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Pitman, NJ 08071
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McCowan Library Hires New Director

The McCowan Memorial Library Board of Directors is pleased to announce that they have hired Andrew Coldren for the position of Library Director, replacing Sharon Furgason following her scheduled retirement in December.

The Board would like to take the opportunity to thank Sharon for her many years of dedicated service to both the McCowan Library and to the larger library community. Sharon has been a great asset to the library and will be very much missed. We truly hope that Sharon enjoys many adventures as she begins a new chapter in her life.

Mr. Coldren comes to the McCowan Library from the Salem County Historical Society where he served as Administrator and Curator. He has a Batchelor of Arts in Anthropology from Temple University and a Master of Arts in American History from Villanova University. He has worked as curator of the former Civil War Museum of Philadelphia and has curated special exhibits in Philadelphia and Miami. Mr. Coldren also earned a Master of Science degree in Library and Information Science from Drexel University. During his time there, he worked as the Reserve Room Supervisor in the Circulation Department of the W.W. Hagerty Library on the Drexel campus.

Andrew comes to the McCowan Library committed to the idea that the public library is the heart and soul of a community. Commitment to that community and an emphasis on providing customers with the resources and materials they need as well as on great customer service will be the emphasis of the McCowan Library going forward.

The Board of Directors is excited to begin this new phase at McCowan, and we welcome everyone to come to the Library, experience this great community resource and welcome the new Director.

The Gloucester County Art League
is now hosting an exhibit by DENISE DONAHUE and LINDA D'URBANO. Denise has studied with many artists, including Pat Witt, Louis Sloane, Oliver Grimley, Bill Ternay and Ruth Formica. Her preferred medium is oils and her preferred subject is landscape. She is the treasurer for the Gloucester County Art League and has exhibited her artwork in both Camden and Gloucester Counties. Linda is a watercolor artist and native of SNJ. She continues to explore styles and techniques through workshops with renowned artists, most recently Frank Eber and Al Gury. She currently studies with Marie Natale. Linda exhibits her work in galleries and art shows in southern NJ, PA and DE. Linda is a member of the Pitman Art Center and Gallery and the Gloucester County Art League.  Their paintings are on display and are open to the public here at the McCowan Memorial Library.

Courtesy of the Friends of McCowan Memorial Library, the following museum passes are available:
  • Academy of Natural Sciences
  • Garden State Discovery Museum
  • Grounds for Sculpture
  • Battleship New Jersey
  • Morris Arboretum
  • American History Museum at Deptford NJ (new)

Currently reading TBD
THE FRIENDS LOVE OUR LIBRARY!!!....The"Friends of the Library" invite you to become a member and support McCowan Memorial Library in 2018. The "Friends" engage in fundraising to financially assist the library, paying for performers and programs, supporting the summer reading program, children's programming, furniture and books that the library might otherwise not be able to afford. A great way to give back to your community. Checks are made payable to Friends of McCowan, 15 Pitman Ave. Pitman, NJ 08071 
Do You Belong to a Book Club? Try our new Book Club in a Bag......12 books, book log, discussion questions included. Check out period is 8 weeks. Titles available:  

  • "The Room" by Emma Donoghue
  • "Amen, Amen, Amen" by Abby Sher
  • "Little Bee" by Chris Cleave
  • "Sarah's Key" by Tatiana de Rosnay
  • "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime" by Mark Haddon
  • "The Art of Racing in the Rain" by Garth Stein
  • "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" by Jonathan Safran Foer
  • "Me Before You" by JoJo Moyes
  • "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman
  • "Behind Closed Doors" by B.A. Paris

More titles available at GCLS. Call 856-589-1656 for more information.  

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