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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Come to the Bridgewater Library Friends Book Sale Thursday-Sunday

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Note: If you work at a school or other non-profit, you may come on Monday to take remaining books free of charge.  Please bring an ID or letterhead.

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.


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The Printmaking Center of New Jersey and Combat Paper NJ present a display of art created by veteran artists May 3-May 31 at the Bridgewater Library.  The art is called COMBAT PAPER.

COMBAT PAPER ART DISPLAY --MEET THE ARTISTS 7pm-8:30 pm Meet the artists who have created the art on display at the Bridgewater Library.    The reception will be held in the lobby of the library. 

The Printmaking Center of New Jersey and Combat Paper NJ present a display of art created by veteran artists. The art, called Combat Paper, has been created on paper made out of the uniforms of veterans from the military and the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam and Somalia. 

Combat Paper NJ is a veteran-led program that uses art as a tool for change and reintegration. First and foremost, Combat Paper NJ provides a safe and comfortable place where veterans can come together to talk every Sunday. This weekly drop-in session is held at the Printmaking Center of NJ in Branchburg, NJ, where veterans use the ancient art of handmade papermaking to help recover from the physical, psychological and emotional effects of war and the military. Deconstructing a uniform while talking with other veterans breaks the cycle of isolation.

Programs for Children @ the Bridgewater Library:

Next week is the last week of our Spring session of storytimes. Regular storytimes will resume after July 4th but check out our special programming in June.  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.


Play Group (ages Birth to 3 years)  Monday May 20, 2013 Come and play with toys, dance to music, and make new friends!



Tail Waggin' Tutors: Children Reading to Dogs (For Children of All Ages) Thursday May 16 and Thursday May 30th, Monday June 3rd and Thursday June 6th  In-Person and Phone Registration Only – two weeks before each session. 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** 


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 Repeats Friday June 7th, registration begins May 24th. 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 June? -- Check out our library calendar.

@ Bridgewater Library for Teens: 


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!


image_thumb8_thumb_thumb_thumb2_thum[2]Open Mic Cafe Night (Ages 13+) Thursday May 13th, 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!**

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

Around the Community:







Location: Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, 11 Hardscrabble Road, Bernardsville, 908-766-5787. shws@njaudubon.org
Family Fun At Scherman-Hoffman Saturday May 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.

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.

For a list of upcoming programs at the EEC, go to: http://www.somersetcountyparks.org/parksfacilities/eec/EEC.html

image_thumb29_thumb3_thumb_thumb_thu 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!

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!


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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

Just for Kids

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!)
Saturdays May 18 at 3:00 p.m.
Wednesdays, July 10 - August 28 at 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.  Avoid the lightning storms on Jupiter.  And walk on the surface of Mars.  Which destination will they choose?  Recommended for ages 6-12.

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Laser Kids 2
Saturday, May  18  3:00 p.m.

"Twist and Shout," "I Love Rock & Roll," and "Fireflies" are just a few of the fun songs in this show.  How many songs can you sing along with?
Recommended for ages 6 - adult.

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Rockin' Rocket Ride
Sunday, May 19
2:00 p.m.

Put on your space suit and blast off into outer space to visit the Sun, Moon, and planets.  A lively experience for young stargazers.Recommended for ages 3-8.

Mr. Moonrock (from The Moonrock Rock)

Sunday, May 19
3:00 p.m.

Your youngest audience members can sing along with songs by mr. RAY (Family Ride, Kalien the Alien) and Jane Murphy (Moon Rock Rock, The Planet Song), as well as "Purple People Eater" and "When You Wish Upon a Star." 
Recommended for ages 3-8.

There are no public shows between May 20 and July 9.

Special Events

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The Sky Above
Saturn over Puzzle

A planetarium show for families with children on the Autism Spectrum or with other developmental disabilities.

Sunday, May 19
Sunday, June 9
Sunday, July 21
Sunday, August 18
     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.

Admission / General Policies
  • No one is admitted into the planetarium after a show or concert has started;by order of the Fire Marshall.
  • Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Please arrive 20-30 minutes before show time. Shows and Concerts must start on time.
  • Admission is $7.00 per person, per show, all ages, unless otherwise noted.
  • See two programs on the same day and get $2 off the second show.
  • Try a laser concert with 3D glasses for an additional $2
  • Same night Star Show and one Laser Concert for $12.00
  • Groups of 15 or more see both for $11.00 per person
  • General seating tickets will be held until 10 minutes before show time at the Planetarium Gift Shop.
  • Reservations do not guarantee a seat if you are late for the show or concert.
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.



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

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie & Other Storybooks
Tuesday, May 21 at 10AM & 12:30PM
Recommended for grades: K-4
Length: 60 minutes
TheatreworksUSA presents a sparkling musical revue based on popular children's books, including: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Amazing Grace, Borreguita and the Coyote, Imogene's Antlers, Master Man, Math Curse and Owen.

Sixty minutes of theatrical enchantment.
This is pure theatre, with a capital 'I' for imagination! VARIETY











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!
Looking for events around our community? Check out the “Events” links under the “Useful links for families” list on the right side of this blog listing. (If you are getting this as an email, click on the headline title to open it as a webpage and then you’ll see all these useful links!)

Let Your Fingers Do More Walking:
Read More here.
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/
This site has also been added to the “Useful Websites for Families” section of this blog – if you are getting this blog delivered by email, click on the headline title to open it as a webpage and then you’ll see all these useful links!

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FYI:  iPhone/iPad Bedtime Math app is up on the App Store -- and has already hit the top 20 in free education apps there!  Check it out here.  And have no fear, the Android version is coming soon! 


Jailbreak   Posted on May 15, 2013

Groundhogs usually don’t do anything exciting. They’re the round, brown, kind of boring animals waddling alongside highways and across our backyards. So you can imagine everyone’s surprise last week when a groundhog came barreling into a kids’ baseball practice in New Jersey and started chasing after the kids, even though he himself was only the size of a soccer ball. When the coach ran over to fend him off, the groundhog started chasing the coach, who dove into his car for safety. To make sure the animal didn’t bite anyone, the police captured the groundhog with a loop, but he broke the rope. Then after being caught again and caged in an animal shelter, he broke out of there. That’s one groundhog who doesn’t want to be in captivity – or who just really wants to play baseball.

Wee ones: If there are 9 kids practicing baseball and the groundhog joins in the game, now how many players are there including him?

Little kids: If you have 9 kids and a groundhog running around the field, how many little feet are on the move?  Bonus: If you can sprint (run your fastest) 100 feet but the groundhog can make it only 70 feet, by how far can you outrun the groundhog?

Big kids: The coach estimated that the terrifying groundhog weighed 20 pounds. How much more do you weigh?  Bonus: If you have 9 kids averaging 50 pounds each, how much more does the baseball team weigh than the feisty groundhog?

Find answers here.  And click the button below if you want to keep your kids’ math skills fresh all year round!

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