Monday, February 3, 2014


Mon. Feb 3rd - The Warren Library, and ALL branches of the Somerset County Library System will remain CLOSED today due to the winter storm and hazardous road conditions. Regular hours of operation will resume as soon as possible, but before making plans to visit the library tomorrow on Tuesday, Feb 4, please call 908 754-5554 or visit website for updates.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Fulfill Your New Year's Resolutions with Warren Township Library Programs

Keep up your momentum with New Year's Resolutions with several programs at the Warren Township Library.

Improve your nutrition with a program run by Michele Caws, a holistic health counselor, at 7 pm on Wed., Jan. 29.  Learn simple tips for getting back on track with health and nutrition. Caws also will discuss an optional, gentle three-day cleanse to rejuvenate your metabolism and restore balance. Registration is required and can be done by calling 907-754-5554 ext. 64 or sign up online.

Caws will return to the library at 7 pm on Feb. 12 with "Stay Healthy All Winter Long."  Attendees will explore natural, alternative remedies to support your health. She will share ways to keep colds away and optimize your energy. Register by calling 907-754-5554 ext. 64 or online.

You also can rejuvenate yourself this winter with our chair/seated yoga sessions with Jilian.Sessions will be 11 am to noon on Thursdays Jan. 30 and Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27. The class is limited to 25 participants only and registration is required. Register by calling 907-754-5554 ext. 64 or sign up online.

If your New Year's Resolution is to get more organized, than you won't want to miss "50 Things You Can Throw Away - Today" at 6 pm on Feb. 26. Michael Ivankovich, a Home Downsizing Specialist, will help you let go of some of the items you don't really need but clutter your life and home. Register by calling 907-754-5554 ext. 64 or sign up online.

There are lots of other adult offerings at the library from book clubs and movie discussions to historical programs and musical performances. See our Adult Calendar for details, follow us on Facebook and Twitter and patrons can join our email list.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Author to Discuss Meeting Martin Luther King, Kennedys and more at the Warren Township Library

Michael Aaron Rockland, a professor of American Studies at Rutgers University and author of 13 published books, will share his fascinating experiences during his diplomatic career at 7 pm on January 23 at the Warren Township Library. Rockland's anecdotes, from his book An American Diplomat in Franco Spain, include the day he spent with Martin Luther King Jr. during his visit to Madrid, while Rockland was working at the Embassy.

Other stories from the book include the near disaster when four American hydrogen bombs, luckily unarmed, rained down on Spain and Rockland's involvement, as a cultural attache, in mitigating the effects of the crisis. The book also concerns the making of the movie, Dr. Zhivago, almost entirely shot in Spain, and for which his young son was chosen for the role of Zhivago's son, Sasha.

He spent years in the U.S. diplomatic service as a cultural attache at embassies in Argentina and Spain. His overseas experience also included senior Fulbright lectureships in Argentina, Uruguay, Peru, and Norway.

Among his many books are four on New Jersey. His latest book, "Navy Crazy," a memoir of his military service, is due in April. Rockland also has written for magazines such as Philadelphia, Adventure Travel, Explorer's Journal, Big, Preservation and New Jersey Monthly, where he has long been a regular contributor.

Rockland is the recipient of the 2013 Richard Hughes Award for contributions to NJ life and culture, bestowed by the State Historical Commission. He also has received several teaching awards.

Rockland's appearance at the Warren Township Library is free but registration is required. People can call the library at 908-754-5554 EXT 64 or sign up online.

Friday, January 17, 2014


The Warren Library will be
on Monday, January 20th, 2014 in 
observance of Martin Luther King Day. 

 For your convenience, the Bridgewater Branch will be open 9 am to 5 pm.
Don't forget, you can always visit us on the web at

Regular business hours resume Tuesday morning at 9:30 am

Monday, November 4, 2013

The Warren Library closed beginning November 11

Beginning Monday, November 11, the Warren Township Library (a branch of the Somerset County Library System), located at 42 Mountain Boulevard in Warren, New Jersey, will close for approximately four weeks for needed painting and renovations, including the women’s public restroom.

“You know how disruptive it is to paint your house,” commented System Director Brian Auger. “This is much worse as all the wall-mounted shelving and the books on them, have to come down first. We are very sorry for the inconvenience, but could not find any other way to get the work done quickly and safely.” 

As a result of the areas being renovated and painted, and the fact that there will be no staff in the building, the book drop will be closed. Materials can be returned to any SCLS branch; the closest branches are Watchung, North Plainfield, Bound Brook and Bridgewater. Staff has been advising patrons to change the pick-up location for their holds to a nearby branch or to “freeze” them until December 7. 

