Thursday, December 30, 2010

Library Closed for New Year Holiday

All branches of the Burlington County Library System will be CLOSED on Friday, December 31st & Saturday, January 1st for New Year's Eve & New Year's Day.

All libraries except for Maple Shade & Medford will re-open for our usual Sunday hours on Sunday, January 2nd at 1:00 pm.

All branches will re-open for regular hours on Monday, January 3, 2011 at 10:00 am. 

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

American Girl Holiday Tea Program

Every other month, the library hosts an American Girl Tea for children ages 7 years and up. They enjoy tea, hot chocolate and other refreshments while working on a craft. Each month is a different theme. December's theme was a Holiday Tea and the children made poinsettia centerpieces out of clay.

Posing poinsettia!

She made an ornament to go with poinsettia!

Children are encouraged to bring their American Girl doll or a special stuffed friend to the American Girl Tea programs because some of the projects involve creating something for their doll or stuffed friend. 

The next American Girl program will be a "love-themed tea" on Sunday, February 6th at 2:00 pm. Create BFF bracelets for you and your doll!  Check our Events Calendar for more information and to register.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

January Events Calendar

Our Children's Events Calendar filled with January programs for kids & teens is ready and waiting for you to pick up in the Children's Area!

Or print from here! We've got new story times, a snowman craft, parachute play, free movie, Dry Ice Workshop, Sewing Friends, a new Art program & MORE! ALL FREE!

Register for all programs online, call us at 609-893-8262 or stop by a desk when you're visiting the library! Its so easy... and FREE!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Holiday Programs at the Library!

Make time for these FREE holiday programs at the Pemberton Library! There's something for everyone.

Do you want to wake up your make up that's been sleeping in your drawer?
Come to the Exquisite Makeup Session at the Pemberton Library to find out how!

Thursday, December 16th at 7:00 pm
Click here to register!

American Girl Holiday Tea
Sunday, December 19th
2-4 pm
Ages 7 years & up
Create clay poinsettias for a holiday centerpiece.
Enjoy holiday music, hot tea or hot cocoa and snacks while you complete your craft!

Tuesday, December 21st
4:00 pm
Ages 4 years & up
Make a unique wreath from holiday patterned paper to use as a decoration!

Visit our EVENTS CALENDAR for more programs in December!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Teen Craft: Hemp Bracelet

Hey teens! Short on cash this holiday season? Stop by the library after school and make a one-of-a-kind bracelet for someone special in time for the gift-giving season for FREE! Or make one for yourself. Guess what. STILL FREE!

Learn different techniques and use beads to make your bracelet awesome.

This program is open to tween and teens ages 10-18 years.
Sign up here or call the Pemberton Library at 609-893-8262.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Friends of the Pemberton Library Book Sale

Just in time for holiday shopping! The Friends of the Pemberton Library will be hosting a book sale in the Pemberton Library meeting room from Saturday, December 4 through Sunday, December 12 during library open hours.

All proceeds benefit the Pemberton Library.
Support your library!

Check out these low prices:

Hardbacks - $.50 or as marked
Paperbacks - $.50 or 3 for $1.00
Magazines - $.25 each or 5 for $1.00
Puzzles - $.50
CDs - $1.00 or as marked
DVDs - $2.00 or as marked
VHS - $1.00 or as marked
Books on tape - $1.00
Records - $.50

Monday, November 29, 2010

Teen Advisory Board

The Pemberton Library is looking for teens in grades 6-12 to join the Teen Advisory Board (TAB). 
We need your suggestions for programs and Young Adult materials, such as books, movies, magazines, CDs, video games, etc.
Earn volunteer hours and have your voice heard! Did we mention it looks good on a college application? Or even a job application?

TAB meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm. 

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, December 1st. Members will be decorating the library for the holiday season and discussing upcoming programs for December, January & February. We would really appreciate your input!

Don't forget to check out the new TAB review box located on the NEW BOOK display. The box was decorated by the members of TAB with spin art! Enter book or movie reviews in the box and we'll post them in the library!

Questions about the TAB program? E-mail Miss Theresa at and she'll get back to you!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Nintendo Wii Programs

The Pemberton Library hosts monthly programs featuring games on our Nintendo Wii for ages 5 through 105 years!
Children & teens ages 5-18 years can join us for free play of different Wii games once a month. Play Wii on Thursday, November 18th starting right after school at 3:00 pm. 

We set up the games to be played on our projection screen. Want to bring your own games to play? No problem! 

Please note that we will only accept suggestions and feature games rated E for Everyone or T for Teen. No M for Mature ratings will be played at the library.

