Monday, October 25, 2010

Join us tomorrow (Tuesday, October 26th @ 7 p.m.) to hear from PHIL SIMON!

Phil SimonTechnology Consultant and Author of "The New Small: How a New Breed of Small Business is Harnessing the Power of Emerging Technologies” will be our first speaker for the 2010-2011 Speakers' Series presented by Caldwell College, Mount Saint Dominic Academy and The Caldwell Public Library.

He will share his wisdom with us tomorrow evening, Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 7 p.m. in the Alumni Theater at Caldwell College.

Immediately following there will be a Q & A session along with a book signing with books available for purchase.

Simon will be speaking about his upcoming third book “The New Small: How a New Breed of Small Business is Harnessing the Power of Emerging Technologies.” The New Small shows how a new breed of small businesses is using emerging technologies in fascinating ways. Simon profiles 11 small businesses from a wide variety of industries. His book shows how these companies are using emerging technologies to save money, grow their customer bases, win the war for talent, and create meaningful jobs. If you want to know more about Phil in advance of tomorrow evening, check out his website -

Free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Karen Kleppe-Lembo at (973) 226-2837; or Colette Liddy at (973) 618-3209;

Monday, October 18, 2010

It's not easy being Green - but Green was the word of the day this past week-end!

As in what was happening ON the Green as well as the Green Fair!

While my husband & I were visiting our daughter for “Parents’ Weekend” my colleagues were extremely busy upholding our library mission statement – in ever-changing, expanding and creative ways. The fall means not only our traditional “Always the First Sunday in October” Street Fair but also the CMA (“Caldwell Merchants Association”) Fall Fest with Scarecrows and pumpkins and more community fun. We at the Library felt the best way we could be supportive was to extend our hours on Saturday so that we were open for the duration of the Fair (noon to four). Our bathrooms were valuable – but apparently so was our electricity! So, once again, the library is happy to report that “in a pinch” as well as for daily consumption, the library can serve you. (Special thanks are due to Marsha, Emily and Nicole, for adding extra hours to your days, for the benefit of your community.)

Sunday meant the annual “Green Fair” as conceived and created years ago by the Caldwell Environmental Commission. Caldwell College provided a lovely venue – and large enough to accommodate all the vendors and tables and non-profits – including the Caldwell Public Library. Again, my colleagues – in this case our teen library assistants, Emily and Mary-anna – “tabled” (as the college kids call it now, I learned this week-end!). And, I understand they tabled very ably. The Library recycled and reused by sharing some materials from our “Book Sale” shelves – as well as provided an environmental bibliography.

Thanks to all who attended both events and to all who worked so very hard on both events. (With my own personal thanks to my colleagues who made it possible for the library to have such a rich, and relevant, role as well.)


Thursday, October 7, 2010

93 years later, Andrew's Library is still going strong!

Have you been to the Caldwell Public Library lately? There's a lot to see! We are almost finished with a renovation to bring back the historic simplicity of this "Carnegie gem." (The Caldwell Library is one of the libraries funded by a grant from Andrew Carnegie.) As one of four libraries in New Jersey to be awarded a "SWAT" makeover award, and then with the generous support of the Women's Club of Caldwell, we are especially proud that we have accomplished so much and spent so little! We added doors to existing bookcases, cut a table top into shelves for the Children's Room, and moved things around to make the best use of our space. Our October 2010 exhibit, "The Great Fires, and Firefighters, of Caldwell" is waiting for you to come in and experience (complete with Gallery Guide and stunning bookmarks!). And, for the first time, photos from the Gene Collerd Collection are on permanent display. We are so proud to be your library. Come by and tell us what you think!