Saturday, December 31, 2011

December 31 - Happy New Year Schedule





We are open today, Saturday, December 31, from  9 AM to 1 PM as usual.

We will be closed on Monday, January 2, 2012 in observance of New Year's Day.

Happy New Year from all the staff of the Moorestown Library!

Friday, December 30, 2011

December 30 - It's Food for Fines Friday!

Every Friday from 9 am to 5 pm!



For every non-perishable food item you donate, the library will waive the overdue charges on one overdue item returned that day, up to a maximum of $5 per item. Lost, damaged, or missing materials not eligible.

December 30 - Philadelphia Phridays from "A" to "Z"!

"Q" is for Quaker Meeting House!

No understanding of Philadelphia could be complete without an exploration of the Society of Friends, or Quakers, who are such a significant part of the city's history.  A great place to start is at the Arch Street Friends Meeting House, whose original structure was built in 1804 on a 2-acre lot given to the Philadelphia Quakers by William Penn in 1693.  Tours are available from Mondays through Saturdays.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

December 29: Answers to Tuesday's quiz

Here are the answers to the Misheard First Lines quiz that we posted on Tuesday. The misheard part of the line is marked in orange, the correct substitution in green. With thanks, again, to Book Group Buzz.

1. Many years ago, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendia was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to Disney on Ice discover ice.  (from One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia-Marquez)

2. It was a pleasure to burn marshmallows.  (from Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury)

3. Mother fried died today. (from The Stranger, by Albert Camus)

4. In the town, there were two mutes and they were always talking together. (from The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, by Carson McCullers)

5. It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of wine a wife. (from Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen)

6. They choose shoot the white girl first. (from Paradise, by Toni Morrison)

7. Someone must have slathered buttered on slandered Josef K., for one morning, without having truly done anything wrong, he was digested arrested. (from The Trial, by Franz Kafka)

8. You don’t know about me, without you have read a book by the name of ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,’ The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,’ but that ain’t no matter. (from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain)

9. Bob Marley was dead, to begin with. (from A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens)

10. Ten days after the war ended, my sister Laura drove a car on off a bridge. (from The Blind Assassin, by Margaret Atwood)

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

December 28: Coming in January - computer classes for job seekers

Beginning in January, the library will be offering four hands-on computer classes for job seekers. The classes are available through a grant from the New Jersey State Library and are aimed at improving individuals' ability to use computers during their job search.

Sessions will cover topics such as online job searching, resume writing, employment applications, along with familiarity in the key computer applications that go hand in hand with each topic (i.e. web search engines and Microsoft Word).


The schedule for classes is:
Wednesday, January 4 at 10 a.m. - Microsoft Windows for beginners
Wednesday, January 11 at 10 a.m. - Word basics: Resumes and cover letters
Wednesday, January 18 at 10 a.m. - Internet basics
Wednesday, January 25 at 10 a.m. - Using email for job searching

Classes are free but registration is required. Please call the Reference Desk at 234-0333 to reserve your place.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

December 27: Misheard first lines quiz

Here's a little post-holiday brain teaser for everyone*. Below are ten famous first lines from novels. The catch is, each of the ten lines has been garbled. See if you can match the misheard line with its novel -- extra bragging points if you can identify what the line should be!  We'll post the answers on Thursday.


1. Many years ago, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendia was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to Disney on Ice.

2. It was a pleasure to burn marshmallows.

3. Mother fried today.

4. In the town, there were two mutes and they were always talking.

5. It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of wine.

6. They choose the white girl first.

7. Someone must have slathered buttered on Josef K., for one morning, without having truly done anything wrong, he was digested.

8. You don’t know about me, without you have read a book by the name of ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,’ but that ain’t no matter.

9. Bob Marley was dead, to begin with.

10. Ten days after the war ended, my sister Laura drove a car on a bridge.

* Borrowed from Book Group Buzz

Monday, December 26, 2011

December 26: Drop-in calendar craft all this week!

2012 is right around the corner! Drop in to the Children’s Room any time throughout the week to make a calendar. Bring pictures from home or use our craft supplies.

Tuesday, December 27 – Saturday, December 31. No registration required!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

December 24 - Holiday Schedule at the Library


Moorstown Library will be closed today, December 24 through Monday, December 26 for the Christmas holiday.  We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, December 27 when we will open at 9 AM.

Friday, December 23, 2011

December 23 - It's Food for Fines Friday!

Every Friday from 9 am to 5 pm!











For every non-perishable food item you donate, the library will waive the overdue charges on one overdue item returned that day, up to a maximum of $5 per item. Lost, damaged, or missing materials not eligible.

December 23 - Philadelphia Phridays from "A" to "Z"!

"P" is for Penn's Landing where it is time to go ice skating!


The Blue Cross Riverrink at Penn's Landing is open and waiting for you!  You can even rent a pair of skates if you don't have your own.

The Riverrink is open seven days a week through February.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

December 20 - Not in a book group - join ours!


Every other month there is a lively, friendly, intelligent and often laughter-filled book discussion going on at the Moorestown Library and you are welcome to join us.  We select titles based upon suggestions from the group and meet 6 times a year on the first Thursday every other month at 7 PM.  Our next meeting will be on Thursday, January 5 and we will be discussing Gilead by Marilynne Robinson.  If you need us to borrow a copy of this book for you from another library, just ask.  We would be happy to.

A New Year is the perfect time to meet some new readers and read something you may never have chosen on your own.  We'll look forward to seeing you on January 5!

