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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Teens–Tuesday April 30th is the DEADLINE to register to be a Summer Volunteer at Bridgewater Library, Parent-Teacher Workshop also on Tuesday

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Don’t forget to check out the Continuous Book Sale near the Adult Music collection. The sale is sponsored by the Friends of the Bridgewater Library.


Parent Teacher Workshop: "Un-Common Core" Creative Techniques for Using Non-Fiction Books in Early Education and Primary Schools


More Programs for Children @ the Bridgewater Library:

Family Storytimes (ages 2-6) Tuesdays at 10 and 1:30, Toddler Times (ages 18-36 months) Wednesdays at 10 & 11 and Thursdays at 10:30 & 11:30, Baby Times (Birth-18 months) Thursdays at 9:30. No registration is required but we ask that you only attend one session each week. Even though we have four Toddler Times each week, they are quite crowded. If your child is over 3 years old, we ask that they com to the Family Storytime instead. Thanks! Full details are posted our Calendar or you can call us at 908 526-4016 x126. We also offer a satellite storytime/craft on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. at the Neshanic Station Library.

Kids Club (Grades 3-4) Wednesday, May 1  4:30-5:30pm
Registration is required      
Join us as we celebrate the Great American Grump Out with some humorous tales and activities.

Arbor Day (Ages 3 and up) Saturday, May 4  at 10:30 am  Registration required Did you know that Bridgewater is a Tree City USA? For over 135 years Arbor Day has been set aside as a special day to recognize the importance of trees and the difference they make in our lives.  The Bridgewater Shade Tree Board will help us celebrate all that's terrific about trees with stories and activities.

Play Group (ages Birth to 3 years) Monday, May 6th  10am  No registration required Repeats Monday, May 13th.Come and play with toys, dance to music, and make new friends!

Author Visit: 'Love Grows' by Susan Gibbons (All ages) Monday, May 6   4:30 pm - 5:30 pm  Registration is required and begins April 22 Honduran children are burdened with a plight to break out of a vicious cycle of poverty that has been designated onto them by chance. Love Grows, a new children’s book by Susan Gibbons, presents these children to young readers and follows Patty's mission as she resolves to turn her village’s heartache into hope.

Picture This: Art Exploration for Kids - 'Now You See It, Now You Don't' (Grades K-5)  Wednesday, May 8   4:30 pm
Registration is required and begins April 24
What is real and what is not? We’ll share Michael Garland’s crazy book “Dinner at Magritte’s “ and then create our own Surrealistic pictures.

Lego Club (Grades K-6) Thursday, May 9th  4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Registration is 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.

Car Show Movie: 'Cars' (All ages) Saturday, May 11 from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm No registration required It’s the day of our annual car show! Before you go outside to check out the classic automobiles, come inside to watch a Disney classic movie: “Cars.” A small craft will also be available.

Play Group (ages Birth to 3 years) Monday, May 13th  10am  No registration required Again Monday May 20, 2013 Come and play with toys, dance to music, and make new friends!

Toddler Dance Party (Ages 2-6)  Monday May 13th  4:30pm Registration is required and begins April 29
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!


Tail Waggin' Tutors: Children Reading to Dogs (For Children of All Ages) Monday May 13th  Thursday May 16  In-Person and Phone Registration Only. Each child will have 10 minutes to read a favorite story to his or her new, canine friend. For more information, please visit www.tdi-dog.org.**   These slots are in heavy demand – please be on time for your time slot. If you can no longer make your scheduled time, please call the desk at 908-526-4016 ext. 126** 

Rocket Readers: 'Young Cam Jansen and the Library Mystery' (Grades 1-2) Wednesday, May 15th 5:30-6:30pm Registration required  An exciting program for brand new readers!  At each program we will discuss a book, play some games, or create a story related craft.  This month's book:  'Young Cam Jansen and the Library Mystery' By: David A. Adler.  Cam and her best friend Eric take a trip to the library to check out some books.  But instead of finding a new favorite story, they find a mystery to solve.  Will Cam's photographic memory come to the rescue once again?**Students should read the book prior to the program.  Copies of the book will be available at the Youth Services Reference Desk.**

Family Night Storytime (All Ages) No Registration Required Tuesday, May 21  7-7:30pm  No registration required Wear your pj's to our new all ages nighttime storytime with Miss Gretchen!


