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The Reader
The Newsletter of the Cranford Public Library &
The Friends of the Cranford Public Library
July-August 2014


Meet Author Barbara Steingas

Author Barbara Steingas will visit the Cranford Community Center on Wednesday, August 20, at 7:30 p.m. to discuss her book, Germans are Funny Too! Ms. Steingas grew up in New Jersey speaking English and German and has traveled to Germany to visit family many times. Germans are Funny Too! includes anecdotes about her grandparents, mother, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Although the book is primarily humorous, it includes some somber stories, such as the account of how her grandfather opposed the Nazis and survived by singing opera in a concentration camp. Admission is free; all are welcome.

From the Teen Zone
Teen Summer Reading Club. Read for fun and prizes and Spark a Reaction! Join the Summer Reading Club. For every three books you read, receive a prize. For each book read, receive a point. Plus, lots of ways to earn extra points. On Thursday, August 21, at the end-of-season Pizza Party, prizes will be awarded by Tricky Tray–the more tickets you’ve earned, the better your chances of winning the prize(s) of your choice! Plus, everyone goes home with a bag of goodies!

Teen Movies
. Every Tuesday at 2 p.m., July 1 to August 26. Go to for listings.

Fun Thursdays
. July 3 to August 28 at 2 p.m. Come to the library for a craft, presentation, or some other fun! Go to for ongoing activities.

Teen Makeover
. Date to be announced. Stylists from Sofi's Colour Lounge will demonstrate hair and make-up techniques. Registration is required!

The Twilight Zone
. Thursday, July 10, 2 p.m. Thrill to Raconteur Radio’s theatrical presentation of the classic TV show. Enter another dimension and cross over into the Twilight Zone!

. Thursday July 24, 2 p.m. A regular summer feature. Enjoy having your caricature drawn while watching the artist at work. Registration is required!

Batman Marathon
. Friday, July 25, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Batman turns 75 this July and we will celebrate with a Lock-In Marathon of several movies! Registration is required!

Author Visit
. Tuesday, July 31, 2 p.m. Meet a panel of teen authors as they discuss their books and the art of writing! Books will be available for purchase.

Spa Lock-In
. Friday, August 15, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Hey girls, come in your PJs and get pampered as we make our own lip gloss and do other fun stuff. Registration is required!

Pizza Party Finale
. Thursday, August 21, 2 p.m. Pizza, prizes, and chances to win more prizes. Don’t miss this one! Registration is required!

From the Children's Room
Fizz, Boom, Race to the Moon! - Children’s Summer Reading Program

The deadline to sign up for the summer reading program is Friday, July 18. Participants read or have books read to them, keep track of reading time, and earn tickets and weekly prizes. The tickets can be used at the summer reading carnival on Wednesday, August 13 (rain date: Thursday, August 14). The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Cranford Public Library and is open to children who live or attend school full-time in Cranford.

Special Summer Programs on Wednesday Evenings in July

Children and their families are invited to attend a variety of delightful educational programs sponsored by the Friends of the Cranford Public Library. The programs will take place on Wednesdays in July at 7:00 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center. Free tickets will be available in the Children’s Room two weeks prior to the date of each event. Programs include “Little Leonardo and the Fantastic Flying Machine” on July 2, “The Wright Brothers (and Sister!)” on July 9, “Fizz, Bubble, Pop!” on July 16, “Meet Eugene” on July 23, and “Science of Survival” on July 30. For more information about the programs, go to and click on the Children’s Room tab, or ask at the Children’s Room desk.

Pearl Observatory Planetarium Presentation

Take a trip to space in Pearl Observatory’s portable planetarium on Wednesday, August 6. There will be two sessions in the library’s Raddin Room, one at 6:30 p.m. and one at 7:45 p.m. Attendance at each session is strictly limited to 25. Free tickets will be available at the Children’s Room desk starting on Wednesday, July 23. 

