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Friday, May 27, 2011

A Few More Events for Memorial Day Weekend plus Summer Camps, Anger Management, and a Bridge Challenge.

Around the Community – Here are a few additional things to do if you are having a Memorial Weekend “stay-cation.”  (These are in addition to those listed in our last post.)

Reminder: The Bridgewater Library is CLOSED Sunday & Monday.


Decoration Day Weekend: World War I Remembered
WHEN: Saturday, May 28, 1:00 - 3:30 PM
WHERE:
Fosterfields, 73 Kahdena Road, Morristown
ADMISSION: $6 for adults, $5 for seniors (65+), $4 for children ages 4 to 16, and $2 for children ages 2 and 3. FREE for children under age 2 and Friends of Fosterfields and Cooper Gristmill with a valid membership card. For tour times, availability and more information, please call 973.326.7645 or visit www.morrisparks.net.

At the Fosterfields Farmhouse, learn how the home front supported WWI. See how Americans conserved food, rationed supplies, rolled bandages, and made “care packages” for the troops. Recipes were adapted because of the rationing, and women worked in the fields and gardens to grow more food. People also helped by purchasing Liberty Loans.
At 1:30 PM and 3 PM, join award-winning poets David Messineo and Susanna Rich as they present original and historic poetry about World War I.
Saturday, May 28 - Lowe's Build and Grow
From project basics to giving your child the opportunity to say, "I built it!", our Build and Grow kid's clinics are a great way to help build confidence! Bring the kids into any Lowe's store and build a FREE wooden project. Each participant also receives a free apron, goggles, a project themed patch, and a certification of merit upon completion of their project. Lowe's, Hillsborough 10:00 AM Register at https://www.lowesbuildandgrow.com/ Free

Saturday May 28th -- 13th annual Buffalo Watch.

Readington River Buffalo Farm  937 County Route 523
Readington Twp., NJ 08822 http://www.njbison.com/
9:30 – 4  Free admission. Free parking. Free walking tours.
Face Painting. Crafts. Displays. Pony Rides. Grilled Buffalo burgers & Hot (Buffalo) dogs.   Cold Drinks (non-alcoholic)
40 Calves are expected this year...maybe see on being born!

Saturday, May 28 - Saturday Stories
Thirty minutes of stories and a craft. A Saturday morning story for ages 3-5. Somerville Library 11:00 AM Ages 3-5 No registration required    Free
Saturday, May 28 - Saturday Make & Take Craft
Stop by between 10 am and 4 pm and make a simple craft or art project. Bound Brook Library 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Ages 4+ No registration required Free
Saturday, May 28 - Super Science Saturdays
Families are invited to stop by and participate in hands-on science workshops. Children will be introduced to the scientific method as they conduct experiments and observe the results. Morris Museum, Morristown 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Ages 5+ No registration required: $3/non-members Free/members For more info: www.morrismuseum.org
Saturday, May 28 - Science Activity: What's Bugging You?
Explore the smallest frontiers of NanoScience and discover how the world changes when you look at it on a very small scale. Newark Museum 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Ages 10+ No registration required Free with suggested admission  For more info: www.newarkmuseum.org
Saturday, May 28 - Art Activity: Give Peace A Chance
View extraordinary photographs of African Americans from the past to the present in the exhibition Posing Beauty, including Carrie Mae Weems’ self-portrait I Looked and Looked to See What so Terrified You. Then create a unique self-portrait. Newark Museum 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Saturdays & Sundays)  Families Visit www.newarkmuseum.org for more info. Cost: Included in regular admission
Saturday, May 28 - One World, One Sky
Elmo and Big Bird live in the United States and Hu Hu Zhu lives far away in China, but they discovered that they still see the same stars at night! New Jersey State Museum Planetarium 1:00 PM Ages 3 to 6 with adult Please call (609) 292-6333 for more information. $5/person
Saturday, May 28 - STARS
Through every phase of their existence, stars release the energy that powers the Universe. Journey to the farthest reaches of our galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and destructive power of STARS. New Jersey State Museum Planetarium, Trenton 3:00 PM Please call (609) 292-6333 for more information.  Cost: $5/person
Sunday, May 29 - One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure
One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure begins on Sesame Street when Elmo's friend, Hu Hu Zhu, visits from China. Big Bird, Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu take viewers on an exciting discovery of the sun, moon and stars. They also learn about the Big Dipper and the North Star. Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu then take an imaginary trip to the Moon where they learn that the Moon is a very different place from the Earth. When they imagine themselves back on Earth, they celebrate the idea that even though they live in two different countries, they still share the same sky. They even pick the North Star as their friendship star to always remind them of their shared joy of looking up at the sky together. Liberty Science Center, Jersey City 11:30am, 1pm & 2pm Ages 4-6   Cost: $3/child and $4/adult plus museum admission.
Monday, May 30 - Tour of Somerville
Bring the family out to downtown Somerville for the "Kentucky Derby" of cycling. Family Fun race kicks off the day. Races are rain or shine. There will be live music, exhibits and activities for children, starting at 10:45 AM, Free
Monday, May 30 - Bridgewater Memorial Day Parade
Please join the American Legion Post #327 in commemorating Memorial Day and the armed services. The parade will begin at 11:00 AM at Beach Street and will travel along Old York Road, ending at Ardmaer Park. The memorial service is set to begin at approximately 11:30 AM. Refreshments will be served at the American Legion Post on Old York Road following the parade and service.
Thanks to Macaroni Kid – Hillsborough Somerville Branchburg for these listings.  Check them out for many additional options – they have lots of listings for every week!

Since Memorial Day traditionally marks the start of summer – here are some Summer Camp Announcements – there are LOTS more listed at : http://www.kidsguide.com/camps/camps.html – we have a link to this site on the “useful links for families” section of our blog.

