The Evening Book Discussion Group will be meeting next on Tuesday, September 25th at 7:00 p.m. We’ll be discussing the book The Awakening by Kate Chopin. New members are always welcome! To learn more go to Cranbury Public Library Book Chat on Goodreads. Summary (via Goodreads): When first published in 1899, The Awakening shocked readers with its honest treatment of female marital infidelity. Audiences accustomed to the pieties of late Victorian romantic fiction were taken aback by Chopin’s daring portrayal of a woman trapped in a stifling marriage, who seeks and finds passionate physical love outside the confines of her domestic situation. Aside from its unusually frank treatment of a then-controversial subject, the novel is widely admired today for its literary qualities. Edmund Wilson characterized it as a work “quite uninhibited and beautifully written, which anticipates D. H. Lawrence in its treatment of infidelity.” Although the theme of marital infidelity no longer shocks, few novels have plumbed the psychology of a woman involved in an illicit relationship with the perception, artistry, and honesty that Kate Chopin brought to The Awakening.
The Afternoon Book Discussion Group will be meeting next on Wednesday, September 19th at 1:30 p.m. We’ll be discussing The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg. New members are always welcome! To learn more go to Cranbury Public Library Book Chat on Goodreads. Summary (via Goodreads): A moving novel about three people who find their way back from loss and loneliness to a different kind of happiness. Arthur, a widow, meets Maddy, a troubled teenage girl who is avoiding school by hiding out at the cemetery, where Arthur goes every day for lunch to have imaginary conversations with his late wife, and think about the lives of others. The two strike up a friendship that draws them out of isolation. Maddy gives Arthur the name Truluv, for his loving and positive responses to every outrageous thing she says or does. With Arthur’s nosy neighbor Lucille, they create a loving and unconventional family, proving that life’s most precious moments are sweeter when shared.
Wednesday, September 12 at 6:30 p.m. Let’s have a conversation about the books on the Great American Read list. What have you read? What would you recommend to others? Enroll online or at the library.
Have a tech question you need help with? Come and ask our Technology Specialist, Jay Oliver, for help — and treat yourself to a tasty bite with coffee or tea! Every third Monday of the month (schedule changes or cancellations pending) @ 11:30 a.m. at the library!
For Kids Everyday after school beginning in Septemeber Use the library’s Chromebooks to work on homework, do school projects, or plays games with your group.
Wednesday, September 26 at 6:30 p.m. Let’s have a conversation about Cranbury Day!
How often do you get to hear music and then have a high-energy conversation about its role in historical traditions? In this interactive session, Matt Backes explores the origins and history of American fiddle music. Dr Backes is a professor of American Studies at Rutgers University, and a member of the Magnolia Street String Band. This program is made possible by a grant from the NJ Council for the Humanities. Friday, September 21 @ 7:00 p.m. Please enroll online.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Cranbury Library 23 N Main Street C Cranbury, NJ 08512 This workshop offers tips on how to have honest and caring conversations with family members about: Going to the doctor Deciding when to stop driving Making legal and financial plansRegister by 9-11-18 (800-272-3900)
This summer the library and PBS are celebrating reading with THE GREAT AMERICAN READ! The library has THE GREAT AMERICAN READ book list as well as all the titles. We hope you’ll pick up the list and several books to take home and read. We also want you vote for your favorite title and comment on your favorite book here at the library. You can vote and comment each time you’re in the library. Look for our display with books, ballot box and comment board. Let’s find out what Cranbury’s favorite book is and if we agree with the rest of America! See the list of books. Vote and comment nationally.
Cranbury resident Erica Vogel will lead us in a four-week chair yoga class, Mondays, June 4th, June 11th, June 18th, and June 25th @ 1:00 p.m. Suggested $5 donation per class to benefit Skeet’s Pantry. Dress in loose clothing or yoga pants. Bring a water bottle and hand towel. Limit 10. Please enroll ONLINE (select date link above register for each date) or at the library.
