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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 here 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 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!

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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Happy Memorial Day Weekend!  It’s officially time to turn on the grill and start barbecuing!  We hope that whatever plans you have for this unofficial start to the summer weekend are happy, safe, and entertaining.

We would like to thank everyone who is or has served in the military, for fighting on our behalf.

If you’d like to know more about the history of the holiday, you can check out the holiday’s website here, or check out the History channel’s videos, etc. about the holiday.

The Library is closed Saturday May 23 through Monday May 25 in honor of the holiday.  We will be reopen on Tuesday May 26 at 10 am.

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Have you checked out our Franklin Township High School’s students ceramics exhibit in our lobby and Circulation area?   We have pieces from several ceramics classes taught by Finn McNeil, James Ransavage and Matthew Feuer.   They’ve used a variety of techniques, including relief molds, coils, slab, mosaic, and thrown pieces.   Many are freestyle creations coming directly from the students, but one class created models of sculpture gardens after studying the work of the Japanese-American sculptor and landscape architect Isamu Noguchi.   Come in and see the spectacular creations our local students have come up with!

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Reading Buddy Applications

It is time to apply for the Franklin Township Public Library’s 2015 Reading Buddies Program. This 6-week program takes place Monday evenings, at the Main Library in the Children’s Department (July 6 – August 10). Reading Buddies is a social program that promotes literacy through paired reading. Teens earn volunteer credit by helping young readers develop confidence in their reading and comprehension skills. Paired one hour reading sessions allow teens the opportunity to become mentors, and young readers the chance to make new friends while reading.

Applications are available now, but space is limited and participants are accepted on a first come, first serve bases.

Teen Buddies

  • Teen Buddies applications are available at the Adult Reference Desk
  • Teens entering 8th grade through 12th grade are eligible to apply to become volunteer Teen Buddies.
  • Teens MUST attend one of the training sessions prior to the start of the program:
    • Sunday, June 14th at 2:30 pm OR Tuesday, June 16th at 7 pm.
  • Teens MUST commit to attend at least FOUR sessions. They may attend more if they are available.
  • Monday evenings at the Main Library – Children’s Department (July 6th – August 10th).
  • Sessions are either 6 – 7 pm or 7 – 8 pm.
  • Completed Teen Buddies applications are to be returned to the Adult Reference Desk.

Little Buddies

  • (Little Buddies applications are available at the Adult Reference Desk)
  • Children who are independent readers, entering 1st grade through 4th grade are eligible to apply to becomeLittle Buddies
  • Parents MUST commit to attend at least FOUR sessions. Children may attend more if they are available.
  • Monday evenings at the Main Library – Children’s Department (July 6th – August 10th).
  • Sessions are either 6 – 7pm or 7 – 8pm.
  • Parents MUST remain in the Children’s Department area during the sessions.
  • Little Buddies are welcome to bring their own books to read. However, an assortment of books will be provided for them to use during the sessions.
  • Completed Little Buddies applications are to be returned to the Adult Reference Desk.

The deadline for ALL applications is Sunday, June 7, 2015

All accepted applicants will be notified by June 8th.

**Please note that this is NOT part of the Library’s Summer Reading Program (SRP)!Those enrolled in Reading Buddies are welcome to ALSO join our Summer Reading Program.

Participants in the Summer Reading Program receive prizes for all logged pages or hours of reading done during June 15 – August 31.

Little Buddies may log their Reading Buddies hours for SRP credit, and ALL school reading counts as well!!

Visit the Library’s website around June 15th to register:

  • Ages 4 – 10 “Every Hero Has a Story”
  • Ages 11 – 18 “Young Adults Escape the Ordinary”

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This week’s staff pick is Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. Six stories in one that follow the same reincarnated souls through time, this novel is wildly inventive.  The first part may seem a bit slow, but once you get to the second story, the novel takes off.  A wild, complicated ride that’s well worth the effort, this novel also inspired the movie starring Tom Hanks and Halle Berry.  Our staffer highly recommends this, or one of Mitchell’s other works – like The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, a historical novel where once you finish the first part, the story explodes into soap opera worthy drama and high stakes. Psst- The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet would count for your book that takes place in Asia for the Read Harder Challenge.

“Cloud Atlas begins in 1850 with Adam Ewing, an American notary voyaging from the Chatham Isles to his home in California. Along the way, Ewing is befriended by a physician, Dr. Goose, who begins to treat him for a rare species of brain parasite. . . . Abruptly, the action jumps to Belgium in 1931, where Robert Frobisher, a disinherited bisexual composer, contrives his way into the household of an infirm maestro who has a beguiling wife and a nubile daughter. . . . From there we jump to the West Coast in the 1970s and a troubled reporter named Luisa Rey, who stumbles upon a web of corporate greed and murder that threatens to claim her life. . . . And onward, with dazzling virtuosity, to an inglorious present-day England; to a Korean superstate of the near future where neocapitalism has run amok; and, finally, to a postapocalyptic Iron Age Hawaii in the last days of history.

But the story doesn’t end even there. The narrative then boomerangs back through centuries and space, returning by the same route, in reverse, to its starting point. Along the way, Mitchell reveals how his disparate characters connect, how their fates intertwine, and how their souls drift across time like clouds across the sky.

As wild as a videogame, as mysterious as a Zen koan, Cloud Atlas is an unforgettable tour de force that, like its incomparable author, has transcended its cult classic status to become a worldwide phenomenon.” Taken from Goodreads.com


Cloud Atlas: A Novel

David Mitchell

Published: Nov 20, 2012 by Modern Library
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