BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Offices at town hall, the Bernards Township Library will be closed on Monday, Jan. 21, to recognize the federal holiday honoring civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Bernards Township Schools will have an abbreviated day, with the original day off changed to a make-up day for earlier inclement weather days off during 2018.

Municipal officials will be open on Friday, Jan. 18, and are due to reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 22. 

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The Bernards Township Library, at 32 S. Maple Ave., is scheduled to be opened for its regular hours this Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m., and again on Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The Bernards Board of Education had voted in 2017 to amend that year's calendar to begin closing school on the federal holiday as of January 2018. The subject had been discussed multiple times in previous years, when schools had remained open, and some grades had discussed King in classrooms or in a special assembly on that day.

The day off was added to three school year's calendar, beginning in 2017-18 and continuing into 2019-20. 

The school calendars for 2020-21and 2021-22 have since been approved by the school board, and both include the Martin Luther King holiday as a day off from school. However, the January 2022 calendar also notes that the day is on the list of potential make-up days in the case of an excess number of snow days, as it was for this year.