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Friday, February 11, 2011

Happy Valentine’s & Presidents’ Days

PLEASE NOTE: On Monday February 21st, Bridgewater Library will be open 9-5.  The other libraries in the system will be CLOSED.
@ the Library: Programs

Family Story Time continues on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (NOT at 1 p.m. – there is an error in our printed calendar) through February 22nd, Toddler Time is on Wednesdays at 10 & 11 a.m. and Thursday at 10:30 a.m. and Baby Lap Sit is on Thursdays at 9:30 through February 17th.  For full details on this and other programs, see the
Bridgewater Library Online Calendar

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Chapter Book Club Wednesday, February 16 from 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm  (Limited to grades 3 - 4 Parents or caregivers of participants are welcome to join in the discussion.) Registration required.   Niagara Falls, Or Does It? by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver Fourth-graders Hank, Ashley, and Frankie are excitedly preparing for a magic show at the Rock 'N Bowl when Hank's creative alternative to an English essay lands him in detention and was grounded the week of the show. Copies of the book will be available at the Youth Services Reference Desk.

Elephant and Piggie Craftacular (For ages 3 - 6)Registration begins February 4.  Saturday February 19, 2011  10:00 AM to 11:00 AM  Do you enjoy reading Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems?  Join us for a story, activity, and a craft based on this fun duo!

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Rocket Readers (Limited to grades 1-3) Registration begins February 8 Tuesday February 22, 2011 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM An exciting program for brand new readers!  At each program we will discuss a book, play some games or create a “book-tiful” craft related to the story. Students should read the book prior to the program. Copies of the book will be available at the Youth Services Reference Desk.  Minnie and Moo: Will You Be My Valentine? by Denys Cazet.  Dressed up like two Cupids, the two friends set out to deliver Valentine's Day poems to everyone on the farm.

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Talk It Up Book Discussion Group Tuesday February 22, 2011 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM (Limited to students in grades 5 – 8)  Registration Required   If you love to read and talk about books, you are cordially invited to an hour of book talk and friendly company. Parents and parent substitutes are welcome to join in the discussion. The Wright Three  by Blue Balliett. Spring semester at the Lab School in Hyde Park finds Petra and Calder drawn into another mystery when unexplainable accidents and ghostly happenings throw a spotlight on Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House, and it's up to the two junior sleuths to piece together the clues. Stir in the return of Calder's friend Tommy (which creates a tense triangle), H.G. Wells's The Invisible Man, 3D pentominoes, and the hunt for a coded message left behind by Wright, and the kids become tangled in a dangerous web in which life and art intermingle with death, deception, and surprise. Copies of the book will be available at the Youth Services Reference Desk.

Fun with Math! (For families with children 4 and up)Registration begins February 9th Wednesday February 23, 2011 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM  Hands-on Activities where Parents and children explore & learn together with engaging center-based Math activities.

Volunteer Opportunities for entering Grades 5 - 6 Registration Required Thursday February 24, 2011  7:00 PM to 8:00 PM   Make a Difference @ the Library.  Attention students in grades 5 and 6, here is your opportunity to make a difference by volunteering at the library.  Volunteer hours will be limited to the above listed date and time.

@ the Library: Displays
Just in time for Valentine’s Day -- Extend your hand in friendship (and make a wish for the the world) by decorating a hand for our Bulletin Board behind the reference desk.  
While you are there, take a look at our Black History Month display in the adjacent bookshelves which include some of our favorite African-American Historical Fiction Picture Books and Chapter Books.  Check them out!

Also on display this month:  Great Family Read-Alouds for a snowy day (or any day) on the Youth Services Reference Desk and Fast Cars for NASCAR above the magazines.

And don’t forget to take a look at our continuing display of Math books above the Picture Book section – it is a great way to help your children understand & enjoy mathematics.   Speaking of math – try “Mixing in Math” with this month’s holidays with these ideas:

How Many in a Minute to your heart’s content for Valentine’s Day -- With How Many in a Minute, children estimate how many of an activity they can do in a minute, try it, and then compare estimates and results. For Valentine’s Day, use hearts.  Make a group graph and explore the results with some questions. For an exercise break, extend this activity to the human heart. Have children take their pulse before and after jumping up and down as many times as they can in a minute.  Compare heart rates before and after.

Or try this exercise on President’s Day – Ask adults and kids “How many presidents have there been in your lifetime?” – then graph the results.  (It is more challenging than you might think – here are some parents’ remarks “Wait a minute, I need to think about this. I can’t just divide my age by 4, because what if a president was 2 terms?”  “I was born in 1960, and the new president wasn’t sworn in until 1961, so there’s an extra. …” One mom said, ‘You’re 9, so how many elections is that?’ The girl knew Bush, 2 terms. She thought about it and said that’s two 4’s, that’s 8, so one more president from before Bush, 2, and now Obama makes 3.

