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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

November Notices–Library and Community Programs for Children, Teens, and Families

[image_thumb3_thumb_thumb_thumb1_thum%255B2%255D.png]Programs at the Bridgewater Library, other libraries in the Somerset County Library System and around the community…
Note: The Library will be CLOSED on Election Day, Tuesday Nov. 8th, for Staff Training.
This week’s freak snowstorm brought more horror (in the form of cold dark houses and outside trees creaking and branches falling) than most of us reckoned on for the holiday.  We were glad that the library could serve as a warm refuge and place to charge cell phones for those of you who lost power and hope that this edition of the newsletter finds all our families back in warm bright homes!  

IF SCHOOLS ARE STILL CLOSED WEDNESDAY NOV. 2ND, THE LIBRARY WILL HAVE A SPECIAL MOVIE PROGRAM.  CALL 908 526-4016 X 166 for details. More programming may be added later in the week if schools stay out longer.

@ Bridgewater Library: Programs

Not to be missed!  Check out this exciting performance of  Ichabod CraneIchabod Crane and the Legend of Sleepy Hollow   Saturday November 5, 2011 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
**For families with children Grades 1 and up
Join the American Historical Theatre for a thrilling, new adaptation of Washington Irving's classic horror tale, 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.' This interactive one-man interpretation of the story of the headless horseman draws the audience into the schoolmaster's world in sleepy Tarry Town.

This program is sponsored by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

And here’s another program that looks to be great fun!
After-School Special: Picture This: 'Alphabatics' Monday November 7, 2011 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM for Grades K-5 Registration required. Join us for a romp through some amazingly original alphabet books -- then turn ordinary ABC's into some fantastic creations of your own!  To get an idea what it is all about, click to see Bembo’s amazingly clever alphabet Zoo.

Our Nov-Dec. weekly sessions run from  Nov. 1st – Dec. 20th, except that we have no storytimes on Tuesday Nov. 8th (Election Day, library closed) and no Toddler or Baby Book Times the weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Family Story Time (ages 2-6) no registration required. Join us each week for stories, songs, finger plays, and a short film.

Wednesdays at 10 & 11 a.m. and Thursdays at 10:30 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!

Thursdays at 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.

decorative imageTeacher Convention – School’s Off – Come in for Board Game Day! (All Ages) Thursday November 10, 2011 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Story Well
Registration is not required, just come on in!
Sure, you have the day off from school, but do you really want to be sitting in your room twiddling your thumbs?
Of course not! That's why you should join us for 'Board Game Day!' We'll have all of your favorite board games available so that you and your friends can have fun all day long. There'll be Scrabble, Chutes and Ladders, Connect Four, and plenty more!

Sesame Street Movie Saturday November 12, 2011 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Registration required. Join us as we celebrate Sesame Street's 42nd birthday with a movie and light refreshments.

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Enopi Learning Center: Critical Thinking Challenge! (Grades 3-5)
Saturday November 12, 2011
2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Registration required.

If information were food, and there was a feast at your fingertips, how would you figure out what to eat? How would you know how to eat, or even why you should eat whatever food you chose? In the world we are living, information really is like a feast waiting to be consumed. However, the challenge in making good decisions based on that wealth of knowledge is increasingly difficult.
The E-nopi Learning Center is proud to present a series of hands-on activities to stimulate, develop and challenge your thinking, while having lots of fun! Drawn from the Enopi program, these problems will give you a chance to 'think outside of the box' by giving each student a series of fun, exciting, and challenging hands-on activities.
Prizes will be awarded to those who challenge themselves to more than 10 of our 15 challenges! 

Sciencetellers: The Planet of the Others For Grades 4-8 Monday November 14, 2011 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM Registration required.  In a future with space travel, force fields, and technology beyond understanding, the Earth that you know no longer exists! Tension is mounting on Earth between the peaceful northern hemisphere and the renegade southern hemisphere. Desperate to save his hemisphere from the powerful General Stare and the South, the President of the North sends Larkin, his only daughter and her pilot, Lt. Lightspeed to retrieve important technology from the Planet of the Others. 
Join us as we learn about the science of Fire & Light by telling the tale of the Planet of the Others. Using a Tesla Coil, flash paper, firework glasses, exploding bottles, and much more, discover whether Larkin and Lightspeed will make it back to Earth in time!

