State of New Jersey Public Library Programs

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All across New Jersey, schools are out for summer vacation and children and parents alike are looking for fun ways to spend the dog days of summer. One place families can find something everyone will enjoy is the local library. Although each library branch has different rules, events and materials, there are a few consistent programs that can be found throughout the state.

Summer Reading Program

Teens, children and adults alike can participate in the Summer Reading Programs at libraries throughout New Jersey. For the 2016 program, the theme is Sports, Fitness and Wellness. When teens and children participate, readers have the summertime months to complete and log their reading progress according to the list provided. Prizes are given for all-star readers and a party is thrown at the end of the summer to celebrate their reading success. For adults, you can log any book you read or listen to and your name will be entered in a weekly prize drawing. Ready, Set, Read!

English as a Second Language

Many libraries offer free or low charge classes for adults who are interested in learning English as a Second Language. While some branches require that you are a resident of that particular town, some libraries are open to allowing out-of-towners to attend classes at a higher rate. Each class is different in length and cost so it is important for those interested to contact their local branch for more information.

Story Time

What could be better than reading books, completing a fun craft and eating a delicious snack? Infants, toddlers and preschoolers can enjoy an hour of educational fun and socializing with other children their age at local libraries in New Jersey. Check with your local library for information on times and ages.

Free Museum Pass

There is a program across the state that allows cardholders, who are in good standing, of a specific branch to “check out” free passes to select museums in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Some libraries require a cash deposit when the pass is picked up and the amount is returned in full when the pass is dropped off. Not all libraries participate in this program, but those that do have passes to many museums including Grounds for Sculpture, the Morris Art Museum, the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum and many more. Visit your local library for a full listing of participating museums.

About Author

Karen lives in South Jersey with her three dogs, husband and 4 year old daughter Olivia. Graduating from Seton Hall University with a B.A. in Journalism and Public Relations, she was a staff writer for the Setonian and a Public Affairs Intern at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. One of her proudest moments as a writer so far has been interviewing Tim Gunn from 'Project Runway' and subsequently winning Honorable Mention in NJ for Feature Writing. When she is not busy as a stay-at-home-mom she enjoys reading, going to the boardwalk in Ocean City and watching the Real Housewives. She is very excited for the opportunity to write for NJ Mom and share her love of being a mom and finding fun things to do with her family in New Jersey.

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