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Friday, June 6, 2014

Fizz Boom Read! Celebrate New Jersey’s 350th Birthday with an Exciting Day at Thomas Edison’s Lab this Saturday! Plan Ahead for Summer Reading Excitement at the Bridgewater Library.

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Programs for Children @ the Bridgewater Library:
Fancy Nancy Tea Party (For ages 4-9) Monday, June 9 from 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm. Registration is required. 
Tail Waggin' Tutor  (For ages 4+) Tuesday, June 10 4-5 p.m. (10 minute segments. Registration required – call 908 526-4016 x126 to register.
Family Night Storytime (For all ages) Tuesday, June 10 from 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm.  No registration required – just drop in for stories & songs with Miss Gretchen!

Lego Club (For grades K - 6)  Thursday, June 12th
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  Registration is required.     Library LEGOS will be available for building, so you do not need to bring your own.

Toddler Dance Party  (For ages 2 - 6) Saturday, June 14th at 10:30 am.  No registration required. Read, rock and roll at the library! 

Fizz, Boom, Read!  Summer Reading Club sign up begins June 16th.
Come to the library and sign up to participate in our summer reading club – read or listen to books, play games, and win prizes! Details at the library!
Summer Reading Kickoff: Goowin's Balloowins (For ages 4+) Tuesday, June 24 at 4:00 pm. Registration required and begins June 10. Madcap balloon artist Allynn Gooen will amaze everyone with his unique style of storytelling as he transforms children from the audience into extraordinary balloon creations to star in the show! 
Mad Scientist Club  (For children entering grades 2 & 3)  June 24 from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm (Registration begins June 10) - Wild Weather Explorers:  Club members will explore tornadoes, blizzards, and thunderstorms with lightning.

Mariah's Puppets: No More Litter in Oz (For ages 4-10) Saturday, June 28. From 11:00 am - 12:00 pm. Registration required and begins on June 13. Dorothy, a litterbug, and the Tin Man, Scarecrow and Lion all work together to save Oz from a wicked litterbug witch.

Drive-in Movie (For ages 2-8) Monday, June 30 from 12:00-2:00 pm Registration required and begins on June 13.  Make your very own kid sized car and buckle up as we watch a film!  Feel free to bring your own sack lunch to eat in your car.

Click HERE for the complete calendar of June events.

@ Bridgewater Library for Tweens and Teens:

Make a Difference @ the Library! (Volunteer Opportunities for Grades 5 - 6) Monday, June 9th 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm  Registration required . 

Open Mic Cafe Night (Ages 13+) on Thursday June 12th
  from 6:45-8:45pm.  Registration required to perform.

Tween Pajama Party After Hours (For students entering grades 4 - 6) Friday, June 20 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm.  Registration required .  Get locked in the library after hours!   Wear your pajamas and we'll eat snacks, play games, watch movies, make crafts and play video games!  No admittance after 6:15 pm.
Teen Advisory Board (Students entering grades 7-12)  Tuesday, June 24  6:30 - 7:30 pm. Registration required .  Do you have suggestions for programs, new books, movies, or video games?  Community service hours will be awarded for attendance and snacks will be served!  

Want more info about upcoming programs?
Check out the  June Teen & Tween calendar here.

Around the Community:
Heavy Machine ShopLocation: Laboratory Complex and Glenmont | Map  Time: 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM   Fee Information: Fee Free Day   Parking for Edison Day will only be at 80 Main Street, West Orange or street parking.
Photo: We're just over a week out from Edison Day, our biggest celebration of the year. This year Edison Day will take place on June 7th and we are joining with the local township and community organizations to expand the celebration outside the park boundaries. There will be a street fair, town picnic, stage with live entertainment, and lots of activities for kids. In the coming week we will focus on some of the special programs the park will offer. www.nps.gov/edisJoin West Orange as it celebrates New Jersey's 350th at Edison Day.
The National Park Service will host the NJ Hall of Fame Mobile Museum, a video art exhibition, 1890s wax cylinder phonograph demonstrations, an animation film festival, a West Orange archives exhibit and an electric vehicle car show at the Glenmont Garage, just to name a few. Entrance to Thomas Edison NHP is free, no reservations are needed and all are welcome. Visit www.nps.gov/edis for more details. Rain or shine.


