Adult Programs


Upcoming Events

Date/Time
Event
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 - 8:30 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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02/09/2020
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Wellness Crawl

The Mayor’s Wellness Campaign Committee is sponsoring a “Winter Wellness Crawl.” Participants will be able to sample different classes at local fitness centers, get private consultations with stylists, chair massages, and much more. The event starts at 9:00 am in the Library’s Community room where there will be vendor tables, demonstrations and class tickets. The “Crawl” will begin at 10:30 am and end back at the Library for prize drawings at 12:30 pm. There is no cost for the Crawl, but advance registration is required since classes have limited space. Click here to register.

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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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02/14/2020
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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02/15/2020
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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02/19/2020
6:30 PM

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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02/23/2020
3:00 PM

Sundays at Three: City Winds Trio

Join us for this free concert celebrating the great American music called Ragtime. City Winds Trio will perform music by Scott Joplin, the King of Ragtime, and Charles “luckith” Roberts. Each selection will be introduced with some historical information and context. The trio will also be available for questions. The performers are Crispian Fordham, flute; Meredyth Coleman, oboe; and Yuki Higashi, bassoon. 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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02/25/2020
10:30 AM

The Color of Water

Memoirs & Coffee – with Pat Kennedy-Grant
The Color of Water:  A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother (1996) •  James McBride
James McBride, journalist, musician and son, explores his mother’s past, as well as his own upbringing and heritage in this poignant autobiography.  Free. No sign-up is needed. Just come!

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02/25/2020
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, February 25-March 31. 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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02/25/2020
7:00 PM

Using QuickBooks to Manage Your Business

Every small business can benefit by learning how to use QuickBooks to manage invoices, keep track of sales information, manage bank accounts, and create financial reports. This workshop, led by Josh Klar, a QuickBooks expert and SCORE volunteer, will demonstrate how QuickBooks can be an essential tool for managing a business. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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02/26/2020
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, February 26- April 1. 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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02/26/2020
7:00 PM

Being and Doing

This month’s workshop theme is “being true to yourself and doing the right thing. Doing the right thing sometimes feels like compromising your values. At this workshop with Andrea Mastrobattista, you’ll discover how to strike that balance without going against who you are. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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02/28/2020
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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02/28/2020
2:00 PM

Friday Afternoon at the Movies: "Capernaum"

Our movie this month is “Capernaum” (2018). After running away from his negligent parents, committing a violent crime and being sentenced to five years in jail, a hardened, streetwise 12-year-old Lebanese boy sues his parents in protest of the life they have given 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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03/01/2020
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

20th Anniversary Celebration of New Library Building (2000-2020):

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 be celebrating our 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 be displayed in the foyer cases. Save the date! We look forward to welcoming everyone at the Library! Free. No sign-up is needed.

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03/07/2020
3:30 PM

The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83¼ years old

Saturday Samplers
The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83¼ years old (2017) • Hendrik Groen
An international bestseller, this is a funny and tender-hearted tale about friendship, love, and an old man who is young at heart. Technically speaking, Hendrik Groen is….elderly. But at age 83¼, this feisty, indomitable curmudgeon has no plans to go out quietly. Free. No sign-up is needed.

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03/11/2020
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

George Washington Bridge: Poetry in Steel

Michael Aaron Rockland will speak about his new, updated book on the George Washington Bridge, the busiest bridge in the world. He’ll explain how suspension bridges work, talk about the fact that the bridge was never finished because of the Depression, and how, when he was first researching the book, he climbed to the top of the New York tower accompanied by four Port Authority policemen. He’ll also discuss Bridgegate and the interesting issues the case raised at the hearing before the Supreme Court in January. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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