Monday, December 19, 2011

December 19 - Calling all Book Groups!

Have you checked out our Book Groups in a Bag?  Funded by our Friends of the Library, every year we select and purchase 10 book group kits.  Each kit is a fabric bag filled with 10 copies of the same book, along with 10 copies each of discussion questions, author information and suggestions for other titles you might enjoy if you like this book.  We select fiction and nonfiction, classics and contemporary titles.  We now have 50 Book Groups in a Bag to choose from.  You can check any bag out for up to two months.
The next time your book group meets, let us supply the literature.  You bring the wine!

Friday, December 16, 2011

December 16 - It's Food for Fines Friday!

Every Friday from 9 am to 5 pm!


For every non-perishable food item you donate, the library will waive the overdue charges on one overdue item returned that day, up to a maximum of $5 per item. Lost, damaged, or missing materials not eligible.




Thursday, December 15, 2011

December 15 - Speaking of Magazines...

if you prefer to read your magazines online, or you are searching for a particular article, we've got just what you need.
EBSCOHost offers searchable, full-text  for over 1700 periodicals. You can access EBSCOHost either at the library or from any Internet workstation using your library card as your password.

So in print or online Moorestown Library has your magazine needs covered.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

December 14 - Did you know...

that Moorestown Library subscribes to more than 150 magazines from news to fashion, sports to home decorating, religion to foreign policy  to gardening.  
Every issue but the latest one can be checked out for a week.
So check out the latest Vogue or ESPN or Rolling Stone on us!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

December 13: This month's featured artist is Magalies Velez

Our latest community gallery artist is Moorestown resident Magalies Velez. Magalies was born in Voorhees and raised in Camden with five other siblings. She used her love of art and music to escape the harsh realities of her neighborhood and took summer art classes at the Walt Whitman Center for the Arts in Camden and Perkins Center here in Moorestown. She continued to take art classes at every opportunity through high school.

Her paintings will be on display at the library through the end of January.

Monday, December 12, 2011

December 12 - Did you know...

that we have a great way to help you find your next book to read?

NextReads email newsletters send you suggested titles for mysteries, romance, historical fiction, audiobooks and  nonfiction titles in business/personal finance and armchair travel.

You can sign up for the lists you are interested in from the link above and start getting some great ideas for your next read!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

December 10: Guest Passes

Suggestion:  "Give guest passes to people under 18."

Response:  Guest passes are given to any person who is able to present a photo ID.

December 10: Address Changes

Suggestion:  "I need to change my home address."

Response:  All patrons requesting a change to their home address must come to the library with a current driver's license or utility bill and we will then gladly make the requested change. 

Friday, December 9, 2011

December 9 - Philadelphia Phridays from A to Z!

"N" is for National Liberty Museum!

This unique combination of history and art museum has more than 100 world class glass sculptures "symbolizing the beauty and fragility of freedom."
Interactive exhibits and inspiring stories celebrate liberty and the fact that we are all responsible for preserving it.  Bring your favorite children when you visit!

December 9 - It's Food for Fines Friday!

Every Friday from 9 am to 5 pm!





For every non-perishable food item you donate, the library will waive the overdue charges on one overdue item returned that day, up to a maximum of $5 per item. Lost, damaged, or missing materials not eligible.



Working in partnership with Live Civilly, all food we collect will be used to help replenish food pantries in Moorestown.



Thursday, December 8, 2011

December 8: Special holiday SJ Boys Read this Saturday

Don’t miss director, actor and Moorestown teacher Chuck Gill’s dramatic reading of The Elf on the Shelf at this Saturday's South Jersey Boys Read. The program begins at 10 AM. Afterwards, enjoy holiday-themed activities.


We are asking all attendees to bring a new children’s book to donate to charity. Call us at 234-0333 or stop by to register.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

December 7: Tis the season for sharing at the Library!

Looking for a way to help out this holiday season?  Stop by the library! We're a drop off point for a few great charities:

Deck the paws and help a collie: The Moorestown Sun is sponsoring its eighth annual campaign to make life more comfortable for animals at local shelters by collecting various pet, medical and office supplies. Through December 16.

Gift Tree: Take a tag and make a child's wish come true! A project of the Woman's Club of Moorestown in support of kids all around Burlington County. Gifts must be turned in, unwrapped, with the numbered tag by December 18.

Toys for Tots: Moorestown's Golden Eagle Band and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves are collecting new, unwrapped toys, games and puzzles to distribute to needy children in the community. Through December 23.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

December 6: The annual Cooks Tour is tomorrow!

The annual event, sponsored by the Curtis Auxiliary of Virtua Memorial Hospital, tours five beautifully decorated homes in Moorestown. The tour attracts thousands of visitors to Moorestown each year.

This year's proceeds will benefit the Maternal Child Health Expansion at Virtua Memorial Hospital.

The tour runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow, December 7. Check out the Moorestown Patch article for more details!

Monday, December 5, 2011

December 5: Happy Birthday Joan Didion!

The author and journalist turns 77 today and is still going strong - her latest book, Blue Nights, is currently on the New York Times bestseller list.

"In many ways writing is the act of saying I, of imposing oneself upon other people, of saying listen to me, see it my way, change your mind."
—"Why I Write" (1975)

Check out some of Didion's older titles to learn for yourself what she has to say.

Friday, December 2, 2011

December 2 - It's Food for Fines Friday!


Every Friday from 9 am to 5 pm!


