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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Thanks & Giving: Make a Difference this Holiday Season

@ the Library: Programs

(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.
Turkey Tunes    No registration required
(For families with children of all ages)  Monday, November 22 at 10:00 am
We'll have an early Thanksgiving with these songs for family togetherness on Turkey-day!

Thanksgiving Storytime    No registration required
Family Story Time Join us for stories and songs for the whole family.
Tuesdays 10:00 am & 1:30 p.m
Note: We have no Toddler Times on Wednesday Nov. 24th and the library will close at 5 p.m.
Looking ahead,  Picture This -- Keith Haring: Characters at Play (grades K-5)  Registration required
Monday, November 29 from 4:30-5:30
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. 

For more information on upcoming programs, check out our complete program calendar.
@ the Library: Displays & Materials

Check out our display "Thanks & Giving: Make Something Special for Someone You Love This Holiday Season" atop the magazine area in the children's room for books on crafts and foods your children can make and share.

Other ways your family can make a difference:

Donate to a food bank -- the library has an ongoing collection in the front lobby -- food banks are struggling to feed the many families affected by this recession.   If you have a frozen turkey you'd like to donate, Curves in the Prince Rodgers shopping center near the library will be collecting these Monday afternoon Nov. 22nd.

Open Up a World of Possibilities --Give a book (or books) to children this holiday season.

You Can Make a Difference in a Child’s Life.
Donate a New Book to
The library is accepting donations of new books for
infants through teens from
November 1 - December 8
These will be distributed to children and teens throughout New Jersey
who have limited access to books.

Around the Community:


A Midsummer Night's DreamAquila Theatre

Sunday, November 21, at 7 PM WHERE:
The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College, 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg
Box Office: M-F, 11-4, 908.725.3420
TICKETS: $22 & $27

This timeless comedy has delighted audiences for centuries, and Aquila’s imaginative interpretation will renew the magic of Shakespeare’s plot. Set against a classical Athenian backdrop, A Midsummer Night’s Dream deals with the universal theme of love, and its attendant complications: passion, lust, frustration, depression, confusion, and, of course, marriage. Aquila weaves a web of theatrical magic that will take an audience to the heart of an enchanted forest, the injustice of the Athenian court, and the political strife of the fairy kingdom.
The plot focuses on the trials and experiences of two sets of lovers, the Fairy King and Queen and their servants, and a group of rude mechanicals attempting to stage a production of Pyramus and Thisbe for the wedding of the Duke of Athens. At the heart of the story is the Fairy King’s servant, the impish Puck, whose magic creates an endless supply of mirth, mistaken identity, and inappropriate, if not absolutely ludicrous passions. Aquila’s comedic mastery, physical ensemble techniques, and proven successes with their critically acclaimed productions of Shakespeare promise that this will be a Dream you won’t soon forget.
Timely and pleasing...this Dream soothes the eye and tickles the funny bone. NEW YORK TIMES


10_24_Mama_Doni_Band_orangeWHEN: Sunday, November 28, 1 PM & 4 PMWHERE: bergenPAC, 30 N. Van Brunt Street, Englewood
“Her stage name may sound as if it belonged on a jar of pasta sauce, but Mama Doni is an indisputably Jewish performer. Doni Zasloff Thomas in real life, she specializes in putting a Jewish spin on all kinds of musical styles, including reggae, rock, disco and Latin.” —The New York Times

"A zany musical chicken soup of reggae, rock, disco, Latin, klezmer and other styles." —The Boston Globe

“Wacky Jewish indie-rock for kids.” —The Star-Ledger

In a spirit of outrageous fun, The Mama Doni Band brings its special brand of “funky music with a Jewish twist” to two all-ages Chanukah shows. Doni Zasloff Thomas, a.k.a. Mama Doni, is the lead singer/ songwriter of The Mama Doni Band, winner of the Simcha Award for “Inspiring Joy Through Music” in competition with more than 100 bands from 15 different countries at the 2008 International Jewish Music Festival in Amsterdam.  

The band celebrates Jewish culture with irrepressible zest in its high-energy, interactive family rock concerts filled with catchy pop songs that break the mold of traditional Jewish music. Quirky, offbeat, and unpredictable, The Mama Doni Band offers up a contagious and unexpected blend of reggae, rock, disco, Latin, klezmer and “Jewgrass”—all woven together with a hip Jewish sensibility and a zany sense of humor.

According to Carrie Stetler in The Star-Ledger, Doni Zasloff Thomas “is proud to have a schtick. And that schtick, she says, is to ‘Jewify’ all forms of music—from country to reggae to holiday songs.” Kids’ media authority Amy Kraft, of Media Macaroni, enthused, “We were all laughing out loud … Listen as Mama Doni spreads around some challah-day spirit in her inimitable cross between Sheryl Crow and Tone Loc.”
Here’s a chance to get your hands dirty and create some art!

Hunterdon Art Museum center for art, craft & design
Clay Holiday
WHEN: Sunday, November 28, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

WHERE: Hunterdon Art Museum, 7 Lower Center Street, Clinton
Celebrate a Clay Holiday!
Using air-dry clay, make a gift for someone special, work on holiday sculptures, or create your own unique masterpiece. Kids make pumpkins, snowmen, dragons, lighthouses, boxes and more! The possibilities are endless. Dress for a mess and bring a box to take home your creations!
Instructor:  Nan Krochta
TUITION: $35; member $25
For more information or to register, please visit their Web site or call the Museum's Education Department at 908.735.8415 x116 or 119.
Gallery hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM


The Barn Theatre is one of the oldest (if not the oldest) community theater in NJ. It was started in 1928! This musical is perfect for the girls in your family, from 6 to 60+!

Program CoverLittle Women
Book by Allan Knee
Music by Jason Howland
Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein

WHEN: Friday, November 19–Saturday, December 4; Friday–Saturday evenings at 8 PM; Sundays at 2 PM; Saturday, December 4 at 2 PM
WHERE: The Barn Theatre, 32 Skyline Drive in Montville
TICKETS: $20 per ticket. Seniors (over 65) and students (under 18 or with college ID)$14/$19 at Sunday matinees only
Call the box office 973.334.9320 or send an e-mail to
boxoffice@barntheatre.org. Please put the name of the show in the subject line. Due to the theater’s volunteer nature, reservations can only be accepted via e-mail up to 24 hours before show time.

Based on Louisa May Alcott's classic novel, Little Women follows the adventures of Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March as they grow up in Civil War America. This timeless story deals with issues as relevant today as when they were written, wonderfully brought to life as an exhilarating musical filled with glorious music, dancing and heart. Little Women soars with songs of personal discovery, heartache and hope—the sounds of a young America finding its voice.

(Thanks to Ruth Ross of www.njartsmaven.org for these listings.)
Let Your Fingers Do the Walking:

Want to send your support to a soldier in harm's way, but have no idea what to send, who to send it to, or how to send it?  The website  http://www.anysoldier.com/  shows how.  (Links to the other services are there as well.)

And, finally, here's a way to liven up your Thanksgiving -- sing  "The Turkey Shot Out of the Oven" -- a poem by Jack Prelutsky, set to music ("My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean") and given a chorus by Cathy Darby, former librarian in the Bridgewater School System.  Check it out on Youtube, subtitled in Chinese!  Or download these lyrics for a singalong, adding the chorus "Oh my, oh me, why didn't I follow the recipe.  Oh my, oh me, why didn't I follow the recipe!"

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