Collingswood, New Jersey

Collingswood's Town Book Announced!

Each year, organizers of the Collingswood Book Festival annouce the annual Town Book - a literaray choice that hundreds of residents enjoy together over the summer. The author then participates in the October festival, taking questions and interacting with readers. This year, the festival committee chose When Books Went to War: The Stories that Helped Us Win World War II. Copies are available at the Collingswood Public Library.

When America entered World War II in 1941, we faced an enemy that had banned and burned over 100 million books and caused fearful citizens to hide or destroy many more. Outraged librarians launched a campaign to send free books to American troops and gathered 20 million hardcover donations. In 1943, the War Department and the publishing industry stepped in with an extraordinary program: 120 million small, lightweight paperbacks, for troops to carry in their pockets and their rucksacks, in every theater of war. When Books Went to War is an inspiring story for history buffs and book lovers alike.

Molly Guptill Manning grew up in Latham, New York. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Alpha Theta from the University at Albany and went on to earn a master’s degree in American History. Presently, she is an attorney at the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

In 2014, When Books Went to War: The Stories that Helped Us Win World War II made its debut. Telling the true tale of how America’s librarians and publishers educated the nation about the importance of books in wartime and distributed over 140 million books to American servicemen during World War II, it commemorates one of the most inspired and long forgotten chapters in American publishing history.  The book is a New York Times best seller.  Molly lives in Manhattan with her husband.

 “When Books Went to War is a thoroughly engaging, enlightening, and often uplifting account of America’s counterattack against Nazi Germany’s wholesale burning of books. During World War II, the U.S. government, along with librarians and publishers, dispatched millions of books to American GIs, sailors, and flyers, using the written word itself as a powerful reply to tyranny, thought control, absolutism, and perverse ideology. I was enthralled and moved.”
—Tim O’Brien, author of The Things They Carried

 “Well written, carefully researched, and drawing upon primary sources and news articles, this book brings to life a little-known part of World War II culture. VERDICT: Highly readable and extremely appealing, this book is perfect for any bibliophile or historians interested in the stories from the home front.”
—Library Journal

Mrs. Manning will appear at the Collingswood Book Festival on Saturday, October 1, 2016. For more information, please visit

The town book provides an opportunity for our entire community to bond over some of the great themes in literature: love, loss, friendship, courage, family, physical or spiritual challenges. The Book Festival committee hopes that our town finds our book selections entertaining as well as educational. Through reading we believe that our community will develop a clearer understanding of themselves, the world in which they live and their place in it.

Teen Events/Programs at the Library

Teen Comic Book Club
April 13th, May 11th, June 8th
Free! Snacks!
For fans of Comic Books, Graphic Novels, and Manga. Discuss your favorite titles, recommend new books, and work on your own projects.
4pm - 5pm / Teen Area (2nd floor) / Grades: 7 - 12

Teen Board Gaming Club 
April 20th, May 18th, June 15th
Free!  Snacks!
Come play board games at the Library.  Bring your own games or play some classics from the Teen Area's collection. Some featured games include King of Tokyo, Settlers of Cattan, Magic: The Gathering, Apples to Apples, etc.
4pm - 5pm / Teen Area (2nd Floor) / Grades: 7 - 12

Teen Video Games: Wii Wednesday
April 27th, May 25th
Free!  Snacks!
Come play video games on our Nintendo Wii System! Play Mario Kart, Tony Hawk, Just Dance and more in the Library's Teen Area!
3:30pm - 5pm / Teen Area (2nd Floor) / Grades: 7 - 12 


Collingswood Public Library
771 Haddon Avenue
Collingswood, NJ  08108


Free Comic Book Day

Comic Book Fans Unite!

Free Comic Book Day is on the way. Join us on Saturday, May 7th from 11am to 1pm at the Collingswood Free Public Library. All ages are invited to get free comics, giveaways, and refreshments! Special guest Neil R. King, a local illustrator and teacher at Collingswoo dHigh School will be giving a presentation and selling copies of his books/sketches at noon. There will also be comic themed crafts and several prize drawings. This free event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and Fat Jack's Comicrypt.

Spring storytimes at the Library!

Bring the kids out to enjoy free reading events at the Collingswood Public Library!

Tiny Tot Storytime for children 18-35 months old
Fridays at 10am sharp in the Peter P. Childs Meeting Room

Because of the nature of the program and the age of the children, latecomers will not be admitted
Spring 2016 Storytime dates: April 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27, June 3 & 10

This program includes simple stories, finger plays, songs, and playtime. New attendees can register by emailing us at Please include your child’s name and age, and your phone number. Collingswood Public Library, 771 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood, NJ 08108. 856-858-0649


Spring Storytime for 3, 4 & 5 year olds
Thursdays at 10am in the Peter P. Childs Meeting Room

Three, four, and five-year-old children meet on Thursdays at 10am in the Peter P. Childs Meeting Room at the Library for stories, songs, finger plays, snack, and a play period.  A theme-related craft is given to each child to take home.  Coffee is provided for adults.

