Old Bridge, NJ – August 5, 2016 – The Old Bridge Public Library will mark the end of the successful summer reading program with a celebration on Sat. August 20th from 11am-2pm.
The day will feature crafts, games and prize drawings, and will be highlighted by a return appearance by the popular Sciencetellers at 11am, a group which uses science experiments to tell stories. During this “Race Against Time” session geared towards kids ages 5-12, participants will make things fly, spin, move, and soar. They will experience the science of action and reactions by telling stories using several exciting, hands-on experiments that will have the audience laughing and learning. Space is limited, and registration is necessary by calling 732-721-5600 x5033 or online at www.oldbridgelibrary.org.
In addition, at 12:00pm, there will be a session entitled, “Middle & High School 101” where the Library’s Teen Advisory Board members serve as experts, answering questions and sharing advice about middle and high school for younger kids and their parents.
At 1:00pm, there will be a special story time entitled, “Stories to Get You Excited About School!” Kids are invited to come listen to books and sing songs that celebrate the beginning of a new school year.
Rounding out the day will be a session on Backpack Safety at 2pm, hosted by « Teen Advisory Board Project: Middle School 101
DDr. Nima Patel, Director of Physical Therapy at Apex Physical Therapy and Policy Chairperson for the Middlesex County Health & Wellness Council. The program will discuss how to distribute weight in a backpack, how to properly carry it and will provide other tips to help avoid pain and back injuries in both children and adults.
The Library will also conclude its school supply drive on Aug. 20th. In teaming up with the Old Bridge Food Bank, the Library has collected school supplies for children in need in the community. Donors receive a summer reading prize ticket for each five items they donate. Tickets are then entered into prize raffles.
The summer reading program is divided into activities for elementary school students and for middle and high school students. Students in grades K-5 earn prizes for every five books they read, program they attend, or online puzzle they complete. Older kids earn snacks for each book, movie, TV show, or game review they complete. Each review earns an entry into that week’s raffle, which awards prizes including gift cards, movie tickets and free food coupons. The Library also has special age-appropriate incentives for pre-schoolers.
The Library also sponsors an adult summer reading program, with a related theme of “Exercise your Mind.” To participate, patrons are asked to submit reviews for entry into weekly prize drawings. At the end of the summer, three Fit Bit fitness trackers will be raffled off to participants. The program is supported this year by a generous donation from Walmart (2825 Rt. 18, Old Bridge) as well as local merchants Giusseppe’s Pizza, Friendly’s Restaurant, Panera Bread, JEI Learning Center, and the YMCA, along with the Friends of the Library.
The Old Bridge Public Library was recently voted “Best Public Library in Middlesex County” by the readers of the Home News Tribune. The Library is open seven-days-a-week and is located at 1 Old Bridge Plaza at the corner of Rt. 516 and Cottrell Road in the Municipal Center. More information about these and other Library programs can be found at www.oldbridgelibrary.org or by calling 732-721-5600 x5033. The satellite Laurence Harbor branch is located at 277 Shoreland Circle; phone: 732-566-2227.