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Sunday, February 1, 2015

February Fun for Families at Bridgewater Library and Around Our Area…Great snow ideas plus Valentine’s Day, Chinese New Year, Anti-Bullying Programs and More.


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Not sure if the library is opening on time/closing early? Check for a message on the website at www.somerset.lib.nj.us or call 908 526-4016.

Oh No, More Snow?!! Another snowstorm in the forecast? Check out these clever and unusual Fun Winter Activities for Kids in NJ

Kids will  be running for their coats and gloves when you show them these fun activities. Try snow bubbles, graffiti in the snow and many more!  (You can also see what this photo depicts.)


Our Mock Caldecott was cancelled due to snow this year, but if you want to see the real award-winners, tune in here on February 2nd.

Upcoming Programs for Kids at Bridgewater Library:

Groundhog Day & Shadowplay Singalong (all ages) Monday February 2nd, 10:00-11:00 am. We'll share seasonal songs in honor of that fuzzy fugitive. No registration required.

Family Night Storytime (All Ages) Monday, February 2nd 6 pm. Wear your PJs to our all ages storytime! No registration required.

image_thumb16_thumb_thumb_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.
Storytimes continue through February 13th, then will resume the first week in March.


Sensory-Friendly Art Class (Ages 5-12) Wednesday, February 4, 4:30 pm-5:00 pm. Registration is required and begins January 21.  This sensory-friendly art class is designed for kids who do better in smaller, slow-paced programs. Children will explore art through creative activities at various stations.

Tail Waggin' Tutors (Ages 4+) Children Reading to Dogs. Thursday, February 19th   4-5pm. Registration in-person or by phone only. Registration begins January 29th. Repeats on Tuesday February 24th. Come to the Bridgewater Library for Tail Waggin’ Tutors, where 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.

Play Group (Birth to 3 years) Monday February 9th.  10am. No registration required. Come and play with toys, dance to music, and make new friends!

Baby Loves to Boogie! (Ages birth to 18 months) Monday, February 9 at 4:00 pm. Registration required.. Babies get your groove on! Join us for this new program that unites creative movement and storytime songs. Caregivers please wear comfortable clothing and shoes as you will be moving just as much as your child!

Matisse at MOMA: Valentine's Day Craft (ages 4-10) February 11th, 4:30-5:30 PM. Learn about this artist and make Valentine's Day cards for your family and friends inspired by his wonderful collages. Registration is required.

Chinese New Year  Ages 3-10  Saturday, February 14, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM.  Gung Hay Fat Choy! Celebrate the Asian New Year with stories, songs, crafts, and a grand parade! Registration is required.


Sensory Friendly Sing Along (all ages) Saturday, February 14  11:00-11:30 am.  Registration is required.  A sensory friendly program for children in a quieter, slower paced, judgement free environment.

Rocket Readers  (for grades 1 – 2) Tuesday, February 17 From 4:30 – 5:30  Registration required and begins January 20.  We will discuss a book, play some games or create a story related craft. Students should read the book prior to the program. Copies of the books will be available at the Youth Services Reference Desk.  Poppleton In Winter  By Cynthia Rylant.  Join Poppleton the pig in three wintery adventures. Learn how he makes a new friend after an icicle accident, creates a bust of Cherry Sue, and gets a pleasant surprise from his pals.

Advocacy: Bullying, Zero Tolerance and Students with Disabilities  Thursday, February 19, 2015  7:00-8:00 pm. Registration is required and begins January 22. Presented by Evelina Padilla, an attorney at Hinkle, Fingles, and Prior.
New focus on anti-bullying in schools has revealed the extent to which students with disabilities, particularly those with social disabilities, are victims of bullying. While new laws offer important protections, these laws can also be misapplied in some situations, causing a student with disabilities to be labeled as a bully. In this 90 minute program, attorneys will describe the regulations surrounding bullying and will discuss strategies to help ensure that bullying is appropriately addressed not only through reactive measures, but also pro-actively through the IEP.
The workshop is free and open to the public. Call (908) 526-4016 ext. 126 or register online. 1 1/2 professional development hours will be awarded to attendees.

Pompeii : Lost and FoundPicture This: A Trip to Ancient Pompeii (Grades 1-6) Monday, February 23 4:30-5:30 pm. Registration is required and begins February 9.  Journey with us to this ancient city! We'll learn about the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius and the destruction it caused and create Roman-inspired mosaics. (Note: some material might be too intense for some first and second graders.)

Lego Club (ages 5-12)Thursday, February 26th  4:30 - 5:30 pm Registration is required and begins February 12. 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!

image_thumb5_thumbMusic & 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)  Wednesday, February 25th  10:00-10:45 PM.  Repeats 11-11:45 Enjoy the tactile wonders of paint, glitter, glue and more! Registration is required and begins on February 11th.

Toddler Dance Party (ages 2-6) Saturday, February 28th 10:30-11:15 AM. Read, rock and roll to your favorite toddler tunes!  No registration required.

Upcoming Programs for Tweens & Teens at Bridgewater Library:

Tween Volunteers (Grades 4-6) Monday, February 2
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Registration is required and begins January 5. 
Make a difference by volunteering at the library! Help out with special projects and earn community service hours.

