Rutherford Public Library
July Newsletter
Summer Reading
Be sure 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.
A Better World Naturally
Wednesday, July 12, 4:00pm
Eyes of the Wild presents "A Better World Naturally."  Learn the ways animals help build a better world and meet 5-6 live animals!

For children ages 4-11.

No registration required.
The Battle Box
Wednesday, July 19, 4:00pm
Eric Dasher brings "The Battle Box" to the library!  This program is non-stop fun with teams working together to win crazy, wacky, & fun physical challenges.

For children ages 4-11.

No registration required.
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, July 12, 19, 26
Musical Afternoons

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

July 13, 20, 27

For babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. 
No registration required.
Children's Afternoon Matinees
Fridays at 2:00pm
July 7
Sing (PG)
In a city of humanoid animals, a hustling theater impresario's attempt to save his theater with a singing competition becomes grand than he anticipates even as its finalists find that their lives will never be the same.

July 14
Secret Life of Pets (PG)
The quiet life of a terrier names Max is upended when his owner takes in Duke, a stray whom Max instantly dislikes.

July 21
Finding Dory (PG)
The friendly but forgetful blue tang fish, Dory, begins a search for her long-lost parents, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.

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, July 25, 6:00pm
When twelve mysterious spacecraft appear around the world, linguistics professor Louise Banks is tasked with interpreting the language of the apparent alien visitors.  Starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker.
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, July 17
Nemesis / Philip Roth


Monday, August 21
Girl Waits with Gun / Amy Stewart

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

Wednesday, July 5
Promise Me / Harlan Coben


Wednesday, August 2
A Thousand Splendid Suns / Khaled Hosseini


Daytime Reading Group
@ the 55 Kip Center

Meets monthly at 1:30pm

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

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

The summer session will begin on Thursday, July 6. 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 New-York Historical Society's museum is the oldest in New York City and predates the founding of the Metropolitan Museum of Art by nearly seventy years.  Its art holdings comprise more than 1.6 million works.  Among them are a world-class collection of Hudson River School paintings, including major works by Thomas Cole and Frederic Edwin Church; iconic genre and history paintings including works by William Sidney Mount and Eastman Johnson; a vast range of American portraits, including paintings by Rembrandt Peale and Gilbert Stuart; all 435 of John James Audubon's extant preparatory watercolors for Birds of America; and an encyclopedic collection of more than 800 works documenting the full range of representational sculpture in American from the colonial period to the present day.  The Museum also holds much of sculptor Elie Nadelman's legendary American folk art collection, including furniture and household accessories such as lamps, candlesticks, textiles, glass and ceramic objects, as well as paintings, toys, weathervanes, sculptural woodcarvings and chalkware."

"The  DiMenna Children's History Museum at the New-York Historical Society presents 350 years of New York and American history through character-based pavilions, interactive exhibits and digital games, and the Barbarak K. Lipman Children's History Library.  The DiMenna Children's History Museum encourages families to explore history together through permanent installations targeted for children 8-13 and a wide range of family learning programs for toddlers, children and preteens."

if you go...
New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street)
New York, NY 10024
(212) 873-3400

subway: B, C to 81st St or 1 to 79th St
bus: M10 to 77th St or M79 to 81st St and Central Park West

Monday:  CLOSED
Tuesday-Thursday: 10am - 6pm
Friday:  10am - 8pm
Saturday: 10am - 6pm
Sunday: 11am - 5pm

Free daily tours begin at 2pm and 3:30pm

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.