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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Join us this week for a Workshop on College Prep, Lego Club, and a Visit from Miss Somerset County. Upcoming: Parent-Teacher Workshop on Child Development–plus a sneak peak at February Programs at Bridgewater Library and Around Our Area


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Hope everyone dug out of the snow.  Remember, when schools are closed, the libraries are often open – come and check out our surprises (or call 908 526-4016  ext. 126 to ask what we have going on!)

A few January programs left:

Everything You Need to Know About the NEW SAT, NEW College App, the ACT Exam, and Entire College Process (Grades 7-12 & Parents)  Wednesday, January 27, 2016 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Registration is required.

Learn more about college preparation. This workshop is designed for high school students and parents.
This informative session will cover:
• Early steps (freshman & sophomore year)of college preparation
• PSAT / SAT / ACT Test Preparation
• How to effectively choose your colleges
• Strategies to best increase your chances for acceptance
• Scholarship and Financial Aid
• Open-ended Question & Answer Session
Presented by Susan Alaimo, the founder & director of SAT Smart and author of, SAT Smart: Strategies and Answers to the SAT. Ms. Alaimo has over 20 years of experience as an SAT teacher and college counselor.


Lego Club (Ages 5-12) Thursday, January 28, 2016 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Registration is required. Join us for some fun Lego action! Legos provided.  Please Note: Parents are welcome to stay; however, younger siblings cannot be permitted to join this program.

Miss Somerset County Storytime & Craft (All Ages)  Saturday, January 30, 2016 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM  Registration required.  The newly crowned Miss Somerset County, Kyra Seeley, will read The Mitten Tree by Candace Christiansen, followed by a craft.

Parent/Teacher Workshop: Early Childhood Development  Thursday, February 04, 2016 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM  Registration is required.

Dr. Alla Erlikhman is a board certified pediatrician with JT Pediatrics. She  completed her pediatric Residency at Robert Wood Johnson the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital. She strongly believes that success in patient care comes from physicians' knowledge of their patients' full medical history and formation of trusting relationship with caregivers.

The objective of the workshop is to understand the intricate process of infant development through developmental milestones progression (gross motor, fine motor, cognitive, language, and social), recognize when development falls outside of expected range and briefly review early intervention services.

The workshop is free of charge and open to the public. Attendees will be awarded 1.5 continuing education hours.

Upcoming February Programs for Kids @ Bridgewater Library:





Click HERE to register for any of these programs.

Upcoming Programs for Tweens & Teens @ Bridgewater Library:



Click HERE to register for any of these programs.


Things to do around our area:


McCarter Theatre Center starts the new year off with two events perfect for all ages. Tickets are on sale now at the Box Office, by phone at 609-258-2787 or online at mccarter.org

Mummenschanz by Gerry BornMUMMENSCHANZ – The Musicians of Silence
Matthews Stage, 91 University Place, Princeton
TICKETS: $25.00 - $52.00

In the wordless universe ofMummenschanz, the ordinary becomes extraordinary when common materials, everyday objects, and colorful abstract forms spring to life in a visually stunning spectacle that transcends cultural barriers and sparks the imagination.

Formed by founding members Andres Bossard, Floriana Frassetto and Bernie Schürch, Mummenschanz has since inspired generations of show-goers across five continents over four decades. By creating a playful yet compelling experience through the inventive use of shadow, light, and creative manipulation of objects,Mummenschanz offers timeless and universal insight on the human condition. The result is a visually stunning spectacle of that transcends cultural barriers and sparks the imagination of young and old alike.



WHEN: Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South Street, Morristown
TICKETS: $49-79
Tickets at 973-539-8008 or www.mayoarts.org

At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing...and anything is possible. RAGTIME returns to the road in an all-new touring production that Bloomberg News hails as "explosive, thrilling and nothing short of a masterpiece." Morristown will be swept away by this ravishing and relevant production.

