Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Read for Prizes! Family Read Aloud Month at Warren Library

Cindy Lou Who
Celebrate  Family Read Aloud Month this March at Warren Township Library. Stop in at the library anytime during the month and pick up your packet for our "at-home" reading program. Every family member can participate, even those from far away via FaceTime or Skype. Audio books, stories, plays - any reading counts!

Packets include a robot that families can color in for every 15 minutes read together. For each completed robot, the family will be entered in a drawing for a prize. All robots will be displayed in the Youth Services section of the library. Prizes provided by Trattoria La Strada and 16 Handles.

Participants can also "Guess the Author" each week. The week's author will be displayed on the bulletin board and people can enter for a chance to win a book. A winner will be drawn from the correct answers every Monday.

Program materials provided by the Friends of the Warren Township Library.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Polar Bear Cup Craft

This was one of the crafts at a Drop-In Craft session at the Warren Township Library, but you can make your own cute polar bear at home with very few supplies.

Materials needed:

  • 1 large styrofoam cup
  • white sheet of paper
  • black piece of paper
  • 1 medium styrofoam circle (for nose/mouth)
  • black marker or crayon
  • 2 google eyes
  • glue
  • scissors
1. Cut out 1 large circle to make the head, 2 small circles for the ears and 2 curved rectangle shapes to make the arms.
2. Cut out a small circle of black paper for the nose.
3. Glue the black circle onto the styrofoam circle to make the nose/mouth piece. 
4. Then glue ears, nose and mouth pieces and the google eyes on the large white circle (the head).
5. Draw a mouth on the styrofoam circle below the black nose.
6. Glue the arm pieces on the sides, sticking out. Draw claws if desired.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Friends of the Warren Library Book Sale

The Friends of the Warren Township Library are planning a big clearance book sale on Monday, February 2nd from 9:30 am to 9 pm at the Warren Township Library.  

The ongoing book sale of the Friends of the Library is a big success, and the proceeds have been helping to fund a variety of programs for children and adults designed to enhance the cultural life of our residents.  

All items, including books, audiobooks, music cds, etc will be included in this one-day “Red Dot” sale. You’ll be able to buy two items and get three for free!

The Friends of the Warren Township Library provide direct financial assistance not only by sponsoring programs, but also by purchasing special items not included in the library budget. Most of all, the Friends generously volunteer their time, talents and funds when needed, to promote, improve and expand library services - and to improve the quality of life in their communities.

The Friends of the Warren Township Library are now on Facebook and you can follow the Friends on Twitter

Friday, January 16, 2015

Warren Township Library Closed for Martin Luther King Day

The Warren Township Library will be closed on Monday, January 19, 2015 in observance of Martin Luther King Day. In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., here are some books available at the library:

Max Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day (by Adria F Worsham)- Simple sentences tell the reader how Max and his parents are going to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Suggested for Preschool to Grade 1.

We March (by Shane W. Evans) - Brief, blunt sentences propel the narrative and place readers on the scene of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The day unfolds through the perspective of a family of four. Suggested for Preschool to Grade 3.

Who Was Martin Luther King Jr. (by Bonnie Bader) - Clearly written text that explains this tumultuous time in history and 80 black-and-white illustrations, this Who Was?? celebrates the vision and the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Suggested for Grades 3-7.

The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr. (Clayborne Carson) - The author pieced together an incomplete study of King's life by supplementing his extant autobiographies (e.g., Stride Toward Freedom and Where Do We Go from Here) with previously unpublished and published writings, interviews and speechesThe book offers glimpses of King's family life as well a view of famous Americans such as Stokely Carmichael, Malcolm X and JFK.

King: A Critical Biography (David Lewis) - A portrait of Martin Luther King Jr.

To see more books on Martin Luther King Jr., please go here.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Warren Twp Library supports the local business community

Business networking at the Warren Library
In an effort to better support the business community, SCLSNJ’s Warren Librarybranch Adult Services Librarian, Cathy DeBerry created and now moderates a LinkedIn group page for small business owners and business professionals in the Warren -Watchung area.  The Warren Business Professional Networking Community was established in January 2013, and already has close to 200 members.

