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Friday, June 10, 2011

Summer is a’comin’ in – IMPORTANT INFO ON RECOGNIZING DROWNING and New Research on Autism..plus a preview of the library's summer schedule..

This incredibly important article is a must-read before your kids go swimming – it could save their life!
Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning

This eye-opening article on what drowning looks like will change the way you watch your children in the water!

The number of children with autism and spectrum-disorders continues to
genetic mutations of autism rise.  This article from Scientific American examines the latest research.
Autism's Tangled Genetics Full of Rare and Varied Mutations.
Several new studies highlight the complexity of autism's genetic roots, revealing why it strikes boys more than girls and offering clues for possible new treatments.

@ The Library:

Reminder: The Bridgewater Library will be closed SUNDAYS throughout the summer.

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 Required.

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 most welcome as are audiobook listeners!)  Children and Teens Who Register by July 2nd will be entered in a drawing for a boogie board!   All summer long, we’ll have lots of programs, games, and prizes so stop by the library and check us out!


Planning Ahead – Here’s a Summer Summary – Weekly Programs Begin July 5th 
Tuesdays at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Craftacular (ages 3-6) registration required.
Wednesdays at 2 p.m. Travel the World (grades 1-5) registration required, and from 1:30-3:30 Book Buddies (ages 3-8, especially siblings of our World Travellers), no registration required. 
Thursdays at 10 and 11 a.m. Toddler Time (18 mo.-3) no registration required.
Thursday afternoons/evenings Performers for the Whole Family (ages vary) no registration required.
Fridays at 9:30 and 10:30 Baby Book Time (birth to 18 months) no registration required.
For full details and registration information, see the Bridgewater Library Online Calendar.

Join a Book Club!

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.

Other programs in June:

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! Teens Who Register by July 2nd will be entered in a drawing for a boogie board!

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:

Travel Far, Pay No Fare – Read Around the World with our books displayed atop the magazines.

Father’s Day and Flag Day books are atop our holiday section.

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

Around the Community:
Friday, June 10 - Somerset Patriots v. Camden Riversharks
The first 2,000 fans in attendance will receive a Jeff Nettles Figurine courtesy of AT&T. TD Ballpark, Bridgewater 7:05 PM Visit www.somersetpatriots.com for tickets and information.  Cost: $7 to $13.50 per ticket.
Saturday, June 11 - 2nd Saturday Performances: Illstyle & Peace: Become Your Dreams (A History of Hip Hop)
With incredible energy and personalities to match, the dancers of Illstyle & Peace demonstrate that by perseverance and paying attention, you can reach your highest goals. Tracing hop-hop dance styles from the late 60s through today, this acclaimed ensemble teaches positive messages, including "Thinking it - Do it - and Become it!" New Jersey State Museum, Trenton.  12:30pm & 2:00pm.  Cost: Included with admission.

Saturday, June 11 - The Improvables - Family Improv
The Improvables provide audiences with outlandish humor, surprises, and an all-around great time. Each show consists of a series of "games" in which the performers have to act out various scenarios without knowing in advance what they are going to say or how things are going to turn out. It is the audience that often sets the scenes for the players on-the-spot.  Audience members are also sometimes pulled up to join in the fun! Special family-friendly improv performances are good, clean fun for families with kids - the kids love it! The Watchung Arts Center, 12 Stirling Road, Watchung.  8:00 PM Families with kids ages 10 and up. Tickets available online at www.watchungarts.org. $8.00 per person. Info.: Call the Arts Center at 908-753-0190.
Saturday, June 11 - Bat Box Basics
Families and friends will learn why New Jersey bats are endangered by White Nose Syndrome and how hanging a well-designed and well-place bat box will help their survival. The Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling Road, Basking Ridge. 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Families with older children. 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, June 11 through Sunday, June 12 - Montgomery Rodeo at Daube Farm
The 19th Annual Montgomery Rodeo is taking place June 11th and 12th. Rodeo events include bare back and saddle back riding, steer wrestling, girls breakaway roping, barrel racing, bull hockey and bull riding. Gates open at 5pm and events start at 7pm. Daube Farm, 361 Sunset Rd, Skillman Call 908.359.7832 or visit www.cowboy.com for information and tickets. $15/adult and $13/kids

Saturday, June 11 - Somerset Patriots v. Camden Riversharks
Come out to TD Bank Ballpark and enjoy Somerset Patriots and a Post Game Fireworks Show.  TD Ballpark, Bridgewater 7:05 PM    Visit http://somersetpatriots.com/ to order tickets   Cost: $7 to $13.50

Sunday, June 12 - Kids on the Water
Children with a parent will explore the Passaic River by canoe. The Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling Road, Basking Ridge. 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM Ages 7-15 with a parent. Registration required.  Register online at www.somersetcountyparks.org or call 908-766-2489. $20 per person.

