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Monday, December 4, 2017

Somerset County Libraries Reopen Today (Tuesday)–Join us for STEM Playground during today’s storytimes and more December fun…

BRIDGEWATER LIBRARY’S UPCOMING PROGRAMS:

imageToday (Tuesday 12/5) at 10 and 4:30  “Building Up” – STEM Playground.  Join us for some construction stories then use our STEM toys to create your own structures.

Next Tuesday (12/12 at 10 and 4:30) Gifts and Giving – we’ll share stories then create our own imaginative “marvelous toy” or wrapping paper.

at Bridgewater Library:

Baby Times on Thursday at 9:30 a.m.

Toddler Times (ages 18mo-36 mo) are Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m. So that we may have enough room for all  our toddler families, please only come to one toddler time each week.

Family Story and Craft (ages 3-6 plus siblings) Tuesday at 10 a.m.

Time Wednesday nights at 7 p.m.

 

 

imageKids aged 3-11 are invited to our weekly STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, ART, and Math) Tuesdays at 4:30. Geared to K-4th graders but open to all ages.

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More fun for your family:

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For full details on these and other programs, see the Bridgewater Library Online Calendar

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Looking for other thingimages to do? Hulafroghas many ideas for  activities around our community.


There are also activities listed on the right side of this blog under “events” – click the headline of this email to see these listings.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Ways to help your children help others at school and things to think about as you choose books to read. Storytimes resume the week of 11/28 + December programs at Bridgewater Library

Meet the Teen Who Discovered the Secret of Social Capital

Natalie Hampton/used with permission

Source: Natalie Hampton/used with permission

Natalie Hampton turns the (lunch) tables on a social system that breeds bullies.

Brainteaser: Two children are being bullied.
One child breaks down crying.
The other child kicks her tormenter in the shin.
Which one continues to be bullied?
Hint: it’s simpler than you think.*

“You're worthless. You should kill yourself. Everyone would be happier if you did.”

This is not someone’s depressed inner voice. This is what real children tell other real children in middle school.

Read more about the teen who figured out a way to help her fellow students…and how you can help your kids make a difference at their schools: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/happiness-and-the-pursuit-leadership/201711/meet-the-teen-who-discovered-the-secret-social



A Letter to All the Children of America

BY KATIE CUNNINGHAM

To all the children in America,

…This year, we hope that you try something new in your reading life. Try a new genre. New series. New author. A book told from a different point of view or way of life than you’re used to. Pick up a book that you think will surprise you. Seek recommendations. Talk to your classmates, teachers, and librarians to find our what they are reading. It takes confidence to try something new and we know that one of our jobs is to help you become even more confident in your reading choices and in your belief in yourself. Maybe you can participate in National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang’s “Reading without Walls” Challenge, and encourage those around you to do the same.

This year, we hope that you find books that feel like you are looking in the mirror. That make you say, “Yes, this story is my story.” We equally hope that you find books that feel like you are looking out the window into someone else’s world. We have so much to learn from the life experiences of others. Most of all, we hope that you find books that start out as windows but that become mirrors. Stand in front of a window and notice how when the light is just right a window becomes a mirror. Know that books can create that same effect. You can also think about books as sliding glass doors that encourage us to walk through them. When you walk through a door, you open up a world of possibility. You walk alongside characters that challenge what you knew and could imagine before. Books can be those doors. Carry these metaphors with you into your reading life. Then, tell other people about it (Bishop, 1990).

This year, stop and notice the ways that books make you feel. When we meet characters that are different from us and we grow to love them, our hearts grow in the process. The more we all read about the life experiences, both fictional and real, that challenge our own ways of thinking, the world becomes more compassionate and understanding. Stop and notice when books make you laugh out loud. Stop and notice when you find yourself welling up with emotion. Be brave in allowing yourself to feel these things.

This year, use books to learn more about the world around you. Have a burning question? Something you have been wondering about? Want to know how to make something? Curious about how or why? There’s a book out there that can help you know more. In a world where “alternative facts” are masquerading as verifiable facts, and powerful people are calling verifiable facts “fake news,” question what you think you know. Be curious. Look for sources that may give different facts and then discuss with others what those facts make you think. Your curiosity is one of your greatest strengths.