Winning Tony Awards for Best Book and Best Musical Score, this 13-time Tony Award-nominated musical is a timeless celebration of life - what it could and should be! The Hollywood Reporter declares that RAGTIME is "one of the best musicals of recent decades." Its celebrated score includes "Wheels of a Dream," "Back to Before" and the title song, "Ragtime."

Image: Journey On, Featuring Kate Turner (Mother), Troy Bruchwalski (Father) and Matthew Curiano (Tateh). Photos by Scott Suchman


The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

WHEN: Saturday, January 30, 2pm and 5pm; Sunday, January 31, 2pm
WHERE: Victoria Theater, NJPAC, One Center St., Newark

Jersey Moves! Festival of Dance

Tickets Start at $29

C.S. Lewis' beloved and magical novel comes to life through dance! This world premiere, choreographed by Randy James, features members of 10 Hairy Legs dance company and special guests.

The classic story The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, set in the fictitious Narnia, features all of your favorite characters: the heroine Lucy and her siblings, the White Witch, Tumnus, Maugrim, Mr. and Mrs. Beaver, nymphs, giants and, of course, Aslan the lion. Follow them through the land of forever winter to see if they can break the evil spell cast by the White Witch.

Presented in one act, this performance is suitable for children ages 5 and older.

For performance details, click here.

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company: Year of the Monkey

WHEN: Saturday, February 6, 2pm;Sunday, February 7, 2pm
WHERE: Victoria Theater
TICKETS: Start at $13

Chase away the winter blues and begin the year with energy, cheer, fun and wit by celebrating the Year of the Monkey with the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company!

Dancers and acrobats in dazzling costumes move to exotic music, bringing a smile to your face and warmth to your heart. Get close to the creative, magical powers of the Monkey King, who can transform himself into any object he wishes and crosses the Earth in a single somersault. At this performance from Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, the Monkey King is joined by the spirit of dragons and lions as they welcome the return of Spring.

Feast of the Monkey King: After the performance, bring your friends and family to join the dancers and performers for a 10-Course banquet.

WHEN: Sat. Feb 6, 2016 4PM
WHERE: Robert Treat Hotel Crystal Ballroom (across from NJPAC)

Arrive in the lobby a half-hour before the show to witness the magic of a paper-cutting demonstration and browse through the Silk Road Market for that special gift.  For performance details, click here.

Disney FANTASIA: Live In Concert

WHEN: Friday, February 19; Doors 7:30pm / Curtain 8pm
Prudential Hall
Tickets Start at $39.50

A live event that combines classical music with two beloved Disney movies! The Czech National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ted Sperling, accompanies scenes from the animated feature films Fantasia and Fantasia 2000.

The Czech National Symphony Orchestra and conductor Ted Sperling share Disney's crown jewels of animation, Fantasia and Fantasia 2000, highlighting a selection of its magnificent repertoire, including Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker suite. Other iconic moments from Disney's stunning footage is shown in high-definition on the big screen, such as Mickey Mouse as he dabbles in magic in Dukas' The Sorcerer's Apprentice and the mythical unicorns and winged horses that accompany Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 ("Pastoral").  For performance details, click here.





Posted: 18 Jan 2016 03:03 PM PST

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Sign Up Today for These Great Workshops

Discover new talents or brush up on old skills by enrolling today in one of our winter workshops at the Hunterdon Art Museum. You'll receive top-quality instruction from our staff of artists, teachers, professional photographers and storytellers. Here's what's coming up soon:

I Just Got a Camera: Now What?
Photography Workshop with Nancy Ori
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 23; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Hunterdon Art Museum, 7 Lower Center St., Clinton

Learning how to work your new camera properly can make all the difference in the world. This beginning workshop covers basic digital camera controls and how they relate to: light and shadow, exposure, color and composition. Bring your favorite point and shoot or SLR digital camera and the instruction booklet.

The goal of this workshop is to develop a basic understanding of your camera while exploring the characteristic elements of photography. Digital, film and smart phone photographers welcome. For adults and teens, age 16 and up.  For more information and to register, visit our website.

