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Florham Park, NJ 07932
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News


Changes at the Library

We are always trying to make the Library better for our users. We recently added some new chairs for reading. We also opened up space that previously contained reference items. We are very grateful to Noreen and Fred Hassan who donated the reference desk when we opened after the big renovation project of 2003-2005. In 2019 we hope to convert to a flexible reference station where we will place the plaque acknowledging their generosity to the Library. Other changes that will take place involve printing.  We will be transitioning to the Envisionware Print Management System over the next 6 weeks.  Unfortunately, we have found that the library is not recouping the actual cost of public printing; therefore, like the neighboring libraries, we will be moving to a prepay system. You will pay at the desk before your print job is released to the printer. This way you will only pay for what you wish to print and eliminate “mistake printing”.  Currently, the actual cost to the library of printing a color page is higher than $.15. So the price of the color prints will increase to $.25 a page effective November 19th. The price of black & white prints will remain at $.15 a page. On Monday, November 19th all the adult/YA PCs and printers will be unavailable while the…

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Concerned about Privacy?

The San Jose Public Library created a Virtual Privacy Lab where you can learn about privacy topics and generate a custom privacy toolkit for your online needs. The toolkits include links, tips, and resources that empower you to customize your online identity. You can also email or print your privacy toolkit for future use.  Try it for free at https://sjpl.org/privacy

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Stream Movies with your Florham Park Public Library Card!

Drive In movies were a highlight of summers when I was a child. Today the movies stream into your home – no car required – just a Library Card! The Florham Park Public Library recently added Kanopy, a streaming movie service with over 30,000 films to its collection of digital resources. Watch Indy, Foreign and Instructional films with just a click. The link and instructions for Kanopy are on the Library website – www.florhamparklib.org. BUT WAIT – that isn’t all the Library has for your summer fun. Did you know we are a traveling Library? You can take us along this summer. The Library has an amazing digital collection of eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, music, and children’s books & games. If self-improvement is your goal this summer try Rosetta Stone or Learning Express. Access your “digital library” via Wi-Fi with your device from any delightful summer location. Start at the website — www.florhamparklib.org. We can even help you travel. We have passes to the American Museum of Natural History, Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, Grounds for Sculpture, Morris Museum, and the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farm. Of course, in the Library building we have actual books, DVDs, CDs and magazines. Then there are children’s programs and a summer reading club. For adults we have a monthly Genealogy Club. There are study rooms, PCs,…

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Joan’s Review: The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore

The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore  —  Kim Fu This is good book group fodder. Five girls go off for a survival overnight as part of their summer camp experience. This is the story of what happens when you take the adult out of that scenario.  Hmmm? What are children really capable of? The story covers the psychology and dynamics of their weekend experience. These are interspersed with the stories of the girls’ lives post “Camp Survivor”.

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Joan’s Review: Women in Sunlight

Women in Sunlight – Frances Mayes Be sure to tuck this into your beach bag for summer reading. This is one of those books about women of a certain age being brave and embracing life (in a gorgeous location of course). This is a fine example of this type of story, which is not surprising, since Frances Mayes delivers quality work. I especially liked that the hopes and dreams, both for reinvention and romance, of the characters of retirement age were not given any less focus than of the younger characters. Be assured, life and adventure after 60 exists and is worth writing and reading about. Thank you! Ms. Mayes

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Staff Reads: May

Check out the books we’re reading! Origin by Dan Brown Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon navigates a dangerous intersection of humanity’s two most enduring questions, interweaving codes, science, religion and other disciplines before making a paradigm-shifting discovery. The Kraken Project by Douglas Preston When a NASA accident kills seven scientists and enables a self-modifying artificial intelligence to escape into the Internet, Wyman Ford and the AI’s creator, Melissa Shepherd, struggle to keep the evolving program out of the hands of scheming Wall Street traders. The Woman Left Behind by Linda Howard A gruff, no-nonsense GO-Team leader who relies on the sensual voice of the team’s communication expert to guide him through dangerous assignments becomes her rescuer in the aftermath of an attack that leaves her stranded on a deserted station. All that Glitters by Diana Palmer Taking a job at a prestigious fashion house in New York, Ivory Keene is about to realize her dreams of becoming a fashion designer, but she puts her career on the line when she has a forbidden affair with her older boss, Curry Kells. Little Boy Blue by M.J. Arlidge Detective Helen Grace investigates an elusive serial killer who navigates a world in Southampton, England, where disguises and discretion are the norm, and where no one wants to come forward to say what they saw…

