Cranford resident Alex Bernstein will talk about his recently published memoir, Plrknib. In Plrknib, Alex Bernstein takes the “I’m with the band” vibe from Almost Famous and flips it into “I’m with the comics.” The author of Miserable Holiday Stories brings you back to 1980 to tell a coming-of-age story set in the breakneck world of stand-up comedy. At 16, Bernstein became the youngest regular at Cincinnati’s premiere comedy club, d.w. eye. But as the pressure to keep up with the older comics grew, he looked for something – some edge – to help him compete. And then he found one: Plrknib – the perfect joke. But using the joke came with a terrible, terrible price. Set against the bohemian, downtown comedy boom of the early ’80s, Plrknib is a breezy, bittersweet, and utterly compelling memoir about love, friendship, and finding your own punchlines. Alex will have copies of his book available for purchase and for signing. The proceeds will benefit the Cranford Public Library. Admission is free and all are welcome. The program is sponsored by the Cranford Public Library.
The program format is simple. Just bring a few of your favorite books and tell the other members of the group what you like about them. The books can be new or old, fiction or non-fiction, classic or contemporary. Sessions are one hour long. There is no required reading, and you will have the opportunity to 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. Just drop in. Following the June session, Literary Café will break for the summer.
Join us for “Story Time Yoga” featuring Lisa Ferraro. This engaging 8-week story time promotes literacy while getting children up and moving! Children ages 2-5 will use props—like balls, scarves, pinwheels and pom-poms—to build strength, flexibility, and self-confidence through play. The program mixes poses, games, storytelling, art and music to teach children to release the sillies and find the calm. The class begins on Monday, April 17 at 10:15 and will run weekly through June 12, with the exception of May 29, when the library will be closed for Memorial Day.
Yoga is a wonderful outlet: it encourages play while providing children with an opportunity to express themselves in a safe environment. It’s also an excellent way to learn healthy physical and mental habits that can be practiced for a lifetime!
Registration is not required, but we ask that participants arrive on time as latecomers are not guaranteed admittance. Admission is free and all Cranford residents are welcome.
Here’s a fun and simple way to volunteer AND have fun! Come teach our younger library users how to play chess and gain confidence. Players aged 8 to 18 welcome. Volunteers aged 12 to 18 encouraged! To register as a volunteer, click here.