Movie – Either Cinderella or Hotel Transylvania depending on your votes! @ Cranford Public Library Raddin Room
Nov 30 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm


November 30, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Raddin Room

Cinderella (2015) or Hotel Transylvania, depending on your votes!

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Story Time Yoga @ Cranford Public Library Raddin Room
Nov 30 @ 10:15 pm
Story Time Yoga @ Cranford Public Library Raddin Room | Cranford | New Jersey | United States

Monday mornings at 10:15 though December 21, Raddin Room

Story time yoga mixes poses, games, storytelling, art, and music to teach children to release the sillies and find the calm. We’ll be using props—balls, scarves, pinwheels, and pom-poms—to build strength, flexibility, and self-confidence through play! Registration is required!

Read to Therapy Dogs @ Cranford Public Library Raddin Room
Dec 1 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Read to Therapy Dogs @ Cranford Public Library Raddin Room | Cranford | New Jersey | United States

Therapy Dogs

Tuesdays through December 8, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Raddin Room

Independent readers are invited to hone their skills by reading to certified therapy dogs. Registration is required.

Classic Film – Gentleman’s Agreement (1947, 119 minutes) @ Cranford Community Center
Dec 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Classic Film – Gentleman’s Agreement (1947, 119 minutes) @ Cranford Community Center | Cranford | New Jersey | United States

A reporter pretends to be Jewish in order to cover a story on anti-Semitism, and personally discovers the true depths of bigotry and hatred.

Director: Elia Kazan
Writers: Laura Z. Hobson (novel), Moss Hart (screen play)
Stars: Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire, John Garfield


“The Magic and Mystery of the Short Film” @ Cranford Community Center
Dec 3 @ 7:30 pm

December 3, 7:30 p.m., Cranford Community Center

In the age of independent cinema, most directors learn the craft of filmmaking by creating short films. You are invited to watch a selection of award-winning short films and gain some insight into how these mini-modern classics are created. Commentary will be provided by Chris Messineo, Director of the New Jersey Film School.



Library Resources

  • About

    Library Hours

    Monday to Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    Thursday & Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Closed Saturday in the Summer.
    Closed Sunday.

    Same hours as above – Children must be accompanied by an adult after 6:00 p.m.

    Your library has . . .

    Books – more than 100,000 titles
    Books in Russian, Polish and Spanish
    Children’s books in Spanish
    Adult Literacy and English as a Second Language collections
    Magazines and newspapers – nearly 200 subscriptions
    Playaways (digital audiobooks)
    Downloadable audiobooks (from eLibraryNJ)
    Downloadable e-books (from eLibraryNJ)
    Nook eBook reading devices
    Large print books
    Videos (feature films, instructional, and educational)
    DVDs (feature films, TV series, instructional, and educational)
    The Great Courses series on DVD
    The Modern Scholar series on CD
    The Drama Collection series on CD
    CD-ROM programs
    Foreign language cassettes and CDs
    Compact discs
    Museum passes

    Your library also has . . .

    FOR CHILDREN – Story hours for two, three and four-year-olds – Special events – Summer reading program – Puppets – MUZZY language series

    FOR TEENS – Young adult books (including graphic novels) – Books-on-CD – Playaways – Book discussion group – Teen advisory board – Summer reading program – Movies – Volunteer opportunities

    FOR THE DISABLED – Delivery to shut-ins – Video magnifier – Access to the materials and services of the New Jersey Talking Book and Braille Center

    FOR ONE AND ALL – Reference services – Extra copies of bestsellers – Interlibrary loan service – Museum passes – Commercial online databases – Value Line and Outlook investment services – Internet access, including wireless access – Word processing computers – Educational and cultural programs – Exhibit space – Tax forms

    MURAL LIBRARY – As a Cranford resident you have borrowing privileges at 40 libraries in Union and Middlesex counties. Materials may be returned at any of the libraries. Please call ahead to the library you are planning to visit to check on hours and borrowing policies.

    FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE – Copying machines – Fax service ($1.00 per page) – Microfilm and microfiche reader/printer – Telephone reference service – Telephone renewal service – Reserve service – Outdoor book drops, including a 24-hour drive-up drop – Online access to the library catalog and to your library account (including Mobile PAC for smart devices) – Online renewal and reserve service – Library Web page – Postage stamps for sale – Notary public (The service is free, but please call ahead to be sure there will be a notary on the premises when you plan to visit.)
    You are eligible for a free library card if you live, work full-time, attend school full-time, or own property in Cranford!


    What You May Borrow


    Unlimited books
    5 magazines
    6 books-on-CD
    6 books-on-tape
    6 books-on-MP3
    3 Playaways (digital audiobooks)
    5 downloadable books (eLibraryNJ)
    1 Nook eBook reader
    6 videos
    3 DVDs
    3 Modern Scholar CD sets
    3 Great Courses DVD sets
    6 talking books
    6 videos
    6 compact discs
    6 CD-ROM programs
    1 or 2 museum passes (museum entry policies vary)


    Unlimited Books (4 on one subject)
    5 Magazines
    4 Books-on-CD
    4 Books-on-Tape
    4 Books-on-MP3
    5 CDs
    3 DVDs
    6 Videos
    4 CD-ROM
    4 Puppets


    Adult magazine – 7 days
    DVD or video – 7 days
    New adult book – 14 days
    Recorded book (book-on-tape, -CD, -MP3, and Playaway) – 28 days
    Downloadable book (eLibraryNJ) – loan period varies
    Travel guide – 14 days
    Interlibrary loan – 21 days
    CD – 14 days
    Modern Scholar CD – 28 days
    Great Courses DVD – 28 days
    Language tapes – 28 days
    CD-ROM – 14 days
    Children’s puppets – 14 days
    Children’s recorded book (book-on-tape, -CD, -MP3, and Playaway) – 14 days
    Most other materials – 28 days

    RENEWALS – Call 908-709-7272, or renew online at To renew online, you will need your library card barcode number and a personal identification number (PIN). If you do not have a PIN or have forgotten it, please stop by the main desk of the library or call the main desk at 908-709-7272.

  • The Children's Room

    We have a variety of wonderful programs happening year-round at the library,
    check out the October calendar or take a look at our November calendar!

    Interested in receiving news and updates about children’s programs?

    Join Our Email List

    Therapy Dogs

    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.

    Lego Club

    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.

    Halloween Hootenanny

    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!

    Story Times

    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!

    Art Classes

    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 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!

    Online Resources
    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.

    NoveList K-8

    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.

    PebbleGo Next

    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!

    Type Racer

    It’s a race to type as fast as you can, challenge opponents from around the world!
  • For Teens



    Halloween Event

    Join us for some

    Ghoulish Games, Freaky Fun,

    and Frightening Food!

    Costumes optional but encouraged


    Sat, Oct 31  –  1 pm to 3:30 pm


    Hunger Games Lock-In

    Sat, Nov 6   6 pm to midnight

    Movies, survival games, and fun!!

    May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor!

    You must register for this event


    Cocoa Club

    Bring a favorite book to tell us about, hear

    about some other great books, and enjoy a warm cup of cocoa.

    Feel free to bring your favorite mug!

    Tue, Nov 24  6 pm to 7:30 pm


    Sat, Nov 30  2-4 pm

    Cinderella (2015)  OR  Hotel Transylvania

    Depending on your votes!


    SAT Practice Testing

    Sat, Dec 12     9am – 1 pm

    Why take a free practice test?  Because it’s a great way to get ready for the real thing!

    In the Cranford Community Center

    You must register for this event


    Holiday Celebration

    Wed, Dec 30      2-4 pm

    Come share the fun as we celebrate the holidays

    Games, Snacks, and a BOOK / CD / DVD SWAP –

    Swap your CDs, DVDs, and books for different ones – like getting a present!

    Only items in good shape, please.

