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Friday, February 21, 2014

‘Tis the end of February and we have a weekend without snow! Come to a children’s concert at the library on Saturday, Mad Science Monday, Dental Health Tuesday and More plus Science Fun, Music & Theater around the community.

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The wintry weather has been playing havoc with our programs this year but this is what is planned for the next few weeks!  If in doubt, call the library at 908 526-4016 or check the website  ww.sclsnj.org


Olympic Dreams
Check out the
book display above the Children’s Magazines!

Check out the books in the lobby, above the biographies,
and in front of our non-fiction section.

Friends of the Library Concert Series: Presley and Melody (For ages 2-8)  Saturday, February 22  from 11 am  - 12 pm  Registration required.  Presley and Melody write it, compose it, sing it and 'rock it' at their concerts!  This interactive concert will provide nonstop dancing and upbeat children's music.  A satisfaction guaranteed, positively infectious and engaging concert for all to enjoy.

Mad Science Presents Polar Ice (For Grades K-4) Monday, February 24 from 4:30 - 5:30 pm. Registration required. Come in from the cold as we heat things up with the Mad Science team and explore the states of matter as they present Polar Ice.

Dental Health Storytime
(For ages 2-6) Tuesday, February 25 at 10 am.  No registration required.  February is National Children's Dental Health Month. The Children's Dental Center is excited to celebrate children's dental health month.  Join us a Jacques the peacock from the Children's Dental Health Center explains the importance of a great dental home.  Jacques will read a book about his experience with Dr. Kane and her team.  Then, the children will get a chance to feel, see and hear typical items used during a dental experience.  Each family will get a goodie bag to take home from the Children's Dental Center.   

Seussapalooza (For ages 3-10) Saturday, March 1  at 10:30 am. Registration required and begins on February 14. Have a Seuss-arific good time as we celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday with stories, songs, activities and crafts at the Bridgewater Library!  Costumes are welcome - feel free to come as your favorites Dr. Seuss character.

Music and Movement (Birth to 3 Years) Monday March 3, 2014 10:00 AM and  11:00 AM.  No registration required.  Clap your hands, stomp your feet, and feel the beat of a fun, lively music class! Led by Beth Stone of Kids’ MusicRound.


Toddler Dance Party (For ages 2 - 6)  Monday, March 3rd at 4:30 pm.  No registration required.   Read, rock and roll at the library!  Toddler, ages 2-6, and their caregivers are invited to get their groove on at the library.  Shimmy and shake to your favorite toddler tunes!

Programs for Children @ the Bridgewater Library:

Storytime (For Ages 2-6) No Registration Required.  Tuesdays  10:30 a.m. Second session at 1:30pm.  Join us for stories and songs for the whole family!  This program is aimed at families and is designed for children 3 and up (younger siblings welcome.)

Toddler Time (For Ages 18 months-36 months) No Registration Required.  Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m., repeats at 11:00 a.m.  Also Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.    Clapping and singing and listening to books... introduce your toddler to the beginnings of storytime!

Baby Time (For ages birth - 18 months) No Registration Required.
Thursdays  9:30 a.m. An interactive lap-sit program of songs, rhymes and a story designed to introduce your baby to language and promote early literacy.

Winter sessions end the week of Feb. 14th.  Spring sessions begin March 4th.


Crazy 8 Math Club (For Grades 3-5) Wednesdays, January 22 - March 12 from 4:30-5:30 pm. Registration required.   Join our new Crazy 8s club, where you’ll build stuff, run and jump, make music, make a mess…a totally new kind of math club!  We’ll do mischief-making activities like Glow in the Dark Geometry, Bouncy Dice Explosion and Toilet Paper Olympics!  We’re sorry but registration is currently full.

February 26th - Zip Line Zoo: Build a zip line for brave stuffed animals, then find out how playground swings really work!

March 5th - Time of Your Life: Find out what makes you tick. Race to do crazy stunts, “be” a clock, and see if you have the winning birthday!

Tail Waggin' Tutors: Children Reading to Dogs (For Children of All Ages)  Tuesday, March 4th  4-5pm    Phone or In-Person Registration Only. Registration begins Jan. 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.  Sign-ups will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.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.

 Great Big Seusses (For ages 4 - 10)Thursday, March 6 4:30-5:30 pm Registration required and begins on February 13  Are you a fan of Dr. Seuss?  Do you want to see characters from Dr. Seuss' books appear right before your eyes?  See artist Paul Merklein draw Great Big Seusses!