For every non-perishable food item you donate, the library will waive the overdue charges on one overdue item returned that day, up to a maximum of $5 per item. Lost, damaged, or missing materials not eligible.

Working in partnership with Live Civilly, all food we collect will be used to help replenish food pantries in Moorestown.

December 2 - Philadelphia Phridays from A to Z!

"M" is for Mutter Museum!

The College of Physicians has been promoting the science of medicine in Philadelphia since 1787 and tucked within the College is the fascinating and unusual Mutter Museum.  Named for Thomas Mutter, a professor of surgery who donated his 2000 teaching specimens back in 1858, the Mutter Museum includes anatomical and patholigical specimens as well as scientific and medical memorabilia.  If you are looking for a different museum experience -- this is it!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

December 1: Family nutrition program tonight!

Join us at 7 p.m. tonight for a free workshop on family nutrition.  Learn time-saving ways to eat healthier and to get your children to eat right. The workshop will be presented by Dr. Mike Edenzon of South Jersey Health & Wellness Center.

Space is limited, so please call the Reference Desk at 234-0333 to register.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

November 30: Lego League returns this Saturday!

Come to Lego League this Saturday at 9:15 a.m.

December's theme is "Winter Wonderland."  You may work with a team of children in your grade, with a buddy, or on your own. Open to children in grades K-6.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

November 29: Did you know...

that the library owns the complete Series 1 of Signing Time DVD's for children?

Signing Time DVDs will help you and your child learn basic American Sign Language (ASL) vocabulary words in a way that's entertaining and fun. Each volume focuses on a topic such as fruits and vegetables or zoo animals and pairs the signs with fun songs for kids to enjoy.

Visit the Children's Department to check them out or to get more information!

Monday, November 28, 2011

November 28: Title request

We received a request for:  Diary of a wimpy kid:  cabin fever by Richelle Mead
 
To the patron who requested it:  The Library has two copies of this book, however, both are currently circulating.  Please call the Reference Desk at 856-234-0333 if you would like us to put this title on hold for you.

November 28: Save the date for our family nutrition program!

Join us this Thursday, December 1, at 7 p.m. for our Family Nutrition program!

You’re very busy these days…Would you like time saving ideas? Would you like to eat healthier?
Would you like your children to eat right?

Come join us in learning about Family Nutrition!

Presented by: Dr. Mike Edenzon, D.C., M.S., D.A.C.B.N of South Jersey Health & Wellness Center

Registration is required as space is limited. Give us a call today to reserve your place!

Friday, November 25, 2011

November 25 - Philadelphia Phridays from A to Z!

"L" is for Liberty Bell!

If one of the things you are grateful for this Thanksgiving is liberty, you may want to visit its symbol this weekend.   Stop in at the Independence Visitors Center for more ideas on places to visit while you are in the city.

November 25 - It's Food for Fines Friday!






Every Friday from 9 am to 5 pm!


For every non-perishable food item you donate, the library will waive the overdue charges on one overdue item returned that day, up to a maximum of $5 per item. Lost, damaged, or missing materials not eligible.

Working in partnership with Live Civilly, all food we collect will be used to help replenish food pantries in Moorestown.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

November 24: Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from the staff of the Moorestown Library!

We're closed today but we'll be open again at 9 a.m. tomorrow.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

November 23: Purchase suggestion

We received a request for DMT:  The Spirit Molecule by Rick Strassman.

To the patron who requested it: DMT:  The Spirit Molecule by Rick Strassman is only available in libraries outside of New Jersey.  Please call the Reference Desk at:  856-234-0333 if you are interested in having us request this book from a library outside of this state.

November 23: Last minute turkey help!

Butterball's Turkey-Talk line has been helping people with turkey emergencies for almost 30 years.  They answer more than 100,000 calls each November and December, ranging from how long to thaw a turkey to what to do if your turkey is on fire!

Give them a call at 1-800-BUTTERBALL or go online to see the answers to their most frequently asked questions.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

November 22: Don't miss the Muppets at midnight!

The Muppets return to the big screen for the first time in 12 years tonight at midnight! Join Kermit, Miss Piggy, Animal and the rest of the gang as they work to save the Muppet Theater from developers.

Head over to the official website to find tickets in our area!

Monday, November 21, 2011

November 21: 5 free Thanksgiving mobile apps

As Thanksgiving gets closer, stores are getting busier and stress levels are high. Whether you're cooking a meal, planning your Black Friday shopping spree, or trying to figure out travel plans for the busiest travel weekend of the year, the holidays can make for a stressful time.

The folks over at the GCFLearnFree blog (a great site for free technology tutorials) have gathered a list of 5 free mobile apps that should help make your Thanksgiving planning a little easier.

Friday, November 18, 2011

November 18: Reminder about parking lot construction

Just a reminder: The library's parking lot will be closed tomorrow, November 19 due to construction. Please park in the municipal lot across the street. The parking lot will be available again on Monday, November 21.

November 18 - Philadelphia Phridays from A to Z!

"K" is for Kimmel Center!


Home of the Philadelphia Orchestra, great music and more is available in this beautiful concert venue.  Tickets are available and affordable so treat yourself to a memorable evening of live performance!

November 18 - It's Food for Fines Friday!




Every Friday from 9 am to 5 pm!

For every non-perishable food item you donate, the library will waive the overdue charges on one overdue item returned that day, up to a maximum of $5 per item. Lost, damaged, or missing materials not eligible.

