Adult Programs


Upcoming Events

Date/Time
Event
06/19/2019
7:00 PM

Springsteen and His Layered Lyrics

Bruce Springsteen expects attentiveness of his listeners. How do we know this? Over the past 50 years, Springsteen has written songs and created music that have been experienced by countless fans. But many don’t know the extent to which his work has been influenced by the American folk tradition. Through experimental reinterpretation and the creation of new traditions, The Boss has worked within known folk traditions, but at the same time, created new sounds and messages. In this program presented by Prudence Jones, Professor at Montclair University, participants can learn how lyrics can be analyzed like texts and compare Springsteen’s lyrics to songs that have influenced him. [Audio recordings are not featured in this program.] This program is funded by the NJ Council for the Humanities. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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06/21/2019
2:00 PM

Friday Afternoon at the Movies: "Three Identical Strangers"

PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE. Join us to watch “Three Identical Strangers” (2018).  Identical triplets become separated at birth and are adopted by three different families. Years later, their amazing reunion becomes a global sensation, but it also unearths an unimaginable secret that has radical repercussions. 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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06/25/2019
10:30 AM

Famous Father Girl

Memoirs & Coffee – with Pat Kennedy-Grant
Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein (2018) • Jamie Bernstein
The oldest daughter of revered composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein offers a rare look at her father on the centennial of his birth in a deeply intimate and broadly evocative memoir. Free. No sign-up is needed. Just come!

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06/26/2019
7:00 PM

Healing Lessons: What's Most Important

Our workshop series, led by Professional Inspirer Andrea Mastrobattista, centers on topics to 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 in 2018, and how she also discovered what is truly most important in her life, to help others succeed on their own journeys. The theme at this meeting is “Keeping It Real: Transparency and Vulnerability Throughout the Healing Journey.” At this workshop, Ms. Mastrobattista will talk about her own journey—both the good days and bad—and what she learned in order to heal. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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06/28/2019
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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07/12/2019
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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07/17/2019
7:00 PM

Living by Design

Board certified coach Diane Penola will present “Living by Design Rather than Default,” an interactive workshop focusing on creating strategies which promote positive change in your life. “Be a coach, not a critic,” she says. Ms. Penola will cover topics such as improving self-image as a function of conquering the internal dialogue; composing affirmations that neutralize negative thoughts and encourage new behavior patterns; and using playful visual images to aid in building new habits. She will also provide guidance in the development of personal goals and attendees will go home with tools to enhance daily living. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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07/20/2019
11:00 AM

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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07/23/2019
7:00 PM

"Verily, Madly Thine" with The Shrewd Mechanicals

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey presents The Shrewd Mechanicals, a five actor ensemble performing “Verily, Madly Thine,” scenes from Shakespeare’s romances with a sprinkling of music. The 60-minute production brings to life the joy, wit, poetry and music of the world’s greatest playwright. “Verily, Madly Thine” focuses on the special brand of temporary madness that overtakes people when they fall in love! It features a wonderful array of moments from Shakespeare’s plays as well as a few selections from more contemporary authors who have been inspired by one of Shakespeare’s originals. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

 

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07/25/2019
7:00 PM

Yes, You Can… Raise Financially Aware Kids

Learn how to develop lifelong values of money, work and education in children with the ultimate goal of financial independence. This presentation will include how to teach basic savings techniques to kids, money management through allowances, explaining “needs” vs “wants,” and how to have productive family conversations about money. The program is hosted by Merrill Financial Advisor Lauren Schneider with a presentation by Josh Kurtz, Vice President of American Century Investments. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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07/26/2019
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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07/26/2019
2:00 PM

Friday Afternoon at the Movies: "The Martian"

Join us to watch “The Martian” (2015). When astronauts blast off from the planet Mars, they leave behind Mark Watney (Matt Damon), presumed dead after a fierce storm. With only a meager amount of supplies, the stranded visitor must utilize his wits and spirit to find a way to survive on the hostile planet. Meanwhile, back on Earth, members of NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring him home, while his crew mates hatch their own plan for a daring rescue mission. Free. Advance sign-up is requested, but not required. Click here to sign up.

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07/30/2019
10:30 AM

The Choice: Embrace the Possible

Memoirs & Coffee – with Pat Kennedy-Grant
The Choice: Embrace the Possible (2017) •  Edith Eva Eger
It’s 1944 and sixteen-year-old ballerina and gymnast Edith Eger is sent to Auschwitz. Separated from her parents on arrival, she endures unimaginable experiences, including being made to dance for the infamous Josef Mengele. When the camp is finally liberated, she is pulled from a pile of bodies, barely alive. Free. No sign-up is needed. Just come!

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07/30/2019
7:00 PM

Bitcoin & Cryptocurrency – An Overview

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are a form of digital money that can be exchanged directly, person-to-person, without the need of a third party or bank intermediary. It is not controlled by any group or government, so it can’t be manipulated, devalued, confiscated or shut-down. Lindsley Medlin, an international executive with more than 30 years of experience building and running businesses and a Certified Blockchain Professional™ who has studied bitcoin in depth, will give listeners an understanding of how bitcoin and cryptocurrencies work and how to get started with bitcoin themselves. This talk is designed for beginners. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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07/31/2019
7:00 PM

Healing Lessons: What's Most Important

Our workshop series, led by Professional Inspirer Andrea Mastrobattista, centers on topics to 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 in 2018, and how she also discovered what is truly most important in her life, to help others succeed on their own journeys. The theme for this meeting is “Trust Your Inner Voice.” When people you trust, authority figures and subject matter experts, are telling you to do one thing and your inner voice is telling you the opposite, what do you do? Come to this workshop to learn how to distill the information, cut to the chase and make the decisions that are best for your well-being. Free. Advance sign-up is requested.  Click here to sign up.

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07/31/2019
7:00 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. Afterwards, we’ll adjourn to Rudy’s Tavern. Adult game enthusiasts and beginners ages 21 and up are welcome!  Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

 

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08/01/2019
10:30 AM

Reading in the Cloud!

Take advantage of the library’s free e-books and e-audiobooks in the Cloud Library. Don’t be intimidated by the technology! All you need is a smart phone or Internet-enabled tablet and a Bernardsville Library card. Readers’ Service Assistant Laura Cole will demonstrate how to find, select and download the books and recordings you want to borrow. Bring your library card number and your charged device with you. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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08/08/2019
7:00 PM

College Financial Aid Workshop

Red Oak College Planning will present a free workshop for parents and teens on the FAFSA form and other information you need to maximize the amount of financial aid you receive. Learn the best strategies for paying for college cost-efficiently—even if you don’t qualify for need-based aid—without it putting a strain on the rest of your finances. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.

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08/09/2019
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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08/14/2019
7:00 PM

Trinket or Treasure?

Your trinket just might be a treasure! Diane Smith of Diane Smith Estate Sales and Appraisals, LLC, in business since 1991, will offer guidance and tips to make moving, downsizing, or settling an estate for a loved one a smooth and less painful experience. Each audience member may bring one small item for her to evaluate. Free. Advance sign-up is required if you wish to bring an item. Click here to sign up.

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