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 BRIDGEWATER LIBRARY IN DECEMBER
(Both preschoolers and school-aged kids are welcome to join us at our new Tuesday 4:30 p.m. After School Storytime & Craft as well as our Wednesday Night Pajama Time Storytime)
Click HERE to register for programs.
Join us for some stories & songs celebrating gifts & giving then decorate your own wrapping paper and thank you cards.
@ the Library -- Displays:
Thanks & Giving – Find ideas for Do-It-Yourself Gifts atop our Magazine Section.
Save your boxes, paper towel rolls, leftover ribbon & wrapping paper and bring them and your whole family to the library to create a fantastical creature!
Join us as we celebrate our authors and illustrators who created a book during National Writing Month. Authors will receive their spiral-bound copies, then be celebrated at this author reading and reception. Books will then be displayed in our lobby display cases during the month of January. Please let us know if you and your family are coming. Click HERE to register for programs.
There will be plenty of holiday cookies to decorate and eat, but only one cookie decorator will win a prize! Woo-hoo! Music will be played to get us in a festive spirit as we compete! Wear an ugly holiday sweater or something festive! Click HERE to register for programs.
And don’t forget – you can attend programs at any of our TEN member libraries – just click on the “Events/Programs” tab at the top of our home page (or on the right side of our children’s home page) for schedules and information.
Warm ideas for Cold Days and Nights --
Multicultural winter holiday books for kids (new list!) Check out this latest booklist from Erica at WhatDoWeDoAllDay.com along with some great suggestions on how to entertain your little ones without electronics: Brilliantly easy ideas your kids can do while you have a coffee
Also her: Sibling kindness advent calendar (one of her most popular ideas!)
Looking for some ideas for your preschoolers? Check out this list of intensely easy activities for 2-5 year olds that any parent can set up with no fuss at the drop of a hat.
Holiday Happenings Around Our Community:
A Christmas Carol the Musical
based on the story by Charles Dickens
music by Alan Menken (Disney’s The Little Mermaid)
lyrics by Lynn Ahrens (Seussical)
book by Mike Ockrent and Lynn Ahrens
directed by Stephen L. Fredericks, The Growing Stage’s Executive Director
choreography by Jillian Petrie
musical direction by Stephen Fox.
WHEN: November 18th through December 18th with performances Friday evenings at 7:30 PM, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 4:00 PM.
WHERE: in the Historic Palace Theatre on Route 183 in Netcong
TICKETS: The Growing Stage continues FUN-tastic Fridays with all tickets $15! Saturday and Sunday tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for children.
To purchase tickets, visit our website at www.growingstage.com or contact the Box Office at (973) 347-4946. Group rates and Birthday Party packages are available.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL the Musical tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a prosperous curmudgeon who believes personal wealth is far more valuable than the happiness and comfort of others. With an infuriated “Bah! Humbug!” Scrooge summates his feelings of Christmas tidings and charitable giving, but he’s forced to face his selfish ways when three ghosts on Christmas Eve lead him through his Past, Present and Future. Thanks to their guidance, Scrooge recognizes his faults and greets Christmas morning with a cheerful “Happy Christmas” before spending the day reconnecting and sharing love with those that mean the most to him. A CHRISTMAS CAROL the Musical features the talents of five professional equity performers in the cast.
For tickets or more info, visit www.rvccarts.org
The Alien Who Stole Christmas
Saturdays and Sundays, December 3 & 4, 10 & 11, 17 & 18, 3:00 pm
Discover the stars visible in the winter sky. Then follow Santa on a trip through the solar system when a friendly alien kidnaps him. The kids on the other planets need presents too, you know! (recommended for ages 6-10)
Winter Wonder Lights
Saturdays and Sundays, December 3 & 4, 10 & 11, 17 & 18 at 4:00 pm
Saturdays, Dec 3, 10, 17 at 8:00 pm
Listen to holiday hits such as “Wizards in Winter,” “Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree,” and “Dominic the Donkey.” (recommended for ages 6-adult)
Saturdays, December 10 & 17, 7 pm
Black Holes takes you on a journey through one of the most mystifying, awe-inspiring phenomena in the universe: a black hole. Where do they come from? Where do they go? How do we find them? Is there one on Earth's horizon? Explore the science and mystery of Black Holes. (Recommended for ages 8 to adult)
For more info, visit: www.raritanval.edu/community-resources/planetarium/star-shows
It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
Adapted by Joe Landry
Directed by Doug West
Something Merry This Way Comes is an antidote to the commercial glitz and blitz that permeates our lives each year at the holiday time with this refreshing, nostalgic celebration of all the good things that the season symbolizes and encourages.
WHEN: Monday, December 12, at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: 36 Madison Ave., Madison (on Drew University campus)www.ShakespeareNJ.org
(973) 408 - 5600
Produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc. (www.playscripts.com)
On the Main Stage:
A Child's Christmas in Wales comes to the Main Stage at the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre!
Based on the classic novel that inspired the 1955 movie
starring Fred Astaire
In this award-winning new musical, a witty young woman’s wishes are answered when an anonymous young gentleman she nicknames Daddy Long Legs gives her the opportunity to move from her orphanage and attend university. Over the years, Jerusha shares her life with her secret benefactor through letters and songs, and experiences her first budding romance with a young suitor.
Climate Change Late Night
Visit us on Wednesday, December 7th for our monthly late night event. Explore how Earth's climate has changed over time and what scientists predict for the future.
Demonstrations, arts and crafts and educational activities will be set up around the museum for this event and people are welcome to come and go as they please. We encourage all ages to come participate and learn something new!
For more information about our late night events, please check out the Late Night at the Museum page.
No registration required and all events this day are free.
Date and Time: Wednesday 07 December 2016, 04:00pm - 08:00pm
Location : Rutgers University Geology Museum
www.morrisparks.net/index.php/media/special-events3 has many more events for your whole family.