Rutherford Public Library
February 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.
Literary Character
Costume Contest
Saturday, February 10, 12pm
Celebrate literature! Dress as your favorite character -- or author -- from a book, story, poem, or nursery rhyme in this contest for readers of all ages!

Entrants are encouraged to create their own costumes and perform or read a short selection representing their character.

A panel of judges will choose winners for Most Creative and Best Depiction. The audience will vote on a People's Choice award. Votes for People's Choice are $1.00 each with no limit. Prizes will be awarded in each category: First Prize winners and Honorable Mentions will each receive a Barnes & Noble gift card. All contestants will receive a participation certificate with her or his photo on it.

Registration is free! To enter, fill out this form and return it to the main desk at the library by Monday, February 5. Contestants should arrive fully dressed by 12 noon for photos. Judging will begin at 1:00pm, at which time participants will walk and present a short selection by or about their character. Prizes and certificates will be awarded after judging.
Wednesday Night Art for Adults
Art classes for adults will be back at the library in February on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm.

There are still a couple of spots available for February 21 & 28

These classes are for Rutherford residents.  Registration is required and space is very limited. Registration is now in progress.
Rutherford Civil Rights Commission
The Friends of the Library of Rutherford
Join us at the Library on Saturday, February 10 at 1:00pm for a screening of "King: Man of Peace in a Time of War" as we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and commemorate the 50th anniversary of his assassination.

Admission is free and registration is not required.
Free Computer Classes: Social Media
Social media classes will be held at the library on Tuesday evenings in February at 6:30pm:

Facebook: February 6
Twitter: February 13
Instagram: February 20
Snapchat: February 27

Registration is required. You may sign up for any or all of the classes.
Robotics Workshop
Children ages 8, 9, and 10 years old are invited to participate in our robotics workshop!

During these workshops, students will follow step-by-step instructions to construct and code their robots using suggested programs with LEGO Robotics Kits and laptops. Students will learn engineering and robotics concepts as well as cooperation and teamwork. 

This program will be conducted on  Wednesday, February 14 & 21 from 4:30pm - 5:30pm. A second session will be conducted on February 28 & March 7. If you are registering for this program, you need to be able to attend both days.

Registration is now in progress and space is very limited, so register early!
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 :

February 7, 14, 21, 28

February 1, 8, 15, 22
Musical Mornings with Guitar Bob

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

´╗┐Friday mornings  from
11:15am - 11:45am:

Fridays, February 2 & 9

Afterschool Story Time will be held on Thursday, February 22 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  Monday, February 12  from 4:00pm - 5:00pm .

Rodney will be at the library on  Tuesday, February 27   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.
Our CoderDojo program teaches children how to code and develop computer programs and games, and to explore technology in an informal and creative environment.

Children ages 6-10 years old are invited to attend our February CoderDojo program which will be held on:

Thursday, February 8, 15, 22, & March 1
4:30pm - 5:30pm

Children need to plan on attending all 4 days. Registration is required and in progress now. If possible, please have child attend with a laptop.
Valentine's Day Craft
Valentine's Day is just around the corner! Join us on Tuesday, February 13 from 4:00 - 4:30pm to make a Love Bug Valentine card for someone special.

This program is for ages 5-11. Registration is required and is now in progress.
Friday Afternoon Matinee
Friday, February 23 from 3:45 - 5:15pm. Children ages 4 and up are welcome to come and watch the recent box office hit Trolls.

Bring a snack and a friend and have some afternoon fun to end the week! An adult caregiver must remain with any child under the age of 7 for the duration of the movie. No registration required.
Building with LEGO blocks is a fun and creative program for children ages 4 and up. Join us on Monday, February 26 from 4:00 - 4:30pm. We'll provide the LEGOs, you bring the imagination!

Registration is required and is now in progress.
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.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Online Database
Looking for information on college scholarships or schools? If you have a Rutherford Public Library card, you have some terrific free resources available at your fingertips. Check out the 2018 edition of Scholarships, Fellowships and Loans as well as the College Blue Book (2018 edition) on the library's GVRL database. You can find reference books on all sorts of subjects ranging from the Arts, Business, Education, the Environment, Fashion, Culture, Countries of the World, Law, Literature, Religion, Science, and more.

Learn more about the people and the culture before visiting a foreign country. Have a report due on the dangers of drugs? Perhaps you just need reliable medical information?

If you have a Rutherford Library card, visit the DATABASES section of our website and scroll down to the blue Gale Virtual Reference Library button. Once you click on that, type in your library card number and you're good to go! Any questions, please give us a call at (201) 939-8600.
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, February 27, 6:00pm
Victoria & Abdul
Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim. Starring Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Tim Pigott-Smith.
Tuesday, March 27, 6:00pm
The Sense of an Ending
A man becomes haunted by his past and is presented with a mysterious legacy that causes him to re-think his current situation in life. Starring Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, Harriet Walter.
Tuesday, April 24, 6:00pm
The Glass Castle
A young girl comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a mother who's an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who would stir the children's imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty. Starring Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, Naomi Watts.
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, February 26
1776 / David McCullough

Monday, March 19
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea / Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Knit One, Read Two
Meets monthly at 6:00pm
Bring your needlework!

Wednesday, February 7
I'll Take You There / Wally Lamb

Wednesday, March 7
One & Only / Emily Giffin
Daytime Reading Group
@ the 55 Kip Center
Meets monthly at 1:30pm

Friday, February 23
The Wives of Henry Oades / Johanna Moran

Friday, March 30
The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon / Alexander McCall Smith
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.
"We do what is good for children. By creating experiences at the intersection of the arts, sciences and the humanities, the Children's Museum of Manhattan helps children and families thrive at home, at school, and in the community. These experiences include exhibitions, classes, workshops, performances, and festivals. Based on research, evaluation, and testing, our programs and exhibitions are designed to address the multiple ways children learn and to help parents understand and support their children's development. The Museum's special areas of focus--selected for their ability to benefit children throughout their lives--include early childhood education, creativity, health, and world cultures."
  • Let's Dance! all ages
  • Hello from Japan! (opens February 2, 2018) ages 2-10
  • EatSleepPlay(TM): Building Health Every Day all ages
  • PlayWorks(TM) birth - 4 years old
  • Adventures with Dora and Diego ages 2-6
  • Collage Collaborations: Tai Hwa Goh ages 5 and younger with adults
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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.