'Transitioning to Pre-School' Youth Services Advocacy Series Thursday, November 17 from 7:00 - 8:30 pm Registration begins November 3rd.
Understanding the joint responsibilities of families, school districts and child study teams when transitioning out of early intervention, will be the focus of this presentation. Presented by Shakira Linzey, MPH Family Support Coordinator Mid-Jersey CARES Regional Early Intervention Collaborative A program of Central NJ Maternal & Child Health Consortium. 

Garden Club Harvest Baskets Celebrate the Harvest! (Ages 5+)Saturday November 19, 2011 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM Registration begins November 4th. * No need to bring anything with you, we supply all the materials!
Get ready for Thanksgiving with the Bridgewater Garden Club's annual Harvest Celebration! Join us to hear stories about the harvest, and stick around to construct a beautiful, bountiful harvest basket to take 'take home for the holidays!' 

Sing-a-Long: Thanksgiving Day Monday November 21, 2011 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM No Registration Required.
Join us for an early Thanksgiving and family togetherness with some 'Turkey Tunes' for 'Turkey Day!'

Special Family Storytime 'Celebrate Thanksgiving in Story and Song' (Ages 2 and up) Tuesday November 22, 2011 10:00 AM and 1:30 PM Ages 2 and up. No registration required. Story Well
Come celebrate Thanksgiving with stories and songs for the whole family.

Rocket Readers Tuesday November 22, 2011 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM **Grades 1-3** Registration begins November 7th.

'Best in Show for Rotten Ralph' by Jack Gantos
Rotten Ralph worries that his cousin Perfect Percy will steal the spotlight at the upcoming cat show. Ralph is out of shape and desperate enough to go along with Sarah's fitness and beauty routines. But on show day Ralph remembers his rotten roots just in time. Join us for a book discussion and activity!

LEGO Club Monday November 28, 2011 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM For Children in Grades K-6. Registration begins November 14th. Hey LEGO fans -Here's a club just for you!Get together with other LEGO-maniacs, share ideas and tips on building, and have a great time. Library LEGOS will be available for building, please do not bring your own. Please Note: Parents are welcome to stay; however, younger siblings cannot be permitted to join this program.

Chapter Book Club: 'How Oliver Olson Changed the World' Wednesday November 30, 2011 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM Story Well Registration begins November 16th.
Oliver Olson's teacher is always saying that one person with a big idea can change the world. But how is Oliver supposed to change the world when his parents won't let him do anything on his own - not his class projects or even attending activities such as the space sleepover at school. Afraid he will become an outsider like ex-planet Pluto, Oliver decides to take control of his corner of the universe!

Looking for an evening storytime?  Bound Brook has a Pajama Storytime every other Tuesday night at 7 p.m.  Check their schedule for details.
There are LOTS OF PROGRAMS at other system libraries for your children & teens
…check out their online calendars under the “events/programs” tab on our
home page for more information.

@ the Library – for Teens:

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMO)
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NaNoWriMo Tables Reserved in Adult and Teen Areas
Thursday, November 3rd, 10th, and 17th
from 5:00-8:30pm
No registration required.
National Novel Writing Month **All Ages Welcome**
Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? We've got space reserved for you in the Adult and Teen areas of the library! Come work on your novel without having to worry about finding space to set up your laptop! Look for our signs, or inquire about the space at the Youth Services Reference Desk.

November is National Novel Writing Month! It's a fun, seat-of-your-pants writing event where the challenge is to complete an entire novel in just 30 days. You can sign up officially through the NaNoWriMo website, but even unofficial participants can attend library sponsored events and enter to win some great raffles! Here are the details: Teens (ages 17 and younger) sign up here: http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/user/register
Adults (ages 18 and older) sign up here: http://www.nanowrimo.org/en/sign_up
Interested in writing? – Check out our display in the Teen Room all month as well!

Make a Difference @ the Library! (Volunteer Opportunities) For students in grades 5-6 Monday, November 7th from 7:00-8:00pm Registration required. ATTENTION STUDENTS IN GRADES 5 AND 6: Here is your chance to make a difference by volunteering at the library! Volunteer hours are limited so make sure you sign up soon!

Sciencetellers: The Planet of the Others For Grades 4-8 Monday November 14, 2011 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM Registration begins November 1st. (see description in children’s section.)

