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 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


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!