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The Reader

The Newsletter of the Cranford Public Library &
The Friends of the Cranford Public Library
May-June 2015


Do You Belong to a Book Club? Pick up a Book Club Kit!

The library recently added The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin and Family Life by Akhil Sharma to its collection of book club kits. The collection now totals a dozen different titles. Each kit contains ten copies of a single title, as well as printed discussion aids. Book club kits may be borrowed for six weeks by Cranford Library card holders and mural patrons who are 18 years or older. The kits were acquired with funds provided by the Friends of the Cranford Public Library.


The Readers’ Forum

The Readers’ Forum, the library’s lively, long-running book discussion group, will meet to discuss The Circle (2014) by Dave Eggers on Monday, May 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fridlington Room. Following the May meeting, Readers’ Forum sessions will resume in September. New members are welcome at any time!


Adult Summer Reading Program

The library is pleased to announce its sixth annual Adult Summer Reading Program. Adults 18 years and older are encouraged to participate. The program will run for six weeks, from June 25 to August 6. There will be weekly random drawings for prizes and three grand prizes awarded at the end of the program. Whether you read a little or a lot, stop by the library and get some books to enjoy during the summer.  The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Cranford Public Library.

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 10 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, 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

Download Popular E-Books for Free from eLibraryNJ!

Free best-selling and classic e-books and audiobooks are available 24/7 from the eLibraryNJ  digital collection, located at You can browse the collection, borrow with your library card, and enjoy on your computer, tablet, smartphone, or e-reader. Most borrowed e-books can be enjoyed immediately in your web browser with OverDrive Read. Or, you can download e-books into free software, Adobe® Digital Editions, or send to your Kindle® device or app. Downloaded e-books can be transferred to e-reader devices such as NOOK®, Sony® Reader™ and many more.


Audiobooks can be downloaded into the OverDrive® Media Console™ (MP3 audiobooks only for Mac® users). Once downloaded, titles can be enjoyed immediately or transferred to a variety of devices, including iPod® and many others. Some audio titles can also be burned to CD to listen on-the-go. Users with smartphones or tablets can install the OverDrive Media Console app to directly download EPUB e-books and MP3 audiobook titles to their devices. Titles automatically expire at the end of the lending period. There are no late fees!


This service, powered by OverDrive, is free with your library card. In addition to your library card number, you will need a personal identification number (PIN). If you are not sure if you have a PIN or do not know your PIN, contact the library. The eLibraryNJ site also features tools and information, as well as a link to contact support.


From the Teen Zone
psat Practice Test. Take a free practice psat, Saturday, May 30, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration required!


Teen Movie. The Fault in Our Stars. You loved the book, now see the film! Saturday, May 30, 1:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.


Study Nights. High school students, make the most of studying for final exams. Designated study space in the Cranford Community Center, extended hours, refreshments. Monday, June 15, Tuesday, June 16, Wednesday, June 17, and Thursday, June 18, 6:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.


Teen Summer Reading Club. Read for fun and prizes! Registration begins Monday, June 15.


Movie Bash. Celebrate the beginning of summer! Join us as we bash your favorite flop film, eat snacks, hurl popcorn, and have a riotous time! Thursday, June 26, at 2 p.m.


Teen Movie. Big Hero 6. They didn't set out to be superheroes. But sometimes life doesn't go the way you planned! Join us for the first of the summer’s weekly teen films! Thursday, June 30, 2 to 4 p.m. Snacks always provided!


Programs are open to all teens, ages 12 to 18 or in grades 7 to 12. Questions? Contact Fran Housten, Teen Librarian, at 908-709-7272 or To register for teen programs, call, email, or stop by the reference desk on the second floor.

From the Children's Room

Family Story Times Resume in May

It’s story time for everyone! All ages are welcome to attend this interactive family program. We'll be sharing stories and songs on Monday mornings at 10:15 from May 4 to May 18. No registration required. Just drop in!


Story Time Yoga

Join us for this very special story time, led by Lisa Ferraro, on Thursday mornings at 10:15 from May 7 to May 28. The program uses poses, games, storytelling, art, and music to help children release the sillies and find the calm. We'll be using props—like balls, scarves, pinwheels, and pom-poms—to build strength, flexibility, and self-confidence through play! Registration is required. Call or stop by the library to reserve a spot.


