Wednesday, April 30, 2014

April 30: International Jazz Day



This special day brings together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics and jazz enthusiasts worldwide to celebrate and learn about jazz and its roots.  In November 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially designated April 30 as International Jazz Day in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe.

Click here to view the library's collection of materials on jazz and here to visit the Web site established to celebrate this day.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

April 29: Zipper Patented: Anniversary


On this day in 1913, Gideon Sundbach of Hoboken, New Jersey, received a patent for the zipper.

You might want to check out our copy of Popular patents:  America's first inventions from the airplane to the zipper or click here to view the library's holdings of materials about inventions.

Monday, April 28, 2014

April 28: Philadelphia Science Festival is in full swing!



If you missed the Philadelphia Science Festival this past weekend, you still have until Saturday, May 3rd to get involved in the many scheduled events and interesting attractions.  There is sure to be something for everyone at this fourth annual science extravaganza led by the Franklin Institute with help from dozens of universities, museums, and businesses.

Visit philasciencefestival.org for more information and a detailed listing of happenings.  Get inspired and click here to view our holdings of materials for science project ideas.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

April 26: National Go Birding Day




Today we celebrate birding as a national pastime.  Participants are encouraged to put up bird feeders and houses, take a trip to go birding, and learn about their local bird species.  Annually, the last Saturday in April.

Click here to view the library's holdings of books about birding and here for guidebooks to New Jersey birds.

Friday, April 25, 2014

April 25: Food for fines!



Every Friday 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 that day up to a maximum of $5.00 per item

Thursday, April 24, 2014

April 24: Library of Congress: Anniversary



On this day in 1800, Congress approved an act providing "for the purchase of such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress ... and for fitting up a suitable apartment for containing them."  Thus began one of the world's greatest libraries.

Click here for the library's holdings of materials about the Library of Congress and click here to visit the Library of Congress Web site.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

April 22: Library phones are down

Please be advised that the library currently has no phone service.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  Until phone service is restored, we can be reached via email.

 

April 22: Earth Day




Today has been designated as Earth Day - a day to encourage all citizens to help protect our environment and contribute to a healthy, sustainable world.

Click here to visit the official Earth Day Web site and here to view the library's holdings of books about Earth Day.

Monday, April 21, 2014

April 21: John Muir: Birth Anniversary



Born on this day in 1838, John Muir became a well-known Scottish-American naturalist, explorer, conservationist and author for whom the 550-acre Muir Woods National Monument is named.  Muir, born at Dunbar, Scotland, emigrated to the U.S. in 1849, eventually settling out west, where he was instrumental in the creation of numerous national parks, including Yosemite, Sequoia, Mount Rainier and Grand Canyon.  His writings and his work in the Sierra Club (founded in 1892) created public support for his belief that national parks should be federally protected and their resources left untapped.  Muir died at Los Angeles, California on December 24, 1914.

Click here to view the library's holdings by and about John Muir and here to watch a 20-minute video of this naturalist, produced by the National Park Service and starring Lee Stetson as Muir.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

April 19: Library closed today for technology move




Today, the township is moving its Fiber Optic Core into the new municipal building, causing an interruption in our computer and phone services. 

Therefore, we are closed today.  We will reopen on Monday, April 21 at 9 a.m.

Friday, April 18, 2014

April 18: Library is closed for Good Friday




In observance of Good Friday, the Friday before Easter Sunday that commemorates Jesus Christ's Passion, crucifixion and death, the library is closed.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

April 17: National Haiku Poetry Day



Today, Haiku Poetry Day, is a celebration of the genre of haiku, whose origins date back a millennium in Japan; and more specifically of English-language haiku, which has now been written for more than a century.  The Haiku Foundation encourages public events, readings, exhibitions and competitions on this day and culminates the celebration with the announcement of winners from its HaikuNow! Contest. 

Click here for more information about the Haiku Foundation and here to view the library's holdings of books on this topic.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

April 16: EBook question

Question:  Can you make a catalog of EBooks?

Response:  Our EBooks have been integrated into our catalog.  They can be found by clicking on "Search the Catalog" and then selecting author, title, or subject from the drop-down box and typing in  your selection.  If we have the title, author, or subject that you searched in EBook format it will be so designated.   Alternatively, they can be found by clicking on "Free sudiobooks and ebooks" on the right side of our home page, then clicking on "Advanced Search" at the top, and finally selecting "All eBooks" from the drop-down box under "All Formats."  If you have any questions about this process, please do not hesitate to call us at:  856-234-0333.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April 15: Tax returns are due today!



