Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Do you remember where you were July 14, 1974?

The Great Fires, and Firefighters, of Caldwell! Do not miss seeing our exhibit of great photographs of the fires of, and firefighters who serve, Caldwell shared by members and friends of the Caldwell Volunteer Fire Department ("CVFD"), along with many Gene Collerd photographs. Join us for our "debut" between noon and 5 as the Library will be open during the Rotary/Kiwanis Street Fair on Sunday, October 3, 2010. A reception for our great Fire Department will be held here on Friday, October 22, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. Please join us Sunday, as well as on the 22nd - and tell all your friends to check out the exhibit which will be on display in The Gene & Kathryn Collerd Local History Resource Room from Sunday, October 3 to Saturday, October 30, 2010.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


Summer is over - but the library is STILL open, and September is "Sign Up for a Library Card Month" - so why not double check your card is up-to-date, and at the same time join us, at the Caldwell Public Library, in the Gene and Kathryn Collerd Local History Resource Room, for a fascinating program tomorrow evening - Wednesday, September 15th, at 6:30 p.m. Local author, John Lanza, will be speaking about his book "Shot Down Over Italy." This event is free and open to all, and, if you missed the article in The Progress about John, his uncle, and writing of this inspirational book, read it right now by clicking HERE!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

A decade of partnering with Camp Caldwell!

As I look at the summer reading program pictures, and say a sad farewell to our INVALUABLE Summer Library Assistant/Volunteer Coordinator, Susan Reeve - who disguises herself as a SPANISH TEACHER at JCHS from September to June - I still cannot believe this is our 10th reading to and programming with Camp Caldwell! I started here at CPL only a month or two before the Caldwell Community Center opened, and Camp Caldwell was unveiled. In 2001 we read to the campers here at the library, and, even then, Carol Shenuski (JCHS Math Teacher) and Dr. Gerardi (C/WC Superintendent) volunteered to be guest readers. From 2002 to 2006 we, library staffers, along with guest readers* (of all ages, and from all parts of our lives and communities), read to campers at the Community Center, either in the "tree house" or inside the Center. Then, from 2007 to the present, the campers returned to the library. Picking out books to read, finding (sometimes BEGGING) guest readers, became a major part of Susan Reeve's summer job description, and has she ever shone! So, Susan, deepest gratitude from literally hundreds of children whose lives you have touched over the past four years. And, thank you too, a million times over, to all the educators and administrators, from ALL the schools (including, but not limited to, Riverdale Public Schools, Caldwell College, Seton Hall Prep, all schools in the C/WC Public School System, and, as shown in this picture.....a teacher who taught at Jefferson School in the '60s - my Aunt Janet!) who volunteered to be readers. There are so many to thank, and we tried to say it in person when you were here, but please know how very much we appreciate your generous sharing of yourselves. - Karen (Kleppe Lembo)

* I feel as if I have the Romper Room mirror -- those of you of a certain age will understand this idea -- when I say thank you to the likes of: Barry Bachenheimer, Nancy Caplan, current and retired CPD officers and chiefs, Dr. Blattner, Scott Keena, Jim Brown, Dr. Barnes, Claudia Dargento, Sue Ploch, Scott Chamberlain, Cindy Kellenberger and countless teens who then were rewarded with volunteer hours!