Working in partnership with Live Civilly, all food we collect will be used to help replenish food pantries in Moorestown.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

November 17: Getting ready for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is only a week away -- are you ready? 

If not, don't panic! Here are some holiday entertaining cookbooks to give you a hand:

Betty Crocker party food: 100 recipes for the way you really cook
Fix-it and forget-it recipes for entertaining by Phyllis Pellman Good and Dawn J. Ranck
Entertaining with Regis and Kathie Lee by Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford
Martha Stewart's menus for entertaining
The holidays by John Hadamuscin
The New York Times dessert cookbook

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

November 16: Calling all teen artists!

This month, a Teen Art Wall space debuted in the Teen Area of the library. Come in and check it out!

To submit your art, just take it to the Children's Department and a staff member will post it to the Art Wall upon approval. Make sure to sign your art so you get credit for your masterpieces.

Keep in mind that your art should be respectful to library patrons, so please don't bother trying to submit anything that could be offensive. The library is not responsible for any damage done to the art once it is hung.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

November 15 - Did you know....

Moorestown Library has a coupon exchange?



Next to our computer printer (in front of the Reference Desk) you can help yourself to coupons organized by category.  You can also drop off coupons you would like to share.  We have a faithful volunteer who organizes our coupon collection and keeps it up to date.

So come take advantage of one more way Moorestown Library saves you money!

Monday, November 14, 2011

November 14: Construction in the library parking lot on November 19

Please note: The library's parking lot will be closed on Saturday, November 19 due to construction. Please park in the municipal lot across the street. The parking lot will be available again on Monday, November 21.

November 14: Favorite Films: Johnny Tremain

Join Jack Favorite tonight at 7:30 for a screening of Johnny Tremain.


Directed by Robert Stevenson. With Hal Stalmaster, Luana Patten, Jeff York, Sebastian Cabot, Richard Beymer, and Walter Sande.


Excellent Disney film, from Esther Forbes' novel about a young boy who gets involved in the American Revolution. The production artfully sprinkles fiction with fact to bring history to life.

Friday, November 11, 2011

November 11 - Philadelphia Phridays from A to Z!

"J" is for Jazz!


If you love jazz, you've got to love Philly!  If you're in the mood for some live jazz, check out some of these venues this weekend. 

November 11 - Food for Fines Friday!



Every Friday from 9 am to 5 pm!

For every non-perishable food item you donate, the library will waive the overdue charges on one overdue item returned that day, up to a maximum of $5 per item. Lost, damaged, or missing materials not eligible.

Working in partnership with Live Civilly, all food we collect will be used to help replenish food pantries in Moorestown.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

November 9: No school tomorrow! Come to Lego League!

Celebrate your day off from school by coming to a special weekday Lego League!

We will build Lego creations around a theme. You may work with a team of children in your grade, with a buddy, or on your own. Open to children in grades K-6.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

November 8: Today is Election Day!

Don't forget to vote!  The library is a polling place for districts 11 and 12.

If you aren't sure where to vote, look at the township's list of general election polling places.

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Monday, November 7, 2011

November 7: Current adolescent trends with John Kriger tonight at 7!

This highly acclaimed session offers the most up-to-date information available today on adolescent behavioral trends and substance use.

This interactive presentation will show you new behavioral trends, how they are used, and what to look for. Get answers to the questions that you have always wanted to ask.

Speaker: John Kriger of Kriger Consulting.  Registration is required as space is limited. Please call 234-0333 today to register.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

November 5 - Set Your Clock Back Tonight!

Daylight Savings Time ends at 2:00 AM tomorrow morning.  So before you go to bed tonight, set your clocks back an hour and treat yourself to another hour of sleep!  Don't forget to "fall back."

Friday, November 4, 2011

November 4 - Food for Fines Friday!

Every Friday from 9 am to 5 pm!


For every non-perishable food item you donate, the library will waive the overdue charges on one overdue item returned that day, up to a maximum of $5 per item. Lost, damaged, or missing materials not eligible.

Working in partnership with Live Civilly, all food we collect will be used to help replenish food pantries in Moorestown.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

November 3 - Library Book Group Meets Tonight!

Join us tonight at 7 PM for a lively discussion of the Charles Dicken's classic, Great Expectations!
Everyone is welcome.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

November 1 - Banner Days at Moorestown Library!

The next time you stop in at the library--look up!  We are honored to be displaying S.T.E.M's beautiful open space banners, which have transformed our library into an inspiring gallery of originial art.

Since 1991, Save the Environment of Moorestown, (S.T.E.M.) has acknowledged every piece of open space it has preserved by commissioning a banner to commemorate it.  The banners are created by local artists and each is a unique design.

This autumn the beautiful colors of nature are inside as well as out.  Celebrate the wonder of nature courtesy of S.T.E.M.

Monday, October 31, 2011

October 31: Halloween treats for kids!

Drop by the library in costume any time today to pick out a paperback picture book or easy reader as a special Halloween treat! One book per child.

Friday, October 28, 2011

October 28 - Food for Fines Friday!



Every Friday from 9 am to 5 pm!


For every non-perishable food item you donate, the library will waive the overdue charges on one overdue item returned that day, up to a maximum of $5 per item. Lost, damaged, or missing materials not eligible.

Working in partnership with Live Civilly, all food we collect will be used to help replenish food pantries in Moorestown.

October 28 - Philadelphia Phridays from A to Z!

"H" is for "Here and Now" an exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art!


