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Sunday, October 31, 2010

November News & Lots to Do This Teacher Convention Weekend!

@ the Library: Programs

Note:  Toddler Times & Infant Lap Sit Times resume  the Nov. 3rd.
The Library is closed Election Day, Nov. 2nd
Don't forget to vote!  Polls are open 6 a.m.-8p.m.  For voting locations and other information about the ballot, go to http://www.njvoterinfo.org/

Storytimes will resume on Nov. 9th.   
On Thursday Nov. 11th (Veteran's Day) we will only be open 9-5 p.m. and there will be no programs.

Story Times (ages 2-6) are Tuesdays at 10 & 1:30 
Toddler Times (ages 18 mo - 3 years) are Wednesdays at 10 & 11 and Thursdays at 10:30
Infant Lap Sit (ages birth to 18 mo.) is Thursday at 9:30
See our program calendar for more details on these and other upcoming programs. 

Harry Potter Party (Limited to students in grades 5 - 12) 
Registration Required
Friday, November 5 from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Join fellow Harry Potter fans just in time for the next chapter — Part 1 of “The Deathly Hallows” will be in theaters November 19!  We will celebrate the adventures of Harry and his friends with trivia, snacks, and an all around Potter Party.

Toy Story 3 (Rated G)  
(Recommended for families with children 3 and up)  Saturday, November 6 at 10:30AM
Join Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie, Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head and the rest of the gang as their adventures take a turn when Andy heads off to college. 

Check out more images from our master Lego Builders at: 
Lego Club (For grades K - 2) 
Monday, November 8 from 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Registration Required
Lego Club (For grades 3-5) 
Wednesday November 10 from 4:30 -5:30 Registration Required
Get together with other Lego-maniacs, Library Legos will be available for building. Share ideas and tips on building, and have a great time.

Tuesday November 9 at 7:00 pm No registration required
Join us for family drop-in storytime now in the evening and hear stories, songs and more!

Alex Mitnik and the Kaleidescope Band No registration required
(For families with children 3 and up)
Saturday, November 13 at 10:30 am
They’re Baaaack!!!! And rockin’ and rollin’ your Saturday morning! Join Alex and the Kaleidoscope Band for kid friendly, interactive, magical music that will get your toes tappin’ and your hands clappin’!

@ the Library: Displays & Materials

On display behind the Reference Desk (below the Bulletin Board) are this year's nominees for the Garden State Book Award.   Come check out the books on this list and vote for your three favorites in any category.  Our display will be up and voting will continue through  December 31st.

Take a look at our Veteran's Day Display atop the Holiday Books.  Have a soldier in your family?  A friend who is deploying/returning from the war?  -- Our Military Deployment Bibliography has both book and internet resources for helpful information for all ages.

Around the Community

Have you discovered the online site officially titled Hillsborough.Macaroni Kid?  Even though it says "Hillsborough,"  it lists a slew of family events in many surrounding area towns as well -- many more than we can possibly list in this blog!  Check this week's calendar here.  You can subscribe to receive a weekly calendar in your email and/or go to the site from the link at the top right side of our blog at any time.

Here are some other exciting possibilities for things to do  this Teacher Convention Weekend:


The kids are off from school because of Teachers’ Convention and you haven’t a clue what to do with them? The Hunterdon Art Museum has some classes that will keep their little brains and imaginations involved:

Hunterdon Art Museum center for art, craft & design
School's Out / NJEA Conference Workshops

THURSDAY, November 4 
950 Nature's Gallery with Nan Krochta (Age 6 and up)
9:00 PM – 12:00 PM, Tuition: $42; member $37
Supervised Lunch: 12:00 – 1:00 PM. $10

951 Painting Pals with Lisa Grasso-Earl (Age 6 and up)
1:00 – 4:00 PM, Tuition: $42; member $37

FRIDAY, November 5
952 Draw, Paint and Sculpt with Nan Krochta (Age 6 and up)
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Tuition: $42; member $37
Supervised Lunch: 12:00 – 1:00 PM, $10

953 Webs, Wings and Watercolor with Lisa Grasso-Earl (Age 6 and up)
1:00 – 4:00 PM, Tuition: $42; member $37
Hunterdon Art Museum
Gallery hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
7 Lower Center Street
Clinton, New Jersey 08809

The Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) Planetarium in Branchburg will present star and
laser shows for children and their families to enjoy during the Teachers Convention break. The
following shows will be offered:
The Little Star that Could, Thursday, November 4, 2 p.m.
Learn how there are different kinds of stars in the galaxy, but only the most special have
planets around them. (Recommended for ages 6-10)
Laser Kids 2, Thursday, November 4, 3 p.m.
Listen to songs such as “Fireflies” and “Hot Hot Hot” while lasers draw pictures on the dome
overhead. (Recommended for ages 6-12)
Tickets cost $6 for one show, $11 for two shows on the same day. Reservations are strongly
suggested.  For additional information, call 908-231-8805 or visit www.raritanval.edu/planetarium.


WHEN: Saturday, November 6, at 4:00 PM.
 Historic Palace Theatre, Route 183, 7 Ledgewood Avenue, Netcong
TICKETS: $12.00
Call 973.347.4946 or click here to order!

Brady Rymer was a founding member of the much-loved roots/rock bandFrom Good Homes, a band with deep Northern New Jersey roots, touring for thirteen years with Bob Dylan, Dave Matthews and the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir, before parenthood broadened the audience of his music to include young and old alike.

First class, all-American rock ‘n’ roll with a feel-good R&B foundation is Rymer’s calling card; his show with the Little Band That Could creates a happy, rollicking back-porch vibe that gets children and their families up and dancing, and smiling from ear to ear. People Magazine calls Rymer a “fave” of families everywhere; kids love the energy and Rymer’s magnetic, good-times-guy charm, and the band’s musicianship is something even the most discerning music-loving parent can appreciate.

Nina Music’s blending of sign language, movement and music has been a big hit in live performances, most recently as a featured children’s performer at Musikfest, one of the country’s largest music festivals. Her performance will get the audience joining her to Sing – Sign – Dance!

Presenting music with the whole family in mind, Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could will showcase favorites from all of Brady’s albums, including tunes from the GRAMMY-nominated Here Comes Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could. They’ll be sure to perform their hit Jump Up (It’s A Good Day)”; whose percolating rhythms are as uplifting as they are infectious, bringing audiences to their feet – and some into the air!  They will also play “Love Me For Who I Am,” inspired by Brady’s work with children on the autism spectrum at Celebrate the Children School in Wharton.

The New York Daily News sums it all up nicely:  “Rymer and his Little Band That Could get the whole family groovin’!”


clip_image002[5]Celebrate American Indian Heritage Month at theMorris Museum’s Lenape Indian Family Day
WHEN: Saturday November 6, Noon – 4 PM
WHERE: The Morris Museum, located at 6 Normandy Heights Road (at the corner of Columbia Turnpike) in Morristown
TICKETS: free with museum admission
Enjoy an afternoon at the Morris Museum and learn about New Jersey’s first people—the Lenape Indians.

MM John Kraft Lenape ArtifactsJohn Kraft, Creator and Director of Lenape Lifeways, will give presentations that focus on the culture of the Lenape Indians. Participants will see and hold authentic and replicated objects, including stone and bone tools, masks, pottery, clothing, musical instruments, games, and more. Mr. Kraft will be dressed in period costume (17th century) when he discusses Lenape history and shares Lenape stories. Families will be invited to create corn husk dolls and to design a woven textile in a craft workshop run by Morris Museum educators. All activities are drop-in, throughout the afternoon.
John Kraft, Director of Lenape Lifeways, is an archaeologist and educator who has presented thousands of programs on the Lenape or Delaware Indians of New Jersey. His goal is to share with others his knowledge, enthusiasm and appreciation for the remarkable people called the “Lenape.” In his work discovering and excavating Lenape villages and artifacts, Mr. Kraft has found trade goods given to the native people by the early Dutch and English settlers, and has documented his findings about their family life, dwellings, diet, spiritual beliefs and technology. He is the author of The Indians of Lenapehoking, an educational unit on the Indians of New Jersey, and has illustrated The Lenape or Delaware Indians and other books. John Kraft has been creating museum exhibits and lecturing for over 20 years. 