Check the calendar for tournaments featuring different Wii games. Over winter break, we will be hosting TWO WII TOURNAMENTS. You must register to participate.

Rock Band Tournament
Come & rock out with your friends to Rock Band 2! Two guitars will face off in a Rock Band Tournament to any of the 85 featured songs! Rock Band 2 is rated T for Teen. Kids and teens ages 10-18 years are welcome to join the competition. A prize will be awarded to 1st place. This program will be held on Tuesday, December 28th from 2:00-4:00 pm. Registration for this program will begin December 1st.  

Karaoke Revolution Tournament
Flex those vocal chords with our Karaoke Revolution Wii game! Face off in this Karaoke Revolution Tournament for a chance to win an iTunes gift card! Space is limited to 24 and registration will begin on December 1st. This program is for kids & teens ages 10-18 years. This program is brought to you by the Pemberton Library Teen Advisory Board.

The library also hosts a monthly Wii for Seniors program for ages 50 & older. Play games on our Nintendo Wii at your own pace! Try new games or team up for bowling. This program usually runs on the third Friday of each month at 10:30 am. Please check for the next program date and register at the Adult Information Desk, online or call the Pemberton Library at 609-893-8262. 

Our Wii programs are made possible through a generous donation by the Iva and Joe Samost Jewish Family and Children's Service.

Did you know that the Burlington County Library System has video games for Nintendo Wii, XBOX360 & PS3? Get your library card ready and search our card catalog to browse our titles! Just type VIDEO GAMES in the Subject Alphabetical box:

FYI we don't have games rated M for Mature.

Check our card catalog and events calendar frequently for more games and programs added each month.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Computer Classes

The Pemberton Community Library hosts several FREE computer classes for the public each month. Registration for classes is necessary and space is limited to 11. Classes are normally held in our Computer Center. Interested in taking a class? Click HERE and you'll be directed to our Events Calendar where you can browse each month's programs.

PC Basics
Learn to work in a Windows environment, navigate with the mouse, scroll, link, create and save files. This class is recommended for beginners only.

Microsoft Word
Learn the basics of the popular Microsoft Word Processing program to create and save your documents on a USB/flash drive. We no longer have floppy disk drives in our Computer Center computers. Mouse experienced is required for this class. 

Internet & E-mail
Learn how to search the internet; write and send e-mail; forward, reply, and send attachments in this class for beginners.

These classes are held on Monday nights at 6:30 pm. If you cannot attend, but are interested in receiving specialized computer help, we do offer One-On-One Computer Help. Contact us at 609-893-8262 to schedule an appointment with one of our librarians. Be prepared to let  them know at the time of scheduling any computer questions, programs, topics you would like to cover in your scheduled computer help session.

Looking for more computer classes at the Pemberton Library? Comment to this post with your suggestions!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Library Closed for Election Day

All branches of the Burlington County Library System will be CLOSED on Tuesday, November 2, 2010 for Election Day. 

Branches will re-open for regular hours on Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at 10:00 am. 

The main library in Westampton will be open on Tuesday, November 2, 2010 from 10:00 am-5:00 pm.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Halloween Parade

 The Annual Halloween Parade at the Library for the little ones was a success! Children ages 1-5 years old came dressed in costume and  joined us for a parade around the library! They received treats along the way and had a great time!

Check out the pictures from the event:


Monday, October 25, 2010

Staff Book Review

Get hooked again: simple steps to crochet more cool stuff
by Kim Werker, 2007

Book Description:  Everyone got hooked on Get Hooked, the first book from the coolest craft instructor ever, Kim Werker. Now even more girls can join the crochet crowd with Get Hooked Again. Simple, step-by-step instructions show exactly how to get started. Then the new crafters are ready for patterns-but these aren't any patterns. Those weird sweaters, bizarre afghans, & toilet-paper covers that look like Barbie's skirt? Forget them. Get Hooked Again lights up those crochet hooks with Ruby Slippers, a Gidget Bucket Hat, a Camo bag, pillows and much more. These patterns are so exciting and so "I want one!" that it's hard to choose. But why stop at one anyway? Make 'em all, wear 'em all, then make them and gift them all over again. It's a chain reaction that just won't quit!

I know this title is already 3 years old, but I just discovered it, so it is new to me! I really liked the first book, Get Hooked, and immediately put this title on hold when I saw another branch had it on their shelf. Get Hooked Again features new projects to crochet, which we will be doing in Knit/Crochet Club here at the library soon. 

