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Baby Story Time @ Cranford Public Library
Mar 27 @ 10:15 am
Join us for a short, lively story time, followed by free play. We’ll meet on Monday and Wednesday mornings, please pick one session a week to attend.


Ages 3-23 months, no registration required.

Readers’ Forum Book Discussion – “In the Time of the Butterflies” (1994) by Julia Alvarez @ Cranford Public Library
Mar 27 @ 7:00 pm

The Readers’ Forum, the Cranford Public Library’s lively, long-running book discussion group, welcomes new members at any time. The group will meet on March 27 to discuss “In the Time of the Butterflies” (1994) by Julia Alvarez. It is November 25, 1960, and three beautiful sisters have been found near their wrecked Jeep at the bottom of a 150-foot cliff on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. The official state newspaper reports their deaths as accidental. It does not mention that a fourth sister lives. Nor does it explain that the sisters were among the leading opponents of Gen. Rafael Leonidas Trujillo’s dictatorship. It doesn’t have to. Everybody knows of Las Mariposas–“The Butterflies.” In this extraordinary novel, the voices of all four sisters–Minerva, Patria, María Teresa, and the survivor, Dedé–speak across the decades to tell their own stories, from hair ribbons and secret crushes to gunrunning and prison torture, and to describe the everyday horrors of life under Trujillo’s rule. Through the art and magic of Julia Alvarez’s imagination, the martyred Butterflies live again in this novel of courage and love, and the human cost of political oppression. Subsequent titles and dates are: “Homegoing” (2016) by Yaa Gyasi, April 24, 2017; and “Nutshell” (2016) by Ian McEwan, May 22, 2017. Registration is not required.


Toddler Story Time @ Cranford Public Library
Mar 28 @ 10:15 am
Our two-year-old friends and their caregivers are invited to join us for some simple stories and songs.


No registration required.

iDiscover Coding, grades 1-3 @ Cranford Public Library
Mar 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
iDiscover Coding, grades 1-3 @ Cranford Public Library | Cranford | New Jersey | United States

Children in grades 1-3 are invited to join us as we learn the basics of coding! Registration is required and begins two weeks before the program, call or stop by the Children’s Department to reserve a spot.

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    The Township, located in the heart of Union County, was incorporated in 1871 and through the years the business district and neighborhoods sprang up around the train station and the Rahway River. Today, the downtown, the river and the train station remain valued amenities to more than 22,000 residents in the four square mile township.

    By 1885, there were 76 residents commuting daily from Cranford to New York City. Today, close to 1,000 people take the train every day from Cranford’s Train Station.

    Cranford is a close knit community where many of its residents are actively involved in schools, sports, civic and community organizations. The Township is proud of its recreational facilities that include two outdoor pools, an indoor pool and fitness complex, bike path, canoe club, tennis courts, sports fields and parks. Cranford has a first rate K-12 school system.

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