Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Pictures for Women's History Month

February is thankfully almost over. All of the cold snowy messy weather has left us librarians feeling a little like a book with a sad ending. However, March and springtime are on their way and our hearts will not be let down so easily!

In March we will be celebrating what makes our hearts warm and happy: the women who have inspired us the most! From the beginning of March till the end we will be displaying pictures of women who have inspired us and we want you to participate.

What you need to do is:

1. Bring in a small framed picture of a woman that inspires you.
2. At the library, write down why she inspires you or what advice she gave you, this will be displayed next to your picture
3. Leave it at the library all month so everyone can see her picture among the pictures of other awesome ladies!

Please don't bring an original picture. 

This photo gallery is going to be powerful, heartfelt and of course, inspirational. We can't wait to see the gallery grow!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Winter Reading

The new year started with such cold force demanding that we stay inside nice and toasty. Really, there is no better company on a cold day than a good book and a cat. But if you can't stand cats, or are allergic to them it is ok. Staying indoors with a book is really the answer for these terribly chilly days.

We want you to read to your hearts content this year and particularly this winter. Here are some tips to help you out:

1. Let US pick the books for your! That's right, go online here to look for the books you want, have your library card and pin ready and place them all on hold. The books will be handled by the librarians and you will receive and email when they are bundled and ready for you. Just stop by the library, dash in, pick your books up at the front desk, dash out. That easy!

2. What, we don't have your book?! Sometimes the librarian ordering books misses ordering that one very special one that you would love to read. Not to fret, call the library and we will order it and place it on hold just for you, with your name. You will get a phone call when it comes in. Here is our number so you don't need to hunt for it (973) 227-3575.

3. Warm cozy quiet spot...we all need them and love them. The library has plenty of quiet spots for you to relax in: come study, do your finances, read a book on the Bahamas, cuddle with a book on the galaxies, escape your office for lunch time, you name it. We are a quiet peaceful little place and will love to have you stop by. We also serve coffee, so we are nearly perfect.

4. Check out other relaxing material. We have over 6,000 DVDs, music, and hundreds of magazines. Don't pay for them! Check them out, read then re-read if you like and return them when you are all done.

5. Stay culturally entertained. Keep your mind healthy and happy with the array of FREE programs we have going on from Italian classes for all ages to very nice concerts. Check our family friendly programs out here.

6. Oh one last thing, we also have FREE museum passes. If the weather is nice and you want to do something fun and free come by and you can check out one of our passes!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Finding Articles on our Website

We know there is a big explorer project coming up, and we thought we'd remind our lovely patrons that the library has resources available to help you out! We have biographies of many explorers that you can pick up here and--even better--wonderful articles you can access from the comfort of your home.

To access articles through our website, you need to follow a few simple steps.

Step Two: Find the link that says "Resources" on the left-hand side of the page.
The page will look like this, you can see "Resources" circled in red on the left.
Step Three: You'll be directed to our Resources page, which contains a list of all our online resources. 

You've made it! Our resources page!
You will find our online encyclopedias under "General Reference." Some databases that might be particularly helpful are located in the unassuming looking "EBSCO Host" link. Click on that and try out SearchasaurusKids Search, and/or Student Research Center. You may also find Encyclopedia Britannica and World Book Online Research Center helpful. 

If you're having trouble or would like to learn more about finding resources, stop by and we'll give you a hand.

Happy hunting and good luck with your papers! 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Crafty Kids: Turkeys in Disguise

Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano

At this month's meeting of Crafty Kids, we read the picture book Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano. In the story, Turkey dons various disguises to avoid becoming Thanksgiving dinner. For our craft, we created foam hand turkeys and added fun disguises of our own. The foam hats--created by Dylan, our most artistic staff member--looked amazing! We had crowns, cowboy (or cowgirl!) hats, mouse ears, and an astronaut helmet. The turkeys turned out looking so wonderful that we just had to share the final results!

Our beautiful turkeys in disguise!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Scary Story Writing Contest Winners

We're so pleased to announce the winners of our Scary Story Writing contest are Josie Duva and Giuliana Spanarelli! These amazing authors will be dining on pizza thanks to gift certificates donated by Puzo's Pizza and Il Panino! Check out the spooky stories they penned below!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

National Book Award Finalists Announced

Finalists for the National Book Award have been announced! Check out the longlist for young people's literature below, or look at all the titles selected here!

2013 Longlist for Young People’s Literature:
Kathi Appelt, The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp
Kate DiCamillo, Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
Lisa Graff, A Tangle of Knots
Alaya Dawn Johnson, The Summer Prince
Cynthia Kadohata, The Thing About Luck
David Levithan, Two Boys Kissing
Tom McNeal, Far Far Away
Meg Rosoff, Picture Me Gone
Anne Ursu, The Real Boy
Gene Luen Yang, Boxers & Saints

More information about these books and their authors here

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Halloween Spooktacular!

We've got some great things happening at the library this Halloween!

Photo taken from Mad Science Website:

  • Join us this Saturday, October 26th at 11:00 am for a performance by Mad Science! They'll be performing their Spooky Spectacular featuring melting witches and bubbling potions. Children ages 5-12 are invited to come in costume! Registration is required, so call today to reserve your spot!

  • Science not your thing? Our Scary Story Writing Contest wraps up this Friday, October 25th at 7:00. We want to see your silliest or scariest stories! Two winners will receive gift cards for pizza!

  • We'll be having a special Halloween storytime for our preschool aged friends on Monday, October 28th at 10:30 am. We'll be sharing (not too) spooky stories and creating a pumpkin craft! No registration is required, just drop in.