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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!

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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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If you’re new to the area, you might not know that ever summer we have a truly excellent, free concert series.  Every Wednesday evening at 7 pm in our Community Room from July 1 – August 19, you can see a different band.   This year, we have a lot of variety.  Make sure you check out our Summer Concert Series page and get all the information on the bands!

Concerts are aimed at adults and are not appropriate for your children or infants.  Interested teens and older children may attend with an adult.

Registration is requested.  Seating may not be available for latecomers.

This year’s line up:

July 1:  Nina Et Cetera

July 8:  Andy Wang and Friends

July 15:  NJ Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) – string quartet

July 22:  Simple Gifts

July 29:  Philly Ringtones

August 5:  Sonido Costeno

August 12:  Carnaby ST.

August 19:  Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble

Don’t miss what’s happening at FTPL! We’re on Twitter, Facebook, WordPress and now Pinterest

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It’s getting hotter, school’s almost out, and it is once again time to participate in Franklin Township Public Library’s Summer Reading event!

You can see on our homepage that we have an easy to find Summer section.  You can visit our Summer homepage, reading programs, summer reading, or summer concert series straight from our website.   For our summer reading, don’t forget to check out the prizes and sign up for your category starting June 15.

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Don’t forget to check out this summer’s awesome concert lineup.   Let’s make Summer 2015 one to remember!

We hope you’re joining us in our 2015 Read Harder Challenge (flyers at Circulation and Reference), where we are challenging ourselves and you by reading books based on place, author, subject, etc.  Why? Because we’re stretching out of our reading comfort zones and trying some new things. Don’t forget that anything you read for the challenge can also count towards your summer reading! School summer reading counts too (for FTPL Summer Reading and the challenge).

Don’t know where to start? We offer a variety of reading recommendations:

– Staff Pick Bookmarks (located at the Circulation and Reference desks) These change frequently and are always stocked

– Staff Pick of the Week : blog post and added to our Facebook album (one for 2014 and one for 2015) and Pinterest page

– This challenge has a support group on Goodreads.com where you can get reading suggestions for each category, and tell others what you think

-Check out our Pinterest Book Recommendations board – we’ve posted tons of lists of all kinds. There is definitely something you’ll love here!

-We have a book recommendation page where you can get newsletters on your favorite types of books sent straight to your email

It’s never to late to start, and anything you’ve already read this year that fits into a category counts! Join us in diversifying our reading, and check out some new books today.

Don’t miss what’s happening at FTPL! We’re on Twitter, Facebook, WordPress and now Pinterest

 

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Can you believe it’s June? We can’t, but we’re ready to get outside and start enjoying summer!   Here are some fun lists of ideas of things you and/or your family can do this summer in the great state of New Jersey.

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And obviously check out our calendar and see what’s going on at the library!

We also want to share this great link that we threw up on our Facebook and Twitter pages last week.  It has a bunch of outdoor activity ideas to get your kids outside, and the supplies come from the dollar store!