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Homes of Distinction 2017
Sunday, June 4, 3:00-6:00 pm*
*Exclusive Pre-Events for Benefactors Starting at 1:00 pm

Time is running out! There are only a few more days before our seventh annual “Homes of Distinction” at the U.S. Equestrian Team Stable and Carriage Barn benefiting the Bernardsville Library Foundation. For all the details, click here
How to get your tickets: 
Reservations at both levels—Sponsor at $125/person and Benefactor at $200/person—are available at Bernardsville Library. Click here to download a response card. Payment can also be made online; click here to make your purchase online. 
Please join us and support Bernardsville Public Library! 
Yoga Basics
It's not too late to sign up for this basic yoga class--the last one before our summer hiatus. It's a six-week session with classes on the following dates at 1:00 pm: Tuesday, May 30, Thursday, June 8, Tuesdays, June 13, 20, and 27, and Thursday, July 6. The total cost for the session is $35.00. Please bring a yoga mat; a yoga blanket is helpful, although not required. This program is a Library partnership with Bernardsville Recreation. Register through Bernardsville Recreation’s Community Pass portal. Click here to register.
Preteen Pizza Party
Thursday, June 1, 6:30-7:30 pm
It's our way to say "thank you" for volunteering at Bernardsville Library during this school year. Bring a friend and enjoy a slice or two. Grades 4-6. Please register so we know how much pizza to get! Click here to register.
Japan & Its Prints in the 20th Century
Thursday, June 1 at 7:00 pm
Tom Silver, a Japanese print enthusiast who developed an interest in this art while searching for an unusual gift for his wife, will present a comprehensive look at the Japanese “New Prints” movement in the first half of the 20th century. Discussion will focus on the great artists and their times, and how this new movement largely rescued the Japanese print tradition from oblivion. There will be examples of stunning landscape, kabuki actor, flower and bird, and portrait prints. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.
15th Annual Seniors' Day
Friday, June 2 at 10:00 am
Join us for a free continental breakfast and music by Ken Salvo’s Banjo Ragtimers Dixieland Jazz Trio. The band has been a major force on the Dixieland jazz circuit in Northern and Central New Jersey for the last 40 years. Founded in 1979 by banjoist Ken Salvo, a Basking Ridge resident, the band remains one of the most innovative groups in traditional New Orleans style jazz. Yes! “The Saints Go Marching In” is their most requested song! They’ll also do some favorite sing-along songs, and will have you tappin’ your toes to their beat. This free program is funded by gifts to the Friends of the Bernardsville Library. Advance sign-up is required. Click here to sign up.
Saturday Samplers
Saturday, June 3 at 3:30 pm
Join us to discuss "Infidel" (2007) by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. The book is the story of Ali’s coming of age—how a bright little girl evolves out of dutiful obedience to become an outspoken pioneering freedom fighter. This book group, led by Evelyn Fischel, samples various types of literature. Free. No sign-up is needed. Just come!
Monthly Meditations
Friday, June 9 at 10:00 am
Follow through on your intention to learn and practice meditation. Different types of meditation will be explored with a time of sharing to follow for those who are so inclined. Led by Mary Bodenstein and Jean Leigh. Free. No sign-up is needed.
Nutrition with Dietician Allie Sanderson
Friday, June 9 at 10:30 am
Give your children a nutritious head start. Join this popular local dietician who will teach caregivers and children to prepare healthy and delicious seasonal snacks. For children ages 2½-5 years. Free. No sign-up is needed.

Poetry Reading by Wanda Praisner
Wednesday, June 14 at 7:00 pm
Wanda Praisner, winner of the 2017 New Jersey Poets Prize, will read poems from her latest book, Natirar. The poems describe her daily visits to the park the first year it opened and how the seasons of the park intertwine with those of her life. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.
Father's Day Craft
Thursday, June 15, 3:00-4:00 pm
Show your father how special he is. Make him a present he'll cherish forever! Free family program. No sign-up is needed.
Saturday Crafters
Saturday, June 17 at 3:00 pm
Work on your own projects, get tips and chat with the group. You’ll also find out about new library craft resources. Led by experienced crafter Evelyn Fischel. Free. No sign-up is needed.
Build A Better World: Summer Reading
Early Bird Registration Opens June 19
Early Bird Registration for our Build a Better World Summer Reading Program opens Monday, June 19th. Those who register between June 19th and 24th will receive a free ice pop. Registration continues throughout the summer. Children and teens (ages birth-17 years old) are encouraged to participate. Brochures with a complete schedule will be available soon.
Pickets, Patriotism, War Service & Women's Suffrage
Thursday, June 22 at 7:00 pm
Living History Presenter Carol Simon Levin portrays Jeannette Rankin, America’s first female member of Congress, in a show which tells the intertwined stories of women’s war service, suffrage activism, and the political calculus that finally brought the support of President Wilson, the U.S. Congress, and state legislatures to achieve passage of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.
Community Service for Teens in June
Summer Reading Training- First date: June 22 at 7:00 pm

