Friends of the Library Meeting
The Friends of the Clifton Public Library will hold a general membership meeting on Wednesday, March 12 at the Main Library from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Guest speaker Jennifer Papa, executive director of City Green, will speak on "City Green: Growing Healthy Cities."
Renee Ashmeade - poet, author and professor - will lead a poetry workshop for young adults and adults on Friday, March 21 from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. in the community room of the Main Library. A variety of prompts will be given to springboard poetry writing. Free; no signup necessary. Click here to view the flyer.
Paper Mill Playhouse Presentation
In appreciation of Women's History Month, the Library is proud to present "Inspired Women... and a Few Energetic Men," a series of music and monologues performed by the Senior Students of the Paper Mill Playhouse, on Saturday, March 22 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Main Library community room. Free; no signup necessary. Click here to view the flyer.
AARP Tax Assistance
AARP will being providing tax return assistance on Mondays and Fridays from February 10 - April 14 (excluding 2/17 - Presidents' Day), from 10:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m. at the Allwood Branch. First come, first serve; if there is a long wait, they will provide you with a time to return. (The Library does not make the appointments).
Self-Checkout at the Allwood Branch
The Allwood Branch is the pilot site for self-checkout stations! Two stations with touch screens, scanners and receipt printers are positioned on the side of the circulation desk. Patrons use their library card and 4-digit PIN to initiate checkout. A receipt listing checkouts or renewals done in that transaction will be printed in lieu of using due date cards. All circulation rules still apply. We encourage you to try it and ask staff members to walk you through it the first time if you'd feel more comfortable or if you have any questions. (And yes, staff will still be at the desk if you prefer or require personal assistance!)
Online Safety Tips for Children The Clifton Library has subscribed to a database, CyberSmarts, that provides information aimed at children regarding staying safe online. This resource, located on our Kids > Homework Help and Learning Resources page, is accessible from computers in the Main Library and Allwood Branch. Please see a staff member for assistance logging in.
"Paws for Reading" now scheduling
Children ages 5 years and up who can read independently are invited to sign up for a session with a certified therapy dog. Our "Paws for Reading" program helps nervous or reluctant readers practice reading to a non-judgmental partner. The number of time slots is limited and you must register. Please call or stop in the location where you'd like to meet with a dog: Allwood Branch - 973-471-0555, or Main Library - 973-772-5500. View the flyer with details and dates by clicking here.
The Clifton Library on Goodreads
The Clifton Library has created a group on Goodreads. We'll post book group selections, staff picks, titles of interest... and we invite you to join and contribute. Click here to be taken to the Goodreads page, where you can register (or sign in through facebook) and join the group.
Got a new e-reader? Try downloading e-books for free through DigitalLibraryNJ DigitalLibraryNJ, your source for free downloadable e-books and audiobooks, has a new design that's easier and more fun to use. Click here or use the link on our Find Titles tab above to begin. You can browse genres or search for specific titles. The Help button provides a list of compatible devices and step-by-step instructions - even videos! - on how to get started and checkout materials. Anyone can browse, but you will need to have your library card number handy for borrowing and placing holds.
Donations through PayPal The Library now offers the convenience of making donations through PayPal! Instructions can be found on the 'Support Us - Give to the Library' link, or click directly on the PayPal icon:
A note aboutfreegal We regret that due to budgetary considerations, we will no longer be offering the freegal music downloading service. We are currently exploring other music database options.
Stop by and browse the shelves at our Book Nook The Book Nook at the Main Library - and its annex at the Allwood Branch - are wonderful resources for obtaining used books, audiobooks, music and movies at very low prices. The Book Nook is staffed by volunteers and proceeds from sales help support Library programs and services. The selection ranges from current best sellers to old gems.
Regarding e-books... The Library fields many questions each week regarding e-books. Besides "How do I download?", the next most-asked questions are along the lines of "Why don't you provide more titles?" or "Why don't you provide more copies of a certain title?" Despite libraries' efforts to be involved in the e-book evolution, we are at the mercy of publishers regarding purchasing rights. You can help by participating in a campaign that aims to get the voice of library patrons who use e-readers heard by publishers. Please visit the New Jersey Library Association website at http://savemynjlibrary.org/notenoughebooks for more information and to find out how you can make yourself heard.