Library announces April events

The Haddonfield Public Library, 60 Haddon Ave., Haddonfield, has announced the following upcoming events.

Call the library at (856) 429–1304 or visit www.haddonfieldlibrary.org.

Celebrate National Library Week from April 14 to 20.

The Haddonfield Public Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.

Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their communities, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study. Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community.

“Service to the community has always been the focus of the library,” said Gene Kain, president of the Haddonfield Public Library Board of Trustees. “While this aspect has never changed, libraries have grown and evolved in how they provide for the needs of every member of the community.”

This year the Haddonfield Public Library will launch a new eBooks system during National Library Week. The new system, called the 3M Cloud, is integrated in the library’s online library catalog. The 3M Cloud is the first system that runs from the library’s automated circulation system (POLARIS.) You will be able to search and use it from our catalog. It will be easy for borrowers to check out items, place requests, and so forth.

“Thanks to our Friends of the Library, we will have a Discovery Terminal,” said President Kain. “This kiosk will be upstairs near to the staff. You can come in and learn how to use the Discovery Terminal to check out e-Books. We will also have two eBook readers to go with the system if you need to borrow one. Many people will have a device that is compatible with the system. Please stop in during National Library Week and check out an eBook with the 3M Cloud eBook system.”

Because Overdrive is the system most compatible with Kindle readers at this time, the library’s membership in Overdrive will continue. Overdrive is the primary system the library has used to provide eBooks for the community since 2010. Overdrive is much easier to use now than it has been in the past. The great age of eBooks and digitized collections brings many challenges, for the public and for libraries. There is very little standardization at this point in time.

The Haddonfield Public Library is celebrating National Library Week by holding many events.

The library will again hold its popular Fine Free Week from April 12 to 22. Bring back overdue items and your fines will be waived. It doesn’t matter how long the item has been overdue. The library is again partnering with the Food Bank of South Jersey to collect non-perishable food items for those in need. Bring food to the first floor of the library.

On April 14 at 2 p.m. at the Markeim Art Center, the Haddonfield Friends of the Library are holding their annual program. The program this year is “300 Years, Plus 65 Million” with John Giannotti. Giannotti created Haddy, a 15 foot bronze sculpture of Hadrosaurus Foulkii. Giannotti will talk about the making of Haddy to capture the Haddonfield community’s history in memorializing the first dinosaur found in the United States. He recently completed the Victims of Terrorism Memorial honoring civilians and US military personnel who have lost their lives in terrorist attacks. The memorial is located along the Cooper River in Pennsauken.

He has many other displays of public art in Camden County and throughout the Delaware Valley area.

Giannotti is a Professor Emeritus at Rutgers University where he was a faculty member at the Camden and New Brunswick campuses for 33 years until his retirement. While at Rutgers he chaired the Department of Fine Arts (art, music, and theatre.)

Giannotti will answer questions after his presentation. The program is free for Friends members and a $5 donation is recommended for non-members. Light refreshments will be served.

On April 24, local poet Dan Picker will give a program on his recently published book of poems “Steep Stony Road” in celebration of April’s National Poetry month. Call (856) 429–1304 to register for this free program.

The library is also celebrating e-books and reading with these other programs.

Drop in April 16 from 6 to 7 p.m. to learn about using e-books and eBook services available from the library. No registration is needed. Other informal demonstrations on the use of the 3M Cloud will be held throughout the week.

On April 17 from 11 a.m. to noon, join us for a computer class on the use of the job and career databases. Find new ways to employment and small business growth with these electronic tools. No registration is needed.

On April 18 from 11 a.m. to noon, search for your family history with the library’s genealogy databases: Ancestry.com and Heritage Quest. Get a guided tour and find out about your family tree. No registration is necessary.

Teen craft night is April 23 at 6:30 p.m. Teens can celebrate Earth Day by Making a Craft from Recycled Every Day Products such as pencil cases, jewelry holders, etc. The library will supply the crafts or bring your own. Call (856) 429–1304 ext. 114 to register.

The adult book club will meet on April 15 at 7 p.m. and discuss Gillian Flynn’s much publicized Gone Girl. Light refreshments are served. Contact Kathleen Metrick at kmetrick@haddonfieldlibrary.org for more information.

The Library Board of Trustees will meet on April 23 at 8 a.m. in the NJ Room of the library. The public is encouraged to attend.

The library has many federal tax forms and instruction booklets available for free. The library staff is glad to assist you with obtaining state and federal forms that are available only on the web. The charge to print a page is $0.15.