Visit this varied collection of prints, drawings and photographs by 10 contemporary Philadelphia artists on display until December 4. And while you are there, enjoy the many other collections and treasures on display every day!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

October 27: Space is still available for this Saturday's SJ Boys Read

This Saturday, October 29, at 10 a.m., join high school boys Kyle Thumar, Cameron Pendino and Shailen Doshi along with 8th grader Nikhil Thumar for an entertaining sneak-peek at Mac Barnett’s new book, Mustache!

The program is for boys in grades 2-4 and registration is required. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

October 26 - It's time to land that job--Moorestown Library can help!

If you are one of the many Americans looking for a new job -- we have some resources that will help.
Our research center includes career information with links to public and private sector jobs, tips on resume writing, interviewing and more.  If you'd like an in depth tour of these career resources, call the Reference Desk at 856-234-0333 and make an appointment with one of our librarians for one on one guidance.

Job hunting is a challenge but let us make it a little easier!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

October 25: Did you know...

you can now download library ebooks to your Kindle?

Simply click on the "Free audiobooks and ebooks" link on the library homepage to get started. You can check out up to eight items at a time for 7 or 14 days.

If you need help, don't hesitate to call the Reference Desk (234-0333). We're happy to talk you through the setup process.

Monday, October 24, 2011

October 24: Save the date!

On Monday, November 7, John Kriger of Kriger Consulting will be presenting a highly interactive talk on behavior trends and substance abuse in adolescents. Learn the most current information on the impact of substances, high-risk behaviors, and computer use on our kids.

Please call 234-0333 to register.

Friday, October 21, 2011

October 21 - Philadelphia Phridays from A to Z!

"G" is for ghost tours! 

"Tis the season for some scarey fun!
Try the  Candlelight Walking Tour of Philadelphia's historic district and Society Hill any night in October at 7:30 PM and Saturdays at 7:30 and again at 9:30 PM,  On weekends this month you can also opt for the Haunted Trolley Tour. 
Philadelphia Ghost Tours - bringing history back to life!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

October 20: Lego lovers rejoice!

Join us this Saturday, October 22 at 9:15 a.m. for Lego League!  Each session we build Lego creations around a different theme. You may work with a team of children in your grade, with a buddy, or on your own.

Open to children in grades K-6.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

October 19 - World Series Begins Tonight!

While the Phillies have to wait until next year, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers meet tonight for Game One of the 2011 World Series!  Choose your champion and enjoy the series!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

October 18 - Last Day to Register to Vote!

If you want to have a say in your government, you must exercise your right to vote!  Today is the last day to register to vote in November 8 general election.  If you haven't already register today!

Monday, October 17, 2011

October 17: Picture It @ Your Library - celebrate Teen Read Week!

This year's Teen Read Week theme is Picture It @ your library®, which encourages teens to read graphic novels and other illustrated materials, seek out creative books, or imagine the world through literature, just for the fun of it.

Stop by and check out our display in the teen area!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

October 15: This month's featured artist is Jacqueline Cross

Our latest Community Gallery artist is Jacqueline Cross, a young Philadelphia-based artist who grew up in Moorestown.  She graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University with a major in classics and a minor in art history.  She has studied art at Moore College of Art and Design, Tyler School of Art, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Jacqueline works mostly in oil and paints portraits, still lifes, professional copies, and murals.

Friday, October 14, 2011

October 14 - Philadelphia Phridays from A to Z!

"F" is for Fairmount Park!
Autumn is the perfect time to explore the many delights of Fairmount Park.  From the Art Museum to the Zoo, the walking/biking trails, statuary and fountains, historic mansions to tour and a stroll down Boathouse Row--there is even a beautiful Japanese Teahouse!  Don't miss one of America's finest parks right in our own back yard!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

October 13: Getting published: Tips for authors by NJ authors

E-books, self-publishing, traditional publishers, agents...what are the best options for today's aspiring author?

This Saturday, October 15, at 11 a.m., join us for a panel discussion with New Jersey authors who will answer your questions about getting published in today's market.

Presented by the New Jersey Author's Network.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

October 12: How can you use the library? Let us count the ways...

A few weeks ago, we mentioned that we were going to start featuring ways you can use the library. Without further ado, here's number two!

Research candidates for office

Election day is right around the corner. Are you ready to cast your vote?  If you still aren't sure (and many people aren't), take some time to research the candidates.  Start off with the library's website. The Citizen Information page in our Research Center provides links to information registering to vote, important election dates, directories of elected officials, and polling places.

Project Vote Smart provides information on candidates currently running for office in New Jersey

Who's saying what? Come in to the library to read current and back issues of local papers like the Burlington County Times and Courier Post or news magazines like Time, Newsweek, or U.S. News and World Report.

Of course, if you're not sure where to start, our Reference Librarians would be happy to help! Just stop by or give us a call!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

October 11: Halloween fun at the library!

Scare away those Halloween ghosts this year by creating a wicked witch decoration for your front door! 

This Halloween craft workshop for third graders begins at 4:15 p.m. today. Registration is required, so make sure you contact the Children's Department before you come. Participants will also enjoy stories and a short movie.

Monday, October 10, 2011

October 10: It's Columbus Day and we are open!

Happy Columbus Day everyone! Since the library is open today, why don't you come in and check out some books about everyone's favorite explorer?  Try these:

Admiral of the ocean sea; a life of Christopher Columbus by Samuel Eliot Morrison
The life and voyages of Christopher Columbus by Washington Irving

For the kids, there are two books about Columbus Day in the children's area.


