SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – The Scotch Plains Public Library on 1927 Bartle Ave. recently started a teen summer library program titled Beneath the Surface that will run there through Monday Sept. 9. The program will offer opportunities throughout the summer for teens to come to the library to read for prizes and learn the importance of reading.

The program will also feature special events like a City of Ember book discussion and film screening, chess workshops, art activities, and parties. Teens will also become eligible to win prizes for every 10 hours of reading they do. Additionally, for every 50 hours of reading, teens will be entered into a raffle that will win them even bigger prizes.

"We want teens to continue reading over the summer" said Pamela Brooks, the Head of Reference and Adult Services at Scotch Plains Public Library. "Although they read often at school, we want teens to read year round so that what they read can stay fresh".

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Although the summer program's purpose is to encourage reading year round, Brooks also feels that teens will enjoy reading and know that the library is a great place to check out a book and gain knowledge.

Teens in grades 6-12 can register for these events at the Library's Reference Desk or by visiting the library's website and checking out the events calendar at