The Newsletter of the Cranford Public Library &
The Friends of the Cranford Public Library
November - December 2013
All About the Library’s Online Public Access
Learn how to use the library’s online
public access catalog to search the library collection, place reserves, renew
items, create reading lists, check fines and fees, and maintain a reading
history. There will be two sessions. Each will cover the same material: Friday,
November 1, at 2 p.m. and Wednesday, November 6, at 7:30 p.m. The sessions will
be held in the Cranford Community Center. Registration
is required. To register, call the library at 709-7272, ext. 2102, email firstname.lastname@example.org,
or visit the reference desk. Please provide your name, email address, and phone
number, and indicate which session you wish to attend. The program is free; all
Books & Bagels
Books & Bagels sessions will take place
on Saturday, November 2 and December 7, from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in the Fridlington
Room. Bring a few of your more recent favorite reads—new or old, fiction or
non-fiction, classic or contemporary—and tell your fellow group members what
you like about them. There is no
required reading and registration is not
required. Refreshments will be served.
SCORE Business Seminars
Representatives of SCORE will present two free seminars: “Small Business
Opportunities” on Wednesday, November 6, and “Small Business Check-Up” on
Wednesday, December 4, both at 7 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center. To
register, call the library at 908-709-7272, ext. 2101, or send an email to
library@ cranfordnj.org. Please provide your name, telephone number, and email
address. SCORE is a resource
partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Books for Kids
The library will
launch its twenty-first annual “Books for Kids” campaign on Saturday, November
16. Each year thousands of disadvantaged children from all across New Jersey
are given the chance to own a new book of their very own through this very
important program. Give a child the gift of reading by bringing a new,
unwrapped book to the library collection box. Books for children from preschool
through age fourteen are needed. The books will be distributed by the Cranford
Family Care Association to local families in need. Established in 1991, “Books
for Kids” is a statewide program sponsored by the Children’s Services Section
of the New Jersey Library Association. Donations will be accepted through
Saturday, December 14.
Unraveling Medicare: Explaining Your Medicare
Health Care Options
The annual enrollment period for many
Medicare insurance plans runs from October 15 through December 7. To help
seniors better understand Medicare, Medicare insurance plans, and the options
available, Richard Feder of Feder Insurance Services will present “Unraveling
Medicare: Explaining Your 2014 Medicare Health Care Options” on Friday,
November 15, at 2 p.m. and, again, on Monday, December 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the
Cranford Community Center Admission is free and all are welcome.
The Readers’ Forum
The Readers’ Forum, the library’s lively book
discussion group, will meet on November 25 to discuss Defending Jacob (2012) by William Landay. Subsequent titles and
dates include: The Paris Wife
(2011) by Paula McLain, December 16; The Age of Miracles (2012) by Karen Walker, January 27; The Round House by Louise Erdrich (2012), February 24; The Light Between Oceans (2012) by M.L.
Stedman, March 24; Wild: From Lost to
Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (2012) by Cheryl Strayed, April 28; and The End of Your Life Book Club (2012) by
Will Schwalbe, May 19. All dates are Mondays. Sessions are at 7 p.m. New
members are always welcome.
Meet Author Eric Nierstedt
Eric Nierstedt will visit the Cranford
Community Center on Thursday, December 5, at 7:30 p.m. to discuss his recently
published novel, The Lightrider Journals,
an epic fantasy that examines the nature of good and evil. Mr. Nierstedt
has a B.A. in English from Kean University. In 2011, his work was selected for
the Unlimited Potential Theatre Production's NJ Wordsmith Competition. He
writes for the online magazine Suite101, the Westfield Leader, and his blog,
ThePopCultureMark. Copies of The
Lightrider Journals will be available for purchase and for signing.
Admission is free and all are welcome.