RVCC  offers summer programs for kids and teens.
Youth Programs
Designed to enhance your child's knowledge and personal growth. Subjects include science, computers, fine & performing arts, languages, and more!
Youth Programs - Spring/Summer 2011
More Information
908-526-1200 x8404
youth@raritanval.edu

Summer Sports Camps
Soccer, baseball, yoga and more!
More Information
908-218-8868
rvccathletics@raritanval.edu




 
ZIMMERLI ART MUSEUM AT RUTGERS, NEW BRUNSWICK, NEW JERSEY -- KIDS 7-14 CAN ATTEND SUMMER ART CAMP @ THE ZIMMERLI

SUMMER ART CAMP at the Zimmerli
WHEN: JUNE 27 - JULY 29, 2011
WHERE: corner of Hamilton & George Streets on the campus of Rutgers, The State University, New Brunswick

During the hot days of summer, the Zimmerli is the place to be for budding young artists. Join us for the museum’s popular summer art camp program. Each year, new classes are added to stimulate, challenge and delight the many students, both veterans and newcomers, who participate in the program. The Zimmerli continues to offer its popular classes in painting, drawing, pastels, watercolors, sculpture and an art “sampler“ class. Children also find inspiration in the museum’s collections as they explore the galleries.
The Zimmerli welcomes students between the ages of 7 and 14 to its popular Summer Art Camp program, which takes place weekly through July. New classes, taught by professional artists, are added each year to stimulate, challenge, and delight the budding young artist participants.
Register now, as classes are filling quickly. For class descriptions and a downloadable registration form, please click here. The form may be mailed to the museum's education department or faxed to: 732.932.8201.
Weeklong Classes include

  • Art Meets Science
  • Puppet Power
  • Comic Book Creations
  • Art, Recycling, and
    the Developing World
    ... and so much more!
The Zimmerli's operations, exhibitions, and programs are funded in part by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; Johnson & Johnson; and the donors, members, and friends of the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum.   For printable map/directions to the Zimmerli, please click here.
 
HUNTERDON ART MUSEUM OFFERS SUMMER ART CAMP PROGRAM
The Hunterdon Art Museum offers its popular Follow Your Art summer art camp program to children ages 3 ½ to 14 beginning the week of June 27 up through the week of August 22.
Summer campEach camp, designed to broaden a child's vision and creativity, is led by dedicated and talented instructors. Choose from over 60 camps including favorites like Meet the Masters, Comic Book Creation with Doug Baron, Nature Art, or Claymation Productions. Other camps like Fun and Games offer projects like photography, games, puzzles and robotics while All-American Girls explores the art, crafts and lifestyles of women and girls throughout American history. A complete schedule of camps is available at www.hunterdonartmuseum.org or call 908.735.8415.
Camps run from Monday through Friday, and most are 3 hours each day; morning sessions are held from 9 AM to noon, afternoon sessions from 1 to 4 PM. Some of the camps run a full day, from 9 AM to 4 PM, and they also offer a supervised lunch hour for campers who attend both the morning and afternoon sessions.
YOUR KID CAN LEARN ROCK MUSIC THIS SUMMER!
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School of Rock in Waldwick, New Jersey
Offers  Kids A Unique Summer Camp Program  June 27 – August 26

sor6WHO: School of Rock is the nation's leading performance-based rock music program for students ages 7-18, located in Waldwick, New Jersey. 
WHAT: A Unique Summer Camp where students will learn the fundamentals of playing an instrument while playing actual rock music on professional equipment taught by real musicians. The program allows kids to transform the learning environment into a fun, social and authentic home for “self-expression.” Special emphasis is placed on self-esteem, communications skills and team building. Students will learn classic rock appreciation, music theory, recording sessions, composition and much more.
Camps run from 9:00 AM to 3 PM
  • Camp 1: June 27 – July 1
  • Camp2: July 5 – July 9
  • Camp 3: July 11 – July 22
  • Camp 4: July 25 –August
  • Camp 5: August 8 –August 1
  • Camp 6: August 22 – August 26

WHERE:  School of Rock, 159 Franklin Turnpike, Waldwick 201.444.4425 or www.WaldwickSchoolofRock.com
About School of Rock School of Rock is the national leader in music education for kids.  Our mission is to inspire kids to rock on stage and in life.  Our proprietary performance-based curriculum teaches kids to play rock music in a unique and interactive way, which is changing the way kids learn to play music across America.  Professional musicians teach students of all levels, developing both their music skills and confidence.  School of Rock operates 58 schools in 23 states and has developed an aggressive growth strategy seeking franchise partners throughout the United States.  For more information about School of Rock, visit www.SchoolofRock.com.
Thanks to Ruth Ross of njartsmaven.com for some of these listings.

Let Your Fingers Do (More) Walking:
If this hot weather is leading to hot tempers in your household, you may appreciate this article from Simple Kids:  6 Peaceful Solutions for Hitting and Anger

Curious about bridges?  Too hot to go outside? – find out about some of the record-setting bridges in the world and try to build a bridge with paper and pennies at Wonderopolis: How Long is the Longest Bridge?

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Nearly June …and Not a Minute Too Soon! (We’ve had enough of this wet, cold spring…)

@ the Library – Programs:
(You can click on any program name to register)


The Bridgewater Library will be closed Sunday 5/29 and Monday 5/30 for Memorial Day.  It will also be closed SUNDAYS starting Memorial Day weekend throughout the summer.

Family Story Time on  Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.  runs through June 7th.  Toddler Time on Wednesdays  at 10 & 11 a.m. and Thursdays  at 10:30 a.m. and Baby Lap Sit on Thursdays  at 9:30 run through June 2nd.  For full details on this and other programs, see the Bridgewater Library Online Calendar.
Programming is a little quiet early in June as librarians will be out visiting the schools to share information about the summer reading clubs – we look forward to visiting our school-age patrons there!


TEENS – if you registered to be a teen volunteer this summer, you MUST attend training scheduled for the next few days.  Check your white sheet to find out when you are scheduled to attend.  If you do not remember your scheduled time, call the Reference Desk 908 526-4016 x126.

Friends of the Library Book Sale June 8th-11th, bag sale June 13th.
Book sale prices are as follows:
Adult hardcover books $ 2.00/ea.
Children’s hardcover books $ 0.50/ea.
All other softcovers $ 0.50/ea.
Pocket Size softcovers $ 0.25/ea.
CD audio books, music CDs and DVDs $ 1.00/ea.
Videos and Cassettes $ 0.25/ea.
LPs $ 0.10/ea.
The Friends of the Library accept only cash for purchases and payment of entry fees.  Book sales are held at the Bridgewater Library, 1 Vogt Drive, Bridgewater, NJ.
HOURS: Wed. June 8th 4-8:30 $ 20 pre-admission, Thurs. 9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Fri. & Sat: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.   Monday June 13th. BAG SALE – hours TBA.   Representatives of non-profits & educational institutions may come to take leftovers on Monday.