About the Morris MuseumThe Morris Museum explores and celebrates the arts, sciences and humanities through exhibitions, educational programs, performing arts and special events. Founded in 1913, the museum serves over 200,000 adults and children each year.  These programs are made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Morris Museum, located at 6 Normandy Heights Road (at the corner of Columbia Turnpike) in Morristown, NJ, is open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 11 AM to 5 PM; Thursday, 11 AM to 8 PM; and Sunday, 1-5 PM Admission to the museum is $10 for adults and $7 for children, students and senior citizens. Admission is free for museum members and is free to the public every Thursday between 5 and 8 PM. For more information, call 973.971.3700, or visit www.morrismuseum.org.


Prepare for an Exciting Interactive Experience…
Mad Science Presents CSI: LIVE
WHEN: Saturday November 6, 4:00 PM
WHERE: bergenPAC, 30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood
TICKETS: $25, $15

mad science logoChildren and adults alike will enjoy an exclusive opportunity to share in the adventures of CSI: LIVE!, the latest Mad Science® production at bergenPAC in Englewood, New Jersey.

The world’s number one television franchise is about to hit the stage!  Mad Science presents CSI: LIVE!, an exciting, interactive journey through the fascinating world of crime scene investigations.

When a crime is committed at the Las Vegas premiere of the Max Spade Magic Show, the CSI team springs into action. Sydney Mathis and David Hart play the roles of CSI investigators and are on the case, assisted by supervisor Gil Grissom through a live video connection from the Las Vegas Crime Lab.

Audience members will jump up on stage and become part of the action; becoming witnesses, suspects and CSI recruits. Together they will use their superior logic and forensic know-how to uncover hidden details, investigate the evidence and test their theories.

Whether it’s analyzing mysterious gasses, launching projectiles into a target or firing a laser beam across the stage, the CSI recruits will have to be on their toes to help solve the crime before it’s too late!

How was the crime committed? Who is guilty? Only you can find the answers. It’s CSI: LIVE!—join the adventure! (age appropriate for ages 8 and older)

About The Mad Science Group®
Mad Science® is the world’s leading fun science brand. Its entertaining and engaging productions spark the imagination of children and family audiences with shows conducted in amusement parks, theme parks, fairs, schools, camps and homes. Based in Montreal, Canada, the Mad Science Group has developed more than 300 hours of original science content with over 2,000 interactive activities delivered by an extensive network of 150 franchises across 20 countries and 5 continents. Mad Science Productions®, a division of the Mad Science Group conducts large-scale touring stage shows. Mad Science conducts a quarter million presentations a year, for 5 million customers! Visitwww.madscience.org!

CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION in USA is a trademark of CBS Broadcasting Inc. and outside USA is a trademark of Entertainment AB Funding LLC. CBS and the CBS Eye Design TM CBS Broadcasting Inc.  ©2000 - 2008 CBS Broadcasting Inc. and Entertainment AB Funding LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Children's Book Festival—Sunday, November 7, 2:00-5:00 pm at Bernardsville Library

Come to the library to meet a group of talented children’s authors and illustrators: Danny and Kim Adlerman, Pat Cummings, Doris Ettlinger, Megan Halsey, Dar Hosta, Trinka Hakes Noble, Lena Shiffman, and Javaka Steptoe. Purchase their autographed books for great holiday gifts! The original illustrations and artwork will be on display at the library throughout the month of November. Free. No sign-up is needed.


If you and your daughter/granddaughter/great-granddaughter/niece enjoyed Little House on the Prairie last year, here’s a story about a friendship forged on a wagon train crossing the country from the folks at The Growing Stage and Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey. Best of all, it will be performed in an intimate black-box theater for a singular dramatic experience:

Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie
by Julie Jensen
Directed by John Pietrowski
Featuring Jane Keitel and Lori Lawrence
Appropriate for ages 8 and up
WHEN: November 4–21, 2010
WHERE: Playwrights Theatre, 33 Green Village Road, Madison
TICKETS: on sale on the PTNJ websiteor by calling the box office at 973.514.1787 X10.

Migrating with their parents on the Oregon Trail in 1847, two thirteen-year old girls become fast friends as they grow up together on their humorous and harrowing journey. Bill Westhoven, The Daily Record, called the January 2010 studio presentation "a stirring night of theater with performances worthy of a larger audience."

The Growing Stage will be touring the production and performing the piece at its home, The Historic Palace Theatre in Netcong, throughout March and May and information can be received by contacting the theater directly at www.growingstage.com

Thanks to Ruth Ross at njartsmaven.com for these listings.

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