The following programs will take place at the Warren Court Room, next to the Library:
  • Saturday, November 16 @ 2 pm. “Meeting Eleanor Roosevelt” portrayed by actress Linda Kenyon.
  • Monday, November 18 @ 6:30 pm. Parent/Teacher Program—Let the Brain Games Begin! Toys and Games to Boost your Brain Power. 
  • Wednesday, November 20 @ 7 pm. Identity Theft, presented by Kevin Lynch, from the Society of Financial Awareness. 
  • Saturday, November 23 @ 2 pm. The Music of the British Invasion, performed by the group “Carnaby Street!” led by Chris Roselle. 
  • Wednesday, December 4 @ 7 PM– Teen Program –Finding Truth in YA Fiction—A Panel of YA Authors.
 Registration is open for these programs through the library website or by calling 908-754-5554. Staff anticipates welcoming the community back on Saturday, December 7. Information about Library services and resources is available at the Library’s Website or by calling 908-526-4016.

The Somerset County Library System has branches in Bridgewater, Bound Brook, Hillsborough, Manville, at the Mary Jacobs Library in Rocky Hill, North Plainfield, Peapack & Gladstone, Somerville, Warren Township and Watchung.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Scary Movies and Halloween Movies for Kids

The Warren Township Library has lots of books and e-books for Halloween lovers but there are plenty of movies from classics to cult favorites for patrons to borrow.

Movies/Shows for Kids
(some may be more appropriate for older kids; also see our spoof/comedies below)
The Addams Family (1991) - Con artists plan to fleece the eccentric family using an accomplice who claims to be their long lost Uncle Fester.
Beetle Juice (1998) - A couple of recently deceased ghosts contract the services of a "bio-exorcist" in order to remove the obnoxious new owners of their house.
Casper (1995) - A paranormal expert and his daughter bunk in an abandoned house populated by 3 mischievous ghosts and one friendly one. (great for all ages)
The Haunted Mansion (2003) - Workaholic realtor Jim Evers, his wife/business partner Sara and their two children are summoned to a mansion. When they discover that the place is haunted, Jim discovers an important lesson about the family he's neglected as they attempt to escape.
Hocus Pocus (1993) - After 300 years, three sister witches are resurrected in Salem Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it us up to two teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to the witches reign of terror once and for all.
Hotel Transylvania (2012) - Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world,
goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count's teen-aged daughter.
It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown (1966) - The Peanuts gang celebrates Halloween while Linus waits for the Great Pumpkin. (all ages)
The Monster Squad (1987) - Dracula is alive. In fact, he plans to rule the world and that is why he seeks the help of other legendary monsters. However, a bunch of kids regarded by their peers as losers uncover the devious plan and prepare for a counter strike.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) - Jack Skellington, king of Halloweentown, discovers Christmas Town, but doesn't quite understand the concept.
ParaNorman (2012) - A misunderstood boy takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse.
Scared Shrekless (2010) - Shrek gets in the Halloween spirit by challenging his fairytale friends to come up with scary stories for a contest. But the gang learn that they'll have to spend the night in Lord Farquaad's haunted castle before the winner is named. (great for all ages)
Scooby-Doo: 13 Spooky Tales, Run for your Life - This two-disc set contains a cornucopia of frightfully fun Scooby-Doo adventures as Scooby-Doo and the gang are stalked through thirteen episodes by famous monsters, ghastly ghouls and other creatures of the night determined to stop the 'meddling kids' at every turn.

Movies for Adults (Parental discretion advised for many of these)
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) - Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, discovers vampires are planning to take over the United States. He makes it his mission to eliminate them.
The Amityville Horror (1979) - Newlyweds move into a house where a murder was committed, and experience strange manifestations which drive them away.  (We also have the 2005 remake).
Carrie (1976) -  (the original)  A young, abused and timid 17-year-old girl discovers she has telekinesis, and gets pushed to the limit on the night of her school's prom by a humiliating prank.
The Conjuring (2013) - Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. 
The Descent (2005) - A caving expedition with six women goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators.
The Exorcist (1973) - When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.(considered one of the scariest movies when it came out)
Ghost Ship (2002) - A salvage crew that discovers a long-lost 1962 passenger ship floating lifeless in a remote region of the Bering Sea soon notices, as they prepare to tow it back to land, that "strange things" happen...  
Ghost Story (1981) - Four successful elderly gentlemen, members of the Chowder Society, share a gruesome, 50-year old secret. When one of Edward Wanderley's twin sons dies in a bizarre accident, the group begins to see a pattern of frightening events developing.
The Grudge (2004) - An American nurse living and working in Tokyo is exposed to a mysterious supernatural curse, one that locks a person in a powerful rage before claiming their life and spreading to another victim.
Halloween (1978) - A psychotic murderer institutionalized since childhood for the murder of his sister, escapes and stalks a bookish teenage girl and her friends while his doctor chases him through the streets. 
House on Haunted Hill (1999) - A millionaire offers a group of diverse people $1,000,000 to spend the night in a haunted house with a horrifying past. (If the classics are more your thing, we also have the original 1958 version)
The Innkeepers (2011 ) - During the final days at the Yankee Pedlar Inn, two employees determined to reveal the hotel's haunted past begin to experience disturbing events as old guests check in for a stay.
Insidious (2010) - A family looks to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) - In the dreams of his victims, a spectral child murderer stalks the children of the members of the lynch mob that killed him.
The Omen (1976) - An American ambassador learns to his horror that his son is actually the literal Antichrist. 
The Others (2001) - A woman who lives in a darkened old house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that her family home is haunted.
Paranormal Activity (2007) - After moving into a suburban home, a couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence. (The library has Paranormal Activity 1-4)
Psycho (1960) - A Phoenix secretary steals $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.

