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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Midsummer Nights and Days Delights

image_thumb3_thumb_thumb_thumb1_thumPlease Note: The library will be closed on Monday July 18th (rain date Wednesday July 20th) for final installation of solar panels. If in doubt, please call 908 526-4016 x126 to verify our opening hours on those days.oneworldbanner

Tuesdays at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Craftacular (ages 3-6) registration required.  July 19, 2011 Colors! Red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple! Brighten your day with color! Join us for a story, and a colorful activity! July 26th. topic TBD (Note: links are for the 10 a.m. sessions, to register for the 11:30 sessions, go to our online calendar.)

Wednesdays at 2 p.m. Travel the World (grades 1-5) registration required. Wednesday, July 20: Destination: Asia This week we are off to the Far East where we'll explore the amazing multiplying power of one grain of rice, play games, and make tangram and origami creations. Wednesday, July 27: Destination Down Under: Australia and Oceania Journey to the outback, experience wombats, kangaroos, and didgeridoos, and create some Aboriginal 'x-ray art.'

Wednesdays from 1:30-3:30 Book Buddies (ages 3-8, especially siblings of our World Travellers), no registration required. Drop in between 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm Come meet up with a buddy…a Book Buddy!
Our teen volunteers can’t wait to meet and sit down with our early and pre-readers and together read a story. Children can choose a picture book to have read to them or they can read to the buddy. This is a fun way to have a shared reading experience outside the family routine which helps support and encourage reading as a life long activity.

Thursdays at 10 and 11 a.m. Toddler Time (18 mo.-3) no registration required. Clapping and singing, rhymes and books….introduce your toddler to the beginnings of story time!

Thursday afternoons/evenings Performers for the Whole Family (ages vary) no registration required. Thursday July 21, 2011: 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM 'Eyes of the Wild with Travis Gale' (Suggested for children K thru 5th grade and their families) Join Travis and his traveling live zoo as he presents 'MAMMAL MANIA'. Learn about mammals from around the world and their behavior, habitats and adaptations. Thursday July 21 at 7:00PM: Safari Mark!  (For families with children ages 4 and up)   Everyday is Earth Day with Safari Mark!   Join him and learn how to live in harmony with the earth and  co-exist with Mother Earth’s animal friends! Hear about conservation, recycling and how to pick the right pet!

Fridays at 9:30 and 10:30 Baby Book Time (birth to 18 months) no registration required. Clap your hands and stamp your feet and let you baby feel the beat of stories, songs and rhymes.

Talk It Up (Limited to entering grades 5 - 8) Registration Required Tuesday July 19, 2011 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Meeting Room A
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 of The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
Wacky characters bring energy to this novel about thieving children, a disguise-obsessed detective and a magical merry-go-round. After their mother dies, 12-year-old Prosper and his brother, Bo flee from Hamburg to Venice. They live in an abandoned movie theater with several other street children under the care of the Thief Lord, a cocky youth who claims to rob 'the city's most elegant houses.' A mysterious man hires the Thief Lord to steal a wooden wing, which the kids later learn has broken off a long-lost merry-go-round said to make 'adults out of children and children out of adults'
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Lunch Bunch Monday July 25, 2011    12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Story Well. Bring your brown bag lunch to our book discussion.

Rats on the Roof and Other Stories   By James Marshall.    Read with the librarian or just listen to seven very short illustrated stories about animal characters in amusing situations. If you want to read the stories ahead of time, copies of the book are available at the children’s reference desk. Bring a brown bag lunch and get ready for fun.

For full details and to register for any of these programs, click on the program in the July Bridgewater Library Online Calendar.



Make a Difference @ the Library -- Volunteer Opportunities for students entering grades 5 – 6 Wednesdays through August 3rd 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Individual registration required for each week, click on the dates in the library calendar to register.
Attention students entering grades 5 and 6, here is your opportunity to make a difference by volunteering at the library. Volunteer hours will be limited to the above listed dates and times.

Teen Advisory Board Meeting (For students entering grades 6 - 12) Tuesday July 26th, 2011 6:30 to 7:30 PM Registration Required. 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 & Resources:

Did you know that the library has children’s books in more than a dozen languages? Check out our Foreign Language Display next to the Storywell and the AV room. We also have CD, CD-ROM and DVD resources as well as the online computer program Mango Languages.

