Bridgewater Library will be closing at 5 p.m. on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and will be closed Thanksgiving Day. We will be open Friday and Saturday normal hours (9-5 p.m.)
Thanksgiving Week Programing: We will be having a “Bedtime Math in the Afternoon” program Monday 11/19 , storytimes Tuesday, toddler times Wednesday, a drop-in games day Saturday and a Monday Moms Group the Monday after Thanksgiving. See the end of this newsletter for details.
Step away from the chocolate milk. Nestle is recalling some batches on its Nesquik chocolate powder drink mix due to possible salmonella contamination.
10.9-ounce, 21.8-ounce and 40.7-ounce containers of the mix produced in early October have been voluntarily recalled after one of the Nestle’s suppliers, Omya Inc., recalled large batches of calcium carbonate, a food additive, also for salmonella. The ready-to-drink variety has not been recalled.
Symptoms of salmonella poisoning include diarrhea, cramps and fever 12 to 72 hours after eating the infected food. Children are particularly susceptible, and can require hospitalization.
Check your UPC code here. If you have a recalled canister, return it to the point of purchase for a refund or call Nestle Consumer Services at (800) 628-7679.
2012 Turkey Drive
Food Bank stocks are critically low. The Food Bank’s annual Turkey Drive allows them to provide a crucial holiday meal for those who would go without at Thanksgiving. They are collecting at Bridgewater High School on Saturday, November 17th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. They are asking for frozen turkeys (never fresh), canned soups, canned fruits & vegetables, pasta, rice, grains and non-perishable food items to help provide a Thanksgiving meal for those who go without. (no glass jars or bottles)
Collected food will also be used for disaster recovery assistance. You can also donate online to help provide a holiday meal for a family in need.
Speaking of Food – a lot of children in our area struggle with potentially life-threatening food allergies. Here’s an article about a new allergy test.
Bryce Blaylock, 5, of Bristow, Va., eating popcorn inside the “peanut-free” suite section of Nationals Park in Washington. Both Blaylock and his younger brother have peanut allergies that keep them from coming to most games. (AP)
New research finds that some kids may be over-treated for allergies. According to researchers at Stanford, five to 12 percent of kids test positive for allergies to milk, shrimp, peanuts or eggs, but less than three percent actually have allergic reactions to those foods.
uKnow Peanut Allergy Test
A new blood test is eliminating some of the confusion about peanut allergies specifically.
The uKnow Peanut Molecular Allergy Test is given to kids who are suspected of having peanut allergies, and Boston Globe reporter Deborah Kotz says the test shows that some kids who thought they had a life-threatening peanut allergy actually have a less serious pollen allergy.
“They are allergic, but it’s not a food allergy, it’s a birch pollen allergy and it makes their mouth very itchy when they eat not only peanuts, but… raw fruits and vegetables that have similar proteins to birch pollen,” Kotz told Here & Now’s Robin Young.
Around the Community:
Looking for things to do?
gives suggestions each weekend...here’s a sampling.
Disney on Ice Presents Rockin' Ever After
Party with your favorite magical idols in a musical showcase on ice, featuring tunes and talent from across the kingdom. Characters from Brave, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Tangled, and Sleeping Beauty star. Tickets required.
SOPAC in South Orange, NJ; 11 am Saturday, November 17
With the assistance of the audience, Humpty and Rose go on an adventure collecting magic to get Rose home from Rhyme Town. Tickets required.
Rhino Theatre in Pompton Lakes, NJ; 2 pm Saturday, November 17
A knight and his squire embark on an interactive quest of comedy, storytelling, and swordfighting. This high-energy, educational performance offers good, clean fun! Tickets required.
Union PAC's Hamilton Stage in Rahway, NJ
1 pm Sat, 11 am Sun Saturday, November 17 - Sunday, November 18
In this kid-friendly musical, Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite her parents' warnings, and turns pink from head to toe. Tickets required.
State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ
3 and 8 pm Sat, 3 pm Sun Saturday, November 17 - Sunday, November 18
The acrobats of Cirque Chinois will perform their unique acts, including the Great Teeterboard, Grand Flying Trapeze, Group Contortion, and more. Tickets required.
Planning ahead? Check out their links for Holiday Theater -- 14 sensational holiday performances in NJ. Here’s a sampling:
Nov. 25, 1:30 and 4 pm
Tom Chapin engages the hearts, minds, and imaginations of young listeners with witty, original holiday songs and traditional favorites performed in fun and participatory styles. Ages 4 and up.