FROM THE TEEN ZONE
Practice Test – sat,
Saturday, November 30, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Raddin Room. Pre-registration is
required. * Movie – Despicable Me 2,
Saturday, November 30, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Raddin Room. “When the world needed a
hero, they called a villain.” * Holiday Celebration – Monday, December 30, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Share the fun as we celebrate the holidays! Games, snacks, and a book/cd/dvd swap. Swap your books, cds, and dvds
for different ones. It’s like getting a present! Only items in good shape,
please. You must register for this event. To register for a program, call
709-7272, ext. 2102, email email@example.com or stop by the reference
FROM THE CHILDREN'S ROOM
Looking for a Good Listener?
Children who would like to read to a
welcoming, non-critical listener are invited to read to a certified therapy dog
(and trainer). Upcoming sessions are on Tuesday, November 12 and December 10,
from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Children's Room. Please register in the
Children and their
families are invited to enjoy “Soccer Sue,” which will be presented by Fit4kids
on Friday, November 22, at 3:30 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center. Join
super heroes Muscle Man Mike and Soccer Sue as they deliver a one-two punch
filled with knowledge, laughter, smiles, and exercise. Children will be engaged,
entertained, and taught how to keep their bodies healthy. Free tickets will be
available in the Children’s Room starting Saturday, November 2. The program is
sponsored by the Friends of the Cranford Public Library.
New Year’s Countdown Concert with Presley
The Friends of the
Cranford Public Library invite children and their families to ring in the New
Year to the music of popular children’s performers Presley & Melody on
Monday, December 30, at 11 a.m. in the Cranford Community Center. Free tickets
will be available in the Children’s Room starting December 7.
NEWS FROM THE FRIENDS OF THE CRANFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY
Cinema & Television: The New Jersey
Photographer, author, and publisher Walter
Choroszewski will celebrate New Jersey's historic contributions to American
cinema and television on Monday, November 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cranford
Community Center. Admission is free and all are welcome. The program is
sponsored by the Friends.
Friends Film Series at the Cranford Community
The Friends’ classic film series continues
with Dracula (1931) on November 5,
followed by: Pal Joey (1957),
November 12; The Talk of the Town (1942),
November 19; The Little Foxes (1941),
November 26; The Philadelphia Story (1940),
December 3; Kiss Me Kate (1953),
December 10; and A Christmas Story (1983),
December 17; All dates are Tuesdays. Show times are at 7
p.m. The Friends’ international film series will feature Lucky (South Africa, 2011) on Monday, November 18, and Shun Li and the Poet
(Italy, 2011) on Monday, December 9. Show times
are 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The Friends’ documentary series continues with The Revenge of the Electric Car (2011)
on Monday, December 2 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Admission is free and all are
The Friends are pleased to sponsor
"Enchanting Ireland," a music, slide, and lecture program, which will
be presented by Dr. James P. Kane on Wednesday, November 13, at 7:30 p.m. in
the Cranford Community Center. The program celebrates the Irish people, Irish
music, the natural and architectural beauty of Ireland, and the history of
Ireland. Admission is free and all are welcome.
Staged Play Reading by the Theater Project
The Friends are pleased to sponsor a staged
reading of By the Shores of Alluvtoomey,
Act II, by Michael McGoldrick on Saturday, November 23, at 2 p.m. in the
Cranford Community Center. (Act I was presented on October 26.) The reading
will be followed by a discussion among the Mr. McGoldrick, the actors, and the
audience. Admission is free and all are welcome.
Program on the Palisades
The Friends invite the public to join author Kevin Woyce for a digital
tour of the Palisades on Wednesday, December 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cranford
Community Center. Mr. Woyce will talk about the formation of the Palisades and
their history, as well as Palisades Interstate Park. Admission is free and all
Musical Tribute to Les Paul & Mary Ford
The Friends are pleased to welcome back Tom
Doyle and Sandy Cory and their musical tribute to Les Paul and Mary Ford, on
Wednesday, December 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center. The
program will include some holiday favorites. Admission is free and all are
Monday to Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed Saturdays in the summer from June 29 to August 31.
Closed Thursday, November 28, for Thanksgiving, and Wednesday, December 25, for Christmas.
Phone: 908-709-7272 • Email: firstname.lastname@example.org • Web: cranford.com/library