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Independent readers are invited to hone their skills by reading to therapy dogs! We’ll be joined by certified therapy dogs on November 10 and December 8 between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., call or stop by the library to reserve a spot. Registration is required and begins two weeks before the program.
Children in grades K-5 are invited to join us for Lego Club on the third Tuesday of each month. We’ll be free-building and sharing out work on November 17 and December 15 at 6:30. No registration required, just drop in.
Add the library to your list of Halloween stops! Join the festivities at this fun Halloween party: we’ll create some crafts, play some games, and share some stories! It’s all happening on Friday, October 30th at 3:45 p.m. in the Library’s Raddin Room. This program is best suited to children ages 3-6, registration is not required.
Can’t make it to Friday’s party? We’ll have craft supplies on hand all day on Halloween. You can stop in any time and create a simple craft!
Yoga Story Time, ages 2-5: Join us for this very special story time, led by Lisa Ferraro, on Monday mornings at 10:15 from November 2-December 21. The program mixes poses, games, storytelling, art and music to teach children to release the sillies and find the calm. We’ll be using props–like balls, scarves, pinwheels, and pom-poms–to build strength, flexibility, and self-confidence through play! This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Cranford Public Library. Registration is required, call or stop by the Children’s Department to reserve a spot.
Music & Movement Story Time, ages 3-24 months: Our youngest friends are invited to join us for a short, lively story time packed with plenty of songs. Join us on Saturday, November 14 at 10:15 a.m. in the Library’s Raddin Room. No registration required, just drop in!
Meet Art, ages 4-6: Our preschool-aged friends are invited to join us as we learn all about Henri Matisse and create our own Matisse-inspired masterpieces! Join us on Thursday, November 12 at 10:15 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.in the Library’s Raddin Room. Registration is required and space is limited.
Petit Picasso, ages 2-3: Our 2 and 3-year-old friends are invited to join us for a morning of art! We’ll be reading a short story and then creating some process based art. Process based art, which encourages creativity rather than creating a particular product, provides developmentally appropriate art experiences for our toddler friends. This approach allows children to relax and express themselves freely, while improving their small motor skills. It’s all happening on Thursday, November 19 at 10:15 a.m. Registration is required and space is limited.
Drop-in Craft, all ages: Keep busy while school is closed: stop by the library on Friday, November 27 between 11:00 a.m. and noon to create a simple Fall craft!
The wealth of information at the library isn’t limited to books;
we also have a wide range of online resources!
For Emerging Readers
Children learning to read on their own will love our selection of online books that will read along with them. The library has content from:
A children’s discovery database suitable for pre-K through 4th grade. Topics include Animals, Earth and Space, Biographies, and Social Sciences. To access PebbleGo, use cranford as the user name and learnas the password.
TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of talking picture books. Tumblebooks are created by adding animation, sound, music, and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book that children can read or have read to them. To access TumbleBookLibrary, use cranfordpl as your user name and libra as your password.
Capstone capitalizes on the use of multimedia, providing a great interactive resource to be used by teachers, parents, and students to enhance reading and reading comprehension levels. Use usernamecranford and password learn.
A digital library designed with the Common Core State Standards in mind. Sixty percent non-fiction titles. Books can be searched by author, title, keyword, subject, Lexile, alphabetic reading level, or CCSS. “Read to Me” option can be on or off. You’ll need the username cranford and the password cranford.
Finished a book you love and looking for something just like it? These resources will help to pair you with your next read.
This searchable database provides a simple way to find the perfect book. It focuses on fiction reading materials that support the school curriculum, as well as the recreational reading interests of children and students from preschool through middle school. In addition, Novelist K-8 Plus features a section devoted to non-fiction reading materials.
New Jersey State Library Book Lists
This list of suggested titles, put together by the New Jersey State Library, contains read-alikes for popular authors and genres.
This tool, created by Scholastic, allows you to search for read-alikes or by reading level.
Looking for another source for a paper? We’ve got you covered: search thousands of educational articles contained in the library’s databases:
A suite of online reference resources, use your library card number when prompted for “Patron ID.”
Kids Search: A research database designed for use by students in kindergarten through eighth grade.
MAS Ultra – School Edition: Designed specifically for high school libraries, this database contains full text for nearly 500 popular, high school magazines. Also provides more than 360 full text reference books, 85,670 biographies, more than 107,000 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of more than 510,000 photos, maps & flags, color PDFs, and expanded full text back files (back to 1975) for key magazines.
Middle Search Plus: Provides full text for more than 140 popular, middle school magazines. All full text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Full text is also available for thousands of biographies and historical essays. Middle Search Plus also contains 84,774 biographies, 105,786 primary source documents, and a School Image Collection of photos, maps and flags.
Primary Search: Provides full text for more than 70 popular magazines for elementary school research. All full text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles), and full text information dates as far back as 1990.
Searchasaurus: Use Searchasaurus to access three popular primary education databases, Primary Search, Middle Search Plus, and Book Collection: Nonfiction.
Student Research Center: Search by specific topic or browse subjects in magazines, newspapers, primary source documents, and images.
Encyclopedia Britannica for Kids
The online version of the classic Encyclopedia for children.
Facts on File World Almanac for Kids Online
This is a great general resource containing a variety of information.
Marshall Cavendish Digital
Extensive information on Dinosaurs, the Elements, Explorers and Exploration, International Wildlife, and Inventors and Inventions.
This database was created especially for researchers in grades 3-6. It’s the place to go for questions about U.S. States and American Indians. Each article contains a “read to me” feature, videos, timelines, and more! Sign in with username Cranford and password learn. Download instructions for using the database here.
World Book Online
Contains every article from the 22-volume print version of the World Book Encyclopedia, plus state-of-the art multimedia and editor-reviewed Web sites.
Children learning to use a computer keyboard have a few free resources available to them:
This typing program contains tutorials and tests for a variety of abilities: from introductions to advanced keyboarding tests!
Dance Mat Typing
This game, created by the BBC, familiarizes children with touch typing before encouraging them to improve their typing speed. Once you’ve mastered typing, take a look at their other tech tutorials!
It’s a race to type as fast as you can, challenge opponents from around the world!