Spring 2016 Dates & Themes
April 7 - You’ve Got a Friend
April 14 - Shaping Up
April 21 - I Speak for the Trees
April 28 - All the World
May 5 - Let’s Party
May 12 - My Very Own Pet
May 19 - Dog-Gone
May 26 - Mother Goose is on the Loose
June 2    - Imagine a Dragon
June 9 - Lions, Tigers, & Bears, Oh My

New attendees can register for this session by emailing us at Please include your child’s name and age, and your phone number. Collingswood Public Library, 771 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood, NJ 08108. 856-858-0649

Perkins Lawn Chair Concerts - free in April & June

Perkin's Lawn Chair Concert Series at Collingswood is a free public music series. Bring your own lawn chair, grab a treat from local businesses and enjoy the sounds of music all while picnicing!

Perkins Center’s Faculty & Friends Cover David Bowie Saturday, April 16 in conjunction with Green Fesitval 12:45PM at Irvin Avenue
Special Guests from Candy Volcano, this supergroup merges lava-hot talent and taffy-sweet skills from all over the region. 25+ singers and musicians will perform works by David Bowie, T Rex, Mott the Hoople, Sweet, Lou Reed, NY Dolls, even Queen, Alice Cooper and whatever strikes their fancy. They're not impersonating anyone; they're playing stellar versions of great songs, in a stratospheric extravaganza of rocking high-spirited fun. 

Mercury Radio Theater: Part of June's 2nd Saturday, June 11 6:00PM at Woodlawn & Haddon Avenue
Mercury Radio Theater combines exotica-punk, bizarre radio plays, and iconic animations to the joy of audiences far and wide. Their spectacle often draws from love, loss, and alienation using classic science fiction themes. Mercury Radio Theater takes old world gypsy melodies, injects the strange instrumentation of a group of North Philly side-walk sale refugees, and slathers on a glaze of dance hall punk, to dazzle audiences with a show that will ultimately result in a migraine of catchy songs and red raw vocal cords from shout choruses. 

For more information click here!

Dining Out for Life, April 14

Twelve Collingswood restaurants participating in Dining Out For Life, April 14

 Fight AIDS on April 14 as part of the 26th Annual Dining Out For Life

 Here’s food for thought.  Through the ordinary act of dining out, you can have an extraordinary impact on your community.  You can make a meal meaningful by Dining Out For Life. That’s the message in the latest commercial for Dining Out For Life, which returns to the Southern Jersey area on Thursday, April 14. More than 150 restaurants and food trucks will again participate across the Delaware Valley, each donating 33 percent of their food sales for the day to local HIV/AIDS service organizations.

Dining Out For Life is a national fundraiser for HIV/AIDS programs with more than 3,000 restaurants donating a portion of their proceeds from this one special day of dining to the AIDS service agency in their community. In 2015 the event took place in 53 cities, included over 3,050 restaurants and raised over $4.23 Million raised for HIV/AIDS. 

In Collingswood, guests can dine at El Sitio Café & Grill, IndeBlue Indian Cuisine, L'Oceano, Nunzio Ristorante Rustico, Oasis Mexican Grill, Sabrina’s Café, Sapori Trattoria, The Candy Jar, The Pop Shop, The Tortilla Press, BIstro DiMarino and Villa Barone to give back.

On Thursday, April 14, thirty-three awesome restaurants in South Jersey will open their doors and their hearts to this national fundraiser with local funds benefitting the services of Camden Area Health Education Center (AHEC). Camden AHEC is committed to improving the health of the medically underserved ­ the ethnic and culturally diverse, the aged, the poor, the very young, the unemployed, the homeless and the uninsured. Camden AHEC is the only organization in Southern New Jersey to operate a drop in center designed to provide resources and HIV education to young men of the gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning community. Camden AHEC’s mobile van provides HIV counseling and testing services to over 1,000 individuals annually. Particular emphasis on providing HIV/AIDS prevention services and support to those individuals infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. Read more about their programs at

For more information about Dining Out for Life, visit

2016 Southern New Jersey Participating Restaurants:
Barnsboro Inn
Bistro DiMarino
Bistro To Go
Casa Bella Trattoria
CousCous Moroccan Cuisine
El Sitio Grill & Café
Filomena Cucina Italiana
Harvest Season Grill & Wine Bar – Moorestown
Heart Beet Kitchen
Indeblue – Collingswood
Keg & Kitchen
Kitchen 519
L’Oceano Ristorante
Los Amigos – Atlantic City
Los Amigos – West Berlin
Ms. Nancy’s Place Soulfood Restaurant
Newtown Restaurant and Lounge
Norma’s Restaurant
Nunzio Ristorante Rustico
Oasis Mexican Grill
Sabrina’s Café Collingswood
Sapori Trattoria
Short Hills Restaurant & Deli
Steak 38 Café
Tejas Grill – Lindenwold
The Candy Jar
The Pop Shop Collingswood
The Pop Shop Medford
The Tortilla Press
Tortilla Press Cantina
Tre Famiglia Ristorante
Villa Barone
Villari’s Lakeside
Westmont Bagel
Westmont Diner



