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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thanksgiving Fun at the Bridgewater Library

[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…
Please Note: Bridgewater Library will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday  November 23rd and be closed on Thursday Nov. 24th for Thanksgiving. Bridgewater will reopen at 9 a.m. on Friday.

@ Bridgewater Library: Programs

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!
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 9:30 Infant Lap Sit (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.

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:

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!
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2012 Garden State Teen Book Awards
Make your voice heard! Every year, teens around New Jersey vote for their favorite books. From November 1st through December 15th, stop by the Teen Area and look for the special display of nominated books and past winners.  Vote for your favorites and get a chance to win a $50 prize.

@ the Library: Displays:
Check out all our holiday books for Thanksgiving! We also have a display in the lobby (with the adult department) celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the Statue of Liberty and the many contributions immigrants have brought to America.
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!

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.

Around the Community:

Nikon Small World On view from November 5, 2011 through January 8, 2012 Main Building - 1st Floor West Gallery

Glimpse into a world that most have never seen. Nikon Small World is a window into a universe that can only be seen through the lens of a microscope.

Awaken the sense of discovery and see into another world that exists beyond perceptible vision. The 2011 Nikon Small World exhibition merges science and art with award winning photomicrographs.

Planetarium Schedule
Laser Nutcracker Spectacular 3D Returns to the State Museum Planetarium
November 28, 2009 through January 3, 2010 This entertaining show captures the joyous spirit of the season with spectacular effects and brilliant laser light. In addition to the classical music from Tchaikovsky's beloved ballet, the program includes Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and other favorites. Suitable for general audiences.
Laser Nutcracker Spectacular 3D will be offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 1 and 3 pm through January 8, 2012. Special school break presentations will be offered on December 27, 28 and 29 at 11 am and 1 pm. Tickets for this Laser show are $7 adult; $5 child (twelve and under) and includes 3D glasses.


Eighty million years ago, the American Midwest lay under a great inland sea where colossal creatures ruled the waves, from giraffe-necked Styxosaurus and sea birds with teeth to the "T. rex of the Ocean", the 40-foot super-predator Tylosaurus. This National Geographic program immerses audiences in this unexplored world of the "other dinosaurs." Meet up with a family of Dolichorhynchops as they swim through waters with prehistoric sharks and squids brought to life in our Planetarium's full-dome immersive theater. Then see the real plesiosaurs and mosasaurs in our newest exhibition, Natural History Highlights, located in the Museum's main gallery. Through November 26! Every Saturday & Sunday at 1pm and 3pm.
2 pm The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket Two adventurous youngsters blast off into space in a homemade cardboard rocket for an amazing voyage of discovery through the solar system. This entertaining program introduces students to basic facts about the sun, earth and other planets of the solar system.Suitable for young children 3 -10 and their families.
4 pm Passport to the Universe As new scientific discoveries reveal answers to cosmic mysteries, we wonder how we fit into this vast universe. Taking audiences on a voyage of billions of light years, Passport to the Universe, produced by the American Museum of Natural History and narrated by Tom Hanks, is an incredible journey from our home planet to the edge of the universe. Audiences fly through the rings of Saturn, into the heart of the Orion Nebula and back to Earth through a black hole. Suitable for general audiences.

RVCC Planetarium Fall Schedule:

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

Thursday, November 17 - Primarily Physics Light Children will join a Naturalist to learn about the types of waves and how they create light through hands-on experiments.
Where: The Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling Road, Basking Ridge, NJ. When: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Who: Ages 7 to 9. How: Advance registration required.  Register online at www.somersetcountyparks.org under Naturalist Programs, in-person at the Center, or by phone at 908-766-2489. Cost: $6.00 per person.
Saturday, November 19 - Thanksgiving for the Animals
Families and friends will learn what they can do to help animals survive the cold and snow of winter in this hands-on class.
Where: The Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling Road, Basking Ridge.When: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM  Who: Families.How: Registration required.  Register online at www.somersetcountyparks.org under Naturalist programs or call 908-766-2489. Cost: $7 per adult, $6 per youth or senior.
Saturday, November 19 - 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.
Saturday, November 19 - Origami Cranes
Families and friends will receive an introduction to the ancient art of paper folding.  Theme is "Cranes."
Where: The Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling Road, Basking Ridge. When: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Who: Families with children ages 8 and older. How: Registration required.  Register online at www.somersetcountyparks.org under Naturalist programs or call 908-766-2489. Cost: $7 per adult, $6 per youth or senior.
Saturday, November 19 - "Owls in the House" Nest Box Workshop
As the temperatures dip low, owls are looking for shelter in tree cavities and nest boxes—but, before too long, they’ll be staking their claims on these cozy winter homes for their springtime nests. Come meet a live owl, learn about the owls that call NJ home, and then learn how to build an owl house for your own backyard. Screech owl box kits will be available for purchase to workshop participants. What a great holiday gift—for family, friends, AND for the owls! Meet at Raptor Trust Education Center.
Where: The Raptor Trust, 1390 White Bridge Road, Millington, 07946.  When: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Who: Ages 7 - adult.
How: Registration required.  Call the Raptor Trust Education Center at 908-647-1091. Cost: $10.  ($40 owl box kit optional)
For more info: Call the Raptor Trust Education Center at 908-647-1091.