Madeline Wishes You a Happy President's Day

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    Just in time for President's Day, John Bemelmans Marciano, the grandson of Madeline’s original creator, brings out a new book Madeline at the White House in which Madeline arrives at the White House and quickly befriends the president's lonely daughter.  Along the way, they encounter a magician, celebrate Easter, play dress up, share stories and take a magic ride in the night sky.
    “The idea for sending Madeline to the White House was my grandfather’s and grew out of his friendship with Jacqueline Kennedy,” John explains.  “In a series of letters from late 1961 and early 1962, my grandfather sounded out the First Lady on ideas for the book, which he proposed calling Madeline visits Caroline, with text from Mrs. Kennedy herself. My grandfather died before the book was finished.”

  • Around the Community:  There's always something to do in Somerset and neighboring Counties!
    Saturday, 12 February, 2011 starting  at 11:00 AM  Tory Jack Day - Songs of the South
    Joe Becton
    To celebrate Black History Month, the Abraham Staats House, in South Bound Brook, will present Songs of the South.Following the program, the public is invited to tour the historic Abraham Staats House and view an exhibit on slavery and the contributions of blacks to our national heritage, presented by local historian and Women’s Guild member, Mrs. Joyce Smith. Tours will end at 4 pm.  FREE

    Maple SugaringSaturdays & Sundays  February 12- 27 - Maple Sugaring at the Somerset County Park Commission’s Environmental Education Center 2011 People of all ages are invited to see this Native American tradition brought to life at the Environmental Education Center, Basking Ridge. You will see how trees are tapped, view sap-collecting methods past and present, and see the boiling process that produces delicious New Jersey maple syrup. This 90-minute program is conducted at our Sugar Shack, which is a ½ mile hike from the EEC. Please arrive at the EEC 20-30 minutes before the program start time.  (The EEC and Somerset County Park Commission have many more programs for children & families -- check out their offerings here.)This special event program is free and for all ages.  February  12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27, 2011
    10:00am, Noon, and 2:00pm

    tunnel into planetariumSaturday, February 12-26 - SETI – the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence at RVCC Planetarium
    The prospect that we may not be alone in the universe is taken as a fact by the movies, writers, and a great many scientists.  As yet, we have no hard evidence of another living thing outside Planet Earth. S.E.T.I. – The Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence – is a show that explores all sides of this topic, from the planets we are finding around other stars, to the feasibility of traveling to the stars, and what aliens might actually be like, to the possibility that UFOs have been visiting and the various methods that scientists are using to get in touch. RVCC Planetarium, Branchburg. 3:00 PM  Ages 10+  Call 908.231.8805 for reservations. Cost: $6

    Also available:  Winter Skies 7 p.m.  The brightest stars of the year are clustered in the winter night sky.  Learn how to use Orion as a guide to finding other stars and constellations this season.

    Saturdays - Art For Families at the Princeton Art Museum Drop in anytime between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. and enjoy a self-guided, interactive tour followed by a related art project. Each week has a different theme. Come for fifteen minutes or two hours--whatever your schedule allows. All ages are welcome. Free: No tickets or reservations needed.

    Saturday, February 19 through Saturday, March 12 - Cabin Fever Kids at Duke Island Park Explore the Universe: Winter Arts & Music Series.  Ages 6-10. Cabin Fever Kids is a 4 week program that meets on Saturdays in Duke Island Park.  Cost: $45 for the 4 week series or $15 for individual sessions.  Visit http://www.somersetcountyparks.org/ to download application form.

    Family Fun Day on February 21st at the State Theatre

    February 21st is Family Day at the State Theatre. Families can spend the holiday enjoying dozens of performances, workshops, and hands-on activities—many of them free—plus costumed characters, the Philadelphia Zoo’s Zoo on Wheels, face painting, balloon animals, a live deejay, food, and more.
    The main stage event at the State Theatre for Family Day is The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other Eric Carle Favorites, a delightful black-light puppetry performance by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia.  Performances are at 10:30am, 1:00pm and 3:30pm.

    Let Your Fingers Do the Walking:

    Six Going on 16? Why Experts Warn Against Aging Up
    Too Sexy Too Soon?  In our sexed-up society, can a new pro-girl movement help your daughter resist the call to be too sexy, too soon?  This article from Commonsense Media profiles this movement and offers tips to parents trying to resist this trend and includes Tips for Parents of Young Kids and Tips for Parents of Pre-Teens and Teens. Also check out their Recommended lists Positive Role Model TV for Girls, Best Smart Movie Girls, Girl Books: Heroines and Girl Detectives, Girls' Video Games

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