News from the Cranford Public Library
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Limited Browsing Returns on Monday, April 19
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Dear Patrons of the Cranford Public Library,

We are pleased to inform you that limited browsing of the library’s new collections, and in-person requests of all items in the library’s collection, is currently scheduled to resume with a target date of April 19, 2021, with phasing in of additional services and accessible areas to follow soon after. In the meantime, Grab and Go service will continue for all requests placed via the library catalog, phone, email or chat.

For those familiar with the limited browsing steps we initiated last September, this first step will look familiar. Here's how it will work:
  • Starting Monday, April 19, visitors will be able to browse new books from our library's adult, young adult, children's and media collections in a dedicated space just inside the library's Walnut Avenue entrance. This New Section will be clearly defined and accessible.
  • At the library's Circulation Desk, library users can check out those new items, or request any item or selection of items contained elsewhere in the library. Library staff will pull these items and deliver them to the front desk, where they can be checked out.
  • For the first week, one library household at a time will be allowed into the library, for a ten minute period. Masks or face coverings are required, and social distancing practices must be observed.
  • We ask that library visitors use hand sanitizer (provided) before handling library materials.

Access to the New Section and Circulation Desk, as well as Grab and Go Pickup at the Library's Walnut Street entrance, will be available from Monday through Saturday.
  • Monday: 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
  • Thursday: 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
  • Friday: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Saturday: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

We will also be activating Mobile Printing, allowing library users to print documents from their mobile devices, on Monday. In the near future, we will provide access to the library computer lab, and open up more of the library collection to browsing.

A reminder that Cranford Public Library cardholders can still call to reserve and pick up our Mobile Lending Kits, each of which includes a tablet, and a mobile hotspot to connect the tablet (or your own device) to the internet from anywhere. Our staff remains available to field your questions via phone, chat or email, and we will continue to process and add new materials to the collection, plan remote programs for all ages, and provide access to our expanding digital collections. In the meantime, please stay safe. We look forward to seeing you!

Thank you, and hope all’s well,

Michael Maziekien, Library Director
Cranford Public Library
www.cranfordlibrary.org
Virtual Programs and Grab and Go Craft Kits!
Don't forget about these April programs! Click on the virtual programs below to attend, register or learn more. The dates next to Grab and Go Kits show when they will become available at the Library’s Walnut Avenue entrance. Please arrive early while supplies last – They move quickly!

Thursday, April 15 at 4:00pm – Geronimo Stilton Book Club for Grades 2 and 3

Thursday, April 15 at 7:00pm – Friends of the Cranford Public Library Meeting

Saturday, April 17 at 10:00am – Children’s Grab and Go Craft Kit Available (Bird’s Nests)

Tuesday, April 20 at 7:00pm – American Historical Theater Presents: P.T. Barnum

Thursday, April 22 at 7:00pm – Library Board of Trustees Meeting

Saturday, April 24 at 10:00am - Children’s Grab and Go Craft Kit Available (Baseball Teddy Bear)

Monday, April 26 at 7:00pm – Readers Forum Book Discussion Group
Cranford Public Library | 224 Walnut Ave
Cranford, NJ 07016