    You must register for this event


     Programs open to all teens  –  Ages 12 -18 or in grades 7th-12th

    Questions?  Contact Fran Housten, Teen Librarian

    908-709-7272 or email

     To register for Teen programs:
    call, email, or come to the 2nd floor Reference Desk

  • Friends

    The Friends of the Cranford Public Library, established in 1979, was organized to:

    • support and cooperate with the library in developing services, programs and facilities for the community
    • maintain an association of people interested in libraries
    • focus attention on both the value and the needs of the library
    • stimulate use of the library’s resources and services
    • encourage and receive gifts, endowments and bequests to the library
    • foster literacy and a love of reading throughout the community
    • support librarianship as a professional career choice

    Membership in the Friends is open to all interested adults and youth.  Annualmemberships are accepted throughout the year.  Except for July and August, the Friends Board meets in the library on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.  Members of the public are welcome to attend these meetings.  Become a member and receive a free subscription to The Reader, the bi-monthly newsletter of the Cranford Public Library and the Friends of the Cranford Public Library. Membership application forms are available at the library’s main desk, or by clicking on Application Form.  A one-year membership is only $10.00 ($5.00 for senior citizens and students)!

    Since 1979, the Friends have contributed more than $200,000 to the library, including $50,000 for public furniture during the library expansion and renovation, which was completed in 2002.  The Friends sponsor a variety of special events for all ages throughout the year, including:

    • the children’s summer reading program
    • the young adult summer reading program
    • the adult summer reading program
    • summer performances by the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s Next Stage Ensemble
    • quarterly used book sales
    • an international film series (monthly)
    • a documentary film series (bi-monthly)
    • a classic film series (weekly)

    Since their inception, the Friends have supplemented the library budget for special needs by using membership dues, gifts and book sale proceeds.  In addition to the programs listed above, here are some recent examples of how the Friends have benefited the library and the community it serves:

    • string trio performance
    • jazz trio performance
    • harpist Merynda Adams
    • appearance by legendary DJ Pete Fornatale
    • appearance by the Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra
    • appearance by acclaimed singer/songwriter Greg Trooper
    • four lounge chairs and two occasional tables for the library reading room
    • two display cabinets
    • outdoor book return
    • display shelving for children’s books
    • picnic table
    • Great Courses dvd series
    • Modern Scholar cd series
    • electronic display system
    • two compact disc display cases
    • annual graduate level library studies scholarship
    • annual remedial reading scholarship for a program administered by the Cranford Board of Education

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q. How do I get a library card?

    A. If you live, own property or pay taxes in Cranford, attend school full time or work full time in Cranford, you may apply for a library card. Go to the main desk with proof of one of the above.

  • Q. What is available and what can I borrow from the library?

    A. Click here for a full list of materials and services provided by the library.

  • Q. Does the library provide Internet access?

    A. Yes.  The library has ten public Internet computers in the reference area and two Internet computers in the children’s room.  Wi-fi access is also available.  The library also provides two word processing computers for public use.

  • Q. What online services are available from the library?

    A. The library provides dozens of reference databases and online services, including the Cranford Archive, eLibraryNJ (free downloadable ebooks and audiobooks), interlibrary loan, and the library catalog. Click herefor a full list of online services.

  • Q. Doe the library lend eBook readers?

    A. Yes, the library has six Nook Color devices and one Nook Touch device.
  • Q. Does the library lend museum passes?

    A. Yes, the library lends museum passes. For a list of museums, click here.

  • Q. Can I use my Cranford Public Library card at any other libraries?

    A. Yes.  The library is a participating member of MURAL (Middlesex Union Reciprocal Agreement Libraries).  Click here for the list of MURAL libraries.
  • Q. Does the library provide fax service?

    A. Yes.  Faxes can be sent for $1.00 per page.
  • Q. Does the library have a notary public?

    A. Yes. It is best to call ahead (908-709-7272) see if the notary will be available when you plan to visit.
  • Q. Does the library accept donations of books and other materials?

    A. Yes, the library accepts book donations.  However, the following will not be accepted: multi-volume sets, text books, manuals, Reader’s Digest abridged books, and any books that are dirty, moldy, or in poor condition.  The library also accepts DVDs and CDs, but does not accept videotapes.  Donations can be brought to the main desk.

  • Q. How is the library funded?

    A. The library is primarily supported by local tax dollars. Other funding sources include the Friends of the Cranford Public Library, overdue fines, annual per capita state aid, grants, donations, fees (printing and faxing), and the library’s ongoing used book sale.

  • Q. Is there a Friends of the Library group?

    A. Yes. Membership is $10 annually, $5 for senior citizens and students. Applications are available at the main desk and at