News from the Cranford Public Library
At the Cranford Public Library, we're working to provide services to our library users as the navigate what are hopefully the final stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, and encourage and model safe and healthy practices. Please continue reading for information regarding our services.

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Browsing of First Floor Adult Collections Starts Tuesday!
Dear Patrons of the Cranford Public Library,

Just a reminder, and some clarifications, about Tuesday's reopening!

Tuesday, June 1st - The First Floor Adult Section, including Fiction, History, Film, Music, Audiobooks, Magazines, ESL Materials, International Language Collections, Great Courses, and our new Memory Care Collection will be open and available for browsing. Our Young Adult Collections, including our Graphic Novels, will be available as well. Limited seating (with plexiglass sneeze guards) will be open. New materials from all collections will remain open to browse, and library staff will pull and deliver books from the Children's Room and Second Floor. Restrooms will be available, and the Walnut Avenue and rear parking lot entrances will both be open.

Access to an internet/word processing PC, printer and scanner, will be available by appointment. Please contact the Library's Circulation Desk via phone or in-person to register. At this time, computer users may sign up for one 45-minute session per day, and reference assistance at the workstation is not available. Multiple and extended sessions are expected to be restored with the reopening of the Second Floor Computer Lab on June 28, along with one-on-one computer and printing assistance and access to the library's photocopier.

Other target dates for restoration of services are:

Monday, June 14 - The First Floor Children's Room

Monday, June 28 - The Second Floor

To Be Announced - In-person events, programming rooms, acceptance of donated materials

As we approach these dates, we will share detailed announcements with you!
Changes to Personnel Protective Equipment Policy
At the May 27, 2021 Board of Trustees Meeting, the Library Board voted to on a resolution to implement a new Policy Regarding Personal Protective Equipment. Masks/face coverings and social distancing practices will be required in all library spaces, programs and events dedicated to children, to protect library users who are not yet eligible for vaccination. These practices are no longer required, but are strongly encouraged, in all other areas of the library

The new text reads:

To protect the health and safety of staff and patrons, masks or face coverings are required for patrons and staff in the Children’s Room, or attending indoor and outdoor library-sponsored programs and events geared towards children. Social distancing of at least six feet between patrons from different households is required in all children’s spaces, programs and events. Patrons who do not comply with this policy will be asked to leave the children’s space or library-sponsored program.  

Masks or face coverings, and social distancing as defined by the CDC (Center for Disease Control & Prevention) are strongly encouraged for all patrons using any onsite library services, or attending any indoor or outdoor library-sponsored programs. In addition, all staff members are strongly encouraged to wear a mask or face covering during their scheduled work hours.
Used Book Sales - Going Fast!
Spaces are filling up quickly for both of the Friends of The Cranford Public Library Book Sales! Before they're gone, please click the links below to read up on both sales, and sign up soon!

Friday, June 4 from 11:00 AM to 4:45 PM
Saturday, June 5 from 10:00 AM to 1:45 PM

Thursday, June 10 from 11:00 AM to 7:45 PM
Friday, June 11 from 11:00 AM to 4:45 PM
Saturday, June 12 from 10:00 AM to 1:45 PM
Upcoming Programs
Great virtual programs are coming up in the next few weeks, sponsored by the Friends of the Cranford Public Library! Please keep an eye on our calendar of events for more virtual, outdoor and indoor programs this year. Registration is required for many virtual programs, and space and supplies are limited.

Children's Programs
Grab and Go Kit: Rainbow Craft - Saturday, June 5 at 11:00 am
Read to Stella the Dog - Thursday, June 10 at 6:00 pm
Grab and Go Kit: Shrinky Dinks - Saturday, June 12 at 11:00 am
Geronimo Stilton Book Club - Thursday, June 17 at 4:00 pm

Teen Programs
Teen Advisory Group (TAG) - Tuesday, June 8 at 4:00 pm
Graphic Novel Book Club - Tuesday, June 15 at 3:00 pm

Adult Programs
Literary Cafe - Saturday, June 12 at 10:15 am
Live Reading from the Theater Project - Saturday, June 12 at 2:00 pm
Closed for Memorial Day
Finally, the Library will be closed on Monday, May 31 in honor of men and women who lost their lives while serving in the military. We hope you will take the time to engage in calm reflection, to share moments with your loved ones, to prepare for better days ahead, or to do whatever is best for you and yours. We'll see you Tuesday.

Thank you, and hope all’s well,

Michael Maziekien, Library Director
Cranford Public Library
Cranford Public Library | 224 Walnut Ave
Cranford, NJ 07016