Wednesday, January 23, 2013

February Happenings at the Caldwell Free Public Library

Come in out of the cold and warm up at the Caldwell Free Public Library this February and enjoy some of our unique programs.

On Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 6:30 PM join us for How to Say I Love You in Italian. Taught by Carla Riefoli, this delightful, beginner course in Italian will help teach you phrases to delight your sweetheart. This is a free lesson in basic Italian and perfect for anyone who has wanted to learn proper Italian pronunciation. We'll have some fun conversation, simple refreshments, and an evening filled with fun. Bring your sweetie and enjoy! 

We are celebrating Black History Month with a very special program: 

Exploring African Art
Divination Cup

Brewing Vessel

Vera Lasser, from the The Newark Museum Speakers Bureau, will be visiting The Caldwell Free Public Library to present the program Exploring African Art on Wednesday, February 13th, at 6:30PM. The Newark Museum is New Jersey’s largest museum and offers 80 galleries of inspiration and exploration. To make a reservation to attend this program, please call 973-226-2837.

The Newark Museum houses one of the most extensive and oldest collections of African art in the nation and is one of the only museums in the country with a gallery devoted to a permanent collection of contemporary African art.  A major, expansion, designed to provide a stunning backdrop for the more than 5,000 objects, will be completed in 2015, the centennial of the collection’s founding.  The African Art presentation explores how beauty, humanity, power and spirituality are interpreted artistically across the different cultures of the African continent.  Spectacular examples of this diversity include a stunning female figure created by a Chokwe artist, a looming Epa Masquerade Headdress from Nigeria, and the intricate patterns of a stunning piece by the contemporary artist El Anatsui.

The Caldwell Free Public Library offers programs such as Exploring African Art to the community and our members in order to share one of New Jersey’s wonderful cultural attractions, providing educational sessions exposes people to tremendous artwork that they ordinarily may never have the opportunity to see or learn about. 

This event was made possible by a generous donation from library volunteer and Caldwell resident Deborah Abrams, and we thank her from the bottom of our hearts!

Library History Display

Throughout the month of February, the Caldwell Free Public Library will host a special exhibit as thanks for the community's generosity in support of the library. We'll have a special viewing of the history of the library, as well as images from The Mayors' Legacy for Literacy Gala. 

The gala raised $32,000 which will be used to support essential library services. The event was held on November 15, 2012, and former Gov. Thomas Kean was recognized for his work with The Carnegie Foundation. We are an original Carnegie Library, started with a grant of $10,000 from Andrew Carnegie. Stop in to read up on our history and see some unique images.

Blind Date With a Book 

During the week of February 11th –15th, the Caldwell Free Public Library is pleased to offer a Blind Date With a Book. Who doesn't love a good book??? Come in and pick out a gift wrapped book (while supplies last). You won’t know what the book is but you will have a chance to read something unexpected! All you need to do is write a short paragraph about your experience with that book and hand it in at the front desk. The book yours to keep! This is our way of saying Happy Valentine's Day to all of our favorite people. Books will be available during our normal business hours. 

We hope you'll come show us some love this February and drop in to the Library for these great programs.


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Welcome to 2013

We hope that all of our friends had a Happy New Year and are looking forward to 2013 as a year of happiness, renewal and growth.

2012 was a difficult year for so many, and the Caldwell Free Public Library had its share of ups and downs. Like our Jersey Strong patrons, we stayed on top of things and persevered with your help.

We started off the year with the news that our state budget had been cut once again, for the 4th year in a row. Our hours were slightly decreased, we didn't buy as many materials, but we still made sure to be there for you, our patrons.

Due to the generosity and community spirit of our residents, we were able to continue our mission. This year saw us expand our Summer Reading Program and we added additional Teen programming.  Our monthly Pizza and a Movie Night became a hit, and our Summer Concert Series drew record crowds.  We offered lectures, author visits, and hobby classes, and we started a new Brown Bag Book Club. When the hurricane hit our area, we provided warmth, charging stations and internet access, as well as a family movie.

We were touched and grateful when our Mayor, Ann Dassing, joined forces with the Caldwell Public Library Foundation and former Mayor Sue Gartland to present the Mayors' Legacy for Literacy. The Gala raised close to $32,000 which will help provide equipment and programming for our patrons.

We have tried, in our own way, to give back where possible. Our charitable contribution for the year included Food for Fines, where we waived fines if people made a non-perishable donation to the food pantry; Cell Phones for Soldiers, where we collected old cell phones for recycling. The money generated by those recycled phones is used for service members overseas to call home. We joined other NJ Libraries in collecting Books for Kids, where new books are distributed to children in need, and we collected books for Caldwell College's Guatemala Project.  We also ended the year by helping to replenish the collections in libraries which were flooded during Hurricane Sandy.

We thank all of you for your continued support and we hope that you'll enjoy the wide array of programs that we will have in place this year.  Remember, we are here for you!

People gather after Hurricane Sandy

Food collected for Food for Fines

American Girl Tea Party

Ben Silver, in concert, singing with patron Haley P.

Janet Markman and The Amazing Kreskin at Ms. Markman's Photo Exhibit Reception

Dr. Uta Larkey, speaking about the Holocaust.

Lego Club

Summer Reading Kickoff Star Wars cake and cupcakes

The Star Wars Summer Reading Kickoff

The Italian Mandolin Concert

Mayor Dassing and Deborah Khost hand out certificates at the Summer Reading Finale

Firehouse Visit

Thomas the Tank Engine Tea