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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Buy Great Books at the Bridgewater Friends of the Library Booksale this Week. Homework Help now available for Grades 3-8. Rutgers Day this Saturday. Teen Entrepreneurs Compete in Teen Tycoon Program May 5th -- plus lots more at the library and around our community.

 


@ the Bridgewater Library

TEENS – Want to Volunteer at the Library this Summer?  Applications are now availableHERE and must be submitted by April 28th.


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Baby/toddler/PJ/storytime programs resume the week of May 2nd.

 image_thumb16_thumbStorytime (For Ages 3-6, siblings welcome) Tuesdays  10:00 a.m. Second session at 1:30pm.

Toddler Time (For Ages 18 months-36 months) Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10:00 a.m.

Baby Time (For ages birth - 18 months) Thursdays  9:30 a.m.

Pajama Time (all ages) Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. (PJs optional)

No Registration Required for any of these. Join us for stories, songs, movement and fun! 


LOOKING FOR HOMEWORK HELP? 
GET IT AT THE LIBRARY!

(Now for Grades 3-8!) 

Bridgewater Homework Help Center  Tuesday and Wednesday nights 6:30  - 7:30 PM.

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Click HERE to register for these programs.

 

Around Our Community:

Rutgers Day Saturday April 30th

rutgersday_FI_mkto_4.16.png  Celebrate Rutgers 250 by taking part in Rutgers Day activities, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 30, rain or shine.  Thousands of visitors will enjoy exhibits and activities that showcase Rutgers’ research, student programs, and outreach to New Jersey. Learn about Rutgers Day.

The day offers an array of fun and fascinating programs for the entire family including story tellers, animal shows, art projects, a petting zoo, music and dance performance, hands-on activities and amazing science demonstrations. Admission and parking are free.

Activities, demonstrations, and performances await visitors on every campus. The College Avenue Campus features storybook readings, puppet shows, scavenger hunts and craft projects. The Busch Campus spotlights science, offering demos and events for science enthusiasts. And Cook/Douglass is where you'll find the NJ Folk Festival, a petting zoo and more.   More information is available at http://rutgersday.rutgers.edu


Get Outside and Enjoy our Beautiful Spring Weather -- 15 Incredible Hikes Under 5 Miles Everyone In New Jersey Should Take

4. Hacklebarney State Park

New Jersey offers hundreds of incredible hiking opportunities. Shorter hikes are perfect for families, beginners, or anyone looking to take a brief, but rewarding stroll through New Jersey’s natural beauty.  Hacklebarney State Park  www.njhiking.com


DISCOVER WORLD’S LARGEST HABITAT @ MORRIS MUSEUM

Planet Ocean

Lucy K. H Kalian, Sandy Hook is Home, beach trash on plywood, 2015.

PLANET OCEAN

WHEN: Now through August 28
WHERE:
Morris Museum, 7 Normandy Hgts. Rd., Morristown 

Dive in and discover the world’s largest habitat. Planet Ocean, an interactive exhibition for family audiences, is now on view at the Morris Museum.

Through hands-on displays, children and their families can explore the ocean’s formation, currents, and marine life. Visitors will see examples of biofluoroescent fish, whalebones, and million-year-old shark teeth. Children will have the opportunity to try on a snail shell, touch real marine specimens, and read ocean tales in an ocean book nook. Families can look through a microscope to explore sand from around the world or leave a message on a wave wall.

One of the exhibition’s galleries is devoted exclusively to the unique Jersey Shore environment. Here, visitors can explore a live tide pool aquarium featuring hermit crabs and fish, see a taxidermy seal pup and check-out local marine birds. In addition, families can watch the ocean by Sandy Hook or Cape May, streamed live from a web cam, and see photographs by New Jersey photographer Mary Dunham of the damage caused by Super Storm Sandy.

Did you know Somerset Library Cardholders can go to the Morris Museum for Free? Check out the library’s  FREE MUSEUM PASSES. For more information, call (973) 971-3700, or visit www.morrismuseum.org.



Does your family love Elephant and Piggie, Pigeon, and Knuffle Bunny?  Visit The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems in NYC

Photo: Marty Umans

Photo: Marty Umans

The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems runs until September 25, 2016, at the New-York Historical Society Museum and Library.

