The Scotch Plains Public Library is pleased to offer a series of programs this fall designed for high school students and their families. On Thursday, October 17, at 7:00 PM, former guidance counselor Brenda-Kay Kucin will speak on Understanding the College Admissions Process. On Monday, October 21 at 7:00 PM, professional editor Pamela Brownstein will present a workshop on Writing a Compelling College Admission Essay.

Ms. Kucin’s presentation on October 17 will help high school students and their families prepare for college before, during and after the application. She states, “Hopes, dreams, and lots of anxiety surround the anticipation of high school students and their families who embark on the search for and acceptance to college. Understanding the process means appreciating high school preparation, becoming aware of resources and learning how to interpret enormous amounts of information. Our talk will include such topics as student levels of readiness and considerations of career exploration. We will also review steps for how to begin the search for a college match, offer an approach to investigating college websites and introduce the numerous parts of a college application.”

Brenda Kay-Kucin is a member of the Friends of Scotch Plains Public Library and was a member of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Counseling Department for 10 years before her retirement from the school district. She continued work advising college-bound students as a volunteer for the Plainfield chapter of the I Have a Dream Foundation, a high school-college preparation and mentoring program that provides support for underprivileged students. She began her 30 years in education as a music teacher and choral director, and Ms. Kucin remains active in musical organizations in the area.

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The essay workshop on October 21 will cover topic selection, organization, ways to make the information stand out, and the importance of editing and proofreading. Ms. Brownstein says, “College admissions officers read dozens of essays each day and are thrilled with a well-written piece that captures their attention. Gain some tips on how to turn out a solid essay.” An opportunity for one-on-one follow up will be available following the program.

Pamela Brownstein is a journalist with many years of writing and editing experience. She is the executive editor of the New Jersey Law Journal, previously was a writer for the Associated Press, and has given presentations to high school seniors on how to write a compelling college admissions essay.

On Monday, November 11 at 7:00 PM, Chris Curran of Ecliptic Financial will present a program on successful strategies for college financial planning.

Pre-registration is recommended for these programs. Participants can register in person, by phone (908 322-5007, ext 204), email to or through the events tab on the library web site, http;// The Scotch Plains Public Library is located at 1927 Bartle Avenue, one block from Park Avenue in the center of town.