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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.


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