The Young Adult (YA) Department of the Metuchen Public Library announces its schedule of free summer programs for Metuchen residents who are rising 6-12 graders.
Among the many offerings are the following:

Babysitter Safety Training (Gr.6-8)

A healthcare professional from The Raritan Bay Medical Center will conduct a hands-on workshop, which includes childcare lessons and safety training for the younger babysitter. Date: Monday, June 28; Time: 1-4 PM

Stitches

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3-afternoons! Learn to crochet, to follow a pattern and to make a simple project. Dates: June 29, 30 and July 2;Time: 1-2 PM

Improv

Get your creative juices flowing! You’ll have fun developing your acting skills through theater games and exercises.(Gr. 9-12) Date: Tuesday, July 6; 1-4 PM OR (Gr. 6-8) Date: Tuesday, July 13; 1-4 PM

Become a Photojournalist (Gr. 8-12)

Metuchen is an historic town! Learn the art of photography and become a witness to history. Over this 3-part workshop participants will take digital photographs of locations in town. The class will develop a photojournalistic archive, so that future generations will see Metuchen in 2010 in a special collection to be housed in the Library. Participants need to bring a digital camera. Dates & Times: Wednesday, July 7, 1-3 PM; Wednesday, July 14, 6:30-8:30 PM; and Wednesday, July 21, 1-3 PM

Glee

Do you like to sing in a chorus? Glee combines improv and music to produce a spontaneous performance that’s fun for all. Date: Wednesday, July 7; Time: 7-8:45 PM

Creative Chocolates

Go beyond the basic mold. Learn to create unique chocolate party favors for any occasion. Date: Thursday, July 8; Time: 10:30 AM-Noon

Drawing: (Gr. 8-12)

In this 2-session workshop, you’ll learn to draw with local artist Edward Wetzel. Students are encouraged to bring a favorite object or a photograph of a pet, their home or other place to draw. Date: Thursday and Friday, 7/15 & 7/16; Time: 2PM-4PM

Write Your Own Adventure

Join Alex Dawson, writer and owner of the Raconteur, for a 3-session fiction writing workshop. Dates: Wednesday, 7/21, 7/28, 8/4; Time: 7-8:30 PM

It’s Magic (Gr. 6-10)

Learn the art of magic from magician Jim Vagias in this hands-on workshop. You’ll leave with instructions and supplies to perform magic. Date: Thursday, July 22; Time: 1 PM.
All programs are paid for by The Friends of the Metuchen Public Library. Registration is required and is open now. For more information and to sign up, write KLiss@Lmxac.org or call the Library on 732-632-8526. In addition to the programs listed above, there will be two Community Service Projects (Book Friends and Game Partners) for which teens in grades 8-12 can volunteer to earn service credit. Two book discussion groups will be also offered, one for grades 6-9 and the other for grades 9-12. To learn more about all the programs offered this summer, visit www.metuchenlibraryteens.org.

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