Rutherford Public Library
March 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 basket. 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 entries should be submitted to the library by Monday, April 2.
"Two Mary's, Five Jacks and One Very Big Shoe"
Family Show Time is back at the library on Friday, March 23 at 4:00pm! Youth Stages Acting Company will present "Two Mary's, Five Jacks and One Very Big Shoe" -- a clever retelling of the rhymes of Mother Goose. Come and hear, sing, finger-play, and act out a bunch of nursery rhymes with the Youth Stages performers. You'll be looking at nursery rhymes in a whole new light! This program is recommended for ages 3-8. No registration is required.
Bergen County Motion Graphics Meetup
The Bergen County Motion Graphics Meetup group will meet at the Rutherford Public Library on Tuesday, March 13 from 7:00pm - 7:45pm. More information about the group can be found on their Meetup page:
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!
Wednesday Night Art for Adults
Art classes for adults will be back at the library in April on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm:

April 4 & 11 or
April 18 & 25

Rutherford residents may sign up for either the first two weeks or the second two weeks.   Registration is required and space is very limited.  Registration begins Monday, March 12 .
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.
Mark Your Calendar
  • April 2 - April 24: Book donations accepted
  • April 27, 28, 30: Spring Book Sale
  • April 28: Speakeasy at the Library
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 :

March 7, 14, 21, 28

March 1, 8, 15, 29
( There will be no story time
on March 22 )
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, March 16 & 23

Afterschool Story Time will be held on Thursday, March 29  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!
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, March 14 & 21 from 4:30pm - 5:30pm. A second session will be conducted on March 28 & April 4. If you are registering for this program, you need to be able to attend both days of the session.

Registration is now in progress and space is very limited, so register early!
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, March 13 from 4:00pm - 5:00pm .

Rodney will be at the library on  Monday, March 26   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 March CoderDojo program which will be held in two sessions:

Session One: Thursday, March 8 & 15
Session Two: Thursday, March 29, April 5 & 12
4:30pm - 5:30pm

Children need to plan on attending all of the days of their session. Registration is required and in progress now. If possible, please have child attend with a laptop.
St. Patrick's Day Craft
St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner! Join us on Monday, March 12 from 4:00 - 4:30pm to make a St. Patrick's Day craft. This program is for ages 5-11.

Registration is required and is now in progress.
Friday Afternoon Matinee
Friday, March 16 from 3:45 - 5:15pm. Children ages 4 and up are welcome to come and watch the recent box office hit Despicable Me 3.

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, March 19 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 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

The group will not meet on Monday, March 5

No registration required.
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.
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.
Free Computer Classes
Computer Basics

These classes are perfect for those who haven't yet used a computer, or haven't used one in a while. We'll go over the parts of the computer, using a mouse, typing, and we'll even start using the Internet. This is a four session course and students must attend all four sessions.

Tuesdays at 6:30pm
March 6, 13, 20, 27

Wednesdays at 12:00pm
March 7, 14, 21, 28
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 &
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. Librarian can also assist with research, setting up e-mail accounts, and basic computer instruction.
Free Film Screening
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, March 19
I'll Take You There / Wally Lamb
Knit One, Read Two
Meets monthly at 6:00pm
Bring your needlework!

Wednesday, March 7
I'll Take You There / Wally Lamb
Daytime Reading Group @ the 55 Kip Center
Meets monthly at 1:30pm

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.
"Internationally recognized as a premier museum and research center, the Frick is known for its distinguished Old Master paintings and outstanding examples of European sculpture and decorative arts.

The collection was assembled by the Pittsburgh industrialist Henry Clay Frick (1849-1919) and is housed in his former residence on Fifth Avenue. One of New York City's few remaining Gilded Age mansions, it provides a tranquil environment for visitors to experience masterpieces by artists such as Bellini, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Gainsborough, Goya, and Whistler. The museum opened in 1935 and has continued to acquire works of art since Mr. Frick's death."
Current Exhibits
if you go...
1 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021
(212) 288-0700
Mon: closed
Tuesday - Saturday: 10am - 6pm
Sunday: 11am - 5pm
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.
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