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Friday, July 4, 2014

July is Jumping at Bridgewater Library – Check out all the things there are to do around our Area !

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Check out where to find 4th of July parades, festivals, and fireworks displays here.
Summer is a great time to get out and explore. 

Click to select Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum   And did you you know that the library checks out MUSEUM PASSES?  FIND OUT HOW HERE.

lightning-nj-july-2-star-ledger.JPGHave a healthy & safe summer -- check out these summer safety tips from St. Barnabas Medical Center:  BBQ, camping, sunburn, storms: Some summer safety tips

Programs for Children @ the Bridgewater Library:
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Fizz, Boom, Read!  Summer Reading Club 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!
Grown-Ups – we have a club for you too – prizes include gift certificates and
Gizmos, Gadgets, and Goo - Wacky Fun with Science (For students entering grades 1-5)
Fizz!  Chemical Reactions Monday, July 07, 2014 at 3:30 - 4:30 pm.   Registration required. Come help us get our crazy science summer off the ground with some sizzling and explosive science!  (NOTE:  if it is raining, we will substitute another week's program and do this one on the first good weather slot.) 
Bang!  Balloon-a-mania Monday, July 21 at 3:30 - 4:30 pm.  Registration required and begins on July 7.  Ever heard of a balloon scream, or made a balloon brain?  Join us as we explore a bonanza of balloon possibilities!

Crash!  Structural Engineering  Monday, July 28  3:30 - 4:30 pm
Registration required and begins on July 14.  The Great Bridge Challenge!  We'll be taking a look at some famous shaking structures then building our own suspension bridges - - and seeing which one can withstand the greatest weight. 

Boom!  Energy Explorations  Monday, August 4 at 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Registration required and begins on July 21.  Bounce on over to the library and join us for a great big bang with a marshmallow catapulting contest!

Squish!  Polymers, Diapers, and Goo...oh my! Monday, August 11
at 3:30 - 4:30 pm.
Registration required and begins on July 28. Be prepared to get messy as we explore the powers of polymers by dissecting diapers and mixing up a batch of Oobleck - - a magical Newtonian solid (it behaves as both a solid and a liquid at the same time!)

Fizz Boom Craft!  (For ages 3-6) Magnets & More! Tuesday, July 8 at 10:00 am. Magnets & More! (For ages 3-6) at 11:30 am. Registration required. We'll see what sticks to a magnet and what doesn't, then, we'll make magnet robots.  PLEASE BRING AN EMPTY, CLEAN CAN WITH THE LABEL REMOVED.
Fizz Boom Craft!  (For ages 3-6):
Creepy Crawlies!  Tuesday, July 15
at 10:00 am & 11:30 am. Registration required.  We'll learn how caterpillar becomes a butterfly, then we'll make our own pencil critters.
Bubbles and Bathroom Stuff! Tuesday, July 22  at 10:00 am and 11:30 am.   Registration required and begins on July 8.We'll test the strength of toilet paper, play with bubbles, and make a craft.
Wind and Weather
!  Tuesday, July 29 at 10:00 am and 11:30 am. 
Registration required and begins on July 15. We'll make a tornado in a bottle, read about weather, and make a windsock to take home.

 Tuesday, August 5 at 10:00 am and 11:30 am.
Registration required and begins on July 22.  We'll find out just how high Humpty Dumpty has to fall to crack!  Plus egg stories and a craft.  

logos_FizzBangSci_012814Flash! Fizz! Kaboom! (For grades K-6) Tuesday, July 8 from 4:00 - 5:00 pm. Registration required. Join us as the Franklin Institute explores the world of chemistry.  turning water into gel, making a foam sculpture, and exploding a hydrogen balloon. 

Stuffed Animal Sleepover (For ages 2-8)  Tuesday, July 8 from 7:00 - 7:30 pm. Registration required. Wear your pajamas and bring your stuffed animal or doll (not the one you need to sleep with!) to the library for a bedtime story!  Leave your stuffed animal overnight for a fun filled slumber party.  Pick your stuffed animal up Wednesday morning and receive a special souvenir of their library sleepover!  Remember, this is just a sleepover for your stuffed animals ONLY!

Baby Time (For ages birth - 18 months) Wednesdays July 9th -30th and Fridays July 11th – August 1st at 9:30 am. No registration required. An interactive lap-sit program of songs, rhymes and a story designed to introduce your baby to language and promote early literacy.

