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The Reader

The Newsletter of the Cranford Public Library &
The Friends of the Cranford Public Library
November-December 2014 


New 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.


Books & Bagels

Books & Bagels sessions will take place on November 1 and December 6, both Saturdays, from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in the Raddin Room. Bring a few of your more recent favorite books—new or old, fiction or non-fiction, classic or contemporary—and tell what you like about them. There is no required reading. You will 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.


The Readers’ Forum Book Discussion

The Readers’ Forum will discuss Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt on Monday, November 24. Subsequent titles and dates (all Mondays) are: The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman, December 29; Loving Frank by Nancy Horan, January 26; Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman, February 23; Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom, March 23; Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, April 27; and The Circle by Dave Eggers, May 18. Sessions start at 7 p.m. in the library’s Fridlington Room. New members are always welcome!

Borrow a Museum Pass!
The library lends museum passes to 11 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 (scheduled to re-open on December 12, 2014), 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

From the Teen Zone
Practice SAT Test: Saturday, November 15, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Why take a free practice test? Because it’s one of the best ways to get ready for the real thing! You will know just what to expect on the real test day, get an analysis of your results, and learn strategies to improve your scores. Registration is required. . . . Movie: Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Saturday, November 15, 2 p.m. “It's not a diary. It's a movie!” Come share the fun and popcorn! . . . Lock-in: Friday, December 19, 7 to 11 p.m. Registration is required. . . . Movie: Monday, December 29, 6 to 8:30 p.m. . . . For more info about teen activities, go to, or contact Teen Librarian Fran Housten at or 709-7272. Programs are open to all teens, ages 12 to 18, or in grades 7 to 12.

From the Children's Room

Family M.E.S.S. (Math, Engineering, and Science Saturday)

The library invites children to get their hands dirty at “Family M.E.S.S. (Math, Engineering, and Science Saturday)” on November 8 at 11:00 a.m. in the library’s Raddin Room. Families will attempt hands-on experiments, solve problems, and—of course—have fun at this educational program, created for families with children from the ages of 2 to 10. Registration is required and space is limited.


Time to Play

Play is an important part of a child’s development, so drop in and explore while making new friends! Babies are invited for some creative play on Wednesday, November 12 at 10:15 a.m., and we’ll be holding Toddler Playtime on Thursday, November 13, at 10:15 a.m. 



Children ages 2+ and their parents are invited to join us for “Bibliobop” in the library’s Raddin Room on Wednesday, November 19, at 10:15 a.m. We’ll be sharing a dance-themed story and cutting a rug! Registration is appreciated but not required.


The Art of Picture Bookmaking

The library is pleased to welcome local author Laura Sassi for an enlightening look at how books are made on Saturday, November 22, at 11 a.m. in the library’s Raddin Room. Sassi will be sharing her recently published book, Goodnight, Ark, and using it to show the work that goes into writing and illustrating a book. We’ll be using what we learn to create a short book of our own! This program is for grades K to 6. Registration is required.


Drive-in Movie

Babies and toddlers ages 1 to 4 are invited to construct a cardboard car and take in a show! Join us on Wednesday, December 10, at 10:15 a.m. or Saturday, December 13, at 11:00 a.m. Registration is required and space is limited.


Happy Noon Year

The library will ring in the New Year with our young friends—who may be a bit too young to stay up until midnight—at the wonderfully silly “Happy Noon Year” celebration on December 31 at 11:15 a.m. We’ll listen to a story, create some New Year’s themed crafts, and have a countdown to noon! Registration is required.


Sign Up for a Library Card and Receive a Free Pen & Pencil Kit!

Children are invited to register for a library card in the Children's Room and receive a free pen and pencil kit!  To receive a Cranford library card, a child must be able to print his or her first and last name and must be a Cranford resident or attend school full-time in Cranford. The kits are available courtesy of the Friends of the Cranford Public Library.


News from the Friends of the Cranford Public Library

Classic, Foreign, and Documentary Films

The Friends’ classic film series continues with Cat Ballou (1965) on November 4, followed by: Mystery Street (1950), November 18; Rebecca (1940), November 25; The Grapes of Wrath (1940), December 2; Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), December 9; Some Like It Hot (1959), December 16; A Christmas Carol (1951), December 23; and The Sweet Smell of Success (1957), December 30. All dates are Tuesdays. Show times are 7 p.m. The Friends’ foreign film series will continue with The Watchtower (Turkey, 2012) on Monday, November 17, and Alamar (Mexico, 2009) on Monday, December 8, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The Friends’ documentary series continues with Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay (2013) on Monday, December 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.


“Chasing Rainbows: The Songs of Judy Garland”

The Friends are very pleased to welcome vocalist Karen Luschar, who will present “Chasing Rainbows: The Songs of Judy Garland” on Wednesday, November 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center. Ms. Luschar’s background encompasses Broadway, Off-Broadway, Lincoln Center, national tours, Las Vegas, regional and stock theater, commercials, cast albums, television, film, and cabaret. Her theatre credits include Phantom of the Opera, Brigadoon, Oklahoma, Carousel, Cabaret, West Side Story, Baby, and My Fair Lady. Admission is free and all are welcome.


Staged Play Reading by The Theater Project

The Theater Project will be present a staged reading of Owed to My First Love, a comedy by Susan Barsky, on Saturday, November 8, at 2 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center. The Theater Project is an acclaimed professional theater group and the winner of two New Jersey Tony Awards. Following the reading, the play will be discussed by the audience, the actors, and the author. Admission is free and all are welcome.


An Evening with Guitarist Joel Perry

The Friends will welcome acclaimed guitarist Joel Perry to the Cranford Community Center on Monday, November 10, at 7:30 p.m. Mr. Perry will perform a selection of blues, jazz, bossa nova, and tunes from the Great American Songbook. Admission is free and all are welcome.


“Under the Street Lamp: Tales from the Doo Wop Era, Part 2”

The Friends will welcome back Dr. Charlie Horner and his wife, Pam, on Wednesday, November 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center. The Horners will continue their journey through the Doo Wop era with more tales from under the street lamp. There will be captivating stories, as well as photos of records, photographs, sheet music, and memorabilia—and plenty of music clips for you to sing along to. Admission is free and all are welcome.


Madrigal Choir and Jazz Ensemble

The Friends are pleased to sponsor an appearance by the Cranford High School Madrigal Choir and members of the High School’s jazz ensemble on Wednesday, December 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center. The groups will perform a selection of holiday music. Admission is free and all are welcome.


The Wandering Bards

The Friends are pleased to sponsor a show by the Wandering Bards on Wednesday, December 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center. Admission is free and all are welcome. Among them, the five-man troupe plays harmonica, kazoo, accordion, jaw harp, bass, cajon, kalimba, steel pan, violin, guitar, banjitar and djembe.


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 Thursday, November 27, for Thanksgiving and Thursday, December 25, for Christmas.

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