Rutherford Public Library
August Newsletter
Summer Reading
There is still time to join our 2017 Summer Reading Program for children in kindergarten through 6th grade.  We reward children with small prizes for continued reading throughout the summer.  You may sign up anytime during the summer, but the sooner the better so that more prizes can be achieved!
For more information, or to register for any of the programs below, visit the library or give us a call at
(201) 939-8600.
"Build a Better World" Magic Show
Friday, August 18, 3:00pm
Juggling, comedy, construction fun, and jaw-dropping magic!

For children ages 4-11.

No registration required.
Pet Photo Contest
Saturday, October 14, 11am - 3pm
Show off your cat or dog in the Friends of the Library's Pet Photo Contest!  Entries will be accepted from September 9th through October 7th.  Start working on capturing that perfect picture of your dog or cat!

A panel of judges will award prizes in six categories: Most Beautiful Cat, Most Beautiful Dog, Cutest Cat, Cutest Dog, Most Whimsical Cat, and Most Whimsical Dog.  Additionally, the audience can vote on a People's Choice award for $1.00 per vote.
The entry fee is $3 per photo or 2 for $5.  All entries should be submitted with the entry form to the library by October 7th

Anyone age 18 or older may enter to win a cat or a dog raffle basket.  Raffle basket tickets will be available for $1 each from September 9th through October 14th

Judging will take place on October 14th from 10am to 11am and prizes will be awarded between 3pm and 3:30pm to the winners in each category. 

Between 11am and 3pm a veterinarian, a groomer, a trainer, and the owner of Rodney the therapy dog will be available to answer any questions you have.  Cat and dog books will be available for purchase, and kids will have a chance to make a cat mask.  Pictures of shelter pets available for adoption will also be on display. 
Mark your calendar:
Wednesday, October 11, 6pm: Genealogy Workshop Part One
Wednesday, October 18, 6pm: Genealogy Workshop Part Two
Wednesday, October 25, 6pm: Memoir Workshop

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 mornings from
10:30am - 11am:

Wednesdays, August 2, 9, 16
Musical Afternoons

Miss Fran will be at the library for singing, dancing, and fun on Thursday afternoons in August at 3:15pm:

August 3, 10

For babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. 
No registration required.
Children's Afternoon Matinees
Fridays at 2:00pm
July 28
The BFG (PG)
An orphan little girl befriends a benevolent giant who takes her to Giant Country, where they attempt to stop the man-eating giants that are invading the human world.

August 4
Pete's Dragon (PG)
The adventures of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just happens to be a dragon.

August 11
Great Gilly Hopkins (PG)
12-year-old wisecracking Gilly Hopkins finds herself shuffled from foster home to foster home until she meets Maime Trotter.
Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspots
Rutherford residents, ages 18 and older, can now borrow mobile Wi-Fi hotspots from the library! These are great for those who may not have an internet connection at home, have temporarily lost their home connection (or ran out of data!), or even when traveling.
Hotspots can be borrowed for two weeks at a time and can be reserved on the same page as museum passes. 

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.  Librarian can also assist with research, setting up e-mail accounts, and basic computer instruction.

Free Film Screening
Tuesday, August 29, 6:00pm
La La Land
Two proper L.A. dreamers, a suavely charming soft-spoken jazz pianist and a brilliant vivacious playwright, while waiting for their big break, attempt to reconcile aspirations and relationship in a magical old-school romance.  Starring Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Rosemarie DeWitt.
Tuesday, September 26, 6:00pm
Paterson is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey -- they share the name.  Every day, Paterson adheres to a simple routine: he drives his daily route, observing the city as it drifts across his windshield and overhearing fragments of conversation swirling around him; he writes poetry into a notebook; he walks his dog; he stops in a bar and drinks exactly one beer.  He goes home to his wife, Laura.  By contrast, Laura's world is ever changing.  Starring Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani, Barry Shabaka Henley.
Tuesday, October 31, 6:00pm
A five-year old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home.  He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia.  25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.  Starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara.
Tuesday, November 28, 6:00pm
The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.  Starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams.
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, August 21
Girl Waits with Gun / Amy Stewart

Monday, September 18
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet / David Mitchell

Knit One, Read Two
Meets monthly at 6:00pm
Bring your needlework!

Wednesday, August 2
A Thousand Splendid Suns / Khaled Hosseini

Wednesday, September 6
Canada / Richard Ford


Daytime Reading Group
@ the 55 Kip Center

Meets monthly at 1:30pm

Friday, July 28
Tender is the Night / F. Scott Fitzgerald

Friday, September 29

The Rosie Project / Graeme Simison 

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:
10:00am - 11:00am

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 group setting. 

The conversation group meets on:

Monday mornings - 10:00am - 11:30am
Thursday afternoons - 1:00pm - 2:30pm
No registration required.
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.

The "South Street Seaport Museum is a cultural institution dedicated to telling the story of the rise of New York as a port city and its critical role in the development of the United States.  The Museum uses its historic buildings and ships to provide interactive exhibits, education, and experiences."

12 Fulton Street:

Sail on the Schooner Pioneer

Visit the Street of Ships at Pier 16

Bowne Print Shops & Maritime Craft Center at 207-211 Water Street

if you go...
South Street Seaport Museum
12 Fulton Street
New York, NY 10038

subway : A, C, 2, 3, J, Z, 4 or 5 train to Fulton Street

bus : M-15 SBS or M-15 to Fulton Street

12 Fulton Street
Wed - Sun 11am - 5pm

Schooner Pioneer
Wed - Thu 7pm
Fri 3pm, 7pm
Sat 1pm, 4pm, 7pm
Sun 4pm, 7pm

Bowne Print Shops & Maritime Craft Center
7 days a week 11am - 7pm

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.