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The Reader

The Newsletter of the Cranford Public Library &
The Friends of the Cranford Public Library
January - February 2015


Books & Bagels

Books & Bagels sessions will take place on January 3 and February 7, both Saturdays, from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in the Raddin Room. Bring a few recent favorite books—new or old, fiction or non-fiction, classic or contemporary—and tell what you like about them. There is no required reading. You will learn about books recommended by other group members, and refreshments will be served, courtesy of the Friends of the Cranford Public Library. Registration is not required.

“Snow Many Books” - Adult Winter Reading Program

The library is pleased to announce that an Adult Winter Reading Program will take place this year for the first time. Adults 18 years and older are encouraged to participate. The program will run for six weeks from January 20 to March 3. There will be weekly random drawings for prizes, and grand prizes will be awarded at the end of the program, courtesy of the Friends of the Cranford Public Library. No registration required! Whether you read a little or a lot, visit the library and pick up a book to beat the winter blues.

The Readers’ Forum Book Discussion

The Readers’ Forum will discuss Loving Frank by Nancy Horan on January 26. Subsequent titles and dates (all Mondays) are: Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman, February 23; Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom, March 23; Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, April 27; and The Circle by Dave Eggers, May 18. Sessions start at 7 p.m. in the library’s Fridlington Room. New members are always welcome!

New Library News Email Service Available
Learn about the latest library news, including upcoming programs and new services, by subscribing to the library’s new email service. If your email address is already on file with the library, you may already be receiving this service. If you are not receiving emails and would like to, just send an email to and you will be added to the list. Emails will be sent on a weekly basis and you can unsubscribe at any time. The service is funded by the Friends of the Cranford Public Library.


Borrow a Museum Pass!
The library lends museum passes to 11 outstanding institutions in New York City and New Jersey. Purchased for the library by the Friends of the Cranford Public Library, the passes can be borrowed by adult Cranford Library card holders and adult members of the Friends of the Cranford Public Library with MURAL borrowing privileges. Passes are available on a first come, first served basis. They cannot be reserved or renewed. The library currently lends passes to the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum (scheduled to re-open on December 12, 2014), the Frick Collection, Grounds for Sculpture (Hamilton, NJ), the Guggenheim Museum, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University, the Montclair Art Museum, the Morris Museum, the Museum of the City of New York, and the New-York Historical Society Museum, which includes access to the DiMenna Children’s History Museum. The number and ages of individuals admitted varies with each institution.  Click here for more information about the program.


Use Wowbrary to See Books and Other Items Recently Added to the Library Collection!
Library patrons are invited to take advantage of Wowbrary, an email service that showcases the library's newest items each week. The alerts feature the latest bestsellers, movies, music CDs, audio books, ebooks, children's titles, cookbooks, mysteries, travel guides, health books, science fiction, and more purchased by the library. Wowbrary alerts are free and do not require a library card.  You click on a new item and go directly to the library catalog to see if it is available. To sign up or learn more, go to and click on the Wowbrary logo, or go directly to Wowbrary at  For help getting started with Wowbrary, call the library at 908-709-7272 and ask for the reference desk, or email the library at

From the Teen Zone

Puzzle Day. Why? Because puzzles are fun! Monday, January 5, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. . . . Practice act Exam, Saturday, February 7, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. . . . Movie: Space Balls, Saturday, February 7, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. May the farce be with you! . . . Mardi Gras Celebration!! Tuesday, February 17, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. . . . For more info about teen activities, go to, or contact Teen Librarian Fran Housten at cranfordlibrary@ or 709-7272. Programs are open to all teens, ages 12 to 18, or in grades 7 to 12.

From the Children's Room

Family M.E.S.S. (Math, Engineering, and Science Saturday)

The Cranford Library invites children to get their hands dirty at Family M.E.S.S. (Math, Engineering, and Science Saturday) on January 10 at 11 a.m. in the Raddin Room. Families will attempt hands-on experiments, solve problems, and, of course, have fun at this educational program, created for families with children from the ages of 2 to 10. Registration is required. Reserve a spot by calling or stopping by the library.

Pajama Story Time

Children ages 3 to 6 and their families are invited to don their coziest pajamas and join us for a Pajama Story Time on Tuesday, January 27, at 6:30 p.m. There will also be other types of story times in January. Please check the Children’s Room Web page for dates and times.

