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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Looking for Something to Do with Your Kids? Celebrate Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year this Week at the Bridgewater Library. If you have a child with special needs, check out our Sensory-Friendly Singalong.


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Upcoming Programs for Kids at Bridgewater Library:

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 with special needs in a quieter, slower paced, judgment 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.

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.

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_thumb_thumb1Music & 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.


image_thumb16_thumb_thumb_thumb_thumStorytime (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.

Upcoming Programs for Tweens & Teens at Bridgewater Library:

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!


The Franklin Institute Exhibits the World's Largest Display of LEGO Art

The Art of the Brick opens Saturday, February 7 and showcases more than 100 works…



State Theatre

State Theatre Family Day
Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live presented by Nationwide
Presidents Day | Mon, Feb 16 at 10:30am, 1pm, & 3:30pm | Buy tix >
State Theatre Family Day |
Complete lineup of Family Day events >

2 FREE movie screenings for Customer Appreciation Day!

FROZEN Sing-A-Long | Sun, March 1, 2015 at 1pm   

Sing along to the words of the Academy Award®-nominated film event of a generation with Disney’s Frozen Sing-A-Long, a special sing along engagement presented free-of-charge as part of State Theatre's Customer Appreciation Day! Info >

Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy | Sun, March 1, 2015 at 5pm

Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, and Bradley Cooper. Info >




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.

Presidents' Day

Monday, February 16

Have you heard the news? The Morris Museum will be OPEN on Monday, February 16 for Presidents' Day. We will be holding art workshops in our classrooms and a laser show in our theatre. All these great activities, plus a terrific array of kid-friendly exhibitions featuring dollhouses, trains, and LEGO building blocks. Come celebrate with us! 

Studio Art Workshops:

Scrimshaw on Paper Workshop (Ages 6-8)

$35 Members / $40 Non-members

Three-D Collage Workshop (Ages 8-14+)

$40 Members / $45 Non-members

Adventures in Mixed Media (Ages 8-12+)

$35 Members / $40 Non-members

Please note that advanced registration is required for all art workshops.

Children's Theatre:

American Pride Spectacular

11:00am and 1:30pm

This incredible show returns with a dazzling display of laser magic to celebrate America's spirit of innovation, discovery, and exploration. Tickets: $10 Members / $12 Non-members.




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!








"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.


Report: Requiring kindergartners to read — as Common Core does — may harm some


The Common Core standards for kindergarten require kids to learn how to read, even though many kids aren't developmentally ready.

How some of America’s most gifted kids wind up in prison


It's pretty darn cold in parts of the U.S. right now, but believe us, it's even colder in other places. The Arctic Ocean is way below freezing, with some spots around -2 degrees F today. And at the North Pole it's dark all night and day in winter, because that part of Earth is tilted away from the sun. But thanks to the freezing cold, amazing ice shapes can grow, including these "frost flowers" that University of Washington professor Jody Deming and her student Jeff Bowman found in 2012. Just as frozen water sticks together to make lacy snowflakes, water droplets can pile up on floating bits of ice to make these spiky shapes. These grew when the air temperature was about negative 8 degrees, but the flowers are full of bacteria (germs) who seem to like living in the cold. We just hope the photographers like the cold -- as we see here, they had to stand in that water to take the pictures!

Wee ones: Which is colder, a day when it's 5 degrees F out or a day that's 10 degrees F?   

Little kids: If the team took a 5-hour flight and a 4-hour boat ride to reach this chilly spot, how long did it take to get there?  Bonus: In the pictures the sun is barely peeking up above the water. If the sun shone for just 2 hours, how many hours was it dark that day? (Reminder: A day has 24 hours.)

Big kids: If it has to be -7 degrees or colder for these flowers to "grow," and it's +12 outside how many degrees colder does it have to get?  Bonus: If Jeff is 6 feet tall and only 42 inches of him is above that freezing water, how much of his height is underwater? (Reminder if needed: One foot has 12 inches.)

Answers (and more questions) here.

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