January 22nd marked the start of the Lunar New Year. This year, 2023, is the year of the Rabbit. The Chinese zodiac calendar is represented by 12 different animals, known as the Chinese zodiac signs. The rabbit is a symbol of good fortune, and the Year of the Rabbit is expected to bring peace, prosperity, and happiness.
Asian cultures around the world celebrate the Lunar New Year. This time of year is usually marked by visiting family and friends, indulging in delicious food, watching dance performances and fireworks displays, and hanging paper lanterns.
The Cranbury Public Library invites all families to learn about and celebrate this beloved holiday on Saturday, February 4th from 1pm -3pm at our Chinese New Year Party. Please join the neighborhood in enjoying delicious Chinese snacks, a spectacular variety show, engaging cultural exhibitions, fun activities, and more, all while celebrating a central part of the community's culture! Register Here
Weekly Wednesday Storytime
Every Wednesday at 11:00 a.m.
Join Ms. Laura for stories, songs, and fun Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. in the children's room.
Thursday, February 2, 3:15 p.m - 4:30 p.m.
Get your creative juices flowing and drop by the library's Maker Space after school every first Thursday of the month for a new craft! Any supplies left over will be made available for Take-and-Make crafts the following Thursdays of the month.
Second Saturday Storytime: Read to a Therapy Dog Saturday, February 11 at 11:00 a.m.
Would you like to boost your reading skills and gain confidence in your abilities while hanging with a furry friend? Join us for this very special Second Saturday Storytime when Allie, Molly and Sadie from Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs come to the Library to be your Fur-tastic Reading Buddies! Recommended for ages 4-12. Registration required. Register Here
Cranbury's Appy Hour Tuesday, February 7 at 11:00 a.m.
Learn about all the apps on your phone that you never knew you needed! Want to scan something to a PDF but don’t have a scanner? There’s an app for that! Want all your library materials in one setting? There’s an app for that! Enjoy this workshop on the many apps that you need and some that you can even delete! Register Here
The Great Backyard Bird Count
Saturday, February 18 at 10:00 a.m.
The Pavilion at Village Park
Learn about the Great Backyard Bird Count with local bird enthusiast Kathy Easton. The group will participate in identifying and counting the birds in Village Park. Meet at the Pavilion.
The Great Backyard Bird Count is organized by The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, The Audobon Society, and Birds Canada. Register Here
Introduction to Gmail
Tuesday, February 21 at 11:00 a.m.
Learn about the basics of Gmail and how easy it is to use! Need to get rid of all those spam emails? Gmail will surely help you set up that process. In this workshop, we will discuss the creation of a Gmail account, connecting an old email to a new email, and creating filters on your account. Attendees can bring either their phone, iPad/tablet, laptop, or request the use of a chromebook (limited) for this workshop. Register Here
The “Blues” – A History of the 20th Century’s Most Influential Folk Music
Thursday, February 23 at 6:30 p.m.
The Blues was a form of regional Black Folk Music composed of African rhythms, the musical structure of the English/ Scottish song, the acoustic guitar and the Black version of the English language. It is generally, but not exclusively associated with the Mississippi-Yazoo Delta’s cotton plantation workers, those that built the levees along the Mississippi, the stevedores and the convicts from the penitentiaries. Presented by Paul Groom. Register Here.
Care Giver Support Group
Tuesday, February 28 at 11:00 a.m.
There are different types of caregivers and ALL are welcomed. This is a judgment free safe place to share, to learn and/or to just listen. It’s a place of love, empathy and respect. It is a place to share the triumphs, the challenges, the disappointments, the accomplishments or simply a place to vent and reset ourselves so we can carry on one day at a time. Stress - free, safe environment respectful of everybody's level of comfort and pace of engagement.
Kat welcomes you with open arms! Kat Verdi is a Certified Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Trainer. She serves as a sound referral resource for anyone caring for a loved one. Her mission are the “3E’s” - to Educate, Empower and Encourage caregivers. Register Here
Tuesdays, February 7 and February 24 at 6:30 p.m.
Join us for an hour of knitting, crocheting, crafts and conversation. All levels welcome.
Afternoon Book Discussion
Wednesday, February 15 at 1:30 p.m.
In February we are discussing The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V.E. Schwab.Register Here
Interfaith Book Discussion
Thursday, February 16 at 10:00 a.m.
Join this new interfaith book group to discuss spiritual reads, memoirs and similar books. The discussion will be led by Rev. Hannah Lovaglio, Senior Pastor at the First Presbyterian Church of Cranbury. The group will read authors from a variety of faith traditions and meet once a month on the third Thursday at 10:00 a.m.
At the February meeting the group will discuss The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu.This book lets you be a fly on the wall as two incredible faith leaders converse on a number of topics. The discussion will focus on three guiding questions: What does this book have to say about a higher power? About us (humans)? And about the relationship between the two? Register Here
Evening Book Discussions
Tuesday, February 28 at 7:00 p.m.
Meets the 4th Tuesday of the month. New members are always welcome! This month we are discussingDirt Creek byHayley Scrivenor.Register Here
Tech Talk @ the Library
Call to make an appointment
Learn how to use our online catalog, download digital materials, and more! Call the library (609-722-6992) and speak with Dean at the Information Desk.
Now Accepting Book Donations
The Cranbury Public Library Foundation is now
accepting book donations. Please bring your boxed donations to the Cranbury Public Library donation drop off table, located in the library gallery.
Materials accepted: gently used books and DVDs in newer condition, something you would loan to a friend.
Unfortunately, we are not able to accept textbooks, magazines, coloring books, crossword puzzle books, VHS, cassettes, or older books with yellowing pages.