Looking for a Good Listener?

Children who would like to read to a welcoming, non-critical listener are invited to read to a certified therapy dog (and trainer). Sessions take place on the second Tuesday of the month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Children's Room. Please register in the Children’s Room.

Bill Nye the Science Guy
DVD Series Now Available in the Children’s Collection

Thanks to a generous donation from the Friends of the Cranford Public Library, the entire Bill Nye the Science Guy dvd set is now a part of the children’s collection. Science Guy was a very popular television program devoted to the natural sciences that aired on pbs Kids in the mid-1990s. Aimed at a pre-teen audience, the set consists of 100 half-hour episodes. Although the last episode of Science Guy appeared in 1998, the program was such a success that it is still shown in schools and on TV. dvds from the set may be borrowed for free and circulate for seven days.


Sign Up for a Library Card and Receive a Free Pen & Pencil Kit!

Children are invited to register for a library card in the Children's Room and receive a free pen and pencil kit!  To receive a Cranford library card, a child must be able to print his or her first and last name and must be a Cranford resident or attend school full-time in Cranford. The kits are available courtesy of the Friends of the Cranford Public Library.

News from the Friends of the Cranford Public Library
Time to Join the Friends of the Library!

The Friend’s annual membership drive is underway. Founded in 1979, the Friends support the library in dozens of ways, including sponsorship of the classic, documentary, and international film series, the adult, teen, and children's summer reading programs, the Books & Bagels book chat program, play readings by the Theater Project, and story time yoga sessions for children. The Friends also purchase furniture and equipment for the library, fund an annual library studies scholarship, and fund the library's highly popular museum pass and book club kit programs. In addition, in 2014, the Friends made a substantial contribution to the library book budget, subsidized an architectural study of the library, and purchased The Drama Collection, a set of 250 classic plays on cd, 31 Great Courses dvd sets, and the complete Bill Nye the Science Guy series on dvd. The Friends ask that you help support the library by joining or by renewing your membership. The annual membership fee is only $10.00 ($5.00 for senior citizens and students). Membership includes mailings of The Reader. Applications are available at the library’s main desk and at


Classic, Foreign, and Documentary Films

The Friends’ classic film series continues with Cool Hand Luke (1967, 126 minutes) on January 6, followed by: Rear Window (1954, 112 minutes), January 13; Mutiny on the Bounty (1935, 132 minutes), January 20; Citizen Kane (1941, 119 minutes), January 27; The Gold Rush (1925, 85 minutes), February 3; The Asphalt Jungle (1950, 112 minutes), February 10; Grand Hotel (1932, 112 minutes), February 17; and The Big Trail (1930, 110 minutes), February 24. All dates are Tuesdays. Show times are 7 p.m. The Friends’ foreign film series continues with Ilo Ilo (Singapore, 2013, 99 minutes) on Monday, January 12, and Ida (Poland, 2013, 80 minutes) on Monday, February 9, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The Friends’ documentary series continues with Hands on a Hard Body (1997, 95 minutes) on Monday, February 2, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. All films are shown in the Cranford Community Center. Admission is free and all are welcome.


Bargains Abound at the Friends’ January Book Sale!

Choose from thousands of children's and adult books, cds, dvds, and recorded books on Wednesday, January 7, 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday, January 8 and 9, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday, January 10, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in the Library’s Friendly Book Cellar. Most items are priced between $.25 and $2.00. On Saturday, fill a bag with books for just $8.00! Proceeds benefit the library!


Staged Play Readings by the Theater Project

The Friends are pleased to welcome the Theater Project, which will be present readings of new plays at 2 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center on January 17 and February 14, both Saturdays. Following the readings, the plays will be discussed by the audience, the actors, and the authors. The Theater Project is an acclaimed professional theater group and the winner of two New Jersey Tony Awards. Admission is free and all are welcome.


Carnaby Street, Featuring the Music of the British Invasion and More

The Friends invite you to enjoy Carnaby Street, a band that features music from the British Invasion, along with various American artists. The band will perform the music of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, the Moody Blues, the Who, the Dave Clark Five, the Bee Gees, the Hollies, Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, the Monkees, and the Byrds, among others, on Wednesday, February 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center. Admission is free and all are welcome.


Library Hours
Monday to Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday, January 1, for New Year's Day
Monday, January 19, for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Monday, February 16, for Presidents' Day
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