Father's Day Craft (For ages 2-10) Saturday June 18, 2011  10:30 to 11:30 AM  Give your Dad a great big hug and make him something great! We’ll have the craft supplies but feel free to bring any special decorations from home.  Registration begins June 3









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Summer Reading Club registration opens on Monday June 20th.  It is a chance for your kids to keep track the time they spend reading or listening to books (yes, pre-schoolers are welcome as are audiobook listeners!)  All summer long, we’ll have lots of programs, games, and prizes so stop by the library and check us out!



Rocket Readers Tuesday June 21, 2011 4:30  to 5:30 PM    Registration begins June 7.   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.   Iris and Walter; Lost and Found by Elissa Haden Guest.   When Baby Rose grabs and breaks Iris's special button necklace, their mother helps to fix it for show-and-tell. After school, Iris borrows her friend Walter's harmonica, given to him by his grandmother. When it disappears, she worries about Granny's reaction. Join us for a discussion and activity!


Talk It Up (Limited to grades 5 - 8) Tuesday June 21, 2011,  7:00 to 8:00 PM  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.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle.   Meg's father, Dr. Murray, an eminent physicist, has been missing for two years. One night, Mrs. Whatsit, a strange old woman, appears as she’s 'blown off course' while taking a shortcut through time and space along with her friends Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which. Taking Meg, her little brother, and their new friend Calvin, to rescue the imprisoned Dr. Murray on the planet ruled by IT, Charles Wallace also falls under IT's control and Meg discovers that she must now rescue them all.


Singing with Carol (Families with children of all ages) Wednesday June 22, 2011 10:00 to 10:45 AM and 11:00 to 11:45 AM  No registration required.   One world, many songs!  Join us and sing your way into the summer reading club!
 





Lego Club (For Grades K-2)Wednesday June 22, 2011 1:30  to 2:30 PM
Lego Club (For Grades 3-6) Wednesday June 22, 2011  3:00 PM to 4:00 PM Registration for both begins June 8th. 
Get together with other Lego-maniacs, share ideas and tips on building, and have a great time! Library Legos will be available for building.   (K-2 Parents and guardians, you are welcome to stay and build with your registered child.  However, due to the nature of the materials, if you plan to stay we ask you to please make other arrangements for siblings younger than Kindergarten age.)  Registration begins May 3 – please do not register pre-schoolers.



Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type (For ages 3 and up)  Saturday June 25, 2011  10:30  to 11:15 AM  Registration begins June 10 
Join us to hear the story and learn what Farmer Brown does about the cows' demands!
Story and craft.




 
Lunch and a Movie 'Gnomeo & Juliet' Rated G  (For  ages 3 and up) Wednesday June 29, 2011 1:30  to 3:30 PM  No Registration Required
Red Gnomes and Blue Gnomes do not get along except the two who fall in love! Who will win the “Garden Wars” when the Gnomes try and keep our star-crossed lovers apart?   Bring your lunch or a snack and watch this hilarious movie by the producers of Shrek.  No open top drinks, please!


Summer Reading Club Kick-Off 'THE GIZMO GUYS!' (Suggested for ages 3 - 12) Thursday June 30, 2011 7:00 PM to 7:45 PM or Saturday July 2, 2011  10:30  to 11:15 AM No Registration Required – Please attend only one session. Kick-off your Summer Reading Club with a rousing good time.  Join the Gizmo Guys for juggling, jokes and antics that will keep you laughing all summer long!
 
















Teens, we have a Reading Club for you as well starting June 20th – keep track of the books you read and earn chances for lots of terrific prizes! 


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Stress Relief Yoga (For Grades 6 - 12) Thursday June 23, 2011  5:00 to 6:00 PM Registration begins June 9.
School's out and finals are over! Get a relaxing start to your summer as an instructor from Gurukul Yoga leads you through yoga exercises to help reduce the stresses brought on by the end of the school year!
A release form must be signed before participating in this program. Forms are available at the Youth Services Reference Desk.

Teen Advisory Board Meeting (For students entering grades 6 - 12)  Tuesday June 28, 2011  6:30 to 7:30 PM  Registration begins May 24.   Do you want to make a difference at your library? Do you have suggestions for programs, new books and movies? Then come to the T.A.B. meeting.  Community service hours will be awarded for attendance. 






@ the Library – Displays & Activities:

Check out our display honoring the contributions of our military service people and their families. We have an online booklist Families Together, Families Apart: Books and Internet Resources for Military Families. 
Did you know that your old 100% cotton jeans can be turned into quilts to comfort  Wounded Warriors?   Volunteers working with operationquietcomfort.com sew these into 3x5 quilts.  If you have 100% cotton jeans to donate, please email: pasovasz@aol.com.    Looking for other ways you can help the families of deployed military in our area?  Check out the website Joining Forces.

There is still time to post a poem on our poem display – check it out on the bulletin board behind the reference desk.


Our Parent-Teacher Display by the Early Reader shelves has books and DVDs on "Positive Discipline."


Around the Community:

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Art for Families at the Princeton Art Museum
(most Saturday Mornings, see calendar for upcoming programs.)
 