Mark Newbie PTA Basket Raffle

The Mark Newbie PTA Basket Raffle is coming up on Friday, April 15, at the Collingswood Community Center with the doors opening up at 6:30pm.  Admission is $5 which includes coffee, tea, soda, water, and light snacks. PRESALE tickets for Regular Baskets are 5 sheets for $15 and for Super Prize Baskets 2 tickets for $5 or 6 for $10.  You pay in cash at the door that night. For Presale orders, contact Brenda at (856) 745-9690 or  Ticket sales increase that evening. There will also be a 50/50 and door prizes! We have a lot of great baskets!

Water main flushing in April

The Borough of Collingswood Water Department will begin flushing the water system starting Sunday, April  17 and will continue through Wednesday, April 20.

The Water Main Flushing program is designed to remove natural minerals like iron and calcium that sometimes collect in the bottom of water mains. This operation may cause a temporary discoloration in your water supply. By allowing your water to run for a short period of time, the problem should clear itself. Please be assured, although the water may be discolored, it is safe for human use.

Should you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Water Department Superintendent, Tom McCarthy at 856-854-2332 from Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Collingswood to host antique appraisal event for April 9 Second Saturday

“Antiques on the Ave” is featured event for April
Check out the Facebook event page HERE!

Search the attic and gather your heirlooms! The Borough of Collingswood and Collingswood Rotary will host an antique appraisal event as part of 2nd Saturday on April 9. Guests can bring their trinkets, antiques and collectibles up to Haddon Avenue to ask local experts about their value.

Antiques on the Avenue will bring local experts to appraise items
including jewelry, fine arts, antiques, decorative arts, silver, China, glass, Oriental carpets, sports memorabilia and general household items. Appraisals will take place at Collingswood Borough Hall, 678 Haddon Ave, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Appraisers include Francesca Ellis of Ellis Antiques in Collingswood, Nick DePace and Eric Kratz of the DePace Museum of Sports, Tracy O'Donnell of McGarry’s Jewelry in Collingswood and Katherine Linzey, president of Linzey Appraisal Associates, LLC and an accredited member of the American Society of Appraisers.

Guests can have their items appraised at $5 per item. Money raised benefits Collingswood Rotary projects such a scholarship programs, Thanksgiving baskets, Little League and other community events and organizations. Appraisals are on a first come first served basis and guests are limited to bring 10 items per person. Light refreshments will be served and guests can spend the evening enjoying the art and music of 2nd Saturday throughout Collingswood's downtown before or after their appraisals.

“We saw quite a few treasures last year,” said Collingswood's Director of Community Development Cass Duffey."Heirlooms, artwork, jewelry – people really lined up to get the scoop on their stuff. It was a really fun night. We hope we pack Haddon Avenue again, both with antiques and guests here for the art and music lining the downtown.”
Opinions of value are verbal and informal, and may not be used for insurance or charitable donations, which require a certified appraisal. Arrangements for written appraisals can be made with appraisal team separately.

2nd Saturday is Collingswood’s monthly art and music event. Experience dozens of one-night art exhibits tucked in retail shops, restaurants and spots on each block as well as the shopping and dining Collingswood is known for. As always, 2nd Saturdays are free. Just visit Collingswood, stroll and enjoy the culture - on us. Learn more about visiting or participating in 2nd Saturday by visiting the 2nd Saturday page here.

Report municipal issues online!

Collingswood introduces Residential Self Service, allows residents to report issues online

Got an issue? We can handle that! Collingswood is making it easier for residents to report municipal issues to departments by offering a ‘residential self service’ program on

The new system allows residents to report non-emergency issues like animal concerns, brush pickup, clogged storm drains, electronics recycling, grass concerns, hanging limbs, leaf pickup, parks and playground issues, potholes, recycling, snow removal, street lighting, street sign issues and stump removal. Those that submit an issue receive notification when their job has been received and confirmation when completed. The service can be accessed here.

“Feedback from residents on issues is key to keeping things running smoothly,” said Collingswood Commissioner Mike Hall. “This streamlines the process of contacting departments with concerns and gets info directly to officials that can solve the problem. It also lets residents know their issue is being addressed.”

In the case of emergency always call 911 immediately. To contact the police department’s non-emergency line call 856-854-1900. Overnight parking must be called in directly to 856-854-1901 x590.

If you require official documents, please contact Collingswood’s Clerk Holly Mannel at or 856-854-0720 x127.

If you are having issues with your water please call the Water Department directly at 856-854-2332.

Permits, taxes and certain other tasks must be handled at Collingswood Borough Hall, 678 Haddon Ave, Collingswood, NJ 08108. A full list of Borough officials is at


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