SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Things are heating up at the Scotch Plains Public Library. The Youth Department is pleased to announce that the Friends of the Scotch Plains Public Library will be continuing to sponsor the  monthly Cooking Club for students in grades 5 and up, the popular HealthBarn USA program for children ages 5-8, and their newest program, Junior Chef for children ages 8-12.

The menu for the library’s monthly Cooking Club will feature soup and garlic bread, followed by personal pizzas in February, and fajitas in March. Each month teen librarian Dana Vocht not only goes over food safety with children but introduces different skills to learn how to make simple and delicious foods.

The library’s new cooking program, Junior Chef, is focused on allowing budding chefs to use  their interest in cooking to create something delicious each month. Salad Kabobs in January , a visit from Victoria Coglianese, Registered Dietitian, Village Super Market, Inc. at ShopRite of Garwood in February, and Dessert Onigiri in March.

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Healthbarn USA will return this February with  whole wheat pizza, followed by sweet potato pancakes in March, homemade cheesy ravioli in April, and turkey tacos and guacamole in May. HealthBarn USA focuses on helping children develop healthy food behaviors through exploring their five senses.

As always, cooking classes at the Scotch Plains Public Library require pre-registration to Scotch Plains and Fanwood Library cardholders only. For exact dates, times, and information on how to register, visit the library’s website at scotlib.org. The Scotch Plains Public Library is happy to customize reading programs and activities to meet the needs of anyone on the spectrum. Contact the library at kids@scotlib.org for more information.