Reading Buddies Update!

The Library is now accepting applications for the Reading Buddies Program being held this summer.  Please see the “2015 Reading Buddies” tab at the top of the blog for details and deadlines!

Teens – Are you looking for volunteer opportunities this summer? Check out Reading Buddies at the Library!

Parents – Are you looking for a fun way to keep your little ones reading during the summer months? Check out Reading Buddies at the Library!

Reading Buddies Returns!

The Reading Buddies Program returns in summer 2015!

Please keep an eye out around May 1, 2015 for updates regarding applications and schedules for this popular program.

Not sure what to read next?


Did you know that we have a great selection of Young Adult books? Did you also know that lots of adults read YA too? This ever-changing collection has tons of great reads! If you’re looking for somewhere to start, we recommend checking out our YA Staff Pick Bookmarks, our Book Recommendation Pinterest board which incluces YA reading choices, and/or checking out YA award winning books which you can check out for free to see if it was worthy of winning an award.

Alex Awards
Michael L. Printz Awards
Garden State Teen Book Awards

And some other staff picks, all shelved in YA fiction:

Alanna* – Tamora Pierce (girl poses as boy to become a knight, talking cat)

Lonely Werewolf Girl – Martin Millar (what happens when a werewolf gets depressed)

Man Made Boy – Jon Skovron (Frankenstein’s son takes a roadtrip and invents the female version of Ultron)

Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman (the magical seedy underbelly of London and a poor guy who gets caught up in an assassination attempt)

Sabriel* – Garth Nix (girl has to rescue father and the kingdom from an army of the dead)

The Fault in Our Stars – John Green (heartbreaking, romantic, two teens with cancer setting out to accomplish a dream)

A Curse Dark as Gold – Elizabeth Bunce (an excellent retelling of Rumpelstiltskin)

Cinder* – Marissa Meyer (Cinderella is a cyborg, and it gets complicated)

Dealing with Dragons* – Patricia C. Wrede (a princess who wants no Prince Charming, and is her own hero)

The Goddess Test* – Aimee Carter (want to be the bride of Hades? There’s a series of tests for that)

Un Lun Dun – China Mieville (Alice in Wonderland meets Neverwhere… full of weird fun adventure and saving the world)

Evil Librarian – Michelle Knudson (school librarian is a demon and a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do to save her bestie and the school)

Pushing the Limits* – Katie McGarry (trauma, romance, the typical life of a bad-thing-happened teen)

The Here and Now – Ann Brashares (she’s s time traveler who can’t break the rules for fear of disaster, but…)

Leviathan – Scott Westerfeld (sci-fi, girl posing as boy, princes, crazy adventure ensues)

Eleanor and Park – Rainbow Rowell (friendship can change your life, especially in high school)

Throne of Glass* – Sarah J. Maas (female assassin, crazy competition, magic, craziness – the 2nd book is even better)

The Maze Runner* – James Dashner (boy has amnesia, dropped into the middle of a maze with crazy monsters, lots of running, think Lord of the Flies but better)

Divergent* – Veronica Roth (dystopian novel with 5 factions, crazy choices and training, adventure. May want to stop after the first or second novel to avoid the emotional drama of Allegiant)

City of Bones* – Cassandra Clare (girl meets demon, boy kills demon, girl’s mom is kidnapped, girl gets sucked into angel/demon war and has cool powers. Way better than the movie)

Mairelon the Magician – Patricia C. Wrede (not a romance, historical fiction, girl posing as boy, spies) – has a sequel


Have you checked out our YA eBooks & eAudiobooks yet?

Did you know about our digital Young Adult fiction collection?logo_3m_cloud_library

The Franklin Township Public Library now uses the 3M Cloud Library to make eBooks and eAudiobooks available to patrons. Visit our eBooks page for details on how to get the app for your device. Set up is easy: just select the library, then enter your barcode and PIN. Start browsing our collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks today! Click on Categories, or search by title etc. to view our complete collection.

We will still have OneClickDigital audiobooks and ebooks available, and you can continue to use this service as normal. OneClickDigital recently updated their website, and now the content is very easy to use. OneClickDigital’s new platform is very similar to 3M Cloud Library, which will be our new ebook service.

