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The Reader

The Newsletter of the Cranford Public Library &
The Friends of the Cranford Public Library
March-April 2015


Books & Bagels

Books & Bagels sessions will take place on March 7, April 11, May 2, all 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.

Safe and Secure Online

On Wednesday, March 18, at 7 p.m. join Debra Price in the Cranford Community Center and learn how to save time, money, and stress by keeping yourself and your computer safe and secure. Learn how to recognize email scams, avoid viruses, determine if a Web site is safe, and create strong passwords (and remember them!). Debra Price is a cyber security professional who provides presentations for the (ISC)2 Safe and Secure Online Foundation. She has spent 15 years in Internet Security at AT&T. Admission is free and all are welcome.

The Readers’ Forum Book Discussion

The Readers’ Forum will meet to discuss Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom on March 23. Subsequent titles and dates are Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on April 27 and The Circle by Dave Eggers on May 18. All dates are Mondays. Sessions start at 7 p.m. in the library’s Fridlington Room. New members are always welcome!

Program on Wills, Estates, and Managing Assets

Cranford residents Tony Romero and Nicholas Giuditta will present a program entitled “What Everyone Should Know About Wills, Estates, and Managing Assets for Loved Ones” on Wednesday, March 25, at 7 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center. Mr. Romero is a portfolio manager and vice president at Morgan Stanley in New York City. Mr. Giuditta is an attorney with a law practice in Westfield that specializes in estate planning, estate administration, wills, durable powers of attorney, and advance directives. Admission to the program is free and all are welcome.

Informed Investing

Are you an informed investor? Come and find out at an interactive workshop at the Cranford Community Center on Friday, March 27, at 2 p.m. The program will focus on best practices for selecting a broker or brokerage firm, investing red flags, commonly raised legal claims against financial professionals, and options available to people who think they may have a legal claim against a broker. The seminar will be presented by Alex Kramer and Alison Frimmel, third-year students at the Seton Hall University School of Law and members of the School's Investor Advocacy Project. Admission is free and all are welcome.

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

National Teenager Day

Celebrate yourself and your friends at our Teen Party! Saturday, March 21, noon to 3 p.m.


Teen Tech Week

Celebrate the fun of the digital world on Saturday, March 14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Work on making simple robots from 10 a.m. to noon. Noon to 2 p.m., enjoy pizza and draw a 3D hand! Registration required!


Teen Advisory Meeting

Have ideas for cool events? Want to earn some volunteer time? Interested in making the library a cooler place for teens? Tuesday, March 24, 6 to 8 p.m.


National Pet Owner’s Day

Celebrate the fun of pets at this salute to all things Pets. You don’t have to have one to share the fun! Saturday, April 18, 1 to 3 p.m. Registration required!


Earth Day

Share the 45th anniversary of the global movement for environmental protection. Wednesday, April 22, 6 to 8 p.m.

From the Children's Room


Children ages 8 to 12, come make a simple robot that creates scribbly art on Saturday, March 14, at 11 a.m. in the Raddin Room! Registration is required.

Lego Club

Lego Club sessions take place on the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. The next two session dates are March 17 and April 21. Children in grades K to 5 are welcome. Stop by, free-build, and share your work with others. And contact Miss Lauren in the Children’s Room to be added to the monthly Lego Club Newsletter.

Fancy Dance

April 6, 13 and 20, all Mondays, at 3:30 p.m. Instructors from the Arthur Miller Dance School will teach us to waltz, rhumba, salsa, merengue, and tango! Children ages 5+ are invited to participate in this free program. Registration is required and space is limited.

Family M.E.S.S.
- It’s time for another Family M.E.S.S. (Math, Engineering, and Science Saturday) on April 11 at 1 p.m. Come explore educational stations as a family and learn while having fun! The program is open to children ages 2 to 10. Registration is required.

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.

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
Friends of the Library Scholarship Application Now Available

The Friends are offering a $1,000 scholarship to a Cranford resident who is currently pursuing or intends to pursue a graduate degree in library and information science or media specialist. Applications are available at the library reference desk. Completed applications should be sent to The Friends of the Cranford Public Library, P.O. Box 400, Cranford, NJ 07016. The application deadline is May 1, 2015.

Classic, Foreign, and Documentary Films

The Friends’ Tuesday classic film series continues with The Count of Monte Cristo (1934, 114 min.) on March 3, followed by: Swing Time (1936, 103 min.), March 10; The Letter (1940, 96 min.), March 17; The Roaring Twenties (1939, 106 min.), March 24; Hobson’s Choice (1954, 107 min.), March 31; The Sea Hawk (1940, 128 min.), April 7; Touch of Evil (1958, 108 min.), April 14; The Treasure of Sierra Madre (1948, 126 min.), April 21; and That Uncertain Feeling (1941, 86 min.), April 28. Show times are 7 p.m. The Friends’ foreign film series continues with Le Chef (France, 2012, 84 min.) on Monday, March 16, and The Valet (France, 2006, 85 min.) on Monday, April 20, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The Friends’ documentary series continues with Advanced Style (2014, 72 min.), a portrait of stylish New York City women over 60, on Monday, April 13, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. All films are shown in the Cranford Community Center. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Doo-Wop Groups of New Jersey

The Friends of the Cranford Public Library are pleased to welcome back doo-wop historians Charlie & Pam Horner on Wednesday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center. From the Duprees to the Monotones, the Rivieras, and the Shirelles, you’ll hear fascinating stories about the doo-wop music scene of the Garden State in the 1950s and early 1960s. On display will be photos of more than 50 doo-wop groups from New Jersey; and, of course, there will be plenty of music clips to sing along to. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Bargains Abound at the Friends’ March Book Sale!

Choose from thousands of books, cds, dvds, and recorded books on Wednesday, March 11, 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday, March 12 and 13, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday, March 14, 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.

Classical Concert
Guitarist Joel Perry and pianist Eric Olsen will perform Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez on Monday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center. Originally composed for guitar and orchestra, the Concierto is considered the first piece to successfully combine the soul of flamenco with the balanced form of classical music. Mr. Perry and Mr. Olsen will perform some shorter pieces as well. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Join the Friends of the Library!

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


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