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Next Bites for Books is May 12!

Our next Bites for books is Monday, May 12 at TEDDY’S RESTAURANT! Go to Teddy’s for dinner (4 to 7 p.m.) and mention the Library. Teddy’s will donate 20% of your bill to the Library Foundtion!


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More Thanks to Teddy's

The Foundation had another successful Bites for Books at Teddy’s on March 10 netting another $230 donation. Thanks to everyone who dined at Teddy’s that evening and to George for supporting our campaign for a new community library! Our next Bites for Books will be on Monday, May 12. I hope I’ll see you there!

Thanks to McCaffrey's Market

The Foundation is now collecting receipts from McCaffrey’s Market as part of their 1% program. McCaffery’s will donate 1% of the total of receipts we collect and turn in. We have already received $168 for the receipts we turned in for January and February! So keep the receipts coming!

Donation Funds History Archive

Thanks to a sizable donation from a private donor and matching funds from the Cranbury Historical and Preservation Society the new library will have a Cranbury History Archive.

The Cranbury Public Library Foundation received a pledge of $45,000 from the Cranbury Historical and Preservation Society (CHPS) to help fund a Cranbury History Archive in the new library facility being planned. “The History Archive will have compact shelving in a room designed for archival storage,” said Kirstie Venanzi, Library Board President and member of the Foundation. “We have to work out all the details, but this archive will allow people to access historical documents whenever the library is opened.”

The funding for the History Archive was spurred by another donor to the Library Foundation. This donor, who wishes to remain anonymous for now, offered a challenge grant. The donor would pledge $26,000 to fund the History Archive if CHPS would pledge the remaining funds needed. “We are so excited to receive these donations,” said Marilynn Mullen, Library Director. “The local library is the logical place to store and access historical documents. The library is delighted to be partnering with the Historical Society in preserving Cranbury’s history.”

Jo D Andrews, CHPS president, was thrilled that CHPS unanimously voted to fund the History Archive. “Both of our organizations have an interest in preserving Cranbury’s history by safeguarding primary source documents,” she said. “The History Archive in the new library is a great way to accomplish this!”

The Library Foundation assured CHPS that their society would retain ownership of all their materials, even if stored in the library. Detailed instructions will be written up on exactly how the materials are to be stored and accessed by library users. The library staff will take requests for materials and retrieve them from the archive. To view very old, fragile, materials, users may be asked to wear protective gloves and use special book stands to hold the item.

Thank you to Teddy's!

In case you were wondering, the Library Foundation received $235 dollars from Teddy’s Restaurant in response to Bites for Books! Keep watching. I hear there will be another event in March.

Thank You Cranbury!

Thank you to everyone who came to dinner at Teddy’s on Monday night. The restaurant was packed and by 6:30 every table was filled! I had a great time greeting the diners and visiting with neighbors. Thank you for making “Bites for Books” such a successful event.

Teddy's Restaurant partners with Library Foundation

The Library Foundation has come up with a novel way to support the new community library – Bites for Books!

On Monday, January 13 go to dinner at Teddy’s Restaurant between 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Mention the new library and 20% of your bill will be donated to the Foundation!

Foundation members are excited about this opportunity to increase awareness of their capital campaign, Building Spaces, Expanding Minds, Creating Community. “We will all be dining at Teddy’s that evening,”
said library director, Marilynn Mullen who is also a Foundation member. “If anyone has questions about the new community library we will be happy to share our plans with them. We hope to see many of our friends and neighbors at Teddy’s that evening.”

Foundation Director Mel Lehr will be missed.

Foundation Director Mel Lehr passed away on June 8, 2013.  Mel served as a Cranbury Library Foundation Director since 2010 and his expertise will be sorely missed by the Board.  As an early leadership donor to the Foundation’s Capital Campaign, he and his wife Kathy enthusiastically supported the goal of a new community public library and shared their zeal with others.  His work on the Foundation was much appreciated by all.

From June 9 Obituary Section, Home News Tribune

Melvin Richard Lehr AGE: 75 • Cranbury

Melvin Richard Lehr, 75, of Cranbury passed away Saturday, June 8, 2013 at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. Born in Amherst, New York, he lived in Cleveland, Ohio, Trenton, New Jersey and Plainsboro, New Jersey before moving to Cranbury in 2004.

He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Bilbao Lehr of Cranbury; his daughter, Deborah Lehr Trivedi and son-in-law, Dhrupad Trivedi of Pleasanton, California; two grandchildren, Nishaad and Aria Trivedi also of Pleasanton, California; one sister, Carolyn Lehr of Athens, Georgia.

He enjoyed a 45 year career as a transportation engineer and planner.
After obtaining his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Case Institute of Technology, he became the chief traffic engineer for the city of Cleveland. He then was a principle in the firm of Dalton, Dalton and Little, an architecture and engineering firm.

When he moved to New Jersey, he served as the NJ Department of Transportation Director of Research and Planning and later as Assistant Commissioner of NJDOT. He then started his own transportation engineering and planning firm, Lehr and Associates, which he owned and managed for many years. In preparation for his retirement, he sold his firm to Frederick R. Harris, Inc. (now AECOM), where he served as vice president until his retirement in 1999.

For over 20 years he was on the Board of Directors of PlanSmart New Jersey, a non-profit organization which supports sound land use planning. In his retirement, he served on several boards including the Board of Trustees of the Homeowners Association for Four Seasons at Historic Cranbury, the Cranbury Zoning Board of Adjustment, Cranbury Housing Associates, Keeping Pace and the Cranbury Public Library Foundation. Mel was an avid reader and enjoyed traveling in retirement, as well as spending time with family and friends.

Calling hours will be held Tuesday, June 11, 2013 from 4 pm to 8 pm at the Barlow & Zimmer Funeral Home, 202 Stockton Street, Hightstown, NJ 08520. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday at
10 am. Burial will follow at Holy Trinity Cemetery, Hopelawn, NJ.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Princeton HealthCare System Foundation, 3626 US Route One, Princeton, NJ 08540, or to the Cranbury Public Library Foundation, 23 North Main Street, Cranbury, NJ 08512.

Published in Home News Tribune on June 9, 2013

Fundraiser Kickoff for New Cranbury Library

The Cranbury Public Library Foundation held a kickoff celebration Sunday afternoon to launch its campaign to raise funds for a new library and community center. The ceremony was held in Teddy’s restaurant, a favorite eating and meeting place in Cranbury. It was attended by lover 100 library supporters and donors who contributed seed money prior to the campaign launch. A total of $1.2M has been raised to date toward a goal of $3.2M. Dignitaries including State Senator Linda Greenstein, State Assembly candidate Ron Haas, Cranbury Mayor Glenn Johnson, former mayor Wayne Wittman, and members of the Cranbury Township Committee were present to express their support for public libraries and wish the project success.
The present Cranbury library shares space in the township’s elementary school with the school library. Space is limited for books and compromises are often required between school and public uses. A new free-standing public library will better serve the adult population during school hours and leave more space for children’s books and activities in the school library. The new library will be located on township-provided land near the school so children can access it conveniently after school.
Attendees at the kickoff celebration viewed detailed renderings of the exterior and interior of the proposed new building that were prepared by KSS Architects of Princeton. The future library will embrace modern information technology. In addition to traditional books, it will have computer work stations, internet access for people with their own computers, dedicated study and reading areas, digital media, a learning center, and a digital media equipped community meeting and lecture room.
For information about making a tax-deductible contribution click on Ways to Give.

State Senator Linda Greenstein with Library Board President Kirstie Venanzi and Cranbury Mayor Glenn Johnson.