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The Reader

The Newsletter of the Cranford Public Library &
The Friends of the Cranford Public Library
September-October 2015


Books & Bagels Is Back!

After a summer break, Books & Bagels resumes on Saturday, September 12, from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in the Raddin 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 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. Attend as many or as few sessions as you like. Subsequent sessions, all at 10:15 a.m. in the Raddin Room, will take place on October 10, November 7, December 5, 2015 and on January 9, February 6, March 5, April 2, May 7, June 4, 2016.

“Ten Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle”

Are you feeling tired and sluggish? Harriet Linder, C.N.H.P., natural health coach and educator, will provide ten easy health and lifestyle tips to help you increase your energy and vitality. Come out and learn simple strategies to help restore a healthy balance in your body. The program will take place on Wednesday, September 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center. Admission is free and all are welcome.


“What Baby Boomers Need to Know about Medicare”

Douglas and Justin Lubenow of Senior Advisors will present a program about Medicare for baby boomers on Thursday, September 17, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center. Learn the five biggest mistakes made by Medicare beneficiaries, the difference between original Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans, how Medicare supplement policies work, how Medicare prescription drug programs work, when to sign up for Medicare, what Medicare does and does not cover, what you should expect to pay in health care costs, and why most people pay too much for Medicare coverage. Admission is free and all are welcome.


The Readers’ Forum

The Readers’ Forum will begin its 23nd year with a discussion of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens on Monday, September 28. Subsequent titles and dates are: Family Life  by Akhil Sharma, October 26; The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, November 23; The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin, December 28; Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, January 25, 2016; Lila by Marilynne Robinson, February 22, 2016; The Measure of a Man by Sidney Poitier, March 28, 2016; All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, April 25, 2016; and In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume, May 23, 2016. Dates are Mondays. Sessions start at 7 p.m. in the library’s Fridlington Room. New members are welcome at any time!


Program on Wills, Trusts and Estates

Cranford resident Nicholas Giuditta will present a program entitled “What Everyone Should Know about Wills, Trusts and Estates” on Wednesday, September 30, at 7 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center. Mr. Giuditta 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 7, 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.

Musical Program: “Birds Suite,” An Electronic Composition by Bruce McKinney

The library is very pleased to present “Birds Suite,” a presentation and discussion of electronic music composition by Cranford resident Bruce McKinney, on Wednesday, October 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center. Vivaldi, Beethoven, Debussy, Ravel and Respighi all found a place for imitations of bird calls in their music. In a similar spirit, Dr. McKinney’s “Birds Suite” takes digital recordings of bird calls and re-composes them into music. Among his many professional accomplishments, Dr. McKinney was Composer-in-Residence at Brooklyn College’s Center for Computer Music in 1999 and 2000.

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

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

PSAT Test - Take a free psat practice test. Saturday, September 26, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration is required! . . . Batman Day - Come celebrate the Dark Knight! Saturday, Sept 26, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. . . . Programs are open to all teens, ages 12 to 18 or in grades 7 to 12. . . . Teen Read Week - Get away @ Cranford Library, October 19 to 24. Watch for more details! . . . Questions? - Contact Fran Housten, Teen Librarian, at 709-7272 or email To register for teen programs: call, email, or stop by the second floor Reference Desk. 

From the Children's Room

Dinosaur Parade

Join the Dinosaur Parade! This special story time consists of rhymes, songs, puppets, and audience participation and is perfect for ages 2 to 5. Saturday, September 12 at 10:15 a.m. in the Cranford Community Center. No registration required. Just drop in!


Baby Story Time

Join us on Wednesday mornings at 10:15 a.m. from September 9 to October 28 for this short, lively story time! We’ll be singing songs, sharing a story or two, and learning some fun new rhymes! No registration required. Just drop in!


Toddler Story Time

Our two-year-old friends and their accompanying adults and siblings are invited to join us for story time on Thursday mornings at 10:15 a.m. from September 10 to October 29. No registration required. Just drop in!


Therapy Dogs - Independent readers are invited to hone their skills by reading to certified therapy dogs on Tuesday, September 8th and October 13th between 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 pm. Registration is required and can be done at the Children’s Room desk.


Lego Club

Children in grades K to 5 are invited to join us for Lego Club on the third Tuesday of each month. We'll be free-building and sharing our work on September 15th and October 20th at 6:30 p.m. No registration required. Just drop in!


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

Families will attempt hands-on experiments, solve problems, and, of course, have fun at this educational program created for families with children from ages of 2 to 10. Explore together on Saturday, October 10, at 11 a.m. in the Cranford Community Center. Registration is required.

News from the Friends of the Cranford Public Library

Classic, Foreign, and Documentary Films

The Friends’ Tuesday classic films continue with A Night at the Opera (comedy, 1935, 96 min.) on September 1, followed by: The Oxbow Incident (western, 1943, 75 min.), September 8; The Shop Around the Corner (comedy, 1940, 107 min.), September 15; The Narrow Margin (noir, 1952, 75 min.), September 22; The Thirteenth Guest (mystery, 1932, 70 min.), September 29; The Horror of Dracula (horror, 1958, 82 min.), October 6; House on Haunted Hill (ghost/horror, 1959, 75 min.), October 13; The Mummy (horror, 1959, 88 min.), October 20; and Young Frankenstein (comedy, 1974, 106 min.), October 27. Show times are 7 p.m. The Friends’ foreign films continue with The Dinner Game (France, 1998, 78 min.) on Monday, September 21, and Little Nicholas (France, 2009, 90 min.) on Monday, October 19, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The next Friends’ documentary is Art and Craft (2014, 89 min.) on Monday, October 5, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Films are shown in the Cranford Community Center. All are welcome.

Staged Play Readings by The Theater Project

The Theater Project will present staged readings of Between a Princess and a Witch, a new comedy by Luigi Jannuzzi, on Saturday, September 19, and Wet Dreams, a new drama by Tylie Shider, on Saturday, October 24. Wet Dreams contains adult themes and language and is intended for mature audiences. Both readings begin at 2 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center. Following the readings, the audience will have the opportunity to discuss the plays with the authors. The readings are sponsored by the Friends. Admission is free and all are welcome.


Celtic Harpist William Jackson

The Friends are very pleased to welcome back Celtic harpist and multi-instrumentalist William Jackson on Monday, September 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center. Mr. Jackson, who hails from Glasgow, has been at the forefront of Celtic music for nearly 30 years. He was a founding member of Ossian in 1976, one of Scotland's best-loved traditional bands. Admission is free and all are welcome.


Bargains Galore at the Friends’ October Book Sale!

Choose from thousands of adult and children’s books, cds, dvds, and recorded books on Wednesday, October 14, 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday, October 15 and 16, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday, October 17, 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! The sale is wheelchair accessible. Proceeds benefit the library.


Irish Fiddler John Carty

The Friends will welcome renowned Irish fiddler John Carty to the Cranford Community Center on Wednesday, October 21, at 7:30 p.m. The winner of the Irish Television station Teilifis Gaeilge’s Traditional Musician of the Year Award in 2003, Mr. Carty is recognized as one of Ireland’s finest traditional music artists.

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.

Library Hours
Monday to Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
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.)

Saturday, September 5, and Monday, September 7, for the Labor Day Weekend
Monday, October 12, for Columbus Day.

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