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The Newsletter of the Cranford Public Library &
The Friends of the Cranford Public Library
March - April 2014
 


Books & Bagels

Books & Bagels sessions will take place on Saturday, March 1, April 5, May 3, and June 7 from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. in the Raddin Room. Bring a few of your more recent favorite reads—new or old, fiction or non-fiction, classic or contemporary—and tell your fellow group members what you like about them. There is no required reading and registration is not required. Refreshments will be served courtesy of the Friends of the Cranford Public Library.


Meet Author Barbara Siegel Carlson

The library is pleased to welcome author Barbara Siegel Carlson on Thursday, March 20, at 7 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center. Ms. Carlson, a Cranford native currently living in Massachusetts, is the author of the recently published Fire Road, a collection of poems. Her works have been published in a variety of literary journals, including nor, Cutthroat, Mid-American Review, International Poetry Review, Carolina Quarterly, and the Asheville Poetry Review. Ms. Carlson also translates poetry from Slovene. She will read her own poems and poems translated from Slovene, and will talk about the arts of poetry and translation. Admission is free and all are welcome.

The Readers’ Forum

The Readers’ Forum, the library’s lively, long-running book discussion group, will meet on March 24 to discuss The Light Between Oceans (2012) by M.L. Stedman. Subsequent titles and dates include: Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (2012) by Cheryl Strayed on April 28, and The End of Your Life Book Club (2012) by Will Schwalbe on May 19. All dates are Mondays. Sessions are at 7 p.m. New members are always welcome!


Programs on the Civil War

On Monday, March 3, James Malcolm will present a program entitled “A Very Disagreeable War: A Civil War Journal,” which is based on his book, The Civil War Journal of Private Heyward Emmell. Emmell was a Union soldier from New Jersey. On Wednesday, April 2, Trish Chambers will present a program entitled “Women Soldiers and Spies of the Civil War.” Ms. Chambers, in period costume, will explore the reasons women became soldiers and spies and will recount the ingenuity that enabled them to assume these roles so successfully. The programs will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center. Admission is free and all are welcome. The programs were arranged by the library and the Cranford Historical Society. Part of the “Civil War 150 Project,” they are presented by the Library of America in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and are supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Meet Author Barbara Siegel Carlson

The library is pleased to welcome author Barbara Siegel Carlson on Thursday, March 20, at 7 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center. Ms. Carlson, a Cranford native currently living in Massachusetts, is the author of the recently published Fire Road, a collection of poems. Her works have been published in a variety of literary journals, including nor, Cutthroat, Mid-American Review, International Poetry Review, Carolina Quarterly, and the Asheville Poetry Review. Ms. Carlson also translates poetry from Slovene. She will read her own poems and poems translated from Slovene, and will talk about the arts of poetry and translation. Admission is free and all are welcome.
 

Meet Authors Terry Golway and Eamon Loingsigh

Authors Terry Golway and Eamon Loingsigh will visit the Cranford Community Center on Thursday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m. Mr. Golway, a professor of history at Kean University, has published several books on various aspects of American history, served as a columnist and editorial board member at the New York Times, and was an editor and writer at the New York Observer. He will talk about his latest book, Machine Made: Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern American Politics. Mr. Loingsigh will talk about his new book, Light of the Diddicoy, a fictional saga of Irish gangs on the Brooklyn waterfront set in the early 20th century. Light of the Diddicoy is the first of Loingsigh’s Auld Irishtown trilogy, which delves into the stories and lore of the gangs and families of Brooklyn’s Irish underworld. Admission is free and all are welcome.
 

SCORE Seminar

A representatives of score will present a free seminar entitled “Internet Marketing and Social Media” on Wednesday, April 23, at 7 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center. To register, call the library at 908-709-7272, ext. 2101, or send an email to library@cranfordnj.org. Please provide your name, telephone number, and email address. score is a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

 

FROM THE TEEN ZONE
Practice Tests. These are in the Cranford Community Center. Saturday, March 1 – act/sat combo practice test, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday, April 5 - sat practice test, 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. You must register for these events. . . . Cocoa Club. Bring a favorite book to tell us about, hear about some other great books, and enjoy a warm cup of cocoa with some snacks! Feel free to bring your favorite mug! Saturday, March 1, 2:30 - 3:45 p.m. . . .  Teen Advisory Board. Do you have an idea for a program, book, series, or anything else? Let us know! Come hang out and share your thoughts on programs, books, movies, music. Make this your Teen Zone! Friday, March 14, 4 - 5 p.m. . . . Spring Break Movie. Thursday, April 17, 2 p.m. . . . Earth Day Event. Saturday, April 26, 2 - 4 p.m. Celebrate with us. Watch a film, make some crafts, and talk about saving the planet.


