Summer Programs at the Cranford Public Library

Cranford Public Library June 2022

The Roots of Black Music in America
Wednesday June 15 at 7 p.m.
Join us at the Cranford Community Center for producer, songwriter, teacher, and troubadour, Karlus Trapp’s delightful, educational and entertaining presentation, ”The Roots of Black Music in America.” It is a 100-year journey back through time, and offers a fresh perspective through song, story, and history to learn about the music of America’s black musical giants. Hear Scott Joplin during the birth of Ragtime; dance to The Charleston in the 1920’s; play air guitar with Chuck Berry; or sing along with the Supremes in the 60’s in the motor city.
Warning: Attending this show you may find yourself smiling, humming, or tapping your feet for hours afterward…and you’ll be surprised what you may learn. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cranford Public Library. Registration is required.

Debra’s Simple Garden
Wednesday June 1 at 7 p.m.
Debra, the Cranford resident behind the Youtube series “Debra’s Simple Garden,” will talk to us about edible flowers. Not only are flowers beautiful in your garden, but some of these great beauties are also perfect in your kitchen. Learn about a few of your favorite backyard flowers that can be incorporated in salads, soups, baked goods, smoothies and desserts. Attendees will receive an edible flower seed packet and experience an edible treat. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Space is limited. Registration is required.

David Aaron Trio
Thursday, June 9 at 7:00 p.m.
The David Aaron Trio is exciting, powerful, and perfectly captures the sound and look of the big bands from the Swing era. At the Cranford Community Center, hear America’s classic sounds come to life. Clarinetist David Aaron started playing in the 1940s, as a young boy growing up in Irvington, NJ, and never stopped. A performer and educator, he has brought multiple styles of music to audiences of all ages. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration is required.

International Films
Monday June 13 at either 2 p.m. or 7 p.m.
Monthly International films are back! Join us at the Cranford Community Center for a film screening. Please contact the library as the date gets closer for the film title.

Meet the Author: Robyn Gigl
Wednesday June 22 at 7 p.m.
Join us on Zoom. for an evening of conversation with author, attorney and activist Robyn Gigl. Robyn is the author of the Erin McCabe Mysteries, a legal thriller set in the Cranford-surrounding area. Her debut novel was called “quietly groundbreaking” by the New York Times. Robyn has been honored by the ACLU-NJ and the NJ Pride Network for her work on behalf of the LGBTQ+ community and currently serves on the board of the Garden State Equality. She has been named one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in New Jersey for 2020 and 2021. Sponsored by the Libraries of Union County Consortium. Registration is required.

About the Declaration of Independence
Wednesday June 29 at 7 p.m.
Lecturer Joel Farkas will present about the Declaration of Independence from conception to celebration; the document and the day at the Cranford Community Center. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Cranford Public Library & Clark Public Library for our “Better Together” Library Program Series. Registration is required.

Live Theatrical Performance
Saturday June 11 at 2 p.m.
The Friends of the Cranford Public Library invite everyone to attend a live theatrical performance – from the safety and comfort of your living room. New Jersey’s own Theater Project will present a virtual script-in-hand reading of an original short play. The reading will be followed by a question and answer session with the audience, director, playwright and cast. Join us on Zoom. Registration is required.

Literary Café
Saturday June 11 at 10:15 a.m.,
or attend online via Zoom!
Literary Café is a book chat program. The format is simple: Bring a few of your recent favorite books and tell the other members of the group what you like about them. There is no required reading, and you will have the opportunity to learn about books recommended by other group members. Join us at the Cranford Community Center. Refreshments sponsored by the Friends of the Cranford Public Library. No registration required.

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