Movie and a Sundae: The Maze Runner Tuesday, February 3, 6pm-8:30pm, grades 7-12. Registration is required and begins January 6.   Stop by Bridgewater Library to catch a showing of The Maze Runner and eat an ice cream sundae! Run time: 113 minutes  MPAA: PG-13. MPAA explanation: thematic elements and intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, including some disturbing images. https://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/the-maze-runner

Sensory-Friendly Art Class (Ages 13-18) Wednesday, February 4, 5:15 pm-5:45 pm. Registration is required and begins January 21. This sensory-friendly art class is designed for teens who do better in smaller, slow-paced programs. Teens will explore art through creative activities at various stations.

Tween Harry Potter Party (Grades 4-6) Friday, February 6th 6:00-8:00 PM. Expecto Patronum! Did you know that February 5th is Harry Potter Book Night? To join in the fun, we'll be celebrating all things wizardly at our Tween Party! Whether you're a new or lifelong Harry Potter fan, join us for games, crafts, movies and snacks! Costumes are encouraged!
No admittance after 6:15 PM. Advance notice required if tween must leave the program early. Registration is required and begins on January 16th.

Practice SAT- Presented by Kaplan (Students in Grades 7-12)Saturday, February 7, 9am-2pm. Registration is required. Are you taking the SAT this spring? A free practice test is one of the best ways to get ready for the real thing! By taking this practice test, you will learn exactly what to expect on test day receive a complete individual analysis of your results, which will be mailed to you in 7-10 business days following the test.Don’t forget a #2 pencil and calculator!PLEASE NOTE: No admittance after 9:15am.

Tween Advisory Board (Grades 4-6) Tuesday, February 10, 7:00 pm-8:00 pm.Registration is required. Earn community service hours by making the library a better place for you and your fellow Tweens! Come tell us what books, movies, video games, and programs you’d like at the library!


Teen Valentine Party: Cupcake Wars!  Thursday, February 12, 7pm-8pm, grades 7-12. Registration is required. Music, valentine games, and mmm cupcakes to decorate and eat! The best decorated cupcake wins a gift certificate to Barnes and Noble!

Filmmaking: Teen Video Challenge Saturday, February 21, 12pm-4:30pm, 13-18 years old. Registration is required and begins on January 23. You will make a 30-90 second commercial advertising the teen summer reading 2015 theme, ‘Unmask.’ You will be entered into a national contest for the best video. The winning party will split $150! You will learn the basics of filmmaking and editing video. You also will earn service hours for your time helping out the library. A signed waiver and signed entry form from NJ State Library are required. For more information about this challenge, please visit this link: http://www.njstatelib.org/services_for_libraries/consulting_services/youth_services/summer_reading/

Teen Advisory Board (Grades 7 - 12)Tuesday, February 24 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!


12 Fun Winter Activities for Kids

It's cold out there, but that doesn't mean the kids should be lumps on the couch. Show them these fun activities and they'll be running for their coats!

How to Keep Kids From Losing Mittens & Gloves

Winter means you probably spend 20 minutes in the morning searching for the left mitten that's lost in a snowdrift. Here are tips to keep them from getting separated.






The Children's Museumprograms in the Cafeteria at the PeopleCare Center 120 Finderne Ave.Bridgewater, NJ 08807  908-725-4677


Morris Museum Logo


Visit the museum for free (you still need to pay for theater admissions) using the library museum pass.

Chocolate Family Festival  Saturday, February 7   11:00am - 4:00pm   Enjoy a day of chocolaty fun! Play "Name that Chocolate," collect chocolate candies throughout the Museum, decorate a cupcake magnet, have a chocolate tasting, and much more. 

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Alice in Wonderland

Saturday, February 7, 11:00am and 1:30pm. Pushcart Players -- Part of the Chocolate Family Festival. Filled with Lewis Carroll's brilliant nonsense, madcap characters and Pushcart's whimsical music, design and direction, this production offers a precious theatre experience that young viewers will long remember. 




Morris Museum | 6 Normandy Heights Road | Morristown | NJ | 07960

WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE YOUR KIDS TO THE THEATER (from Ruth Ross njartsmaven.com)

Star Shows and Laser Concerts

Call 908-231-8805 for reservations! RESERVATIONS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR ALL SHOWS!








WHERE: Matthews Stage
TICKETS: $20.00 - $30.00
With wonders to discover, Sid the Science Kid and his friends set off on a day of excitement and adventure, as they explore their five senses through fun games and experiments and by asking curious questions and finding fascinating answers. Teacher Susie is also along to keep the music flowing as the kids explore the world around them with audience interactive activities, cooperative problem solving and plenty of laughs to go around SID THE SCIENCE KID LIVE! will have the whole family exploring, dancing, and excited to figure out more about the great unknown together

For more information, call the Ticket Office at 609.258.2787; email sales@mccarter.org, or visit our website at www.mccarter.org.

"When I walked into the room on the first day of the EACH program, I was nervous about possibly being the youngest and least professional among a group of teenagers who excelled in art. However, it took just a few minutes for me to realize that neither the age nor the amount of artistic experience we had mattered. All of us immediately became friends, seeing that we all shared a common love for a variety of art." Rachel Greenberg, EACH Alumni.  Visit EACH at http://www.yanj-yaep.og/emerging-artists-creativity-hub/



Roald Dahl's Heartbreaking Take on Vaccines

With so much debate around the seeming return of Measles - in part spurred by those who were not vaccinated, and putting more at risk…here is the author of Charlie & the Chocolate Factory adding a personal spin.

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