Monday, June 27, 2011

Hmmm...Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

Amy Chua's controversial biography, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, will be discussed on Tuesday, June 28th, at 10:30 a.m. by Bernardsville Library's book group, Memoirs and Coffee.

How do you think children should be reared - by nurturing or strict training?  See what the author believes and whether she was able to live up to her own standards for herself as a Chinese-American mother.  Attempting to raise her children in the Chinese way while living in a Western country just might be expected to cause some friction between mom and child, so find out how she and her family survived her childrearing philosophy.  The book discussion is open to the public; please feel welcome to attend if you have read the book or are interested in hearing more about it.

Monday, June 20, 2011

One World, Many Stories

Sign-ups begin today for Bernardsville Public Library's summer reading program for children, "One World, Many Stories."  Exciting activities have been planned all summer long for ages 2 1/2 through the high school years.  Our Summer Reading Club will enjoy a great kick-off at the "Wild Animals & Wallaby Tales" event scheduled for Saturday, June 25, at 1 p.m.  Don't miss it!

All activities and reading programs are free.  We encourage you to sign up your children and help them learn about a wonderful world of reading.  Simply call the library (908-766-0118) or register online through the Kids Stuff link on our Web site.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Seniors Day

Bernardsville Public Library will host its ninth annual Seniors Day event tomorrow, Friday, June 10th, at 10 a.m.  Seniors Day participants will enjoy a free continental breakfast, games, sing-alongs, and a musical program by Charlie Z, "From Bing to the King and a whole lotta Swing."  Charlie Z will bring back great memories of vintage hits from World War II and the 1950's with recordings by Bing Crosby, the Mills Brothers, Louis Armstrong, Glenn Miller and many other vocal and Big Band stars. Seniors who live in the area are invited to call the library to attend. 

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Library Group to Discuss Year of Wonders

Year of Wonders: a novel of the plague (2001) will be discussed this Saturday, June 4th, at the Saturday Samplers book group meeting to be held at 3:30 p.m.  Saturday Samplers is a Bernardsville Library open-invitation book group led by staff member Evelyn Fischel.  Please feel welcome to attend.

Geraldine Brooks, author of Year of Wonders, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist.  Brooks grew up outside of Sydney, Australia, and resides there today with her family. She is a graduate of the University of Sydney and reported for a Sydney newspaper in the early part of her career. After attending a master's program at Columbia University, she also worked for The Wall Street Journal.

Her writing demonstrates a wide-ranging interest in historical and cultural topics of an international scope. Among her books are Nine Parts of Desire: the hidden world of Islamic women, the 2006 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel March, as well as People of the Book, a fictional piece based on the history of the Sarajevo Haggadah. The latest novel, Caleb's Crossing, has just been published to excellent reviews and concerns the interplay of cultures, Native American and English, during the American colonial period.

Year of Wonders: a novel of the plague earned high praise for Brooks from many quarters.  The book recounts in fiction a true and tragic period in English history centering on a real town which faced a virulent outbreak of the plague.  Approximately four-fifths of the populace of the small English town of Eyam died during this outbreak in 1666, but the townspeople are remembered to this day for the extraordinary sacrifice they collectively made under the leadership of their local rector.  Brooks employs a somber and lyrical tone along with a memorable narrator to do justice to this spellbinding story.