Bridgewater Garden Club presents: The Wonderful World of Worms (For ages 5+)  Thursday, May 23  from 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Registration is required and begins May 9

Kids will have the opportunity to learn about composting and its environmental benefits, as well as how worms play a vital role through hands on examination with magnifiers of worms, eggs, and finished compost.
Judy Pfizer has taught a weekly gardening program for preschoolers for the past 13 years as well as presented to Garden Clubs, Judy is a Master Gardener of Somerset & Hunterdon Counties.

Advocacy: Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Thursday, May 23   7:00 pm - 8:30pm  Registration is required
This program will focus on the prevalence of child abuse and neglect in our community, give an overview of local initiatives like CASA and others to combat the problem, and will offer practical prevention tips for concerned community members. It will be presented by Tracey Heisler.
Mrs. Heisler is the executive director of the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Somerset, Hunterdon, and Warren County (CASA SHaW), a non-profit child advocacy group which serves children living in the foster care system. She has long worked with abused and neglected children as well as adults who were once those same children both in and outside of the CASA program. Mrs. Heisler holds a MS degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Forensics and Juvenile Justice.


Sing-along: Farm Frolics (All ages) Wednesday, May 29th
10am and 11 am  No registration required
Join us for some great oinks, moos, and neighs!


Storytime Yoga for Children (Ages 6 and below) Thursday, May 30th from 10:00 am - 10:30 am Registration begins May 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! 


If you register for a program and realize that you won’t be able to come, please call (908 526-4016x126) or email us (bwljuv@sclibnj.org) as early as possible so we can make someone on the waitlist very happy. Next time that waitlisted participant might be your child!

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 April? -- Check out our library calendar.

@ Bridgewater Library for Teens:
Teens – Summer Volunteer Sign Up You can pick up the forms at the library or get them off of the Teen Section of our website.All forms must be returned by the teen in person by April 30th.


SAT vs. ACT Workshop (Grades 9-12)  Tuesday, May 7th  7-8pm
Registration is required for teens and guardians  Huntington Learning Center presents a FREE one hour exam prep workshop. A representative will review strategies to improve test scores, how to prepare for college admissions, information you should know about the SAT and ACT, and facts about how college entrance exams are used.

Anime Movie Night: Fullmetal Alchemist: Sacred Star of Milos (Grades 6-12) Wednesday, May 8 from 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Registration required
In the lost holy land of Milos, the Elrics search for the truth behind an unknown form of alchemy. What secrets are hidden in Milos? Riddles must be solved and dangers faced before the truth can be found.  This film is Not Rated by the MPAA. Common Sense Media (www.commonsensemedia.org) recommends this movie for ages 14+ for “heavy violence.” Run time: 110 minutes

image_thumb8_thumb_thumb_thumb2_thum[2]Open Mic Cafe Night (Ages 13+) Thursday May 9th, 2013 From 7-8:30pm. Registration required TO PERFORM. Want to share your poetry, comedy, or original music? Not an artist, but would like to witness some of the most inspiring artists Somerset County has to offer? Then join us for this one of a kind experience, and help local musicians and writers have 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 help support local artists and musicians – you don’t need to be an artist to enjoy our Open Mic Night!**

5th & 6th Grade Volunteers Monday May 6th, 7-8pm Registration required. ATTENTION STUDENTS IN GRADES 5 AND 6: Here is your chance to make a difference by volunteering at the library! You can help the library with special projects including creating bookmarks for young children, organizing and tidying up the Children’s Room, and much more!

TAB Meeting (Grades 6-8 Tuesday May 21, 2013  5:30-6:30pm TAB Meeting (Grades 9-12) Tuesday, May 21st  6:30 PM to 7:30 PM 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!

Want more info about upcoming programs? Check out our April teen calendar here.