Get a head start on your community service hours for next year! Become a summer volunteer at the library. Help children track their reading hours, hand out prizes, assist with programs, set up and clean up programs, prepare crafts, and shelve library materials as needed. 
To participate, teens must attend one of the half-hour training sessions listed below and then they'll be offered community service opportunities that work with their own schedules. [All application materials will be provided at the training sessions.]
Thursday, June 22, 7:00-7:30 pm; Friday, June 23, 3:00-3:30 pm; Saturday, June 24, 1:00-1:30 pmFor teens entering 8th through 12 grades.
NEW! Friday Afternoon Movie Series
Friday, June 23 at 2:00 pm
Join us to watch “Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World,” the second in our new Friday afternoon movie series funded by the Friends of the Bernardsville Library. Here, legendary master filmmaker Werner Herzog examines the past, present and constantly evolving future of the Internet. Viewers are led on a journey through a series of provocative conversations that reveal the ways in which the online world has transformed how virtually everything in the real world works – from business to education, space travel to healthcare, and the very heart of how we conduct our personal relationships. Free. Advance sign-up is requested, but not required. Click here to sign up.
Memoirs & Coffee
Tuesday, June 27 at 10:30 am
The book under discussion this month is "My Father's Fortune: A Life" (2010) by Michael Frayn. In this book, Frayn, also the author of "Noises Off," sets out to rediscover the shadowy landscape of the past from which his family emerged before all trace of it finally disappears beyond recall. As he tries to see it through the eyes his parents and the others who shaped his life, he comes to realize how little he ever knew or understood about them. Manager Pat Kennedy-Grant leads this book group. Free. No sign-up is needed.
Traveling Tales
Tuesday, June 27 at 11:00 am
In this story time around town, children will enjoy exploring the community, learning about local businesses, and hearing related stories. Our first stop will be Tons of Toys on Olcott Square in Bernardsville. For a complete schedule of locations, check our summer brochure or the Kids page on our website. For children ages 3 and up. Free. No sign-up is needed.
Magical Summer Reading Kick-Off
Tuesday, June 27 at 7:00 pm
Jim Vagias mixes the art of magic with humorous storytelling in a show that parents and children alike will love. Don’t miss this magical beginning to the summer. For children ages 3 and up. Free. No sign-up is needed.
Make YOUR Difference
Wednesday, June 28 at 7:00 pm
Even though it doesn’t feel like it at times, you absolutely have the ability to make a positive difference in the world. Throughout this workshop series, Professional Inspirer Andrea Mastrobattista will help you uncover what makes you unique and then cultivate those talents and skills so that you are making YOUR difference every day. While you might see your differences as flaws or weaknesses, the truth is you can make them your greatest strengths. Says Ms. Mastrobattista, “Do we really have to try to conform to other people’s unrealistic expectations to get what we want in life? NO! Attend this month’s workshop to find out why being different and true to who we really are is exactly what is expected of us.” Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to register.
Wet-N-Wild Stories at the Pool
Thursday, June 29 at 1:30 pm
Take a break from the water and listen to some stories at the Bernardsville Municipal Pool. Free family program for pool members. Meet in the gazebo near the snack bar. No sign-up is needed.
June Exhibition
Paintings by Members of Contemporary Art Group
On view: June 2-29, 2017
The Contemporary Art Group is a nonprofit, collegial organization of working artists who meet on a regular basis at The Watchung Arts Center and exhibit their work together. CAG is a supportive group where there is mutual respect among members, where members exchange ideas, provide information about exhibit opportunities, and share their own artistic development.

Recurring Children's Story Times & Programs

Nursery Time
Ages 17 months-2½ years with caregiver
Mondays (6/5 & 6/26)
10:30-11:00 am
LEGO Mondays - Family Program
Mondays (6/5 & 6/26)
Drop in anytime from 4:00 to 5:30 pm
Story Time Express
Ages 2½-4 years with caregiver
Tuesday, 6/6, 10:30-11:00 am
Baby Book Time
Ages Birth-17 months with caregiver
Wednesdays (6/7 & 6/28), 9:30-10:00 am
Baby Play Group
Ages Birth-17 months with caregiver
Wednesdays (6/7-6/28), 10:00-10:30 am
Reading Rumpus
Ages 2½-5 years with caregiver
Wednesdays (6/7 & 6/28), 2:00-2:30 pm
Art a la Cart - Family Program
Wednesdays (6/7 & 6/28)
Drop in anytime from 4:00 to 5:30 pm
Story Time
Ages 2½-5 years with caregiver
Thursdays (6/8 & 6/29), 10:30-11:15 am
Saturdays (6/3-6/24), 10:30-11:15 am
Friday Fun
Ages 2½-5 years with caregiver
Fridays (6/2, 6/9 & 6/30), 10:30-11:00 am
Check out all our events on our website:
June Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 10 am-9 pm
Friday: 10 am-5 pm
Saturdays: 10 am-5 pm
Sundays: 1 pm-5 pm
Closed:  Sunday, June 25

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