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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Write Your Own Picture Book This November and Enter It in Our Contest. Storytimes Resume at Bridgewater Library this Week. Things to Do for Teacher Convention Days Too.



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 @ the Library

 Storytimes, Toddler Times, & Baby Times resume November 3rd.  Storytimes (Tues. 10 & 1:30), Toddler Times (Wed. & Fri. 10), and Baby Times (Thur. 9:30) 
No registration required.

Tail Waggin’ Tutors: Children Reading to Dogs (Ages 4+) Tuesday, November 03, 2015 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM  Registration required. Registration in-person or by phone only. Did you know that dogs like listening to stories as much as kids do? Each child will have 10 minutes to read a favorite story to his or her new, canine friend.

Colored PencilsSecond Annual Picture Book Contest

Enter the Bridgewater Library's Second Annual Picture Book Contest for a chance to get your picture book made into a hardcover book and added to our library's collection!

Blank spiral-bound books available in Bridgewater Library's YS department beginning November 2. Participants don't have to attend the picture book workshops in order to enter the contest. Books must be submitted by November 30 to Bridgewater Library's Children's desk.

Two winners selected, one from grades K-2 and one from grades 3-6. Winners will be notified at the end of December. Grand prize winners’ books will circulate in the library's children’s collection! Each grand prize winner will also receive a hardcover copy of their winning picture book. Winners and runners up on display in Bridgewater's lobby display cabinets during the month of January.  A picture book reception will be held on Thursday, January 7, 6-7pm, to celebrate all who entered the competition.

Want Inspiration?

Come to the Youth Services Department any time Thursday or Friday Nov. 5th-6th and use our art supplies to create your book.

Want MORE Inspiration?  Sign up for one of these programs:

Create Your Own Picture Book! (Grades K-2)  Saturday, November 14, 2015 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM  Registration Required.
Create Your Own Picture Book! (Grades 3-6)  Saturday, November 14, 2015 11:00 AM - 11:45 AMHave you ever wanted to write and illustrate a book? We’ll show you how! Leeza Hernandez, author and illustrator of Dog Gone!, will teach us how to make a picture book—from the idea stage to the finished product! Participants will be given blank books that can be entered into our Picture Book Contest.

Grown-Ups -- Thinking of writing a children’s book?  Come to NJ Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators Writing Workshop  Wednesday, November 04, 2015 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM and learn how!

@ the Library for Tweens & Teens

imageTeen Video Challenge (Ages 13-18)  Tuesday, November 03, 2015 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM. Registration is required and begins on October 13.  You will make a 30-90 second commercial advertising the teen summer reading 2016 theme, “Get in the Game: READ”. 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 will also earn service hours for your time helping out the library.

Please note: A signed waiver and signed entry form from NJ State Library are required to participate.

imageTween Volunteers (Grades 4-6)  Monday, November 09, 2015 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM  Registration required and begins October 5. Make a difference by volunteering at the library! Help out with special projects and earn community service hours.

Tween Advisory Board (Grades 4-6)  Tuesday, November 10, 2015 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM   Registration is required and beings Oct. 11.  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 Advisory Board (Grades 7 - 12) Tuesday, November 17, 2015 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM  Registration required and begins October 27th.
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!


Around the Community:

Powerful theater for your teens:


STNJ_Anne 2The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's poignantly powerful production brings Anne Frank's unforgettable life to the stage, just as the world is experiencing a new wave of refugees fleeing war and seeking sanctuary—The Diary of Anne Frank will be performed at the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Ave., Madison (on the campus of Drew University) through November 21. www.NJShakespeare.org

Photo © Jerry Dalia, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, 2015.

5 Very True Tales of Book Censorship12 Children’s Books About Refugees (Picture Books)

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WHEN: Thursday, November 5, and Friday, November 6.
: The Morris Museum, 6 NOrmandy Heights Rd., Morristown
Further program and ticket information is available by calling 973.971.3706 or online at morrismuseum.org.

