Scotch Plains Library

October 17, 2013

The Scotch Plains Public Library has an exciting new workshop designed to help get Every Child Ready to Read®. Research shows that children who develop essential language and other early literacy skills before they start kindergarten become better readers. Children who do not know these skills ...

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You’ve probably heard that our summer programs for children and teens began this week, but we can’t let the kids have all the fun! We’ve got plenty going on this summer that will appeal to adults as well. We are currently displaying the Emancipation and its Legacies exhibit, from the ...

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The Scotch Plains Public Library will be hosting two summer reading book clubs. As part of the teen summer reading program, “Beneath the Surface,” the library will be discussing The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau.  Following the discussion, the group will watch the 2008 movie adaptation ...

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Whether you’re working on summer assignments or just feeding your need to read, our Teen Summer Reading program is sure to please.  This year’s theme is Beneath the Surface.  Set your reading goals.  Then, track your progress online and on our reading mural and earn prizes as you reach each new ...

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Teens who will be finishing the sixth grade are invited the Scotch Plains Public Library on Monday June 3rd from 4:00-5:00pm.  Join us for an Open House and get to know the Teen Librarians and members of our Teen Advisory Board. We will have crafts, video games, board games, a scavenger hunt, ...

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What are you doing Monday night? We invite you to come to Terrill Middle School at 7pm, as we watch, listen, and video chat with Julia Alvarez, our Big Read author. She’ll be talking to us from her Vermont home base, about In the Time of the Butterflies and the Mariposas. She will also take a ...

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May is going to be a very busy month here at the Scotch Plains Public Library, with our Big Read program really hitting its stride! We have a lot of exciting events planned for the whole community. On Saturday, May 11, we will have a Festival of Hispanic Cultures from 11:00am to 4:00pm, ...

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Have you heard of DEAR Day? DEAR stands for Drop Everything And Read. Children’s author Beverly Cleary first wrote about DEAR in Ramona Quimby, Age 8, and DEAR Day is celebrated each year on April 12 in honor of Cleary’s birthday. Many schools set aside DEAR Time for young students, but we ...

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The Big Read is going strong and we are very pleased to tell you about a hands-on activity that will be coming on way very shortly: Bean mosaics. While our Big Read book,  In the Time of the Butterflies, is  set in the Dominican Republic, one of our goals is the exploration of common themes ...

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It’s that time of year again! The Friends of the Scotch Plains Public Library are gearing up for their annual Book Sale. We’d like to first thank the community for generously donating so many items for this year’s sale. The sale begins this weekend with our Children’s Sale on Saturday, March ...

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As many readers of this publication know, The Big Read is gathering steam and going strong in our local community. While many Big Read programs will continue until mid-June, the seven-week Read-a-thon, which was launched on January 21, will wrap up this coming Monday, March 4. Participants ...

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The Big Read continues at Scotch Plains Public Library on February 28th, with a series of lectures designed to provide context and richer understanding of the book the community will read and discuss, In the Time of the Butterflies, by Julia Alvarez. The lecture series will include the ...

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Do you know what to do when a button falls off of your favorite shirt?  Have you always wanted to learn to sew, but think that it might get too tedious?  Have you ever wanted a cute cover for your phone, but can’t seem to find the perfect one?  Scotch Plains Public Library is hosting a two-part ...

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Are you eagerly anticipating your next read, but a little overwhelmed by all of the possibilities?  Looking for the perfect selection for your book club?  Wondering who else writes books like those by your favorite author?  Let our electronic resources help you to narrow down your choice and ...

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If you have been reading the Scotch Plains Library column here, you already know that Michelle Willis, Head of Children’s Services at Scotch Plains Public Library, has been serving on the committee to select the 2013 Caldecott Medal  for the most distinguished American picture book for children ...

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“Each year the American Library Association honors books, videos, and other outstanding materials for children and teens. Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, the ALA Youth Media Awards, including the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott King Book ...

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There’s a common stereotype out there that librarians are cat-lovers. Nothing against cats, but here at the Scotch Plains Public Library, we’re pretty partial to dogs. And we’ve got some great dog programs to tell you about. Two Monday evenings every month, our Children’s Room welcomes dogs ...

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Here at the library, we have been anticipating, discussing and writing about The Big Read for a long time now.  Working with our community partners, including SP-F Schools and Literacy Volunteers of Union County, Inc., we submitted our application a full year ago. Once we received the award last ...

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Scotch Plains Public Library has expanded its programming for teens!  The first addition to the new event line-up was CREATE-It with Christina.  CREATE-It, a crafting program where teens turn generic household items into unique works of art, began in November and will meet for a new project each ...

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Smartphones and tablets are everywhere these days, and they have become essential tools for getting information and staying connected. It’s no longer enough for a library to serve only the patrons who walk through the front door (although we do love to see you). We need to be accessible to our ...

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Did you know that the library is a great place to spend a weekend afternoon?  Scotch Plains Public Library is open from 9 – 5 PM on Saturdays and noon - 4 PM on Sundays, and we have some great events planned over the next several weeks. We are all aware of the problems children encounter ...

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Teen Read Week (October 14-20, 2012) is a time when we especially encourage young adults to come in to the library, read for fun, and take advantage of all the library has to offer! This year’s theme is “It Came From the Library: Dare to Read for the Fun of It!” Our Teen Advisory Board has put ...

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Did you know that our library has a thriving Career Networking Group, that is open to everyone? The Scotch Plains Public Library’s Career Networking Group was formed over five years ago, to respond to the needs of job-seekers in the local community.  Its programs are designed to be relevant ...

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