Play Group (ages Birth to 3 years) Monday March 10th  10:00 to 10:30 am.  Repeats on March 17th. No registration required. Come and play with toys, dance to music, and make new friends!


Spring Story and Craft for Children with Special Needs (For all ages)  Monday, March 10 from 4:30-5:30 pm. Registration required and begins February 24. Join us for a story and craft to celebrate the spring season.  This program is designed for kids with special needs.  Siblings are welcome.


St. Patrick's Day Program (For ages 4 - 11) Tuesday, March 11  4:30-5:30 pm. Registration required and begins February 25.
'For each petal on the shamrock
This brings a wish your way -
Good health, good luck, and happiness
For today and every day.' - Traditional Irish Blessing
Come celebrate the music and traditions of Ireland with stories, songs, dance and crafts.

Family Night Storytime (All ages) Tuesday, March 11th  7-7:30pm  No registration required.  Wear your pj's to our new all ages nighttime storytime with Miss Gretchen!


Lego Club (Grades K-6) (For grades K - 6) Thursday, March 13 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm. Registration is required and begins February 27.  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.

Advocacy: Gateway to Learning through Sensory Strategies Thursday March 13, 2014  7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. Registration required.  Sensory processing and self regulation are at the heart of children's mastery as they navigate life's challenges at home, on the playground, and in school.  This workshop will address:  proactive strategies which support optimal skill development, how adults can collaborate to facilitate children's success, and achieving desired behavior through modeling and communication strategies.
This workshop is for individuals with interest in early childhood development and early education, including:  daycare center providers, preschool and early elementary teachers, parents/grandparents, school district special services staff, children's librarians, and others.  Reference materials included.

Presented by:  Marjorie Wormser, OTR is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist with SIPT Certification (Sensory Processing) and NJ School Certification.  She specializes in Early Intervention (birth to ages 3) and after-school sensory clinics (ages 3-12), and has worked in elementary schools throughout Northern and Central NJ.  Marjorie is pleased to present this workshop with Amanda E.O'Neill, M Ed, who is a mother of five (ages 3-17) and New Jersey Elementary School Teacher (since 2000), currently serving a third year as Councilwoman representing the Borough of Somerville.
1.5 professional development hours will be awarded to attendees.

@ Bridgewater Library for Tweens and Teens:


Make a Difference @ the Library! (Volunteer Opportunities for Grades 5 - 6) Monday, March  3  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm  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!

Open Mic Cafe Night (Ages 13+) on Thursday February 20th  from 6:45-8:45pm.  Registration required.   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 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 minute slots to play music or recite poetry. Sign ups will be on a first-come, first-served basis. *Note: As ages of audience members range from children to adults, please consider the content of your performance. You will be asked to leave should your set contain indecent speech.

Tween Olympic Party After Hours (Grades 4-6) Friday, February 21  From 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Registration required and begins on February 7. Tweens, grades 4-6, get locked in the library after hours!  We'll be celebrating the Winter Olympics with our own versions of popular Olympic events, crafts, snacks and more! No admittance after 6:15 pm.  Advance notice required if tween must leave the program early. 

TAB Meeting (Grades 6-8)  Tuesday Feb. 25th, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM. TAB Meeting (Grades 9-12) 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM  Story Well. 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!   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!

How to Draw Super Heroes (For grades 4-8) Thursday, March 6 from 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Registration required and begins on February 13.  Do you love super heroes and comics? Come learn how to draw your favorite characters with artist Paul Merklein!

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

Around the Community:



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This Saturday from 11:00am to 2:00pm McGinn will host some Super Science.  Come out to see over 30 student run experiments and don't forget to visit the famous GAK! and Dry Ice Balloon stations!

Special science presentations on the following topics will run throughout the day....

THE SIZE OF THINGS:  Have you ever wondered how small a molecule is? Or how big the universe is? How big do earth worms get? How far away is the moon? How long does light from the sun take to get to earth? 

3-D PRINTING: Have you used a printer or a photocopier to make a flat picture of a cartoon character? What if you could just have a printer make you a real plastic one? Wouldn't that be cool? And what if you could get you printer to color your toy?  We'll talk about new machines that let you do all of these things, and some other ones that are even being used by doctors to 'print' new organs for people. 

You may be surprised by what you learn!  

Admission to this fun family event is FREE.  Pizza, pretzels, hotdogs, beverages and desserts will be on sale. 


