On Nov. 7, 1938, German diplomat Ernst vom Rath was fatally shot in Paris by 17-year-old Herschel Grynszpan, a Polish Jew. Grynszpan and his family had been among the estimated 12,000 Polish Jews arrested, stripped of their property and deported from Germany in October 1938. By shooting vom Rath, Grynszpan sought to alert the world to the grave situation in Germany under Adolf Hitler.
The Library is looking for local veterans who would like to share stories of their service.
Genealogist Tony Kierna is interviewing veterans about their experiences at war for the Veterans History Project. This initiative of the Library of Congress' American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.
Meacham, Bode, Higgins, Springinsguth ... we drive on these roads all the time, but how did they get their names?
If you liked Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt, why not try ...
“Ladies and gentlemen, we interrupt our program…”
Of the many adaptations of H.G. Wells’ science fiction classic The War of the Worlds (1897), one of the most written about is the 1938 live radio adaptation by Orson Welles and his Mercury Theatre on the Air. Instead of Martians attacking Victorian England, the 23-year-old Welles set the story in modern day, with newscasters interrupting a music program to describe death and destruction spreading across New Jersey and New York.
Read our 2017-2018 Annual Report for a roundup of Library services, including the refresh of our Fiction room, the launch of our Volunteer Squad, and the addition of mobile hotspots to our circulating collection.
By the numbers:
- 2,557,574 items checked out
- 59,070 registered borrowers
- 988,457 visitors
- 86,813 attendees at 3,233 programs
- 198,690 WiFi sessions
To make the best use of Teen Place and in order to offer more evening programs to teens, Teen Place hours will change beginning Oct. 1.
The hours will be:
- Weekdays: 2-10 p.m.
- Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Sundays: Noon – 9 p.m.
The book collection outside Teen Place is always available for browsing, and feel free to grab a title from inside if that's what you need. Just please don't use the equipment when the area isn't staffed.