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The Reader

The Newsletter of the Cranford Public Library &
The Friends of the Cranford Public Library
July-August 2015


Adult Summer Reading Program

The library’s sixth annual adult summer reading program is underway and runs through August 6. The program is open to Cranford Public Library card holders and mural patrons 18 years and older. There are weekly random drawings for prizes and three grand prizes will be awarded at the end of the program. Grand prizes include $75 gift certificates to Avenue East and Pairings, courtesy of the Friends of the Cranford Public Library, and a $100 certificate from Whether you read a little or a lot, stop by the library and join the fun. Registration is not required. Just turn in titles of books you have read or listened to.

Meet Local Author Ed Robinson

Former Cranford mayor Ed Robinson will be at the Cranford Community Center on Thursday, July 9, at 7:30 p.m. to talk about his recently published mystery novel, A Jersey Shore Angel. He will have copies of the book available for purchase and for signing. Admission is free and all are welcome.

New Book Club Kits Available

The library recently added Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng and The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd to its collection of book club kits. Intended for use by book discussion groups, each kit contains ten copies of a single title, plus printed discussion aids. The kits were acquired with funds provided by the Friends of the Cranford Public Library.

LearningExpress Library

LearningExpress Library provides a completely interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial courses covering myriad subject areas. LearningExpress gives immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and individualized analyses of results. Test and study categories include high school advanced placement, civil service, college entrance, emt, firefighter, ged, graduate school entrance exams, mcat, lsat, nursing, real estate, skills improvement for adult learners, skills improvement with Spanish instructions, toefl, U.S. citizenship, and writing skills improvement. To check out LearningExpress, go to

Battleship New Jersey Added to the Library’s Museum Pass Program

The library recently added the Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial to its museum pass program. 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. Click here for more information about the museum pass program.

New Fine Schedule Goes into Effect on August 1st

The library will be instituting new overdue fine rates effective Saturday, August 1. The overdue fine for most materials from the adult collection will increase from 10 cents per day to 20 cents per day, and the overdue fine for most materials from the children’s collection will increase from 5 cents per day to 10 cents per day.


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.


Borrow a Museum Pass!
The library lends museum passes to 10 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 Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial, 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 the Library's Latest Items!
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

Download Popular E-Books for Free from eLibraryNJ!

Free best-selling and classic e-books and audiobooks are available 24/7 from the eLibraryNJ  digital collection, located at You can browse the collection, borrow with your library card, and enjoy on your computer, tablet, smartphone, or e-reader. Most borrowed e-books can be enjoyed immediately in your web browser with OverDrive Read. Or, you can download e-books into free software, Adobe® Digital Editions, or send to your Kindle® device or app. Downloaded e-books can be transferred to e-reader devices such as NOOK®, Sony® Reader™ and many more.


Audiobooks can be downloaded into the OverDrive® Media Console™ (MP3 audiobooks only for Mac® users). Once downloaded, titles can be enjoyed immediately or transferred to a variety of devices, including iPod® and many others. Some audio titles can also be burned to CD to listen on-the-go. Users with smartphones or tablets can install the OverDrive Media Console app to directly download EPUB e-books and MP3 audiobook titles to their devices. Titles automatically expire at the end of the lending period. There are no late fees!


This service, powered by OverDrive, is free with your library card. In addition to your library card number, you will need a personal identification number (PIN). If you are not sure if you have a PIN or do not know your PIN, contact the library. The eLibraryNJ site also features tools and information, as well as a link to contact support.


From the Teen Zone
Teen Summer Reading Club (and Much More) Unmasked!
Join the Summer Reading Club and read for prizes! For every three books you read, receive a prize. For each book read, receive a point. Also, earn extra points: for each program you attend, book discussion you participate in, and for answering the weekly trivia contest correctly.  In addition, read and vote for a nominated Garden State Teen Book Award and receive another point. On Thursday, August 20, at the end-of-season Pizza Party, prizes will be awarded by Tricky Tray. The more tickets you’ve earned, the better your chances of winning the prize(s) of your choice! Plus, everyone goes home with a prize!

In addition to the Summer Reading Club, there will be many other special teen programs throughout the summer, including movies, teen makeovers, a spa lock-in, a caricaturist, a murder mystery lock-in, an actors’ workshop, an author visit, a superhero lock-in, and Fun Thursdays. The programs are open to those 12 to 18 years old or entering grades 7 to 12. Some programs require registration. For a full list of the special programs, including dates and times, check out the library’s Teen Page at or stop by the Reference Desk and pick up a Summer Teens brochure.

From the Children's Room

Music & Movement Story Time      

A story time for our youngest library users! Children ages 3 to 24 months are invited to join us as we sing songs and share a book or two. This short, lively story time happens on Wednesday mornings at 10:15 a.m. through July 29th. No registration required. Just drop in.

