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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Summer Fun at the Library and Beyond

image_thumb3_thumb_thumb_thumb1The 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
Lunch Bunch (For Students Entering Grades 3 - 4) Registration Required Monday July 11, 2011 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Story Well Lunch Bunch Bring your brown bag lunch to our book discussion. Titles selected are light reading and classified as beginning chapter books; not more than 100 pages.

Tuesdays at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Craftacular (ages 3-6) registration required. July 12th: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star What would a summer night be without lightning bugs, a bright moon, and twinkling stars? Join us for a story about stars in the night sky and a craft.  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!   (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.13th: Destination Safari: Africa Safari to the continent of Africa in story, games, and crafts. We might even pick up a bit of Swahili along the way! 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.

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 14, 20117:00 PM to 7:45 PM  'Journey ‘Round the World with Jeanne DePodwin' (Suggested for ages 3 and up) Bring the family and celebrate summer with a journey 'round the world with her music! Join Jeanne DePodwin and clap your hands and stomp your feet and even get up and dance to the beat! 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.

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'

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


Phenomenon! Teen Summer Reading Kick-Off Event! (For students entering grades 6 - 12) Registration Required Monday July 11, 2011 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Join the Magic of Amore and James Lazzarini as he amazes you with mind-bending tricks! Have your mind read and your memory challenged and learn how to expand the mental powers you already have!!

Teen Summer PJ Party (For entering grades 7 - 11) Registration Required Friday July 15, 2011 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM. Come to watch movies, check out our Wii, bake some cookies, do a craft, scavenge the library, eat ‘till you pop, or just hang out. Come alone or bring a friend.

Make a Difference @ the Library -- Volunteer Opportunities for students entering grades 5 – 6 Wednesday July 6, 2011 and subsequent 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:

ART AFTER HOURS   JULY 6, 2011 / 5 to 9 PM
Zimmerli Art Museum, Hamilton & George Streets, New Brunswick
A VIEW OF CARING: Johnson & Johnson / International
Center of Photography Fellowship Program

Since 2001, Johnson & Johnson has sponsored fellowships for graduates of the documentary and photojournalism program at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York. A View of Caring presents photographs by fourteen of these fellows, who documented many of the community-based programs supported by Johnson & Johnson in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas.
July's Art After Hours program celebrates A View of Caring with an exhibition talk, demonstrations of crafts made in the developing world, jazz performances, and more.
Complimentary refreshments
20% discount on all Museum Store purchases
$6 general admission. $5 for individuals over 65.
FREE to Rutgers faculty, staff, and students with valid ID,
children under 18, and Zimmerli museum members.
FREE to Johnson & Johnson and ICP staff.

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.

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.
Open Stage
WHEN: Friday, July 8, from 8 to 11 PM

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


Wednesday, July 13 - Kurt Gallagher's Super Silly Songs for Summer
This Watchung Library program will be held at the Watchung Arts Center, 18 Stirling Road, Watchung. When: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Who: Ages 3 and up. How: Registration required. Cost: Free. Register in person or online at www.somerset.lib.nj.us on the Watchung Calendar of Events page or call 908-561-0117. Bring the family and celebrate summer with a "wild and crazy guy" and his music! Join Kurt Gallagher and clap your hands, stamp your feet, get up and dance to the beat.

Mr. Ray Kid and Family Concert
WHO: All Ages
WHEN: Thursday, July 14, 7:00 PM
WHERE: Warren Township Municipal Complex, 46 Mountain Boulevard front parking lot, Warren
In case of rain, the concert will be held at Watchung Hill Regional HS auditorium, 108 Stirling Road, Watchung
For more info: Call the Recreation Department at 908.753.8000 ext. 270.Back by popular demand, it's Mr. Ray! Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets!
"Edgy and wise, Mr. Ray's music makes sense to children"—Parenting Magazine. This rocking family show is music for the kid in all of us! Mr. Ray has been featured on Blue's Clues, XM Kids and Radio Disney.

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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The Planetarium at RVCC has many family shows this summer including: The Skies over Hogwarts
Tuesday, July 19 and Thursday, July 21, 2011 7:30 p.m.
Join an eclectic group of witches and wizards as they guide you through a "Harry Potter"-themed tour of the night sky. Learn how JK Rowling used astronomy as the inspiration for some of her characters' names. Program runs about 45 minutes. Fee: $6 per person Reservations are highly suggested. Please call us at 908-231-8805.  

Other shows include:

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.

Let Your Fingers Do (More) Walking:

Looking to take a trip around the world without leaving your living room? Check out the ideas on One World Many Stories.

How Do Dinosaurs Get Their Names?
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Have you ever wondered…
    • How do dinosaurs get their names?
    • What does “dinosaur” mean?
    • If you discovered a new dinosaur, what would you name it?
Find out the answers to these and more at Wonderopolis!

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