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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Check out Bridgewater Library’s holiday programming–Bridgewater’s own Mock Caldecott Election and New Year’s at Noon. Join us for a special music program on January 6th and for our Picture Book Writers Contest Celebration January 7th.


Planning to get books or media for a cozy family holiday?
Please plan ahead: All SCLS libraries will be CLOSED
December 24, 25, and 26th and January 1st.

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Programs @ the Library:

imageGingerbread Man “drop in” craft – Monday and Tuesday 12/21-22, 9-5.

Take home snowman while supplies last.

Mock Caldecott Election--Hosted by the Bridgewater Library (All Ages)  Monday, December 28, 2015 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM.  Registration is required and begins December 14th.

You’re never too old for picture book!  Bring the whole family to see the new picture books everyone is talking about -- then 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 January 11th, we'll see if ours won!

New Year's at Noon (Ages 3+) Wednesday, December 30, 2015.  11:15 AM - 12:00 PM. Registration required and begins December 16. We're ringing in the new year a day early! Join us for stories, games, crafts, and our very own countdown to noon, complete with a New Year's ball!

Turtle Dance Music: Sensory-Friendly Music & Movement Concert (Ages 2+)No registration required.  Wednesday, January 06, 2016 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Turtle Dance Music engages all children including children on the autism spectrum with a novel 60-minute music experience. This music and movement concert is designed to engage children with music, movement, stories, incredible visuals, play and interactive music technology! “We help kids come out of their shells!” The show is crafted to be inclusive for all children and fun for parents and caregivers. Each song is accompanied by hands-on, visual, and sensory experiences. Kids will play instruments, try out interactive music technology and dance along through the whole show!

All of the activities and techniques in the performance are based on research from the Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health at Montclair State University, and from the schools of thought from New York University's MusED Lab.

Colored PencilsPicture Book Contest Celebration (All Ages) Thursday, January 07, 2016 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM  No registration is required.

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! (Contest entries were due December 1st.)

image_thumb42_thumbJoin us in January for storytimes – and a NEW weekly Wednesday Evening Pajama Time!


GingaGinga Brasileira Presents: Free to Dance (Grades K-12) No registration required. Saturday, January 09, 2016 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM  Sponsored by the Friends of the Bridgewater Library.

Efraim Silva and his dancers dazzle with their physical prowess as they leap, jump and whirl around the performance space. In between, they discuss Brazilian history and culture, sing Portuguese songs, and play traditional instruments. Audience participation occurs throughout, and there is never a shortage of volunteers.

image_thumb30_thumbA Million Thanks! (Grades K-4)  Registration required and begins December 28. Monday, January 11, 2016 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM  January is National Thank You Month. We’ll be writing (or illustrating) letters to military members around the world through the A Million Thanks project. This program is a drop off event, but a parent or caregiver should stay in the library.

image_thumb31_thumbSensory-Friendly Art Class (Ages 4+) Registration required and begins December 28.  Saturday, January 16, 2016 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM.   Designed for children and teens on the autism spectrum or with other special needs. Children and teens will explore art through creative activities at various stations.

Drop-In Games (Ages 3+) Saturday, January 23, 2016 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM No registration required.  Join our teen volunteers to play games such as Candy Land, Jenga, LIFE, and more! Drop in the Children's Room between the hours of 2-4 pm!  

image_thumb36_thumbStoryplay "The Mitten" (All Ages) Monday, January 25, 2016 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Registration begins January 11.  What do you get when you take a favorite story and act it out? A storyplay! Join us as we read Jan Brett's classic story, then make puppets and props and perform it for our families--all in less than an hour!

@ the Library for Tweens & Teens

image_thumb1_thumb1Tween Volunteers (Grades 4-6)  Monday, January 04, 2016 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM  Registration required and begins December 3.

Make a difference by volunteering at the library! Help out with special projects and earn community service hours. This program is a drop off event, but a parent or caregiver should stay in the library.

image_thumb33_thumbTween Advisory Board (Grades 4-6) Registration is required and begins December 1.  Tuesday, January 12, 2016 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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!  This program is a drop off event, but a parent or caregiver should stay in the library.

image_thumb32_thumbUnderstanding the Financial Aid Process and How to Pay for College (Grades 7-12 & Parents) Thursday, January 14, 2016 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM  Registration is required and begins December 23.

