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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Marching On–Get on your Green for St. Pats Day at the Bridgewater Library, Parents & Teachers can earn about Brain Development & Learning, Last chance to see Lego masterpieces at the Morris Museum, Contest Opportunities for Teens & Pre-Teens

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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


Programs for Children @ the Bridgewater Library:

Spring sessions have begun. 

Storytime (For Ages 2-6) No Registration Required.  Tuesdays  10:00 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. 


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.


March 12th - Let’s Get Loud: Build a working flute, then play instruments made of random garbage. After all that, find out exactly how loud you are, down to the numbers!

March 19th - Bouncy Dice Explosion:
Your big chance to throw things because you’re supposed to. Find out your chances of rolling a 2 or a 5, then try to be the winning chip on a giant human Bingo board.

Play Group (ages Birth to 3 years) Monday March 10th  10:00 to 10:30 am.  Repeats on March 17th, 24th & 31st. 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.  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.   1.5 professional development hours will be awarded to attendees.

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Friends of the Library Concert Series: Kurt Gallagher (For ages 3+)
Saturday, March 15 from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm. Registration required.
  Join Kurt Gallagher for a morning filled with dancing, singing and giggling.  Clap your hands, stomp your feet and sing along!  Music fun for the whole family!

Parent - Teacher Workshop - Lift Off: How to Apply Current Brain Science to Build a Strong Foundation for Learning and Launch Youngsters for Success!  Monday March 17th From 7:00- 8:30 pm. Registration Required. In this program, teachers and parents will learn about the seven key brain skills that make learning possible.  The workshop will provide methods for detecting students with weak skills and introduce tools to help strengthen those skills.  Specific strategies will be provided to help teachers apply this understanding to the classroom.  This program is relevant for students of all ages, but special attention will be given to younger students (Pre-K to grade 1).  Kindergarten readiness will also be addressed. The workshop is free of charge and open to the public. 1 ½ professional development hours will be awarded to attendees.

Rocket Readers: 'Pearl and Wagner One Funny Day' (Grades 1-2) Wednesday, March 18th 4:30-5:30pm 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: 'Pearl and Wagner One Funny Day' By: Kate McMullan. April Fool's Day is not a happy one for Wagner the mouse because his best friend, Pearl the rabbit, and other children and adults at school keep tricking him. **Students should read the book prior to the program.  Copies of the book will be available at the Youth Services Reference Desk.**

Join us as the Bridgewater Garden Club celebrates Spring with its 'Come Grow with Us' Saturday March 22: Registration required for each program.

Wooden Birdhouses (Ages 3-6)  10:00 AM to 10:30 AM Participants will design and take home a wooden birdhouse.  All supplies will be provided. Repeats at 2:30 p.m.

Mini Clay Pot Birdbath (Ages 7 - 10) from 11 - 11:30 am. Participants will  make a floral design using fresh flowers.  All supplies will be provided.  Repeats at 1:30 p.m.

NJ's Wild Garden Critters (Ages 4 - 8)  12:00 - 1:00 pm.  Environmental Educators from Dove Environmental Education will present a 'Clean Communities' children's program and a wildlife craft featuring the wildlife that may visit your garden.

Picture This - Art Exploration for Kids 'Flowers & Bones & Sky: Exploring the Art of Georgia O'Keeffe (For grades K - 5)Monday, March 24 at 4:30 pm. Registration required and begins on March 10. Celebrate Women's History Month with a look at this amazing artist, then create your own painting emulating her bold use of color and shape.  (We will be using paint so please dress appropriately)

2nd Annual Spelling Bee Championship Wednesday March 26, 2014 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM. (For Winners from Grades 4-8 from participating Somerset County Schools)  And the winner is.... Join us as Bridgewater Library hosts the 2nd Annual Spelling Bee Championship.  Winners from the participating schools in Somerset County will compete to be named the best speller!  Seats will be reserved for families and friends of the participants competing however, walk-ins are welcome if seating is available.  Come cheer on your home town school!

Sharp Students: NJ Ask Test Prep (For Parents and Caregivers)
Thursday, March 27 from 7:00 - 7:30 pm. Registration required and begins on March 13. Join us for an overview about the Lumos Test Prep database and how it can help students prep for the NJ ASK test. Repeats on March 31st.


