Making the Right Decisions for College

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

David Twersky, an Independent Education Consultant and the founder of College Link Consulting, will lead a discussion to help prepare both students and parents for the college application experience.

SAT vs. ACT?: Most colleges use the SAT or ACT to help decide whether to admit students or not. Neither test is harder than the other – but each test benefits a different type of student. Learn the differences between the two tests and discover which one might be best for you!

Planning College Visits: Visiting a college is the best way to get a feel for the campus — from classes and dorms to the cafeteria menu. A visit also gives you the chance to talk to students, faculty, and financial aid and admission officers. Find out how to make the most of your time when visiting.

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This program is brought to you by College Link Consulting.

Ready, Set, Go… To College!

Thursday, May 9, 2019

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for an interactive discussion on how every student can make themselves a better candidate for college acceptance and beyond!

This workshop is for Middle School, Ninth, and Tenth graders on how to prepare for the Eleventh Grade College Search. We will explore, explain, and discuss college preparation topics like transcripts, SAT-ACT Testing, the essay, teacher recommendations, campus visits, & more. Designed for parents & students to attend.

Mickey Gilbert has built his life and career around supporting and guiding young adults. As a counselor for forty years, Mickey has guided students to seek out their passions, explore their strengths, and ultimately find the right college.Find out more at

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How to Write Great College Essays

Writing a Killer College Essay

Saturday, May 25, 2019

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Find out how to construct a fantastic college essay, from soup to nuts!

As a former outside, undergraduate admissions reader, Alisha Davlin is well versed in what makes a memorable college essay. She holds an M.Ed. from Columbia University & an MFA from NYU. She is also the founder of Davlin Tutoring and has worked with more than 500 clients and students.

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Read Through the Summer!

It’s almost summer and that means more time to read! Check out our Summer Reading Programs here.

Read your way through the summer with these reading lists from South Orange and Maplewood Middle Schools and Columbia High School!

2018 Choices Reading Lists for middle schoolers

2018 Columbia High School Reading Lists

March Madness of Books

March Madness of Books

This March the Maplewood Memorial Library is teaming up with the Maplewood Middle School Media Center for the March Madness of Books. For the first three weeks in March, MMS student teams will compete to read the most books, ebooks, articles, magazines, and more for awesome prizes! The ultimate student team winner will take on the faculty in a final competition to see who wins it all! Keep up with the Madness at the MMS Media Center and the Maplewood Memorial Library Teen Zone where we will keep our weekly scoreboards up to date. MMS students and parents can find more information, including the student reading submission form, at
Need a reading recommendation? Ask Ms. Emily, our teen librarian, or check out some of our displays!

Teen Reads

  • Teen Reads Everything about books and authors for teens
  • YA Book Central A stopover for people looking for information on young adult books     
  • Reading Rants! Out of the ordinary teen booklists
  • Guys Lit Wire Helps guys find the books they want to read
  • Figment A community to share your writing, connect with other readers and find new stories and authors

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