Take This Class!

Watercolor Painting
with Lena Shiffman
WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 31; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This course is broken into four mini-classes that cover key concepts in art making. Enroll in just one or all four to learn something new or simply get a little more practice. All materials are provided.

In our first "Take This Class" of the new year focusing on watercolors, you can learn techniques using washes, controlled edges, glazing and expressive brush strokes to get started or to take your talents to a whole new level. For adults and teens, age 16 and up.

Learn more about this class—and all our mini-classes—on our website.

Photo image courtesy of Nancy Ori.

Programs are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and by funds from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, New Jersey Cultural Trust, Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission, The Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason Foundation, Investors Bank, The Large Foundation and corporations, foundations, and individuals. The Hunterdon Art Museum is a wheelchair accessible space. Publications are available in large print. Patrons who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired may contact the Museum through the New Jersey  Relay Service at (TTY) 1 (800) 852-7899

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www.ShakespeareTheatreAcademy.org for information and to register



State Theatre Family Day

Presidents Day is State Theatre Family Day!

Monday, February 15, 10am-3pm -- State Theatre New Brunswick

The State Theatre’s popular Family Day festival returns on February 15. The annual event is a great place for kids and their families to spend the Presidents Day holiday, with performances, games, hands-on workshops, exhibits, and more, stretching across four venues in and around the State Theatre. It’s a jam-packed day of fun for the entire family!

Headlining this year’s Family Day is Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia and their delightful trio of stories by Eric Carle, including everyone’s favorite, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The stories leap from the page and onto the stage with beautiful black-light puppetry.

BUY TICKETSThe Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites
Mon, February 15, 2016 at 10am, 12:30pm, and 3pm
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There are plenty of free activities, too, including:

  • Kids rock group Brady Rymer & The Little Band that Could
  • Philadelphia Zoo: “Who’s Who at the Zoo”
  • Drum Circle – Everybody join in!
  • Hands-on dance and theater workshops
  • Photo booth
  • Coloring station
  • Face painting
  • Balloon animals
  • and lots more!

Check the State Theatre website for a detailed Family Day schedule and regular updates >

Thanks to NJArtsMaven.com for many of these listings.


NJ Family

50 Things To Do Indoors

50 Things to Do Indoors in NJ

Whether it’s raining, snowing or just too hot to go outside, here are 50 places indoors where the kids can have fun in a climate controlled environment.

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Monday, January 18, 2016

Be Inspired -- Martin Luther King Day, Caldecott & Newbery Award-Winning Books and more.

Monday 1/18: Bridgewater open 9-5, Warren and Hillsborough open 9:30 - 5. All other branches closed for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday.

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@ the Library this week:

image_thumb42_thumb_thumb_thumbStorytimes, Toddler Times, Baby Times, and Pajama Times continue this week.  Check here for schedule.

And, a reminder – the library would love your DUPLO blocks to use for children’s programs!

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_thumb_thumb_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!

image_thumb34_thumb_thumb_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_thumb_thumb_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!

Announcing the 2016 Newbery and Caldecott winners2016 Newbery and Honor Award Winning Books ALA

2016 Caldecott Winner and Honor Books

Read more about 2016 Newbery and Caldecott winners and reserve or check them out at the library!

Colored PencilsCongratulations to all our young authors/illustrators!

 Picture Book Contest Celebration (All Ages) winners and runners-up have their work on display in the lobby throughout January. (Contest entries were due December 1st.)

Do you have a young person in your family dying to be published?  Here is a  huge list of opportunities -- 21 contests and publications just for kid writers.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebrates the life and civil rights work of Dr. King. In 1994, the holiday was officially recognized as a National Day of Service where volunteers across the country work together to make a difference in their communities.

