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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


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! 


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:


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.)

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

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