation of fundamental concepts like knowledge, freedom, and personal identity. Come and hear a philosophical perspective on how to find meaning in this current age of algorithms. Led by Bernardsville resident Philip Walsh, PhD, a faculty member of the philosophy department at Fordham University, we will learn how philosophy can help us think about ourselves, our relationships, and the contemporary world. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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05/16/2020
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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05/22/2020
2:00 PM

Friday Afternoon at the Movies: "Green Book"

Our movie this month is “Green Book” (2019). When Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen), a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali), a world-class black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on “The Green Book” to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans. Confronted with racism, danger as well as unexpected humanity and humor—they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime. 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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05/31/2020
2:00 PM

Battle of the Books!

Book lovers of all ages: come to our Battle of the Books! It’s like a poetry slam, with James Mustich, author of 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die, as emcee. Five local luminaries have five minutes each to convince the audience that the book they are championing is definitely worth reading (or rereading) and should be on the list of Books to Read Before You Die. After hearing all five presentations, audience members will vote for the book they most want to read. A winner and runner-up are announced. Following the competition, audience members can buy signed copies of 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die, as well as copies of all five of the books on the program. Light refreshments will be served. Free. Advance registration is requested. Click here to sign up.

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06/04/2020
7:00 PM

The Secret Concentration Camp Diary of Odd Nansen

“From Day to Day: The Secret Concentration Camp Diary of Odd Nansen” is a World War II concentration camp diary–one of only a handful ever translated into English– secretly written by Odd Nansen, a Norwegian political prisoner. Arrested in January 1942, Nansen, son of polar explorer and humanitarian Fridtjof Nansen, was held captive for the duration of the war in various Nazi camps in Norway and Germany. The book had been out of print for nearly 60 years when Timothy Boyce stumbled across it. Fascinated by the heroic story and saddened that such a magnificent book was nearly forgotten, Boyce set out to get the book back in print. At this program, he will talk about this incredibly moving story, and books will be available for purchase. Click here to sign up.

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06/11/2020
7:00 PM

Serious Fun! Streaming Media: Cutting the Cord

Cable is no longer the only option to watch your favorite news programs and TV shows. Streaming programs using smart TVs and internet websites now offer better prices and more specialized channel packages for your convenience. In this class, we will take a brief look the programs offered by streaming sites, how to access them at home and on your devices, and at pricing comparisons.
Presenter: Kimmy Hunt, Readers’ Services Assistant at Bernardsville Library
This class will be held at Bernardsville Library on Wednesday, June 11 at 7:00 pm and at Bernards Township Library on Friday, June 19 at 11:00 am. Click here to sign up in Bernardsville.

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