We also have a History Channel documentary called Columbus: The lost voyage that's available on DVD.


Need more? Take a look at this life of Christopher Columbus from our American History Online database.

Friday, October 7, 2011

October 7 - Philadelphia Phridays from A to Z!

"E" is for Elfreth's Alley!
Since 1702, Elfreth's Alley has been a residential street--one of our nation's oldest.  Take a walk down this charming cobblestoned street and be sure to stop in at the Museum (124/126 Elfreth's Alley) for a guided tour.  See first hand how people lived and worked in 18th Century Philadelphia.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

October 6: It's not too late to sign up for storytime!

Fall story times for children begin next week and there are still spaces available. Bring in your little one for Baby Time, your almost-reader for Kindergarten Story Time, or any of your toddlers in between!

Get the full schedule of days and times on the Children's Page

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

October 5: Q&A and book signing with David Friedman tonight!

Join us at 7 p.m. tonight for a Q&A and book signing with Moorestonian David Friedman, author of Fundamentally Different.

"Whether you lead an organization, lead a family, or simply lead a life, it's my hope that some of these Fundamentals will find their way into your daily routines and that this book will inspire you to live your life in a way that's more consistent with the values that are most important to you." -- David Friedman

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

October 4 - FOOD FOR FINES FRIDAYS ARE BACK!


 Every Friday from 9 am to 5 pm!

For every non-perishable food item you donate, the library will waive the overdue charges on one overdue item returned that day, up to a maximum of $5 per item. Lost, damaged, or missing materials not eligible.

Working in partnership with Live Civilly, all food we collect will be used to help replenish food pantries in Moorestown.

Monday, October 3, 2011

October 3 - SAVE THE DATE!

Mark your calendar for this Wednesday, October 5 at 7 PM when local author David J. Friedman will be speaking on his newly released book Fundamentally Different.  You won't want to miss this presentation!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

October 1: October is National Reading Group Month

National Reading Group Month, sponsored by the Women's National Book Association, begins today!

If you're already in a book club, have you tried out the library's Book Group in a Bag? Ten copies of a book, discussion questions, and author information, all in a nifty tote bag to bring to your next meeting!

Looking for a book club to join?  Why not try the library's?  Our next meeting is Thursday, November 3 at 7 p.m.  We'll be reading Charles Dickens' Great Expectations -- stop by the reference desk to pick up a copy.

Friday, September 30, 2011

September 30 - Philadelphia Phridays from A to Z!

"D" is for Declaration House!

In 1776, Thomas Jefferson, a delegate from Virginia to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia, was charged with writing a statement enumerating the colonists' reasons for separating from Great Britain.  Seeking a peaceful place to compose his "declaration", Jefferson chose rooms in the house of Jacob Graff.  Although the original house was torn down in 1883, it was recreated based upon photographs.  Today you can visit the reconstructed Declaration House and remind yourself of the central roll Philadelphia played in American independence.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

September 29 - Slot Car Racing Demonstration Saturday

This Saturday, October 1 stop by the library anytime between 9 AM and 1 PM!  Bring the whole family for an exciting morning of slot car racing!  No registration required.  Visitors are welcome to bring your own slot cars and/or tracks to join the fun.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

September 27 - Celebrate Banned Books Week!

September 24 through October 1 is Banned Books Week.  Take the time this week to exercise your freedom to read whatever you choose.  Visit the banned books week site of the American Library Association to see the titles that have been challenged and stop by the library to check out a title from our display of great banned books!

Monday, September 26, 2011

September 26 - Happy Birthday Johnny Appleseed!

On September 26, 1774 John Chapman was born.  As a man he traveled throughout the United States planting orchards and coming to be known as "Johnny Appleseed."  In honor of his birthday check out a biography of this interesting character and then enjoy some Jersey Fresh apples.  You can even pick your own!

Friday, September 23, 2011

September 23: Request for "Cien Anos de Soledad"

Request:  "Cien Anos de Soledad" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Response:  The patron requesting "Cien Anos de Soledad" should call the library at 856-234-0333 if you would like us to try to obtain it through interlibrary loan.

Diane C.
Reference Librarian

September 23: "What You Wish For" has been ordered

Request:  "What you wish for"

Response:  The book entitled "What You Wish For" has been ordered.  The patron requesting this book should call the library at 856-234-0333 if you would like to hear from us when it arrives.

Diane C.
Reference Librarian

September 23 - PHILADELPHIA PHRIDAYS from A to Z!

"C" is for Citizen's Bank Park

Philadelphia's world class Phillies have a jewel of a stadium to play in!  If you haven't been there yet, check out Citizen's Bank Park with its emerald green grass and breathtaking view of the Philadelphia skyline.
Opening in 2004, Citizen's Bank Park combines modern design with the best of traditional ballparks. 
Go Phillies!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

September 22: How can you use the library? Let us count the ways...

As a follow-up to yesterday's post, Help for Hard Times, we want to tell you about everything that's available for FREE* at your library.

To start off, come hear a local author talk about his newest book.  David Friedman will be at the library on Wednesday, October 5 at 7:00 p.m. to talk about his book, Fundamentally Different. Stay tuned for more details on this program.

And stay tuned to this website for more ways that you can use your library card!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

September 21: Help for Hard Times

If you are finding it a challenge to make ends meet in the current economy, we can help.  Click on the Get Help button on the right side of our home page, for links to New Jersey specific help with filing for unemployment, job resources, housing, finances, health and parenting issues.  Times may be tough but you are not alone!

