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Kemmerer Library Hires New Director

The Kemmerer Library Harding Township is very pleased to announce that Lotte Newlin has been chosen to be the Library’s new director, beginning December 19.


Summer at the Library


Evening at the Library: Prolific biographer James McGrath Morris will discuss his newest book, Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print and Power, on Wednesday, May 25th, at 7 p.m. Autographed copies available.on Wednesday, May 25th, at 7 p.m. Autographed copies available. Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Jay Kemmerer will describe the beautiful sport of fly-fishing, including an outdoor demonstration of casting and a display of his most prized flies. Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Lego Event for Kids/Tech Training for Adults: Saturday, June 4th, at 12 p.m. While kids build Lego masterpieces, the grown-ups learn how to use the fabulous database, NoveList, to develop a personalized summer reading list for them and their children. Bonus: Learn how to use your library card to access The New York Times and many other newspapers via the library’s web site.

Summer Reading Kick-Off Party: Sunday, June 12th, at 3 p.m. Children of all ages can learn about our summer reading program while playing games and making a craft.

Bridge, Anyone? If you are interested in playing bridge or learning how to play this great card game at the library, please contact us at 973-267-2665 to sign up. If we get enough interest, we will start a program this summer.

New Director for the Kemmerer Library

New Director...The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce a Director for the new Kemmerer Library: Mary Witherell of Montclair, a woman with substantial management experience and a passion for public libraries, currently working toward her MLS at Rutgers. The Trustees and Harding Township owe a big thank-you to the Search Committee—Diane Berger, Mary Ann Crutchlow, Elaine Grillo, Anne Thomas, and Kim Zsitvay. We will bid farewell to outgoing Director Anne Thomas on 1 November as she completes 20 years of service to the community.


Kemmerer Library Weekly Events - Fall Programs

Toddler Time: Mondays at 10:30 a.m. A program designed for children ages 1-3. Children will hear stories, sings songs and create a small craft.

Lunch with the Librarian: Mondays at 12 p.m. A program designed for children ages 3 & 4. Bring your lunch and we will provide a snack and stories.

Moms and Tots: Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Baby’s ages 4-24 months and their caregiver sing along with songs and finger plays.

Teen Advisory Group: This program for young adults in grades 7 & up will meet the last Thursday of every month. The Library needs Teen input on books and programs.

Sneak Peak at the New Library

The Thumbnail was recently treated to a tour of the new Kemmerer Library...OUR new Library. Even unfinished, it looked inviting—the word cozy immediately springs to mind. It clearly will be a great asset to the community.


Library Book Club - March 24

Wednesday Evening Book Group will meet on March 24 at 7:30 to discuss The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. This fascinating novel considers truth telling and how a novelist and her biographer confront the ghosts that have haunted their lives for decades. Please join us! April’s selection is The Botany of Desire.

Story Time Themes for March and April

Story Time will continue to be held Tuesdays at 10 a.m. The following are themes for each week: March 23, Pizza and Spaghetti; March 30, Bunnies; April 6, Rain; April 13, Spring; April 20, Alligators and Crocodiles; April 27, Bugs. For children ages 1-3. We listen to stories, sing songs, make a themed craft, and have a thoroughly good time!

Banish the winter blahs at a Library program

For 2-4-year-olds on Tuesday mornings at 10, StoryTime continues with a variety of themes, tales, and crafts, led by Children’s Librarian, Jennifer Carlin Feb. 23: Fun with Friends (why not bring a friend along?); Mar. 2: Community Workers; Mar.9: Being Sick, Having a Cold. Pick up a schedule at the Library. Announcing a St. Patrick’s Day Party, March 6th at 12 noon for children of all ages. There will be stories, games, snacks, and something fun to make and take home. For the grownups: Thursday Evening Book Group (please note that we are now meeting on the last Thursday of every month) will gather on February 25 at 7:30 for a discussion on Slamming The Door Open, by Kathleen Sheeder Bonnanno, a collection of poems surrounding the murder of her daughter. Library Journal called the collection "a stunning first book."

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