Around the Community:

Bridgewater Library’s “Miss Carol” will be performing a one-woman show about Emily Warren Roebling (the woman who helped build the Brooklyn  Bridge) at 1 p.m. at the NJ Folk Festival during Rutgers Day… 
Ready to explore?Experience New Jersey’s State University
Come as a family. Come with a group. Come by yourself. Just come to Rutgers Day! No registration required. Lively activities, interactive demonstrations, vibrant stage performances, and an array of food choices await visitors on every campus.

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Jersey Roots
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Global Reach
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Get to Know Rutgers
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Experience the Arts & Humanities
Experience the Arts & Humanities Thought, expression, and the lively scene at the center of the Garden State.
Science & Technology
Science & Technology The joy of understanding, the thrill of invention.
All Things Green
All Things Green Respecting the environment that enriches our lives.
Walk into History
Walk into History Rutgers was here when the U.S. was born. Discover a rich heritage through tours, talks, and lectures.
World of Work
World of Work Rutgers experts help you hone your job-search skills and identify promising fields.
Health, Sports & Recreation
Health, Sports & Recreation Caring for ourselves, exercising our minds and bodies.
Kids’ Stuff
Kids’ Stuff Exploration, fun, and learning for children.
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WHEN: Saturday, April 27 – 10 AM – 3 PM
Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Ave., Morristown
ADMISSION: All Dino Day activities and programs are included with museum admission: $7/child; $10/adult.
For more information, call 973.971.3700, or visitwww.morrismuseum.org.

Live Performance in the Bickford Theater at 11:00 AM
Enjoy a “Dino Dance Party” presented by Field Station Dinosaurs.

Activities all day:

  • Play Feed the T-Rex
  • Climb inside a model of a dinosaur nest
  • Touch an authentic hadrosaur egg
  • Reconstruct a dinosaur skeleton
  • Create a dinosaur puppet to take home
  • Examine real amber in the Fossil Lab
  • Check out dinosaur dung
  • Follow dinosaur footprints throughout the exhibition
  • Create your own fossil
  • Hunt for Fossils in a dig pit
  • Make a Dino Magnet

About Digging Dinosaurs Gallery at the Morris Museum

In the Digging Dinosaurs gallery, visitors will be able to touch a real dinosaur egg, follow dinosaur tracks, make a dinosaur track rubbing, and hear a simulated sound of a honking hadrosaur.  Using various clues and fossils, such as footprints, fossilized eggs, and dinosaur teeth, they can become acquainted with the creatures that lived in New Jersey during the Age of the Dinosaurs.

On entering the gallery, viewers will see Karen Carr’s 30-foot mural, which depicts three hadrosaurs with a nest full of eggs. Both the New Jersey Cretaceous environment and the hadrosaurs’ appearance have been recreated from fossil evidence. The mural includes a series of pop-out cases—containing petrified wood, fossilized pine cone, amber with insects, and hadrosaur skin impressions—which demonstrate how artists and scientists collaborated to interpret what the dinosaurs and their environment might have looked like during the Cretaceous period.

Hands-on interactive stations throughout the gallery encourage visitors to learn about the lives of dinosaurs, and characteristics such as their claw movements and crest trumpeting for communication.  The exhibition focuses on dinosaur themes: Nesting and Growth, Tracks and Movement, Paleo-environmental Reconstruction (using paleontology to reconstruct the landscape of a specific time and place), Predator and Prey and What’s for Dinner. In the laboratory area, children and families will have the opportunity to examine fossils and other specimens, using tools such as electric magnifiers and magnifying glasses.

