We have big news! You asked, and we listened.  Today we are launching our new digital magazine initiative: Zinio for Libraries!   This new service is available to resident library card holders.

Franklin Township Public Library now offers several magazines through an online service.  The service we’re using is called Zinio, and we have subscriptions to 46 different magazines!   These magazines are available electronically, and are identical to the print version, including ads.  A full list of available titles is at the end of this post.

To access our digital magazines, you must visit Zinio’s website (you can also visit the Zinio link under the eReading tab on the Library’s website), and create an account.  This is a very simple process.   You will need your library barcode number and a working email address.

  • After going to their webpage, you will see our logo in the upper left hand corner.

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  • In the upper right hand corner, you will see “Login” or “Create New Account”.  Click “Create New Account”
  • It will ask for your library card barcode. Type this in.
  • Then type in your first and last name, email address, and create a password for the website
  • That’s it!

Start browsing our titles.  It is very easy to check out titles, simply click the small plus-book sign next to the magazine title (below the magazine cover).  This will add the title to your check outs.  A pop-up window will appear, letting you know you’ve checked out the title.  This pop-up also offers you the option to receive an email when a new copy of the magazine is released.

It is important to remember your login information, since you will also use it to utilize the Zinio for Libraries app (smartphones, tablets, etc.).  Your email address is your username.

If you have any questions or need any help, look at Zinio’s Help Page, which is very thorough.  They have user guides and video tutorials for PCs, Macs, iPhones, Androids, and more.  It also has an online support form and email addresses for technical assistance.  Please reach out to them with any technical issues.  The Library cannot help retrieve forgotten username (your email address) or password information.

You can read magazines online, via your internet browser, or via an app.  All magazine selections must be made online through your internet browser.  The app only allows you to read titles you have already checked out.

When downloading the app, you must download the Zinio for Libraries app, not just “Zinio”.  Your login information will not work with the Zinio app.  The app uses this logo:



When opening the app for the first time, you will have to login.

  • Select your country: United States
  • Select your state: New Jersey
  • Select Library: Franklin Twp Public Library
  • Username: [enter your email address]
  • Password: [enter your password]

The app will show you what titles you have checked out already.  If you are on your smartphone or tablet and would like to check out additional titles, minimize the app and open your internet browser.  Go to Zinio’s website, login, and checkout more magazines!   Then re-sync the app.

Zinio for Libraries is the world’s largest newsstand, offering multi-user access to complete digital magazines. Our 46 popular publications including Newsweek, Vanity Fair, Car and Driver and Better Homes and Gardens can easily be viewed on most Internet-enabled devices inside or outside of the Library.  Zinio’s unique technology digitally recreates a magazine page for page, including full color pictures, intuitive navigation, key word article search and interactive elements such as audio and video.

Our Magazines (Names do not link to titles – please visit Zinio to access content):

American Girl
Better Homes & Gardens
Car & Driver
Do It Yourself
Eating Well
Every Day with Rachael Ray
Family Fun
Family Handyman
Fast Company
Food Network Magazine
Good Housekeeping
HGTV Magazine
House Beautiful
India Today
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
Marie Claire
Martha Stewart Living
Men’s Health
Nat Geo Traveler Interactive
National Geographic Interactive
O, The Oprah Magazine
Organic Life
Parents Magazine
Popular Mechanics
Popular Photography
Popular Science
Runner’s World
Taste of Home
The Advocate
The Atlantic
Vanity Fair
Vegetarian Times
Weight Watchers
Woman’s Day
Women’s Health
Working Mother
Yoga Journal


The main library (Demott Lane) will be closing at 4:30 pm on Thursday, July 2.

Please note that both the main and branch locations of the Library will be closed on Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

We hope you have a wonderful weekend and holiday!

And just for kicks, old photos of the Statue of Liberty, who celebrated her 130th anniversary a couple weeks ago.


Nina Et Cetera 

July 1, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Kick off the 2015 Summer Concert Series with Nina Et Cetera and ‘Hotter than a Pepper Sprout: America’s Music’. This duo of versatile musicians will present an upbeat program celebrating music by such greats as Johnny Cash, Billie Holiday, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Peggy Lee, and Gershwin. The program includes a sprinkling of anecdotes which highlight the diversity and rich history of American Music ranging from jazz, blues, gospel, folk, rock and roll and much more!

