April is National Poetry Month Thursday April 24th is “Poem in Your Pocket” Day. Come by the library for a treat. Also there is still one more week to do a Poetry Treasure Hunt….. Get the clue sheet, look for the poems, solve the puzzle, and win a prize! More information is available at the Youth Services Desk!
Advocacy: Theater, Music, and Self-Regulation: How the Arts Can Help Kids and Teens with Special Needs Come Out of Their Shells! Thursday, April 24 From 7:00 -8:30 pm Registration required.
Tween Hippie Party After Hours (For students in grades 4-6) Friday, April 25 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm Registration required.
Trees Are Terrific (Ages 3 and up) Saturday, April 26 at 10:00 am Registration required.
Music and Movement (Birth to 3 Years) Monday April 28, 2014 10:00 AM & 11:00 AM (Ages Birth - 3 years) No registration required. Repeats on Monday May 19th.
Pete the Cat Party (For ages 3-8) Monday, April 28 4:30 - 5:30 pm Registration required. Rock out in your cool shoes and groovy buttons! We will have games, crafts, stories and a special visit from our friend Pete!
STORYTIMES RESUME THE WEEK OF APRIL 29TH:
Thursdays 9:30 a.m.
Rocket Readers: 'Iris and Walter and the Field Trip' (Grades 1-2 Tuesday, April 29th 4:30-5:30pm Registration required.
Play Group (ages Birth to 3 years) Monday May 5, 2014 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM Story Well. No registration required. Repeats May 12th.
Tail Waggin' Tutors: Children Reading to Dogs (Ages 4+) Tuesday, May 6th (Registration begins April 1) 4-5pm. Phone or In-Person Registration Only
Family Night Storytime (All Ages) Tuesday May 6, 2014 Story Well 7-7:30pm No registration required.
Lego Club (Grades K-6) Thursday, May 8 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm. Registration is required.
Rebel the Pirate Pony (For all ages) Monday, May 12 from 4:30-5:30 pm. Registration required and begins on April 28. Ahoy Mate! Come to the library to meet Rebel the 'Pirate Pony' from the Lord Stirling Stable. Learn about horses and ponies, and listen to the story about Rebel's quest to become the most fearsome Pirate Pony Somerset County has ever seen. Come dressed as a pirate and you too can be part of Rebel's crew!
Click HERE for the complete calendar of May events.
@ Bridgewater Library for Tweens and Teens:
Make a Difference @ the Library! (Volunteer Opportunities for Grades 5 - 6) Monday, May 5th 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Registration required . Want more info about upcoming programs? Check out the May teen calendar here.
Open Mic Cafe Night (Ages 13+) on Thursday May 22nd from 6:45-8:45pm. Registration required to perform.
TAB Meeting (Grades 6-8) Tuesday May 27th, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM. TAB Meeting (Grades 9-12) 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!
Around the Community:
Rutgers Day New Brunswick and Piscataway, NJ Enjoy performances, tours, exhibits, hands-on activities, and the NJFolkFest.
Learn more about the festival HERE.
SIMPLE MACHINE FUN AT THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM IN BRIDGEWATER THIS SUNDAY - THE LAST CHILDREN'S MUSEUM PROGRAM FOR THIS SCHOOL YEAR:
The Children’s Museum’s next program, Simple Machines, will be held this coming Sunday April 27th from 1PM to 4PM at The PeopleCare Center, 120 Finderne Ave. Bridgewater 08807. Planned activities include demonstrations of many simple machines (Lever arm, Inclined Plane, Pulley, and Block and Tackle), some giant gears, and a see-saw where you can gain a mechanical advantage and lift your parent off the ground!!! Plus our scale model Cyclone roller coaster, and an opportunity to build and launch your own (very simple) paper rocket!
Fun for Kids -- Volunteer Opportunity for Teens. Teens, if you are interested in volunteering, please email firstname.lastname@example.org .
For more info: http://childrensmuseumnj.org/
Little Women—The Musical
Book by Allan Knee
Music by Jason Howland
Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein
Adapted from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
WHEN: May 2 – 17; Fridays and Saturdays, 8 PM; Sundays, 2 PM
WHERE: The Strollers @ The Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Durand Road, Maplewood TICKETS: $20; $16 seniors & students
Little Women, based on Louisa May Alcott's classic 1869 semi-autobiographical novel, focuses on the four March sisters—brassy, tomboy-like, aspiring writer Jo; romantic Meg; pretentious Amy; and kind-hearted Beth—and their beloved Marmee, at home in Concord, Massachusetts while the family patriarch is away serving as a Union Army chaplain during the Civil War. Intercut with the vignettes in which their lives unfold are several re-creations of the melodramatic short stories Jo writes in her attic studio. It is a heartfelt story about the importance of family and how life and love changes you. It is a family-friendly musical appropriate for ages 8 and up.