Visitors walking around the laboratory courtyard visiting different event activities.
Join West Orange as it celebrates New Jersey's 350th at Edison Day. This year the park has joined with many of its West Orange partners to bring you the largest Edison Day EVER!
There will be a street fair, town picnic, stage with live entertainment and the park has many special programs throughout the day. Take a look at the highlights below or download the full schedule of events.
A sneak peak at the events:
American Chemical Society
Did you know that young Edison began experiments with a chemistry set at age 10? By the time he turned 18, Edison was already on his way to inventing some of history's most iconic inventions: the phonograph, light bulb, and rechargeable batteries. Come learn about the role of chemistry in Edison's inventions with posters and demonstrations presented by young scientists and inventors from area high schools. Activities sponsored by the American Chemical Society North Jersey Section.

New Jersey Hall of Fame Mobile Museum
What do Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi and Thomas Edison all have in common? They are all from New Jersey and they are all members of the NJ Hall of Fame. Take some time and find out about other members of the hall of fame.
Curator Jerry Fabris checks the early phonograph during a wax cylinder recording.
A park curator blows off excess wax during a wax cylinder recording session.
Dream Rocket Project
Be one of the first to see the new art exhibition. Submissions are from around the US and all are completed on 2x2 cloth squares. Each square is the artist's interpretation of Innovation – Edison and Beyond. Which is your favorite artwork?
Wax Cylinder Recording
Stop in Laboratory Building 11 - watch and listen as these New Jersey musicians record on 100 year old phonographs. You decide if it sounds like your MP3 music today.
11:00 -- Larry Fast / Synergy, synthesizer
12:00 -- Bob DeVos, jazz guitar
1:00 -- Jenny and the Felines, rock trio
2:00 -- Demolition String Band, American roots music
NJ Electric Auto Association
Meet owners of Tesla, Nissan, Ford, Toyota, Honda and more. Find out what it's really like to drive electric. The Electric Cars will all parade in at 11am and then parade out at 4pm. Will be around the Glenmont Garage all day.

Did You KCharles Edison taken in 1945.now?

Charles Edison, Thomas Edison's son, was Governor of the State of New Jersey from 1941 to 1944.



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Honeybees are responsible for at least 30% of the foods we eat everyday!  Busy bees are the great pollinators of the world and are essential to so many aspects of our lives and culture.  Celebrate the sweet story of these incredible insects and learn how vital they are to our survival and how you can help to protect and conserve bees and their habitats.  Learn about the life cycle of a bee and how different cultures revere this tiny architect.   Artists that will be featured in the exhibit include: Josie Rodriguez, Katja Loher, Marietta Patricia Leis, and Rose-Lynn Fisher, among others.
Elise Guidoux and Karen Koshgarian, To Bee or Not To Bee, Twelve concertina books enclosed in various cells of a hand constructed honeycomb,  Image courtesy of the artists.

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image_thumb1[1]SCVTHS to Hold Little Steps Dance Camps and Dance Intensive

The Dance Department at Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School (next to the library) will be holding two programs during the upcoming summer break.  The Little Steps Summer Mini Dance Camps will be held for children ages 3 – 6 and the annual Summer Arts Enrichment Program Dance Intensive will be held for students entering grades 6 – 9.  Both programs are held in the air conditioned studios of Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School.
New this year, the Little Steps Summer Mini Dance Camps will cover classes in ballet, jazz, and creative movement.  The Little Steps Summer Mini Dance Camps will run from July 7th to the 10th for children ages 3-4 and July 14th – 17th for children ages 5-6. 
The annual Dance Intensive is a week of technique classes in Modern, Jazz and Ballet.  All dancers will learn basic composition tools and concepts, as well as learning repertory from dance professionals.  The Dance Intensive will run from July 21st to the 31st for students entering grades 6 – 9. 
All camp programs are instructed by SCVTHS faculty and alumni.  For more information and to register, please visit www.scvths.org or contact Maureen Glennon at (908) 526 – 8900 x7175 or mglennon@scvts.net
Thanks to Ruth Ross of njartsmaven.com for some of these listings.
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