From the front desk

Posted on: July 14th, 2014 by Sheldon Roskin No Comments

As a fourteen year veteran manning the circulation desk at the Fanwood Memorial Library, I often encounter pleasant reminders of my previous life as a working partner in an international talent management agency and a career in publicity and public relations that spanned close to fifty years.

Books and recordings of clients that we represented such as Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, etc., etc. elicit tiny tugs of memories when they pass through my hands in the course of a day’s work at the library. One small note of recognition might generate a series of instant remembrances that happened many years ago.

The other day a patron borrowed a copy of Barbara Taylor Bradford’s new book, Cavendon Hall. I took a quick glance at the author’s photo and it revived memories of working with this gracious lady and her husband, Bob, back in 1979 when her first big success, A Woman of Substance was published and then went on to become a major, top-rated television drama. The many meetings-into-the-night, interviews, rehearsals and conversations we had at that time, riding the crest of her talent and good fortune, revived lovely thoughts of long ago.

It appears that the time I spend at FML has a definite and positive therapeutic effect on me.

More later…

Summer reads

Posted on: June 24th, 2014 by Nancy Kipping No Comments

Summer is almost here, and with it comes a slew of books that shouldn’t be missed. Some call them beach reads, others call them back porch specials. Whatever you call them our ‘New” shelf is full of the latest whodonits, wholovedits, and whothoughtofits?

You might wonder how we choose books for the Fanwood Memorial Library shelves. First and foremost we think of our patrons, you and your family, what you like to read and check out. We go to Publishers Weekly, an industry publication that tells of up coming titles. Magazines like People, Entertainment Weekly, and Oprah have strong book review sections and I have noticed many people coming in to the library with those reviews in hand to put that book on hold. The Star Ledger and The New York Times book reviews add in to the mix. And, of course, we take suggestions from YOU! Many requests are made to purchase a book and if it fits in to our shelf then we will.

Here’s what I have on my request list:

China Dolls by Lisa See

The Farm by Tom Rob Smith

I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You by Courtney Maum,

Hard Choices by Hillary Rodham Clinton

The Blessings by Elise Juska

The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra by Helen Rappaport

If only there was more time to read…

A celebration of books

Posted on: May 28th, 2014 by Dan Weiss 1 Comment

Welcome to our new site and the maiden voyage of the staff blog!
Check back here periodically to meet the Fanwood Library staff, get to know them
and what they like to read, and do in their spare time.

I figured I’d take the first stab at this thing, so let’s get started:

After many months of development we’re proud to launch our brand new website… and first blog entry. All in all, this was a big undertaking and of course it’s a work in progress. First off – a big thank-you is due to Susan Neuhaus of Neustudio who designed this site for us and patiently helped guide us through.

I’ve been the director of the library now for close to 17 years! Phew! That’s a lot of water under the bridge… and in the basement. When I started here in 1997 my first task, besides trying to figure out how to be a library director and just what that meant, was to automate the library. We did that and joined LMxAC to help us into the computer age. We now enjoy a long-standing and vital shared partnership with our neighbor in Scotch Plains and we continue to explore ways to effectively serve the community and stay current. The next couple of years look to usher in some new changes and challenges at the library as we address our space and accessibility needs and lay the groundwork for the next 50 years – so stay tuned for more information about all of that. (more…)