The group was initially created with the intent of sharing information with the business community about free networking and educational opportunities, as well as news items that would be of relevance to the small business owner and business professional.  In conjunction with the LinkedIn group, DeBerry coordinates a year-long series of programs held at the library designed with the business person in mind.  One of the most successful programs that the Warren Township Library hosts every year is their Speed Networking Event, which provides an opportunity to meet other business people and expand their professional network.
The role of libraries is changing with the times. The 21st century librarian is an information provider and the LinkedIn group page is another means for the librarians at the Warren branch to share and disseminate relevant and timely information with the business professional. 

In response to a recent survey conducted by DeBerry as to how the Warren Library can better assist the business community, a small support group to meet at the library has been established.  This group will be moderated by business veterans and Township officials and will support new and fledgling business owners in the Warren Watchung area.  A representative from Central Jersey SCORE will also be in attendance to answer general questions about starting a business.  The group'sfirst meeting is scheduled for Wednesday January 28th at the Warren Library at 8:30 am.  If you are interested in joining this group or are looking for additional information, contact Cathy DeBerry at the Warren Township Library at cdeberry@sclibnj.org.
The Warren Twp Library, a branch of the Somerset County Library System, is located at 42 Mountain Boulevard, Warren, NJ 07059.


Friday, October 31, 2014

Jack the Ripper Fascinates People at the Warren Township Library

Mark R. Vogel talks about Jack the Ripper
Jack the Ripper is one of the world’s most infamous serial killers whose identity remains a mystery. Mark R. Vogel, a clinical psychologist and self-confessed Ripperologist, captivated his audience at the Warren Township Library Wednesday night with an in-depth look at the Ripper murders. The program was made possible by the Friends of the Warren Township Library.

With photos from the time period, Vogel gave attendees a glimpse into the gritty world of 1880s London where women living in the slums of the East End were often forced into prostitution to feed themselves and where some unlucky ones were prime targets for the Ripper. He also gave detailed accounts of each murder and how the police of the 19th Century vainly tried to catch the killer.

He also touched on how some other authors have addressed the case, some in sensational ways, including Patricia Cornwell’s Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper - Case Closed and the recently released Naming Jack the Ripper by Russell Edwards, which claims the author obtained a scarf from one of the Ripper victims.

Vogel didn’t feel Edwards’ book substantiated its claims and quipped, “He sells Jack the Ripper lip balm on his website.”

He did recommend Philip Sugden’s The Complete History of Jack the Ripper, for anyone who wanted a comprehensive and balanced look at the case.

Vogel became interested in the Ripper and studied the case to the point of visiting the murder sites in London. “I’ve always been fascinated by forensics,” he said.

His interest in the Ripper goes deeper; he’s currently working on a fiction novel about a history professor who tries to go back in time to save one of the victims.

Vogel also is a chef, culinary instructor and food writer and shares cooking techniques and recipes on his website Food for Thought. He will be returning to the Warren Township Library to present an "Introduction to Champagne," scheduled for 7 pm on December 9. Registration will be open starting November 19. Visit the Warren Library’s events calendar for details.

To see more photos from the Jack the Ripper talk, visit the Friends of the Warren Library Facebook page.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Spooky Kids' Craft for Halloween

Here's a very easy Halloween craft for children that we recently created at the Warren Township Library. The library also will be hosting Halloween-themed drop-in crafts on Saturday, October 25 from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm and on Monday, October 27 from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

For this spooktacular craft, you just need a few materials and your child's imagination.

Items needed:

  • black paper plate
  • hole punch
  • yarn (as many colors as you would like)
  • scissors
  • stickers
  • a paper spider
1. Adults should use the hole punch to make about 8 holes around the edge of the paper plate.

2. Pull a piece of yarn through one hole and tie a knot. Have your child weave the yarn through the holes, criss-crossing the plate in whatever pattern they choose, to create a spider web. Your child can use one or many colors.

3. When finished threading the yarn through the plate, tie an end knot and cut any excess yarn.

4. Allow your child to decorate the plate with any spooky Halloween or other stickers they choose.

5. Print out a spider. We chose the spider from Eric Carle's The Very Busy Spider. Cut it out and punch a hole in the top. Take a piece of yarn to tie the spider to your plate.