How Many Master "Pieces" Can You Find?   Looking for a fun activity the whole family can do together? Join us at the Art Museum for a self-guided, scavenger hunt activity. Stop by the information desk to pick up your game cards.  Location: Art Museum  Date/Time: 05/28/11 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Annual Family Barbeque  Join us for our second annual summer programming kick-off, the Museum's Family Barbeque! With face-painting, hands-on activities, great cook-out food, kid-friendly Museum tours, and more, this event is a great way for you and your kids to celebrate the beginning of summer! Be Late. Be Cool. Summer at the Art Museum.   Date/Time: 06/16/11 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Here are some additional upcoming programs taken from  Hillsborough Macaroni Kid & Warren Macaroni Kid -- two very useful events consolidators.  Hillsborough usually updates on Fridays, Warren on Wednesdays –  so there should be many more listings if you check back then (you can also  subscribe to get regular updates).  They are great resources when you are looking for an overview of what is available to do in our on a particular day: 
Wednesday, May 25 - Evening Story Explorers
Enjoy a selection of super stories and make a craft to keep or share. 
Where: Warren Library, 42 Mountain Boulevard, Warren, NJ.  Program Room.  When: 6:45 PM - 7:30 PM  Who: Ages 4- 8.  How: Registration required.  Register in-person, online at www.somerset.lib.nj.us/warren or call 908-754-5554 ext. 23.  Registration opens April 18 at 9:30am.  Cost: Free.  For more info: Call the Children's Services Desk at 908-754-5554 ext. 23.
Wednesday, May 25 - Teen Family Feud
Come play the classic game Family Feud!  The library surveyed a hundred teens in Somerset County...let's see if you can match their answers!
Where: Bound Brook Library When: 3:30 PM  Who: Grades 6 to 12  How: No registration required  Cost: Free
Wednesday, May 25 - Somerset Patriots v. Bridgeport Bluefish
Join the Somerset Patriots for a special 11:05 AM Day Game. Take an extended lunch break out at the ballpark.
Where: TD Ballpark, Bridgewater When: 11:05 PM Who: Anyone How: Visit http://somersetpatriots.com/ to purchase tickets Cost: $7 to $13.50
Thursday, May 26 - Fields of Fun
There’s an explosion of color and life near the river in spring! Little ones will have fun toddling, running, and exploring the fields of Duke Island Park with a Naturalist. With the help of books, bubbles, and balls, they will learn about spring happenings in this river park.
Where: Duke Island Park, Bridgewater  When: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM  Who: Ages 0 to 5  How: Call 908.766.2489 to register  Cost: $10/pair
Thursday, May 26 - Wheels and Wind
Get revved up with stories, parachute play and mini skateboards.
Where: Warren Library, 42 Mountain Boulevard, Warren.  Program Room. When: 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM  Who: Ages 5 to 8. How: Registration required.  Register in-person, online at www.somerset.lib.nj.us/warren or call 908-754-5554 ext. 23.  Registration opens April 18th at 9:30am.  Cost: Free.For more info: Call the Children's Services Desk at 908-754-5554 ext.23.
Friday, May 27 - Teen Game Night
Fridays at the library are a lot of fun if you’re in the 5th grade and up! Play board games, Wii Fit, video games, online gaming, and that’s Dungeons and Dragons. Bring your snacks, games, and game controllers for Wii, Xbox and PS2. Strictly for kids from 5th grade to 12th. Teen Night starts at 5pm and ends at 8pm. Please be sure to pick up your kids promptly. You are welcome to bring your own gaming consoles.
Where: Somerville Library  When: 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM (Every Friday Night)   Who: Teens 5th grade and up  How: No registration needed   Cost: Free
Saturday, May 28 - Raptor Trust Tour Talks
Join us on Memorial Day weekend for a guided tour of The Raptor Trust’s aviaries. Learn about the work of the Trust and hear some of the fascinating stories of the fifty hawks, eagles, falcons, and owls that have been given a permanent home at our center. Meet at Raptor Trust Gift Shop.
Where: The Raptor Trust, 1390 White Bridge Road, Millington, 07946.  When: 11:00 AM (Repeats at 2:00pm)  Who: All ages.  How: Registration required.  Call the Raptor Trust Education Center at 908-647-1091.  Cost: $10 per adult; $5 per child age 12 and under.  For more info: Call the Raptor Trust Education Center at 908-647-1091.
Saturday, May 28 - The Green Team
Children who have to fulfill a community service requirement for school will enjoy the educational and fun activities at the EEC.
Where: The Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling Road, Basking Ridge. When: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM  Who: Ages 12-15.  How: Registration required.  Register online at www.somersetcountyparks.org or call 908-766-2489. Cost: FREE.  For more info: Call 908-766-2489.
Saturday, May 28 - Pop with the Dancing Mad Scientist As Seen on America's Got Talent!
He is 20 years old, has over 10 million YouTube views as a hip hop dancer, and says he's a real life "mad" scientist. Jersey-born student Jeffrey Vinokur hails from River Vale and science has always been his passion. See his high energy performance, "So You Think You Can Do Science," and learn some fly chemistry and poppin' dance moves!
Where: Liberty Science Center, Jersey City   When: 12:30pm & 1:45pm   Who: Anyone  How: Call 201.253.1310 for reservations  Cost: $5
Monday, May 30 - Urban Arts Festival
A day-long outdoor celebration of the music, dance, poetry, and art that comes from America's urban centers. The festival includes live performances by local artists, community, and student groups; hands-on workshops, food, games, and more.
Where: State Theatre of New Jersey, New Brunswick  When: 1:00 PM - 6:30 PM  Who: Anyone  How: Free event  Cost: Free
Tuesday, May 31 - Teen Volunteer Project
Earn community service hours with a volunteer project at the library.
Where: Warren Library, 42 Mountain Boulevard, Warren.  Program Room.  When: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM  Who: Grades 6-12. How: Registration required.  Register online at www.somerset.lib.nj.us/warren or call the Teen Services Desk at 908-754-5554 ext. 59.  Cost: Free. For more info: Call Laura at the Teen Services Desk at 908-754-554 ext. 59.
Looking for more things to do? Check out the many Events Listings under the USEFUL LINKS FOR FAMILIES  on the right side of our blog

Let Your Fingers Do MORE Walking:
Safe Virtual PlaygroundsLooking for online safety rules for your children?  Check out this article in Commonsense Media to learn the best ways to teach kids how to use digital media responsibly and find some Safe Virtual Playgrounds -- Online worlds offer kids a place to explore, discover, and play with friends.



Check out this Wonder of the Day – Do Elephants Ever Forget? then come to the library and check out the astonishing book Elephants Can Paint Too! 
The librarians are always happy to guide you to amazing and wonderful books…please ask us for suggestions!





A quick reminder – we have a link to a guide to New Jersey summer camps on our useful links for families on the right side of this bulletin board (if you are getting this as an email, just click on the title to get to our webpage.)


