Old Bridge, NJ – Sep. 16, 2016 – In an effort to meet the needs of the growing home schooled community, and to expand STEM offerings, the Old Bridge Public Library is offering a monthly home school book club and weekly First LEGO League Challenge for children.

The first book discussion group will meet on Fri. Sep. 30th at 11am. Subsequent meetings will occur on the last Friday of every month. The book discussion is geared for children ages 8-12. Parents will be welcomed at the first meeting to provide input to the group.  At the initial meeting, facilitators will work with students to determine curriculum, interests and reading lists.

The First LEGO® League Challenge group will meet each Friday from 6-8pm starting Sep. 30 until April, 2017.  This international competition for kids ages 9-14 allows them to build, test, and program a robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® technology to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game then compete on a table-top playing field.  This year’s challenge theme is Animal Allies.  Teams will identify a problem that occurs when people and animals interact and design a solution for that problem.  Guided by adult coaches, First LEGO League teams research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, or energy, and are challenged to develop a solution.  The program enables students to have fun while they learn to apply science, technology, engineering, and math concepts (STEM), plus imagination, to solve a problem.  They also develop critical thinking and team-building and presentation skills, as they must present their solutions to judges.  The team may also qualify to participate in regional and national competitions. During the course of the program, students will also have the opportunity to make non-robotic LEGO creations.

Registration is required for the LEGO League Challenge and is suggested for the book club, by calling 732-721-5600 x5028 or going online to www.oldbridgelibrary.org.

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 this 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.