Every little girl and boy should experience the magic of the Nutcracker ballet. Catch this holiday favorite on the following dates: Nov. 23–25 McCarter Theatre, Princeton609-258-2787; Nov. 24–25, Dec. 1–3 The College of New Jersey, Ewing 609-396-7616; Dec. 1–2 bergenPAC, Englewood201-227-1030; Dec. 1–2 (one-hour version) Hamilton Stage, Rahway 732-499-8226; Dec. 2 SOPAC, South Orange 973-275-1114; Dec. 8 Patriots Theater at the War Memorial, Trenton 609-984-8400; Dec. 8–9 Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank 732-842-9000;Dec. 15–16 Algonquin Arts Theatre, Manasquan 732-528-9211; Dec. 15-16 Centenary Stage Sitnik Theater, Hackettstown 908-979-0900; Dec. 14–16, 20–24 MPAC, Morristown 973-539-8008; Dec. 22–23 State Theatre, New Brunswick (shown) 732-246-7469
A Christmas Carol
This classic story reminds us that the holidays are a time of kindness, forgiving, and charity.
- Nov. 30 The Theatre at RVCC, Branchburg (shown) 908-725-3420
- Dec. 2-28 McCarter Theatre, Princeton 609-258-2787
- Dec. 9 Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn 973-376-4343
- Dec. 15 bergenPAC, Englewood 201-227-1030
- Dec. 15 Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank 732-842-9000
- Dec. 7–23 The Chatham Playhouse, Chatham 973-635-7363
Dec. 2, 1 pm
State Theatre, New Brunswick
Has your little one ever wondered if toys are real? Imaginative costumes, life-sized puppets, magical masks, and original music will teach that “real” is not in how you’re made; it’s something that happens to you.
Dec. 22, 10 am
Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn
Spirited Sara Crewe goes from riches to rags when her doting father disappears, leaving her in the clutches of the evil Miss Minchin. Now it’s up to Sara and her friend Becky to save themselves while keeping up hope that Captain Crewe will return to save their Christmas. Ages 7 and up.
Nov. 23–Dec. 23
Fridays at 7:30 pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 4 pm
The Growing Stage, Netcong
This presentation, recommended for the entire family, is a musical stage adaptation of the 1964 TV special. Set in a magical, holiday world in and around the North Pole—populated by talking snowmen and flying reindeer—this production features well-known Christmas songs and evokes the enduring spirit of Christmas.
Saturdays & Sundays, first three weeks of December The Alien Who Stole Christmas Winter Wonder Lights
Saturdays & Sundays,
December 1 & 2, 8 & 9, 15 & 16
Discover the stars visible in the winter sky. The follow Santa on a trip through the Solar System when a friendly alien kidnaps him. The kids on the other planets need presents too, you know! Recommended for ages 6-10.
Saturdays & Sundays,
December 1 & 2, 8 & 9, 15 & 16
An annual tradition, come listen to songs like "Wizards in Winter," "Run Run Rudolph," and "Little Saint Nick" while lasers draw pictures on the dome overhead. Recommended for ages 6 - adult.
The Alien Who Stole Christmas
Winter Wonder Lights
For more events, check out their web calendar. You can subscribe to event alerts there as well.
@ Bridgewater Library – Programs for Thanksgiving Week:
Garden Club Harvest Baskets (Ages 3+) (For ages 5+)
Saturday, November 17 from 10:30 am - 11:30 am Registration required. 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 home for the holidays!' No need to bring anything with you. We’ll supply all the materials!
Bedtime Math in the Afternoon (Ages 3-6) Monday, November 19th 1:30-2:30pm
Bedtime Math in the Afternoon (Ages 6-10) Monday, November 19th4:30-5:30pm
Registration Required. Join us for this celebration of all things mathematical. We'll make huge dominoes and play life size bingo, form tangrams, play guessing games and solve clever problems courtesy of the innovative 'Bedtime Math' folks. So wear your silliest pajamas and be prepared to have some mind-stretching mathematical fun.
Drop-In Game Day (For children of all ages) Saturday, November 24 All Day No registration required. Join us for 'Board Game Day!' We'll have all of your favorite board games available so that you and your friends and family can have fun all day long. There'll be Scrabble, Chutes and Ladders, Connect Four, and plenty more!
