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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  PLEASE NO textbooks, magazines, moldy books or outdated encyclopedias.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.

Let Your Fingers Do MORE Walking:



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.

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