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Library Branches Closing Early

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, all branches will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26th and will reopen on Friday, November 28th at the usual opening time.

2014 Winter Music Series

Local performers to warm things up with nine performances at eight branches

[The Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble is one of a variety of groups being offered as part of the Camden County Library’s 2014 Winter Music Series. (Universal African Dance and Drum photo)]

The Camden County Library’s second annual Winter Music Series will offer jazz, Celtic, African drum, a capella, classical music and more in the first weeks of December.

Mark Carroll and Family start the series with traditional Celtic music and a sampling of holiday tunes that were popular in colonial America. The group performs Wednesday, December 3, 6:30 p.m. at the Merchantville Branch (No registration necessary.)  and Tuesday, December 9, 7 p.m. at the Voorhees branch. Register here.

The Abe Speller 3rio, formerly known as The New Earth Trio, is back with a Holiday Concert for the family. Abe has put together a trio of passionate musicians in the belief that everything modern has firm roots in the past. Savor the music as they perform jazz standards from the Great American Songbook at the South County Branch, Friday, Dec. 5, 7 p.m. (No registration necessary.)

Enjoy a Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration with the Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble at two branch libraries in Camden on Saturday, Dec. 6 with shows at Nilsa I. Cruz-Perez Downtown branch, 11 a.m. ( Register here.) and at the Riletta L. Cream Ferry Ave. Branch, 2 p.m. (No registration necessary) Honor the beauty of African culture and family at this workshop and performance meant for all ages.

Shades of Harmony, an all-women’s chorus, will offer a delightful holiday performance of a capella barbershop harmony at the Bellmawr branch, also on Saturday Dec. 6 at 11 a.m.  (No registration necessary.)

Later the same day, Saturday, Dec. 6, the Westmont Philharmonia Accordion Orchestra brings its symphonic sound to the Haddon Twp. branch at 3 p.m. Meet the accordion treated as a symphonic instrument. Register here.

The Haddonfield Cello Society visits the Merchantville Branch, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 7 p.m. with a program of songs from around the world including many popular favorites. An audience of all ages is welcome and will be encouraged to sing along with some of the numbers. (No registration necessary.)

Finally the Camden County College Jazz Ensemble will offer the chance to relax and enjoy the afternoon listening to a selection of jazz standards and favorites at the Voorhees branch, Saturday, Dec. 13 at 1 p.m. Register here.

“We are so fortunate to have a library system that works to serve our communities in so many ways. This program of musical entertainment so in tune with the season is just one more reason to visit your local library,” says Camden County Freeholder Ian Leonard, liaison to the library.

See full press release.



WHYY I like this book

Applications are now open for WHYY I Like This Book!  What books inspire you? Let WHYY know and you could be on TV!  Find applications online broken down by grade level (Kindergarten - 2nd Grade, 3rd-5th Grade, 6th-8th Grade, and 9th-12th Grade.  You can also watch the 2013 finalists talk about their favorite books to get some GREAT recommendations.


Garden State Teen Book Awards

It's that time of year again - voting for the 2015 Garden State Teen Book Awards (GSTBA) has begun!  Vote online or in person at the Vogelson Branch.

Across the state of New Jersey, Middle and High School students will be voting for their favorite titles found on this years Fiction and Non-Fiction GSTBA ballots. Be a part of something big and cast your vote today! See a good book listed you haven't yet enjoyed? Check out our library catalog  to get a hold of a copy. Voting ends on December 31.  Happy Reading!

Fall Preview

This list from the popular Bookpage magazine gives you a heads up on fall's most anticipated books.  

Here's a sampling; place your holds now.

Rooms by Lauren Oliver:

Wealthy Richard Walker has just died, leaving behind his country house full of rooms packed with the detritus of a lifetime. His estranged family -- bitter ex-wife Caroline, troubled teenage son Trenton, and unforgiving daughter Minna -- have arrived for their inheritance. But the Walkers are not alone.

The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters:

It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned, the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa, a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband and even servants, life is about to be transformed, as impoverished widow Mrs Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.


Plus new books from Anne Rice, Jan Karon, David Mitchell, Ian McEwan....



Library Closed on Monday, September 3

The Camden County Library System will be closed on Monday, September 3, in observance of Labor Day.

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