Thank You for Your Support

This ThaThank younksgiving the Cranbury Public Library Foundation wants to thank our 500+ supporters for helping us reach over $2 million in our capital campaign for a new library.

We want to break ground in 2016!

You can help by sharing this message and spreading the word that the Cranbury Public Library Foundation is participating in #GivingTuesday on December 1, 2015.


On Giving Tuesday, help us create a buzz about the library campaign by:

  1. Downloading the I gave! icon and sharing it on your social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).
  2. Sharing the donor profiles we will be posting to the library’s Facebook page during the day on Tuesday.
  3. Encouraging your friends and neighbors to give back to their community by supporting the campaign for a new library!

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Did you know?

PayPal wants December 1, 2015 to be the biggest day of online giving in history — and the Cranbury Public Library Foundation can be a part of it.

PayPal is aiming to set a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for most money raised online for charity in 24 hours on #GivingTuesday 2015. #GivingTuesday also kicks-off PayPal’s month-long “Give Cheer” campaign, adding 1% to all donations made to any charity in the U.S. PayPal Giving Fund in the month of December when the gift is made through the donation page on PayPal. Since PayPal already waives fees on donations made through this giving portal, 101% of donations will be delivered to the Library Foundation all month long!

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We need your financial support NOW to finish the capital campaign in 2016!

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Over 500 households and businesses have contributed to this capital campaign!  Just this month, the capital campaign of the Cranbury Public Library Foundation achieved $2.0 MM.  Engineering drawings are completed, and when we have achieved $2.9 MM, we will break ground.

Read the full UPDATE here.

Cranbury Art Auction Raises over $12,000!

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Cranbury Art auction on Friday and bid on one or more pierces of the beautiful artwork available.  The Foundation raised over $12,000 for the new library!

Everyone who came enjoyed the evening.  Several guest auctioneers regaled the crowd with stories of Cranbury, remembrances of Don Jo and other fond memories.  Committeeman and guest auctioneer Glenn Johnson took his role very seriously indeed by dressing in white tie and tails.  See Glenn and other photos of the evening’s festivities here.

Thanks go foremost to Virginia Swanagan who donated the majority of artwork as well as David Nissen and Janice Altieri.  A big thank you also goes to Kathy Morolda of Cranbury Station Gallery.  Kathy donated her time and expertise presiding over the evening and running the auction. We also want to thank our guest auctioneers:  Roy Reinhardt, JoD Andrews, Lisa Beach, Dave Cook, Susan Goetz, Glenn Johnson, Andre Moutenot and Pat Demers.

All of this would not have been possible without the Library Foundation Capital Campaign Committee members.  They have worked tirelessly to raise $2 million in funds for the new library. Now it’s up to you.   Please donate and help us raise the last million this year.  If you do, Cranbury will have a new library in 2016!

Cranbury Art Auction

On Friday, September 18th the Library Foundation is excited to present a special Cranbury Art Auction to raise funds for the new community library.  We will be auctioning original artwork by long time Cranbury resident, Don Jo Swanagan.  The selection includes depictions of several Cranbury landmarks such as local churches, barns, the museum, the firehouse and the (now gone) Cranbury water tower.   Other paintings are of the Jersey Shore, many from Beach Haven.  These paintings come to us courtesy of Virginia Swanagan, widow of Don.  See the artwork.

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Also being auctioned are several vibrant photographs of Cranbury taken by resident David Nissen and a beautiful jacket hand made by Janice Altieri.  To make sure no one goes home empty handed there will be several silent auction items as well.

The auction will be held  Friday, September 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the School’s Large Group Room.  The cost to attend is $10 per person and is limited to 80 attendees.  Tickets must be purchased in advance at the library or from Foundation Committee Members.  The evening will start with a preview of both live and silent items being auctioned.  This will be the time to visit with friends, enjoy light refreshments, and ultimately choose your favorite items to bid on.  The bidding will begin at 8:00.  Remember to bid early and bid often.  Help us build the new library!


Jail and Bail Fundraiser



On Cranbury Day, September 12, 2015 the following perpetrators will be booked and held in the Library Jail Cell on Main Street:

  • Barbara Adams, beloved Kindergarten Teacher
  • Matthew Curran, soft-spoken Cranbury Dad
  • Vincent Iannaci, owner of the Cranbury Bagel Barn

These culprits are wanted for supporting the new library and need to raise bail to break free! They are counting on their friends and neighbors to support the Cranbury Library Foundation in their names so they can get out of jail free!

Help build a new public library for Cranbury!

Francine and Friends Concert

Thank you to Francine Hannay and fellow Cranbury musicians Bernard, Philip, and Max Geiger, along with Leslie Hart for a wonderful concert last Saturday evening.  Francine has a vast repertoire and  a remarkable ability to play whatever song is requested.  The Sound of Music sing-along was very popular with the crowd.  All in all, everyone enjoyed a warm nostalgic evening.