Family Programs

We'll be having special family programs on Wednesday evenings at 7 in the Cranford Community Center from July 1 to August 5. All ages are welcome. Registration is required and begins two weeks before each program. For a list of the programs, visit the Children’s Room page at, or ask in the Children’s Room.

Book Clubs
'Tween Book Club, Grades 4 to 6. Join the 'Tween Book Club, created especially for students entering grades 4 to 6. Each week, we'll play fun, book-based games and participate in fun activities. Registration is required. Upcoming sessions include Graphic Novels on July 6, Animal Heroes on July 20, and Greek Heroes on August 3. Sessions are at 10:30 a.m.

Book Club, Grades 1 to 3
. We'll be reading stories about all sorts of heroes and completing fun, book-based activities. We'll create our own superheroes, learn about some amazing animal friendships, and imagine tall tales of our own. Registration is required. July 13 at 10:30: Animal Heroes; July 27 at 10:30: Heroes Through History.

Community Heroes Story Times

Come learn about the heroes around you on Tuesday nights at 6:30. Ages 4+; registration is required and begins two weeks before each program. Police Officer on July 7, Water Rescuer on July 21, Traffic Safety Officer on July 28, and Dentist on August 4.

Champion Cinema

Join us on Fridays at 1:00 p.m. as we watch the daring adventures of our favorite heroes! All movies are G rated. No registration required. July 10: Toy Story (81 min.); July 17: Balto (78 min.); July 24: Mulan (88 min.); July 31: The Tale of Despereaux (93 min.); August 7: Hercules (98 min.).


News from the Friends of the Cranford Public Library
Classic, Foreign, and Documentary Films

The Friends’ Tuesday classic film series continues with m*a*s*h (comedy, 1970, 115 min.) on July 7, followed by: Manhattan (comedy, 1979, 96 min.), July 14; Gilda (drama, 1946, 110 min.), July 21; Driving Miss Daisy (drama, 1989, 99 min.), July 28; The Misfits (comedy, 1961, 124 min.), August 4; The Big Heat (noir, 1953, 90 min.), August 11; Citizen Kane (drama, 1941, 119 min.), August 18; and A High Wind in Jamaica (drama, 1965, 103 minutes), August 25. Show times are 7 p.m. The Friends’ foreign film series continues with Fanny (France, 2013, 102 min.) on Monday, July 20, and Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed (Spain, 2013, 108 min.) on Monday, August 17, at 2 and 7 p.m. The Friends’ documentary series continues with Casting By (2012, 89 min.) on Monday, August 3, at 2 and 7 p.m. All films are shown in the Cranford Community Center. Admission is free and all are welcome. The film schedule is also available at


Singer/Keyboardist John Korba

The Friends are pleased to sponsor a performance by singer/keyboardist John Korba on Monday, July 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center. A Cranford native, Mr. Korba is equally comfortable performing pop, jazz, and soul. He has toured with Phoebe Snow and Hall & Oates, and he played in the house bands for Rent, the long running Broadway musical, and Rain, the Broadway tribute to the Beatles. Admission is free; all are welcome.


Program on New Jersey’s State Parks

The Friends are pleased to welcome back regional historian and author Kevin Woyce, who will present a program on New Jersey’s state parks Monday, July 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center. Admission is free and all are welcome.


Friends of the Library One Day August Book Sale!

It’s not too late to stock up on summer reading! Choose from thousands of adult and children’s books, cds, dvds, and recorded books on Wednesday, August 5, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the library’s Friendly Book Cellar. Most items are priced between $.25 and $2.00. The sale is wheelchair accessible. Proceeds benefit the library.


Join the Friends of the Library!

Founded in 1979, the Friends support the library in dozens of ways, including sponsorship of the classic, documentary, and international film series, the adult, teen, and children's summer reading programs, the Books & Bagels book chat program, play readings by the Theater Project, and story time yoga sessions for children. The Friends also purchase furniture and equipment for the library, fund an annual library studies scholarship, and fund the library's highly popular museum pass and book club kit programs. In addition, the Friends make an annual contribution to the library book budget; they subsidized an architectural study of the library, and purchased The Drama Collection, a set of 250 classic plays on cd, 31 Great Courses dvd sets, and the complete Bill Nye the Science Guy series on dvd. The Friends ask that you help support the library by joining or by renewing your membership. The annual membership fee is only $10.00 ($5.00 for senior citizens and students). Membership includes mailings of The Reader. Applications are available at the library’s main desk and by clicking here.

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Thursday and Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Closed Saturdays in the summer through September 5, 2015.)

Friday, July 3, 2015.

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