MIDDLETOWN — Ever have a great idea for a new product? This is your opportunity to find out if it could work.

The Middletown Thrall Library will host “Planning and Developing Your Product,” a free four-part workshop presented by Steven Lindner starting Sept. 25.

In addition to his over 20 years of experience with design and product development, Lindner was an associate professor in the business program at the new school -Parsons. His textbook “Retail Accountability,” is widely used in universities.

Topics explored in the free classes will include patents, copyrights and trademarks (protecting your idea), prototypes (creating working examples and financing your project), Commercial viability (who will buy your product, price-market-desirability).

Students will have one month to create their prototype. Anyone completing it in the first three weeks will have the opportunity to present their product to a special group, which will include representatives from the Small Business Administration (SBA), local banks, as well as potential “angel investors.”

Classes will be held in the second-floor community room at the library from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Sept. 25, Oct. 2, 9, and Presentation on Nov. 6 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Space is limited and registration is required. To register or for more information contact Theresa Zacek at 341-5483 or email tzacek@rcls.org.