Events -- Story Times -- Summer Reading -- Online Resources
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Students are invited to join us as we learn about the basics of coding. Each class will acquaint children with a coding concept through the use of fun, educational apps. Students will create interactive stories, animation, and even video games! Children in grades 1-3 are invited to join us on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 or the last Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. Students in grades 4-6 can join us on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Registration is required and begins two weeks before each program. This free program is sponsored by a grant from the Union County Freeholders.
Paws for Reading
Independent readers are invited to hone their skills by reading to therapy dogs! We'll be joined by certified therapy dogs on the second Tuesday of each month, call or stop by the library to reserve a spot. Registration is required and begins two weeks before the program.
Children in grades 1-6 are invited to join us for Lego Club on the third Tuesday of each month. We'll be free-building and sharing out work in the Raddin Room, no registration necessary. Please note: Lego Club does not meet in June, July, or August.
Join us for one of our many early literacy story times. Registration is not required for any of our story times, but we ask that you arrive on time as we may not be able to accomodate latecomers.
Enhanced Story Time
This story time, for children ages 3-5 and a caregiver, will help build essential pre-reading skills using stories and song. Join us every Monday morning at 10:15 a.m. from June 25-August 6. Registration is not required, but we ask that participants arrive on time as space is limited and we may be unable to accomodate latecomers.
Music & Movement Story Time
Babies/toddlers ages 3 months-2 years and a caregiver are invited to join us for this short, lively story time every Thursday morning from June 28-August 2 at 10:15 a.m.
Music & Movement with Joyce Alexander
Children ages 3-5 and a caregiver are invited to join us on Saturday, July 14 at for a musical presentation by Joyce Alexander. A small group session of the program will be held at 10:30 for children with special needs. Everyone is welcome to join us at 11:00 for a larger group session. Pick up tickets in the Children’s Department up to two weeks before the event.
Pop-up Story Time
We'll be getting out of the library and coming to a park near you! Join us on August 22 at Hanson Park and on August 29 at Lincoln Park. Both all ages story times will be held at 9:15 a.m., weather permitting.
Participating in our Summer Reading Program is easy: simply record the amount of time you spend reading each day, report it to the library, and win prizes! Earn a new prize every week (while supplies last). Stop by the library from June 16-July 28 to enroll.
All ages programs
We'll be welcoming a professional performer every Wednesday evening at 7:00 from June 27-August 8. We'll host visits from musicians, magicians, storytellers, and more! Free tickets are available two weeks before each program. This series and all of our summer programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
We offer a program for children of all ages (beginning at 3 months of age) every week of our Summer Reading Program. View our calendar for a full list of all the exciting events we have planned.
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!