Parent and Child Craft

Children ages three and older and their parents are invited to join us for a parent and child craft on Saturday, May 9, at 11 a.m. Decorate a tote bag for Mother’s Day or for your favorite grownup! Registration is required. Call or stop by the library to reserve your spot.


Touch a Truck!

Community helpers will be bringing their trucks to the library parking lot! Come meet real life heroes and get an up close look at their vehicles! Stop by between 11 a.m. and noon on Saturday, June 13 (rain date: June 20), and don’t forget to sign up for our fabulous Summer Reading program—see the next article below—while you’re at it!


Children’s Summer Reading Program

Children old enough to read or to be read to are invited to participate in this year’s summer reading program. This summer’s theme is “Every Hero Has a Story.” Registration begins on Saturday, June 13. Children who live or attend school full-time in Cranford are eligible. Registration must be done in person. Children are encouraged to report the amount of time they have read each week so that they can receive weekly prizes. For every five hours a child reads or listens, he or she will receive a ticket to be used at the carnival held at the conclusion of the program. The summer reading program also features a series of special family programs. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Cranford Public Library.


Children’s Room Book Sale

Load up on children’s books, dvds and vhs tapes at our annual children’s department used book sale! You’ll find hundreds of books. Paperbacks cost just 10¢ and hardcovers cost 50¢. Sale hours are: Monday, June 15 to Wednesday, June 17, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday and Friday, June 18 and 19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, June 20, 10 a.m. to noon. The proceeds will help fund the children’s summer reading program.


News from the Friends of the Cranford Public Library
Classic, Foreign, and Documentary Films

The Friends’ Tuesday classic film series continues with The Lady from Shanghai (noir, 1948, 87 min.) on May 5, followed by: The Three Musketeers (action, 1948, 126 min.), May 12; The Trouble with Harry (comedy, 1955, 99 min.), May 26; The Razor’s Edge (drama, 1946, 145 min.), June 2; To Have and Have Not (war/romance, 1944, 100 min.), June 9; Unforgiven (western, 1992, 131 min.), June 23; and Yankee Doodle Dandy (musical, 1942, 126 min.), June 30. Show times are 7 p.m. Please note: there will be no classic film screenings on May 19 or June 16. The Friends’ foreign film series continues with Like Father, Like Son (drama, Japan, 2013, 86 min.) on Monday, May 11, and Marius (drama, France, 2013, 93 min.) on Monday, June 15, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The Friends’ documentary series continues with Dinosaur 13 (2014, 95 min.) on Monday, June 1, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. All films are shown in the Cranford Community Center. Admission is free and all are welcome.


Manhattan Bridges

The Friends are pleased to welcome back author Kevin Woyce, who will present a history of Manhattan’s bridges on Wednesday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center. The program will be illustrated with both original photography and vintage images of Manhattan’s iconic bridges and of the city that they helped shape. Admission is free and all are welcome.


Play Reading by The Theater Project

The Theater Project, an acclaimed, New Jersey-based professional theater group, and the winner of two New Jersey Tony Awards, will present a staged reading of We Pray Together, a new play by Charles E. Denk. The play is set in the early 19th century era of religious revivalism. Following the reading, the audience will have the opportunity to discuss the play with the author, the actors, and the director. Admission is free and all are welcome. The program will take place on Saturday, May 16, at 2 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center and is sponsored by the Friends.


“While You’re Away: The Love Songs of World War II”

The Friends are pleased to welcome back Diane Cypkin, who will present a musical program entitled “While You’re Away: The Love Songs of World War II,” on Wednesday, May 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center. This marks Ms. Cypkins’ third visit to Cranford, where she also presented programs on Molly Picon and the Yiddish Theatre. Admission to the program is free and all are welcome.


Bargains Abound at the Friends’ June Book Sale!

Choose from thousands of adult and children’s books, cds, dvds, and recorded books on Wednesday, June 3, 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday, June 4 and 5, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday, June 6, 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.

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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Saturday, May 23, and Monday, May 25, for the Memorial Day Weekend.
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