@ Bridgewater Library for Tweens and Teens:

Friends of the Library Concert Series: Dan Crisci Friday March 14, 2014 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM. Dan Crisci is a jazz pianist, piano teacher, and composer.  He has been performing in the New York/New Jersey area since 1984.  He has performed as a soloist and in various group settings. This concert is FREE and everyone is invited to attend.  No sign-up is needed.

Teen Movie: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Rated PG-13) (Grades 6-12) Saturday, March 15 from 2:00 - 4:30 pm. Registration required . Runtime:  146 minutes (2 hours 26 minutes) Rated:  PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some frightening images, thematic elements, a suggestive situation and language.
Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark.  Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a 'Victor's Tour' of the districts.  Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capital is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) - a competition that could change Panem forever.
Divergent Trivia at beginning of movie!  Enter to win a $25 gift card to Reading Cinemas!

Open Mic Cafe Night (Ages 13+) on Thursday March 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.

TAB Meeting (Grades 6-8)  Tuesday March 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!

Make a Difference @ the Library! (Volunteer Opportunities for Grades 5 - 6) Monday, April 7th  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!


Agricultural Science Summer Enrichment Program for Students Ages 11-14

Do you dream of inventing ways to improve how we produce food, fiber and fuel? Do you want to show and groom an award winning sheep? Do you want to find out how to harvest crop DNA and become a food detective and experiment with food science myths and take home your own patio container garden? Environmentally conscious students with an interest in science, nature and fun are encouraged to enroll in this exploratory summer science camp at the Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School.

Dates: Session 1 July 7 - 11, 2014 or Session 2 July 21 – 25, 2014 Time: 9 am—3 pm daily  Cost: $295 per session

Kavli “Science in Fiction” Video Contest

The USA Science & Engineering Festival, in association with the Kavli Foundation, has launched the Science in Fiction video contest. Using scenes from popular science fiction movies and TV shows, and video games, Gr. 6-12 students will create: 30-:90 videos that investigate how science fictional scenes could be realized using current and developing technologies. The video contest culminates in a popular awards show, hosted by Bill Nye, as part of the Festival, which returns to Washington, D.C. on April 26-27, 2014. The contest officially opens for entries on Nov. 1, 2013 and closes Mar. 21, 2014. First prize is $2000 cash prize and a travel stipend to travel to Washington D.C. for the Expo. The second prize is $750 and the third prize is $500. The People's Choice Award prize is $250. http://www.usasciencefestival.org/2014-festival/2014-contests/kavli-video-contest-2013-2014.html



2013 First Place Winner Elizabeth McLaughlin Piscataway High School


Contest updates

About the Contest

The New Jersey Department of Human Services (NJDHS) invites pre-teens and teens across the state to participate in its Annual Teen Media Contest sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development, focusing on parental responsibility.

The statewide contest is open to New Jersey middle school and high school students.

This year's contest theme is: Families come in different shapes and sizes. Depict what makes your parent(s) unique and how that has impacted your view of parenthood.

All entries must be postmarked no later than Friday, April 4, 2014.

An emphasis is placed on the idea that while they may not live together under one roof – both parents are responsible for enriching the life and securing the future of their child. The DHS intends to use winning student entries to promote this public awareness campaign aimed at New Jersey’s non-custodial parents.

Evaluation Criteria & Judging

Members of the New Jersey Department of Human Services with representatives from various other organizations and/or corporations in the State will serve as judges for the Teen Media Contest.

Judging of artwork will be based on the following criteria (in no specific order).

    • Theme Depiction
    • Overall Appearance
    • Originality
    • Design & Execution


U.S. Savings Bonds will be awarded to three students in each category.  A 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will be selected in the High School and Middle school categories.   

Winners will also receive two tickets to Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, N.J.  They may have their artwork displayed in venues including the New Jersey Statehouse, museums, and other possible locations.

A special awards presentation will take place this May.

