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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!…Give back to the community by donating Food for a Family or Books for Kids who don’t have them. Don’t Forget–If you’ve been writing and illustrating a book to bring it to the library by December 5th!

Note: Starting in January, this blog will no longer be affiliated with the Bridgewater Library branch, however Carol Simon Levin ("Miss Carol") will continue to blog about Bridgewater Library branch programs and area events as "Out & About in Bridgewater" on this site. The Somerset County Library System of New Jersey will also be launching a new Youth Services electronic newsletter in January 2017. Sign up here (http://eepurl.com/cfWDTT) to receive the new SCLSNJ Youth Services Newsletter hot off the virtual press!


The goal of the Adopt-A-Family program is to make Somerset County the first in New Jersey to feed all of its needy residents. To stay up to date with Somerset County events and information, sign up for free email alerts at www.co.somerset.nj.us/subscribe.html.  The Bridgewater Library also collects non-perishable food donations year round in our lobby.

"This Holiday Season, Make a Difference in a Child’s Life..."
The Bridgewater Library will be accepting donations of new (and like new) books through December 5th. These will be distributed to children and teens throughout New Jersey who have limited access to books.BooksForKidsPoster16_Digital2

Pick up instructions and materials in the Youth Services Department.


Click HERE to register for all programs.






NEW: Tuesday Story/Craft Programs.  Join us at 10 or 1:30 on Tuesday November 29th for family stories
and a craft.
No Registration Required.

Note: Starting December 6th, our afternoon Story/Craft program will be moving to 4:30 p.m. so that school-aged kids can join in the fun! 




Click HERE to register for all programs.







Click HERE to register for all programs.

Let Your Fingers Do (More) Walking:

‘Tis the season to be thankful – and to share our blessings …

top imageHere’s a nice way to celebrate this holiday season – make a “Thankful Tree” – details here.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN A CHILD’S LIFE… DONATE A NEW BOOK TO BOOKS FOR KIDSBooks for Kids: The library is collecting new and very gently used books for infants to Young Adults through December 5th. Books will be given to less fortunate children in NJ. Consider donating a book – collection box is at the entrance to the Children’s Room.

Your family can also turn outgrown shoes into a gift for the less fortunate…check out how at www.soles4souls.org
Share the book New Old Shoes to learn more.

A little Seasonal Treat -- The Turkey Shot Out of the Oven  (words: Jack Prelutsky, chorus: Cathy Darby – local NJ librarian)  Tune: “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean”

The turkey shot out of the oven
and rocketed into the air,
it knocked every plate off the table
and partly demolished a chair.
Chorus: Oh my, oh me, why didn’t I follow the recipe?                                
Oh my, oh me, why didn’t I follow the recipe! 

It ricocheted into a corner
and burst with a deafening boom,
then splattered all over the kitchen,
completely obscuring the room. 
It stuck to the walls and the windows,
it totally coated the floor,
there was turkey attached to the ceiling,
where there'd never been turkey before. 
It blanketed every appliance,
It smeared every saucer and bowl,
there wasn't a way I could stop it,
that turkey was out of control. 
I scraped and I scrubbed with displeasure,
and thought with chagrin as I mopped,
that I'd never again stuff a turkey
with popcorn that hadn't been popped. 

And if you’d like to learn a towel-folding trick to amuse the guests at your Thanksgiving table, check out the directions here: http://carolsimonlevin.blogspot.com/search?q=towel+folding



1. Fly Tier's Symposium, Garden State Exhibit Center
2. Up with the Birds: Fall Migrants and Returning Winter Visitors, Duke Farms
3. One Ocean, One Sky, Planetarium at RVCC
4. Shanghai Acrobats, State Theatre New Jersey
5. Hassle-Free Holiday event, Bridgewater Commons Mall
6. Remembering Elvis, Brook Arts Center
7. Talkin' Turkey, Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary
8. The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, The Theatre at RVCC
9. Thanksgiving Floral Arrangement Class, North Branch Park
10. Fireside Chat: Spy of the Revolutionary War, Wyckoff-Garretson House

Check out our full calendar of events!

November Planetarium Schedule
During the holiday season, there are many things to be thankful for: Friends, Family, and RVCC Planetarium being a place to gather with those loved ones.  

Weather permitting, the 3M Observatory will be open to the public on Saturday evenings from sunset to about 9:15 p.m. 
November 19 
  3:00 pm
~Laser Pop Rock
4:00 pm
These shows are for ages 3-8.
(Check our website for full details of shows and age recommendations) 
Adult Astronomy Shows
(Ages 10 and above)
One Ocean, One Sky
7:00 pm November  19
(Check our website for full details of shows and age recommendations) 
One Ocean, One Sky
7:00 pm November 12 & 19

Before there were GPS signals available on our hand-held devices, people on the move used the sky to find their way.  Produced by the Imiloa Science Center in Hawaii, "One Ocean, One Sky" introduces us to the sky of the Pacific seafaring navigators, who were able to sail from Hawaii to Japan and many islands in between.  We will also discover how different the sky looks from our 40 degrees north latitude to theirs at 20 degrees north. 
(Check our website for full details of shows and age recommendations) 


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