Toddler Time (For ages 18 - 36 months) Wednesdays July 9th – 30th at 10:30 am, Thursdays July 10th – 31st at 10:30 and 11:30, Fridays July 11th – July 25th at 10:30 am.   No registration required. Clapping and singing and listening to books...introduce your toddler to the beginnings of storytime!

**Due to the popularity of our early childhood programs, we appreciate your cooperation in attending only one storytime program per week.**

Storytime Yoga for Kids  (For ages 2-6) Thursday, July 10 from 11:00 am - 11:30 am. Registration required. 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!

Lego Club (For ages 5-12) Thursday, July 10 4:30 - 5:30 pm.  Registration is required and begins June 26.  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!  Lego Club  Thursday, July 31 4:30 - 5:30 pm. Registration is required and begins July 17

Play Group (Ages birth to 3 years) 10am. July 14th, 21st, and 28th.  No registration required.  Come and play with toys, dance to music, and make new friends!

Afternoon Movie - Born to be Wild (Rated G) (For families with Children ages 3+) Tuesday, July 15 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. No registration required. Come join us for a movie that will melt your heart.  This film documents orphaned orangutans and elephants and shows us how endangered species can be protected and saved one life at a time. 

Sciencetellers - The Jungles of Jersey (For grades K-6) Thursday, July 17 From 3:30 - 4:30 pm. Registration required and begins on June 26. When Doug hears that there might be a better place to live than where he is now, he can't pass up the opportunity to find it.  However, there are three problems:  he's a dog, he lives in a pet store and he must somehow get through the Jungle of Jersey!
Discover Playaways and Launch into Summer Reading

Saturday, July 19, 2014 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM Bridgewater Library
The Bridgewater Library will launch their new collection of Playaways, just in time for Summer Reading! Stop by to learn about these pre-loaded audiobooks for kids, teens and adults--perfect for listening in the car during a summer road trip or for a day at the beach. No need to download, connect to the internet, or change CDs--just press play!
If you have not yet signed up for a Summer Reading Club we'll help you get started. Light refreshments and freebies will be available (while they last) so stop by as you head into the library to pick up a book, audiobook, magazine or Playaway--all will earn you points for Summer Reading.

Retro Game Day / Super Smash Brothers Brawl Tournament For all ages - families welcome!  (Tournament for ages 13+ only)Saturday, July 19 from 1:00 - 4:30 pm. Registration required for tournament only. It’s a blast from the past! Come to our Retro Game Day and play video games from the past 30 years!   Snacks will be served! No need to register if you just want to come to check out our games!
Think you have what it takes to be Bridgewater Library’s Super Smash Brothers Brawl Champ? Join our tournament, which will take place on the stage during Retro Game Day! You must register if you’d like to participate in the tournament. Participants must be 13 years old or older.

Family Stages presents EUREKA! (For ages 5 - 12) Tuesday, July 22 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. Registration required and begins on July 8.Experience the sense of wonder and delight as five great scientists - - Galileo, Isaac Newton, Louis Pasteur, George Washington Carver and Marie Curie - - explore the world around them. 

Mad Scientist Club (For children entering grades 2 & 3)Registration required for each session.  Are you curious?  Do you like to conduct experiments?  Sign up for the Mad Scientist Club where we will explore and celebrate the ordinary wonders of everyday science.
July 29 from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm (Registration begins July 15) - Aeronautics - In Flight:  Club members will focus on flight and aerodynamics, plus create paper airplanes to enter into a flight tournament.
August 26 from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm (Registration begins August 12) - Cool Science Experiments:  This session will explore some weird and unusual experiments; a Mountain Dew lantern, fireworks in a glass, and rainbow reflections.