Talk It Up Book Discussion Group Tuesday, November 15th 7:00-8:00pm **For students in grades 5-8** 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 guardians are welcome to join in the discussion of this month's book:  'I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President' By: Josh Lieb. Twelve-year-old Oliver Watson's got the IQ of a grilled cheese sandwich. Or, so everyone in Omaha thinks. In reality, Oliver's a mad, evil genius on his way to world domination, and he's used his great brain to make himself the third-richest person on Earth! Then, Oliver's father - and arch nemesis - makes a crack about the upcoming middle school election, and Oliver takes it as a personal challenge. He'll run, and he'll win! Turns out, though, that overthrowing foreign dictators is actually way easier than getting kids to like you. Can this evil genius win the class presidency and keep his true identity a secret, all in time to impress his dad?

decorative imageWriting Workshop Wednesday November 16, 2011 from 6:30-8:00pm **Teens and Adults Welcome** Details to come...Registration required.

Teen Advisory Board: Tuesday November 22, 2011. 6:30 to 7:30 PM For students in Grade 6 – 12 **Registration required
Do you want to make a difference at your library? Do you have suggestions for programs, new books, movies, or video games? Then come to one of our upcoming T.A.B. meeting! Community service hours will be awarded for attendance and snacks will be served!

@ the Library: Displays:
Check out our new Mother Goose – flying up above the children’s area with a display of nursery rhyme titles below!

For older kids -- Have the new series “Once Upon a Time” or “Grimm” piqued your interest in fairy tales?  Come check out the originals (or some crazy and fractured versions) in a display atop our magazine section.

We may have had a few unplanned days off from school but the library can always help. Check out our continuing display
Math Counts: Great Books to Help Kids Enjoy and Understand Mathematical Concepts – above our picture book section.

Check out all our holiday books for Thanksgiving!
And take a look at the books nominated for the 2012 Garden State Book Awards on the bookcase behind the Youth Service Reference Desk….we’d love your opinions on your favorites!

Around the Community:
Fall 2011 Art for Families

Music by Mary Rodgers (daughter of Richard Rodgers, the great composer) Lyrics by Marshall Barber
WHEN: Friday, October 28, at 7 PM, Saturday, October 29, at 7 PM, Sunday, October 30, at 2 PM and Friday, November 4, at 7 PM, Sunday, November 5, at 7 PM, November 6 at 2 PM
WHERE: the Oakes Center, 120 Morris Ave., Summit TICKETS: $25 for adults, $10 children 18 and under can be purchased by clicking HERE or calling 1.800.838.3006.
This Broadway favorite features kids ages 10-16 from Summit, Millburn, Short Hills, Madison, New Providence, Berkeley Heights, Bedminster, Basking Ridge and Bernardsville.
To learn more about Pebble Players Youth Theater go to www.stonyhillplayers.org.

clip_image002Morris Museum announces New Exhibition
Brain Teasers 2
WHEN: through January 8, 2012
WHERE: 6 Normandy Heights Road (at the corner of Columbia Turnpike) in Morristown
Team up with your family and friends at the Morris Museum for a fun challenge as you solve the puzzles in the new exhibition,Brain Teasers 2
BrainTeasers2TableShotPicThis hands-on exhibition of 20 puzzles is designed to challenge visitors’ problem-solving skills and provide plenty of fun. The brightly colored, large-scale exhibit appeals to visitors of all ages and encourages parent-child interaction as families figure out the brain teasers together. Brain Teasers 2, a nationally traveling exhibition, is produced and toured by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.
Special Program: Brainteasers Competition Family Night
WHEN: Thursday, November 10, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
ADMISSION: $10/adult, $7/child (museum members free)
Challenge your mind and your family! Join us for an evening of brain twisters and puzzles. Prizes will be awarded to the brainteaser champs. Registration is required; please e-mail programs@morrismuseum.org to pre-register your family.
About the Brain Teaser Puzzles
The brain teaser puzzles include separating linked objects and then reassembling them, arranging geometric shapes to form new ones, unraveling mathematical conundrums, and much more.  To solve these puzzles, visitors must use creative thinking and problem solving strategies such as looking for patterns, thinking ahead, setting aside preconceived ideas, and looking at problems from different perspectives. Visitors have been known to come back and try again if they don’t solve all the puzzles on their first visit!