Alliance Repertory Theatre Company is proud to announce they will perform the classic children's fairy tale


WHEN: Feb 20 - Mar 1, Thurs, Fri and Sat at 7:30 PM
MONDO, 426 Springfield Ave in Summit (Brownstone Theater, 3rd Level)
TICKETS: $14 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under.
To order contact : info@mondosummit.com.

Adapted by Brad Howell, Little Red's journey is sure to delight both the young and the young-at-heart.



Fun for Kids -- Volunteer Opportunity for Teens.  Children's Museum programs January - April 2014.  Teens, if you are interested in volunteering, please email somersetcminfo@gmail.com with the dates you are interested in.


For more info:  http://childrensmuseumnj.org/


Young Audiences - Experience, Understand, Create, Connect
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14th Annual Family Arts Festiva

Dance for Life

For children of all ages accompanied by a parent or favorite adult! 

Saturday March 15, 2014  |  1-4 PM

In the Arline and Henry Schwartzman Courtyard  

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital  

New Brunswick, NJ

A fabulous FREE family event!  

  • Come learn Latin, Hip Hop, and West African dance.
  • See performances by professional and student dance groups.   
  • Explore FREE family healthy information.

Join us and your community for a fun interactive dance celebration of healthy living!  Stay active by participating in our fun family dance workshops, taught by Latin, Hip Hop and West African dance teachers!  

Come see performances by professional groups Jump with Jill and  Flaco's Dance Factory, as well as presentations by student dance troupes.  Learn how to lead a healthy lifestyle by stopping by our Family Health Information booths!  Click below to watch the Family Arts Festival video!  

Family Arts Festival 2011 Presented by Young Audiences New Jersey and Johnson & Johnson

For more information and to register, please visit our website: http://www.yanj-yaep.org/family-arts-festival-2014/

The Family Arts Festival is a program of Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania in partnership with the Community Health Promotion Program at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, made possible by the generous support of Johnson & Johnson. 

Youth & Family at RVCCArts

The Snail & the Whale

The Snail and the Whale Tall Stories
WHEN: Saturday, March 1, 1 & 3:30 PM
A tiny snail hitches a lift on the tail of a huge humpback whale. The little snail is amazed by it all, but starts feeling very small in the vastness of the world. Then disaster strikes - the whale becomes beached in a bay... Can the tiny snail save the day? (AGES 4+)

To make a reservation: Cindy Alexander The Theatre at RVCC cindy@rvccarts.org   908-231-8801


Hatched  Treehouse Shakers   WHEN: Thursday, April 10, 10 AM,1:30 PM & 4 PM
Hatched is the original performance of a newborn chick emerging from her shell at sunrise to a strange and busy world. Performed through movement, handcrafted puppets, and very little human dialogue, the story is set amidst an American family farm. (AGES 2+) CLICK THE TITLE FOR MORE INFO.

Don't miss Shakespeare LIVE's engaging abridged productions of Shakespeare's classics at the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre this spring! A Midsummer Night's Dream and Julius Caesar will be performed on March 8th and April 12th. Call 973-408-5600 for more details.






logo Planetarium at RVCCRVCC Planetarium

Public Star Shows

anim series - Planetarium interiors

Star Shows and Laser Concerts  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!




LEGO® Building Workshops

6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown

Nathan Sawaya, YellowThis winter, children and families are invited to participate in four fun and educational LEGO Building Workshops at the Morris Museum. These programs are being offered in conjunction with the Morris Museum’s current exhibition The Brick Art of Nathan Sawaya, on view through March 9, 2014.

Piece by Piece Mosaic
WHEN: Saturday, February 22; Session 1:  10:00 – 11:00 AM; Session 2:  11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Members $6 / Non-Members $8.
To register, call 973.971.3706.
Registration is required and space is limited.
A materials list will be provided with registration. LEGO bricks may also be purchased through the Museum.

What designs can you dream up? Get inspired by The Brick Art of Nathan Sawaya and learn to create a LEGO brick mosaic. Appropriate for ages 6 and up.

Also at the Morris Museum Chocolate Festival February 8th!

EGG-ZIBIT: The Art, Science and Culture of Eggs  Opening January 30, 2014

image_thumb8_thumbThis winter, bring the family to the Morris Museum to unscramble the mysteries and marvels of the egg. Highlighting more than seventy-five examples of this incredible object, EGG-ZIBIT will explore the science of eggs, the simplicity and strength of the oval shape and the celebration of eggs in art, literature and holiday traditions. Be prepared to be dazzled by exquisitely decorated eggs and marvel at the many modern amenities that are inspired by this important object. More >

The Shakespeare Theatre Academy offers fun acting courses for young people. Teen Shakespeare Scene Study (ages 14-18) takes students through the actor's approach to Shakespeare via text analysis, speech work, and much more. Young Actors Workshop (ages 10-14) is a fun, fast-paced series focused on acting fundamentals. Visit ShakespeareNJ.org/Academy or call 973-845-6742 for more information.



