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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Family Storytime, Veteran's Day, Diary of a Wimpy Kid & More!

@ the Library: Programs

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

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

Regular 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. 

Check out more images from our master Lego Builders at: 
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.

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’!

From Our Farms! (Limited to ages 3 - 5) Registration Required Wednesday, November 17 at 1:30 pm
Join the Rutgers Agricultural Team and learn about good family nutrition, our local agricultural resources 
and the role that farms and farming 
play in enriching our communities! 

We’ll have stories, a craft and a healthy snack demo.

Making math and science come alive using children’s books A workshop for early childhood educators, parents and caregivers Thursday, November 18 7-8:30 p.m. 
Registration Required  Participants will learn how to use children’s books to enhance science and math activities.

(Limited to ages 5 - 8) Saturday, November 20 at 10:30 am Hear stories about the harvest then construct a beautiful, bountiful harvest basket to take “home for the holidays”. Bring your own basket to decorate, approximately 5” in diameter.

For more upcoming programs, bookclubs, etc., check out the library calendar here.

@ the Library: Displays & Materials

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 5 comes out today!  Come to the library and enter to win a "Wimpy Kid" full size stand up figure!  (And while you are here, check out our  "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" read-alikes display above the magazine section.)  Want more information about that Wimpy Kid? -- check out Jeff Kinney's website www.wimpykid.com/.

More contests! -- Come to the Youth Services Reference Desk and enter a contest to win a "Buzz Lightyear" action figure.

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.

Let Your Fingers Do (More) Walking

These Internet sites are particularly useful for families dealing with deployments:

Sesame Street: Talk, Listen, Connect – Deployments & Young Children
This bilingual, multimedia outreach program was designed to help support military families with children between the ages of 2 and 5 experiencing deployments, multiple deployments or when a parent returns home changed due to a combat related injury. The online kit includes video segments focusing on deployments, homecomings and changes, featuring the beloved Muppets from Sesame Street combined with live action footage of military families.

Healthy Parenting Initiative
"Information for Military Personnel and Their Families" offers tips on deployment, relocation and dangerous work issues, plus an activity center for kids.” Military Spouses & Children

Despite the site name, this site links to a host of service branch-specific sites offering support and information to spouses of either gender -- along with their loved ones and children. It also links to a kid-specific site: www.militarykidz.com.

Military One Source
There is lots of parenting and other advice on this comprehensive site which links to many other sites as well.

American Red Cross – Military Members and Families’ Services  (click "Getting Assistance" and then "Service to military families")
This site provides information about the communications, financial and counseling assistance available to active duty, Guard, Reserves and veteran personnel.

Uniting Through Reading  The United Through Reading® Military Program helps ease the stress of separation for military families by having deployed parents read children’s books aloud via DVD for their child to watch at home. This powerful program is available to all deploying military units and at select USO locations. It provides parents a chance to make powerful and lasting connections with their children and parent from afar.

Around the Community


Alan Liddell, director of RVCCArts, writes: “Give yourself a little credit. Every time you bring a young person to the theatre, whether it be your student, neighbor, or child, it's you who deserves the extra credit.”
Next Tuesday is the first Tuesdays with Stories event based on a novel for young adults. Coincidentally, it is also American Place Theatre's first literature-to-life event which employs two actors. I hope you'll join RVCCArts for this first-of-its-kind event, whether or not you are in the company of a child and join what will be a stimulating, multi-generational conversation following the performance.

the giver rvccartsThe GiverBased on the novel by Lois Lowry
Performed by American Place Theatre
WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 12 PMTICKETS: $10
WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 7 PMTICKETS: $25
WHERE: The Theatre, Raritan Valley Community College, 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg
Box Office: M-F, 11-4, 908.725.3420

This marks the first young adult novel on the Literature to Life roster. It also breaks the mold by utilizing two actors.

Young Jonas performs well in the impressively ordered society that the Elders have developed. When he turns 12, Jonas is singled out for special training from The Giver—to become the new Receiver. What Jonas receives is the truth that underlies his world. There is no turning back. 

This performance, and the Lois Lowry book it is based on, questions every value we have taken for granted and reexamines our most deeply held beliefs. This is a wonderful experience to share with your student, your child or grandchild.

The man that I named The Giver passed along to the boy knowledge, history, memories, color, pain, laughter, love, and truth. Every time you place a book in the hands of a child, you do the same thing.
It is very risky.
But each time a child opens a book, he pushes open the gate that separates him from Elsewhere. It gives him choices. It gives him freedom.

Those are magnificent, wonderfully unsafe things. —LOIS LOWRY, NEWBERY ACCEPTANCE SPEECH


WHEN: one performance only on November 14, 2010 at 3 PM
WHERE: Kean University’s Wilkins Theatre located at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union
TICKETS: $15 and are available by calling 908.737.SHOW (7469), and online at www.keanstage.com.

Kean Stage brings the Magik Theatre’s production of Alice and Wonderland: a Rock Opera to the Wilkins Theatre for Experience an unforgettable rock and roll musical journey through Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland presented in the style of The Who’s, Tommy.
The performance is for ages 6 to 10. However, this performance takes people of all ages on a journey to Wonderland. The Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, White Rabbit, Humpty Dumpty and even Tweedle Dee and Dum will take the family on a singing and dancing adventure they will always remember.


Drop-in Art ActivitiesWHEN: Saturdays and Sundays, 1– 4 PMWHERE: Newark Museum, 49 Washington Street, Newark
November: Make Mine MiniVisitors can tour the national premiere exhibition of furniture and design,Gustav Stickley and the American Arts & Crafts Movement. Using a variety of materials, families construct their own miniature designs.
Sleepover at the Newark MuseumWHEN: Friday–Saturday, December 3–4, 5:30 PM–9 AM
sleepovertnm2010Come to the Newark Museum for a night ofillusion, prestidigitation and planetarium shows.
Kids should bring sleeping bag, pillow, flashlight, toiletries & camera.
Ages 7–12 (one parent or guardian required for every four children)
HOW MUCH: $65 per person (children and chaperones); Members $55
Pre-registration required; call 973.596.5150.mail-in registration form (PDF)
Refreshments & Activities:
  • Includes pizza, snacks, beverages and breakfast
  • Activities include brain games workshops, creating optical illusions,learning the science behind magic, and a digital, hi-def planetarium show.
  • Magic participatory performance with Joe Holiday
One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure
WHEN: Saturdays & Sundays, 1 & 3 PMFor a full schedule, please click here.
Looking AheadHoliday Family Fun DaysWHEN: Monday–Wednesday, December 27–29, 12:30–4:30 PM


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.


Here’s a special offer for tickets to Romeo & Juliet at the Actors’ Shakespeare Company at the New Jersey City University in Jersey City. It’s a veritable bargain!
Romeo & Juliet art - poster for ASC

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

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