Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Library Summer Reading Club Finale: September 11

Make a Splash @ your library, Bernardsville Library’s Summer Reading Club, will come to a grand finale for club members on Saturday, September 11 at 1:30 pm when scientist John Lyga gives an interactive demonstration of the properties of water. This program promises to be “wet and wild”! Mr. Lyga runs the popular Sunday Science program each month at the library. He has been teaching these hands-on science programs for over fifteen years to stimulate involvement in science by both parents and children.

This year, 438 readers (Kindergarten through Grade 12) joined the library’s Reading Club and read more than 391,000 minutes in the course of ten weeks. Over the summer, the library’s Youth Services staff led many activities connected to water and liquids, including re-creating a boardwalk at the library and inviting Starfish Enterprises to bring a 59-foot inflatable whale that literally filled up the library’s Community Room. Youth Services Librarian Michaele Casey said that one of the most popular events was a smoothie/root beer float and milkshake contest. Library visitors were asked to judge the entries and loved the creative taste combinations that the young contestants came up with. Children also “fished” for laughs, made yellow submarines, a yarn octopus and faux scrimshaw, and created a little bit of ocean in a jar.

Once again this summer, the library was filled with imaginative decorations designed and made by volunteer Keiko Matsuura. A huge shark created by the students at Bedwell Elementary School came on special loan. It hung from the ceiling in the Children’s Area and terrorized not a few small children!

There is no charge to attend the Summer Reading finale, but advance sign-up is required. Register online at and follow the link under Kid Stuff, or call the library at 908-766-0118 to sign up.

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