September 20 - If you loved Kathryn Stockett's The Help...

Stop in the library and check out our display of read-alikes right next to the circulation desk.  And whenever you find a book you love, look for additional similar titles using the Novelist database.  Novelist offers reading lists, book reviews and suggestions for read alikes for your favorite authors.  You can access Novelist from our Reader's Corner on the left of the library home page.

Monday, September 19, 2011

September 19: How Do I Get a Pin?

Question:  "How do I create a PIN?"

Answer:  The 5 easy steps to create a PIN are:
1.  Go to the Moorestown Library homepage at www.moorestown.lib.nj.us and click on "my account."
2.  Type in your name and the 14 digit number on the back of your library card.
3.  Create and type in a PIN.  Your PIN should be 4 to 8 letters and / or numbers.  If you use letters, remember whether or not you capitalize because your PIN is case sensitive.  Create any PIN you like, but try to make it something you will remember and that will not be easily guessed by others.
4.  Click "submit."
5.  You will be asked to enter it two more times to verify it.

September 19: Request for "Dancing With the Velvet Lizard" by Bruce Golden

Suggestion:  "Dancing With the Velvet Lizard" by Bruce Golden

Response:  "We'd be happy to try to find this title for you through interlibrary loan, but we need to know your name and telephone number.  Please call us at 856-234-0333 to give us your contact information."

Diane Cairoli
Reference Librarian

September 19: Sign-up is required to use our computers

Suggestion:  "For the computers in this library, I think you should automatically go on, not fill in information."

Response:  "For time management purposes, users of the Internet and other electronic resources are required to provide the requested information.  Only Moorestown library cardholders have access to all of the services offered by our library.  If you're not a Moorestown library cardholder, why not become one today?!"

Diane C.
Reference Librarian

September 19: Avast me hearties, yo ho!

Happy International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Not sure how to ready yer sea legs?  Embrace yer inner scallywag on the official website and get your official pirate name.

You can also plunder Pirates of the Caribbean, Treasure Island, or many other pirate themed things to get you in the mood. Be sure to follow the pirate code, or you might find yourself walking the plank!

Friday, September 16, 2011

September 16 - PHILADELPHIA PHRIDAYS from A to Z!

"B" is for Betsy Ross House

While no one can prove that she made the first American flag, Elizabeth Griscom (Betsy) Ross did live in Philadelphia from 1752 to 1836.  During the American Revolution she worked as an upholsterer (seamstress) and flag maker.  Tour her 1740s home and workshop restored to its original period, and decide for yourself!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

September 15: Phillies are NL East Champs for fifth straight year!

The good news? Roy Halladay clinched the division title for the Phils last night with a 1-0 shutout of the Astros.

The bad news? We've got two more weeks until the postseason starts!

In the meantime, get your Phillies fix at the library. Get the history with Rich Westcott's Philadelphia Phillies past and present or relive the 2008 season with The Perfect Season. We have plenty of books to satisfy fans of all ages!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

September 14: Did you know...

that the library has an Adult New Reader collection?

The collection is a generous gift from the Moorestown Rotary Breakfast Club.  It includes reference books, a newspaper, fiction, non-fiction, workbooks, and books on cassette and CD. And the best part is -- wait for it -- you can check them all out!

Take a look at the library's collection.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

September 13: Happy Birthday Roald Dahl

The famous children's author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory would be 95 today.

What's that? You've already read every book he wrote?  Well, give these authors a try:

Lemony Snicket - the author (and narrator) of A series of unfortunate events is known for his quirky characters, dark, sophisticated humor mixed with somewhat fantastical happenings. Start with The Bad Beginning.

Michael Buckley - his Sisters Grimm series places humans and fairy-tale creatures side-by-side in rural New York in an uneasy alliance

Edward Eager's classic fantasy series features three sisters and a brother whose discoveries lead them into time-traveling adventures.

Want to find out more?  A short biography of Dahl is available in Bloom's Literary Reference Online.

Monday, September 12, 2011

September 12: Technology addiction program tonight

Discover the impact of texting, cell phone, and computer use on the body, mind, and society. The connection between technology and addiction is startling. Find out how our young people are being negatively impacted.

Speaker: John Kriger of Kriger Consulting

Tonight at 7 p.m. in the library meeting room. Registration is required as space is limited. Please call 234-0333 to register.

Friday, September 9, 2011

September 9 - PHILADELPHIA PHRIDAYS from A to Z!

Whether you are interested in history, world class art, championship sports teams, or four star restaurants, Philadelphia has it all.  And it's just 15 minutes from Moorestown!

For the next 26 weeks,  our PHILADELPHIA PHRIDAYS will introduce you to the joys of Philly A to Z starting with

"A" is for the Academy of Fine Arts!

The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts on Broad Street in Philadelphia is the oldest art museum and art school in America. Enjoy traditional and modern art collections in a historic landmark building and don't miss the new sculpture by Claes Oldenburg in front of the museum!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

September 8: Save the date!

Registration for Fall Children's Programs begins next Monday, September 12. Register in person or by phone for weekly story times, special events, and Halloween fun!  Get the full schedule of programs on the Kids Page.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

September 6: September is Library Card Signup Month

As Moorestown's students head back to school this week, the library wants to make sure that all children and their families have the most important school supply of all – a library card.
 
Getting a card is easy. Just bring the proper I.D. to our circulation desk, complete a quick form... and you'll be able to check out books the same day!

September is Library Card Signup Month. Do you have YOUR Moorestown Library card?