It’s Willems’s wish that visitors young and old go home with the urge to draw. The museum has arranged a series of “Mo Willems Sketching Tours”  Don’t Let the Pigeon Draw in the Galleries! is geared toward teaching kids and adults how to sketch the illustrator’s beloved characters.  In the extremely child-friendly exhibit, a bus serves as a reading area and a New York cityscape adorns the gallery walls.   Read MORE.

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HISTORY ON THE HOOF – BRING THE WHOLE FAMILY TO THE NEW JERSEY STATE HISTORY FAIR May 14th

Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 14th and this year’s SPIRIT of the JERSEYS State History Fair.  Now in its 12th year, the Fair will again be held at Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Manalapan, NJ, Rain or Shine.


The 2016 Fair will feature some familiar faces from the past like Clara Barton, George Washington and Walt Whitman as well as such favorite activities as 19th baseball, horse-drawn plowing demonstrations,  Phydeaux’s flying flea circus and period music.

New to the Fair will be several Civil War themed programs to coincide with the exhibit of President Lincoln’s replica casket.   A local Civil War reenactment unit, the 14th NJ Volunteers, Co. H, will provide an honor guard for the casket and the Fort Delaware Cornet Band will perform music of the era on period instruments. 

Another exciting new program will be a fictional U.S. Army radio and live show, “SPAM Time”, which is modeled on actual entertainment presented to U.S. military personnel from WWII to the Viet Nam War era.  A full day of pre-recorded and live musical entertainment will be presented.

There is something for everyone - so come on out and enjoy the Fair!  It’s a fun-filled experience for the whole family! You don’t want to miss it.




SUMMIT PLAYHOUSE SEEKS PERFORMERS 12-25 FOR HIGH-ENERGY SUMMER MUSICAL

Seeking performers ages 12-25 for this fun summer production!

FOOTLOOSE AUDITIONS  Saturday, May 14  (by appointment); Callbacks by invitation on Saturday, May 14, and Sunday, May 15
WHERE: The Summit Playhouse | 10 New England Ave Summit, NJ 07901
CLICK HERE to sign up for an audition time! Can't attend auditions? CLICK HERE  Visit Our Website for More Information


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Let Your Fingers Do More Walking:

THE MINECRAFT GENERATION

How a clunky Swedish computer game is teaching
millions of children to master the digital world.

By CLIVE THOMPSON
Illustrations by CHRISTOPH NIEMANN
New York Times  APRIL 14, 2016

Fascinating article on the creative nature of this computer program – and the engineering and civics our kids are learning from it.



Lauren Tamaki

1564–1616

William Shakespeare Playwright and Poet is Dead at 52

By LOUIS BAYARD
A delightful, tongue-in-cheek, “obit” for the 400th anniversary of The Bard who has left quite a mark – as can be seen in this delightful video as well “There is no escaping Shakespeare.”

HandsOverEyes,ShyChild,ScaredChildThe 6 Characteristics of Asperger's Syndrome

by Lindsay Hutton

Do you know a child with Asperger's Syndrome? Read up on the characteristics of this disorder, and find strategies to cope.



Read MORE.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Teens–Last Chance to Sign Up to be a Summer Volunteer. Homework Help at the Library. Astronomy and Earth Day Events in the Community. Friends of the Library Book Sale Coming Soon.

 



TEENS – Want to Volunteer at the Library this Summer?  Applications are now available HERE and must be submitted by April 28th.

LOOKING FOR HOMEWORK HELP? 
GET IT AT THE LIBRARY!

(Now for Grades 3-8!) 



Bridgewater Homework Help Center
Tuesday and Wednesday nights 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM.


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Tween S.T.E.M. Challenge (Grades 4-6) Monday, April 25, 2016 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Registration required.  Who can build the strongest boat out of straws? Who can make a paper airplane that flies the farthest? Let’s test our S.T.E.M. skills with some everyday objects! 


Note: There will be no baby/toddler/PJ/storytime programs the week of April 25th. These will resume the week of May 2nd.

 image_thumb16_thumbStorytime (For Ages 3-6, siblings welcome) Tuesdays  10:00 a.m. Second session at 1:30pm.

Toddler Time (For Ages 18 months-36 months) Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10:00 a.m.

Baby Time (For ages birth - 18 months) Thursdays  9:30 a.m.