Thanks to Ruth Ross of njartsmaven.com for some of these listings….

Luck O’ The Farm: Irish Field Hands and House Maids

The American landscape is a melting pot of diverse cultures that have come to this country for hundreds of years. Especially during the 19th century, many Irish flocked to the United States. They often heard the well-known phrase, “Cead Mile Failte,” which in English translates to, “A Hundred Thousand Welcomes,” as they embarked on a new life in America. Get to know the experiences of the Irish immigrants who came to the Morristown area and those who worked at Fosterfields. Explore first-hand their lives and experiences in America as farmers and domestic workers.

WHEN: Sunday, March 16, from 12 noon to 4 PM
Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, in Morris Township

While touring Fosterfields, meet the farmer’s wife, “Mrs. Cahill” as she is busy in the Creamery building, churning cream into butter. Stop by the Carriage House and introduce yourself to “Andrew Gibbons,” the coachman, before boarding an open-air wagon ride around the farm. Join alongside the Irish farmworkers and roll up your sleeves to assist with brushing cows, weighing eggs, stacking wood, and cleaning harnesses for the horses. In the Farmhouse, follow the delicious smells to the kitchen, and discover what traditional Irish foods are being prepared on the wood stove. Role players portraying the Foster family, owners of Fosterfields, along with their Irish house servants, welcome and invite you to tour The Willows, the Gothic Revival-style mansion. Outside The Willows, help the Irish servants do laundry and beat rugs.

At the Visitors Center, attend a 1 PM presentation by Cheryl C. Turkington, author of Ordinary Days, Extraordinary Times: Morristown New Jersey’s Irish Immigration Past, and gain an insight into the lives of other Morristown-area Irish residents. It wasn’t all work and no play on the farm! You can revisit the Irish culture through the music of Linda Russell, hear stories of Irish folklore, learn to dance an Irish reel, and revel in the sounds from a piper. Also, families can make a fun craft to remind them of their unique visit to Fosterfields.

ADMISSION: Special event admission fees are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors (65+), $6 for children ages 4-16, and $4 for children ages 2 and 3. FREE for children under age 2 and Friends members with a current membership card. For more information, please call 973.326.7645.

The Morris County Park Commission features one of the region’s best park systems in the state of New Jersey. It currently protects and maintains 18,730 acres at 38 distinct sites plus offers a year-round calendar of events and activities for all to enjoy! PLANNING AHEAD FOR SUMMER….





Registration for Nature Day Camp 2014 is Open!

Nature programs for children ages 3 through 16

RHA's Nature Day Camp offers an opportunity for children to explore, create and play in a vibrant outdoor setting - absent of video games, tv and competitive sports.  Instead, they experience nature, gaining a strong appreciation for the outdoors and lessons in how to protect their natural environment.  Each Camp session has a teacher-to-child ratio of 1:4.  Children discover wildlife, habitats, adaptations, plants, insects, birds, and more through field activities, stories, crafts and hands-on projects!

Visit us at our Nature Day Camp Open House in the

Nature Classroom at Fairview Farm!

Sunday, March 16th from 1 to 4 pm

Click here for more information and to register!


Explore and More, Sign Up for Summer Camp with the Park Commission

Now is the time to enroll your children in the best summer camps while there are still openings. The Morris County Park Commission offers a variety of unique and exciting camps, all close to home, geared to kids with all types of interests and lead by certified, professional counselors.

Choose from Adventures in Nature, where campers investigate the rugged outdoors, learn all about plants and animals, and how to survive in the wilderness of New Jersey. Or Travels in Time for budding young farmers to learn the day to day chores of the farm in the old’n days! For those looking for swimming and boating, beach-side activities, volleyball, crafts, and more, try Camp Sunrise Lake. And for all those interested in law enforcement, enroll in the Junior Police Academy, for both girls and boys. Learn handcuffing techniques, motor vehicle stops, help solve a case, and take a tour of the county jail.

For the young athletes, specialty athletic camps including, ice hockey, and figure skating, are offered throughout the summer. There’s never been a more perfect time to learn a new sport, or advance in one that your child is already involved in. For more information and registration visit www.morrisparks.net. Camp enrollment starts now, enjoy the experience!

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