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

Around the Community:





Nathan Sawaya, Yellow6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown


EGG-ZIBIT: The Art, Science and Culture of Eggs

image_thumb8_thumb_thumb_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 >





Thursday, March 6 - Sunday, March 16

Big Apple Circus: Luminocity

Bridgewater, NJ

Celebrate the Big Apple Circus' 36th season by attending this never-before-seen show, filled with verve, high-spirits and racing-pulse thrills of the world's greatest circus artists.

The circus is coming to town next week, too!

Friday, March 7

Turtle Time

Basking Ridge, NJ

While the local turtles are sleeping the cold winter away, learn about these reptiles and complete a cute nature craft at the Environmental Education Center.

Find more nature events near you!

Sunday, March 8

Maple Sugar Sunday

Westfield, NJ

Learn about the entire process of maple sugaring before watching an 18th century open-hearth cooking demonstration, featuring maple syrup recipes.

Last chance to tap a tree! Find more events here.

For more events, check out our web calendar

Sabine 15xThe Honey and the Hive: The Sweet Story of Honeybees

These programs are being offered in preparation for the Morris Museum’s upcoming exhibition, The Honey and the Hive: The Sweet Story of Honeybees.

Build a Bee Box
WHEN: Saturday, March 8, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
WHERE: Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown
TICKETS: $8 per family (up to four people) for Members; $10 per family (up to four people) for Non-members.

Help the Museum prepare for the honeybee exhibition.  Families are invited to build a bee box, and in April the bees will move into the box.  Learn about how beekeepers build homes for their bees and then visit the box you have built all spring and summer to see the bees in action.  The beehives will be kept on Museum grounds for the duration of the exhibition. The New Jersey Beekeepers Association will provide the supplies and instructions; families are asked to bring simple tools (such as a hammer). Registration is required and space is limited.  A tool list will be provided with registration. 

Bee Installation
WHEN: Saturday, April 12, 11:00 AM
TICKETS: This program is FREE with Museum admission.

Visit the Museum for an incredible demonstration by beekeepers on starting a bee hive.  Watch as workers and the queen are moved into their new home and begin to prepare for the honey making process. Families from the community will be building the beehives on March 8 and the New Jersey Beekeepers Association will move a brand new colony of bees into the hive on Museum grounds.

Bee Box Inspection
WHEN: Saturday, May 3, 1:00 PM
TICKETS: This program is FREE with Museum admission.

Do the bees like their new home?  Watch as beekeepers check up on the hive.  Learn more about the hive and the honey making processes.  After the bees are installed, beekeepers will be at the Morris Museum to check on the hive every Saturday at 1:00pm.  Watch as the hive grows and the bees make honey all spring and summer and ask the beekeepers any questions you might have about honeybees and beekeeping. 

About The Honey and the Hive

This spring, the Morris Museum will present an engaging new exhibition for family audiences all about bees.  The Honey and the Hive: The Sweet Story of Honeybees will be on view in our galleries from May 5 through August 15, 2014.



Fun for Kids -- Volunteer Opportunity for Teens.  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

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.



More than 25 children’s book authors and illustrators are coming to Bridgewater next month.  Check out our book display, read their books, then meet the authors!


Check out the books in the youth services area, above the magazines.


LAURIE BERKNER IS COMING TO OUR AREA!image_thumb3_thumb_thumb_thumb


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!

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!









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!

Innovative Fun for Middle School Girls and Boys This Summer
WaterBotics® is an innovative, underwater robotics program that challenges students to design, build, program, test, and redesign underwater robots made of LEGO® and other components. Campers progress through a series of increasingly sophisticated “missions” that culminates with amazing final designs. Take robotics to new depths! Whether your child currently takes robotics courses, or they are new to robotics and are looking for their next great challenge, WaterBotics has it all: science, technology, engineering, and FUN! WaterBotics will be held in state-of-the-art facilities at Stevens where each day will start with exciting team activities before groups launch into building robots. Afternoons will be filled with team games, guest speakers, campus tours, and more. The WaterBotics Summer Camp is designed to appeal to boys and girls! Dates: Session 1 July 21—25, 2014 or Session 2 July 28 – August 1, 2014  Time: 9 am—3 pm daily Place: Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey  Cost: $225 per sessionFor more information and to register please see: http://www.waterbotics.org/about/opportunities/summercamp/

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