Pajama Time (all ages) Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. (PJs optional)

No Registration Required for any of these. Join us for stories, songs, movement and fun! 


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Click HERE to register for these programs.

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ASTRONOMY DAY, STAR SHOWS, LASER CONCERTS @ RVCC PLANETARIUM

3M ObservatoryASTRONOMY DAY Saturday, April 23, from 2-5 p.m. and 6-9 p.m.
WHERE: RVCC Planetarium, 118 Lamington Rd., Branchburg
ADMISSION: Astronomy Day activities are free of charge, but there are costs for the Planetarium star shows and laser concerts being offered on April 23. These include Earth, Moon, Sun & Coyote, 3 p.m.; Laser Magic, 4 p.m.; Two Small Pieces of Glass, 7 p.m.; and Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moonlaser concert, 8 p.m.

Planetarium show tickets cost $8 for one show or $14 for two shows on the same day. Reservations are strongly suggested for all Planetarium shows. For additional information, call 908-231-8805 or visit www.raritanval.edu/planetarium.

The event will feature hands-on activities celebrating astronomy and science. Those attending may observe the Sun (safely) and the Moon through telescopes. Other activities include learning to use one’s body to tell time on a sundial and examining the size differences between Earth and Moon. The 3M Observatory, located next to the Planetarium, will be open for solar observing during the day and examining the Moon and other celestial objects in the evening sky. The event is appropriate for families with children ages six and older.

Rockin’ Rocket Ride  Saturday April 30, 3 p.m.
Put on your space suit and blast-off into outer space to visit the Moon, Sun and planets. The show offers a lively experience for young people, with selected music from Journey Into Space by Jane Murphy. (Recommended for ages 3-8)

Earth, Moon, Sun & Coyote  Saturday, April  23, 3 p.m.
Coyote has a razor-sharp wit, but he’s a little confused about what he sees in the sky. Join this amusing character (adapted from Native American oral traditions) in a fast-paced and fun, full-dome show that tells Native American stories, explores lunar phases and eclipses, and examines other puzzles. Engaging and immersive, “Earth, Moon & Sun” also investigates how humans learn through space exploration. (Recommended for ages 6-12)

SkyLights  Saturday, April 30, 4 p.m.
Enjoy a laser concert while the youngest audience members can sing along with songs by mr. RAY (“Family Ride,” “Kalien the Alien”) and Jane Murphy “(Moon Rock Rock,” “The Planet Song”).  Some songs are illustrated with lasers, while other songs feature video images. (Recommended for ages 3-8)

Laser Magic  Saturday, April 23, 4 p.m.
Enjoy a laser and video concert featuring songs by a variety of artists including “We Are All Made of Stars” by Moby, “We Will Rock You” by Queen, “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors, and “Let It Go,” sung by Idina Menzel. (Recommended for ages 6-12)

Two Small Pieces of Glass  Saturdays, April  23, 30, 7 p.m.
Trace the history of the telescope from Galileo’s modifications to a child’s spyglass—using two small pieces of glass—to the launch of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and the future of astronomy. Explore the wonders and discoveries made by astronomers throughout the past 400 years.


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SOMERVILLE - A community cleanup in the borough is being held on April 23, Earth Day, kids & adults are invited to clean up litter and other debris throughout the borough's parks, brooks and other public areas.

Last year's cleanup yielded many large garbage bags of litter, as well as bicycles, tires, shopping carts and construction materials which had been deposited in the brooks.

Those interesting in helping should meet at the Somerville High School Parking Lot at 9 a.m. April 23 where clean up assignments will be given. No pre-registration is needed. Work gloves, trash bags, and refreshments will be provided.

Tree seedlings pickup information and the annual May 1 Arbor Day event agenda will also be distributed. Educational displays and speakers will be present to answer questions and give guidance on tree planting and rain gardens.

Local Girl Scout, Boy Scout, school, and youth groups are welcome to help in the clean-up. Adult volunteer groups are encouraged to assist. 


LAST CHANCE TO SEE FAMILY CLASSIC AT MILE SQUARE THEATRE – Special Needs Performance available.