Presented by Premier College Funding.  This presentation is purely informational for families in the Bridgewater area with high school-aged children. Many families are unaware that there are ways to make college affordable, taking into consideration the many factors that ultimately determine total tuition cost.

image_thumb34_thumbTeen Advisory Board (Grades 7-12) Tuesday, January 19, 2016 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Registration is required and begins December 15. 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!

image_thumb37_thumbTween S.T.E.M. Challenge: Engineering Excellence! (Grades 4-6) Monday, January 25, 2016 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM  Registration required and begins January 11.   Who can build the strongest chain out of paper clips? Who can build the highest tower out of toothpicks and marshmallows? Let’s test our engineering skills with some everyday objects!


Around the Community:


In collaboration with the Summit Chorale, New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra (NJIO) presents its annual
Family Holiday Concert
WHEN: Sunday, December 20, 2015 at 3:00 pm
WHERE: Temple Sinai, 208 Summit Ave, Summit
Concertgoers will enjoy a variety of selections that celebrate traditions of the season, including popular excerpts from Handel’s “Judas Maccabeus” and “The Messiah,” along with winter favorites.  The shorter, one-hour concert programincludes audience participation and is intended for families with children.
Reserved VIP seating is available for this concert; click on the link to reserve yours today.  Following the concert, members of the orchestra will host their always-popular “Instrument Petting Zoo,” where kids get close to and try out a variety of orchestral instruments.  Bring the family to celebrate the holiday season with music and fun by NJIO and the Summit Chorale!

NJIO is committed to ensuring that its programs and concerts are accessible to all.  For more information regarding the concert or to inquire about patron services, please contact Mary Beth Sweet at (908) 603-7691, info@njio.org, or visit NJIO’s website http://njio.org or Facebook page.

Toyland Family Festival
Monday, December 28, 11:00AM - 4:00PM

Come celebrate the holidays with us at the Toyland Family Festival. Explore our interactive Mega Model Trains display and new Animal Kingdom exhibition. Create fantasy animals out of recycled materials, miniature toy wagons and penguin puppets. And be sure to catch a performance of Journey to Candyland in the Theatre (more below.) LEARN MORE


Journey to Candyland Monday, December 28, 11:00AM and 1:30PM

Join Allyn and Annie Gooen as they fill the stage with extraordinary balloons and take the audience on a creative journey to Candyland. Perfect for kids ages three to nine, it's an unforgettable show filled with bangs, twists, and pops! Presented by Gooen's Balloowins. Tickets: $10 Members; $12 Non-members GET TICKETS

Bubble Trouble Tuesday, December 29, 11:00AM and 1:30PM

A bubble volcano! A bubble roller coaster! A kid in a bubble? Jeff Boyer takes bubbles to the max in this bubble extravaganza. Jeff juggles bubbles, sculpts and builds with bubbles, makes fog-filled bubbles, and more. Intended for children ages three to nine.  Tickets: $10 Members; $12 Non-members


Morris Museum | 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, New Jersey | 973.971.3700  info@morrismuseum.org | www.morrismuseum.org


The Merry Wives of Windsor
Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Bonnie J. Monte
Buy tickets now by calling our box office at (973)-408-5600
or visiting us online at www.ShakespeareNJ.org


Leaf, Keith - light up juggling, squared - colorFIRST NIGHT MORRISTOWN 2015
December 31, 2015 marks the 24th year for New Jersey’s biggest and brightest New Year’s Eve family-friendly, alcohol-free celebration of the arts—with nearly 200 artists, over 85 events in 24+ venues—representing dance, theatre, music,world cultures, visual arts andchildren’s events.  For all 24 years, Morris Arts has served as First Night’s artistic programmer, securing topflight talents who attract thousands of people from throughout the state and beyond.   Read MORE.




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Admission: $8 for one show, $14 for two shows on the same day!
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