@ Bridgewater Library for Tweens and Teens:

Teen Movie & A Sundae (For students entering grades 6-12)  Monday, July 7 6:00 - 8:30 pm. Registration required and begins on June 16. Come cool off at the library!  Make an ice cream sundae and watch a good movie! Movies have not yet been determined, but will have a rating no higher than PG-13.  Check our website for more information as the program gets closer!  Have a suggestion for a movie?  Email Lynn at lmazur@sclibnj.org

Mythbusters (For Students entering Grades 4-6) Wednesday, July 9 from 7:00 -8:00 pm. Registration required and begins on June 18.  Fact or Fiction?  We'll find out when we test some popular urban legends! Wear clothes you don't mind getting messy and get ready to get your hands dirty!
 Open Mic Night (For ages 13+) Thursday, July 10 from 6:45 - 8:30 pm. Registration required to perform and begins on June 26. 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 10-15 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!*

Teen Lock In (For students entering grades 7-11) Friday, July 11  from 7:00 - 10:00 pm. Registration required.  Get locked in the library after hours!  We'll watch movies, play games (including video games and a scavenger hunt in the empty library!), eat snacks, make crafts, and much more!  Wear your pajamas (if you'd like) and be prepared to experience the library like never before!  PLEASE NOTE:  No admittance after 7:15 pm. 

Tween Volunteers (For students entering Grades 4-6) Wednesday, July 16 from 7:00 - 8:00 pm. Registration required. TWEENS:  Make a difference by volunteering at the library this summer!  We need your help preparing for our big Carnival at the end of the summer, tidying up the Children's Room, and much more!  Community service hours will be awarded for attendance.  Repeats on July 30th.
Pinnacle Parkour Demonstration & Training! (For students entering grades 6-12) Monday, July 21 from 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Registration required and begins on June 30. Train like a ninja warrior!  Test your skills as you run, jump, climb, and swing to move around obstacles.  Parkour coaches will demonstrate moves and provide instructions so you can find new ways to maneuver through the course. 

Tween Advisory Board (Students entering grades 4-6)  Tuesday, July 22  6:00 - 7:00 pm. Registration required.  Make the library a better place for you and your fellow Tweens!  We'll talk about the books you're reading now, and your favorite movies and video games.  You'll even get a chance to talk about what programs you'd like at the library!  Community service hours will be awarded for attendance. 
Teen Advisory Board (For Students entering Grades 7-12) Tuesday, July 22 from 7:00 - 8:00 pm. Registration required.  TEENS: YOUR OPINION MATTERS! Do you have suggestions for programs, new books, movies, or video games? Then come to one of our TAB meetings! Community service hours will be awarded for attendance!
Make It, Take It: Tween Crafts! (For students entering grades 4-6)
Wednesday, July 23 from 7:00 - 8:00 pm. Registration required. We provide the materials, you provide the creativity! Make decorations for your locker, duck tape creations, and more!

Apocalypse Survival 101 (For students entering grades 6-12)
Monday, July 28 from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm. Registration required and begins on July 7. A zombie invasion, a devastating world war, a meteor strike... Whatever the cause, it's the apocalypse- - do you have what it takes to survive?  Through trivia and a series of challenges, we'll find out!

College Financial Planning Thursday, July 31, 2014 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Registration Required.  Presented by Mike Velasco.  Free educational college financial planning workshop focused on parents of Freshman/Sophomores/ Juniors and Seniors in High School.  Mike Velasco is a CPA based in Central NJ with over 30 + years of experience in the financial services industry.

Want more info about upcoming programs? Check out the  August calendar here.

Around the Community:

Free and Almost Free Places For Family Fun
in New Jersey And The Surrounding States  2014

Here are some of the amazing places in New Jersey area that the family can go for free, or at a very small cost.  NJ and the surrounding states are abound with some wonderful places for families to have a break from the everyday routine.  Each place is amazing and fun, definitely worth a visit!   MORE.


Check out where to find 4th of July parades, festivals, and fireworks displays here.


image_thumb5_thumb_thumb_thumbMay 5 – August 16, 2014
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.

logo Planetarium at RVCCRVCC Planetarium

Public Star Shows

Rockin' Rocket Ride  Wednesdays, July 9 & 23  2:00 p.m.Blast off on a journey past the Sun and planets and explore the stars!  A musical adventure for space kids Recommended for ages 3-8. 
SkyLights  Wednesdays, July 9 & 23  3:00 p.m. Spacey music videos and kid-friendly laser songs for our younger visitors. Recommended for ages 3-8.
Space Shapes & Tycho  Wednesdays, July 16 & 30 2:00 p.m.Is the Moon round like a ball or like a pancake?  Find connect-the-dots shapes in the stars.  Blast off with Tycho the dog as he flies by the Moon and Sun. Recommended for ages 5-10.
Storybooks in Space   Wednesday, July 16 & 30 3:00p.m. Enjoy story time as we learn about the stars and planets.Recommended for ages 4-8.  
Perfect Little Planet Thursdays in July 2:00 p.m. An alien family explores our solar system looking for the perfect vacation spot.    Recommended for ages 6-12.
Laser Pop Rock  Thursdays in July 3:00 p.m. Features songs by One Direction, LMFAO, and Lady Gaga.   Recommended for ages 6-12.

