Tweens and teens invited to kick off the hero-themed summer reading club at 10 library branches

Somerset County, NJ Somerset County Library System of New Jersey’s Summer Reading Club will start Monday, June 22 and run through Friday, August 21. This summer, tweens and teens will “Unmask” heroes of all kinds - real heroes from the past and present, fictional heroes and superheroes that can be found in literature and film - and even the heroes they can find in themselves.

“Summer reading programs help teens develop important traits,” said Beth Bouwman, youth services and young adult librarian at SCLSNJ’s Bound Brook Memorial Library branch. “Teens want to gain independence, they want excitement, they are figuring out their identity, and they want to be accepted. These are all things that can happen at the library and the Summer Reading Club is a great way to find that out.”

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To kick off the tween and teen Summer Reading Club, SCLSNJ will host Stephen Davis, an Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts, who will give step-by-step instruction on how to do movie-like makeup. Additionally, at selected SCLSNJ library branches, Davis will teach participants how to stage fight - just like heroes in the movies.

Stage Fighting & Magic Makeup

Tweens and teens grades 6-12 can develop the tools needed to make a stage fight look realistic whether playing the hero or the villain. Learn how to achieve realistic (but fake) pushes, hair pulls, chokes, slaps and punches. All are explored in a safe and educational workshop, with special attention always focusing on safety. Of course, once participants learn how to fake a slap/choke/hair pull/punch, they will need to have the bruises to show for it! In the second part of this program, learn how to apply trauma simulation makeup - and even get a chance to look like an action movie star! This is a hands on, physical activity, so be dressed comfortably and ready to move. (A waiver will need to be signed by a guardian in order for tween and teen to participate.) 

Learn about stage fighting and magic make up from Davis at:

SCLSNJ’s Manville Library branch on June 25 at 4 pm;

SCLSNJ’s Hillsborough Library branch on June 25 at 7 pm;

SCLSNJ’s Somerville Library branch on June 30 at 6 pm;

SCLSNJ’s Mary Jacobs Memorial Library branch on July 9 at 1 pm;

SCLSNJ’s Watchung Library branch on July 9 at 4 pm;

SCLSNJ’s Warren Township Library branch on July 9 at 7 pm; and

SCLSNJ’s Bridgewater Library branch on July 16 at 7 pm.

Magic Makeup

Tweens and teens grades 6-12 just interested in learning how to apply trauma simulation makeup and getting a chance to look like an action movie star, Davis will be at:  

SCLSNJ’s Peapack & Gladstone Library branch on June 25 at 10 am;

SCLSNJ’s Bound Brook Memorial Library branch on June 30 at 3 pm; and

SCLSNJ’s North Plainfield Memorial Library branch on July 16 at 4 pm.

For more information about these programs, as well as other programs at SCLSNJ, or to register, visit SCLSNJ.org or contact your local SCLSNJ branch.

 

About Stephen Davis

Stephen Davis is an Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts at Centenary College, a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Association, and has been teaching stage combat and theatrical makeup for over 20 years. Davis has a B.F.A. in acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University, as well as an M.F.A. in directing from University of South Carolina, where he received the Two Thumbs Up Teaching Award for making a difference in the lives of students with learning disabilities. While at Centenary, Davis was honored with the 2010-2011 United Methodist Exemplary Teaching Award. He teaches classes and in-school residencies to all ages in Shakespeare, stage combat, theatrical makeup, acting, directing, playwriting, video production and movement for the theatre. 

About Somerset County Library System of New Jersey

Somerset County Library System of New Jersey (SCLSNJ) partners with you to connect, to explore, to share and to discover. Together we enrich lives, expand knowledge and strengthen communities. SCLSNJ branches can be found in Bridgewater, Bound Brook, Hillsborough, Manville, North Plainfield, Peapack & 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 SCLSNJ.org for further information about library services offered at SCLSNJ.