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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Tots to Teens & In-Between -- Lots of Programs Inside & Outside the Library

One of the wonderful creations from our Lego Club Builders.  This weekend our Lego Clubs will be creating spooky scary things -- see sign up links below.

And check out the pictures & article in BridgewaterPatch from our "Big Rigs" Day last Saturday in the Bridgewater Library Parking Lot -- lots of fun was had by our many attendees!
The front of the 100-foot ladder and rescue truck from the Green Knoll Volunteer Fire Company

@ the Library: Programs

  • Weekly Storytimes for ages 2-6 (Tuesdays at 10 or 1:30), Toddler Times for 18 mo - 3 year olds (Wednesday at 10 & 11 and Thursdays at 10:30), and infant lap-sits for birth-18 months (Thursdays at 9:30) -- no registration is required.  This series runs through October 21st. 

  • Evening Storytime Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. for families with children 3 & up -- join us for a family drop-in storytime and hear stories, songs and more!

  • Pumpkin Fun for ages 3-8 Saturday Oct. 16 at 10 or 11:30 a.m.  (registration required)  Join the Bridgewater Garden Club for the annual pumpkin decorating activity. You bring the pumpkin and we'll supply the decorating materials. Bring a box to bring home your creation & wear old clothes or bring a smock.

  • Lego Club: Spooky Scary Things Saturday Oct. 16.  Grades K-2 from 1:30-2:30 p.m., Grades 3-6 from 3-4 p.m.  Get together with other Lego-Maniacs, share ideas & tips on building and have a great time!  Legos will be available for building or you can bring your own. 

  • For additional programs, check out our monthly program calendar.

    And, teens, don't forget this program which will be right next door!
    Employment Readiness Boot Camp!

    Held at Somerset County VoTech (4 Vogt Drive, Bridgewater, NJ 08807) 
    For teens aged 15 - 18 (registration required) 
    Saturday, October 16 from 9:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    TEENS: It's never too early to start thinking about your future career! Somerset County United Way Young Professionals and Somerset County Youth Services Program Development Committee present: EMPLOYMENT READINESS BOOT CAMP. Sessions include everything you need to know about where to find jobs, how to write a resume, how to prepare for and act during an interview, 10 things that can get you hired or fired, and a panel discussion session to get the scoop on the ins and outs of the business world from the experts who run it!

    @ the Library: Displays & Materials

    Check out our new display of  SPOOKY STORIES atop the periodicals section.

    Around the Community:


    @ Cooper Gristmill (Chester NJ)
    Celebrate ApplesSaturday, October 16, 1-3:30 PMFREE (donation appreciated)
    Visitors can assist with cider pressing as it was done in 1880s Milltown/ Chester. They can use a hand-cranked apple peeler, and decorate an apple.

    A Miller’s Halloween
    Saturday, October 30, 1-3:30 PMFREE. Donation appreciated.
    For a fun-filled afternoon, enjoy spooky storytelling at 1 PM and 2:30 PM. Come in costume if you’d like! Create corn husk dolls, color pumpkins and play old time games.

    @ Fosterfields Living History Farm (Morristown NJ)
    Amaizing” Corn is PoppingSaturday, October 16, 1-3 PMCOST: Admission
    Come to the Farmhouse and help make popcorn. Vintage utensils and the wood burning stove will be used. Lean about the different types of corn (maize).
    Cider Pressing: A “Must” See!Saturday, October 23, 1-3 PMCOST: Admission
    Watch the apple cider press in action as it produces the popular drink called “must.” After seeing the demonstration, enjoy a sample of non-alcoholic cider.
    Family Activity Center: Pumpkin Decorating
    Sunday, October 24, 1-3:30 PMCOST: Admission
    Families are invited to select and decorate a pumpkin with natural plant materials to take home. At the farm, play old-fashioned games with a Halloween theme. Parental supervision required.


    Open Stage Series
    IRL: In Real Life
    by R.N. Sandberg
    WHEN: Saturday, October 16, 2 PMDoors open at 1:30 for this FREE event; however, reservations are requiredCLICK HERE TO REGISTER
    WHERE: George Street Playhouse, 9 Livingston Avenue, New BrunswickLength: 60 minutes (Includes performance and post-play discussion)Appropriate for ages 11+
    From shared text messages, exploited secret photos and threatening online conversations, cyber-bullying reaches every facet of the students' lives and leads to consequences everyone needs to face. This production investigates how students can take an active role to end cyber-bullying.
    George Street Playhouse Open Stage Series is made possible in part through the generous support of the New Jersey Bar Foundation.

    Thanks to www.njartsmaven.com for the information about these events.

    Let Your Fingers Do the Walking:

    The Somerset County Library Homepage is a great launchpad for fun and informative web sites for children, teens, and parents.  Mouse over to the "Children & Teens" tab to discover special home pages we have created for children (and parents), middle schoolers, and high schoolers.  There you will find book recommendations, links to our programs, and lots of great web pages for education & recreation.

    One of our favorite links is AllMyFaves which provides "bite size" links to favorite sites for kids in oodles of different categories, from animals to comics, games to homework, movies & music & much much more!  Give it a try!

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