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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Celebrate the Dog Days of August at Bridgewater Library and Around Our Community–including National Night Out August 2nd at Patriots Statium

@ The Bridgewater Library
(Please note, due to interior flooding from the powerful storm Monday night, the library is closed to the public today – Wednesday 7/27 -- and all programs have been cancelled.  We hope to reopen Thursday but advise you to check the website sclsnj.org before coming.)


Sign up for SUMMER READING CLUBS. You can still sign up at the library or online anytime. Adults and Preschoolers keep track of books read (if you want your PreK/K child to do this as well, just mark their age “4 1/2” so they are in that club), school-aged children & teens keep track of minutes read.  All can win prizes so log on or come by and check us out!

Somerset County is Collecting Donations of School Supplies through August 1st.

County Collecting Donations of School Supplies, photo 1

The Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women is seeking donations for its annual “Project First Class” school supplies collection, with items to be given to children of families served by the Food Bank Network of Somerset County.

The children are most in need of backpacks, as well as new notebooks, three-ring binders, paper, highlighters, markers, pens, pencils and crayons.

Donations can be brought to the Somerset County Freeholders’ Office on the third floor of the county administration building on Grove Street in Somerville,  through Aug. 1. The office is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free parking is available in the adjacent Bernie Field Parking Deck off East High Street.
Donations may also be dropped off Wednesday July 27 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Somerset County Clerk’s Office, located on the first floor of the administration building.

“For many families that are struggling to make ends meet, school supplies are out of reach,” said Freeholder Patricia Walsh. “We hope that individuals, organizations and businesses once again will support Project First Class and help these children get a good start in school this fall.”  For more information, contact commission chair Jane O’Donnell at 908-234-9302Sign Up for E-News



August @ Bridgewater Library:

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In the Community:

Looking for more things to do around our community this summer?  Check out the “events” listings in the “Useful Links for Families” at the right side of  our blog: bwlibys.blogspot.com/

Bridgewater Celebrates National Night Out Tuesday August 2nd:

The Somerset Patriots, along with their partners Van Heusen, Bridgewater Township Police Department and Bridgewater Township Mayor Dan Hayes, will host Bridgewater National Night Out at TD Bank Ballpark on Tuesday, August 2nd.

The event begins at 5:00 pm and will run through that night’s 7:05 pm game between the Somerset Patriots and the Long Island Ducks. The first 1,500 fans will receive a Mini-Bat presented by event sponsor, Van Heusen.

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live.

There will be activities outside the ballpark before the start of the game including live music, inflatables, games, and much more.
“National Night out will provide our residents with a great opportunity to build and enhance our community partnership and assist in reducing crime in our community,” said Bridgewater Township Police Chief Manuel Caravela. “The Bridgewater Police Department’s foremost goal is to continue to make Bridgewater Township one of the safest communities in the State.”

The pre-game ceremonies beginning around 6:30 pm, will include a special welcome from Mayor Hayes, the Bridgewater Police Department Honor Guard, a NJSP North Star helicopter fly over, and a performance by Evolution Training Center.  The Bridgewater PBA will have their Community Trailer on site as well as Bridgewater Fire Safety Smoke Trailer.
For more information about Bridgewater National Night Out with the Somerset Patriots, please call (908) 252-0700 or visit www.somersetpatriots.com



TUE, AUGUST 2, 2016 AT 10:30AM & 7PM


TUE, AUGUST 9, 2016 AT 10:30AM & 7PM


TUE, AUGUST 16, 2016 AT 10:30AM & 7PM


Groups of 20+, those planning a bus trip, or patrons requiring accessible seating please call 732-246-7469 or click here. If this information isn't provided, we cannot guarantee available accessible seating or that we will be able to seat large groups together.

Summer Movies Media Sponsor:

Starlit Cinema in Somerville this Summer

Downtown Somerville Alliance transforms Division Street Plaza into “the living room of Central Jersey” with a series of movies under the stars. Films are shown on a giant outdoor screen with a state-of-the-art sound system so the movie is bright and clear and there is not a bad seat to be found! Downtowners are invited to enjoy dinner before the show or bring a blanket, lawn chair and your own picnic baskets or take out!

