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
Join us for some stories & songs celebrating gifts & giving then decorate your own wrapping paper and thank you cards.
We will be using paint so please dress for mess or bring a smock.
Our story and craft programs are recommended for ages 3 and up.
@ the Library -- Displays:
Want to make a gift to put inside your homemade wrapping paper? Check out our “Thanks & Giving” and find ideas for Do-It-Yourself Gifts atop our Magazine Section.
Storytime & Craft is recommended for ages 3+ – we welcome school-aged kids to join us at our new Tuesday 4:30 p.m. time. Note: The 4:30 replaces our Tuesday 1:30 p.m. storytime –
Hillsborough and Manville continue to have 1:00 Tuesday storytimes.
Click HERE to register for programs.
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 and returned to the authors afterwards. Please let us know if you and your family are coming. Registration is now open -- Click HERE to register.
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.
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!)
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
WHEN: 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. 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
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
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.
www.morrisparks.net/index.php/media/special-events3 has many more events for your whole family.