Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Craft Group to Meet @ Bernardsville Library

Saturday Crafters, a monthly craft group organized by Bernardsville Public Library, will meet on Saturday, March 12 at 3:00 pm. Individuals are invited to bring their own handwork projects to the Library and work together in a comfortable, communal setting while enjoying the benefits of shared tips and conversation.

Readers’ Services Assistant Evelyn Fischel will showcase different project ideas and books at each meeting. A long-time crafter, Ms. Fischel will encourage such interests as knitting, crocheting, paper arts, hand sewing, embroidery and other needlework, as well as any other craft the group wishes to cover.

There is no charge to attend the meeting, and no sign-up is needed. For more information, call the library at 908-766-0118.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Residential Solar Energy

If you have questions about the practicality of installing a residential solar energy system for your home, about tax credits and rebates, and whether such a system adds to the value of your house, come to Bernardsville Public Library on Tuesday, March 8 at 7:00 pm when Christal Rosenka and Sean Barr of Independent Solar will discuss the basics of solar energy systems. They will explain how a solar PV system works and discuss available technology and options, tax incentives and renewable energy credits, and how long it might take to break even. Most importantly, they will describe what constitutes good property for going solar and what elements are crucial to designing the best system for your energy and financial needs.

Headquartered in Clinton, NJ, Independent Solar specializes in solar and renewable installations in Hunterdon, Warren, Morris, and Somerset Counties.

There is no charge to attend the program, but advance sign-up is requested. Register online at and follow the link under Adult Programs, or call the library at 908-766-0118 to sign up.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Saturday Samplers Book Group to Meet

Bernardsville Library’s book discussion group, Saturday Samplers, will meet on Saturday, March 5 at 3:30 pm to discuss The Road From Coorain (1989) by Jill Ker Conway.

Ms. Conway is a distinguished historian who has specialized in the experience of women in America. The Road from Coorain is the autobiographical story of her young life—from her childhood on an isolated sheep-farm in Australia and her early education in war-time Sydney, to her departure for America and her eventual ascension in 1975 to the presidency of Smith College, the first woman president in its history. She is now a Visiting Professor at MIT.

Led by Readers’ Services Assistant, Evelyn Fischel, Saturday Samplers is a book discussion group dedicated to sampling various kinds of literature, including short stories, nonfiction, new and old novels, and even teen fiction. Its goal is to search out interesting, noteworthy, and sometimes overlooked books. Readers can find information about the group and about the books and authors on the reading list at No sign-up is needed to join the discussion. Call the library at 766-0118 for more information.

There is no charge to attend the discussion, and no sign-up is needed. The group will meet in the Library’s Community Room.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Power of RE-

Inspirational speaker Andrea Mastrobattista will begin a new series of workshops, “The Power of RE: Rejuvenate Your Spirit,” at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, February 23 at Bernardsville Public Library.

“It's a new year and a chance start fresh,” says Ms. Mastrobattista, “These monthly workshops will help you REplenish your energy, REdiscover your dreams and even REclaim power over your life. Come to learn about the Power of RE and choose your own RE- word to focus on in 2011!”

There is no charge to attend the library workshop, but advance registration is requested. Register online at, and follow the link under Programs/Activities, or call the library at 908-766-0118 to sign up.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Memoirs & Coffee Book Group to Meet

The next meeting of Bernardsville Library’s book discussion group, Memoirs and Coffee, will be held on Tuesday, February 22 at 10:30 am in the library’s Community Room. Pat Kennedy-Grant, Readers’ Services Coordinator for the library, will lead the discussion The Invisible Wall: A Love Story That Broke Barriers (2007) by Harry Bernstein.

The book, written when Mr. Bernstein was 97 years old, tells the story of his family’s struggles to make ends meet on the eve of World War I in a small Lancashire mill town in England where there was an “invisible wall” dividing Jewish and Christian families. His father was a tailor, who spent most of his wages drinking and gambling. His mother was illiterate, fiercely devoted to her children, and persistently begging relatives in Chicago to send money for the family’s passage to the United States. The “love story” is about Bernstein’s older sister who did the unthinkable: falling in love with a Christian boy. The New York Times reviewer wrote of the book, “A Romeo and Juliet drama gradually unfolds…The small events of family life and the daily dramas on the street take on a shimmering, timeless quality… Mr. Bernstein, with great economy and skill, maneuvers an extensive cast of characters onto his small stage and lets their stories play out within the larger historical and social context. In the end, that little street turns out to be very big indeed.”

There is no charge to attend the book discussion, and no sign-up is needed. For further information, call the library at 908-766-0118.