SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The blankets were set with teddy grahams. The plates and napkins featured the delightful drawings of children's author Eric Carle who penned the childhood staple, "Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See." Decorations were hung on bushes as a group of energetic kids and their teddy bear friends spent a pleasantly sunny Saturday morning enjoying a Teddy Bear Picnic at the Spotswood Public Library with Miss Jessica.

Miss Jessica read a collection of bear-inspired stories to the youngsters and their bear buddies that included "Horrible Bear," "Bear Colors" and of course the Carle favorite. Afterwards, the kids got the ball rolling with some teddy bear bowling where each participant was able to pick a prize from the always popular treasure chest. Before enjoying an ice cream snack after their picnic lunch, the kids danced and ran through bubbles. Bubbles are always a hit with kids of all ages.

The Teddy Bear Picnic sign-up was filled to capacity, but numbers were a little down for the actual event with many kids in town feeling the effects of the coxsackie virus that has been making news around the Garden State this week. However, these teddy bears and their friends spent the morning savoring the sunshine, snacks and story time fun before heading off to other Saturday rituals like soccer.

For more upcoming story time fun and other child-centered activities, visit the Spotswood Public Library's website. The Main Street library offers a full calendar of events for kids, tween and adults all year long.