Family Storytimes (ages 2-6)Tuesday Nov. 20 at 10 and 1:30, and Toddler Times (ages 18-36 months) Wednesday Nov. 21st. at 10 & 11.
Monday, November 26th Holiday Gift Ideas for Readers of All Ages -- Monday Morning Moms Group (For parents or caregivers and children ages birth to 3 years) 10:00am-11am Join our new group where you can meet other parents, get ideas, and learn from experts! Each week will have a different theme and discussion led by a speaker. There will be some toys available for the children. Registration required.
Fit4Kids (Ages 4-7) Tuesday, November 27th from 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm. Registration Required. Join Muscle Mike and Soccer Sue as they each us about “good foods that are good for us,” as well as how to have a healthy heartbeat. Afterwards, we’ll get our heart rates going with a little light exercise that children can do everyday to ensure they’re healthy for the rest of their lives! ***Please Print Out and Complete the following Program Release Form and bring it with you to this program: http://www.sclsnj.org/PDFs/SCLSrlsformchild.pdf. You will not be permitted to attend this program without a signed copy of this form.
Advocacy: Current Issues in Special Education Thursday, November 29th from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Registration Required. Children with disabilities are entitled to a free, appropriate education in the least restrictive environment. This workshop will highlight the most current issues pertaining to special education services available to children with disabilities and their families.
Presented by Maria Fischer, esq., an attorney at Hinkle, Fingles, and Prior, a law firm committed to the field of disability law. She earned her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law and is a member of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Bar. She has also been appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of The Arc of Mercer County.
Storytime Yoga for Children (For ages 6 and under) Friday, November 30th from 10:00 am - 10:30 am Registration begins November 16. Join ACE certified Personal Trainer and Karma Kids certified Yoga Instructor, Pamela Nixon, for our new Storytime Yoga series. Animal characters come to life as stories are read and acted out with yoga poses. Through the use of songs, puppets, and fun, animated poses, children will learn what it’s like to hop like a frog, slither like a snake and roar like a lion!***Please Print Out and Complete the following Program Release Form and bring it with you to this program: http://www.sclsnj.org/PDFs/SCLSrlsformchild.pdf. You will not be permitted to attend this program without a signed copy of this form.
Toddler Dance Party (For ages 2-6) Monday, December 3rd 4:30-5pm Registration begins November 19. Read, rock, and roll at the library! Toddlers, ages 2-6, and their caregivers are invited to get their groove on at the library. Shimmy and shake to your favorite toddler tunes!
Rocket Readers: 'Amelia Bedelia's Family Album' (Grades 1-2) Wednesday, December 5th from 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm. Registration begins November 21. An exciting program for brand new readers! At each program we will discuss a book, play some games or create a story related craft. Students should read the book prior to the program. Copies of the books will be available at the Youth Services Reference Desk. This month:Amelia Bedelia’s Family Album By Peggy Parish. Amelia Bedelia entertains Mr. and Mrs. Rogers by showing them her family album and describing what her relatives do.
Tail Waggin' Tutors: Children Reading to Dogs (For Children of All Ages) on Thursday, December 6th. 4-5pm. Telephone or In-Person Registration Only Call the library at 908 526-4016 x126 for more information. You may begin registering for this program on Wednesday Nov. 21st.
Did you know that dogs like listening to stories as much as kids do?Come to the Bridgewater Library for Tail Waggin’ Tutors, our new program where children will have the opportunity to practice their reading skills by reading a story to Xena the Therapy Dog, a friendly, six-year-old chocolate labradoodle. Each child will have 10 minutes to read a favorite story to his or her new, canine friend. Therapy Dogs International (TDI®) is a volunteer organization dedicated to regulating, testing and registration of therapy dogs and their volunteer handlers for the purpose of visiting nursing homes, hospitals, other institutions and wherever else therapy dogs are needed. For more information, please visit www.tdi-dog.org.
PreSchool of Rock (Ages 2+) Saturday, December 8th from 10:30 am - 11:15 am. Registration begins November 21. Got the winter blues? Then come by the library and rock out with 'Preschool of Rock!' Your morning will be filled with great music where children will discover, improvise, perform, and have fun!
And don’t forget The Library has books nominated for the 2013 Garden State Book Awards on display on the bookshelf behind the Youth Services Reference Desk. Stop on by and take a look! For a full list of nominees with descriptions, click HERE.
There are ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS at other system libraries for children & teens…find their online calendars under the “events/programs” tab on our home page.
Planning ahead for December? -- Check out our library calendar.