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A Banner Year @ the Library
May 28, 2013 Marilynn Mullen, Director
Local Author Talks
Intermission by Betsy Norland
Until the Next Time by Kevin Fox
Naturally New Jersey: A Visual Journey Through New Jersey’s Parks and Preserves by Larry Zink
Cranbury: A New Jersey town from the Colonial Era to the Present by John Whiteclay Chambers II
John Chambers Speaks
One Book, One Cranbury
What if everyone in Cranbury read the same book? That is exactly what the Cranbury Public Library is hoping will happen with their One Book, One Cranbury program. The book selection is the new book by local author John Whiteclay Chambers II titled Cranbury: A New Jersey Town from the Colonial Era to the Present. (New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 2011)
Our goal is to foster a sense of community by bringing people together through literature and appreciation of local history.
One Book, One Cranbury Partners
I, David Cook, Mayor, hereby Proclaim on behalf of the Township Committee of the Township of Cranbury, support for the “One Book, One Cranbury” program at the Cranbury Public Library, and I encourage our residents to read the book and participate in One Book, One Cranbury programs, and I wish it much success.
Township Proclamation September, 24, 2012
One Book, One Cranbury Events
• • • • • • • • • • • • • Stories from Early Cranbury A Guide to Colonial Architecture by author Rick Pratt Grave Matters - Victorian Mourning Customs Cranbury Wassail Create a Colonial Christmas Candle Centerpiece Colonial Cranbury in Perspective A History of Cranbury Landmarks The African-American Experience in Cranbury Women in Cranbury’s History Cranbury Civil War Memorabilia Hunt For History A Look into Cranbury’s Past through Postcards Walking Tours of Historic Cranbury
One Book, One Cranbury
Create a Colonial Centerpiece
“Wonderful program!” “This was so much fun!”
One Book, One Cranbury Final Events
A Look at Cranbury’s Past Through Postcards
Hunt for History
Dream Big - READ
Night Hunters of the Sky visit.
Exploring science with Dragons and Dreams
Cranbury at Night
Using iPads to identify the stars.
Other 2012 Programs
• Malcolm X • Alternate Energy: A Local Perspective • An American River: From Paradise to Superfund, Afloat on New Jersey's Passaic
On Going Programming Book Discussion Groups Tech Hours Computer Classes on Demand Toddler Stories After-school Crafts Student Library Council Reading Buddies
The Library hosted 299 programs attended by 4,645 people.
Libraries create communities.
As one attendee commented, “It’s great we have classes and gatherings here. It brings the community together.”
Trustee of the Year
Libraries of Middlesex Country Trustee of the Year Award was presented to Kirstie Venanzi for her outstanding service on the Library Board of Trustees.
• • • • 63,196 people visited the library. 9,354 people used our computers. 48,631 items were checked out. Library staff answered 7,276 questions.
“You guys are the best, always so helpful!”
• Answering questions for patrons via email during the power outage associated with Hurricane Sandy. • Assisting a patron in printing out an important landlord / tenant document that she needed as she was still without power due to the storm. • Conducting research in our databases and on the Internet for flood recovery resources.
The Library – “a port in a storm”
Public Libraries and First Responders: Partners in Emergency Response http://youtu.be/gZUEChxl74g