The library has many federal forms, schedules and some instruction booklets to help you file your taxes as well as H&R Block Tax Software (available at the Reference Desk). Click here to access online federal tax forms and publications and here to access New Jersey forms and publications online.

Monday, April 14, 2014

April 14: GRAPES OF WRATH published: 75th anniversary



On this day in 1939, John Steinbeck's novel of the Great Depression was published.  Grapes of Wrath chronicled the mass migration of dispossessed farmers from the Dust Bowl region of the Great Plains to California.  It won the 1940 Pulitzer Prize.

Click here to view our library's holdings of materials about Grapes of Wrath as well as books by and about John Steinbeck.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

April 12: Drop-In Craft: Make a Treasure Box (all ages)



Drop in today any time between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. to use our foam stickers and letters to decorate a one-of-kind box to hold all your little treasures.

No registration required!

Friday, April 11, 2014

April 11: Food for fines!


Every Friday 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 that day up to a maximum of $5.00 per item

Thursday, April 10, 2014

April 10: Joseph Pulitzer: Birth Anniversary



On this day in 1847, Joseph Pulitzer,  American journalist and newspaper publisher and founder of the Pulitzer Prizes, was born at Budapest, Hungary.  He died at Charleston, South Carolina on October 29, 1911.  The Pulitzer Prize, established in 1917 by provisions in Joseph Pulitzer's will, has since been awarded annually for U.S. excellence in newspaper journalism, literature, and musical composition.

Click here to view books about Joseph Pulitzer and here to view materials about the Pulitzer Prize. Visit the official Pulitzer Prize Web site for information about past winners and finalists.  On April 14th, the 2014 Pulitzer Prizes will be awarded and those receiving them will be featured on the aforementioned site.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

April 9: Winston Churchill Day



Today marks the anniversary of the enactment of legislation in 1963 that made the late British statesman an honorary citizen of the U.S.

 Click here to view the library's holdings of materials by and about Winston Churchill.  To visit the online Winston Churchill Centre, click here.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

April 8: Only one week left to file your income tax returns without an extension!




The library has many federal forms, schedules and some instruction booklets to help you file your taxes as well as H&R Block Tax Software (available at the Reference Desk). Click here to access online federal tax forms and publications and here to access New Jersey forms and publications online.

Monday, April 7, 2014

April 7: Favorite Films: The Ten Commandments



Directed by Cecil B DeMille.  With Charlton Heston, Ann Baxter, Yul Brynner, and Edward G. Robinson.  Stately, mature screen version of the Book of Genesis as adapted by Christopher Fry.  Vivid imagery and faithful storytelling highlight this biblical drama.  DeMille's last Biblical epic follows Moses' life from birth and abandonment through manhood, slavery, and trials in leading the Hebrews out of Egypt.  Vivid storytelling at its best. 
U.S., 1956, color, 220 minutes

Saturday, April 5, 2014

April 5: Lego League (all ages)








Lego lovers rejoice!  Build Lego creations with a team, with a buddy, or on your own from 9:30-10:30 a.m. today in the Children's Room.
No registration required!

Friday, April 4, 2014

April 4: Food for fines!



Every Friday 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 that day up to a maximum of $5.00 per item

Thursday, April 3, 2014

April 3: Boston Public Library: Anniversary



On this day in 1848, the Massachusetts legislature passed legislation enabling Boston to levy a tax for a public library.  This created the funding model for all public libraries in the United States.  The Boston Public Library, the oldest public urban library in the country, opened its doors in 1854.  Its 1972 addition is currently undergoing a major renovation.

Click here for an interesting New York Times article from March 7, 2014 entitled:  Breaking Out of the Library Mold, in Boston and Beyond.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

April 2: Hans Christian Andersen: Birth Anniversary



Born this day in 1805 at Odense, Denmark, Hans Christian Andersen is best remembered for his more than 150 fairy tales, many of which are regarded as classics of children's literature.  He died at Copenhagen, Denmark on August 4, 1875.

Click here to view the library's holdings of materials by and about Hans Christian Andersen.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April 1: Better Investing Workshop Meets Tonight



Tonight, members of the South Jersey Chapter of Better Investing, a non-profit educational organization, will be meeting to discuss "identifying a stock price that a company is worth."   All interested parties are invited to attend.

Join us in the Meeting Room from 7 - 9 p.m.

Free, but registration is required by calling the library Reference Desk at 856-234-0333 or Carla Krasnick at 856-234-0813.