The Museum is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road (at the corner of Columbia Turnpike) in Morristown, NJ, and is open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 11 AM to 5 PM; Thursday, 11 AM to 8 PM; and Sunday, 1-5 PM. Admission to the museum is $10 for adults and $7 for children, students and senior citizens. Admission is always free for museum members and is free to the public every Thursday between 5 and 8 PM. For more information, call 973.971.3700, or visit www.morrismuseum.org.

RVCC Planetarium Fall Schedule:

Saturdays, November 5, 12, 19
3:00 p.m.
The Autumn Skies are full of myth and science. Learn some of the Greek mythology associated with the constellations, then look beyond the stories to discover the deep sky objects hidden within: binary star systems, star clusters, and giant galaxies.

Fall Skies Saturdays, November 5, 12, 19 7:00 p.m.
Learn what stars, planets, and constellations are visible in the sky tonight.

There is darkness on the road to light THE DANGERS OF ELECTRIC LIGHTING
A World Première by Ben Clawson
Directed by John Henry Davis
WHEN: Thursday, October 13 – Sunday, November 13. Thursdays at 7:30 PM; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM; Sundays at 3 PM;
WHERE: Luna Stage, 555 Valley Road, West Orange
TICKETS: Tickets can be purchased online at www.lunastage.org or by calling 973.395.5551
In the mid 1880s the world is emerging from darkness; the advent of the electric light is about to illuminate the globe. The power to spread this new wonder sits cradled in the hands of one man, Thomas Alva Edison. But when a young Serbian immigrant named Nikola Tesla arrives looking for work, Edison must struggle to keep the future of electricity within his control.
The Dangers of Electric Lighting examines the ambitions and pride that accompany genius, the concessions made in the name of progress and the darkness on the road to light up the world. Please note: A strobe light and smoke effect will be used during this production.

Pajama Storytime at Bound Brook Library Tuesday November 15, 2011 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM Registration Required. (Ages 3 - 6)

Relax and listen to some stories before bedtime. You may wear your pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed friend if you wish! (This is a weekly program.)

The Time Machine
Centenary Stage Company
Professional Equity Presentation

The RADIOTHEATRE production of HG Wells’
Black Box Festival
WHEN: November 3-6, 2011
WHERE: The Edith Bolte Kutz Theater (Black Box) of the Lackland Center, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown
One of the greatest science fiction stories ever written, told in a unique, creative, exciting and theatrical way! By combining a unique presentation with non-traditional content, RADIOTHEATRE is a singular theatre company creating modern, innovative stage works.
Of all the treasures of NYC's contemporary avant-garde theatre scene, it is difficult to find a performance art company as innovative yet traditional as Radiotheatre!" —TOTAL MAGAZINE, LONDON
"Incredible science fiction… Very involving...the acting pulls you right in!" —AISLE SAY
Veterans Day picture frame.
NOVEMBER: Making Veterans Day Picture Frames Saturday, November 5, 2011
  • Spend quality time as a family
  • Children can build and paint a picture frame for Veterans Day
FREE hands-on workshops designed for children ages 5 - 12 offered the 1st Saturday of every month at all The Home Depot stores between 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety along with instilling a sense of pride and accomplishment.
  • All kids get to keep their craft and receive a FREE Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement.
Saturday, November 12 - Build & Grow at Lowe'sScience Lab: Saturday 11/12/2011

A free children's clinic with instruction will be held at Lowes 10 a.m. Each participant will receive a free apron, googles, a themed patch, and a certificate of merit upon completion of their project. This week - Build a Science Lab! Show your kids that science can be fun! Bring them to Lowe's and they can build this science lab! Includes cards with cool experiments they can do at home!
at Lowe's 315 US Highway 206 Hillsborough, 08844  10:00 AM - 11:00 AM for Children up to age 12. Cost: FREE!!! For more info: 908-904-6140  Due to high demand, please register online at:  http://www.lowesbuildandgrow.com/Home.aspx
These are just a few events from listings in various calendars & online newsletters including njartsmaven.com, Hillsborough, Branchburg, Somerville Macaroni Kid, and Warren Macaroni Kid. If your family is looking for things to do, take a look at these sites, as well as many other area event listings are in the “useful websites” section on the right side of this blog (if you are getting this via email, just click on the headline to see them listed.) Let Your Fingers Do (More) Walking:

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