This year, we hope that you share your ideas about books with the people in your life, especially people that may disagree with you. Use the stories you encounter in books, both fiction and nonfiction as a springboard to debate and discuss the ideas that matter to you and those that confuse you. When we talk about our reading with others, our reading experience deepens and broadens. By putting our own ideas in words for others to consider, we refine and reformulate them. By hearing others’ responses to our thoughts, we expand our ideas and gain new ones.

This year, challenge those around you to keep their minds and hearts open. In the wake of outward displays of hate in Charlottesville, Virginia this summer, we must all be wide-awake to social injustices in all of their forms. If your school or your teacher chooses books where all of the characters always come from the same cultural backgrounds–speak up. If your teacher or your classmates gloss over uncomfortable conversations about character’s choices or beliefs–speak up. If you find yourself wondering whether your story counts in the world of literature–speak up. You will be the generation that helps America embrace discomfort as an opportunity to grow and continue learning.

Your friends at The Classroom Bookshelf,

Katie, Grace, Erika, and Mary Ann

 

 



CHECK OUT BRIDGEWATER LIBRARY’S UPCOMING PROGRAMS:

Family Storytime (ages 3-6 plus siblings) Tuesday at 10 a.m.

PJ Time Wednesday nights at 7 p.m.

Toddler Times (ages 18mo-36 mo) are Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m. So that we may have enough room for all  our toddler families, please only come to one toddler time each week.

Baby Times on Thursday at 9:30 a.m.

imageKids aged 3-11 are invited to our weekly STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, ART, and Math) Tuesdays at 4:30. Geared to K-4th graders but open to all ages.

 

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For full details on these and other programs, see the Bridgewater Library Online Calendar

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Looking for other thingimages to do? Hulafroghas many ideas for  activities around our community.


There are also activities listed on the right side of this blog under “events” – click the headline of this email to see these listings.


 

http://www.TheTheaterProject.org

Nothing teaches critical thinking skills like
LIVE THEATER!
Chances are ...
... that there is a kid in your life who has the energy and  imagination to write a short play ... but needs to know that someone is interested!
2018 DEADLINE: January 22

At left: the winners and honorable mentions of last year's event.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Stories, Art, Filmmaking, Homework Help and Reading to Dogs all at Bridgewater Library this Week. Free Shadow Puppet Workshop and Other Fun Around Our Community as well…


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November 6, 2017

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Another week is here and it's time to make the most of it with your munchkins. Big or little, everyone will find something to put a smile on their face, like a princess pajama party, free martial arts class, or Lego build at the Bridgewater Commons. Don't waste another minute wondering what to do - check out our Week Ahead Guide and find your family fun!

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Looking for other thingimages to do? Hulafrog has many ideas for  activities around our community. 


There are also activities listed on the right side of this blog under “events” – click the headline of this email to see these listings.

 

 

CHECK OUT BRIDGEWATER LIBRARY’S WEEKLY STORYTIMES:

Family Storytime (ages 3-6 plus siblings) Tuesday at 10 a.m.

PJ Time Wednesday nights at 7 p.m.

Toddler Times (ages 18mo-36 mo) are Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m. So that we may have enough room for all  our toddler families, please only come to one toddler time each week.

Baby Times on Thursday at 9:30 a.m.

imageKids aged 3-11 are invited to our weekly STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, ART, and Math) Tuesdays at 4:30. Geared to K-4th graders but open to all ages. Next up:

image_thumbPicture This:  Keith Haring: Characters at Play 

Join us as we explore the quirky characters and enthusiastic energy of this graffiti-inspired artist, then help us make a mural

and create some stand-up sculptures in his signature style.

 

 

No registration required for any of these programs.


Make a Movie at the Library!
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LIKE TO DRAW? COME LEARN SKILLS AT THE LIBRARY

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MORE FUN AT THE LIBRARY

 

 

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For full details on these and other programs, see the Bridgewater Library Online Calendar.



