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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year from Bridgewater Youth Services Department–Lots of January Programs Coming Up!


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The Bridgewater Library will be open New Year’s Eve 9-5 and closed New Year’s Day.


Upcoming Programs for Kids at Bridgewater Library:

imageSingalong "All About Me" Saturday, January 03, 2015  10:00 AM Join us for a rollicking celebration of ourselves and our possibilities! No registration is required. 

Singalong "All About Me" (Sensory Friendly)Saturday, January 03, 2015 11:00 AM   Sensory-Friendly performance for children who would do better in a smaller, slower-paced program. Please register for this program.

Our weekly storytimes resume January 5th:

image_thumb16_thumbStorytime (For Ages 3-6, siblings welcome) Tuesdays  10:00 a.m. Second session at 1:30pm.
Toddler Time (For Ages 18 months-36 months) Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m., repeats at 11:00 a.m.  Also Thursdays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m.
Baby Time (For ages birth - 18 months) Thursdays  9:30 a.m. No Registration Required for any of these.  Join us for stories, songs, movement and fun!  Please come to the program most age-appropriate for your child.

Tail Waggin' Tutors (Ages 4+) Tuesday, January 5th repeats Tuesday January 13th 4-5pm Registration in-person or by phone only. Children will have the opportunity to practice their reading skills by reading a story to Xena the Therapy Dog, a friendly, eight-year-old chocolate labradoodle.  Each child will have 10 minutes to read a favorite story to his or her new, canine friend.

Lego Club (For grades K - 6) Saturday January 10th. 10:00 - 11:00 am. Repeats Thursday January 22nd from 4:30-5:30 Registration is required. 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: We are sorry, but no siblings between 6 months and 5 years are allowed to join us. Parents should plan to stay in the Lego room if their child is 5 years old.

Play Group (Birth to 3 years) Monday January 12th.  10am. No registration required. Come and play with toys, dance to music, and make new friends! Repeats Monday December 29th.

Toddler Dance Party (ages 2-6) Monday January 12th, 4:30-5:15 PM  No registration required. Read, rock and roll at the library!  Toddlers, ages 2-6, and their caregivers are invited to get their groove on at the library.  Shimmy and shake to your favorite toddler tunes!

imagePicture Book Contest Celebration (all ages) Thursday, January 15th
6:00-7:00 PM
A celebration of all the participants in the picture book contest! We will announce the winners and celebrate with refreshments. Winners and runners-up will have their work on display in the lobby throughout January. This event is open to participants' families and friends, as well as anyone who wants to stop by to congratulate the participants! No registration is required. Contest entries were due December 1st.

imageNappy's Puppets (ages 2-7) Friends of the Bridgewater Library Concert Series Saturday January 17, 2015 10:30 AM-11:30 AM Ages 2-7 No registration is required. Snow Date: Saturday January 24, 2014 10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Jim Napolitano blends shadow puppetry with storytelling for a stimulating and interactive experience, including a family sing along! Napolitano, or Uncle Nappy, has worked on a variety of programs for PBS, Scholastic Home Video, and HBO Pictures.

imageRocket Readers (for grades 1 – 2)  Tuesday, January 20  From 4:30 – 5:30.  Henry and Mudge and the Snowman Plan By Cynthia Rylant  Join Henry, his dog Mudge, and his father as they enter a snowman building contest at the local park. Will they be able to build a snowman worthy of winning a prize? Registration required. 

imageMusic & Movement (Ages birth-3 years) Monday January 26th 9:45 am. Repeats at 10:30. Registration required and begins January 12. Clap your hands, stomp your feet, and feel the beat of a fun, lively music class!  Led by Beth Stone of Kids' MusicRound.

Toddler Art Class (ages 2-6) Monday, January 26th 4:30-5:15 PM
Enjoy the tactile wonders of paint, glitter, glue and more! Registration is required and begins on January 12.

Mock Caldecott Committee: "You Be the Judge!" (Grades K-6)Tuesday, January 27th 4:30 PM-5:30 PM Registration is required and begins January 13th. Become a member of our 2015 Mock Caldecott Committee -- vote for which book you think should win the Caldecott Award for the most notable illustrations. When the official Caldecott Award selections are released on February 2nd, we'll see if ours won!

Upcoming Programs for Tweens & Teens at Bridgewater Library:

Tween Volunteers (Grades 4-6)  Monday, January 05, 2015 from 7:00 - 8:00 pm. Registration is required. Make a difference by volunteering at the library! Help out with special projects and earn community service hours.

imageOpen Mic Night (For ages 13+) Thursday Night January 8th From 6:45-8:30pm. Registration is required to perform, all are welcome to attend. 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.

imageMelted Crayon Art: An Expression of You Thursday, January 22, 7pm-8pm, grades 7-12. Registration is required. Make dazzling, colorful art by melting crayons. The theme is ‘all about me,’ so make sure your picture represents you!

imageFilmmaking: News Clips on the New Year Saturday, January 24, 12pm-4:30pm, ages 13-18. Registration is required and begins on January 2. Learn the basics of filmmaking and editing video. Ask patrons about their new year’s resolutions for the year 2015. After shooting video, we’ll compile the video clips! Community service hours will be awarded for your time helping the library. We will break midway, so bring a snack!

Tween Book Club: Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made (Grades 4-6) Monday, January 26  7:00 pm-8:00 pm. Registration is required. Come to our very first Tween Book Club! This month we’ll discuss: Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis. Stop by the Youth Services desk beginning December 15 to pick up a copy!

Teen Advisory Board (For students in grades 7-12) Tuesday January 27th from 7:00 - 8:00 pm. Registration required. Teens, your opinion matters! Do you have suggestions for programs, new books, movies, or video games? If so, then come to one of our TAB meetings. Community service hours will be awarded for attendance and snacks will be served!

imageTween Craft: Puffy Paint Friendship Bracelets (Grades 4-6)Wednesday, January 28 7:00 pm-8:00 pm. Registration is required and begins January 7. What do you get when you mix friendship bracelets and puffy paint? The coolest bracelets ever! Come make some for you and your friends! All supplies will be provided by the library.

Teen Lock-In: Summer in the Winter Friday, January 30, 7pm-10pm, grades 7-12. Registration is required and begins on January 9.  Get locked in the library after hours! We’ll watch movies, play games, 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 7:15pm, Advance notice required if a teen must leave program early (please call us at 908-526-4016 x126).



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