Bernardsville Library: A Drum Major For Justice

January 28, 2013 by
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Bernardsville Library was honored as a “drum major for justice” by Raritan Valley Community College at its annual MLK Community Partner Breakfast on Friday, January 25, 2013.  Madelyn English, Bernardsville Library’s Adult Program Manager, represented the library at this occasion and was recognized for providing “service learning opportunities for the students of RVCC.” A “drum major for justice” distinction refers to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assertion that the greatest leaders serve others, putting justice above personal gain.  In the … Continue reading

Bernardsville is a 5 Star-Rated Library

October 5, 2010 by
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Bernardsville Public Library has just been accorded a Five Star rating by Library Journal .  Please refer to the Library Journal article for specifics about this rating and to see the very short list of  libraries nationwide that  earned five stars in our expenditure category, $400,000 to $999,999.  These ratings are based on data gathered in 2008 after the recession had started.  Bernardsville Public Library director, Karen Brodsky, is quoted in the article as noting that high usage levels were “partly … Continue reading

The Secret Scripture

May 23, 2009 by
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Today’s New York Times contains an interesting opinion piece written by Irish author John Banville regarding Ireland’s collective horror over the recent findings of its Commission to Inquire Into Child Abuse. Banville makes the point that, in fact, most everyone in Ireland knew this was happening over the last century, hence he poses the question, what does it mean to know something? Banville states that the powerful collusion between the Catholic Church and government figures made it possible for such … Continue reading

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 2009

April 21, 2009 by
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Evelyn Fischel, staff member at Bernardsville Public Library, has written the following book review and news posting: Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge has been awarded the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The book, written in 13 parts, presents an exceptional character study of Olive Kitteridge, a retired school teacher living in a small Maine town. Various residents of the town come into and out of her life in the 13 stories which tend to move forward and backward in time. Some … Continue reading

Newbery Medal Awarded to Neil Gaiman

January 27, 2009 by
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The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded the 2009 John Newbery Medal for outstanding children’s literature to Neil Gaiman, versatile British author of fantasy, science fiction, graphic novels and children’s books, for The Graveyard Book. On its Web site, the ALSC, a chapter of the American Library Association, states the following about The Graveyard Book, “A delicious mix of murder, fantasy, humor and human longing, the tale of Nobody Owens is told in magical, haunting prose.” Furthermore, … Continue reading

Bernardsville Public Library Wins Highest Library Ranking

January 10, 2009 by
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photo source – Bernardsville Public Library The HAPLR Index, a nationwide ratings system for public libraries, has awarded Bernardsville Public Library the number one ranking for a library of its size in the State of New Jersey. In addition, Hennen’s American Public Library Ratings (HAPLR) has ranked our library second in the entire state. These rankings were published in the October 2008 issue of American Libraries. To commemorate this honor, Mayor Lee C. Honecker of the Borough of Bernardsville issued … Continue reading

2008 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

May 15, 2008 by
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Junot Diaz’s debut novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, was recently awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. A native of the Dominican Republic, Diaz is the recipient of numerous awards for his earlier collection of stories, entitled Drown. A graduate of Rutgers and having earned an MFA from Cornell, Junot Diaz is currently a professor at MIT. In awarding the prize, the Pulitzer Board states, “Diaz immerses us in the tumultuous life of Oscar and the history … Continue reading