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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Peer Tutors Sought for Somerville Library Program, History Fun in Somerset & Morris County Parks this Weekend, Free Admission at the State Museum & Planetarium. Safety Tips if You Encounter a Bear.

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Teens – Looking to earn community service hours and make a difference?  Sign up to be a Peer Tutor
at Somerville Library

Teens & Tweens Can Make a Difference
at Bridgewater Library Too:

Tween Advisory Board (Grades 4 - 6)  Tuesday, September 23  6:00 pm - 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 (Grades 7 - 12) Tuesday, September 23
7:00 pm - 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 and snacks will be served!

Tween Volunteers (Grades 4 - 6)
Monday, October 6 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Registration required. TWEENS: Make a difference by volunteering at the library! We need your help with special projects including creating bookmarks for young children, organizing and tidying up the Children’s Room, and much more!


Library Programs for Parents & Teachers:

Advocacy: Meeting the Needs of a Child with Autism Thursday, October 9 from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Registration required. It has been said that "if you meet one person with autism, you have met one person with autism." Autism is a spectrum disorder, and as such, the needs of those with autism can vary greatly.

In this program, attendees will learn how to access services and supports often needed by those with autism across service delivery systems. Attorneys will describe how to access and advocate for specialized services in educational settings, family support services, adult services, health services, housing and other areas. We will focus on school-based supports, including ABA services, home programming, extended school year services, transition services and accessing effective and appropriate adult services.  Presented by Maria Fischer, esq., an attorney at Hinkle, Fingles, and Prior. 

Parent - Teacher Workshop--Hands On: Promoting Fine Motor Skills in Preschool and Kindergarten Classrooms  Monday, October 06, 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Registration Required.  Learn about the role that fine motor skills have on the academic success of young children and how to help your students who are displaying difficulties with fine motor skills. This program will provide an overview of fine motor skills development, current fine motor programs, and current research. Presented by Laurie Donovan and Alison Hales, NJ state licensed occupational therapists and members of the American Occupational Therapy Association. The workshop is free of charge and open to the public. 1.5 professional development hours will be awarded to attendees.

Click HERE for information on other
programs for Children, Teens & Families
@ the Bridgewater Library



20 Free Things to Do in Jersey this Fall

You don’t need to be a big spender to have an awesome September!  Check out this great list.

An apple a day: 15 places to pick your own in N.J.


Looking to take your family apple-picking?  Check out these area locations.

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.



New Jersey efamily news

60+ Fall Festivals in New Jersey

Throughout NJ

Fall has returned to the Garden State and, with it, one of our favorite family traditions--festivals! Check out these fairs near you for tons of fall fun.

Friday, September 26 - Saturday, September 27

Harvest Moon Hayrides & Night Corn Maze

Chester, NJ
Explore the corn maze (bring your flashlight!), hop on a hayride, pick your own pumpkins, dance to country music and roast marshmallows around the campfire.


Saturday, September 27

Lincoln Park Day Festival

Lincoln Park, NJ
Live entertainment, inflatable rides, a giant flea market--Find all this, plus more, at this free fair!

Saturday, September 27 - Sunday, September 28

16th Annual Oktoberfest

Chester, NJ
Head to this carnival for traditional German music, dancing and food, plus bounce houses, games and pony rides.

Enterovirus D68 Case Confirmed in NJ

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that enterovirus D68, a rare respiratory virus, has now spread to New Jersey. Here's what you need to know.

5 Tips To Get Your Child To Talk About Their Day

Do your kids turn into mutes when you ask "how was school?" Here are five tricks to get more from your dinner table queries when "how was your day?" doesn't work.

Black Bear Kills 22-Year-Old Rutgers Student

Last weekend, when many families were out enjoying fall forests, a Rutgers student was killed by a black bear. Here's what you need to know if you encounter one.

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