EDISON, NJ -  The Friends of the Edison Public Library in conjunction with the Metuchen-Edison Historical Society will host a free program: “Edison: Then and Now”.

Walter Stochel, local resident and treasurer of the Historical Society, will present an entertaining look at how the Edison of today differs from the Edison of yesteryear.

Mr. Stochel previously presented a series of very popular local Edison history programs at the Clara Barton (2010), North (2012), and Main (2013) Library branches. He provided interesting details about Edison’s diverse history and town events, landmarks and milestones.

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The free program will be held on Saturday, June 14, from 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. in the meeting room at North Edison Library at 777 Grove Avenue (map).

Simultaneously from 12:30-2:30 p.m., there will be a special children’s program, “New Jersey Seashore—We’re Going Strong” for children organized by the Edison Library Children’s Department. It is a family craft day featuring sand art pictures, fish magnets, book covers and Angry Bird finger puppets directed by Carolyn Cullum, System Coordinator for Children’s Services.

Attendees are asked to contribute non-perishable food items to the Hands of Hope Food Pantry during the event. Your donation will aid the pantry in helping others in Edison Township.

To reserve a seat for the free Friends history program call 732-548-3045, ext. 1 or go to the library website at edisonpubliclibrary.net or sign up at the circulation desk.

Advanced registration is required for the history program but not the children’s program.