Rutherford Public Library
October Newsletter
The library will be closed on Monday, October 9 in observance of Columbus Day.
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 through October 7th .  

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. Tickets can be purchased at the main desk.

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. 
For more information, or to register for any of the programs below, visit the library or give us a call at
(201) 939-8600.
Fall Book Sale
The Friends of the Library of Rutherford will once again sponsor their Fall Book Sale on Friday, October 27 10am-5pm, Saturday, October 28 10am-4pm, and Monday, October 30 11am-6pm.

Donations of new and gently used books will be accepted from Monday, October 2 through Wednesday, October 25 . Donations can be dropped off at the library during regular hours. Please do not leave donations in the outdoor book drop. We cannot accept encyclopedias, textbooks, periodicals, magazines, audio or VHS cassettes. 

Thank you for your generosity!
Pumpkin Painting Party!
Monday, October 16, 4pm-5pm
The Children's Department invites kids ages 3-11 to join us for our first Pumpkin Painting Party! Learn a little bit about pumpkins and then paint and decorate your own pumpkin to take home!

Registration is required and priority is given to Rutherford residents. This program is being generously funded by the Friends of the Library of Rutherford.
Zumba for Kids
Tuesday, October 17, 4pm - 4:30pm
Wear your sneakers, get active, and move to your favorite music!

For kids ages 6-11

Registration is required and priority is given to Rutherford residents. 
Genealogy Workshops
Wednesday, October 11 & 18, 6pm
We will host a two-part series on searching for your ancestors. Part one will be held on October 11 and will cover Ancestry. The library provides free access to Ancestry's database within the library. Come learn how easy, and how much fun, it is to start researching your family. Part two will be held on October 18 and will cover other genealogy resources that are available to you. Where else can you look? Are there other free databases? What about other genealogy libraries? Come find out!

Registration is suggested.
Memoir Workshop
Wednesday, October 25, 6pm
Would you like to create a written record of your life experiences to share with family and friends? Can you use a little help, a little motivation, to get started on such a worthwhile endeavor? If so, this is the program for you! Through inspiring examples, guided activities, interactive exercises, and constructive feedback, you'll learn how to delve into memories with ease. Come trigger your creativity and be part of the exhilarating, joyful, heartfelt, and cathartic experience of committing your life journey to paper.
This program is led with enthusiasm, humor, and warmth by Donna Atkins, an award-winning communications specialist who is committed to inspiring and empowering others to tell their stories. 

Registration is required and seating is limited. Sign up early to reserve your spot!
Halloween Extravaganza!
Friday, October 27, 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Sciencetellers present their Halloween Show:  Join us as we learn about the science of fire and ice by hearing a tale of "Dragons and Dreams" using experiments of flash paper, exploding bottles, dry ice, and much more!

For ages 4 and up. No registration required. We thank the Friends of the Library of Rutherford for their generous funding of this Halloween extravaganza.
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 :

October 4, 11, 18, 25

October 5, 12, 19, 26

Musical Mornings

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

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

Guitar Bob
October 6, 13, 20

Miss Fran
October 27
Our CoderDojo program teaches kids how to code and develop computer programs and games, and to explore technology in an informal and creative environment. 

Our October program will be held on Thursdays from 4:30pm - 5:30pm:
October 5, 12, 19, 26

For kids ages 6-10 years old. Kids need to plan on attending all 4 days and should bring a laptop with them, if available.  Registration is required.
Paws to Read
We welcome back Rodney, a registered Bright and Beautiful therapy dog, for our Paws to Read program. Rodney will be at the library with his owner on Tuesday, October 24  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.

Registration is required and can be done by contacting Mrs. Tarantino at the library at (201) 939-8600 or by email at
Children's Afternoon Matinee
Friday, October 20, 3:45pm - 5:15pm
Rock Dog (PG)
When a radio falls from the sky into the hands of a wide-eyed Tibetan Mastiff, he leaves home to fulfill his dream of becoming a musician, setting into motion a series of completely unexpected events. (
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, 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.
Wednesday, December 27, 6:00pm
Love the Coopers
The intertwined stories of four generations of Coopers unfold right before the annual family reunion on Christmas Eve.  Starring Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, John Goodman.

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, October 16
The Uncommon Reader / Alan Bennett

Monday, November 20
The Noise of Time / Julian Barnes

Monday, December 18
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich / Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Knit One, Read Two
Meets monthly at 6:00pm
Bring your needlework!

Wednesday, October 4
State of Wonder / Ann Patchett

Wednesday, November 1
The Year of the Flood / Margaret Atwood

Wednesday, December 6
Five Days at Memorial / Sheri Fink
Daytime Reading Group
@ the 55 Kip Center
Meets monthly at 1:30pm

Friday, October 27
Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe / George Eliot

Friday, December 1
A Spool of Blue Thread / Anne Tyler
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.
"A visit to The Frick Collection evokes the splendor and tranquility of a time gone by and at the same time testifies to the power of great art collections to inspire viewers today. Housed in the New York City mansion built by Henry Clay Frick (1849-1919), one of America's most successful industrialists, are masterpieces of Western painting, sculpture, and decorative art, displayed in a serene and intimate setting. Each of the Collection's sixteen permanent galleries offers a unique presentation of artworks arranged for the most part without regard to period or national origin, akin to the way Mr. Frick enjoyed the art he loved before bequeathing it to the public."
  • Fired by Passion: Masterpieces of Du Paquier Porcelain from the Sullivan Collection - through August 2018
  • Veronese in Murano: Two Venetian Renaissance Masterpieces Restored - October 24, 2017 - March 11, 2018
  • Murillo: The Self Portraits - November 1, 2017 - February 4, 2018
if you go...
1 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021
(212) 288-0700

subway: 6 to 68th St. or Q to 72nd St.

bus: M1, M2, M3, M4, M72

Monday: Closed
Tuesday - Saturday: 10am - 6pm
Sunday: 11am - 5pm

All galleries begin to close at 5:45pm Tuesday - Saturday and 4:45pm on Sunday.
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.