Yarn Info!
As usual with crochet and knitting books, Get Hooked Again starts with crochet instructions, abbreviations and yarn information. This is a kid & teen-friendly book with vibrant pictures of projects and how-tos. I'm always looking for crochet and knitting books with great picture instructions to recommend to beginners that come to Knit/Crochet Club and I would highly recommend this title, as well as Get Hooked. My favorite part about this book is "How to read a yarn label" in the yarn section before the reader gets into the instructions.

I also loved how the projects are labeled by stitches used instead of the usual "beginner", "intermediate", "advanced", etc. Listed before each project are the different stitched used in the project such as "chain, slip stitch, double crochet..." which is easier to know if you can proceed with the project before learning a new stitch. For example, if you don't know how to double crochet and need to for a project, just check out the step-by-step colorful pictures of the stitch in the Instructions section of the book. 

Reviewed by Miss Theresa

So if you want to learn how to crochet, you don't have to be a kid or teen to check out this book. Pemberton Library doesn't have a copy, so get your library card ready and put it on hold and have it sent to the library of your choice to be picked up!

Don't forget about our weekly Knit/Crochet Club! We meet Monday nights at 6:30 pm in the Children's Area. Bring your own size 10 knitting needles or G/H crochet hook to get started on a project.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Adult Book Discussion

October's pick
Did you know that the Pemberton Community Library hosts a monthly book discussion group for adults? 

Every third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm, you'll be sure to find a group of book lovers ready to discuss the current month's book pick, lead by Sharon, Adult Reference Librarian. New members are always welcome! This month's pick is To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee. We'll be finishing the movie and discussing the book and the movie. 

Get ready for next month's meeting by checking out a copy of Charlotte Bronte's classic novel Jane Eyre. Next month's Adult Book Discussion will be on Tuesday, November 16th at 7:00 pm.

December's Adult Book Discussion will be held on Tuesday, December 21 at 7:00 pm and we'll be discussing Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls. Reserve your copy today!

Sign up for any Adult Book Discussion or any other programs at the library on our Events Calendar. Happy Reading!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Teen Read Week 2010

Celebrate Teen Read Week at the Pemberton Community Library starting Sunday, October 17th-Saturday, October 23! The theme this year is "Books with Beat @ Your Library." The members of the Pemberton Library Teen Advisory Board (TAB) came up with a contest called "Design a Mustache!" Teens ages 12-18 years can enter to win a drawing for a $15 iTunes gift card-all you have to do is give the pumpkin a face & mustache and return it to the Children's Information Desk by Friday, November 5th.  All entries will be put into a drawing and the winner will be notified on Saturday, November 6th.

Print out the contest sheet or pick one up on the Teen Read Week display at the library! Just make sure you return it by Friday, November 5th to be eligible to win! Good luck!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Library Closed for Columbus Day

All branches of the Burlington County Library System will be CLOSED on Monday, October 11, 2010 for Columbus Day. 

Branches will re-open for regular hours on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 10:00 am. 

The main library in Westampton will be open on Monday from 9:00 am-5:00 pm.


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Popular Series Shelf

The Children's Area has a new section dedicated to Popular Easy Series! 

You can now locate those hard-to-find easy paperbacks like Dora the Explorer, Caillou, Spongebob Squarepants, Thomas the Tank Engine and more on our easy to spot Popular Series Shelf!

Complete listing of what you can find on the Popular Series shelf!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Staff Book Review

Torment: a Fallen novel
by Lauren Kate, 2010

Book Description: Love Never Dies. Now that she's found him, Luce can hardly bear to be separated from Daniel, but he tells her he must go. Daniel is hunting down the immortals who want to kill Luce. Luce is hidden at Shoreline, a school with unusually gifted students: Nephilim, the offspring of fall angels and humans. 
There, Luce learns what the Shadows are, and how she can use them as her windows on her previous lives. Yet the more Luce learns, the more she realizes that Daniel hasn't told her everything. He's hiding something-something dangerous. 
What if Daniel's version of the past isn't the truth? And what if Luce is really meant to be with someone else?

If you have read the first in this series, Fallen, you've probably been waiting impatiently for Torment like I have. If you haven't read it yet, you won't be disappointed when you do! I read it in a day. Couldn't put it down. So many questions from the first book were answered and more questions replaced them that I'm assuming will be answered in the third book, Passion, due out Summer 2011. (eek! Such a long time to wait!)  My favorite part about the book is the main character, Luce. She has been reincarnated so many times, only to die when she finds and falls in love with Daniel, a fallen angel. Weird and unfortunate, I know. 
But in this life, she hasn't died... 

You can tell in Fallen that Luce has some grit to her and she doesn't disappoint in Torment. She stands up for herself and refuses to accept her situation. The girl has guts and this is the reason, I felt, that makes this life of Luce's different from her past lives.  I like main characters with guts. Who doesn't?