Like the Bridgewater Library's Youth Services Virtual Bulletin Board? – let other people know!  There is a Facebook link at the bottom of our webpage.


Have things you’d like/don’t like/want to see more or less of on the Bridgewater Library Youth Services Virtual Bulletin Board?  Or other comments about the library? Let us know!  Email us at bwljuv@sclsnj.org.  Thanks!


We hope that your families have a good and safe Memorial Day Weekend!
-- The Youth Services Librarians at Bridgewater Library

Saturday, May 14, 2011

It’s Friday the 13th but we’re still in luck–lots of things to do this coming week…

@ the Library – Programs:
(You can click on any program name to register)


Check out pictures from our Arbor Day Program in the Bridgewater Patch.

Family Story Time on  Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.   Toddler Time on Wednesdays  at 10 & 11 a.m. and Thursdays  at 10:30 a.m. and Baby Lap Sit on Thursdays  at 9:30.  For full details on this and other programs, see the Bridgewater Library Online Calendar.

Lego Club (For Grades K -6) Registration Required Tuesday May 17, 2011  4:30  to 5:30 PM     Get together with other Lego-maniacs, share ideas and tips on building, and have a great time! Library Legos will be available for building.   (K-2 Parents and guardians, you are welcome to stay and build with your registered child.  However, due to the nature of the materials, if you plan to stay we ask you to please make other arrangements for siblings younger than Kindergarten age.)  Registration begins May 3 – please do not register pre-schoolers.


Clearing your bookshelves of unused books and media?  – The Friends of The Bridgewater Library will be accepting book sale donations in the lobby Thursday May 12th-Sunday May 15th.  They accept gently used books (hardcover & softcover), DVDs, CDs, videos and audio books.  PLEASE NO textbooks, magazines, moldy books or outdated encyclopedias.  The book sale will be held June 8th-June 11th.


Talk It Up (Limited to grades 5 - 8)  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.
Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix   Tuesday, May 17 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
New York City, 1910, Bella, newly arrived from Italy and desperate to send money home to her family, is one of the hundreds of workers at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory who endure grueling conditions and brutal labor for meager wages. Yetta, a Russian immigrant who also works at the Triangle factory, is an outspoken advocate for labor rights. Jane, a society girl unhappy with the stifling limits of her existence, gets involved with their cause. As the lives of the three girls become intertwined, all are in the factory the fateful day of the fire which becomes one of the worst workplace disasters ever.  Registration Required   


Celebrate Me!!  (For ages 3 - 9) Saturday May 21, 2011 10:30 to 11:30 AM We'll share the book 'I Ain't Gonna Paint No More!' then create our own colorful self-portraits!  Registration begins May 6.






Rocket Readers (Limited to grades 1-3) Tuesday May 24, 2011 4:30  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. 
Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel   When Frog is unhappy, who is there to cheer him up? Toad! When Toad is sick, who brings him tea? Frog of course! Frog and Toad share five short stories of friendship to which everyone can relate. Registration begins May 10

@ the Library – Displays & Activities:

Check out our display honoring the contributions of our military service people and their families. We have an online booklist Families Together, Families Apart: Books and Internet Resources for Military Families. 


Did you know that your old 100% cotton jeans can be turned into quilts to comfort  Wounded Warriors?   Volunteers working with operationquietcomfort.com sew these into 3x5 quilts.  If you have 100% cotton jeans to donate, please email: pasovasz@aol.com.    Looking for other ways you can help the families of deployed military in our area?  Check out the website Joining Forces.
There is a new Parent-Teacher Display by the Early Reader shelves.  It has books and DVDs on "Positive Discipline."

Around the Community:

If you’ve come to Carol Levin’s storytimes at Bridgewater Library, you’ve probably heard some of the many songs of this talented singer-songwriter.   Here’s an opportunity to see him in person!
Tom Chapin & Friends Sun., May 15 at 1PM & 3:30PM Come see the man Parenting Magazine honors with the title of the “Pied Piper of Children’s Music!” and whose music spans a variety of styles and generations.  Tom Chapin engages hearts, minds and imaginations with clever lyrics and earth-friendly messages!  Visit RVCC online to reserve tickets  Cost: $10-12

IT’S SHEEP SHEARING TIME @ COOPER GRISTMILL: FUN FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY!

BORN TO BE SHORN at Cooper Gristmill in Chester NJ
WHEN: Saturday, May 14, 11 AM – 4 PM
WHERE:
66 Washington Tpke, Chester, or 50 CR-513, Chester


Meet the baby lambs and watch the hand- shearing of sheep. Families will enjoy seeing how fleece is processed and made into garments. They will also be able to participate with hands-on activities such as weaving and spinning and can make crafts to take home.
TICKETS: suggested donation is $3 adults, $2 seniors, and $1 children.
For tour availability and information, please call 908.879.5463 or visit www.morrisparks.net
You can find more events like this on NJ Arts Maven!


STAR SHOWS & LASER CONCERTS:

picture inside the planetariumRVCC Planetarium, Branchburg       All shows run approximately 40 minutes.  Admission:$6 for one show, $11 for two shows on the same day   Call 908-231-8805 for reservations. 
The Problem with Pluto Saturdays, May 7, 14, 21, 3:00 p.m. Follow Lucy on her trip through the solar system as she gathers data on Pluto’s status as a planet.  Discover current information about the planets and investigate where Pluto belongs in the overall structure of the solar system.  This program is paired with a brief tour of the current night sky. (Recommended for ages 7-12 accompanied by an adult)

Storybooks in Space Sunday, May 15,  2:00 p.m. Join us for a new programs for our younger visitors.  Pages from children’s books float among the stars today.  We’ll share stories and learn about the stars and planets too.  (Recommended for ages 4-10 accompanied by an adult)

Sky Lights Sunday, May 15,  3:00 p.m. A laser and video concert featuring songs by Mr. RAY and Jane Murphy. (Recommended for ages 4-8 accompanied by an adult)

