Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Library Summer Reading Club Finale

One World Many Stories, the Summer Reading theme at the Bernardsville Public Library, will come to a close with a finale program on Friday, September 9th at 6:30 pm. Magician Jim Vagais will wow the audience with his magic tricks and entertainment. A magician for over thirty years, Magic Jim has performed numerous times on television and has recently been a magic consultant to a Broadway musical. This amazing show is free for all attendees and is sponsored by the Friends of the Bernardsville Public Library. Seating for Magic Jim’s performance is limited and registration is required. Register online at www.bernardsvillelibrary.org and follow the link under Kid Stuff, or call the library at 908-766-0118 to sign up.

This year, 388 readers (Kindergarten through Grade 12) joined the library’s Reading Club and read more than 317,000 minutes in the course of ten weeks. Over the summer, the library’s Youth Services staff led many activities about different countries and cultures around the world including chop stick relays, international hop scotch, creating Samurai hats, worry dolls, African masks, dream catchers and origami. Participants attended special Friday Explorations where they learned about the cultures of Mexico, Italy and Japan; they met animals from around the world like the Wallaby with the Eyes of the Wild; and many children volunteered to be a book buddy to a younger child. Enjoy Explore India LLC conducted wonderful programs on Indian culture including a Mehndi workshop, for students in Grades 4-6 to learn about the art of Mehndi, or henna, and a Bollywood dancing program where Grades 4 and up learned how to move to the music “Bollywood” style. Bernardsville Library patron Lori Garth, a naturalist, volunteered her time and knowledge to do a wonderful program on worm composting, and she donated two black swallowtail caterpillars to the Youth Services Department so that patrons could observe them in change into butterflies. Bernardsville Library’s Youth Services Department had over sixty student volunteers to assist with programs, help patrons collect prizes and log their reading times.

One World Many Stories brought tales from cultures around the world to the Bernardsville Public Library through story time programs, crafts, games, food, and special family events. For more about Bernardsville Public Library, go to library website: www.bernardsvillelibrary.org.

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