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The Reader
The Newsletter of the Cranford Public Library &
The Friends of the Cranford Public Library
September-October 2014


Nutrition Talk

The library will welcome Natural Health Coach Harriet Linder to the Cranford Community Center on Wednesday, September 3, at 7:30 p.m. Ms. Linder will discuss acidity versus alkalinity, how the typical American diet can cause imbalances and health issues, and how proper nutrition can improve vitality and restore a healthy balance to the body. Ms. Linder is a certified Natural Health Practitioner and a member of the Coalition for Health Education. Admission to the program is free and all are welcome.

Books & Bagels Resumes

Books & Bagels returns on Saturday, September 6, from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in the Fridlington 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 Library. Registration is not required.

The Readers’ Forum

The Readers’ Forum will begin its 22nd year with a discussion of War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy on Monday, September 22. Subsequent titles and dates (all Mondays) are: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline, October 27; Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt, November 24; 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 7:00 p.m. in the library’s Fridlington Room. New members are welcome at any time!

Program on Wills, Estates, and Managing Assets

Tony Romero and Nicholas Giuditta will present a program entitled “What Everyone Should Know About Wills, Estates, and Managing Assets for Loved Ones” on Thursday, October, at 7:00 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center. Mr. Romero, a Cranford resident, is a Senior Portfolio Manager and Vice President at M&R Capital Management in New York City. Mr. Giuditta, also a Cranford resident, is an attorney with a law practice in Westfield that specializes in estate planning, estate administration, wills, durable powers of attorney, and advance directives. Admission to the program is free and all are welcome.

“College Financial Aid: How to Get Your Fair Share”

Marie Mayer of Garretson Financial will present a free seminar on college financial aid on Wednesday, October 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center. Topics will include the college financial aid process, the effect of income on aid eligibility, assets included in the Expected Family Contribution, and the impact of parental and student assets on aid eligibility. Questions will be entertained. All are welcome.

Meet Author Nancy Lubarsky

Author Nancy Lubarsky will read from her recently published collection of poems, Tattoos, on Wednesday, October 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center. Published by Finishing Line Press, copies of Tattoos will be available for purchase and for signing.

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 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
Tuesday, September 9, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Teen Advisory meeting. . . . Saturday, October 4, 9 a.m. to noon, psat practice exam. Registration is required. . . . Saturday, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., film. . . . For more information about upcoming teen activities, go to, or contact Teen Librarian Fran Housten at or 908-709-7272. Programs are open to all teens, ages 12 to 18, or in grades 7 to 12.

From the Children's Room
A New Face in the Children’s Room

The library is very pleased to welcome Lauren Antolino to the Children’s Department. Lauren’s previous position was at the Fairfield Public Library, where she was the Youth Services Librarian. Please stop by and say hello to Lauren the next time you are in the Children’s Room.

Lego Lollapalooza!

The Children’s Room will kick off its new Lego Club with a presentation by Bricks4Kids on Tuesday, September 16, at 6:30 p.m. in the Raddin Room. Children in grades K to 5 are invited to attend. Participants will learn about different types of energy and construct a working windmill made out of Lego bricks and gears. Please note! Seating is limited and tickets are required. Free tickets will be available in the Children’s Room starting September 2.

Story Times Resume

Pre-school story times for 3-, 4-, and 5-year old drop-ins will be held on Tuesday mornings at 10:15 from September 9 to October 28. Join us on Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. from September 10 to October 29 for baby story time! We’ll be singing songs, sharing a story or two, and learning some fun rhymes! No registration is required. Just drop in! Story time for 2-year-olds and accompanying adults and siblings will be held on Thursdays at 10:15 a.m. from September 11 to October 30. A story time for everyone! All ages are welcome to attend this interactive family program. We’ll be sharing stories and songs every Friday at 1:30 p.m. from September 12 to October 31.

News from the Friends of the Cranford Public Library
Friends Film Series
The Friends’ classic film series continues with The Shootist (1976) on August 26, followed by: The Sea Hawk (1940), September 2; The Pride of the Yankees (1942), September 9; An American in Paris (1951), September 16; Written on the Wind (1956), September 23; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), September 30; The Taming of the Shrew (1967), October 7; Kiss Me Kate (1953), October 14; King Lear (1983), October 21; and A Thousand Acres (1997), October 28. All dates are Tuesdays. Show times are 7:00 p.m. The Friends’ international film series will continue on Monday, September 15, and Monday, October 20 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The Friends’ documentary series continues with Chasing Ice (2011) on Monday, October 6, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. All films are shown in the Cranford Community Center. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Staged Play Reading by The Theater Project

The Theater Project will be present a staged reading of The D Word, a new comedy by Susan Barsky, on Saturday, September 13, at 2:00 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center. In The D Word, a woman contemplating leaving her husband of 15 years embarks on a journey with the “help” of her friend, mother, brother, and other colorful characters. The Theater Project is an acclaimed, New Jersey-based professional theater group, and the winner of two New Jersey Tony Awards. Following the readings, the play will be discussed by the audience, the director, the actors, and Ms. Barsky. Admission is free and all are welcome. The program is sponsored by the Friends. The Theater Project will also present a reading in the Community Center on Saturday, October 11, at 2:00 p.m.

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

Dr. Charlie Horner will present a history of Doo Wop on Wednesday, September 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center. Learn the stories behind the Moonglows, the Dominoes, Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers, and the Harptones. Hear such Doo Wop classics as “In the Still of the Night,” “Gloria,” and “Earth Angel.” Dr. Horner’s presentation is based on 40 years of research and 20 years on the air at Philadelphia’s wxpn-fm. The program is sponsored by the Friends. Admission is free and all are welcome.

“A Touch of Sinatra”

The Friends invite you to enjoy “A Touch of Sinatra,” a musical show about the life and music of Frank Sinatra, on Monday, September 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center. The show will be narrated by Joe Gilligan and Sinatra’s songs will be sung by Donnie Fararro. Admission is free and all are welcome.

An Evening with Singer/Songwriter Greg Trooper and Singer Izzi Wolf

The Friends are very pleased to welcome acclaimed singer/songwriter Greg Trooper on Wednesday, October 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center. Born in New Jersey, Trooper has been writing and performing since the early 70s, with stints in New York City, Austin, and Nashville. He has released a dozen albums, the most recent being Incident on Willow Street (2013). A great performer in his own right, his songs have also been recorded by Vince Gill, Steve Earle, Billy Bragg, Maura O'Connell and Robert Earl Keen. Opening for Mr. Trooper will be Izzi Wolf, a very talented local singer. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Friends of the Cranford Library Used Book Sale

Choose from thousands of children's and adult books, cds, dvds, and recorded books on Wednesday, October 15, 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday, October 16 & 17, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday, October 18, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in the Library’s Friendly Book Cellar. Most items are priced between $.25 and $2.00. On Saturday, fill a bag with books for just $8.00! Proceeds benefit the library!

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Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Closed Monday, September 1, for Labor Day and Monday, October 13, for Columbus Day.

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