Resident Evil (2002) - A special military unit fights a powerful, out-of-control supercomputer and hundreds of scientists who have mutated into flesh-eating creatures after a laboratory accident. (the library has all the movies in this series)
The Ring (2002) - A young journalist must investigate a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone in a week of viewing it.
Saw (2004) - With a dead body lying between them, two men wake up in the secure lair of a serial killer who's been nicknamed "Jigsaw". The men must follow various rules and objectives if they wish to survive and win the deadly game set for them.
Scream (1996) - A killer known as Ghostface begins killing off teenagers, and as the body count begins rising, one girl and her friends find themselves contemplating the "Rules" of horror films as they find themselves living in a real-life one. (the library has Scream 1-4)
Storage 24 (2012) - In London, a military plane crashes leaving its highly classified contents strewn across the city. Completely unaware that the city is in lockdown, a group of people become trapped inside a storage facility with a highly unwelcome guest.
The Woman in Black (2012) - A young lawyer travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals. 
World War Z (2013) - United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself.

Halloween/Horror Movie Spoofs or Comedies
The Evil Dead (1981) - Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons.
Ghostbusters (2009) - You play the newest employee of the paranormal investigations and eliminations business as a new wave of Gozer related hauntings plagues New York City.
Gremlins (1984) - A boy inadvertantly breaks 3 important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.
Scary Movie  (2000)  - A year after disposing the body of a man they accidently killed, a group of dumb teenagers are stalked by a bumbling serial killer. Spoofs Scream among other movies. (We have Scary Movie 1-5)
Shaun of the Dead (2004) - A man decides to turn his moribund life around by winning back his ex-girlfriend, reconciling his relationship with his mother, and dealing with an entire community that has returned from the dead to eat the living.
Young Frankenstein (1974) - Dr. Frankenstein's grandson, after years of living down the family reputation, inherits granddad's castle and repeats the experiments.

For great Halloween reads:

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Halloween Books for Children of All Ages

Get into the "spirit" of Halloween with some great books with this list from the Warren Township Library. These books are available in the Somerset County Library System.

For Younger Kids
(Perfect for little ones; elementary school kids also will enjoy these) Skeleton for Dinner by Margery Cuyler 
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
Bone Soup by Cambria Evans
Halloween Hustle by Charlotte Gunnufson
Welcome to Monster Town (Christy Ottaviano Books) by Ryan Heshka
Monsters Don't Eat Broccoli  by Barbara Jean Hicks
Ghosts in the House!  by Kazuno Kohara
AlphaOops: H is for Halloween by Alethea Kontis
Porkenstein  by Kathryn Lasky
Moonstore by Tara Lazar (The author be at Warren Library on Oct. 22)
Runaway Pumpkin by Kevin Lewis
Fright Night Flight by Laura Krauss Melmed
Goodnight Goon and Runaway Mummy by Michael Rex
Vunce Upon a Time by J. Otto Seibold & Siobhan Vivian
Sheep Trick or Treat by Nancy E. Shaw
One Hallooween Night by Mark Teague
Can You Make a Scary Face?  by Jan Thomas 
Whooo's Haunting the Teeny Tiny Ghost? by Kay Winters 
Two Little Witches: A Halloween Counting Story by Harriet Ziefert

School-Age Kids
Ghosthunters and The Totally Moldy Baroness! by Cornelia Funke (Ages 6-9) (part of a series)
Bed, Bats, & Beyond (Darby Creek Exceptional Titles)  by Joan Holub 
Magic Tree House #42: A Good Night for Ghosts (A Stepping Stone Book)  by Mary Pope Osborne (ages 6-9) (part of a series)
This Book Is Haunted (An I Can Read Book, Level 1) by Joanne Rocklin

Young Adult

The World's Most Haunted Places: From The Secret Files of by Jeff Belanger
The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney (Book One of the Last Apprentice series)
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Wait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story Mary Downing Hahn
The Enemy Charlie Higson (
Book One of the Enemy series)

The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
The Collected Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe

The Intruders by E.E. Richardson
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark  Alvin Schwartz
Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Nightwood by Patricia Windsor
The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror  (Graphic Novels, various titles)

Get into the crafty spirit of Halloween with these books:
Spooky Things (Making Pictures) by Penny King
Crafts to Make in the Fall by Kathy Ross
Halloween Fun for Everyone by Ferida Wolff and Dolores Kozielski
Adults can get their Halloween fix with truly spooky stories and haunting fiction. The Warren Library also is offering spooktacular events for kids and adults.