Old Bridge, NJ – August 7, 2017 – The Old Bridge Public Library’s 2017 summer reading program, with the theme of “Build a Better World,” will conclude on Sat. Aug. 19th with activities and crafts from 11-2pm. A complete schedule of activities can be found at www.oldbridgelibrary.org.

The event will be highlighted by an appearance by children’s entertainer Yosi, and his “Friends Around the World” show at 11am. For over 20 years, Yosi has entertained kids with his original upbeat punk/rock-infused songs from his five award-winning albums.  The multicultural show will feature instruments and songs from across the globe in an effort to explore the world, its people and traditions.  There will be dancing and singing throughout the performance as friendship, honor and respect of other cultures are explored.

In addition, there will be a session on Early College Planning at 1pm.  Old Bridge-based College GPS will lead an informative workshop explaining the benefits of early planning. Attendees will learn when and how to get started on the college search, and how to complete financial aid and FAFSA requirements. The material covered in this workshop is suitable for families of middle schoolers through high school juniors.

This year’s summer reading program focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities for all ages, including robotics and sewing classes, science programs and special sessions, including Crazy 8s Bed Time math.  Children earned raffle tickets by following action boxes on a game board, which included reading, attending Library programs, building projects such as bird houses, and playing outside; the tickets were then entered into weekly prize drawings for books and toys. Teens and adults submitted reviews of books, movies, video games, Library programs, and music, and earned raffle tickets for each; they were then eligible for larger prizes, including gift cards and themed prize bags. Adult participants earned one entry in the drawing for an end-of-summer grand prize – one of three Amazon Echo Dot devices which will be awarded after the conclusion of the summer program.

Aug. 19th is also the last day that items are being collected at both Library branches for a school supplies drive for those in need in the community. Once again, the Library has partnered with the Old Bridge Food Pantry on this initiative.

The Old Bridge Public Library was recently voted one of the three Best Public Libraries 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.



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