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


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


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


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 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