BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -The Berkeley Heights Public Library offers many free events, activities, and presentations. Children of all ages, families, and adults will find something of interest. Here are some highlights of what's going on at the library this summer: 

  • Shakespeare in the Park(ing) Lot: The Next Stage Ensemble of the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey returns to the library this summer with two new productions. Bring your lawn chairs to the back parking lot and enjoy the plays.
    • July 17 at 7 p.m.: William Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet
    • July 24 at 7 p.m.: Pierre de Maurivaux’s ‘Triumph of Love
  • July 21 at 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. - Use the Internet Like an Expert with David Ogens. The third in a continuing computer lecture series. Topics covered will include useful websites, apps and online tips that are of interest to our library patrons. The classes are free and open to the public. Familiarity with computers and the internet is preferred. Register at the Reference Desk or call us at 908-464-9333 and let them know what you want to learn about computers.
  • SUMMER INTERNATION FILM FESTIVAL: Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room. The door to the Meeting Room opens at 6:45 p.m. Free, no registration for this monthly film program. The films for the Summer International Film Festival are:
    • July 9: “Force Majeure” Rated R. 120 mins. Swedish, English, French, Norwegian w/English subtitles. A family on a ski holiday in the French Alps find themselves faced by an avalanche and find their dynamic has been shaken to its core in its aftermath.
    • July 23: “Pride” Rated R. 119 mins. In English.
    •  U.K. gay activists work to help miners from a Welsh village during the strike in the summer of 1984.
    • July 30: “Land Ho” Rated R. 95 mins. In English. Former brothers-in-law embark on a road trip through Iceland.
    • August 6: “Timbuktu” Rated PG-13. 97 mins. In French with English subtitles.
    • A cattle herder and his family who reside in the dunes of Timbuktu find their quiet lives disturbed by Jihadists determined to control their faith.
    • August 13: “Zero Motivation” Not Rated. 100 mins. In Hebrew with English subtitles.
    • A unit of female Israeli soldiers at a remote desert base bide their time as they count down the minutes until they can return to civilian life.
    • August 20: “Wild Tales” Rated R.  122 mins. In Spanish with English subtitles. Six short stories involving people driven to madness and acts of violence by inequality, injustice and the demands of the world we live in.
  • Library Book Groups
    • Morning Book Group: First Friday of each month at 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The Friday book group will not meet in July. It will meet August 7 to discuss ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee.
    • Tuesday Evening Book Group: Second Tuesday, of each month at 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Tuesday book group will meet July 14 to discuss New Yorker contributor Susan Orlean’s ‘My Kind of Place, travel stories from a woman who’s been everywhere’. The Tuesday group will not meet in August. Fall titles for both groups will be posted on the library website during the summer.
  • Lobby Displays: July - Watercolor paintings of nature by Berkeley Heights resident Catherine Moore Forman. August - Ceramics made by Ofrat Gilady-Sten
    • SUMMER READING PROGRAM continues, Reading Certificates will be awarded beginning Friday, August 14
    • July 10, Friday, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m, The Little Red Hen Play-Shop by Youth Stages, ages 3-9
    • July 13, Monday, 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., Origami with Mary Kao, all ages
  • July 14, Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Dinosaur Parade: Puppets, songs, audience participation, ages 2-5
  • July 24, Friday, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Irish Step Dancing, performance and lesson, ages 3 – 12  
  • July 27, Monday, 3:30 p.m., Meet Princess Belle, Enchanted Tales, ages 3-7
  • Aug 3, Monday, 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., Miss Lynn Sings, musical storytelling, ages 3-7
  • Aug 10, Monday, 6:30 p.m. to  7:15 p.m., Mad Science Workshop – ‘Behind Super Powers,’ ages 5 and up
  • August 14, Friday 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., Live Animal Program, ‘Nature’s Heroes’ by Eyes of the Wild, ages 3 - 9
  • Repeating Programs:
    • Fridays, July 17, 31; Aug 7, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Board and Floor Games for ages 2- 12
    • Tuesdays, June 23 - August 11, 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Storytime For ages 2-5  
    • Tuesdays, June 23 -  August 11 , 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. CHESS   Open play for kids & teens. 
    • Wednesdays, June 24, July 8, 22, Aug 5, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. LEGO Time  ages 5-11
    • Thursdays,  June 25 to August 13,  9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Mother Goose Storytime for ages 0 – 24 mos.
    • Wednesdays, July 15, 29; August 12, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. WII Gaming  ages 5-12
    • Local Heroes 
      • July 21, Tuesday, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Rescue Squad with ambulance
      • July 22, Monday, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fire Department with crew
      • July 23, Thursday, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Police Department  
    • FEATURE FILMS G-Rated, Thursdays, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
      • July 16  'Monster University'
      • July 30  'Beauty and the Beast'
      • August 13  'Pinocchio'

Teen Volunteers - Middle and High School students are needed to assist with summer programs for 2-4 hours per week.  The program will run from June 19 through August 14. Sign up at the Children’s Department desk.

Summer Hours at the Library:

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July Hours

  • Monday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Tuesday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Thursday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Sunday **Closed

August Hours

  • Monday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m
  • Tuesday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Thursday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Closed Weekends in August

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