3M Cloud Library is a new ebook platform that the Library will be using. The 3M Cloud Library offers:

Streamlined checkout and holds processes
Faster download times
A user-friendly interface
Ability to sync to multiple devices
Compatibility with any app-friendly device:
iOS App: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch
Android App: Android phones and devices
PC/MAC App: Windows/MAC OS X, Nook ereader, Kobo ereader
Kindle Fire App: Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD, Kindle Fire HDX
Nook App: Nook tablets

Transfer from PC to: Sony ereader, Kobo ereader, Nook 3G & Nook Wifi, Nook Simple Touch, Nook Simple Touch Glowlight
The 3M Cloud Library is NOT compatible with Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite or Kindle Voyager. If you go to their webpage and scroll to the bottom, they explain that Amazon does not currently support 3M Cloud Library, and provide you an email address to contact. We encourage you to email Amazon at to encourage them to make all their Kindles work with additional library ebook platforms.

The 3M Cloud Library apps work with other devices like PCs, tablets or phones

You can see our ebook services anytime on our ebook webpage.

Don’t forget to follow us on social media to keep up with what’s happening at the Library! Twitter, Facebook, WordPress

SAT Review Part I – Program Update!!

SAT Review Part I: How to Earn a Perfect Score on the SAT Essay (March 26 @ 7—8pm Community Room)

Please note: This event was originally scheduled for Thursday, March 19, but was rescheduled due to an instructor schedule conflict. New registrants are welcome, and original registrants are already on the list.

Free SAT Review @ the Library!

The Franklin Township Public Library is happy to welcome back Ameer Sohrawardy, an assistant professor of English Literature at Rutgers University – Newark, with more than 10 years of experience as an SAT instructor.  Professor Sohrawardy will be presenting successful strategies that students can use to confidently handle both the written and essay portions of the SAT exam.  There will be time for Q & A about the entire SAT examination process.  Parents who are interested in improving their children’s ability to write clear, grammatically correct prose are also invited to attend.  Registration is required for both events!

SAT Review Part I: “How to Earn a Perfect Score on the SAT Essay”
Thursday, March 19, 2015 @ 7 – 8 pm (Main Library – Community Room)

SAT Review Part II: “How to Earn a Perfect Score on the SAT Writing Section (Exclusive of the Essay)”
Saturday, March 28, 2015 @ 2:30 – 3:30 pm (Main Library – Community Room)

Youth Leadership Program @ FTPL

Toastmasters present ‘Youth Leadership Program’ at the Franklin Township Public Library.

Young adults, ages 13 – 18 are eligible to participate!

Think of the successful leaders you know.  They probably have one trait in common – the ability to communicate effectively.  Every young person has the potential to become a good communicator and leader, but the potential needs to be developed.  This free eight-week Youth Leadership Program, sponsored and conducted by members of the Conackamack Toastmasters, will be held Tuesday evenings from March 17th through May 12th at the Main Library.

This program provides an emphasis on specialized speaking and leadership skills.  Participants will learn to overcome nervousness with public speaking while organizing and presenting ideas logically and convincingly.  Members will listen carefully to others’ ideas, offer advice to help others improve, participate in—and even lead—group discussions.  All members will increase their self-confidence as they learn, make new friends and have fun.

All materials will be provided.  Space is limited, and registration is required.  All interested young adults must contact the program coordinator Sheila Mason at to register for the program.

Winter Reading Program has begun

The Library’s 2015 Winter Reading Program has begun!

11 & under – “Night at the movies”

12 & older – “Never judge a book by its movie”

Please visit the Library’s website ( and sign up today.  Prizes are on display at the Main Library in the Historical Room showcase.  Remember, all reading counts…INCLUDING SCHOOL BOOKS!


Banned Books Week September 21 – 27, 2014

BBW14_Profile_op3Banned books are books that have been removed from the shelves of a library, bookstore, or classroom due to controversial content.  A book may be challenged (an attempt to ban) or banned on political, religious, sexual, or social grounds. The acts of banning or challenging a book are a serious matter, because these are forms of censorship which strike at our freedom to read.

Stop in and check out some of the titles on our Staff Pick Banned Books Bookmarks today! You’ll be surprised by how many you’ve already read.  We encourage you to celebrate your freedom to read all month…all year really!

The books on our bookmarks have been banned or challenged within the last decade, including 2013.  If you want more information on Banned Books or Banned Books Week go to

YALSA Teens’ Top Ten List 2014!

Teens Top Ten List 2014It is time to vote for your favorite Young Adult books of 2014!

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) will be announcing the “Teens’ Top Ten” titles of 2014 on October 20th.

Voting will be held from August 15 – October 18, 2014.  click here to VOTE NOW!