Wednesday, October 3, 2012
As we approach the Book Festival, Collingswood also observes Banned Books Week—a national reminder that the battle against censorship must be vigilantly contested.
It's no coincidence that the Collingswood Book Festival is anchored by Banned Books Week, a national week of awareness about the real and ongoing problem of censorship in the literary world. Since the first Banned Books week in 1982, more than 11,000 titles have been challenged, which means someone has attempted to have them removed from circulation in a public or school library based on personal objections to their contents. The issue with challenges, says the American Library Association (ALA), is that although the vast majority are initiated locally by protective parents, the efforts to remove books from circulation affects access to such materials for an entire community of readers. In the classroom What may seem weirder still is the…
Monday, August 27, 2012
Your weekly calendar of events includes a pair of important borough meetings Monday night and a pair of great movies.
Most of the action this week happens early on this week, with the Planning Board and School Board meetings running head-to-head Monday night after a blood drive. The week rounds out with a pair of great movies, one for grown-ups and one for kids. 1. Blood Drive Mon., Aug. 27: 2-7 p.m., St. John's Church Pre-register online or call the parish office at 856-858-0298 to schedule your donation. Bring ID and drink plenty of fluids beforehand. Eat iron-rich foods (red meat, fish, poultry, broccoli, beans, raisins and prunes) before and after your donation. 2. Planning Board Meeting Mon., Aug. 27: 7 p.m., Borough Hall, 3rd Floor Come see what the Planning Board has in store for the future of the borough at its monthly meeting. 3. School Board …
Monday, June 4, 2012
The latest in the LumberYard project, a once-in-a-century solar event, and primary elections, all in one week. Plus Second Saturday and a slate of summer programs for kids.
Monday, June 4 — 7-8 p.m. Collingswood Community Center Moody's Investor Service upgrading the borough credit rating last week cleared the way for a vote tonight on the approval of Ingerman Group as the builder of choice to complete the LumberYard project. Tuesday, June 5 — all day Find your polling place by address here; or, here's a list of Collingswood polling places. For more information about the New Jersey primary elections, have a look at the Vote411 website. Here's a look at the sample ballot for Collingswood. Tuesday, June 5 — 5-11 p.m. Knight Park For the final time this century, the planet Venus will pass between the Earth and sun, visible with protective eyewear. Have a look at transitofvenus.org for details. Collingswood …
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Celebrate from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Collingswood Public Library, or at any area shop.
For the tenth year running, comic book publishers the world over will be providing free samples of their products at area stores today. Free Comic Book Day, which began as a trade promotion, has expanded into a vehicle for literacy—and that's why the Collingswood Public Library is welcoming guests from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today to celebrate. Visitors can select from a number of free titles from publishers like Marvel, DC, Bongo and Dark Horse. Still unconvinced? Listen to this video from Hugh Jackman!
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
The group size is limited at the Collingswood Public Library, so jot down these registration dates.
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Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Storytime at the Collingswood Library can be a magical place—but not a place you can just walk into. Don’t miss out on the fun with your child. Be sure to register him or her for upcoming storytimes. Each storytime includes stories, songs, finger plays and playtimes. The group sized is limited 12. Registration begins April 13 for the April 18, 20, 25 and 27 storytimes. Registration begins May 4 for the May 9, 11, 16, 18, 23 and 25 storytimes. Registration begins June 1 for the June 6, 8, 13, 15, 20 and 22 storytimes. The library won’t take reservations before the listed times, and will not allow walk-ins. To register, call Carol or Dot at 856-858-0649.
Local critic Bob Castle believes in connections, conversations, and bringing people a taste of the new and unexpected.
Too short on cash to make a night at the Loews--or just can't fnd anything on the marquee worth taking in? The Collingswood arts community is getting a new monthly freebie with Movie Club. On the fourth Tuesday of every month, Collingswood resident Bob Castle presents a classic film in the the meeting room at the Collingswood library followed by a brief discussion. To call Castle a film buff almost seems insufficient. For a quarter-century, he's been delivering film criticism, whether in his own fanzine, top film journals, or the high school classroom in which he teaches. Castle was even invited to comment on the most recent DVD release of The Caine Mutiny. The idea for movie club arose from a night course on film he taught at Haddon …
Monday, March 19, 2012
Although the scholarship is awarded annually, few students typically apply.
Attention high school seniors: If you're looking for an opportunity to add a couple more dollars towards your college tuition bills, you can find some answers at your local library. The annual Collingswood Friends of the Library scholarship is worth $750 to a college-bound Collingswood resident or Collingswood high school student. Applicants must complete a form and attach a one-page essay answering one of the following questions: Every year the award only has a few applicants, says Friends of the Library president Anita Schoeffling—so get your pens moving! Click on the PDF, above right, to access the application.
Collingswood Library's Brett Bonfield gets recognition for promoting librarianship—and the calendar modeling probably didn't hurt, either.
Collingswood has an official “mover and shaker” in its midst now that a major industry publications crowned librarian Brett Bonfield with the title. Library Journal named Bonfield, director of the Collingswood Public Library, as a “Mover & Shaker” for his commitment to improving librarianship as a profession. Bonfield is among 53 professionals nationwide recognized in the March 15 journal edition. Many Collingswood library patrons already know Bonfield for his dedication to keeping the borough’s library informative, accessible and on top of technology trends. But what does it feel like to have his work officially stamped with approval? “It feels pretty good,” Bonfield said with a laugh. “It’s nice to know that people see me this way.” …
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Saturday's Book Ball brought together food, fun and neighbors with a celebration of the borough library’s 100th birthday.
A stroll down Powell Lane Saturday evening may have led to a chance encounter with Harry Potter. Or Othello and Desdemona, or any number of other literary figures or authors. The Book Ball, a party to celebrate Collingswood Public Library’s centennial year, brought together book lovers—many in costume—on Powell Lane Sept. 17. The outdoor party featured food, live entertainment, a silent auction and the book character contest, all in support of the town's library and a very special birthday celebration. “For the last 100 years, there has been a building on Haddon Ave. the people of the town have supported with time, energy and money. It’s been about books and learning, and they have voluntarily contributed to making that happen," said Brett…