ELIZABETH, NJ — The Elizabeth Public Library has replaced the usual summer activities with virtual programming for children, teens and adults.

Children’s programming includes weekly story time in English and Spanish on Zoom and on the library’s Facebook page. The library also partnered with the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County 4H Development Program to bring a virtual summer STEM program for children. The STEM program is held every Wednesday in July via Zoom, families must pre-register to participate.

EPL’s teen summer activities usually include a reading club, games of bingo and an end of summer party. This year the library is reaching out online to offer teens different ways to stay engaged with virtual activities. Wednesday began an online scavenger hunt using the Google street view and 360 features. Teen programs are announced and coordinated through the EPL Instagram page. 

In partnership with R.W.J. Barnabas Health, Rutgers Cancer Institute of N.J., Cancer Support Community of Central N.J. and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, EPL has launched a Summer Health Series that will focus on topics such as cancer prevention and healthy eating. A virtual series on astrology will also be offered by the library this summer. Every Thursday on Zoom resident will have the opportunity to learn about the different star signs and how the movement of the planets affects people’s lives.

For more information on all the upcoming events visit the Elizabeth Public Library website.