Around the Community:
Friday, July 15 - "Drive-In" Movie: Gulliver's Travels
Come to Duke Island Park in Bridgewater for a "Drive-In" Movie!  Put your kids in their pjs, pack a picnic basket and pile into the car.  Take the family back in time with drive-in movies just like in the 50's, complete with large screen and popcorn.  Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy a movie under the stars.  This week - Gulliver's Travels.
Where: Duke Island Park, Old York Road, Bridgewater.
When: 8:30 PM   Who: Families.
How: Come to the park.  Movies will be presented on the large screen inside the band shell, so bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on.   Cost: Free.
For more info: Go to www.somersetcountyparks.org.  Call 908-722-1200 ext. 351 for weather updates prior to the show.
brook arts centerbannerLooking for something to do with the kids or the grandkids?
Performed by K-PAC
WHEN: Friday, July 22, 10:30 AM, 2:30 PM and 6:00 PM
Brook Theater, 10 Hamilton Street, Bound Brook
TICKETS: $10 in advance and $15 at the door
Tickets can be purchased at Lou’s Sub Shop, Mama Rosina’s and Pranzatelli’s Audit Outlet or online at 222.ticketweb.com.
For more information call 732.469.7700 or visit www.brookarts.org or www.K-PAC.net.
The Brook is a multi-use facility providing for live performances, art, music, and films that are entertaining, educational, and interesting to the diverse community. For more information about theater availability please call 732.469.7700.
The Somerset County Cultural Arts Center, Inc. (SCCAC) is a non-profit organization that oversees the programming for the Brook Arts Center and is committed to promoting and cultivating the arts in Somerset County.


WHEN: July 21 & 22 at 7:30 PM; July 23 at 2 PM
  Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, 33 Green Village Road, Madison
TICKETS: $10 adults; $5 students/child
Purchase tickets online or by calling 973.514.1787 X31
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown is based on the beloved Peanuts comic strip characters created by Charles Schultz. The musical comedy, now considered a standard in American Theater, was originally produced in New York by Arthur Whitelaw and Gene Persson.
A production appropriate for the entire family – parents and grandparents may remember reading the comic strip in the newspaper and how they related to the trials and tribulations of growing up, trying to figure out where we fit in and the joys, disappointments, and dreams we all have. Teenagers will enjoy seeing the cartoon characters they watched on TV in A Charlie Brown Christmas, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and the animated version of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown brought to life. And it’s a wonderful way for little ones to meet Snoopy, Linus, Sally, Charlie Brown and all his friends.
The music will be played by a live band, and is filled with simple tunes, intricately and expertly composed. The story is a collection of vignettes, based on the comic strip written with charm, sweetness and an innocent sophistication for people of all ages.
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown is the first co-production between The Madison Recreation Department and Playwrights Theatre, who has been located in Madison for 25 years. This Summer 10 talented young people from the town will take the stage to bring Charles Schulz’s PEANUTS characters to life on Playwrights Theatre's stage.

Princeton University Art Museum
Artful Adventures 2011


Folk Project: Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown
TICKETS: Adults $7; children 12 and under, free.
For more info call 973.335.9489 or go to www.folkproject.org.
Handicapped accessible; free parking.

The Shockenaw Mountain Boys
WHEN: Friday, July 15, from 8 to 11 PM

The Dirdy Birdies Jug Band
WHEN: Friday, July 22, from 8 to 11 PM Katie Weiss opens.
The Minstrel's 36th Birthday ShowThe Minstrel’s 36th Birthday Show
WHEN: Friday, July 29, from 8 to 11 PM

Shakespeare’s Love’s Labor’s Lost and Molière’s Tartuffe
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey will present its annual free Picnic Series, featuring performances by The Theatre’s prestigious touring troupe, the Next Stage Ensemble.
WHEN: Shakespeare’s Love’s Labor’s Lost will be presented on Saturday,July 16, at 5:30 PM, and Molière’s Tartuffe will be at 5:30 PM on Saturday,August 6.  Each performance lasts one hour.
WHERE: Picnic Series performances are held on the lawn outside the F. M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Avenue (at Lancaster Road) in Madison.
TICKETS: Performances of The Picnic Series are free of charge and patrons are invited to bring a picnic blanket or lawn chair. Seating is on a first-come-first-served basis. In the event of rain, the performance will be held in an indoor venue.
For more information, visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org or call 973.408.5600. 
Love’s Labor’s Lost, Shakespeare’s delightful coming-of-age comedy, is a witty and hilarious ode to youthful aspirations, infatuations and follies.  The young King of Navarre, and his three loyal friends, decide to dedicate themselves to the “noble pursuit of knowledge” for three full years, locking themselves away from all distraction—especially women. Their ambitious “ivory tower” is soon shaken, with the arrival of the lovely Princess of France and her three gamesome ladies-in-waiting.  Filled with dazzling wordplay,strong comic characters and a few unexpected twists, Love’s Labor’s Lost not only charms, but also touches the heartstrings of young and old alike.  Director Abigail Isaac (“As You Like It” tour, 2010) returns with an exciting new staging of this delicious Shakespeare confection.
The next performance for the Picnic Series will be Molière’s comedy, Tartuffe.  Although banned by France’s religious leaders after its first showing, Molière’s biting and witty comic masterpiece quickly became a runaway hit and has remained so since its public reopening in 1669. When Orgon, a gullible and wealthy family man, invites the seemingly pious Tartuffe to stay at his home, he is convinced that he has joined a noble cause.  Despite the warnings of his family and friends, Orgon holds his friend in the highest regard and showers him with gifts and money and even the offer of his daughter’s hand in marriage. The family soon lays traps to expose the true nature of the mysterious stranger. Will their efforts be too late? Will anything convince Orgon that Tartuffe is not all that he seems to be? Will harmony ever be restored in the Orgon household? Just wait and see! 
The Next Stage Ensemble was created to cultivate the work of early career actors and provide an opportunity for them to perform using ensemble-based methods. Ten actors from across the nation were selected to participate in this year’s troupe. In addition to The Picnic Series, the Next Stage Ensemble will give approximately 50 performances throughout New Jersey.