Children's Theatre: Pinocchio and Other Tales
Thursday, November 5, 11:00AM and 1:30PM

Bright Star Touring Theatre  Ages 3 to 9.The hilarious national children’s theatre company will have you laughing in the aisles with this re-telling of the stories of Pinocchio and Robin Hood. Lots of audience interaction and plenty of puns bring these literary classics to life in an unforgettable fashion.
TICKETS: $10 Members; $12 Non-members

Vacation Day Art Workshop Thursday, November 5, 12:00-2:00PM

Make a colorful, leafy centerpiece for your table. Easy and fun to make — each one an individual work of art! ADMISSION: Free with Museum admission

Studio Art Workshop
Create with Clay with Nina Nemeth
Thursday, November 5, 9:30AM – 12:00PM
Ages 7-11. Come have fun at this sculpture workshop! Sculpt a 3-dimensional “portrait” of your favorite person, a special animal friend or an intriguing figure from the art world! Learn how to create your object’s basic shape in one material, then fill it out with clay for a completed sculpture. Advance registration required.
ADMISSION: Museum member $40, non-member $45

Mosaic Night Lights. Image courtesy of the Morris MuseumStudio Art Workshop: Mosaic Night-Light with Eleanor Parr-DiLeo
Thursday, November 5, 1:00 – 3:30PM
Ages 5 – adult.Learn how to make your own mosaic night light. You will learn how to use glass nippers to cut glass into pieces and fit them together on a glass surface. Take home a complete night light to light up your night! Advance registration required.
ADMISSION: Museum member $40, non-member $45, supply fee $10

Berenstain BearsChildren's Theatre Berenstain Bears: Hospital Friends. Friday, November 6, 11:00AM and 1:30PM.Walnut Street Theatre
Ages 3 to 9.Adapted from the brand new book by Michael Berenstain, go to the doctor with Brother Bear, Sister Bear, Mama and Papa Bear. Sister Bear does not want to see the doctor, and Brother Bear can never remember to wash his hands. They all learn lessons about family and good health.
TICKETS: $10 Members; $12 Non-members

Vacation Day Art Workshop Friday, November 6, 12:00-2:00PM
Make a charming pine cone turkey — a cheerful little friend for the Thanksgiving season! TICKETS: Free with Museum admission

Studio Art Workshop Fantasy Creatures with Kelly Bogucz
Friday, November 6, 9:30AM – 12:00PM
Ages 6-10. A fire-breathing dragon? A mysterious gryphon? Unknown creatures of the depth? Using some of the elements of fine arts, learn about proportion and drawing techniques for rendering real-life animals. Then have fun expanding on that knowledge to create your favorite creature on a Chinese watercolor scroll! Advance registration required. TICKETS: Museum member $40, non-member $45

Studio Art Workshop
Mixed Media Collage with Nina Nemeth
Friday, November 6, 9:30AM – 12:00PM
Ages 10-14+.  Explore some of the many mixed media methods using various tools – you might use paint, you might use “bleeding paper,” maybe ink, or collage materials from any number of sources. Enjoy this eye-opening workshop while exploring methods and mediums available to ultimately express yourself in a unique work of art. Advance registration required.
TICKETS: Museum member $45, non-member $50

Studio Art Workshop Organic Design Wall Mosaic with Eleanor Parr-DiLeo  Friday, November 6, 12:00 – 4:00PM Ages 5 – adult. Create an organic design wall mosaic using found objects such as seeds, gravel, stones, pebbles, sea shells, sticks, beans, and other items. Your finished mosaic piece will measure 12 inches square. Advance registration required.
TICKETS: Museum member $60, non-member $65, supply fee $15

For more information,  visit www.morrismuseum.org.


Wolf Watch

Connect With Your Wild Side

Take a tour of New Jersey’s Lakota Wolf Preserve on Thursday, November 5.  An interpreter will lead a hike to an area to observe live wolves, foxes, and bobcats.  Learn of their needs, habits, and perhaps even hear one howl! After our wolf tour enjoy a picnic lunch and peruse the camp gift shop.  Please dress to be outdoors and bring your own lunch. Program runs from 8:00am to 2:30pm. This program is designed for all ages 7 and older AND the kids are off from school!
$40 per adult/$30 per youth/senior   Register for Wolf Watch Here

Time to say goodbye to Bridgewater’s own 13 Skeletons – till next year!   Weird NJ http://weirdnj.com/weird-news/the-13-skeletons/

The 13 Skeletons of Bridgewater | Weird NJ (If you missed them, check out their antics on the 13 Skeletons Facebook page.)  -- Real life A(d)dams Family!

WATCH: Take a closer look at Bridgewater’s outrageous ’13 Skeletons’ display

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