IRREVERENT LOOK @ ROBIN HOOD LEGEND @ DUNELLEN SKYLIGHT THEATRE
ROMEO AND JULIET
by William Shakespeare
directed by Erik Hall
produced by Faith Dowgin
WHEN: April 25-May 10; 8 PM Fridays and Saturdays; 3 PM matinee Sunday, May 4. A wine and cheese reception and a celebration of William Shakespeare’s birthday will follow the opening night performance.
WHERE: 416 Victoria Ave., Piscataway
TICKETS: www.circleplayers.com. ($1 per ticket discount online.)
One of Shakespeare’s most well-known tragedies, it is the story of two star-crossed lovers whose untimely deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families. This contemporary production places the Bard’s timeless words into a modern setting—a private school. (This is a perfect opportunity to introduce teenagers to the 16th century world of Shakespeare while still making the play relevant to their lives.)
The Making of A Civil Rights Icon:
The Problem We All Live With by Norman Rockwell
WHEN: Sunday, April 27, 2:30 PM
WHERE: Newark Museum, 49 Washington St., Newark
ADMISSION: FREE to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.Guest speakers: Laurie Norton Moffat, Director of the Norman Rockwell Museum; and Robert Snyder, Director of the Graduate Program in American Studies at Rutgers-Newark. Complimentary Shuttle Service provide on Saturdays & Sundays, noon-5 pm (every 20 minutes) to and from Newark Penn Station and Broad Street Station, courtesy of Prudential for the Norman Rockwell exhibition.
Surrounded by U.S. Marshals, six-year-old Ruby Bridges became the very first black student to attend the all-white William Frantz Pubic School in New Orleans, Louisiana on November 14, 1960. Perhaps never had so much hatred been directed at so perfect a symbol of innocence.
Norman Rockwell captured this moment in our history 50 years ago and it continues to have a profound hold our collective consciousness today. Explore the social context, the making of this work of art, Rockwell’s process, the public reaction and its on-going impact. Explore the power of visual language to prompt cultural transformation.
The Problem We All Live With, Illustration for Look, January 14, 1964, ©Norman Rockwell Family Agency. All rights reserved. Norman Rockwell Museum Collection
7th Annual Dinosaur Day
WHEN: Saturday, May 3, 10 AM–4:30 PM
ADMISSION: Activities free with suggested admission unless otherwise noted.
Join in a fun-filled day of activities for the entire family.
- Roaring, breathing 15 ft. T-Rex from Field Station: Dinosaurs
- Live Reptile & Bird shows
- Geological Demonstrations
- Fossil Rubbings
- Shark Tooth Fossil Dig
- Planetarium shows*
- Meet Dora the Explorer
- Hurricane Simulator* —Experience winds up to 80 mph
- Enjoy "Dinosaur Sandwiches" from the restaurant-parter Dinosaur Bar-B-Que*.
*With additional charge
WHEN: May 9 – 24; Friday and Saturday 8 PM; Sunday 3 PM
WHERE: Chatham Playhouse, 23 North Passaic Avenue, in Chatham
TICKETS: ccp.ticketleap.com. What happens when you set a Broadway musical at the circus? Let’s just say you may want to “Join the Circus like you wanted to, when you were a kid.”
WHEN: April 25 – May 4; Friday and Saturday at 8 PM; Sunday at 3 PM
WHERE: The Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, New Jersey
TICKETS: visit the website! or call 732.747.0014
Public Star Shows
- Astronomy Shows & Laser Concerts
Registration begins May 7th -- more details here: http://www.somersetcountyparks.org/parksFacilities/eec/EEC.html
PLANNING AHEAD FOR SUMMER…. if you are interested in other Summer Camp Opportunities, check the lower portion of this blog: http://bwlibys.blogspot.com/2014/03/tonightmarch-20thcelebrate-world-day-of.html
Thanks to Ruth Ross of njartsmaven.com for some of these listings….
Check out this fascinating article on parenting here: http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/03/hey-parents-leave-those-kids-alone/358631/
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