The Museum is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road (at the corner of Columbia Turnpike) in Morristown, NJ, and is open Tuesday, 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, click here.
Location: Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, 11 Hardscrabble Road, Bernardsville, 908-766-5787. shws@njaudubon.org
Family Fun At Scherman-Hoffman Saturday,May 4, 18, June 1, 15; 2:00 to 3:00 P.M. Bring your family to Scherman Hoffman for a fun-filled hour exploring with our naturalists our habitats and the animals and plants that live here. Cost: FREE.
An Evening With The Frogs  Friday, April 26, 7:00 - 8:30 P.M. Come for a night adventure to the world of amphibians! We'll start with a short slide presentation of the frogs of the Sanctuary, and then we'll head out with flashlights, buckets and nets to the vernal pools and frog ponds. We'll listen and look for anything that hops, crawls, or swims! Due to the sensitivity of the habitat, program is limited to 15 people.Pre-registration required by 4/24, call 908-766-5787. Cost: $5 members, $7 nonmembers.
Check out our other area gardens and arboretums as well – click on the links for more information on hours, programs, and what’s in bloom:
Duke Farms in Hillsborough – now offering a free bike share program for visitors 60” and over.
Leonard Buck Garden in Far Hills
Willowwood Arboretum in Far Hills
-- lots more listed in the Events section on the side of this newsletter.

Teen volunteers are welcomed! Please 908-725-4677 if you can come by and help out – or just show up and give them a hand!
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For a list of upcoming programs at the EEC, go to: http://www.somersetcountyparks.org/parksfacilities/eec/EEC.html

image_thumb29_thumb3_thumb Everyone from age two to ninety-two will love this beautiful and interactive sculpture park in Hamilton, NJ.  Go anytime or check out their events guide for classes and special events.   Note: The library also offers free guest passes as part of our museum pass program!

WHEN: April 12 through May 12 with performances Friday evenings at 7:30 PM, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 4:00 PM
The Growing Stage, The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey, located in the Historic Palace Theatre on Route 183 in Netcong
TICKETS:  973.347.4946 or e-mail at boxoffice@growingstage.com
PINKALICIOUS the MUSICAL is the tale based on the popular children’s book of Pinkalicious, who can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents.

Somerset County 4H has lots of opportunities for children & teens – here’s a sampling, check out their newsletter for more information about their numerous clubs and community activities!


logo Planetarium at RVCC
RVCC Planetarium Public Star Shows
Admission / General Policies
  • All shows run approximately 40 minutes.
    Admission: $7 for one show, $12 for two shows on the same day Call 908-231-8805 for reservations
Perfect Little Planet
Perfect Little Planet (Brand New Show!)
Sunday, April 21 2:00 p.m.
A family from another star system is seeking the perfect vacation spot. Fly over the surface of Pluto, our best known Dwarf Planet. Dive over the ice cliffs of Miranda. Sail through the rings of Saturn. Feel the lightning storms on Jupiter. And walk on the surface of Mars. Which destination would you choose? Recommended for ages 6-12.
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Laser Pop Rock Sunday, April 21 3:00 p.m. Songs by One Direction, LMFAO, the Beatles, and more musicians are featured in this popular laser concert.

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Saturn over Puzzle
The Sky Above - A planetarium show for families with children on the Autism Spectrum or with other developmental disabilities. Sunday, April 21 or Sunday, May 19 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Ticket Price: $5.00 per person. All ages are welcome to this one-hour sensory-friendly program. The show will provide a comfortable and judgment-free space that is welcoming to all families. The doors will remain open so that children will be able to come and go. Lights will be left dim and audio will be lowered and at a consistent level. The sky show will include:
music, videos, planets, the Moon, constellations and laser lights. Please call 908-231-8805 to make a reservation as we are limiting the number of visitors for each show.
Reservations are recommended for all shows by calling the Planetarium @ 908-231-8805.
RVCC is located between Routes 78 and 22.  Directions to the College here.
On campus, park in Lot #7 or #1 and proceed up the steps to the Planetarium.


