Literati for All

The Mercer County Library System launches its annual summer reading program on Monday, June 23. Locations include East Windsor, Ewing, Hightstown, Ewing, Hopewell, Lawrence, Robbinsville, Twin Rivers, and West Windsor.

Free registration for the children’s summer reading program begins on June 23 and continues through the end of the program on August 8. Incentive prizes are awarded weekly as children 11 and under make return visits to the library with their reading logs.

The online teen program, “Spark a Reaction,” is available between June 23 and August 22 for ages 12 to 18. Teens may register via the library’s website, with a user name and password, returning to their account to record books as they read them. Teen events and prizes offered vary by branch location.

Fun, educational activities, and contests are planned from June through early August at all branches. A variety of programs are scheduled including The Juggling Hoffmans, Kurt Gallagher, What-Knott Farm Petting Zoo, Enjoy Explore India, Miss Penny Puppet Show, Global Rhythms, Mad Science of West New Jersey, Youth Stages, and more.

Some programs require pre-registration with a valid Mercer County Library System card. All programs are free. Monthly event listings and reading log registration details are available in early June at branch locations. Events can also be found at www.­mcl.­org.

Call for Writers

Mercer Community College invites area writers and artists to submit their work for Kelsey Review 2014. The Review accepts short fiction, poetry, personal essays, excerpts of novels, black and white line drawings, and cartoons by those who live, work, or study in Mercer County.

Fiction and essays should be limited to 4,000 words. Poetry is limited to six pages. Material should not have been previously published or be simultaneously submitted to other journals. Visit www.­ The deadline is Wednesday, May 14. E-mail


Yardley Players has auditions for “Meet Me in St. Louis” on Saturday, April 26, noon to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, May 4, 1 to 5 p.m. at Kelsey Theater in West Windsor. The production opens Friday, July 18. Needed are adults ages 18 to 60 plus and young actors ages 6 to 17.

Supporting characters and ensemble should prepare to sing “Meet Me in St. Louis,” “Skip to My Lou,” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Visit website for songs for others or an audition form at www.­yardleyplayers.­com. Bring a recent photo of yourself, a resume, and a prepared song. Be prepared for a dance and stage movement audition. E-mail kristydavis@gmail.­com or call at 215-913-6391 for an audition appointment.

Actors’ NET of Bucks County will hold script in hand auditions for all six supporting roles in its upcoming production of Ken Ludwig’s comedy, “Moon Over Buffalo.” Auditions are Saturday and Sunday, April 5 and 6, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Heritage Center, 635 North Delmorr Avenue, Morrisville, PA.

George Hartpence and Carol Thompson, who are married in real life, have been cast to star as George and Charlotte Hay. The pair has co-starred in numerous area productions and will, in effect, be lampooning caricatures of their own onstage personas.

Actors are being sought for Ethel, a character actress in her 70s; Rosalind, the couple’s daughter with a British accent; Howard, a wimpish weatherman with physical comedy skills; Eileen, a bombshell actress; Paul, a leading man with a British accent; and Richard, the stuffy lawyer.

No monologues required. Auditioners will read from the script.Call 215-295-3694 or E-mail actorsnet@aol.­com. Walk-ins will be seen if time allows.

Seeking Historic Photos

New Brunswick Free Public Library seeks photographs of New Brunswick taken from the 1920s to the 1980s. Photographs tell stories including the first communion picture, young grandparents, or the street scene behind the picture of the family’s first car after World War II. Pictures that can be identified as to time and place are important to the project.

The library is making a community photobook to celebrate New Jersey’s 350th birthday. Bring family photographs in albums or loose for the library to scan. All original photographs will be returned.

Some of the scanned photographs will be used for an exhibition in the community room. Scanned photographs need to be 600dpi. Contact the reference desk at 732-745-5108, ext. 20; or E-mail nbfpl@lmxac.­org.

Volunteer Please

New Jersey Blood Services, a division of New York Blood Center, which supplies blood products and services to 60 hospitals throughout the state, is in need of volunteers at blood drives. The blood service volunteer is an integral member of the collection team whose task it is assist donors with registration, escorting and canteen duties, and to watch for post donation reactions. Volunteers should have the ability to relate to the public, be able to perform different jobs as needed, and have the willingness to follow the rules. Contact R. Jan Zepka at 732-616-8741 or E-mail rzepka@nybloodcenter.­org.

For Teens

Princeton Photo Workshop presents a new summer day program for enthusiastic young photographers to learn the fundamentals of digital photography while exploring their creativity and enjoyment of photography. For ages 13 to 17 to participate in one or two weeks hands-on workshops, which will include both classroom time and in-the-field practice.

Working with their own DSLR cameras, teens will learn the basics of taking a really good picture. Like real professional photographers, they will shoot in the field and in the studio, exploring lighting options and composition techniques while each student receives personal attention from experienced instructors. Week two focuses on organizing and enhancing their images using Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop.

Workshops will be held at Harlingen Studios in Belle Mead and at Princeton area locations. Visit princetondigitalphotoworkshop.­com for information.

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