Looking for other ideas of great things to do with your kids everyday?  Download this fun calendar: here

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http://www.TheTheaterProject.org

Nothing teaches critical thinking skills like
LIVE THEATER!
Chances are ...
... that there is a kid in your life who has the energy and  imagination to write a short play ... but needs to know that someone is interested!
2018 DEADLINE: January 22

At left: the winners and honorable mentions of last year's event.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Enjoy Spooky Fun at Bridgewater Township’s Halloween Festival this Monday Night or Go to Morristown’s Pumpkin Illumination. Drop Off Your Surplus Candy for Soldiers; Storytimes and Other November Programs at Bridgewater Library


 



Monday, October 30 at 5:00 p.m.at the Vail Mansion located at 110 South Street in Morristown.

Join us for an evening of fun for all ages! Starting at 5:00 pm..

5:15 p.m. – Bring your carved pumpkin to the reflecting pond in front of the Vail Mansion in Morristown. Enjoy live jazz by The Lintet!

The Lintet is an active and experienced New Jersey/New York based jazz ensemble led by Taiwanese-American trombonist, Peter Lin, whose playing was reviewed by Downbeat Magazine as “solid, fluid, and smooth.” The band’s repertoire includes popular jazz standards, soul classics, exciting originals, and even special renditions of Taiwanese folk songs.

6:00 p.m. – luminary parade!

6:15 p.m. – Pumpkin Illumination! Lighting of the pumpkins

Bring your carved pumpkin to light at dusk for an evening of family fun for all ages including
live jazz, an art workshop, luminary parade, pumpkin illumination and much more!


Looking for other thingimages to do? Hulafrog has many ideas for  activities around our community.

 

 

Sanford Orthodontics

Halloween Candy Buyback 2017

BRING US YOUR HARD, STICKY & CHEWY CANDY

Beginning November 6st – November 17th

We are on vacation the week of October 30th!

DR SANFORD WILL BUY BACK YOUR CANDY

FOR A $1.00 A POUND!

HE WILL DONATE THE SAME AMOUNT TO THE “SMILE TRAIN”! A CHILDREN’S CHARITY PROVIDING SURGICAL PROCDURES FOR CHILDREN WITH CLEFT LIP AND PALATES!

THE CANDY WILL BE DONATED TO OUR MILITARY TROOPS OVERSEAS!

YOU GET THE “CASH” THE CHILDREN GET THE “SURGERY” & TROOPS GET THE “CANDY!

Thank you,   Dr. Robert L. Sanford & Team

Sanford orthodontics

1353 Prince Rodgers Avenue

Bridgewater, NJ 08807

908.722.5233


 

Storytimes Resume on November 1st:

PJ Time Wednesday nights at 7 p.m.

Toddler Times (ages 18mo-36 mo) are Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m. So that we may have enough room for all  our toddler families, please only come to one toddler time each week.

Baby Times on Thursday at 9:30 a.m.

F
amily Storytime (ages 3-6 plus siblings) Tuesday at 10 a.m.

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Kids aged 3-11 are invited to our weekly STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, ART, and Math) Tuesdays at 4:30. Geared to K-4th graders but open to all ages.
Next up:

imagePicture This:  Keith Haring: Characters at Play 

Join us as we explore the quirky characters and enthusiastic energy of this graffiti-inspired artist, then help us make a mural

and create some stand-up sculptures in his signature style.

No registration required for any of these programs.


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LIKE TO DRAW? COME LEARN SKILLS AT THE LIBRARY

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MORE FUN AT THE LIBRARY:

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For full details on these and other programs, see the Bridgewater Library Online Calendar.


 

Let Your Fingers Do More Walking

6 Tiny Tips for Saving the World

By Lesley Rynders

Photo: A3pfamily / Shutterstock

Do your little bit of good where you are;
it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.

