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SCORE Seminar - Internet Marketing and Social Media
April 23, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Cranford Community Center 220 Walnut Avenue

The program is free and all are welcome. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. To register, call the library at 908-709-7272 and ask for the reference desk, or email the library at Please provide your name, telephone number, and email address. SCORE is a national network of volunteer business professionals that provides small businesses with counseling and training. SCORE is a resource partner of the United States Small Business Administration.
Staged Play Reading by The Theater Project
April 26, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue

The Friends of the Cranford Public Library are pleased to host a script-in-hand, staged reading of "Dragons in the Crease," a new play by Joseph Vitale. The play will be read by members of The Theater Project, an acclaimed, New Jersey-based professional theater group, and the winner of two New Jersey Tony Awards. “Dragons in the Crease” is set at a small junior college in Putnam County, New York. A poetry professor asks a student with a severe stutter not to speak in class but, instead, to write his questions down. Although seen by the professor as a way to not disrupt her class, the request is viewed by the student and his father as an infringement of his rights. Thanks to the father’s media connections, the incident becomes a front-page story in the New York Times, thrusting the participants into the national spotlight and changing their lives forever. Playwright Joseph Vitale was a semi-finalist for the 2012 Eugene O’Neill Theater/National Playwrights Conference. He has written a number of plays, including “The Fourth State of Matter,” which was performed at the Theater for the New City in New York. “Feet First” and “Clear Air Turbulence” were semi-finalists for best play at one-act festivals at the Hudson Guild and Barrow Group theaters in New York. “Executive Washroom” was a finalist for best play at the 2012 one-act festival at the Manhattan Repertory Theater. His last play at The Theater Project was “A Memory of Music” at the Kaleidoscope of One Acts in November. He is a graduate of Rutgers and Columbia universities and studied at the HB Studio in New York. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and the Theater Project Playwrights Workshop. The play reading will be followed by a discussion among Mr. Vitale, the director, the actors, and members of the audience. Admission is free and all are welcome.
Books & Bagels
May 03, 2014
Raddin Room, Cranford Public Library
You are invited to Books & Bagels, a book chat program that takes place monthly on Saturday mornings (except in July and August) from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in the library's Raddin Room. The format is simple. Just bring a few of your more recent favorite reads 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. There is no required reading, and you will have the opportunity to learn about books recommended by other group members. Plus, refreshments will be served, courtesy of the Friends of the Cranford Public Library! Registration is NOT required. Attend as many or as few sessions as you like. For questions about Books & Bagels, contact program coordinator Sally Hanford at 908-709-7272, ext. 2104 or at The final session before the summer break will be on June 7, 2014.
All About New Jersey Bats
May 10, 2014
11:00 a.m.
Cranford Community Center 220 Walnut Avenue

Children and their families are invited to learn all about the New Jersey bat population from Jackie Kashmer, Director of the New Jersey Bat Sanctuary. In addition to viewing a very informative PowerPoint presentation, get to see two real, live New Jersey bats up close! Admission is free and all are welcome. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cranford Public Library.
A History of Lighthouses
May 21, 2014
7:30 p.m.
Cranford Community Center 220 Walnut Avenue
The Friends invite you to join author Kevin Woyce for his history of lighthouses, from the ancient Pharos of Alexandria to the present day. The program features original photography of lighthouses along the Atlantic Coast, the Hudson River, the Long Island Sound, and the Great Lakes and vintage images of historic and vanished lights. Admission is free and all are welcome.

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