Nina Et cetera has been performing professionally together for the past 10 years in just about every imaginable venue across the Tri-State area; bars, restaurants, libraries, street fairs, assisted livings, bandshells, busking, vineyards, etc.
Registration is requested. Please plan to arrive on time, as seating is not guaranteed.

Please note: This is an adult program, but teens and older children are welcome to attend with an adult. This program is NOT APPROPRIATE for young children or infants.
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Andy Wang & Friends (“Hawaiian Trio” on the Summer Concert page)
July 8, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Andy Kūlana Wang and Claudia Kanileʻa Goddard will blend the sounds of slack key guitar and ukulele for a sound that is authentic, rooted in tradition, and transports listeners back home to the islands. Marina Celander will gracefully interpret the poetry of the music through hula.
Andy studied under Hawaiian slack key guitar masters Keola Beamer, Raymond Kāne, and Ozzie Kotani. He’s appeared with ‘Hawaii’s super group’ HAPA and opened for the legendary Mākaha Sons. His music has also been featured by Hawaiian Airlines and national television networks
Claudia’s vocals are a result of a blend of classical training, modern musical influences and a passion for Hawaiian music and culture. Claudia is also a multi‐instrumentalist who plays ‘ukulele and the unique style of Hawaiian Slack Key guitar.
Marina has studied hula for the last 12 years with master hula teachers in New York and Hawai’i.
Registration is requested. Please plan to arrive on time, as seating is not guaranteed.
Please note: This is an adult program, but teens and older children are welcome to attend with an adult. This program is NOT APPROPRIATE for young children or infants.

Check out the other great bands coming this summer!


This week’s staff pick is the debut from author Sabaa Tahir, An Ember in the Ashes.  Our staffer found it powerful, harsh, and multifaceted.  On the surface, they said it seems like ‘one of those’ fantasy novels, but it quickly sucked them in, and they really enjoyed it.  The first in a series, we highly recommend An Ember in the Ashes, for both teens and adults.

Laia is a slave.

Elias is a soldier.

Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.”–Taken from Goodreads.com

An Ember in the Ashes

Sabaa Tahir

Published: Apr 28, 2015 by Razorbill
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Elton H. L. (Henry Lee) Wade was an amateur photographer who lived in the Middlebush area of Franklin Township for most of his life.  The collection presented in our Lobby and Circulation display cases, is a small sample of the over 2,000 photographs taken by Mr. Wade during his lifetime.  The collection, in the form of photographic negatives, was donated to the Franklin Township Public Library in 2009 by Mr. Wade’s nephew, Robert Zimmermann.

Elton Wade was born on February 11, 1899 in Newton, Sussex County, New Jersey.  He lived for most of his life in the Middlebush area of Franklin Township, Somerset County, New Jersey.  He married Sarah Totten, nicknamed Jane.  Elton worked at the New Brunswick Post Office for 46 years and rose to the position of chief accountant, and later Assistant Postmaster.  He died on May 5, 1980 at the age of 81.

Most of the photographs in this collection were taken by Mr. Wade, although some were taken by family and friends.  The collection captures images of Mr. Wade’s extended family, as well as life in the Franklin Township area.  Mr. Wade also took pictures during vacations and travels around New Jersey and nearby states.

Library staff is working on digitizing the collection, cataloging the photographs, and create exhibits of the photographs for display on the Library’s website.  This is a long term project, and additional photographs will periodically be added to the online collections – and to our physical display in the Historical Room.

The Franklin Township Public Library is delighted to be able to share these photographs that document Mr. Wade’s life and that of the Franklin Township community in the early 20th century.   Please check our online exhibits frequently as new photos will be added monthly!

Please visit the exhibit online and let us know what you think!  Also, if there’s a place, person or object you recognize that we didn’t catch, please let us know!

We also have a Facebook album with some of our favorite Wade photos, so check that out too!

Our thanks to The Fleetwood Museum of Art and Photographica for their loan of three cameras.  These cameras are ones Elton may have used, or are very similar to those he would have used to take his thousands of photographs.

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