NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - On Wednesday, April 27, SCLSNJ’s North Plainfield Memorial Library branch, in collaboration with West End Elementary School, hosted the Fourth Grade Invention Convention. Participants created a pitch and prototype for the most creative and useful item for their classroom. The winning invention was "The Absentator" by Jasmine Stacey (pictured). She created a solution to missing class when absent. Stacey's invention would allow students to FaceTime the classroom and drive the phone around on a robotic car (also pictured).

The program was funded by the American Library Association’s Association for Library Service to Children “Curiosity Creates” grant made possible by a generous donation from Disney.

Amy Behr, a librarian at SCLSNJ’s North Plainfield Memorial Library branch and “Curiosity Creates” grant coordinator, worked with fourth grade teachers Heather Morgan, Ryan Johnson, Nicole Faraone, Alison Apisa, and Teresa Diller, Assistant Principal Marilyn Quinones, and Supervisor of Science and Social Studies Jamil Maroun to make this program possible. For more information about SCLSNJ’s “Talk It Up” programs under the “Curiosity Creates” grant, visit SCLSNJ.org/s/TalkItUp or call 908-755-7909.