Friday, March 22, 2013

Winter Journal

Winter Journal, Paul Auster's 2012 biography, will be the subject of discussion at Memoirs and Coffee on Tuesday, March 26, 10:30 a.m.  Memoirs and Coffee is one of two Bernardsville Public Library book discussion groups, the other being Saturday Samplers; both groups are open to new members.
Paul Auster is a master of metafiction as seen in his so-called "detective novels," The New York Trilogy.  His references to earlier New York authors and his love of Brooklyn stand out in these stories as in his later book, Brooklyn Follies.  Winter Journal, on the other hand, allows Auster the platform to finally look within himself for his own story. 
In reviewing Winter Journal, Publishers Weekly Review notes that "From the vantage point of the winter preceding his 64th birthday, Auster lets his body and its sensations guide his memories...There is no set chronology; time and place bleed from one year to another, between childhood and adulthood...This is the exquisitely wrought catalogue of a man's history through his body, a body that has felt pain and pleasure..."

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

MakerSpace: A Creator's Dream @ Bernardsville Public Library

 Bernardsville Public Library is pleased to offer MakerSpace, where creativity meets computer.

A new Mac computer with extra-large monitor is available starting today for creators who want to work on photography, music,  illustration and other projects.  Our MakerSpace programs include Apple's iPhoto, Pages, Numbers and Keynote, as well as Photoshop and Garage Band.  Special headphones, mouse and keyboard are part of a check-out kit which entitles Bernardsville Library members to use MakerSpace in four-hour blocks of time.  Please sign up at the circulation desk to reserve a time slot.  For more information about this brand new library feature, please refer here.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Saturday Crafters, 117 Washcloths Later

Saturday Crafters, a monthly craft group organized by Bernardsville Public Library, recently received a letter from the Community Soup Kitchen and Outreach Center in Morristown thanking the group for its donation of 117 washcloth and soap sets.  Many of the cloths were knitted or crocheted by participating Crafters, who purchased the soaps and wrapped the parcels in colorful ribbons.  Bernardsville Library staff member Evelyn Fischel, who founded Saturday Crafters, delivered the items to the Soup Kitchen and Outreach Center where they will be made available to families and individuals in need.
Saturday Crafters welcomes new members who like to practice handwork such as crochet, knitting, rug hooking, cross stitch, needlepoint and jewelry artsPlease bring a project with you to the next meeting on Saturday, March 16th, at 3 p.m. in the Community Room and enjoy an afternoon of conversation and crafting. Participation in community outreach projects (such as the washcloth sets) is purely voluntary.