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Monday, March 12, 2012

Celebrate Spring’s Arrival at Bridgewater Library –with Superheroes, the Lorax, a pair of Pirates plus “Hunger Games” Trivia & an Open Mic Night for Teens!

Programs at the Bridgewater Library and Around the Community for children, teens, and families.

@ the Bridgewater Library: Programs

Join us each week for stories, songs, finger plays, and a short film. Family Story Time (ages 2-6) Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Toddler Time (18 mo.-3) Wednesdays at 10 & 11 a.m. and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m and  11:30 a.m. Clapping and singing, rhymes and books….introduce your toddler to the beginnings of story time! Infant Lap Sit (birth to 18 months) Thursdays at 9:30 Clap your hands and stamp your feet and let you baby feel the beat of stories, songs and rhymes. No registration required. In order that we have room for everyone, we ask that you please come to only one session each week. Thanks!

Super Hero Training Camp (Grades K-4) Saturday, March 17 from 10:30 am - 11:30 am Registration begins March 3rd.
Come dressed as your favorite superhero for a morning of superhero training! Test your strength, go up and away with your own superhero cape and mask, and put your skills to the test with our superhero games!

After-School Special: 'The Lorax' (Grades K-5) Monday, March 19th
From 4:30-5:30pm Registration begins March 5th.

Join us as we celebrate Dr. Seuss's environmental fable 'The Lorax' with stories, crafts and games. Please bring along (clean) yogurt cups, bottle caps, paper towel rolls, cardboard cereal-type boxes, and any other recycled materials to make into Dr. Seuss inspired creations.

Rocket Readers: 'Let the Good Times Roll with Pirate Pete and Pirate Joe' (Grades 1-3) Tuesday, March 20th From 4:30pm – 5:30pm Registration required   Pirate Pete and Pirate Joe are looking for some pirate fun. But first they need to find the Pirate Queen. Where can she be? Come along with Pirate Pete and Pirate Joe on their adventure!

Chapter Book Club: 'Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little'
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(For grades 3-4) Tuesday, March 20th From 4:30pm – 5:30pm Registration required   Moxy Maxwell needs to read a book the summer before fourth grade.  The book is “Stuart Little” by E.B.  White.  Moxy has all the best intentions to read Stuart Little.  She carries the book everywhere—in her backpack and by the pool.  Moxy loves reading, but she simply has too many other things to do this summer to read “Stuart Little.”  Now, however, it's the end of August - the day before fourth grade.  And if Moxy doesn't read all of “Stuart Little” immediately, she will have to face the 'consequences.'

Friends' Concert: Uganda: A Journey in Song and Dance from Past to Present  Saturday March 24, 2012  11:00 AM to 12:00 PM No registration required.
A journey in dance, song, music, costumes, stories, and games from Ssuuna's Ugandan homeland comes to the Bridgewater Library on March 24th.
With plenty of opportunities to try traditional dances and instruments, we will gain a spirited understanding of Uganda's culture, and have a great time doing so!  Ssuuna's knowledge and energy is what makes him one of Uganda's most talented and endearing ambassadors, a performer whose smile and warmth are as wide as the continent of his birth.  This program was made possible by the Friends of the Bridgewater Library.

Lego Love :  wedding cakes wilmington Legopi  Lego Club (Grades K-6)  Monday, March 26th From 4:30-5:30pm Registration required
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, so you do not need to bring your own.
Please Note:  Parents are welcome to stay; however, younger siblings cannot be permitted to join this program.

Parent-Teacher Workshop: POWERSolving Wednesday March 28, 2012  7:00 PM to 8:30 PM   Registration required
Effective Problem Solving to Foster Social Skills and Handle Everyday Situations   This workshop will provide parents and educators with a systematic approach to problem solving in order to help children more effectively develop social skills.  Employing the POWER-Solving® curriculum and video vignettes, Dr. Gordon will explain how to implement the program and related strategies. The workshop is free of charge and 1 ½ professional development hours will be awarded to attendees.
Dr. Steven Gordon is a licensed psychologist with a doctorate in clinical psychology.  He is the Executive Director of Behavior Therapy Associates.