Ridge Light Opera of New Jersey, in conjunction with Bernards Township Parks and Recreation, will present the first of the annual summer “Plays in the Park”
WHEN: July 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, and 23, at 8:00 PM
the outdoor amphitheater at Pleasant Valley Park, Valley Road (next to the Veterans Hospital at Lyons), Basking Ridge
TICKETS: Free admission
Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. For information, call 908.204.3003.
Ariel_and_RenThe popular musical tells the story of Ren McCormack, a Chicago teen who moves to a small town where dancing has been banned. The story is loosely based on events which took place in the small town of Elmore City, Oklahoma, where dancing was banned for almost 100 years until 1980, when its high school students gained permission to dance at their prom.
“Plays in the Park” has been a local summer tradition for many years. Bernards Township has produced over twenty years of family entertainment and achieved several awards for excellence in theater programming. “Footloose” is made possible, in part, by support from New Jersey State Council on the Arts. For additional information, go to: www.ridgelightopera.org.
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Grab your chair/blanket, a picnic, the kids and the whole family and head out to Pleasant Valley Park on Valley Road in Basking Ridge for Trilogy Rep’s production of
WHEN: July 29-30, August 4-6, 8 PM

This production is a great way to introduce your kids to Shakespeare!
WHEN: through July 31
  Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s outdoor stage @ The College of St. Elizabeth, Convent Station
TICKETS & PERFORMANCE DATES: call 973.408.5600
Come and see A Midsummer Night's Dream at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's Outdoor Stage!
Premiere Stages, the professional Actors’ Equity Association theatre in residence at Kean University announces the seventh year of its Musical Fun Series. A summer program of musical theatre for young people and their families, the 2011 series presents works by Pushcart Players and Yates Family Theatre during the summer.
WHERE: Kean University Center Little Theatre, 1000 Morris Avenue in Union.TICKETS: Standard tickets are $14, with special rates available for groups of 30 or more. Camps, scout troops, day care centers and other community groups are encouraged to book early. Group sales can be arranged by calling 908.737.4077.
Individual tickets call 908.737.4092. Visit the website at www..kean.edu/premierestages.
Yates Family Theatre
WHEN: Wednesday, July 20, at 11 AM and 1:30 PM
This original musical by founder Bill Yates is a rollicking journey through the mixed up world on just the other side of the looking-glass. Lewis Carroll’s time-honored classic gets the trademark Yates spin: hilarious hi-jinks and glorious fun, complete with Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts and, of course, Alice.
Yates Family Theatre is also in their fourth decade of performing for children across the nation. Founded by husband and wife Bill and Peggy Yates, all nine of their children have performed with the troupe throughout the years, along with hundreds of other performers.
The professional company is now lead by Daniel Yates, who said of their production of Alice in Wonderland, “This mad-cap adventure delivers toe-tapping tunes and delightful twists while underscoring the value of reading, the necessity for a fair-minded rules of law and the importance of due process.”
Premiere Stages offers affordable prices, air-conditioned facilities and free parking close to the theaters. Premiere Stages provides free or discounted tickets to patrons with disabilities.

The Planetarium at RVCC has many family shows this summer including: Fee: $6 per person Please call us at 908-231-8805.