LITTLE WOMENWHEN: April 12-27; Fridays & Saturdays at 8 PM; Sunday, April 17, at 7 PM; Sunday, April 21, at 2 PM
The Holmdel Theatre Company, Duncan Smith Theatre, 36 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel  (on the grounds of the high school)
TICKETS: $22 general public ($17 for seniors and $12 for students)
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circle players logoAUDITION NOTICE:
THE HOUSE AT POOH CORNERAdapted by Bettye Knapp from the classic tale by A.A. Milne
Directed by Hilde Steinberg of Somerset
Produced by Barbara Gianotto of East Brunswick and Bernice Woldman of Somerset
Christopher Robin has decided to run away with his friends, Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger and the rest, for there is a dark, mysterious threat that Christopher is to be sent away to “Education.” Nobody knows exactly what or where that is, and what will his friends do without him? However, as the situation becomes clearer, Christopher Robin isn't quite so sure that running away is the answer.
WHEN:  Monday, April 29, and Tuesday, April 30, 7 PM
Circle Players, 416 Victoria Ave., Piscataway
Energetic children and adults are sought to play:
  • Christopher Robin ( male 10-plus) Young innocent boy, full of imagination.
  • Winnie-The- Pooh ( male 12-plus) Big teddy bear is wide eyed , caring and lovable.
  • Piglet (male /female 8-plus) This little pig is eager to make everyone happy.
  • Owl (female 25-plus) Fussy, critical and impatient.
  • Eeyore ( male 16-plus) Gloomy donkey in a constant state of depressed pessimism.
  • Tigger (male 12-plus) A hyper tiger, adventurous and good-natured.
  • Kanga (female 25-plus) A devoted mother kangaroo obsessed with cleanliness.
  • Roo ( male/female 8-plus) This baby kangaroo is full of adventure and is clever.
  • Rabbit ( female 25-plus) Critical and over-burdened.
  • Early (male/female 5-plus) Rabbit's wide-eyed rabbit relation.
  • Late (male /female 5-plus) Another wide-eyed rabbit relation.
  • Voice (male/female 25-plus) Christopher Robin's parent.
  • Forest Dwelling Dancers (male/female 12-plus) Dancing ensemble.
  • Rabbit’s Relations (male/female 5-plus) Non-speaking forest dwellers.
Auditioners should dress comfortably and be prepared to dance. Readings from the script will be provided, as well as acting games for non-readers.
Show dates are noon and 3 p.m. Saturdays, July 13 and 20.
Questions? Contact the director at circleplayersnj@gmail.com.
SundayFinalPosterSUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGEMusic and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine
Directed by Jonathan Wierzbicki
Musical direction by Rory Chalcraft
WHEN: Friday, April 19, through May 5, Friday evenings at 8 PM, Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 3 PM
East Brunswick Community Arts Center at 721 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick.
TICKETS: $22/adults and $20/seniors and student and are available online at Playhouse22.org, by calling the Box Office at 732.254.3939 or at the Box Office window.
Sunday in the Park with George is a Pulitzer Prize winning musical inspired by the painting “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” by Georges Seurat.  A complex work revolving around a fictionalized Seurat immersed in single-minded concentration while painting his masterpiece and the people in that picture, the Broadway production opened in 1984.

performed LIVE
WHEN: April 27,  8:00 PM (doors 7:00 PM)
Brook Arts Center, 10 Hamilton Street, Bound Brook
TICKETS: $18 in advance; $20 at the door
Purchase tickets withEVENTBRITE
Theater Rock is a collection of great songs from the best rock musicals performed live.
Theater Rock combines outstanding songs from contemporary Broadway presented by talented musicians and singers from a variety of musical paths, demonstrating an amalgam that can make for a unique night of aural entertainment and sheer enjoyment.
The ensemble showcases the talents of some of the most dynamic vocalists in the tri-state area. Backed by a powerful band that delivers an animated performance with high musicianship, Theater Rock provides moving tribute and deep meaning to the rock musical.
For more info on Theater Rock visit www.theaterrock.net


GREAT THEATER FOR YOUNG PEOPLE For more information, visit http://rvccarts.com/


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 Thanks to Ruth Ross at NJARTSMAVEN.COM for some of these listings.
There are lots more things to do around our community. Look at the “Useful Websites for Families” (on the right side of this blog – click the headline if you are reading this as an email) for many more options!
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Let Your Fingers Do More Walking:
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Click HERE for the solutions and more interesting Bedtime Math Problems!

Looking for Great Family Websites? Check out the American Library Association’s site: Great Websites for Kids  http://gws.ala.org/
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