News from the Friends of the Cranford Public Library
Rhonda Denét’s “Mostly Motown”
The Friends invite you to enjoy an evening of “Mostly Motown” with vocalist Rhonda Denét on Monday, June 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Friends of the Library Classic, International and Documentary Film Series

The Friends’ classic films series continues with The Bad and the Beautiful (drama, 1952) on July 1, followed by: City Lights (comedy, 1931), July 8; The Mark of Zorro (adventure, 1940), July 15; Murder, My Sweet (noir, 1944), July 22; All That Jazz (musical, 1979), July 29; Advise and Consent (drama, 1962), August 5; My Favorite Wife (comedy, 1940), August 12; The Postman Always Rings Twice (noir, 1946), August 19; and The Shootist (western, 1976), August 26. Shows are on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. The international film series continues with You Will Be My Son (France, 2012) on July 21, and Wadjda (Saudi Arabia, 2012) on August 18, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The documentary series continues on Monday, August 4, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. with Vincent: A Life in Color (2009). All films are shown in the Cranford Community Center. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Newsies: A History of the Newspaper Industry

The Friends welcome Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta, who will present “Newsies,” a history of the newspaper industry, on Monday, July 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center. Ms. Christiano-Mistretta has been writing professionally since 1987. Her work has appeared in The Paterson Press, The Montclair Times, The Jersey City Independent, The Aquarian Weekly, The Westsider, and Punk Magazine, and she recently published On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist (Next Century, 2014). Admission is free and all are welcome.

When Stars Were in Reach

The Friends are pleased to sponsor an appearance by Michael Rosenbloom on Monday, July 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center. Mr. Rosenbloom will present a PowerPoint program based on his book, When Stars Were in Reach: The Who at Union Catholic High School - November 29, 1967. The presentation will include video and audio clips of The Who and will be followed by a question and answer session. Mr. Rosenbloom will have copies of his book available for purchase and for signing. Admission is free and all are welcome.

In Words and Music: The Story of the Yiddish Theatre with Diane Cypkin

The Friends are very pleased to welcome Dr. Diane Cypkin on Thursday, July 31, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center. Dr. Cypkin will tell, through English narration, the story of the Yiddish Theatre, and sing (in Yiddish) may of the memorable songs written and or popularized by greats like Avrom Goldfadn, Boris Thomashefsky, Aaron Lebedev, Molly Picon, the Barry sisters, and more. Dr. Cypkin is a Professor of Media and Communications Arts at Pace University and an accomplished entertainer. She created an exhibit on the Yiddish Theatre for the Museum of the City of New York. Admission to the program is free; all are welcome.

Friends of the Library One Day Used Book Sale

Choose from thousands of children's and adult books, cds, dvds and recorded books on Wednesday, August 6, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the library’s Friendly Book Cellar. Most items are priced between $.25 and $2.00. Enter through the side entrance of the library, just off the main parking lot. The sale is handicap accessible. Proceeds benefit the library!

Meet Author Joseph Colicchio

The Friends invite you to meet novelist and Cranford resident Joe Colicchio on Wednesday, August 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center. Joe is the author of three novels, High Gate Health and Beauty (Creative Arts, 2000), The Trouble with Mental Wellness (Bridge Works, 2004), and As Told by Monk. Originally published in 1980, As Told by Monk was re-issued in 2013 by Octobre Press. High Gate Health and Beauty was named a top-ten novel of the year by and The Trouble with Mental Wellness was named a recommended book by Library Journal. All of Joe’s novels are set in Jersey City, where he grew up. He will talk about and read from As Told by Monk. Joe has completed two residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, received two Geraldine R. Dodge grants, and two New Jersey State Council on the Arts grants, including the Distinguished Artist Award, the highest the state bestows. He is an Associate Professor of English at Hudson County Community College in Jersey City. Copies of As Told by Monk, High Gate Health and Beauty, and The Trouble with Mental Wellness will be available for purchase and for signing. Admission to the program is free and all are welcome.

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