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Staff Reads: April

Each month we ask our staff  “Have you read anything good lately?” Here are their answers. Check out what we’re reading!   Astrophysics for people in a hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson The notable host of StarTalk reveals just what people need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the Big Bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe.   Two kinds of truth by Michael Connelly An investigation into the murder of a young pharmacist leads Harry Bosch and San Fernando’s detective squad into the big-business world of pill mills and prescription drug abuse at the same time an old case from Bosch’s days with the LAPD returns to haunt him.   Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce A first installment in a highly anticipated new Tortall series follows the experiences of a talented young student at the Imperial University of Carthak, who, alongside his best friends Varice and Ozorne, is forced to decide where his true loyalties lie.   Mister Tender’s girl by Carter Wilson Ten years after she survived a horrible stabbing at the hands of two classmates obsessed with a comic book character, Alice is threatened by someone who knows the deeply private details of her life…

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Irish Themed Second Sunday Program

Journey of an Irish Immigrant – Performance by Kit’s Interactive Theatre “Give me your tired, your poor, / Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” For over a century, these words, inscribed on the plaque on the base of the Statue of Liberty, have been the idealistic mantra that America, a nation forged by immigrants, has both aspired to and rejected. The image of Lady Liberty, lifting her torch into the air as a beacon while the ships sailed into the harbor, became a symbol of hope and new opportunity for immigrants seeking to start a new life in America. However, the journeys immigrants embarked on were rife with struggle and prejudice. Fearful Americans reviled and fought against every new wave of immigrants, and the Irish wave was no exception. On Sunday, March 11th at 2pm, Kitty Jones from Kit’s Interactive Theatre will be performing at the Florham Park Public Library, putting on an engaging and entertaining program, her one-woman show Journey of an Irish Immigrant. The performance follows fictional Irish immigrant Maggie McLaughlin and her sister as they travel from Liverpool, England to America, recounting aspects of the journey ranging from the harsh conditions and experiences on the boats, to the rigorous screening process at Ellis Island, to their treatment as Irish immigrants as they began their lives anew…

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Diverse Reads: Intro to Horror

Just like horror movies, horror novels have evolved to be more than cheap thrills and gore. Over the last couple decades, authors have reshaped the literature of horror to create a more diverse genre. Here are 3 books we think are a perfect introduction to the different types of horror novels. Classic: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson Written in 1950, Jackson tells the story of four people who decide to enter the haunted house for different reasons. As strange phenomena start happening, the strangers believe that is the worst of their troubles, but little do they know the house is bidding its time until it will choose someone to make its own. Supernatural Young Adult: The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan In Mary’s world, there are a few simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best, the Guardians will protect and serve and the Unconsecrated will never relent. The only thing protecting Mary and her village is the fence. Beyond the fence is the Forest of Hands and Teeth where the Unconsecrated dwell. Mary’s world is thrown into chaos when the fence is breached. Everything she thought to be true is revealed as lies. Mary must pick between her home and her future, the one she loves and who loves her but most importantly she must…

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Diverse Reads: Beyond WWI & WWII

Historical fiction is one of the most popular genres to read. Most readers seem to stick within the time period between WWI and WWII. This week, we are asking readers to try branching out and travel to an earlier era of history. Here are three books we think historical fans will love.   Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel   During the 1520’s, England is close to falling to pieces. King Henry the VII has yet to secure the kingdom by producing an heir. Now he wants a divorce so he can marry Ann Boylen and hopefully stop the potential fall of the English empire. The novel, the first in the series, follows Thomas Cromwell, the King’s chief minister. Cromwell was a strong and powerful figure in the English Reformation. So sit back, relax and lose yourself in this political drama of Tudor Times.   The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead In Colson Whitehead’s latest novel, the author explores America’s deep south during the height of slavery. The Underground Railroad follows Cora, a cotton plantation slave whose life is filled with unimaginable terrors. Cora escapes her plantation by following another slave, Ceaser, who introduces her to the Underground Railroad. Whitehead re-creates the horrors of this time as we follow Cora fight to gain her freedom. This novel is perfect for those…

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