The South Brunswick Public Library Foundation presents The South Brunswick Young Orators Competition with grade level events on Nov. 24, Dec. 8 and Jan. 12 at the Library at 110 Kingston Lane in Monmouth Jct.

The public speaking competition is for children in third, fourth and fifth grades. There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners for each grade level competition. Register online at http://www.sbpl.info/foundation-public-speaking-contest.  There is a $10 registration fee. See below for competition dates and application deadlines.

  • 5th Graders -  Competition is Sunday, Nov. 24 at 2 p.m.; Application Deadline is Nov. 1
  • 4th Graders - Competition is Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m.; Application Deadline is Nov. 8
  • 3rd Graders - Competition is Sunday, Jan. 12 at 2 p.m.; Application Deadline is Dec. 1

Public speaking is a critical skill that is best practiced early in a student's career. Foundation Secretary Bina Mehta says the goal of this new competition is to help the young students build skills to speak and write creatively and confidently. “This is what libraries do.” Literary support is a way for the Library and Foundation to give back to the community for generations to come.

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The SBPL Foundation Competition is being presented in partnership with CKW Academy and the Youth Leadership Development Program. The mission of the SBPL Foundation is to provide special and unique support to the Library and to enable the Library to meet the evolving and expanding needs of the diverse population it serves. CKW Academy’s mission is to help students develop a love of reading, writing, and vocabulary, using multiple methods of language arts enrichment and tutoring. The YLD Program is all about building the attitude and skills youth need to develop their social, emotional, and positive intelligence. “Designing the leader in you” means helping students develop new and inspiring understandings of themselves and the world around them.

The competitions will be open to the public for viewing and light refreshments will be available.

Winners will receive a trophy and complimentary public speaking class at both sponsor organizations. Each participant will receive a t-shirt and a Certificate of Achievement.

While filling out the online application, the applicant will need to select a speaking topic from three given choices: community-building, social media, or environment. They will need to write a 150-word essay on the topic and then at the event speak publically about it for two to three minutes.

The essay serves to encourage the young speaker to clarify and develop their thoughts for their oral presentation. 

Applicants/parents or caregivers will be notified with more details at least two to three weeks prior to their competition.

Questions should be directed to Library Director Chris Carbone at 732-329-4000, ext. 7287.