WHEN: April 9-24:  Saturdays @ 2pm and 5pm,  Sundays @ 11am and 2pm -- Sunday, April 24 @ 5pm Special Needs Inclusive Adjusted Performance

WHERE: Mile Square Theatre, The Artisan, Hoboken

TICKETS: Adults: $25 • Children and Seniors: $15
Purchase tickets at www.milesquaretheatre.org
GOODNIGHT MOON is recommended for ALL audiences 4 years and up.  Approximate run time: 75 minutes


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Special Programs Galore: Library Story and Craft at Barnes & Noble Bookstore this Saturday, STEM and LEGO programs and Homework Help now at the Library. Teen Summer Volunteer Applications due April 28.

 

Join Bridgewater Librarian Samantha Gale at the Bridgewater Barnes & Noble this Saturday (April 16th) for a Special Storytime/Craft from noon-2 p.m. 
Any purchases made this weekend will benefit the
Friends of the Bridgewater Library – just mention the friends or bring this coupon.  (Or shop online and enter this code.)

TEENS – Want to Volunteer at the Library this Summer?  Applications are now available HERE and must be submitted by April 28th.



Maker Monday: S.T.E.M. Fun (Ages 5+)  Monday, April 18, 2016 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM  Registration required.  Explore circuits and build simple machines that will be dismantled after construction. Younger builders (age 5-7) should plan to build with a caregiver or older sibling.


Lego Club (Ages 3-12)  Thursday, April 21, 2016 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM. Registration is required and begins April 7. Join us for some fun Lego action! Legos provided. We now have Duplo Legos too! 

Reminder: The LEGO Americana Roadshow at  Bridgewater Commons ends April 17th. 

See large scale LEGO models and participate in free building activities.

photo LEGO Americana Roadshow

Ten one-of-a-kind, large scale models of American Landmarks made completely out of LEGO® bricks take over Bridgewater Commons and entertain customers with stunning visuals and fun facts."


Tween S.T.E.M. Challenge (Grades 4-6) Monday, April 25, 2016 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Registration required.  Who can build the strongest boat out of straws? Who can make a paper airplane that flies the farthest? Let’s test our S.T.E.M. skills with some everyday objects!  



 image_thumb16_thumbStorytime (For Ages 3-6, siblings welcome) Tuesdays  10:00 a.m. Second session at 1:30pm.

Toddler Time (For Ages 18 months-36 months) Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10:00 a.m.

Baby Time (For ages birth - 18 months) Thursdays  9:30 a.m.

Pajama Time (all ages) Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. (PJs optional)

No Registration Required for any of these. Join us for stories, songs, movement and fun! 

Note: There will be no baby/toddler/PJ/storytime programs the week of April 25th. These will resume the week of May 2nd.


LOOKING FOR HOMEWORK HELP?  GET IT AT THE LIBRARY!

Bridgewater Homework Help Center (Grades 5-8)  Tuesday and Wednesday nights 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM.  Registration in person or by phone only on a rolling basis. Drop-ins are welcome on a first come, first serve basis and are not guaranteed a spot.  Held on the back table of the Youth Services Room.

If you are in 5th-8th grade and you need help with your homework, stop by Bridgewater Homework Help Center.  Our honor roll high school students will be happy to help you out.  This program will be held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  Students can sign up in 15 minute increments.  


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Click HERE to register for these programs.

AROUND OUR AREA:

POWERFUL PLAY ABOUT WORLD WAR II BLACK FLYERS PLAYING THIS WEEK AT CROSSROADS THEATER

Discount tickets available here.

FAMILY CLASSIC TO BE PERFORMED BY MILE SQUARE THEATRE IN NEW FACILITY

WHEN: April 9-24:
Saturdays @ 2pm and 5pm
Sundays @ 11am and 2pm
Sunday, April 24 @ 5pm Special Needs Inclusive Adjusted Performance

WHERE: Mile Square Theatre, The Artisan, Hoboken

TICKETS: Adults: $25 • Children and Seniors: $15
Purchase tickets at www.milesquaretheatre.org
GOODNIGHT MOON is recommended for ALL audiences 4 years and up.
Approximate run time: 75 minutes


Big Bad Wolf

A clever, warmhearted parable that...lights up the imaginations of its target audience. It’s an ideal introduction to theatre.
Big Bad Wolf Sat 4/16/2016 1:00 & 3:30 PM
Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College

He's the most misunderstood character in fairytale history. Put simply, he has no friends — just incredibly sharp teeth, yellow eyes and his own ideas about personal hygiene. He is the infamous Big Bad Wolf after all. Luckily Heidi Hood, the second cousin twice removed of Little Red, is brave enough to see past this wolf's bad press and an unlikely friendship is born. This hilarious, table-turning tale complete with puppetry, a poetry competition, and plenty of dancing will have you wondering why you were so scared in the first place.