Friday, November 18 - Owl Prowl  Families and friends will explore the nocturnal world of the owl with a slide show, pellet dissection and night walk.
Where: The Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling Road, Basking Ridge.
When: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM  Who: Families with older children.  How: Registration required.  Register online at www.somersetcountyparks.org under Naturalist programs or call 908-766-2489.  Cost: $9.00 per person. 

            Fall 2011 Art for Families
            How about making Veteran’s Day particularly meaningful for your children this year and have them design a poster for this contest? Entry forms are available in the library or online at http://morris.njaes.rutgers.edu/omk.html.image_thumb3

            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:

            ‘Tis the season to be thankful – and to share our blessings with less fortunate.
            top imageHere’s a nice way to celebrate this holiday season – make a “Thankful Tree” – details here.

            Have a Spare Turkey?  The Curves in the Prince Rogers Mall will be collecting Turkeys from 8-1 p.m. on Friday 11/18 to bring to area food banks.

            Books for Kids:  The library is collecting new and very gently used books for infants to Young Adults through December 11th.  Books will be given  to less fortunate children in NJ.   Consider donating a book – collection box is at the entrance to the Children’s Room.
            Sponsored by the Children’s Services Section of the New Jersey Library Association

            Your family can also turn outgrown shoes into a gift for the less fortunate…check out how at www.soles4souls.org
            Share the book New Old Shoes to learn more.

            An inspiring story for everyone who believes in the power of books!
            New York Times

            His Libraries, 12,000 So Far, Change Lives By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF OP-ED COLUMNIST

            CAI LEI, Vietnam Peter Stuckings
            Room to Read, a charity founded by John Wood, builds libraries and fills them with books. These girls in Cai Lei, Vietnam, accepted new books as if they were treasures.
            ONE of the legendary triumphs of philanthropy was Andrew Carnegie’s construction of more than 2,500 libraries around the world. It’s renowned as a stimulus to learning that can never be matched — except that, numerically, it has already been surpassed several times over by an American man you’ve probably never heard of.
            I came here to Vietnam to see John Wood hand out his 10 millionth book at a library that his team founded in this village in the Mekong Delta — as hundreds of local children cheered and embraced the books he brought as if they were the rarest of treasures. Wood’s charity, Room to Read, has opened 12,000 of these libraries around the world, along with 1,500 schools.

            Yes, you read that right. He has opened nearly five times as many libraries as Carnegie, even if his are mostly single-room affairs that look nothing like the grand Carnegie libraries. Room to Read is one of America’s fastest-growing charities and is now opening new libraries at an astonishing clip of six a day. In contrast, McDonald’s opens one new outlet every 1.08 days. Click to read more about this amazing venture.

            **** “I get frustrated that there are 793 million illiterate people, when the solution is so inexpensive,” Wood told me outside one of his libraries in the Mekong. “If we provide this, it’s no guarantee that every child will take advantage of it. But if we don’t provide it, we pretty much guarantee that we perpetuate poverty.”

            “In 20 years,” Wood told me, “I’d like to have 100,000 libraries, reaching 50 million kids. Our 50-year goal is to reverse the notion that any child can be told ‘you were born in the wrong place at the wrong time and so you will not get educated.’ That idea belongs on the scrapheap of human history.”

            Interested in making Room to Read a family project this holiday season? Check out http://www.roomtoread.org/ for more information.

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