IMPORTANT NOTE: We had originally planned to send confirmation e-mails to the parents of children participating in the Spelling Bee by Saturday, March 8. Unfortunately, we have run into some technical difficulties sending these e-mails (due to our e-mail provider). Please bear with us – it may take us an additional day or two to get the e-mails out. We will post again here when the e-mails have all been sent out.
E-mails will be going out over the next couple of days to the parents of all children selected to take part in our 2014 Town-Wide Spelling Bee. Full instructions about payment will be included. For the first time, in addition to accepting checks, we will also be allowing credit card payments, via Square.com. If you applied for your child to take part in the bee, and you received a confirmation e-mail, you may pay by credit card using the link on our Spelling Bee page.
We have chosen the 100 participants in each of the two divisions for our 2014 Town-Wide Spelling Bee. We have also selected an additional 20 children in each division for a wait list, in case anyone is unable to take part. Please see our Spelling Bee page for the names and more details. Congratulations to all the children taking part!
Spelling Bee application forms were distributed to all eligible children in the Edison Elementary Schools this week. If your child did not receive one, they are available in the three library branches. In addition, they can now be downloaded here(PDF).
Please make sure you follow all the instructions given on the form, or your child’s application may be rejected.
More details can be found on our Spelling Bee page.
Towards the end of last year, Carolyn Cullum, System Coordinator for Children’s Services at Edison Public Library came to us for help. She told us that the Children’s department had been receiving requests for books by the popular British author Enid Blyton for quite some time, but they were not available through the usual library channels. She had been looking for a way to get them for two years.
Graham Gudgin, President of Friends of the Edison Public Library said, “I’m originally from England and was brought up on Enid Blyton books like the ‘Famous Five’ and ‘Secret Seven’ series, so I am thrilled to hear that children in Edison are asking for these books!”
Not only were The Friends able to pay for these books (82 of them, covering six different series), but we sourced them too, getting some from the UK. Here’s Carolyn after being presented with the first four series:
And here’s the display of the books at the North Edison Branch Library:
These books will be available in all three branches. Here are the bookplates acknowledging the donation:
Purchases like these are only possible because of the money raised through Friends’ memberships, donations, our book sales and other events.
We have now posted the rules for our 2014 Town-Wide Spelling Bee on our Spelling Bee page.
Check out the new iPad Game Center in the Children’s Department at the North Edison Branch Library. Friends of the Edison Public Library bought three new iPads for the Center. See photo below.
If you have a child or children in an Edison Elementary School, grades 2-5, they should be bringing a spelling bee application form home from school during the week commencing Monday, 1/27/2014. Please look out for it. The following week, application forms will be available in the Edison Libraries and will be downloadable from the Spelling Bee page on this website.
Please follow all the instructions on the form carefully, otherwise your child’s application may be rejected.
We have made a very important change to the application process this year, which should make it much fairer to applicants. In previous years, we accepted entrants on a first-come-first-served basis; unfortunately, some children received their forms before others, giving them an unfair advantage. For the first time this year, after listening to your feedback, the 100 participants in each division (division 1: grades 2/3 – division 2: grades 4/5) will be drawn randomly from all applications received by the deadline given on the form.
For more information, and for updates, please check our Spelling Bee page.
It has taken longer than we would have liked to get this set in stone, and the date is later in the year than we originally wanted, but we are happy to announce that we will be holding our Edison Town Wide Spelling Bee on Saturday, May 10 at J.P. Stevens High School.
Mark your calendars if your child is in grades 2-5 and would like to take part. More details to follow.
Might you have an hour or two to spare this coming Friday morning/Early afternoon (November 1st)? Unfortunately, a few of our regular volunteers are unable to make it to help us set up our book sale. The activities mostly involve opening boxes and putting the books on display. We need people between about 10am and 3pm at the North Edison Branch Library. Please contact us ASAP at FOLEdisonNJ@gmail.com if you can help. We are also looking for people to help us break down the sale on Sunday, from 4pm-6pm.