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Art for Families at the Princeton Art Museum
(most Saturday Mornings, see calendar for upcoming programs.) 
Exploring Sculpture     Sculpture: Another Look    05/14/11 10:30 am - 1:00 pm   Join us on Saturday mornings for family fun in the 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. No tickets or reservations needed. 
Family Day: A Passport to Art     05/21/11 10:00 am - 2:00 pm    Join us for a day of travel and adventure at the Art Museum. Grab your passport and hop on board as we explore art through the ages and from around the world. Family Day offers hands on activities, live performances, storytelling, scavenger hunts and prizes. Pizza and refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public.
STNJ PRESENTS 2-DAY “SHAKESPERIENCE:NJ” STUDENT FESTIVAL      A Major Statewide  STUDENT SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL  Offered in partnership with the internationally acclaimed  Folger Shakespeare Library
WHEN:  May 16 and 17
WHERE:
The Theatre’s Main Stage – the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre on the campus of Drew University in Madison
clip_image002The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey will host teachers and students in grades 5 - 12 through from 15 schools across the state for the fifth annual Shakesperience:NJ – two days highlighting and celebrating the study of Shakespeare through performance. The initiative offers an opportunity for middle and high school students to spend an entire day sharing the excitement of Shakespeare as actors and audience members. Each group of students will appear on the Main Stage at the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre to present a 20-minute Shakespeare scene to an audience of their peers, teachers, parents and professional actors from The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey who will serve as commentators and adjudicators.  
In addition to the student performances, each day will include entertaining educational interludes such as Shakespeare trivia games and swordplay demonstrations conducted by a Master of Revels and professional guest artists. For more information about Shakesperience:NJ, call 973.408.3980.
The 15 schools scheduled to participate in this year’s two-day Shakesperience:NJ festival are
MONDAY, MAY 16
  • Faith Hope Love Academy, Kendall Park
  • High Tech High School, North Bergen
  • Kent Place School, Summit
  • Lacordaire Academy, Montclair
  • Madison High School
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Tenafly
  • The Pennington School
TUESDAY, MAY 17
  • Bloomfield High School
  • Hamilton Preparatory Academy, Elizabeth
  • Hillsborough Middle School
  • Memorial High School, West New York
  • Montville High School
  • Orange Preparatory Academy, Orange
  • Purnell School, Pottersville
  • Trinity Christian School, Montville

Shakesperience:NJ is the product of a partnership between The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Rider University and the world-renowned Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. The Folger Festivals Project was launched in 1986 as a national outreach initiative to extend the reach of the Library’s teaching philosophy and to inspire student Shakespeare festivals across the nation. In 2007, the Shakespeare Theatre and Rider University were chosen by the Folger Shakespeare Library to establish the annual statewide festival in New Jersey. 

Shakesperience:NJ represents a step toward the creation of a national model for statewide student Shakespeare festivals based on the highly successful student Shakespeare festival at the Folger Shakespeare Library.  The institutions partnering to launch Shakesperience:NJ share a common mission of promoting the teaching of Shakespeare through performance, which has long been recognized to be the most effective and exciting way to introduce young people to Shakespeare’s plays. Performance-based instruction heightens student interest and increases creative thinking and problem-solving skills. Through numerous classes and workshops with teachers and students, this philosophy has been introduced in schools throughout the state. The creation of a statewide student festival is intended to showcase the results of this performance-based learning, and to encourage more schools and teachers to make performance a key component of the language arts classroom. 
  
CHILDREN’S CLASSIC COMES TO LIFE WITH MUSIC IN CLIFTON
NARNIA, The Musical Based on C.S. Lewis' time-honored classic, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe Adapted by Jules Tasca    Music by Tom Tierney Lyrics by Ted Drachman Directed by ATC Artistic Director Kathleen Kellaigh Musical Director: Barry Spatz
WHEN: May 20 — 29, Fridays at 7:30 PM, Saturdays at 2:00 & 7:30 PM, Sundays at 2:00 PM. WHERE: School No. 3, 365 Washington Ave, Clifton TICKETS: $20/Adults, $15/Students & Seniors, $10 children under 12.
For additional information and to purchase tickets on-line visit our website www.theaterleagueofclifton.com or call 973.928.7668. (Please do not call the school).
Come along with four children as they open the door to a wardrobe, step in, push past the clothes—only to find themselves in a magical land. They have been transported into a fantastical place where animals speak and the White Witch has ruled it to be "always winter and never Christmas." But Aslan, a lion and true King of the land, returns after a long absence, bringing back the beauty of spring. Where are you? You are in NARNIA!
The original NYC production of NARNIA, in 1986, was produced by Ms. Kellaigh. This will be her fourth production of this enchanting show now with nearly 50 actors, singers and dancers bringing NARNIA to life.
Looking for more things to do? Check out the many Events Listings under the USEFUL LINKS FOR FAMILIES  on the right side of our blog.  Two very useful events consolidators for our area are Hillsborough Macaroni Kid & Warren Macaroni Kid. 

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Concerned about Food Allergies?  Check out this article on Peanut Allergies from Wonderopolis.org.
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Why Can’t Some People Eat Peanuts?

You may think we’re nuts, but — believe it or not — some people might be allergic to today’s Wonder of the Day!
It is part of the “Wonder of the Day” series at the Wonderopolis website!  (We have a link under “Daily Wonder” in the Useful Websites for Families section of this blog.)    Each day they have a fascinating question for kids and adults alike.  Wonderopolis.org  is presented by the National Center for Family Literacy, a not-for-profit supporting literacy and reading for children and families.

  GroundTruth Blog

Reaching the autism tipping point

Boy  lokking out windowAutism affects many, many more children than we thought, according to a study released this week that stunned experts around the world. Meanwhile, evidence keeps rolling in that exposure to pesticides and other chemicals is at least partly responsible for the epidemic.
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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Come to the Library this Weekend for Arbor Day and a Classic Car Show

@ the Library – Programs:
(You can click on any program name to register)

There will be no regular story time programs the week of May 3-5.  There will also be no Family Story Time the next Tuesday May 10th.  Family Story Time will resume May 17th at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.   Toddler Time resumes on Wednesday May 11th at 10 & 11 a.m. and Thursday May 12th at 10:30 a.m. and Baby Lap Sit on Thursday May 12th at 9:30.  For full details on this and other programs, see the Bridgewater Library Online Calendar.



