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Mon.-Thurs. 9:30am-9:00pm
Fri. 9:30am-5:00pm
Sat. 10:00am-4:00pm
Sun. 1:00pm-4:00pm


107 Ridgedale Avenue
Florham Park, NJ 07932


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Is Your Phone a Mini Librarian?

It’s no surprise that owning a smartphone means having a tiny computer in your pocket but did you know your phone can be a mini-librarian? That is of course, if you download the right apps. These 4 apps will help your phone turn into a handy dandy librarian whenever you need one. All apps mentioned are free to download for both IOS and Android devices! Merriam -Webster Dictionary: Okay, this one may seem pretty obvious, but if you do not want to be someone who relies on autocorrect for spelling this app is a must. With talk to text technology, you don’t even have to attempt to spell the word you are looking for. Just simply say the word and the app will do all the hard work. Also, having a dictionary app at the ready is great for those times you stumble across a word while reading. Always wanted to build up your vocab? The app has built in vocab quizzes and word of the day to help expand your command of language. NPR News or BBC News or (any news outlet you trust app): In today’s world, it is hard to always know what is real and what is fake news. It’s also always a good thing to have your finger on what is going on in the…

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Friday Reads – Short Novels

January is a month of resolutions and new starts. Reading more always seems to be a popular resolution but managing to squeeze in that reading time can sometimes seem impossible. Here are some one day reads to reach that goal of reading more in 2017! Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill Dept. of Speculation is a series of short dispatches from the front line of a marriage. It is by turns hilarious and heartbreaking and often both in the same sentence. (Buzzfeed) Animal Farm by George Orwell Orwell’s classic allegory is as sharp and biting as it was when first published nearly 70 years ago, and just as relevant. Well worth a reread. (Buzzfeed)   The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid A book about cultural identity as much as politics, The Reluctant Fundamentalist follows a Princeton-educated Pakistani as his life in America collapses post 9/11. (Buzzfeed) Heartburn by Nora Ephron  In Nora Ephron’s hilarious novel, based on the breakdown of her second marriage, group therapy and infidelity share the page with recipes for pot roast. (Buzzfeed) Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe Achebe’s classic novel follows Okonkwo, a man who finds himself at odds with society and history amid the changing cultural landscape in Nigeria. (Buzzfeed) The Awakening by Kate Chopin  The story of a woman trapped in her marriage was condemned when first…

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Waiting on It Wednesday for 1/10/17

These are the books we can’t wait to be published next week 1/10/17. Here is a little blurb about each book. If you like it, click the picture to place a hold!   The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden: At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil. As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales. ( Dry by Jane Harper: When Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk returns to Kiewarra for the funerals, he is loath to confront the people who rejected him twenty years earlier. But when his investigative skills are called on, the facts of the Hadler case start to make him doubt this…

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Up For the Reading Challenge

2016 seems to have become the year of the reading challenge. More and more it seems people are ditching reading for pleasure and instead reading for a challenge. What exactly is a reading challenge? What does a reading challenge do? Reading challenges are a great way to step outside of the box to discover new authors and genres that may never have crossed a persons path otherwise. These challenges are also a great way to break reading slumps, those times where a book just never really satisfy’s. Here is a list we’ve gathered of the most popular reading challenges available online! We’ve edited some of the tasks to make them a little more library friendly! Also we’ve included a blank document for printing so you can play along at home! Motley Reading Challenge: This is the perfect challenge for those looking to step outside their comfort zone. These 25 tasks help guide the reader to pick books that fit the description instead of just blindly picking books and hoping they are good. The best part? The challenges can be completed in any order. Here is a sample of the first 5 tasks to get the idea. A book with more than 500 pages A book that became a movie A book written by an actor A classic you never got…

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What we’re reading : Best of 2016!

Here are some of the books we couldn’t stop talking about this year:     Patrons could not get enough of both Moriarty and Whiteheads’ novels this year. Meanwhile, Cooper and his mother’s memoir and Junger’s text about humans stood out in non-fiction. All these great books are available at the library so place your hold today!   2016 also was a stand out year for Young Adult fiction! Some of our favorites include:     Whether it’s the anticipated sequel to a novel or a beloved author’s new series there was a lot of great novels for teens this year. There was also a lot of notable contemporary fiction that also held teens attention. These books as well are available at the library so place your hold today!

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Renovation Project

The Library is converting a magazine storage area into public space. Thanks to a bequest from Eli Sun we are able to create three small glass walled study rooms. Each room will accommodate  1 to 3 people. We are pleased to be able to offer this additional resource to Florham Park residents. There may be some noisy moments but it will be worth it!

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Rosetta Stone Library

This year the libraries through out the state began to provide Rosetta Stone Library.  As you know Rosetta Stone is a great online language learning tool.  Thirty different languages are available from Rosetta Stone Library. You may  improve your English or learn a new language on your phone. The app syncs automatically with computer progress so you can learn anytime, anywhere! Available on both Apple and Android devices. Apps for Children— Rosetta Stone offers two great apps for preschool children to practice reading skills and introduce another language at the same time. Both are available on Apple and Android devices under different names. Access this from our Learning Tab/Rosetta Stone Library.

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50 YEARS!!! Join us for a Library Anniversary Celebration!!! Please join us for a weekend of events to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Florham Park Public Library. On Friday, September 11th we will kick off the festivities with an open house at 6:30. There will be a short ceremony, a short musical performance by members of the Jerry Gibson Theater, and cake. For the children there will be a drop in story time with Miss Kate at 11:00 on Saturday, the 12th… The weekend will culminate with a concert by our local violin and cello duo, Synergismus. They will perform an anniversary themed concert to kick off the start of the Second Sunday @the Library series. Please stop by to see our display cases and learn about the Library’s history. Fifty years ago the Free Public Library of Florham Park was created by a referendum vote. It started life in the library room of the Ridgedale School, moving into its own rented space in September of 1965. It rapidly grew and, to fill the need for more space, moved into the old Fire House location. About a decade later the Borough decided to build a new library on the grounds of the municipal compound. That library opened for business in 1979 and forms the core for the big expansion…

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David Baldacci weighs in on Libraries

     In the New York Times Book Review on November 30th, best-selling author David Baldacci weighed in on the side of the libraries.  When asked about his reading habits as a child, David responded: “I was a library rat. Libraries are the mainstays of democracy. The first thing dictators do when taking over a country is close all the libraries, because libraries are full of ideas and differences of opinion, all the things we say we want in a free and open society. So keep ’em, fund ’em, embrace and cherish ’em.”

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