Books & Bagels is now Literary Café! As usual, refreshments will still be served, courtesy of the Friends of the Cranford Public Library, but with a slight change in menu. The program format is simple. Just bring a few of your favorite books and tell the other members of the group what you like about them. The books can be new or old, fiction or non-fiction, classic or contemporary. Sessions are one hour long. There is no required reading, and you will have the opportunity to learn about books recommended by other group members. Registration is not required. Just drop in. Subsequent session dates, all Saturdays at 10:15 a.m., are November 5, December 3, 2016, and January 7, February 4, March 4, April 1, May 6, and June 3, 2017.
This short, lively story time is perfect for babies and toddlers! Children ages 3-23 months are invited to join us for a morning of books and songs followed by free play. No registration required, just drop in!
Please note: this event is presented on Mondays and repeated on Wednesdays. Please choose one session a week.
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 here for 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 online. Click here for an online application and to learn more about Friends of the Cranford Library.