- Desmond Tutu

In today’s world, the idea of being a “good person” can (and has) overwhelmed many people I know. “Why even bother trying?” they ask. “It doesn’t change anything.” The good people in my life are hurting, weary souls. And yet…when the news is difficult, bad, sad, worrying...they still try harder to save the world. Sometimes to the point of exhaustion.
Maybe that’s just too much pressure. No one, by themselves, is going to save the world. Take it from me: my life’s goal is to achieve world peace.
(So far, it’s not going well.)
So, my fellow good people of the world, maybe we need to advocate for starting a little smaller. Let’s start with little, everyday things we can do to improve our own little corners of the world.
Tiny tip: Be one with the moment at hand. 
With all our alerts and notifications, we are constantly planning ahead. That’s not a bad thing—I’m a huge advocate for planning ahead. But let’s not lose touch with the moment we’re actually in. Especially if that moment involves another human being. Consider giving someone your undivided attention and truly listening to them. Think about how good it feels to be the recipient of such attention. And it’s a small thing that doesn’t need to take a lot of time. In fact, for all of us multitaskers out here, studies have shown that we actually accomplish more when we focus on one thing at a time. Imagine that: being a good person AND getting more done! That’s the kind of multitasking I like!
CPI Recommends: 12 Mindfulness Tips for Busy People
Tiny tip: The world does not revolve around you. 
Okay, so we know this, right? Then how come so many of us operate as if it does? We post on social media for the “likes”. And then we read the comments. (And then we respond to the comments.) Maybe we could stand to Rationally Detach from social media. There are no nonverbals or paraverbals to go with written comments, so anything we read (or post) might be taken in a way that it wasn’t intended. Which brings me to my next point…
CPI Recommends: Get on the Road to Rational Detachment

Tiny tip: Assume best intent.  Always. 
Ever gotten an email from a supervisor that says, “Can you stop by my office?” How many of us automatically assume that we did something wrong? Let’s try to reframe that thinking. Maybe our boss wants to tell us something we did well. Or maybe our boss wants to coach us on how we can be even better. And let’s not just limit this to supervisor-employee interactions, but our interactions with every single Human. I don’t think anyone wakes up in the morning and thinks, “I’m going to be a bad person today.” Most of us are just trying to survive and get by the best we can. The person who let the door slam in my face? Maybe she is going through a personal crisis and didn’t even see me. We can support the idea that humans are inherently good and want to be helpful—as evidenced by the recent response to disasters and violent crises in our world.
CPI Recommends: Put Good Intentions to Work as a Citizen Responder
Tiny tip: Get in touch with your inner toddler. 
Despite the cliché of the “terrible twos”, studies have shown that toddlers are inherently helpful, and generally try to have fun with whatever they do—which can make mealtimes frustrating for parents. Not everything is a joke, of course, but maybe we can take this away from the toddler mindset: don’t take ourselves so seriously. Have fun. Most situations—while they can be important—aren’t life or death. So maybe we can go easy on ourselves and laugh at ourselves a bit more. Laughter has, after all, been shown to decrease stress and improve overall health. What good is being a good person if we aren’t healthy enough to enjoy it?
CPI Recommends: 4 Calming Techniques for Kids and Adults
Tiny tip: Embrace the little things—and DO a few little things!
Hold the door. Take time to listen to someone. Or just sit with someone. Say please. Say thank you. Treat others with care. Write “hi” on a post-it note. There are countless little ways to be kind that don’t take a lot of effort.
CPI Recommends: A Month’s Worth of Mindfulness
Tiny tip: Remember that good people deserve goodness too!
Let’s not forget to take care of ourselves. Ask a friend to listen. Or to simply sit and be present with you. Find time for self-care: go for a hike, read a book, and get back in touch with your inner self. And, especially in human services and health care fields, where vicarious trauma can run rampant, reach out for help when you need it. Needing professional help isn’t a sign that we’re not good people, but it might help us reach our greater potential for goodness.
CPI Recommends: How Therapeutic Writing Can Help Crisis Workers
When we connect with our potential, we can better help others reach their potential.  And that’s a wonderful way to help spread the goodness (or better still—achieve world peace).