Rutherford Public Library
April Newsletter
For more information, or to register for any of the programs below, visit the library or give us a call at
(201) 939-8600.
4th Annual
Edible Book Festival
Saturday, April 7, 11am - 3pm
The Friends of the Library of Rutherford will host their Fourth Annual Edible Book Festival! Individuals and groups may submit an entry. All entries must be 100% edible and related to a published book in either shape or theme (Google "edible books" for many fun examples!). Naturally, all entries must be family friendly.

A panel of judges will award cash prizes to first place winners in each category. Additionally, the audience will vote on a People's Choice award; votes are $1 each. Anyone age 18 or older may enter to win several raffle baskets. Raffle basket tickets will be available on the day of the event.

The entire community is invited to enjoy refreshments, buy raffle basket tickets, and then buy and cast votes for their favorite creations. Tell friends and family to come and vote! Winners will be announced at the conclusion of the Festival.

Entry forms can be downloaded or found at the main desk at the library. All entry forms should be submitted to the library by Monday, April 2.
The Rutherford Public Library Foundation presents
Tickets can be purchased at the Rutherford Library or online.
Spring Book Sale

The Friends of the Library of Rutherford will once again host their annual Spring Book Sale on:

Friday, April 27, 10am - 5pm
Saturday, April 28, 10am - 4pm
Monday, April 30, 10am - 7pm
Donations of new and gently used books, CDs, and DVDs will be accepted April 2 - April 24. Donations can be dropped off at the Main Desk during regular library hours. Please do not leave donations in the outdoor book drop or outside of the building. Thank you!
Planning to start a Small Business in NJ?

Join us for one or both of these free workshops: 
How to Start a Small Business in New Jersey:
Business registration and reporting business income
Tuesday, April 10, 10:00am

This workshop will cover the different business structures, how to register a small business in New Jersey, and how to report your New Jersey business income.

Online Business and New Jersey Tax
Tuesday, April 10, 1:30pm

This workshop will cover the taxability of products and services, sales tax inside and outside New Jersey, the 411 on shipping products, and collecting and reporting New Jersey sales tax.


These workshops are free but registration is required. Presented by the NJ Division of Taxation in cooperation with The New Jersey State Library and Rutherford Public Library.
Genealogy Workshops
Part One: Using Ancestry to Find Your Family
Monday, April 16, 6pm

Rutherford Library provides free access to Ancestry's database in the library. Learn how easy -- and how much fun -- it is to start researching your family.
Part Two: Genealogy - Other Resources (or) Okay, I've looked at Ancestry. What else is out there?
Monday, April 23, 6pm

Ancestry isn't the only resource available to you. Where else can you look? Are there other free databases? What about genealogy libraries? Come find out!
Sign up for one or both programs. Registration is suggested.
Related Program: It's Elementary My Dear Watson:
Solving Mysteries with Genetic Genealogy
Tuesday, May 1, 7:00pm

Human beings are 99.9% identical in their genetic makeup, but differences in 0.1% of our DNA has helped us answer questions about our origins. Direct-to-consumer DNA testing provides the toolbox for solving difficult genealogical problems. This presentation will guide you in selecting the right DNA test and understanding your results in the context of your family tree. Included: examples of how those with little or no knowledge of their family history can make big discoveries.

Presented by Anthony May. Mr. May has been researching genealogy for over a decade. He is a molecular biology and genetics researcher for the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine in Newark, New Jersey and a graduate of Temple and Drexel Universities in Philadelphia, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Master of Science in Molecular Medicine, respectively. He holds a certificate in Genealogical Research from the Boston University Center for Professional Education.

Registration is required and seating is limited, so register early!
Bergen County Motion Graphics Meetup
The Bergen County Motion Graphics Meetup group will have their next meeting at the Rutherford Library on Tuesday, April 17 at 7:00pm. More information about the group and their presentation topic can be found on their Meetup page. Registration is not required. All are welcome to attend!
Friday Family Fun: One Man Sideshow
Friday, April 27, 4:00pm
Join us for David Darwin's "One Man Sideshow." Be prepared to laugh yourself out of your seat as David dances, juggles, and sings with both legs behind his back! There will be plate spinning, ball spinning, unicycling, and you will come to understand how David's talent landed him an appearance on the "America's Got Talent" TV show.

This program is recommended for ages 4-11. No registration is required.
Mark Your Calendar
  • May 12: "Once Upon a Princess Story Time" with Cinderella for ages 2-6
  • June 5: How Memories Become Memoir - NJ author Lisa Romero will give tips on writing a memoir and read from her new book, Starting with Goodbye: A Daughter's Memoir of Love after Loss
Drop-In Story Time

Join us for stories, songs, and fun! Make new friends and get ready for reading. For children from infants to 5 years of age and their parents or caregivers. No registration required.
Story time will be held on
Wednesday & Thursday mornings from 10:30am - 11am :

Wednesdays, April 4, 11, 25

Thursdays, April 5, 12, 26

There will be no story time
on April 18 and 19
Musical Mornings with Miss Fran

For babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Come by for singing, dancing, and fun!
No registration is required.

Friday mornings  from
11:15am - 11:45am:

Fridays, April 6 & 13

Afterschool Story Time will be held on Thursday, April 26 from 4:45pm-5:15pm . Children from infants to 5-year-olds and their caregivers are invited for stories and fun. No registration is required. Join us!
Paws to Read
We welcome back Rodney and Yogi, registered Bright and Beautiful therapy dogs, for our Paws to Read program. 