In addition to this year’s Newbery winner and Caldecott Honor books “Last Stop on Market Street,” “Trombone Shorty” and “Voice of Freedom,”  check out the titles below for some children’s books about Dr. King, fiction and nonfiction books about ordinary people who stand up for what’s right, and stories about helping others and giving back.  Click HERE to read more about them and reserve or check them out at the library!



In the spirit of Martin Luther King’s activism, your tweens & teens might be interested in reading:

"In a book that tackles the biggest challenges facing us today, Chelsea Clinton combines facts, charts, photographs and stories to give readers a deep understanding of the world around them--and how anyone can make a difference. With stories about children and teens who have made real changes big and small--in their families, their communities, in our country and across the world--this book will inspire readers of all ages to do their part to make our world a better place."--Amazon.com.  Click HERE to place it on hold or HERE to get the ebook version.


And if you are thinking about “getting going” somewhere this Martin Luther King Day Holiday, check out these possibilities:

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

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Activities

Monday, January 18, 11:00AM - 5:00PM

The Museum is open on Monday, January 18! Come and enjoy a Black History Laser Tribute show in our Theatre or craft a peace bus in our galleries. We are also offering three vacation day studio art workshops. Join us!


Black History Laser Tribute

11:00AM and 1:30PM

$10 for Members; $12 for Non-members 


Peace Bus  12:00 - 2:00PM

FREE with Museum admission 


Wire-and-Yarn Friendly Animal 9:30AM - 12:00PM Ages 8-12+

$40 for Members; $45 for Non-members 

A Modern Approach on Ancient Chinese Hand-Scroll Art 

10:00AM - 12:30PM Ages 6-11+

$40 for Members; $45 for Non-members

A Day with Picasso  1:00 - 3:30PM Ages 8-14+.

$40 for Members; $45 for Non-members

*advance registration is required for all studio art workshops.


973.596.6550 49 Washington Street,
Newark, NJ
07102-3176   GET DIRECTIONS

Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Celebrate Freedom and Justice For All
Monday, January 18, noon - 5 pm



Imagine what would happen if everyone committed themselves to the ideal of freedom and justice for all. Join us for film screenings, musical performances, tours and hands-on workshops for all ages as we celebrate the power of community.

Film Screenings

I Have A Dream Speech    12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 pm

Be inspired by the power of Martin Luther King Jr.’s message, delivered August 28 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.

Selma: Bridge to the Ballot, a production of the Southern Poverty Law Center    1 & 2 pm

The true story of the forgotten heroes in the fight for voting rights—the courageous students and teachers of Selma, Alabama, who stood up against injustice despite facing intimidation, arrests and violence. By organizing and marching bravely, these change-makers achieved one of the most significant victories of the civil rights era.

Activities for All Ages noon-4:30 pm

• MLK Jr. Scavenger Hunt Explore the Museum’s permanent collections of American and Asian art to discover fun facts about Dr. MLK Jr.’s life and travels.  

• Shades of Unity Individual self-portraits, each created in a particular color palette, will be combined as one  giant image to celebrate the Newark community’s rainbow of diversity.     

• Mini Peace Books Create a personal miniature book to keep thoughts and images of peace with you at all times:  What does the word “peace” mean? Who is a peaceful person? What does “peace” look like?  

• The Legacy Lives On Create a mixed media project that incorporates the words of Dr. MLK Jr.

- See more at: http://www.newarkmuseum.org/dr-martin-luther-king-jr-day-celebration-2016-adult#sthash.SRQXYLkP.dpuf

50 Things to Do Indoors in NJ

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The temps are dropping fast! Stay cozy indoors at one of these great spots around the state.

20 Free Things to Do in NJ in January

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Periodic Table Battleship, A Scientific Twist on the Classic Game to Teach Kids About the Elements

Periodic Table Battleship

Writer Karyn Tripp shares her design for Periodic Table Battleship, a scientific twist on the classic game Battleship to teach kids about the elements. The board can be created by printing out four copies of the periodic table, laminating them, and combining them using folders and a paper clip.