Friday, September 2, 2011

September 2 - LAST CHANCE TO BRING IN FOOD FOR FINES!

We have been offering FINE FREE FRIDAYS every Friday until Labor Day and this is the last one so bring in those overdue books today!

All day today, from 9 AM to 5 PM for each non-perishable food item you donate, the library will waive the overdue charges on ONE OVERDUE ITEM RETURNED TODAY.  Fines will be waived up to a maximum of $5.00 per item.  Lost, damaged or missing materials are NOT eligible.

Working in partnership with Live Civilly, all food we collect will be used to help replenish food pantries in Moorestown.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

September 1: Library book group meets tonight!

Tonight's selection is Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France by Leonie Frieda. "A sympathetic portrait of the Renaissance-era queen of France seeks to reveal her skills as a ruler in spite of her violent reputation, describing her suffering at the hands of Henry IV, the power politics that marked her rule, her talents as a strategist and conspirator, and the circumstances that led to the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre."


Books, author information, and discussion questions are available at the Reference Desk. Join us and bring a friend!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

August 30: Happy Birthday Mary Shelley!

The author of Frankenstein would be 160 years old today. 

Check out some other classic horror tales to keep you up at night!

The turn of the screw - Henry James
Collected tales of Edgar Allan Poe
The strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson
Dracula - Bram Stoker
The island of Dr. Moreau - H.G. Wells
House of the seven gables - Nathaniel Hawthorne

Monday, August 29, 2011

August 29: Did you know...

that the library has a public fax machine?

The self-service fax machine is available whenever the library is open. Faxes are $1.50 for the first page and $1.00 for each additional page. Remember to bring your credit or debit card with you, as the machine does not accept cash.

Questions? Call the Reference Desk at 234-0333.

Friday, August 26, 2011

August 26 - Follow-up on request for programs on developmental and intellectual disabilities


For the patron interested in programs for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities, I would like to direct you to the Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series offered by the Elizabeth M. Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.  This series includes free lectures on such topics as education, health care, relaxation and coping skills, family support, recreation, vocational services, and transition from school to adult life.  The Elizabeth M. Boggs Center offers online registration for their Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series and a mailing list form which can be accessed by clicking on "contact us" on their homepage.

Diane C.
Reference Librarian





August 26: Today is Food for Fines Friday!

Every Friday from 9 am to 5 pm!

For every non-perishable food item you donate, the library will waive the overdue charges on one overdue item returned that day, up to a maximum of $5 per item. Lost, damaged, or missing materials not eligible.

Working in partnership with Live Civilly, all food we collect will be used to help replenish food pantries in Moorestown.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

August 25: If it seems too good to be true, it probably is

How careful are you online? Do you know what the most popular online scams are?

The Better Business Bureau has compiled the Top 10 online scams and put them together in this easy to understand graphic.

Now that you know, be on the lookout!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

August 24: End of summer staycation ideas

Since the weather these last few weeks hasn't been too beach-friendly, why not try out some of these "staycation" ideas?

Come back next week for more great staycation ideas!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

August 23: Top 5 reasons for Moorestown teachers to get a library card

1. 24/7 access to curriculum resources and educational journals through the library website. Simply click on the "research center" tab to browse the subject areas available to you.

2. Local access to books and A/V materials, for the classroom or just for you!

3. Check out our collection either on line or in person before giving that assignment.  See what we have available for your students to use and give us a call if you would like us to make some titles "library use only" for the length of your assignment.

4. Give us a call and schedule us to visit your class and tell your students what we have to offer them.

5. If we don't have what you want, ask us to interlibrary loan it.  With your Moorestown Library card the collections of the public and academic libraries throughout New Jersey and beyond are available to you.

Monday, August 22, 2011

August 22: Did you know...

that all Moorestown teachers can get a library card, even if they don't live in town? Simply bring in proof of current address and a current pay stub or a letter from the school district. Check out the the Borrowing Info section of the library website for more details.

Come back tomorrow for the top five reasons Moorestown teachers should get a library card!

Friday, August 19, 2011

August 19: Today is Food for Fines Friday!

Every Friday from 9 am to 5 pm!

For every non-perishable food item you donate, the library will waive the overdue charges on one overdue item returned that day, up to a maximum of $5 per item. Lost, damaged, or missing materials not eligible.

Working in partnership with Live Civilly, all food we collect will be used to help replenish food pantries in Moorestown.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

August 18: NPR's top 100 science fiction and fantasy books announced

This week NPR announced the winners of its Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books survey. Pick up one of the winners from our display next time you stop by the library!

The top five winners were Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, the Dune Chronicles by Frank Herbert, and George R.R. Martin's Song of Fire and Ice series.  You can see the complete list of winners on NRP's website.
 

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

AUGUST 16 – Top 5 Reasons for Moorestown students to get a Library card


1.      The best research databases at your fingertips 24/7 from any Internet workstation.  Check out the “research center” tab on our homepage for help with history, geography, current events, literature, business and more.
2.      Need some personal help with that research project?  Our reference librarians are trained and happy to help either in person, by phone or by email (reference@moorestown.lib.nj.us)
3.      When the research is done and it’s time to do the project, every library workstation has Microsoft Office installed so log in with your library card to use Word, Excel, Publisher or Powerpoint.
4.      Need a break from schoolwork?  Pick up the latest fun reading from our Juvenile, Teen and Young Adult or Graphic Novel collection.
5.      We’re not just books—check out our DVD and music collections too!