DIA! A day-long celebration of children and literacy
The Library staff is excited to once again participate in DIA, a nationally recognized initiative that emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all backgrounds. Stop by the Main Library on Saturday, April 26 any time between 10:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to take part in crafts, listen in on multicultural story times, view a puppet show, watch performers representing various countries (including children of Japanese descent playing Taiko, the Japanese drum), and taste ethnic food from local restaurants. More information can be found here, or stop in the Children's room.
Multicultural Art Show
As part of the DIA celebration, artwork is currently on display in the Main Library that reflects the extraordinary talents of people from around the world, including India, Korea, Ecaudor, Peru, Honduras and other countries. Some of the artists are as young as age 6! The artwork is on display in the Main Library gallery and can be viewed during regular Library hours.
Poetry Open Mic Night
April is National Poetry Month! Children, teens and adults are all invited to read your own poetry or your favorite piece during our Poetry Open Mic Night on Monday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library community room. Please click here for more information and the registration form.
Young Musicians Concert
Clifton is home to many young, talented musicians. Join us on Thursday, May 1 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library community room for "Clifton's Own" Young Artist Concert featuring Tyler Fengya, Jaquan Eke and Ethan DeRose-Travia. The concert is free, and everyone - especially families with children - is invited to attend. Click here to view the flyer with details.
Hearing Aid Workshop
Wendy Richmond, a hearing aid consumer advocate, will present a program on the process of buying hearing aids, options you have, and questions to ask on Friday, May 9 at 1:00 p.m. in the Main Library community room. Please view the flyer for more details.
The Library provides free delivery of books and audiobooks to those residents of Clifton who are homebound, reside in a nursing home or assisted living environment. If you feel you qualify for this service, please print and fill out an application and mail it back to the Library. Someone will then be in touch with you to confirm details and set up delivery.
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.