Celebrate Arbor Day UPDATE change of age –> (now recommended for ages 3 and up) Saturday May 7, 2011  10:00 AM to 11:00 AM   Did you know that Bridgewater is a Tree City USA? For over 135 years Arbor Day has been set aside as a special day to recognize the importance of trees and the difference they make in our lives. The Bridgewater Shade Tree Board will help us celebrate all that's terrific about trees with stories and activities.  Registration Required


7th Annual Bridgewater Library Car Show The 7th annual Car Show at the Bridgewater Library is set for Saturday, May 7th, 2011. It starts at 12 and ends at 3pm. All are welcome to attend and the public votes on all classes. Food will be available. There will also be music and prizes.  Free, no registration required for the public -- sorry, all cars had to pre-register.



Lego Club (For Grades K -6) Registration Required Tuesday May 17, 2011  4:30  to 5:30 PM     Get together with other Lego-maniacs, share ideas and tips on building, and have a great time! Library Legos will be available for building.   (K-2 Parents and guardians, you are welcome to stay and build with your registered child.  However, due to the nature of the materials, if you plan to stay we ask you to please make other arrangements for siblings younger than Kindergarten age.)  Registration begins May 3 – please do not register pre-schoolers.


Clearing your bookshelves of unused books and media?  – The Friends of The Bridgewater Library will be accepting booksale donations in the lobby Thursday May 12th-Sunday May 15th.  They accept gently used books (hardcover & softcover), DVDs, CDs, videos and audio books.  PLEASE NO textbooks, magazines, moldy books or outdated encyclopedias.  The booksale will be held June 8th-June 11th.


Talk It Up (Limited to grades 5 - 8)  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.
Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix   Tuesday, May 17 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
New York City, 1910, Bella, newly arrived from Italy and desperate to send money home to her family, is one of the hundreds of workers at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory who endure grueling conditions and brutal labor for meager wages. Yetta, a Russian immigrant who also works at the Triangle factory, is an outspoken advocate for labor rights. Jane, a society girl unhappy with the stifling limits of her existence, gets involved with their cause. As the lives of the three girls become intertwined, all are in the factory the fateful day of the fire which becomes one of the worst workplace disasters ever.  Registration Required   


Celebrate Me!!  (For ages 3 - 9) Saturday May 21, 2011 10:30 to 11:30 AM We'll share the book 'I Ain't Gonna Paint No More!' then create our own colorful self-portraits!  Registration begins May 6.






Rocket Readers (Limited to grades 1-3) Tuesday May 24, 2011 4:30  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. 
Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel   When Frog is unhappy, who is there to cheer him up? Toad! When Toad is sick, who brings him tea? Frog of course! Frog and Toad share five short stories of friendship to which everyone can relate. Registration begins May 10

@ the Library – Displays & Activities:

Check out our display honoring the contributions of our military service people and their families. We have an online booklist Families Together, Families Apart: Books and Internet Resources for Military Families. 


Did you know that your old 100% cotton jeans can be turned into quilts to comfort  Wounded Warriors?   Volunteers working with operationquietcomfort.com sew these into 3x5 quilts.  If you have 100% cotton jeans to donate, please email: pasovasz@aol.com.


Looking for other ways you can help the families of deployed military in our area?  Check out the website Joining Forces.

Around the Community:

RVCC Theater – Sampler Program
Pero or the Mysteries of the Night Speeltheater Holland Thu., May 12 at 7PM   Fri., May 13 at 7PM Sat., May 14 at 1PM & 3:30PM Ages: 6 & up  Shy Pero, a baker, closes his shop and stops making bread.  Why?  Because he has a broken heart.  His childhood sweetheart has run away with a flashy housepainter.  Puppets, performers, singers and musicians tell this charming, merry and mischievous tale. Visit RVCC online to reserve tickets  Cost: $12



If you’ve come to Carol Levin’s storytimes at Bridgewater Library, you’ve probably heard some of the many songs of this talented singer-songwriter.   Here’s an opportunity to see him in person!
Tom Chapin & Friends Sun., May 15 at 1PM & 3:30PM Come see the man Parenting Magazine honors with the title of the “Pied Piper of Children’s Music!” and whose music spans a variety of styles and generations.  Tom Chapin engages hearts, minds and imaginations with clever lyrics and earth-friendly messages!  Visit RVCC online to reserve tickets  Cost: $10-12


STAR SHOWS & LASER CONCERTS:

picture inside the planetariumRVCC Planetarium, Branchburg       All shows run approximately 40 minutes.  Admission:$6 for one show, $11 for two shows on the same day   Call 908-231-8805 for reservations. 
The Problem with Pluto Saturdays, May 7, 14, 21, 3:00 p.m. Follow Lucy on her trip through the solar system as she gathers data on Pluto’s status as a planet.  Discover current information about the planets and investigate where Pluto belongs in the overall structure of the solar system.  This program is paired with a brief tour of the current night sky. (Recommended for ages 7-12 accompanied by an adult)

Storybooks in Space Sunday, May 15,  2:00 p.m. Join us for a new programs for our younger visitors.  Pages from children’s books float among the stars today.  We’ll share stories and learn about the stars and planets too.  (Recommended for ages 4-10 accompanied by an adult)

Sky Lights Sunday, May 15,  3:00 p.m. A laser and video concert featuring songs by Mr. RAY and Jane Murphy. (Recommended for ages 4-8 accompanied by an adult)

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Art for Families at the Princeton Art Museum
(most Saturday Mornings, see calendar for upcoming programs.) 

Exploring Sculpture     05/07/11 10:30 am - 1:00 pm   Sculpture: Another Look    05/14/11 10:30 am - 1:00 pm   Join us on Saturday mornings for family fun in the 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. No tickets or reservations needed. 
Family Day: A Passport to Art     05/21/11 10:00 am - 2:00 pm    Join us for a day of travel and adventure at the Art Museum. Grab your passport and hop on board as we explore art through the ages and from around the world. Family Day offers hands on activities, live performances, storytelling, scavenger hunts and prizes. Pizza and refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public.

