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Saturday, May 4, 2013

Outdoor fun this weekend plus plenty of programs for parents, teachers, kids, and teens at the library this month.

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Parent Teacher Workshop: "Un-Common Core" Creative Techniques for Using Non-Fiction Books in Early Education and Primary Schools (If you missed the workshop at Bridgewater, there are two other workshops available.)

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.

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! 


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.


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: 

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 May teen calendar here.

Around the Community:


Dinosaur Day at the Newark Museum  May 5, 2013

WHERE: Newark Museum, 49 Washington Street, Newark
ADMISSION: activities free with suggested admission to the museum


image30TH ANNUAL FAMILY FUN DAY (co-sponsored by the Friends of Lord Stirling Stable)   May 5
Games on horseback are the centerpiece of this fun-filled day at Lord Stirling Stable, but that's not all we've got! Free pony rides and hayrides make horses accessible to everyone; local vendors offer their specialties for sale; and child-friendly arcade games ensure that everyone is a winner. The Friends have food and beverages available for purchase, so bring the kids, bring your appetite, and enjoy a day on the farm.
8am – 4pm   Lord Stirling Stable, Basking Ridge   908 766 5955

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 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

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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, 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.



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



Join the Corps this summer!

 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:
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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/
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! 

You probably know that you can mix any color using red, yellow and/or blue paint. But on digital screens, colors are combinations of red, green and blue. How does that work? Any color on your screen combines anywhere from zero to 255 "parts" of each of those three colors. All zeroes gives you black (no light), and all 255's gives you white (full white). Mixing just red and blue does give you bright purple, but red and green together give you yellow. Weird!! For a fun experiment, open a photo of yourself in a program like mspaint and click on your eye with the color-grabber tool...you can find out exactly what color your eyes are, as a RGB (red green blue) code. Try your hair, skin and clothes, too, and find out how you'd paint yourself on a digital screen.

Wee ones: If your eye color is 21 on blue but 1 point more than that on green, how much green do your eyes have?

Little kids: Colors with 3 equal RGB numbers make all the different shades of grey (okay parents, no jokes here...). If your eyes are RGB 72 78 72, how much does the green have to drop to give you all 72's for pure grey?  Bonus: What if you're 72 85 72?

Big kids: If your purple shirt comes out RGB 80 40 80, but your blue jeans come out 55 55 80, how many total points do you have to change the first codes to make the other?  Bonus: Having exactly 1/2 as much green as red (with no blue) makes a nice orange. If you want the lightest possible shade of that balance, what will the RGB code be? (Reminder: Bigger numbers make brighter, lighter colors.)

The sky's the limit: If your eye color's 3 whole numbers are such that the red and green are equal and multiply out exactly to the blue color, what's the lightest shade of blue your eyes can be?


Wee ones: 22 on green.

Little kids: 6 points down.  Bonus: 13 points down.

Big kids: 40 points: 25-point change in the red, 15-point change in the green.  Bonus: The brightest color will put red at 254 (the biggest even number), so green will be 127.

The sky's the limit: The biggest perfect square less than 255 is 225. So the blue is 225 and the red and green are each 15.

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