Friday Night Lights Magic Tree House: Space Mission Fridays, July 11 & 25 7:00 p.m. Jack & Annie discover the secrets of the Sun, Moon, planets, space travel and more.  Who can help them answer the questions left for them by the mysterious "M"?(Recommended for ages 5 and older)
Black Holes  Friday, July 18 7:00 p.m. Take a virtual tour through space and explore the science and mystery of black holes.  Where do they come from? How do we find them?  Is there one nearby? (Recommended for ages 8 to adult)
Summer Skies Fridays in July 8:00 p.m. Discover what stars, constellations, and planets are visible in tonight's sky. Recommended for ages 8 to adult.
Rock of Ages laser concert  Friday, July 11, 9:00 p.m. Sing along with hits from the popular Broadway show and movie.
ELO laser concert Friday, July 18, 9:00 p.m. A dozen of Electric Light Orchestra's hits are in this popular laser concert.
Queen laser concert  Friday, July 25, 9:00 p.m. All we need is "Radio GaGa," right?  You know "We Are the Champions!" here at RVCC!

Sundays for Kids Rockin' Rocket Ride Sunday, July 20, 2:00 p.m. Recommended for ages 3-8
SkyLights  Sunday, July 20, 3:00 p.m. Recommended for ages 3-8

Sensory - Friendly Shows The Sky Above
For families with children on the Autism Spectrum or other developmental disabilities.  Sunday, July 20, at 4:30 p.m.  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 (instead of dark) and audio will be lowered and at a consistent level.  The show includes music, video, planets, the Moon, constellations, and laser lights.  Content is presented on a basic, kindergarten level. Tickets are $5 a person. Call for reservations: 908-231-8805

"Un Altro Mondo" ("Another World") is a beautiful new documentary by Italian director Thomas Torelli and is all about US. It's about  challenging the modern view of the world and reconsidering the world view and value systems of ancient societies such as the indigenous Americans.  It demonstrates how connected we really all are, as best expressed in the Mayan greeting In Lak'ech, which means "I am another yourself."

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

Let Your Fingers do (more) Walking:
Don’t let your kids’ thinking and math skills get rusty this summer…check out the daily wonder from Wonderopolis or do a daily Bedtime Math problem together…they are fascinating and fun for all ages!  Here’s a sample:

Can You Really Cook an Egg On the Sidewalk?  Click here to view the video & find out!


A Ferris Wheel for Boats

Canals are cool water tunnels connecting two bodies of water at different heights. But what's even cooler than that is the "Falkirk Wheel," which is like a Ferris wheel for boats. Click "Read More" to see how it works, and see how the numbers really add up in this boat math!

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You can also check out the second Bedtime Math book Bedtime Math 2: This Time It's Personal at the library for more fun, offbeat daily math.
The app: A whole archive of math problems, with colorful animations and cool sound effects.  Check it out at the App Store for iPhone and iPad, Google Play for Android! The website: Find all your favorite bedtime math problems (BMPs) at www.bedtimemath.org. And check out our new Add It Up parent blog on how we can make math fun for kids.  Twitter: Get bite-sized Bedtime Math all the time!  
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Want to find book-related Apps – check out this article:

Whether you are just after something to keep the kids occupied for a while or if you want them to continue learning to keep their brains sharp then we have some wonderful apps to help. With books for all ages and reading levels we have something for everyone.  MORE

Fossils in NJ: Millions of years of life found in South Jersey sand pits…read MORE.  The fossilized bones of a 65 million-year-old giant crocodile were in several cardboard boxes on the counter of the new natural history lab at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton.
"New Jersey is one of the greatest places on earth if you’re a paleontologist, Of the 11 (geologic) periods in which we identify fossils, nine of them are in New Jersey."
Who knew?


 image “Run like a Girl…Throw Like a Girl?”  Check out this powerful video about what we are really saying to our daughters…

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