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ASTRONOMY DAY, STAR SHOWS, LASER CONCERTS @ RVCC PLANETARIUM

3M ObservatoryASTRONOMY DAY Saturday, April 23, from 2-5 p.m. and 6-9 p.m.
WHERE: RVCC Planetarium, 118 Lamington Rd., Branchburg
ADMISSION: Astronomy Day activities are free of charge, but there are costs for the Planetarium star shows and laser concerts being offered on April 23. These include Earth, Moon, Sun & Coyote, 3 p.m.; Laser Magic, 4 p.m.; Two Small Pieces of Glass, 7 p.m.; and Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moonlaser concert, 8 p.m.

Planetarium show tickets cost $8 for one show or $14 for two shows on the same day. Reservations are strongly suggested for all Planetarium shows. For additional information, call 908-231-8805 or visit www.raritanval.edu/planetarium.

The event will feature hands-on activities celebrating astronomy and science. Those attending may observe the Sun (safely) and the Moon through telescopes. Other activities include learning to use one’s body to tell time on a sundial and examining the size differences between Earth and Moon. The 3M Observatory, located next to the Planetarium, will be open for solar observing during the day and examining the Moon and other celestial objects in the evening sky. The event is appropriate for families with children ages six and older.

Rockin’ Rocket Ride  Saturdays, April 16, 30, 3 p.m.
Put on your space suit and blast-off into outer space to visit the Moon, Sun and planets. The show offers a lively experience for young people, with selected music from Journey Into Space by Jane Murphy. (Recommended for ages 3-8)

Earth, Moon, Sun & Coyote  Saturday, April  23, 3 p.m.
Coyote has a razor-sharp wit, but he’s a little confused about what he sees in the sky. Join this amusing character (adapted from Native American oral traditions) in a fast-paced and fun, full-dome show that tells Native American stories, explores lunar phases and eclipses, and examines other puzzles. Engaging and immersive, “Earth, Moon & Sun” also investigates how humans learn through space exploration. (Recommended for ages 6-12)

SkyLights  Saturdays, April 16, 30, 4 p.m.
Enjoy a laser concert while the youngest audience members can sing along with songs by mr. RAY (“Family Ride,” “Kalien the Alien”) and Jane Murphy “(Moon Rock Rock,” “The Planet Song”).  Some songs are illustrated with lasers, while other songs feature video images. (Recommended for ages 3-8)

Laser Magic  Saturday, April 23, 4 p.m.
Enjoy a laser and video concert featuring songs by a variety of artists including “We Are All Made of Stars” by Moby, “We Will Rock You” by Queen, “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors, and “Let It Go,” sung by Idina Menzel. (Recommended for ages 6-12)

Two Small Pieces of Glass  Saturdays, April  16, 23, 30, 7 p.m.
Trace the history of the telescope from Galileo’s modifications to a child’s spyglass—using two small pieces of glass—to the launch of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and the future of astronomy. Explore the wonders and discoveries made by astronomers throughout the past 400 years.


www.morrisparks.net


EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION STARTED FOR SUMMERTHEATRE CONSERVATORY @ DREAMCATCHER REP

Dreamcatcher's Summer Theatre Conservatory has been redesigned for the summer of 2016 as a three-week theatre experience in Summit, NJ. We have combined the best of our conservatory, where students build skills and study with theatre professionals in a variety of subjects, with our beloved Dreamcatcher Junior program, where the students create and perform their own play.

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Early Bird Registration good only through April 15, 2016

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre
Oakes Center  *  120 Morris Avenue  *  Summit, NJ 07901
Tickets: 800-838-3006 | Info: 908-514-9654
www.dreamcatcherrep.org


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HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY BEVERLY CLEARY!

CELEBRATE BY CHECKING OUT A BOOK BY THIS WONDERFUL AUTHOR FROM THE DISPLAY AT BRIDGEWATER LIBRARY.

Have you seen this online Jersey Mystery Series?

Start reading here: http://www.njcenterforthebook.org/jersey-trackers/