Other Locations and Times:  Warren Township Library (908) 754-5554 x23
March 21st, 2012, 7:00 - 8:30 pm; Hillsborough Library (908) 369-2200 x14
March 26th, 2012, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

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

Hunger Games Trivia (Grades 6-12) Tuesday March 13, 20127:00 PM to 8:15 PM Registration begins February 21. Do you have what it takes to survive the arena? Our Hunger Games Challenge will test your survival skills and knowledge of the first book of the series! Snacks will be served and prizes will be awarded. May the odds ever be in your favor!

Open Mic Cafe Night (Ages 13+) Thursday, March 15th From 7:00pm – 8:30pm Registration required. **You only need to register if you are interested in performing.**  Again on  Thursday March 29, 2012.
The Bridgewater Library is proud to announce its first-ever Open Mic Night! Think you’ve got what it takes to get up on stage in front of your peers with nothing but your voice and guitar? Want to share your most well-crafted poetry or original music? Then this is your night! Join us for this one of a kind experience, and help local musicians and writers get their voices heard.
Depending on registration, artists will receive 10-15 minute slots to play music or recite poetry. Sign ups will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Please check back for more registration information.

Teen Advisory Board  (For Students in Grades 6-8) Tuesday, March 20th 5:30-6:30pm  Teen Advisory Board(For Students in Grades 9-12)  6:30-7:30pm    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. meetings!  Community service hours will be awarded for attendance and snacks will be served!

Talk It Up Movie: 'Men in Black' (Grades 5-8) Saturday, March 31st  From 2:00pm – 4:00pm.  Registration begins March 16th.Here come the Men in Black.  Kay and Jay, members of a top-secret organization established to monitor and police alien activity on Earth known as Men in Black, find themselves in the middle of a deadly plot by an intergalactic terrorist who has arrived on Earth to assassinate two Ambassadors from opposing galaxies. In order to prevent worlds from colliding, the MiB must track down the terrorist and prevent the destruction of Earth. It's just another typical day for the Men in Black.
Around the Community:

Here 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 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.
BRIDGEWATER COMMONS TO HOST SPRING ARRIVAL EVENT Friday March 16th 1- 3 pm Featuring Special Free Activities for Kids and Families
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Parents are invited to bring their children to the mall for an afternoon of free, family fun, including make-and-take crafts, prizes and more. Plus, you can
meet Curious George and celebrate the arrival of the Easter Bunny!
Children must be accompanied by an adult. All activities are free, and prizes and crafts are available while supplies last. The Curious George appearance will end at 3pm.  Become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bridgewatercommons. CLICK HERE for more details!

The Children’s Museuminteractive activities most typically suitable for children ages 3 to 9 Saturday March 17th from 10-2:30 Astronomy & Flight Day
Families can arrive and leave at any time. Parents and/or caregivers are expected to stay with children during the museum visit. Please use discretion in bringing very young children, as the museum is NOT baby-proof (some craft items are small and could present a choking hazard).
Location: The PeopleCare Center, 120 Finderne Avenue, Bridgewater, NJ 08807 (parking and entrance are in the rear of the building).
Cost: A $3/ per child donation is suggested for those who can afford it. For more information: somersetcminfo@gmail.com or call 908-595-0001.
Check out their video of aluminum pie pans flying off a Van De Graaff Generator from last weekend’s Science Day! TEENS, LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEER HOURS?? – Check here for volunteer opportunities at The Children’s Museum this winter & spring. More info. contact: Tom Davidson, volunteer coordinator 908-725-4677 tadavidson@gmail.com


Click here for schedule and registration info. on 4-H Science-sational Day.
26th Annual Madison Young Playwrights Festival
WHEN: Saturday, March 17, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM

WHERE: Madison Junior School, 160 Main Street, Madison, NJ.
TICKETS: $10 for adults, $5 for students.
For tickets, call the box office at 973.514.1787 X34.
For more information about Playwrights Theatre and the Creative Arts Academy Summer Camp, please visit www.ptnj.org or call (973) 514-1787 X10.
Playwrights Theatre MYPF 2012The Madison Young Playwrights Festival brings to life the work of young playwrights who completed a play as part of a 10-week playwriting program conducted by Playwrights Theatre.   Five plays were chosen and these plays will be presented with professional actors alongside high school students. “We are very proud to once again honor the creativity of these very talented students,” said Artistic Director, John Pietrowski. “Their plays are the results of over four months of writing and rewriting, and the writers will do even more work with the professional actors during rehearsals the week of the Festival. The plays are equally entertaining and enlightening, providing a real insight into the imaginations of our young artists.”
The following student’s plays will be presented this year:
  • It’s Hard to Get a Halo by Katerina Rettino (Central Avenue School)
  • Crime Scene Disaster by Kelly Notine (Madison Junior School)
  • She’s Actually Pretty Cool by Ellie Culin (Kings Road School)
  • Is It A Dream? by Kevin Espiritu (St. Vincent Martyr School)
  • From Geek to Chic by Mollie Sullivan (Torey J. Sabatini School)
clip_image002As a member theatre company of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance (NJTA), Actors Shakespeare Company at New Jersey City University will present three theatre workshops as part of NJTA’s The Stages Festival, a unique statewide program providing free and heavily discounted tickets to performances and special events throughout the state of New Jersey in March.
Introduction to Stage Combat
Saturday, March 17, and Sunday, March 25, at 11:00 AM
West Side Theater, 285 West Side Avenue, Jersey City.
ADMISSION: The workshop is free and open to all, 12 or older, and will last 90 minutes.
“Learn the art of stage violence: hand-to-hand, swordplay, rapier and dagger. Be safe, but look deadly,” says Colin Ryan, ASC education director, who will conduct of the workshop.
Shakespeare for the Whole Family
WHEN: Saturday March 24, at 11:00 AMWHERE: West Side Theater, 285 West Side Avenue, Jersey City.
This workshop invites all children over the age of 10 and their parents to play in the world of Shakespeare, with costumes, props, text, and staging of famous scenes.
Get That Laugh
WHEN: Saturday, March 31, at 11:00 AM
West Side Theater, 285 West Side Avenue, Jersey City.
ASC at NJCU offers a physical comedy workshop in which participants will discover how to physically characterize their comedic instincts. “Learn time-honored, stage-tested techniques used by Plautus, Bergson and Brooks to consistently get the laugh,” says Mark McCarthy, who will instruct the participants.
For more information about the workshops and theater, call ASC at NJCU at 201.200.2390 or visit www.ascnj.org.
NJCU’s West Side Theater is conveniently located on West Side Avenue near Culver Avenue, just minutes from Routes 440, 1-9 and 78. There is ample parking in the University's lots and on West Side Avenue. Public transportation is available by bus 80 from Journal Square in Jersey City; and by Hudson-Bergen Light Rail to West Side Avenue.
Here is a program for your American Doll-loving girls at the Newark Museum:
Saturday & Sunday, March 24 & 25; 10:30 AM & 3:30 PM (each day)
Newark Museum, 49 Washington Street, Newark
TICKETS: $35  Shows sell out fast! Download ticket order form If you are unable to download the PDF, call 973.596.5144 for a hardcopy.
American Girl Body Image 2aProceeds from the two-day event are used to support children's programs and exhibitions at the Museum. Each show consists of a two-part runway fashion show, highlighting the historical American Girl characters and their stories as well as contemporary fashions.
At intermission, everyone is invited to an ice cream social in our elegant Engelhard Court. Intermission is also a time to purchase tickets for a chance to win an American Girl doll or other prizes. Each show has its own raffle of dolls and accessories.
Saturday, March 24 - Build & Grow at Lowe's
A free children's clinic with instruction will be held at Lowes 10 a.m. Each participant will receive a free apron, goggles, a themed patch, and a certificate of merit upon completion of their project. Art Station This cool art station comes complete with a chalkboard and chalk.
Lowe's 315 US Highway 206 Hillsborough, 08844   10:00 AM - 11:00 AM  Children up to age 12  FREE For more info: 908-904-6140
Due to high demand, please register online at:  http://www.lowesbuildandgrow.com/Home.aspx
Let Your Fingers Do (More) Walking:

Want to help your child with reading --  here’s a nice roundup of fun ways to learn sight words courtesy of Imagination Soup!
Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas: 10 Ways to Learn Sight Words Through Play!  And here’s another  Sight Word Activity.
Other Early Literacy Activities can be found under Early Literacy - Every Child Ready to Read in the “useful websites” section of this blog (for those getting this as an email, clicking the headline will open this message in a bookcase format and reveal this and many other useful links.)

rain clouds_shutterstock_55994950How Much Rain Can a Cloud Hold? Have you ever wondered…

How much rain can a cloud hold?
  • What is condensation?
  • When will a cloud produce rain?
Find out in this great Wonderopolis entry.

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