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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Celebrate Harry Potter at Somerset County Library System Branches this Thursday–plus Valentine’s Day and Black History Month programs for kids & teens this week at Bridgewater Library. Head over to the Children’s Museum for a Science Magic Day this Weekend.

Accio Somerset County Harry Potter fans!

Second Annual Harry Potter Book Night events are being held Thursday, February 4:

Harry Potter - A Night of Spells (grades 4-9)
4-5 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Bound Brook Memorial Library branch

Special Event: Harry Potter Book Night (grades 4-8)
5-6:30 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Hillsborough Library branch

Drop-in Craft: Harry Potter! (all ages)
6-8 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Bridgewater Library branch

Harry Potter Book Night: A Night of Spells (grades 3-12)
6:30-8 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Mary Jacobs Memorial Library branch

Harry Potter for Adults: Remedial Potion Making (adults ages 18+)
6:30-8 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s North Plainfield Memorial Library branch

Harry Potter Book Night (family program)
6:30-8 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s North Plainfield Memorial Library branch

2nd Annual Harry Potter Book Night (all ages)
6:30-8:30 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Manville Library branch

Harry Potter Book Night (all ages)
7-8 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Peapack-Gladstone Library branch

Harry Potter Book Night (grades 3+)
7-8 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Warren Township Library branch

And because we know you won’t want the Harry Potter fun to end:

All About Owls (grades 2+)
Saturday, February 6, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at SCLSNJ's Manville Library branch
Owls. An Introduction for Wizards & Muggles (children ages 7+, teens, and adults)
Saturday, February 13, 2-2:45 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Somerville Library branch

Registration is requested at most events. Contact your local library branch for more information and to register.


imageClick HERE to register for any of these programs.

Join us for Storytimes, Toddler Times, Baby Times, and Pajama Times – No Registration Required.



Around the Community:


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 >

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.

Thanks to NJArtsMaven.com for many of these listings.

Let Your Fingers Do More Walking – Help Your Children Understand Our Country’s History with These Great Black History Month Titles:

african american literatures for children


13 civil rights picture books for kids to teach about the civil rights movement


20 picture book biographies about African-American women. (A few chapter books, too)


Find these and many more at the library!

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