Monday, May 16, 2016

Reach for the Top

The pinnacle of success in life is built upon a foundation of hard work; it's nearly impossible to achieve goals without it. Whether you're a student writing a research paper, an adult seeking career advancement, a foreign-language speaker learning English, or a curious mind expanding your knowledge base, the public library provides you with the tools and inspiration necessary to get to the top. Best of all, these resources are abundant and free to you. 
We think the first step on your way to success should be the acquisition of a library card. To become a member of Bernardsville Public Library, you must live, work, go to school or pay taxes in the Borough of Bernardsville or qualify through joint memberships with certain library associations. You also have the option of purchasing a nonresident card. Your Bernardsville library card accords you full access to what would otherwise be a very costly set of books, resources, subscriptions, and online services if you had to purchase them on your own. 
To further help you meet your goals, a good library website loaded with reference and research databases makes working from home possible when a library visit is not feasible. At Bernardsville Public Library, these databases are open to you 24 hours a day with the simple input of your library card number. Make yourself familiar with our website,, find out whether you qualify for a library card, and start laying the foundation for your next success in life. We're here to help.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

We're Accepting Liquid Donations!

Honestly, it's for a good cause! The Bernardsville Library Foundation is adding a "wine pull" to the festivities at its 2016 Homes of Distinction fundraiser to be held at the Faircourt estate on May 15th. But in order to "pull" this one off, we need to take in a quantity of wine varietals donated from your personal cellars or purchased from local merchants. Red, white, rosé - we'll gratefully accept them all for a limited time; kindly bring your wine donations to the library by May 12th. These bottles will be showcased in the grand foyer of Faircourt on May 15th, and ticket holders will be able to purchase them as a fundraiser for the library. If you'd like to see Faircourt and to participate in an evening of cocktails, catered hors d'oeuvres, silent auction, and yes, a wine pull, please stop by the library to purchase your tickets now!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Our 2016 Homes of Distinction as Seen in Architectural Digest

You are cordially invited to attend an early evening reception and silent auction to be held on Sunday, May 15, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Faircourt, an exquisite Bernardsville estate once owned by the first in-laws of philanthropist Brooke Astor. Faircourt will be the setting for the 2016 Homes of Distinction event organized by our Bernardsville Library Foundation to raise vital funds for the library. 

This Tuscan-style villa was built in 1897 for millionaire Colonel Anthony R. Kuser. The estate comprises 15 lovely acres that were landscaped by the son of Frederick Law Olmstead. As can be seen in the photo below, the first owner favored Victorian accessories and potted palms for his home's furnishings. 

Under its current owners, this home has undergone a gorgeous transformation that was featured in the November 2015 issue of Architectural Digest. Interior designer Matthew Frederick and architect Annabelle Selldorf updated the 30,000 square foot space into a stylish home suitable for a modern family. Wouldn't you love to see this marvelous transformation in person? Your opportunity begins in April when tickets to 2016 Homes of Distinction go on sale. We expect tickets to sell out, so please refer here for further information.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Make a Date for NJ Makers Day

We're happy to announce that we will once again celebrate the growing Maker Movement by participating in the statewide NJ Makers Day event in March.  Please reserve time on Saturday, March 19, to bring your family and friends to Bernardsville Public Library for an exciting and varied program of displays, demonstrations, and hands-on exploration. Our NJ Makers Day presenters will keep young and adult intrigued by new innovations in technology, including robotics and creative circuitry. You'll have a chance to try out a MakeyMakey piano, play with microcontrollers, 3D pens, and button maker, and see a Finch Robot demonstration. Artists and crafters will demonstrate their skills including hand embroidery, finger knitting, and miniature book production. In addition, there will be a display of altered books to enjoy. For a full schedule of events at our NJ Makers Day event, please refer here:

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

VITA Proves Vital in Tax Season

Bernardsville Public Library is once again offering free tax preparation assistance for residents of the Somerset Hills. Volunteer Income Tax Assistance is spearheaded locally by a group of dedicated volunteers who are trained annually by the IRS and the State of New Jersey to be able to handle a wide range of tax situations. They can assist you with the filling out of federal and New Jersey State tax returns, as well as Property Tax Reimbursement forms, PTR-1 or 2. Our VITA volunteers will also provide Spanish forms for Spanish speakers. Please call the library, 766-0118, to book an appointment in the library for free, confidential assistance with your tax preparation. This service is also available to home-bound area residents by appointment. Don't fear tax season, but don't delay getting vital assistance, either. Call today!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Will You Be One Of Our Makers In 2016?

