Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Read, Review and REVEL in the Fun! (Read on for details!)

Read + Review = Chance for 4 tickets to see MONSTER JAM, THE HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS, BARNUM AND BAILEY CIRCUS or STARS ON ICE at the Izod Center over the next 3 months!

In collaboration with the New Jersey State Library, the Caldwell Public Library is sponsoring a contest to ENCOURAGE READING! Entry forms can be picked up at the Library, or, by downloading the entry form off of our website. For every book you read, you may enter a raffle for four tickets to see Monster Jam, The Harlem Globetrotters, Barnum and Bailey Circus or Stars on Ice.

Click HERE for the flyer on the entire contest.

Monster Jam entries are due in the library by 8 p.m. on Jan. 25th, Harlem Globetrotters entries are due by 8 p.m. on Feb. 8th, Circus entries are due by 8 p.m. on Feb. 22nd and Stars on Ice entries are due by 8 p.m. on March 22nd. Winners will be drawn on Jan. 26th, Feb. 9th, Feb. 23d and March 23d, respectively, and winner need NOT be present to win. We will call the winners to let them know they won, and, to be fair, you are only eligible to win one of the four contests. Start reading now - and be sure to put your review and entry form into the "ballot box" in the Children's Area by Mrs. Khost's desk!

(To learn more about the NJ State Library Read Like a Champion program, go to To learn more about the events at the IZOD Center, go to
P.S. for more info on "Monster Jam" click HERE for the article this cool picture came from. Thanks North Jersey Media for all the cool facts!

Friday, January 7, 2011


The feeling of joy... and happiness... and goodness ... and community... and friendship .... along with the spirit of collaboration and kindness..... all of these things and more were evident @ 268 Bloomfield Avenue (a/k/a The Caldwell Public Library) on Friday, December 17, 2010. And, since a picture tells a thousand words they say: here are two of our favorites. Thank you Marsha Robbins or Pattie Mathieson for clicking what appears to be me leading the group in song ("For He's a Jolly Good Fellow" in honor of Gene Collerd as well as Stephen Cristiano maybe?). You can see I have NO ego if I am including such a goofy picture of myself. The reason I like it is b/c Gene and Elizabeth Collerd are featured as well as our sainted Consulting Archivist for the past 7 years or so, Tony Cucchiara. (And, former Mayor Gartland spent WAYYYYY too many years at Library Board meetings over the past 24 years so it is fair that she is featured in a flattering light as well. Four people who deserve thanks looking good in a picture vs. one who looks goofy -- well -- the odds are against me!)

Thank you as well, Warren Westura, from Caldwell's PATCH for the picture of those gathered in The Gene and Kathryn Collerd Local History Resource Room -- to listen to me lead the rest in song! (Just kidding!) Warren - I believe this picture is my absolute favorite! For - the showing of teens and pre-teens - and a profusion of SCOUTS! - all looking and sounding INTERESTED in our community's history, and the photographs of Caldwell "Then" and "Now." That is a tribute to their teachers, their parents and grandparents, and many in our community. (Thanks as well to Jessica and Tatiana Mickley and Janet Markman for their coverage of December 17th o/b/o The Progress and the Jersey Tomato Press.)

The Library Board of Trustees, the Caldwell Public Library Foundation, and my colleagues and I are working valiantly to bring all these treasures to you ASAP -- so keep a watch on our website and blog. And continue to support our library - YOUR Library - which by all evidence seen on Friday, December 17th really seems to be: "The Heart of Our Town." Happy 2011 all!