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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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The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s traveling Next Stage Ensemble presents a live performance of William Shakespeare’s abridged play.  THIS WEDNESDAY, June 24 from 7-8:30 PM.

In the hot summer streets of Verona, two idealistic teens discover love in a  society consumed by senseless brutality. Filled with witty wordplay, lyric poetry and flashy sword-fights, Romeo and Juliet remains one of the most gripping and moving tragedies in Shakespeare’s canon.
This is an adult program, but teens are welcome to attend. Registration is required.

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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!

It starts a week from Wednesday, so register today and get here early to enjoy some wonderful musicians!

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

We have tons of great stuff going on, check out our Calendar to know what’s happening!

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This week’s staff pick is the beginning of a new children’s/YA series full of adventure, male and female heroines, and the interesting and bizarre.  Our staffer found it refreshing, original, and highly recommends it.  Those who loved The Golden Compass, and fans of Garth Nix, Diana Wynne, Jones, and Tamora Pierce will love this novel about maps, adventure, and exploration.

“She has only seen the world through maps. She had no idea they were so dangerous.

Boston, 1891. Sophia Tims comes from a family of explorers and cartologers who, for generations, have been traveling and mapping the New World—a world changed by the Great Disruption of 1799, when all the continents were flung into different time periods.  Eight years ago, her parents left her with her uncle Shadrack, the foremost cartologer in Boston, and went on an urgent mission. They never returned. Life with her brilliant, absent-minded, adored uncle has taught Sophia to take care of herself.

Then Shadrack is kidnapped. And Sophia, who has rarely been outside of Boston, is the only one who can search for him. Together with Theo, a refugee from the West, she travels over rough terrain and uncharted ocean, encounters pirates and traders, and relies on a combination of Shadrack’s maps, common sense, and her own slantwise powers of observation. But even as Sophia and Theo try to save Shadrack’s life, they are in danger of losing their own.

The Glass Sentence plunges readers into a time and place they will not want to leave, and introduces them to a heroine and hero they will take to their hearts. It is a remarkable debut.”– Taken from Goodreads.com


The Glass Sentence

S. E. Grove

Published: Jun 12, 2014 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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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