Bernardsville Public Library is putting out a call for creative people - Makers - to participate in our Maker Day 2016, which is scheduled for Sunday, March 19, 2016. You might just be among the MakersMaker Day Poster who will be joining us!
Are you one of those people who likes to tinker with technology, to kick it up a notch with culinary tricks, to create a new angle on an old craft?  Maybe you know a thing or two about robotics, circuitry, 3D printing or motors?  Perhaps you're an artist with a different approach to your medium?
We're currently seeking Makers with novel, but practical ideas that can be demonstrated to an audience of all ages. We encourage you to present your special knowledge or skill in such a way that your audience can try it out, too, if possible. Please contact us right away at 908-766-0118 to express your interest in participating. We can't wait to hear from you!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Books for Kids Holiday Drive

Would you like to give a gift this holiday season that lasts the test of time? Consider giving a child who has little or no access to books the gift of a life-long love of reading! You can do this simply by doiStock-000007860143-kids-on-booksnating new books to the Books for Kids annual holiday drive sponsored by the New Jersey Library Association’s Children’s Services Section. As a library partner in this drive, we are currently collecting new books that are appropriate for children from infancy through the teen years.
It’s fun to pick out board books for babies, picture books for boys and girls, and young adult stories for teenagers; you might even recover some childhood memories of your own favorite books while browsing for these selections. Of course, our children’s librarians will be happy to make a few suggestions if you need advice. There’s no need to wrap your donations. Simply put these new books in the decorated collection box in front of our holiday book display and know that you will be making a difference in a child’s life. All donations will be distributed to New Jersey children. Kindly donate by December 15th. Thank you!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

The Teddy Bears Are Back For One Final Year

If you always thought you’d get around to dressing a teddy bear for our holiday project, this is the year to do it! For many years, the Salvation Army has donated teddy bears to be dressed by various organizations, including our library, as a holiday charitable project for New Jersey children in need. This will be the final year that Salvation Army will donate bears, but the good news is that the teddies are already here at the library! They’re waiting in the glass cases in the lobby for you to pick up, take home, dress up, and return 004by Wednesday, November 25. You may sew an outfit, knit a sweater, or buy an outfit that will make Teddy proud and bring joy to a child who may not have many other toys this holiday season. Don’t let this last year pass by without participating in this meaningful project!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

One Book Bernardsville

This month Bernardsville Library and its community will be enjoying a shared reading experience called One Book Bernardsville. We will be reading "The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken" by Laura Schenone, discussing the book at three different book group meetings, and participating in an interesting and varied assortment of programs related to Italian culture, cuisine, and ethnic history.
Our first program offers insights into the Italian community in Bernardsville which provided skilled artisans for the Mountain Colony estates they helped build at the turn of the 20th century. While the stately homes are known to many, the history of this Italian community, Little Italy, is less well appreciated. Learn about Bernardsville's Little Italy at 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 10, and hear how you can connect to your own family's history through, as well.
If you love Frank Sinatra standards, come back again the next day for a jazz singer's rendition of the tops hits when Maggie Worsdale sings Sinatra at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 11. This concert is funded by the Friends of the Bernardsville Public Library. On Sunday, October 25, at 2 p.m., we offer a completely different musical program featuring world class tenor Salvatore Chiarelli. You'll find yourself entranced as Mr. Chiarelli sings a lovely selection of classical, popular, and traditional Neapolitan/Italian songs.
For a taste of Italy, attend our two free programs on cuisine and wines! Diane dePalma will teach us how to make ravioli and provide a tasting, too, on Saturday, October 24 at 2 p.m. Follow that up on Wednesday, October 28, 7 p.m. with a free Italian Wine and Cheese Pairings program presented by Gary's Wine and Marketplace.
And to tie this all together, we will host the author of our One Book Bernardsville selection when Laura Schenone comes to the library to talk about her book and her quest for that lost family recipe. She'll be here on Wednesday, October 14, at 7 p.m., so feel fee to ask her a few questions. Copies of her book will be available for purchase and signing. We hope you'll attend at least a few of these wonderful free programs and that you'll enjoy discussing this book with your neighbors, the library staff,  and your own book groups. Please refer to the website for dates when we offer library book group discussions.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Takin' It To The Streets

Bernardsville Public Library is going on the road in September to sign up new members during Library Card Sign-Up Month. You could even say we’re “takin’ it to the streets” of Bernardsville to show you just how easy it is to get a library card!
Our information tables are popping up at such Bernardsville locations as Starbucks, Kings, Shoprite, and Penguin Ice Cream where staff members greet shoppers and acquaint them with the many benefits of having a Bernardsville Library membership. These benefits include full borrowing access to our incredible free resources; exciting, educational programming for children and adults; tools for online learning and homework help; numerous volunteer opportunities; and a career skills center.