Looking for more things to do? Check out the many Events Listings under the USEFUL LINKS FOR FAMILIES  on the right side of our blog.  Two very useful events consolidators for our area are Hillsborough Macaroni Kid & Warren Macaroni Kid.  Here are some sample listings from this week’s Warren Macaroni Kid:
Thursday, May 5 - Mega Mammals!  Children will learn about the larger species of mammals through crafts, stories and games.  Theme is "Elephants."
Where: The Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling Road, Basking Ridge.   4:00 PM - 5:30 PM   Ages 4-6.  Registration required.  Register online at www.somersetcountyparks.org under Naturalist programs or call 908-766-2489.  Cost: $9 per person.
Thursday, May 5 - Natural Skin Care  Learn about natural/home remedies for skin care problems and create your own facial masques.  The program will cover topics of interest from teen skin care to adult.  Get a nice complexion for the prom!  Bring a towel and a mirror if you want to experiment with skin care treatments.
Where: Watchung Library, 12 Stirling Road, Watchung.  Kitchen. 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Ages 14 and up.  Registration required.  Register online at www.somerset.lib.nj.us on the Watchung Calendar of Events page.  Cost: Free.  For more info: Call the library at 908-561-0117.
Friday, May 6 - Clue Seekers  Join us for a bi-lingual (Spanish-English) music program with Jeanne Depodwin.
Where: Warren Library, 42 Mountain Boulevard, Warren.  Program Room.  10:30 AM - 11:15 AM  Ages 2 1/2 - 4.  Register online at www.somerset.lib.nj.us/warren or call 908-754-5554 ext. 23.  Registration opens Feb. 22 at 9:30am.   Cost: Free.  For more info: Call the Children's Desk at 908-754-5554 ext. 23.
Friday, May 6 - Darling Dragons and Dainty Damsels  Children with a parent will join a Naturalist to explore the Swamp and discover what is swimming around besides the fishes and the frogs.
Where: The Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling Road, Basking Ridge. 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Ages 3 to 5 with parent.Registration required.  Register online at www.somersetcountyparks.org under Naturalist programs or call 908-766-2489.  Cost: $10 per pair and $5 per additional child.  For more info: Call 908-766-2489.
Saturday, May 7 - Home Depot Kids' Workshops  The Home Depot Kids Workshops offer an opportunity for your young builder to create useful and educational projects - this month's project is a Tulip Planter - great for Mother's Day! The workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, while at the same time helping to instill a sense of accomplishment. Additionally, this fun time allows for quality one-on-one time between adults and children. In addition to the newly constructed project kit, each child receives a kid-sized orange apron, similar to The Home Depot associates' aprons, and an achievement pin.
Where: The Home Depot, 1515 Route 22, Watchung, NJ.  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM   Ages 5-12 with a parent.  No registration - just come by!  Cost: FREE.  For more info: Call the store at 908-222-7700.  More info also available at www.homedepot.com.
Saturday, May 7 - May Day 2011  Celebrate Spring at New Jersey Audubon’s Hoffman Center for Conservation and Environmental Education.  This free, family event features something for everyone -- music and entertainment; hands-on nature activities; live animal demonstrations; and displays from local organizations, all surrounded by 276 acres of scenic woodland, field and floodplain habitat supporting some 200 species of wildlife ready for you to explore.  Stop by the registration table and pick up an Event Program that will guide you through the May Day activities.
Where: The Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, 11 Hardscrabble Road, Bernardsville. 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM   Families, all ages. No registration - just come by! Free admission. For more info: Go to www.njaudubon.org/go/MayDayor call 908-766-5787.
Saturday, May 7 - Story Hour  Children and parents will listen to a Naturalist read an environmentally-based story and enjoy a short walk on the trails of the EEC.
Where: The Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling Road, Basking Ridge. 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM   Ages infant to 5 with parent. Registration required.  Register online at www.somersetcountyparks.org under Naturalist programs, or call 908-766-2489.  Cost: FREE.   For more info: Call 908-766-2489.
Saturday, May 7 - Drop-In Craft - Mother's Day Magic  Drop in to make a great Garden Wreath craft to take home.  One per child, while supplies last.
Where: Warren Library, 42 Mountain Boulevard, Warren.  1:00 PM - 3:00 PM   Ages 3 and up. No registration, just drop in during the listed times.  Cost: Free.   For more info: Call the Children's Services Desk at 908-754-5554 ex. 23. 
Monday, May 9 - Clue Seekers  Join us for a bi-lingual (Spanish-English) music program with Jeanne Depodwin.
Where: Warren Library, 42 Mountain Boulevard, Warren.  Program Room.  4:00 PM - 4:45 PM Ages 5 - 8. Register online at www.somerset.lib.nj.us/warren or call 908-754-5554 ext. 23.  Registration opens April 18 at 9:30am.   Cost: Free.  For more info: Call the Children's Desk at 908-754-5554 ext. 23.
Wednesday, May 11 - Manga Club   Do you read manga and comics?  Do you watch anime?  Join the Manga Club!  Tonight we're showing an anime movie.  Please register to ensure enough snacks and seats for all.
Where: Watchung Library, 12 Stirling Road, Watchung.  Bicentennial Room. 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Ages 12 to 17. Registration required.  Register online at www.somerset.lib.nj.us on the Watchung calendar of events page or call 908-561-0117.  Registration opens April 20, 2011 at 10am.  Cost: Free.  For more info: Call Terri at 908-561-0117 or email tcoss@sclsnj.org.

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And just a reminder for those new to this blog, check out the “Wonder of the Day” at the Wonderopolis website!  (We have a link under “Daily Wonder” in the Useful Websites for Families section of this blog.)    Each day they have a fascinating question for kids and adults alike – check out Wonder #67 “When Were Ice Skates Invented?” (you’ll be surprised) and follow the “science of winter sports” link there to see some amazing short films.   Teachers & schools can follow the “about us” link to learn how to put the Daily Wonder on their webpages. Wonderopolis.org  is presented by the National Center for Family Literacy, a not-for-profit supporting literacy and reading for children and families.

While you are in the Useful Websites for Families section of this blog, take a look at Book Recommendations – Novelist K-8 Plusfor some great reading ideas  (call or visit the Youth Services Reference Desk -- the librarians are happy to show you how to make the best use of this resource!) 

Not sure if a DVD or videogame is age-appropriate for your child(ren)?  Click on Commonsense Media to find out.