'Getting Under Your Skin: Truth About Skin Care Products'
Hosted by Holistic Moms Network, Somerset County, NJ   Tuesday, Jun 14, 2011 (7:00 PM to 9:00 PM) at Bridgewater Library.  No registration required.  Our society has become more sensitive and educated on the foods we eat, but we are less aware of the dangers in the products we use on our skin.  Donna Wyckoff shares her expertise on skin, what ingredients to avoid and safe alternatives we can start using for ourselves and our family members today in cosmetics, shampoos, lotions, sunscreen and others.

Thursday, June 16 - Recipe for a Swamp
Children and their parents will tour the Swamp to discover the different animals and plants that thrive in the environment before making a swamp craft to take home. 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 the Naturalist programs, or call 908-766-2489. $10/pair, $5 per additional child.   For more info: Call 908-766-2489.

Thursday, June 16 - Let's Go Batty
Children will learn about the bats that live in New Jersey, how they fly, the insects they eat, and why they hibernate. The Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling Road, Basking Ridge. 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Ages 4 to 6. Registration required.  Register online at www.somersetcountyparks.org under Naturalist programs or call 908-766-2489. $10 per child.  For more info: Call 908-766-2489.

Thursday, June 16 - Dragon Tales
Children will learn about the bearded dragons and their reptile friends through slithering activities and a unique craft. The Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling Road, Basking Ridge. 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Ages 7 to 9. Registration required.  Register online at www.somersetcountyparks.org under Naturalist programs or call 908-766-2489. $9 per child.
Plays in Park logoCurrently in its 49th season, Plays in the Park in Edison provides audience members with the chance to enjoy outdoor theatre performances under the stars on summer evenings, providing Broadway-caliber productions to the greater Middlesex (and NJ)  community.
WHERE: Roosevelt Park in Edison, off Route 1 next to Menlo Park Mall. Use the Grandview Avenue turn off. Park Rangers will instruct you to free parking. The Park is easily accessible from the N.J. Turnpike Metuchen exit, interstate 287, or the Garden State Parkway. Click HERE for detailed directions.

Directed by Gary P. Cohen
Music Direction by Larry Rothweiler
Choreographed by Michelle Massa
WHEN: Wednesday, June 22 - Saturday July 2 (No Sunday perf.) All summer shows start at 8:30 PM
$7 for adults, $5 for seniors, and free for children 12 and under.

Directed by John Menter
Music Direction by Warren Helms
Choreographed by Lorinda Haver
With Richard Colonna as Edna Turnblad!
WHEN: Wednesday, July 13 - Saturday July 23 (No Sunday perf.) All summer shows start at 8:30 PM
TICKETS: $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, and free for children 12 and under.

Directed by Art Neill
Music Direction by Tony DiDia
Choreographed by Rassean T. Holloway
WHEN: Wednesday, August 3 - Saturday August 13 (No Sunday perf.) All summer shows start at 8:30 PM
TICKETS: $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, and free for children 12 and under.
Thanks to Hillsborough Macaroni Kid, Warren Macaroni Kid, and   www.njartsmaven.com  for these listings.  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.  They are great resources when you are looking for an overview of what is available to do in our on a particular day anytime this summer!

Let Your Fingers Do (More) Walking:

summer sidewalk hot enough to fry egg_shutterstock_14073988Given this week’s heat wave, you may be wondering…
Can You Really Cook an Egg On the Sidewalk?
Check out Wonderopolis for the answer!

Interested in more information about eggs and birds? The library has a spectacularly gorgeous book: An Egg is Quiet.  Here are some additional ideas to use with it and the library also has a Storytime Theme Kit on Birds.  

STORYTIME THEME KITS are a great way to extend the learning all summer long.    Each contains 8-12 books, a DVD or video, a CD, and an activity guide/songbook on a theme.  We currently have dozens of these kits available – here are the Subjects Available.  Each checks out for two weeks and can be reserved in advance if desired.  Come by to pick one up or reserve a kit for a future date.  Reservations can be made in person or on the telephone.

Looking to give your kids a taste of nature outside of books?  The Upper Raritan Watershed Association’s Day Camps for ages 3-12 give kids a chance to discover wildlife, habitats, adaptations, plants, and more through field activities, stories crafts and hands-on projects.

And, finally, for those of you who are fans of Robert McCloskey’s  classic Make Way For Ducklings, check out this true story and video of a dramatic real life duckling rescue:  HYANNIS, Mass. -- A family of Cape Cod ducks is back where they belong this week, thanks to some Hyannis firefighters who lived up to their motto "Anytime, anywhere, any job," over the weekend as they embarked on a one-of-a-kind rescue mission.   A mother mallard duck's quacking alerted police to her 10 ducklings stuck in a storm drain…  read more.

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