A week from Saturday is the first-ever Cranbury Chinese New Year Celebration! Good food, music, and cultural demonstrations have been organized by Chinese Cranbury families in support of the new public library. Tickets are available at the library. The photo shows organizers for the Chinese New Year celebration. From left to right is Mike Ferrante, Sen Yang, Jessie Yin, Kirstie Venanzi, Fei Tian, Marilynn Mullen and Christine Tu.
Christine Tu and her family and friends want a new public library to be built in Cranbury. They had already contributed with personal donations, but realized they could do more as a group than they could individually. So, in late 2014, Christine and 20 other local families conceived the idea of a Chinese New Year Party for the community to help kick-start the final phase of the new public library facility campaign.
“It all started with a casual conversion about getting together and what’s happening in town,” Christine said. “Many new families in town don’t know about the new public library project.” (Since the late 1960s, the Public Library has shared a small space with the Cranbury School Library, an arrangement that worked 40 years ago, but no longer meets the needs of the community or the school.) Christine Tu and her friends Jessie Yin, Shaolin Liu, Fei Tian, Sean Yang and Theresa Zhang formed a planning committee and rallied 20 other local families to arrange the upcoming Chinese New Year Party for the community.
In partnership with the Cranbury Public Library and the Foundation Committee, their vision is coming alive on February 28 at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Cranbury. On that day, the community of Cranbury is invited to enjoy homemade Chinese food, martial arts demonstrations, music performances, tai chi, calligraphy, mahjong, games and prizes, all while supporting a central part of the community.
“We are so excited that the library foundation is partnering with us on this important project,” Christine explained. “There are many Chinese families in Cranbury, and we hope this event shares our cultural heritage with the widest set of our neighbors as possible, and equally important, we’d like to give back to our lovely community.” Michael Ferrante, 2015 president of the Cranbury Public Library Foundation, is pleased at how this event fits into the fundraising campaign. “We are approaching the last third of the campaign to raise the $3.2 million to build this community library that will also have meeting rooms, will serve as a home for Cranbury’s historical archive, and will provide space for programming to serve the citizens and community groups in town. This event is a great way to raise awareness about the project, beyond the 400+ families and organizations who have already contributed.” While a stand-alone public library has been on the master plan for over 20 years, it took a small group of committed individuals to start the program to raise the capital funds for the new building from the members of the Cranbury community.
The Chinese New Year event will take place from noon to 3:00 on February 28.
Tickets for the event can be purchased at the Cranbury Public Library.
Adults are $20 each and children 6 and over are $10. For more information, contact the Cranbury Public Library (609-655-0555).
Jill Frost and Teresa Vaccaro from the Cranbury Education Foundation present Mike Ferrante with a check for the Cranbury Library Foundation Capital Campaign.
In a letter addressed to the Foundation Jill Frost, president of the Cranbury Education Foundation wrote:
To show our support for a new public library for the township of Cranbury, please accept our $1000 donation to your build fund. We hope this contribution will help you to reach your goals and create another community space for our town.
The Cranbury Education Foundation is also a community based foundation and therefore appreciates the hard work and commitment your board has shown to our wonderful community. We wish you much success as you continue to work towards your goal.
This could be Cranbury’s new library – possibly by next winter!
The Library Board and Foundation are working hard to make it happen. We have over $1.85 million
in funds and more than 400 households
supporting the project. If you are one of our donors – Thank You! If you haven’t contributed yet, we invite you to become a part of this exciting project.
The Library Board has hired an architect to begin the detailed drawings and to get our project “shovel ready”. This library is well on its way to becoming a reality — the center for learning, gathering, and connecting that our town deserves! Remember, contributions are tax deductible.
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November 11, 2014
Come to dinner (4:00 – 7:00 p.m.) at TEDDY’S RESTAURANT. Mention this event and TEDDY’S will donate 20% of your bill to support building the new library!
A NOVEL way to support the new library!
At the Library Q & A presentation last week Lions Club President, Phyllis Johnson, presents a check to Patricia Thomssom, Library Foundation President. The check for $1,800 was the the proceeds from the Lions 3rd annual Duck Race on Cranbury Day. Over the last three years the Lions Club of Cranbury has donated $3,230 to the Foundation’s Capital Campaign to build a new library. Thank you Lions!
Tuesday, September 30 at 7:00 p.m.in the Cranbury School Large Group Room.
View the drawings. ~ Meet the architect. ~ Ask questions.
The Library Board will present the latest drawings of the new community library. The architect, Anthony Iovino, will also be present to discuss the project. The public is invited to ask questions and share their comments.
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This summer the Library Foundation has been working hard to increase our donor support by adding 50 donors each month for a total of 200 new donors!
We’re making progress. Since June we’ve added 121 families and businesses to our donor list. But that means in September we need to add 79 more to meet our goal!
If you already donated – thank you. If you haven’t – there is still time to help us meet our goal!
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Visit our table on Cranbury Day. The first 50 new donors will receive a free gift.
The latest drawings of the library will be displayed at Cranbury Day. When you see all that the new library will offer the community, you’ll know why we are excited. So take the Challenge and become a donor.
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This summer the Foundation Capital Campaign received an anonymous donation of $330,000!
With this donation and others received this summer, our capital campaign total is $1,828,631. We are now more than halfway to raising the total cost of $3.2 million needed for your new community library.
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