Yogi will be visiting our library on  Tuesday, April 10 from 4:00pm - 5:00pm .

Rodney will be at the library on  Monday, April 30 from 4:00pm - 5:00pm .
Children who are able to read at least a little bit and would like to be able to practice their reading skills are invited to sign up for a 15 minute time slot with Rodney or Yogi. Parents may, of course, accompany their child during their time with the dog. 

Registration is required and can be done by contacting Mrs. Tarantino at the library at (201) 939-8600 or by email at Registration is in progress.
Building with LEGO blocks is a fun and creative program for children ages 4 and up. Join us on Wednesday, April 25 from 4:00 - 4:30pm. We'll provide the LEGOs, you bring the imagination!

Registration is required and is now in progress.
Free Computer Classes
Social Media

Want to learn about these social media apps you've been hearing so much about? We have four sessions, each on a different social media platform. Registration is required. Sign up for one, two, three, or all four!
Tuesdays at 6:30pm and Wednesdays at 12:00pm:

Facebook: April 3 & 4
Twitter: April 10 & 11
Instagram: April 17 & 18
Snapchat: April 24 & 25
Tech Tutor
Call for an appointment
(201) 939-8600
Looking to maximize free content for your tablet, Kindle, or smart phone? We are providing free, personalized instruction on downloading free e-books, e-magazines, audiobooks, music, and movies to personal devices. Librarians can also assist with research, setting up e-mail accounts, and basic computer instruction.
Free Film Screening
Tuesday, April 24, 6pm
The Glass Castle
Chronicling the adventures of an eccentric, resilient and tight-knit family. A remarkable story of unconditional love. A young woman who, influenced by the joyfully wild nature of her deeply dysfunctional father, found the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms. Starring Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, Max Greenfield, Naomi Watts.
Tuesday, May 29, 6pm
The Big Sick
Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail connects with grad student Emily after a standup set. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing. Starring Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano.
Tuesday, June 26, 6pm
Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German Army, and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II. Starring Fionn Whitehead, Barry Keoghan, Mark Rylance.
These free film screenings will be shown in the Library's Glass Room and are sponsored by The Friends of the Library of Rutherford . No registration required. Join us!
Join a Book Club!
Monday Evening Book Club
Meets monthly at 6:30pm

Monday, April 16
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea  / Barbara Demick

Monday, May 21
H is for Hawk / Helen MacDonald

Monday, June 18
Confessions of Catherine de Medici / C.W. Gortner
Knit One, Read Two
Meets monthly at 6:00pm
Bring your needlework!

Wednesday, April 4
One & Only  / Emily Giffin

Wednesday, May 2
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry / Fredrik Backman

Wednesday, June 6
The Widow / Fiona Barton
Daytime Reading Group @ the 55 Kip Center
Meets monthly at 1:30pm

Friday, April 27
The Last Days of Night  / Graham Moore

Friday, May 25
The Wonder / Emma Donoghue

Friday, June 29
Girl Waits with Gun / Amy Stewart
Museum Pass Program
Rutherford residents, the Rutherford Public Library has partnered with 15 museums to provide free entry passes which you may check out with your library card.
Passes can be reserved up to 60 days in advance by calling the library at (201) 939-8600 or online .
This program is made possible with the generous support of The Friends of the Library of Rutherford.
" Brooklyn Botanic Garden is an urban botanic garden that connects people to the world of plants, fostering delight and curiosity while inspiring an appreciation and sense of stewardship of the environment."
Tree Peony

Keep an eye out for the cherry blossoms  peak blooms! They bloom from late March or early April through mid May.
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Monday: closed
Tuesday - Friday: 8am - 6pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am - 6pm

Open Memorial Day 10am - 6pm
Full Access to the New York Times Online
Rutherford residents can now read the New York Times online at home using this special access code from the Rutherford Public Library! Visit and enter code 3dc09b5eec333834 to redeem your 72 hours of full access (the code is reusable after the 72 hours).  To activate your subscription, you'll need to log in or register first . Questions? Give us a call at (201) 939-8600 or stop in.
How does Rutherford compare to its neighbors in the Garden State? To find out, check out Profiles of New Jersey, a reference book chock full of facts, figures, and statistics for the 876 communities in New Jersey. The book is available in print in the library or online with a Rutherford Library card.

The DATABASES page of the library's website offers several e-books. Most are also available in print in the library. Selections include the Directory of Business Information Resources, Nations of the World, the American Book of Days, and The Reference Shelf, a topical series. The current issue features information on the South China Sea Conflict.

In addition, other free electronic resources include NewsBank, the genealogy database Ancestry, the Gale Virtual Reference Library (with reference books that you can access at home), Job & Career Accelerator, and Hoopla. All this is available for free with your Rutherford Library card!

If you have any questions about any of these databases, call the library and ask for Reference.
ESL Classes

Our free ESL classes are intended for beginner to intermediate level students and are taught by a certified ESL instructor. Class size is limited. Classes meet on:

Tuesday & Thursday mornings at 10:00am

Registration is required and can be done in-person at the library.

English Conversation Group

English language learners are invited to attend the English Conversation Group, which provides a good opportunity to practice spoken English in an informal setting. The conversation group meets on:

Monday mornings at 10:00am and Thursday afternoons at 1:00pm

No registration required.
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