Obviously, Torment is strongly recommended by me, given that you read Fallen first. In the meantime, I know I will be anxiously counting down the days until Passion is published...

Recommended for Grades 7-12.

You can follow author Lauren Kate on Twitter and you can get updates from her website and Facebook!

Get your library card ready and click here to put Fallen and Torment on hold at your branch of the Burlington County Library System!

Reviewed by Miss Theresa

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Parachute Play

Some of our youngest patrons joined us for Parachute Play on Friday, September 24th!This program is aimed at the 2-4 year old age group to keep them active at the library. 
Everyone enjoyed a half hour of warm ups, parachute games and play time with others!
Everyone gets a turn to enjoy the breeze under the parachute!      

Don't let go!

Catch the next Parachute Play on Friday, November 19th @ 10:30 am. Registration begins November 1st at 10:00 am.
Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. 
This program is open to young children ages 2-4 years old.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Friends of the Library Fundraiser

The Friends of the Pemberton Community Library will be hosting a fundraiser at the Rita's Water Ice in Browns Mills, NJ on Tuesday, September 21st from 6-9 pm.

15% of sales will benefit the Library!

Come out and show your support! Visit with Burlington County Library's mascot, Book Buddy and get your face painted!

Want to become a Friend of the Pemberton Community Library? Click here for information and meeting dates & times!

Staff Book Review

Rules for School
by Alec Greven, 2010

Book Description: School is hard! There's a lot to know, like where to sit on the bus, how to find your way around the halls, and what to do to make sure you stay on your teacher's good side. Lucky for you Alec Greven has just turned eleven, and he's seen it all. Alec passes down his sixth-grade wisdom and gives advice that will help every student who's starting out or just started out on the wrong foot.

Recommended for grades K and up.

Every child that will be attending school in the future, currently going to school, even grown-ups that have experienced school should read this book! Some of it might even apply to going to college! Alec Greven is back again with his down-to-Earth way of telling the reader how it is. I loved every minute of it, from the facts he provides (21% of kids are excited to go to school, 70% of kids are scared, and 9% of kids just don't really care) to his advice about asking questions, don't make mom mad, school picture day and homework (there are 2 steps to homework: 1. Bring home 2. Do it 3. Bring back to school).

I strongly recommend this to any child nervous about the first day of school.

Reviewed by Miss Theresa

Want to place this item on hold? Get your library card ready and click here!

Interested in other books by Alec Greven? Search Burlington County Library's CARD CATALOG under author!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

2010 Summer Reading Recap

Thanks to all participants of this year's summer reading program at the Pemberton Community Library!

Children and Teens read a total of 6762 hours this summer! Out of 207 participants, 11 individuals reached 100 or more total hours read in this year's 8 week period of summer reading!

Adults that participated in the Adult Summer Reading Program submitted a total of 314 book reviews!

Just because summer is almost over, doesn't mean you're time at the library is over! We offer programs for all ages all year round! Stop in to pick up monthly calendars or check out or programs on the events calendar!


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Staff Book Review

Till you hear from me
by Pearl Cleage, 2010

Book Description: Returning readers to the fictional West End, Atlanta, community that is the setting for five of her seven novels, Cleage looks at questions of love and family, romance and responsibility, and politics and faith through the eyes of a cast of unforgettable characters.

Genre: African American Fiction for Adults

You think you have some books figured out but then you don't. This had a nice little twist!


Reviewed by Lettice

Get your library card ready if you want to place a hold on this title! Click here.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Staff Book Review

Inside Out
by Maria V. Snyder, 2010

Book Description: Trella's life is consumed by her job-- testing, cleaning, and making sure the pipes in her world are working. She spends her free time exploring the forbidden Upper Levels, but Trella's solitary, peaceful life is about to be disturbed when a prophet comes and promises a better life for her people.

I was browsing our card catalog to see if Ms. Snyder (author) wrote more books and found Inside Out in our Young Adult Room. Well, I thought, let's take it home, I can read the first chapter and return the book to the library if it is boring...

Little did I know! I got hooked! The young heroine drew me into her story and I had to keep on reading and reading and reading. The ending was great- quite unexpected. And guess what! There will be a sequel in 2011. 

URSULA'S WARNING: Only take the book out on a weekend, or take it with you on vacation. You may want to check out her "grown up" books if you like soft sci-fy fantasy.

P.S. There is violence and death. The heroine gets hurt. :(


Reviewed by Ursula

Did Ursula's review make you want to read Inside Out? Get your library card ready & click here for the listing in the Burlington County Library's Card Catalog!