Summer Reading Choices at the Public Library for Tweens and Teens Announced

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The Metuchen Public Library, 480 Middlesex Avenue, will host two book clubs this summer for students in grades 6-12.  Books will be given to participants, courtesy of the Friends of the Library, on the first day that the club meets.

The Tween Book Club (Gr. 6-9) will read Countdown by Deborah Wilesa nominee for the 2013 Garden State Teen Book Award. The novel is set in 1962 in a suburb of WashingtonDC during the days surrounding the Cuban Missile Crisis. Amidst the ever-present threat of nuclear war, Franny Chapman must face the tension between herself and her siblings and friends. The book has been described as a "documentary novel," replete with black and white photos of historic moments, cultural events, and print advertisements from the early 1960s.  Club datesFridays, July 20 and August 3; Time: 1:00-2:00 PM.                                                                 

The High School Book Club (Gr. 9-12) will read The Life of Pi by Yann Martel, winner of the prestigious Man Booker Award. Narrator "Pi" Patel is a married man with a family of his own, living in Canada. In the story Patel recounts his journey of leaving his home in India as a sixteen-year-old and surviving 227 days on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger. Part adventure, part magical realism, The Life of Pi tells a tale that you'll never forget. The film version of The Life of Pi is due out in theatres in December 2012. Club dates: Thursdays, July 12 and July 26; Time: 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM. 

Registration for all summer programs and book clubs begins on Saturday, June 2, 2012.  Space is limited.  Register in person at the Library or by calling 732.632.8526 or by writing

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