The Little Star That Could
The Little Star that Could
Tuesdays, July 5 - August 23, 2:00 p.m.
Join Little Star, an average yellow star, as he meets other colorful stars in our galaxy during his quest for a name and a planet to call his own. Imagine his surprise when he discovers planets already orbiting him. (recommended for ages 6-12 accompanied by an adult)

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Attack of the Space Pirates
Tuesdays, July 5 - August 23, 3:00 p.m.
Hidden somewhere in the vast reaches of space is an alien technology so powerful that it threatens the very galaxy itself. A gang of rogue pirates will stop at nothing to find that technology and unleash its awesome power against the rest of the universe. Now, only one valiant ship stands between the pirates and their total domination of space. It's a race against time for the Starship Intrepid as it seeks to find the alien technology first while defending itself against the attack of the space pirates! (recommended for ages 8-12 accompanied by an adult)

Rockin' Rocket Ride
Wednesdays, July 6 - August 24, 2:00 p.m.
Put on your space suit and blast off into outer space! Catchy songs teach us about the planets and moon rocks. We'll also discover what stars are in tonight's sky. (Recommended for ages 3-8 accompanied by an adult)

Sky Lights
Wednesdays, July 6 - August 24, 3:00 p.m.
A laser and video concert featuring songs by mr. RAY (Kalien the Alien, ROY G BIV) and Jane Murphy (Moon Rock Rock, Is Anybody Else Out There?) as well as favorites like "ABC" by the Jackson 5 and Disney's "When You Wish Upon a Star." (Recommended for ages 4-8 accompanied by an adult)

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SETI - The Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence
Thursdays, July 7 - August 25, 2:00 p.m.
The prospect that we may not be alone in the universe is taken as a fact by the movies, writers, and a great many scientists. As yet, we have no hard evidence of another living thing outside Planet Earth. S.E.T.I. - the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence - is a show that explores all sides of this topic, from the planets we are finding around other stars, to the feasibility of travelling to the stars, and what liens might actually be like, to the possibility that UFO's have been visiting, and the various methods that scientists are using to get in touch. Will we make contact in our lifetimes? This stunning immersive show guides you through the myriad of ideas to a surprising conclusion. (recommended for ages 10 and older accompanied by an adult)

Laser Light
Thursdays, July 7 - August 25, 3:00 p.m.
Music plays while lasers draw pictures on the dome overhead. Features songs like "Fireflies," "OMG," and "Tik Tok."

Thanks to www.njartsmaven.com and warren.macaronikid.com for some of these listings. Looking for more ideas? Check out those sites, njkidsonline, njfamilyevents as well as the other “events” listings in the “useful links for families” on the right side of our blog.

Rock & Roll Camp and Lego Camp now have room!
The Warren Recreation program has opened up space in two popular camps in August: Rock & Roll Camp for ages 5-8, and Star Wars Lego Robotics Camp for ages 7-12.
Rock & Roll Camp
for ages 5-8
WHEN: August 8 - August 12 from 9 AM to 12 PM
WHERE: The camp has been moved from Wagner Farm to Warren's Central School AP Room, 109 Mt. Bethel Road, to accommodate the additional participants.
TUITION:  $100 for residents, additional fee for non-residents. 
If your kids are interested in music, but you're not sure which instrument is right for them, this is a chance for them to try them all! Camp is designed to give introductory lessons for bass and electric guitar, keyboards, drums, percussion and vocals, plus basic note reading, music theory, crafts, games and more!
Star Wars Legos Robotics Camp
for ages 7-12
WHEN: August 1 to August 5 from 9 AM to 3 PM
  Central School, 109 Mt. Bethel Road, Warren
TUITION:  $185 for Warren residents, additional fee for non-residents.
Your kids will build their own adventure from the Star Wars Galaxy! Projects will include age-appropriate new models and the best of older models. Build an assortment of non-Star Wars motorized Lego education machines and create your own projects. All students take home a Lego Star Wars project, valued at $30.
To register for these camps, go to https://register.communitypass.net/warrentwp. For more information, call Eleanora Hermann, Director, at 908.753.8000 ext. 270.
Monday, July 18 through Thursday, July 21 - PEP Club Summer Camp: Girl's Spa Science
Back by popular demand, the PEP Club presents Girls' Spa Science Camp! Learn the science behind "girl stuff!" We'll make hand lotion, shower gel, lip balm, soap, toothpaste, beaded jewelry and headbands.
Where: P.E.P. Club of Warren, 42 Liberty Corner Road, Warren. In the Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church. When: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Who: Ages 4 to 7.
Monday, July 18 through Thursday, July 21 - PEP Club Summer Camp: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!
The PEP Club's is doing Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Camp this week! Craft the afternoon away making a tie-dye t-shirts, friendship bracelets, candles and more!
Where: P.E.P. Club of Warren, 42 Liberty Corner Road, Warren. In the Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church. When: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Who: Ages 6 to 9.
How: Registration required for either camp. Call Jan at 908-451-9280 or email her at janpep1@aol.com. You can also register online at www.pepclubfun.com. Cost: $105 per child.

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