FROM THE CHILDREN'S ROOM

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. . . . Story Times Continue. Story times continue through March 20. Registration must be done in person in the Children’s Room by a parent or guardian. For information about times and age groups, stop by the Children’s Room or call 709-7272, ext. 2103. . . . Sign Up for a Library Card and Receive a Free Pen & Pencil Kit! Kids, apply for a library card and receive a free pen and pencil kit! To receive a library card, a child must be able to print his/her first and last name, and must be a Cranford resident or a full-time student in Cranford. The kits are provided by the Friends of the Library.


NEWS FROM THE FRIENDS OF THE CRANFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY

Friends of the Library Scholarship Applications 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 science or media specialist. The award is not based on need. The candidate must furnish proof of acceptance to an accredited university, a letter of reference, and an essay. Applications are available at the library reference desk. Completed applications are due by May 14, 2014.


Friends of the Library Classic, International, and Documentary Film Series

The Friends’ classic film series continues on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. with To Kill a Mockingbird (drama, 1962) on March 4, followed by: And Then There Were None (mystery, 1945), March 11; The Prisoner of Zenda (action, 1937), March 18; Black Narcissus (drama, 1947), March 25; A Night at the Opera (comedy, 1935), April 1; Badlands (crime drama, 1973), April 8; A Streetcar Named Desire (drama, 1951), April 15; Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (comedy, 1936), April 22; All Quiet on the Western Front (war drama, 1931), April 29. The international film series continues with Buddy (Norway, 2003) on March 31 and Babette’s Feast (Denmark, 1987) on April 21, at 2 and 7 p.m. The next documentary film, Searching for Sugar Man (2011, 85 minutes), will be shown on Monday, April 7, at 2 and 7 p.m. The films will be shown in the Cranford Community Center.  Admission is free and all are welcome.


The Theater Project

The Friends are pleased to sponsor two programs by the Theater Project. On Saturday, March 15, at 2 p.m. the Theater Project will present its Young Playwrights Awards program, featuring plays by the winners of its 2014 Young Playwrights Competition. On Saturday, April 26, at 2 p.m. the group will present staged readings of new plays. The programs will be held in the Cranford Community Center. Admission is free and all are welcome.


Traditional Irish Music featuring McDermott’s Handy
The Friends of the Cranford Public Library invite you to enjoy a traditional Irish music session featuring McDermott's Handy on Monday, March 10, at 7:30 in the Cranford Community Center. McDermott's Handy is the husband and wife duo of Dennis Gormley and Kathy DeAngelo, who have been performing traditional Irish music since 1979. Between them, they sing and play the Celtic harp, fiddle, flute, guitar, banjo, tin whistle, bouzouki, and bodhran. Admission to the program is free and all are welcome.
 

Bargains Galore at the Friends’ Used Book Sale

Looking for some good reading at bargain prices? The Friends invite you to visit their used book sale in the Friendly Book Cellar in the library basement on Wednesday, March 12, 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday, March 13 and 14, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday, March 15, 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Items for sale include more than 10,000 adult and children’s books, as well as CDs, DVDs, and recorded books. Prices range from $.25 to $2.00, except for a few specially marked items. Saturday is Bag Day; fill a bag with books for just $8.00. The library is located at 224 Walnut Avenue. Entrance to the sale is through the side door, just off the main parking lot. The sale is wheelchair accessible. Proceeds benefit the library.


Raconteur Radio Presents The Third Man, a Radio Play

The Friends are pleased to sponsor Raconteur Radio's performance of The Third Man, a radio play, on Wednesday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center. Featuring theatrical lighting, costumes, and, of course, extensive sound effects, the play is adapted from the classic Cold War spy film of the same name starring Joseph Cotten and Orson Welles and written by Graham Greene. Admission is free and all are welcome.


“My Bill Evans: A Personal Conversation,” featuring Joel Zelnick

Bill Evans, a seven-time Grammy Award winner and innovative jazz pianist from New Jersey, played at the Village Gate in the 1960s. Joel Zelnick, also a pianist from New Jersey, often had the pleasure of splitting sets with the Bill Evans Trio. On Wednesday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center, Mr. Zelnick will lead his own trio in a performance inspired by the genius of Bill Evans. The program is sponsored by the Friends. 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.

Closed Good Friday, April 18, and Saturday, April 19.

Phone: 908-709-7272      Email: library@cranfordnj.org      Web: cranford.com/library



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