Adult Programs


Upcoming Events

Date/Time
Event
12/13/2019
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. Led by Jean Leigh. Free. No sign-up is needed.

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12/13/2019
2:00 PM

Friday Afternoon at the Movies: "Yesterday"

Our movie this month is “Yesterday” (2019). Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) is a struggling singer-songwriter in a tiny English seaside town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the fierce devotion and support of his childhood best friend, Ellie (Lily James). Then, after a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed… and he finds himself with a very complicated problem. 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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12/14/2019
3:30 PM

Once Upon a River

Saturday Samplers
Once Upon a River (2018) • Diane Setterfield
“Once Upon a River” is a glorious tapestry of a book that combines folklore and science, magic and myth. Suspenseful, romantic, and richly atmospheric, the beginning sweeps readers away on a powerful current of storytelling, transporting them through worlds both real and imagined, to the triumphant conclusion. Free. No sign-up is needed.

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12/18/2019
11:00 AM

Holiday Craft: Tag It! Gift Tag Workshop

Make you own unique tags for your gift giving over the holidays. Laura Cole will lead this craft program for adults. Materials will be provided. It’s free, but space is limited and advance registration is required. Click here to sign up.

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12/22/2019
3:00 PM

Sundays at Three: Navesink Brass

Navesink Brass, a professional brass quintet, will perform a special multicultural holiday concert for this “most wonderful time of the year”! They will be celebrating Christmas in England, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. The ensemble will perform “Feliz Navidad” with a special Latin flair, and “Umoja: The First Day of Kwanzaa” by Valerie Coleman will also be featured. For those with a more classical outlook, the quintet will perform “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by J. S. Bach. Formed in 1992 in Red Bank, NJ, the ensemble is comfortable with all styles of music from the Renaissance to Jazz and Rock. This concert is funded by gifts to the Friends of the Bernardsville Library. Free. Doors open at 2:45 pm. No sign-up is needed.

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12/27/2019
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. Led by Jean Leigh. Free. No sign-up is needed.

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01/10/2020
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. Led by Jean Leigh. Free. No sign-up is needed.

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01/13/2020
3:00 PM

English Language Classes Begin

ESL notebookThe next session of English-As-A-Second-Language (ESL) classes will begin on Monday, January 13. Classes will be offered on Mondays and Thursdays at both 3:00 pm and 7:15 pm and will run through April 9. The first meeting will be organizational during which students are matched with teachers. Sign-up is not required to attend. There is no charge and students may attend classes in more than one time slot if they wish.  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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01/14/2020
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, January 14-February 18. 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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01/15/2020
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, January 15-February 19. 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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01/15/2020
1:15 PM

Wellness Workshops: An Interactive, Creative Series

Take control of your health and make informed decisions on your healthcare! These seven evidence-based workshops on Wednesdays, January 15 to February 26 are designed for those 60 years young and up and will not only cover your health and wellness, but also your medication use, stress management, mental health and the prevention of substance abuse and misuse. We’ll kick off each workshop with lunch and there will be weekly prizes! Offered in partnership Community in Crisis, a local coalition focused on fighting the opioid epidemic in Somerset County. Free. Advance sign-up required. Click here to sign up.

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01/18/2020
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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01/24/2020
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. Led by Jean Leigh. Free. No sign-up is needed.

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01/24/2020
2:00 PM

Friday Afternoon at the Movies: "The Farewell"

Our movie this month is “The Farewell” (2019). Billi’s family returns to China under the guise of a fake wedding to stealthily say goodbye to their beloved matriarch — the only person who doesn’t know she only has a few weeks to live. 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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01/25/2020
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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01/28/2020
7:00 PM

Niagara

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 sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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01/29/2020
7:00 PM

Being and Doing: An Overview

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. At this first workshop of 2020, join Andrea Mastrobattista to talk 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. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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02/01/2020
3:30 PM

The Overstory

Saturday Samplers
The Overstory (2019) • Richard Powers
From the roots to the crown and back to the seeds, Richard Powers’s twelfth novel unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fables that range from antebellum New York to the late twentieth-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Free. No sign-up is needed.

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02/08/2020
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM

A Hole Lot of Fun! Mini Golf at the Library

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. Don’t miss the raffle with more than 25 baskets! All funds raised will benefit the library. Click here for more details.

 

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02/12/2020
7:00 PM

Thinking Out Loud: What is Faith?

What does it mean to “have faith,” or “be faithful,” or “be a person of faith”? 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? Or is your faith, in some sense, not really up to you? Is faith necessarily religious faith? Or can there be other kinds of faith, and do all these varieties of faith have something essential in common? This talk explores these questions and more and continues the broad theme of the relationship between philosophy and religion from the previous talk. 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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