Arts & Entertainment

Cranford Resident Invites Readers to Visit New Little Free Library

The Little Free Library can be visited any time at 102 Centennial Avenue. Credits: Allison Tyler
The Little Free Library can be visited any time at 102 Centennial Avenue. Credits: Allison Tyler
The Little Free Library can be visited any time at 102 Centennial Avenue. Credits: Allison Tyler
The Little Free Library can be visited any time at 102 Centennial Avenue. Credits: Allison Tyler

CRANFORD, NJ – A new Little Free Library has popped up in Cranford at 102 Centennial Avenue.

The library, a small mosaic box filled with books, was created by Cranford resident Allison Tyler, who wanted to share her love of books with the community. It is the third one in Cranford, in addition to Little Free Libraries on Manor Avenue and Belmont Avenue.

“Libraries have always been my happy place, a true gift since I was a child,” Tyler said. “Cranford's Public Library is a wonderful resource in our community, and I basically grew up among the stacks of the Linden Public Library. We love our town and wanted to connect with our neighbors, and share our love of books and reading.”

Sign Up for E-News

The Little Free Library is a global trend in which community members can participate in a "take a book, leave a book" exchange, normally found in small wooden boxes. There are 50,000 Free Little Libraries in the United States alone, but more exist in 70 countries around the world.

Tyler decorated her creative library by adding a stained glass mosaic to a Little Free Library box that she purchased on Etsy. She filled the box on her own for the beginning, but was given her first "reading buddy," a toy put in libraries for kids to take home and practice reading with, by the owners of the Little Free Library on Broad Steet in Westfield

“Reading saves lives and makes them soar,” Tyler said. “It is a pleasure to share with our community.”

People are welcome to stop by at any time, and Tyler will soon add an interior light to the library so night owls can visit. She asks that readers message her if they have any special requests.

“If there's a specific book or subject matter you're interested in, please let us know,” Tyler said. “If you visit, feel free to sign our guestbook; we love reading the messages left so far! If you share photos of our library on social media we'd love to see them.”

The Little Free Library can be visited in person anytime or found online using the hastage #littlefreelibrarycranford or on Instagram or Facebook under “Little Free Library Cranford.”

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Wiffle Ball Tournament in Westfield Friday to Benefit Camp for Kids with Cancer

May 22, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — The 8th Annual Sister Pat’s Kids Camp Wiffle Ball Tournament will take place place this Friday, May 25, at 3 p.m. at Tamaques Park.

Money from the tournament, which run by Westfield High School students, will go to Sister Pat’s week-long summer camp in Esopus, NY, where kids suffering from cancer and other blood disorders from New York Presbyterian Hospital go ...

Suspect Charged in Fatal Hit-and-Run Flees Country

May 22, 2018

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – A 36-year-old suspect charged in the hit-and-run death of a pedestrian May 15th has fled the country, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Charges have been filed against Mario Infante, age 36, of New Street, Plainfield, following an investigation by detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office and North Plainfield ...

Union County Celebrates National Trails Day with Free Guided Hikes and Activities, June 2

May 22, 2018

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites residents and visitors of all ages to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of National Trails Day at the Watchung Reservation on Saturday, June 2, where the County’s Trailside Nature & Science Center will host four different guided hikes and an Adopt-a-Trail volunteer activity along with special programs throughout the day for all ages. The ...

Cranford Police Blotter: DWI Arrest & More

May 22, 2018

The information provided does not represent the total scope of police activity. Individuals charged as a result of police investigations are merely an accusation. All defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

1. 05/17/2018 @ 2012 hrs.

North Avenue East and the Garden State Parkway 137 Exchange

Arrested: Charles McKoy, 19, North Plainfield

Arrested by: Ptl. James ...

Upcoming Events

Wed, May 23, 7:00 PM

The Cranford Hotel (sponsored by Calvary Lutheran Church), Cranford

Beer & Bible

Religions And Spirituality

Fri, June 1, 8:00 AM

Royce Brook Golf Club, Hillsborough Township

Liam's Room 5th Annual Charity Golf Outing

Giving Back Sports


Fri, June 1, 5:00 PM

Cranford Elks, Cranford

Spaghetti Dinner and Tricky Tray to Benefit Relay ...

Food & Drink

'Turning Off the Morning News' brings comic twist

‘Turning Off the Morning News’ tackles today’s issues with a comic twist

By Liz Keill

PRINCETON, N J – Despite the late night comics, no one quite captures the insanity of the political/social status world like Christopher Durang.

His latest play, “Turning off the Morning News” hit the ground running.  John Pankow as Jimmy addresses the audience, ...

'To Kill a Mockingbird' Sustains Timeless Appeal

SUMMIT, NJ – The Summit Playhouse provides a stellar production of a much loved classic, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

The Harper Lee novel, later a Gregory Peck film and now a stage production, retains all the warmth, intensity and integrity that made it such an appealing hit in the 1960s. And there will be a new production on Broadway in December with a script by Aaron Sorkin ...

I totally Support Garwood Mayor Lombardo and His Team

May 22, 2018

A lot of people call me the “Voice of Garwood” because I usually have a lot to say. Those who know me know I only say things that I mean and that are truthful. I totally support our current mayor, Charles Lombardo, and his running mates, Jennyfer and Vincent, because I believe in them, and they are truthful. I would appreciate the people of Garwood coming together to re-elect Mayor ...