Mayo Art Morristown also has a FREE family-friendly summer movie series! Seating is general admission, and advance seats may be reserved now at MayoArts.org

SCPC2013 Summer Concert Series
It would not be summer without music in the park! Bring lawn chairs and picnic baskets and enjoy a variety of musical performances in Duke Island Park in Bridgewater. For further information on the concerts, please call 908 722-1200. Individuals with hearing/speech impairments may call the Relay Service at 711. Over the weekends, in case of threat of inclement weather please call 908 722-1200 ext. 7. We also post weather updates on Twitter and Facebook. This concert series is made possible by the generous donation of the Somerset County Park Foundation, with contributing funding from Magic 98.3 WMGQ, Hyatt House Branchburg, The Courier News, and Horizon Services.



5:30pm- 6:30pm

Dance band Zydeco-A-Go-Go loves what they do, bringing partygoers and revelers the music that they can't resist…zydeco with a blend of Cajun two-steps, New Orleans rhythm & blues, and swinging Louisiana rock & roll.

7pm - 8:30pm

Son of the legendary zydeco pioneer Clifton Chenier, C.J.'s music not only embraces traditional zydeco, but stretches the genre to include elements of funk, Southern Soul, R&B, rock, and jazz. Labeled "the best living zydeco singer and accordionist" by Living Blues magazine, when "The Crown Prince of Zydeco" straps on his accordion and applies the big squeeze you'll be moved from deep within your soul to the soles of your dancing shoes.

More info & future concerts here: www.somersetcountyparks.org/eventsPrograms/concert/Concert.html



Exhibition News: Written in the Rocks: Fossil Tales of New Jersey  Opening July 2

Natural History Hall, 2nd floor

It's the return of dinosaurs to the Natural History Hall! The New Jersey State Museum is pleased to present "Written in the Rocks: Fossil Tales of New Jersey." The exhibition follows a timeline dating back approximately three billion years to look at the development of the planet's atmosphere and living organisms; fossils and animal life of successive time periods are examined, up to the Ice Age. 

A highlight is New Jersey's own Dryptosaurus, the world's first known carnivorous dinosaur, reconstructed and displayed for the first time ever!  

"Written in the Rocks: Fossil Tales of New Jersey" is made possible in part by a generous gift from New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Group. 

Summer Workshop: Maker Space Program  Wednesdays, Through August 17, 10 am to 3 pm

Imagination Studio, Lower Level

Unleash your creativity and make something! Stop in every Wednesday through August 17 for our Maker Space program. It's free and open to all ages. Each week there'll be a craft activity; past projects included making a marble maze, creating a wind waver, bottle koozies and more.  


You may not be able to get tickets to HAMILTON, but you can see Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first musical this July for FREE:


Study says reading aloud to children, more than talking, builds literacy

By Susan Frey | July 8, 2015 | 23 Comments


Uriel Torres, 4, counts the windows on a building pictured in the Clifford book he’s reading with his tutor, Lisa Hern, at his home in East Palo Alto.

In “The Pout-Pout Fish” children’s picture book, the author weaves words like “aghast” and “grimace” into a story about a fish who thought he was destined to “spread the dreary-wearies all over the place” until…well, no need to spoil the ending.

Finding such rich language in a picture book is not unusual, and reading those stories aloud will introduce children to an extensive vocabulary, according to new research conducted by Dominic Massaro, a professor emeritus in psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He said although parents can build their children’s vocabularies by talking to them, reading to them is more effective.

Reading aloud is the best way to help children develop word mastery and grammatical understanding, which form the basis for learning how to read, said Massaro, who studies language acquisition and literacy. He found that picture books are two to three times as likely as parent-child conversations to include a word that isn’t among the 5,000 most common English words.

Picture books even include more uncommon words than conversations among adults, he said.  Read more.

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