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Are you an author or someone else interested in creating a website, blog or presence on other social media? Check out this series being offered at Hillsborough Library. Click here to register.
Summer Reading Clubs! Summer Reading Club registration begins on Monday, June 22, 2015! Keep track of the time you spend reading this summer, play games, attend programs, have fun, learn a lot and win prizes! We have clubs for pre-schoolers, elementary students, tweens & teens, and adults.
This year you can record your reading online. Recording begins on June 22nd (though you are welcome to keep track of any reading done after school lets out for the year and record that here once the club is open on June 22nd.)
“Superdog” and Snap Circuits Jr.
Our Children’s Summer Reading Club Grand Prizes
Upcoming Programs for Kids and Parents at Bridgewater Library: Click here for a calendar of our programs to register.
Sing Along: Travel Far, Pay No Fare (All Ages) Monday, June 15, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM. No registration. Join us for fun transportation songs.
Drive in Movie: Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast (Ages 2-8) Saturday, June 27, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Registration required and beings June 12. Make your very own kid-sized car and buckle up as watch the film Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast! Feel free to bring your own snack to eat in your car. Runtime: 1 hour 16 minutes. Rated: G
Superhero Spectacular Craftacular: Real Life American Heroes (Suggested for Ages 3-6) Tuesday, June 30, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM. Superhero Spectacular Craftacular: Real Life American Heroes (Suggested for Ages 6-10) 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM. Registration required and begins June 16. Families with multiple siblings may enroll them all in one session.
Get an early start on the 4th of July as we celebrate our history with stories, music, and crafts plus a parade through the library.
Check back for more programs later this summer.
Upcoming Programs for Tweens & Teens at Bridgewater Library: Click here to register.
Be Super! Movie & a Sundae: Divergent (Entering Grades 7-12)Monday, July 06, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM Watch a movie about an awesome female heroine and cool off with an ice cream sundae! There also will be raffles to win fun Divergent themed prizes. Registration is required and begins June 15.
In a future Chicago, 16 year old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life. The decision is made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group. PG-13
Teen Lock In: Hollywood (Entering Grades 7-12) Friday, July 10, 2015 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM. Registration is required and begins June 19. Get locked in the library after hours! We'll roll out the red carpet and watch movies, play games, eat snacks, make crafts, and much more. Dress in your best Hollywood glam and be prepared to experience the library like never before!
Stage Fighting and Makeup Magic (Entering Grades 6-12)Thursday, July 16, 2015 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM. Registration is required and begins June 25th. Come develop the tools you need to make a stage fight look realistic whether you are playing the hero or the villain. Of course, once you learn how to fake a slap/choke/hair pull/punch, you will need to have the bruises to show for it! -- learn how to apply trauma simulation makeup.
Be Super! Movie & a Sundae: Mockingjay Part I (Entering Grades 7-12) Monday, July 20, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM Registration is required and begins June 29. Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena alive, she's still not safe. A revolution is unfolding and it is up to Katniss to accept responsibility for countless lives and to change the course of the future of Panem. PG-13
Teen Advisory Board (Entering Grades 7 - 12)Tuesday, July 21 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Registration required and begins June 30.
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!
Check back for more programs later this summer.
AROUND THE COMMUNITY:
Looking for more area events? Check out the Macaroni Kids Calendar here (though it says “Hillsborough,” it covers surrounding communities.)
The Museum at CHF will be open seven days a week from May to September.
Check their website for hours and other information to plan your visit, and stay tuned for updates about special weekend activities and tours.
It's not too late to sign your children up for summer camp at the Morris Museum! Children entering grades 1 through 4 have the opportunity to explore a wide variety of Museum topics ranging from magic, to art, to science, to LEGO. Day-long and week-long options are available. For a closer glimpse into our activities, check out our website.
www.morrismuseum.org Morris Museum | 6 Normandy Heights Road | Morristown | NJ | 07960
Visit the museum for free (you still need to pay for theater admissions) using the library museum pass if available. The Morris Museum also participates in the Bank of America Museums on Us program. During the first full weekend of every month, each Bank of America card holder is entitled to one free general admission to the Museum. For further information, visit museums.bankofamerica.com/
PLAN FOR SUMMER WITH SOMERSET COUNTY PARK CAMP AND ADVENTURE PROGRAMS FOR KIDS AND TEENS
Coyote Kids (Ages 4-6) --a fun nature program full of outdoor hikes, live animals, hands-on activities, games, and crafts!
Eco-Explorers (Ages 7-9) (click here for PDF)
AWESIM KIDS (Animals, Wetlands, Environmental Science, and Incredible Minds!) (Ages 10-13) (click here for PDF)
Xtreme Adventure (Ages 13-16) (click here for brochure)
LET YOUR FINGERS DO MORE WALKING:
How do the changes in the NJ car seat and booster laws affect you? Here's what you need to know about the rules for rear-facing car seats and booster limits.
Pop quiz: Do you know when you’re supposed to switch from a rear-facing baby car seat to a forward-facing one? How about how long you should keep your older children riding in a booster?
While the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that children stay in rear-facing car seatsuntil they are 2, the New Jersey law has only mandated they face backwards until the age of 1. But that's all changed, according to a new law signed this month. The new rules, which take effect in September, require babies to stay in rear-facing car seats until they’re 2 years old, or 30 pounds. Older kids must stay in booster seats until they’re 8 years old, or 57 inches tall. The just-passed state law is now in line with guidelines set forth by the AAP.
And New Jersey lawmakers mean business. Parents and caregivers who don’t abide by the new law will face fines of between $50 and $75. Read More.
Splash Park now open in Lepp Park in Somerville.
** SPRAY PARK SUMMER OPERATING HOURS **
Currently, the timer is set from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm; seven days a week.
Best NJ Playgrounds to Visit
Bored with your local swingset? Here are a few amazing New Jersey playgrounds worth driving to.