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Pop Into Summer At The Spotswood Public Library

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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - With 12 days remaining in the 2016-17 school year, the countdown to summer vacation has officially begun. However, when school's out for summer, every day can't be a beach day. For residents looking for fun stuff to do this summer, the Spotswood Public Library has an agenda of free programs for everyone from kids to adults.

Summer Story Time sessions kick off on June 21. Parents can pick from programs aimed at babies and toddlers, pre-schoolers and school-aged children from kindergarten through third grade. Participants can register one week at a time, depending on the family's summer vacation schedule.

The library will hold their annual Summer Reading Kickoff on Thursday, June 22 at 7 p.m. with Zoom Balloons. Children of all ages are welcome to come and enjoy music, dance, games, magic and of course, balloons. Registration can be done online at the library's website or by telephoning 732-251-1515.

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Crafty or not-so-crafty adults can join Adult Craft Night, which will be held on the first Thursday of July and August. Learn a new craft like glass staining or make a new wreath for the front door, depending on what's on the menu.

Movie lovers can take a break from the heat on Monday afternoons with a 1:30 p.m. film shown courtesy of the Friends of the Spotswood Public Library. The movie schedule can be found online at the library's website. Monday matinees are more geared toward adult audiences. However, stay tuned for some kids-only movies.

Brains don't get turned off in the summer, so for residents looking to broaden their horizons, Natasha Himmelman will be holding a discussion about "The Last King of Scotland." on Tuesday, June 27. Forest Whitaker earned an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of dictator Idi Amin. The library will hold two screenings of the 2006 movie on Monday, June 19 at 1:30 p.m. and on Wednesday, June 21 at 6 p.m. prior  to Himmelman's discussion. Himmelman was originally from Spotswood and is currently a research associate at the University of Johannesburg's Visual Identities in Art and Design Research Centre in South Africa.

Registration is not required for films. However, registration is required for Himmelman's discussion as well as the other programs on tap for the summer. Registration can be done online at the Spotswood Public Library's website or by telephoning the library at 732-251-1515.

The Spotswood Public Library is located at 548 Main Street.

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