IMG_0573As a thank you, new members will receive our library tote bag, information pamphlets, and tokens such as library cups, notecards, or rubber bracelets – something for everyone! But wait, there’s more! Did you know that you don’t necessarily have to be a resident of Bernardsville to get a library card? Anyone who works in Bernardsville, though not a resident, is entitled to a card, as are certain non-resident students. People from neighboring towns or towns in our library federation are also entitled to a card. All you need do is ask! Show us your ID, fill out a short form, and you’ll be a card-carrying member of Bernardsville Library in no time!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

September Selfies for Library Card Sign-Up Month!

IMG_9955While libraries are observing Library Card Sign-Up Month in September, Bernardsville Library will celebrate its members by affording them a fun social media opportunity. New card holders and those who already have a Bernardsville Library card are invited to get "framed" by holding up the special "I Got Carded At Bernardsville Library" picture frame and snapping a selfie. What better way to show one's pride in being a card-carrying member of the greatest free institution of learning, enrichment, and enjoyment - the public library!
In addition to photos of themselves, patrons may take pictures of their friends or children getting carded, too.  Subsequent options are for patrons to keep the selfies in their own albums, to post these photos on their social media networks with the hashtag #BernardsvilleLibrary, or to email selfies to us for library publicity purposes. We hope to see lots of them circulating soon as we increase our membership numbers!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Go Set A Watchman: Tell Us What You Think

The newly released4 novel "Go Set A Watchman" pre-dates Harper Lee's masterpiece, "To Kill a Mockingbird," yet reactions to its storyline have been swift and furious even though some people haven't read it.  Have you finished "Go Set A Watchman," and do you hold an opinion you'd like to share with us about this early Harper Lee book? We'd love to hear from you!  
If you're local, feel free to write up a short review or even a few lines that we can post on our Book Review bulletin board.  So far we have three reviews, but no consensus about the book. That means we need to hear from you!  If you prefer, feel free to comment on our Facebook page at the special post pinned to the top. Connect with us here: Either way, your reviews would be greatly 123appreciated.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Our Outdoor Reading Room

Join us on the patio! It's our "outdoor reading room."
Bernardsville Library's patio is the place to be for some fresh air, nice views, and comfortable seating throughout three seasons of the year. Find a seat and follow your muse to read a book or maybe write a book! Bring out a newspaper or magazine from our collection and enjoy the breeze while you keep informed. Practice a musical instrument, but not too loudly! Play some games with your friends or share a lunch break with work buddies. Sit back and enjoy the changing garden blooms and take in the sunshine.  And, of course, use our free WiFi connection for your laptop or devices. Please consider the patio to be an additional library space for your use and enjoyment.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Summer Reading Magic

The 20Unmask415 summer reading program at Bernardsville Library kicks off the week of June 22nd with family sign-ups and the first of many “Amazing Mondays” events.
Parents, grandparents, and caregivers may now register their children in the library for a full summer of adventures in reading, exploration and learning. Those who register by June 29th may select a free book immediately. Incentive prizes will be distributed throughout the summer as children meet their reading or participation goals.
Our Youth Services staff is here to acquaint you with the exciting programs scheduled on almost every day of each week. In addition to programs taking place within the library, there will be occasions for children to hear stories at different locations around town, including the municipal pool. “Amazing Mondays” is a new program added to attract families to Monday evening special events designed for children in Grades 1 and up. These events include an introduction to sled dogs, a cartooning session, and a magic show with Brian Richards.  Refer here for more information about the wonderful programs planned for your children this summer at Bernardsville Public Library.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

There's No Denying It

Bernardsville Library’s book group, Memoirs & Coffee, will look death in the face when they discuss a thought-provoking memoir, “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes,” on Tuesday, June 23, 10:30 a.m.
FYI, the smoky part of the title refers to its subtitle – “& Other Lessons From The Crematory.” Written by Caitlin Doughty, a licensed mortician with a killer sense of humor and reality, the book serves to acquaint the living with how the newly departed are handled postmortem. As a young college graduate, Caitlin took a job in a crematory and realized just how far removed most Americans are from the facts of death. She began blogging about this as Ask A Mortician and has since founded The Order of the Good Death collective. Her mission is to make people realize that death is a part of life and that acceptance of this enables us to lead good lives with less fear of death. So, if you’re up for this discussion, join the group. They’d love to have your company!