We have a variety of wonderful programs happening year-round at the library, interested in receiving news and updates about children's programs? Join our email list to receive monthly updates. Please note that all of our programs that require registration are limited to Cranford cardholders.
The Cranford Public Library has designed our fall programming with the intention of bringing people together around a craft or skill. We’re calling the initiative “Crafting Community,” and local businesses, organizations and community members will be joining us to lead workshops. Unless otherwise noted, these programs are funded through a grant from the Union County Freeholders!
Books and Cooks, grades 2-4: New series! Children in grades 2-4 are welcome to join us for a fun cooking class from 3:30-5:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. All of our recipes are nut free, please call us as soon as possible to notify us of any other allergies. Join us on September 10 as we read the book Stone Soup and create a recipe centered on the story! Registration is required and can be done online.. On October 8, we’ll be reading How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World! Registration is required and can be done online. On November 12, we’ll read The Story of the Milky Way: A Cherokee Tale! Registration is required and can be done online. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Mindful Family with Alluem Yoga, for families with children ages 5+: Summer is over, school is back in session, and things can get stressful quickly! Join us on Friday, September 13 to de-stress at a relaxing after-hours program. Join us at 6:00 p.m. to participate in a variety of stations designed to encourage mindfulness, and stick around as Alluem Yoga leads a family yoga class. Space is limited and will be provided on a first come, first served basis. This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Paint and Sip (Juice) with the Artist Framer, grades 4+: Learn the basics of color theory and create a beautiful painting! This free 1.5 hour workshop will acquaint artists of all skill levels with the basics of mixing colors and using acrylic paints. The talented Stefanie Lalor of Artist Framer will lead this wonderful class. We have 30 spots open in this class, which meets at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 14. Advance registration is not required.
Story Time with Fire Me up Studio: We're so excited to have Fire me Up Studio leading two special story times for children ages 3-6. Join us on October 11 at 11:00 a.m. to create art inspired by the book The Pout-Pout Fish. Registration is required and can be done online. Children can also join us on October 18 at 11:00 a.m. to read Bark, George and paint a ceramic dog! Registration is required and can be done online. Both programs will be held at Fire me up studio, located in Cranford.
Sew it @ the Library: Planet Pillows, ages 9-12: We're thrilled to be welcoming Ms. Ellen and her portable sewing studio back to the library! Tweens ages 9-12 are invited to learn the basics of sewing before creating a planet pillow. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library, registration is required and can be done online.
Pendant Workshop with Annealed Studio, grades 4-6: Annealed Studio will be leading students in grades 4-6 in creating pendant necklaces on Saturday, October 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Each participant will leave with the necklace that they have created, registration is required. Registration is required and can be done online.
Local author visit with Kristina Kozak: Local author Kristina Kozak will be sharing her book, The Travels of Adventurous Alexander and Relentless Russell: Dominican Republic. Children will listen to a story and then create a travel guide of their own. Saturday, October 12 from 2:00-2:45 p.m. Registration is required and can be done online.
Succulent planting with The Garden Club of Cranford: Join the Garden Club of Cranford on October 22 at 4:30 p.m. to learn all about plants, and then plant a succulent of your own to bring home! Registration is required and can be done online.
Join us for one of our many early literacy story times. Registration is not required, but we ask that participants arrive on time as we may be unable to accomodate latecomers.
The wealth of information at the library isn’t limited to books; we also have a wide range of online resources!
For Emerging Readers
Children learning to read on their own will love our selection of online books that will read along with them. The library has content from:
PebbleGo! A children's discovery database suitable for pre-K through 4th grade. Topics include Animals, Earth and Space, Biographies, and Social Sciences. Contact the library for login information.
TumbleBooks: TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of talking picture books. Tumblebooks are created by adding animation, sound, music, and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book that children can read or have read to them. To access TumbleBookLibrary, use cranfordpl as your user name and libra as your password.
Capstone Interactive Kids Library: Capstone capitalizes on the use of multimedia, providing a great interactive resource to be used by teachers, parents, and students to enhance reading and reading comprehension levels. Use username cranford and password learn.
Finished a book you love and looking for something just like it? These resources will help to pair you with your next read.
NoveList K-8: This searchable database provides a simple way to find the perfect book. It focuses on fiction reading materials that support the school curriculum, as well as the recreational reading interests of children and students from preschool through middle school. In addition, Novelist K-8 Plus features a section devoted to non-fiction reading materials.
BookWizard: This tool, created by Scholastic, allows you to search for read-alikes or by reading level.
Looking for another source for a paper? We've got you covered: search thousands of educational articles contained in the library's databases:
CultureGrams: CultureGrams™ is the leading primary source reference for concise, reliable, and up-to-date cultural information on the countries of the world. It goes beyond mere facts and figures to deliver an insider's perspective on daily life and culture, including the history, customs, and lifestyles of the world's people.
Dinosaurs: A detailed resource from Marshall Cavendish that features plenty of maps, drawings, and diagrams. Articles include 41 general topics and a breakout by Saurischian versus Ornithischian.
Elements: Find out about the origin, discovery, special characteristics, and importance of the 117 known elements, from aluminum to zirconium.
Explorers and Exploration: This resource profiles many explorers who have broken new paths and offers historical, geographical and motivational perspectives on their accomplishments.
International Wildlife: Learn about the physical features and lifestyles of species in the animal kingdom.
Inventors and Inventions: Marshall Cavendish makes this very easy to search by name and category of device. Searchable images include drawings, diagrams, maps, timelines, and photos.
PebbleGo Next: This database was created especially for researchers in grades 3-6. It's the place to go for questions about U.S. States and American Indians. Each article contains a "read to me" feature, videos, timelines, and more! Sign in with username Cranford and password learn.
World Book Online: Contains every article from the 22-volume print version of the World Book Encyclopedia, plus state-of-the art multimedia and editor-reviewed Web sites.
Children learning to use a computer keyboard have a few free resources available to them:
Typing Web: This typing program contains tutorials and tests for a variety of abilities: from introductions to advanced keyboarding tests!
Dance Mat Typing: This game, created by the BBC, familiarizes children with touch typing before encouraging them to improve their typing speed. Once you've mastered typing, take a look at their other tech tutorials!
Type Racer: It's a race to type as fast as you can, challenge opponents from around the world!