You can now access events happening all around Cranbury on our new Cranbury Community Calendar! The calendar is accessible from the drop-down menu on our website under Events, you can also access from the image in the sidebar as you scroll down on the homepage of the website. If you’d like to subscribe to the calendar on Burbio.com, you can sign up and then follow the community calendar as well as many more area calendars that are listed on Burbio. This would allow you to receive e-mail notices when new events are added and you can follow other calendars of interest, such as our library calendar and the Cranbury School calendar, also accessible through Burbio. If you have a community organization or event that you would like to post on the Cranbury Community Calendar, call us at the library and we can add it.
CPL member Wei-Hong Wang was one of the many people in the library parking lot watching the All American Eclipse unfold. He sent us these pictures of the event to share. All America Eclipse.
From the Director’s Desk… Historic Cranbury Press and Photo Archive The library has a new resource that I am pleased to share with all of you – the Historic Cranbury Press and Photo Archive. Maybe you already knew that the library has all the back issues of the Cranbury Press digitized and available for researchers. Our files cover the years from 1886 to 2014. Previously, it would take a long time to search through the archive for a specific name or place. Now, with our new online service, the search comes back quickly with the results. Once you’ve found the article you were searching for, you can print, copy or save it. The Photo Archive is brand new! The Cranbury Historical and Preservation Society (CHPS) received a grant from the Middlesex County Cultural Heritage Commission to digitize and make all their photos available at the library. Now you can easily browse, search and view each of the photos in the archive. A note of caution though; The photos are owned by CHPS and are copyright protected. You can use this resource, with proper attribution, for educational and other non-commercial uses. For reproduction, publication, or commercial use contact CHPS to obtain permission. The Cranbury Press is also copyright protected – but only from 1923 to the present. That means the early issues of the press (1886 to 1922) are accessible to you from your home computer or tablet. These issues contain more than just the local news of who is visiting friends or family in Cranbury. They have news blurbs from around the world, humorous anecdotes, and interesting advertisements. To access the entire archive come into the library and use one of our computers. You’ll find the link to the archive on our Website at CranburyPublicLibrary.org, Just click on the red box on the left side bar that says “Historic Cranbury Press and Photo Archive”. Marilynn Mullen
Book-a-Librarian! Are you in need of computer or digital device instruction? Do you want to learn how to use a particular computer program or app? Would you like help with a research project? Are you looking for books that are “just right” for your child? Do you want to learn how to download e-books or audiobooks from the library’s collection? Then Book-a-Librarian! Call 655-0555 to schedule an appointment for one-on-one help for up to 30 minutes. Let one of our librarians help you with your technology, research, or literary needs! We’ll be happy to help! Joanne Dera
Shop at Amazon Smile and Amazon will make a donation to the Cranbury Library Foundation Click here to start shopping and raise funds for the Foundation! What is AmazonSmile? AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support. How do I shop at AmazonSmile? To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to AmazonSmile to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile. How much of my purchase does Amazon donate? The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. The purchase price is the amount paid for the item minus any rebates and excluding shipping & handling, gift-wrapping fees, taxes, or service charges. From time to time, we may offer special, limited time promotions that increase the donation amount on one or more products or services or provide for additional donations to charitable organizations. Special terms and restrictions may apply. Please see the relevant promotion for complete details. Cranbury Library Foundation Inc For more information go to About Amazon Smile
September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month! In addition to Cranbury residents, did you know that employees of Cranbury businesses are eligible for borrowing privileges at Cranbury Public Library at no cost? Just bring in current, valid proof of employment and valid personal identification to obtain a library card. Cranbury resident cards are valid for 2 years, employees of Cranbury businesses cards are valid for 1 year. Library cards may be renewed by presenting valid identification and valid current proof of resident, taxpayer, or employee status. Non-Cranbury residents may purchase a paid membership card for a $25 yearly fee. Holders of paid membership cards have all the privileges of regular Cranbury cardholders.