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Scotch Plains Library Celebrates Summer Reading Kickoff on Sat, June 23

Scotch Plains Library

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Public Library invites children, teens, and adults to participate in their annual summer reading program. This year’s theme, Libraries Rock, will allow the community to explore, discover, participate in, and contribute to a variety of programs. Residents of Scotch Plains and Fanwood can sign up online and in-person.

The season’s programs will kick off with an all-day celebration at the library on Saturday, June 23. For children, there will be an Alice in Wonderland Themed Un-Birthday Party from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Upon entering, your child will receive a card with challenges. After completing the challenges, your child will earn a prize. There will be a professional green screen photographer during the event.

At 10:00 a.m., there will be a visit from the 501st Legion Star Wars Stormtroopers from the Northeast Remnant. At 11:00 a.m., there will be a Dance Party with DJL Show. Online registration is required and includes admittance to all events between 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Your ticket will guarantee a small party favor for your child, who must be present to receive it.

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At 1:00 pm, there will be a Harry Potter Celebration for kids ages 8 and up. The YMCA will be promoting their 7th Grade Membership Initiative which includes a free membership for children entering the 7th grade. For adults, there will be a Fueling for Running program at 2:00 p.m. where participants will learn some great ways to fuel their exercise and sports activities with healthy food. The event is timed perfectly for those who are planning to run the Scotch Plains Downtown Race to Summer on June 27. Online registration is required.

At 3:00 p.m., there will be literacy related crafts and book bingo. Please visit to sign up for the

Summer Reading Kickoff activities.

For more information, go to, email, call (908) 322-5007 x 204 or stop by the Reference Desk. Scotch Plains Public Library is located at 1927 Bartle Ave., one block from Park Ave. in the center of town.

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Three School Buses Involved in Crash at Clark's ALJ High School

June 21, 2018

CLARK, NJ — Three buses collided in the Arthur L. Johnson High School parking lot around noon on Thursday in a chain-reaction crash. 

Students were on board at the time, according to Police Chief Pedro Matos. One driver and two students had minor injuries, Matos said.   

According to a Honeywell alert issued by the Clark Public School District, ...

Let's Talk About Suicide

In our world today, it seems our children, no matter the town, state, education, family unit, socioeconomic background, ethnicity or religion are grappling with complex, confounding and complicated issues not even fit for a middle-aged adult. Sadly, one of these issues is suicide. With mental health gaining more attention, the stigma appears to be dissipating but when a mental health ...

Is Summer Camp the Right Choice for My Child?

Is your child attending camp this summer? Is it their first experience away?  If yes, it can be an experience causing anxiety for you, for the parent and the child. 

This experience can be frightening to your child if it is their first time and it is so important that they do not see your worry or anxiety about leaving home for the first time… especially if it is sleep ...

What Are The Warning Signs of Suicide

The recent passings of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain remind us to take mental illness seriously. 

Many of us feel uncomfortable to ask when someone in distress is suicidal for fear we are putting this thought in their minds. This is not true. It is a myth that asking about suicide increases the risk of suicide. The most common mental illness is depression. Some people are ...


In honor of the Lubavitcher Rebbe's (of righteous memory) 24th  Yahrtzeit (anniversary of his passing) this coming Saturday the 16th.

Excerpts from an address given by Nobel-laureate Elie Wiesel on April 7, 1992, at a congressional dinner held in Washington on the occasion of the Rebbe's 90th birthday.

Some of you are aware of my admiration, not only ...

We Must Address The Unrealistic Affordable Housing Process Now

June 19, 2018

Dear Editor:

I would like to thank all the residents who attended and watched last Tuesday’s Town Hall meeting on over-development and legislative solutions with Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi and I. If you were unable to attend, I encourage you to watch the meeting on SPTV or the Township’s Facebook page at ().

The meeting was a real eye-opener for many of our residents. It ...

Unioin Catholic Legend Jim Reagan Sr. Retires After a Remarkable Career

June 22, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Mr. Jim Reagan Sr. followed in some legendary footsteps during his memorable and distinguished career at Union Catholic. And when he retires at the end of this month, he will leave the school with some iconic shoes of his own to fill.

Jim Reagan Sr., a towering presence at Union Catholic for the last 35 years, has built a remarkable resume during a career that ...

Upcoming Events

Fri, June 22, 7:30 PM

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Benefit Concert

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Terrill Road Baptist Chruch, Scotch Plains

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