SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Library System of New Jersey will host the second county-wide spelling bee on March 11, 2017 at Somerset County Vo-Tech in Bridgewater.

SCLSNJ’s Bee Spectacular is open to children grades 3-8. Participating schools and homeschools will be allowed to send their top spellers to compete in the SCLSNJ-sponsored county-wide bee.

The eventual winner will be sent, at the Library's expense, to the National Scripps Bee in Washington, D.C. in late Spring 2017. There will be additional prizes for the winner and the runners-up.

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Enrollment to participate in the county-wide Spelling Bee is now open. To register, visit the Scripps site at and click on the word “Teachers” at the top of the page and then click “Enrollment” to find the registration form.

The cost to participate is $145 per school during early bird enrollment (through Oct.14, 2016) and $220 per school during regular enrollment (Oct.15-Dec.12, 2016).

Contact SCLSNJ spelling bee coordinators, Cathy DeBerry and Beth Bouman, with any questions at, or call the Spelling Bee Hotline at 908-801-6465.

SCLSNJ branches are in Bridgewater, Bound Brook, Hillsborough, Manville, North Plainfield, Peapack and Gladstone, Rocky Hill at Mary Jacobs Memorial Library, Somerville, Warren Township and Watchung.

Additionally, there are two SCLSNJ reading stations in Branchburg and Washington Valley. Visit for further information about library services offered at SCLSNJ.