Rutherford Public Library
September Newsletter
The library will be closed on Saturday, September 2 & Monday, September 4 in observance of Labor Day.

We will resume Saturday hours (10am - 4pm) on Saturday, September 9 .

Regular Friday hours (10am - 6pm) will resume  Friday, September 22 .
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 the 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. 
For more information, or to register for any of the programs below, visit the library or give us a call at
(201) 939-8600.
Art Classes for Kids
Wednesdays, October 4 - November 1, 4pm
The Children's Department will host a five week series of art classes for kids ages 7-11 years old.  Registration is required and is for Rutherford residents only. Registration begins Thursday, September 7 .

The hour-long art classes will be held on Wednesdays, October 4, 11, 18, 25, & November 1
Zumba for Kids
Tuesday, September 19, 4pm
Wear your sneakers, get active, and move to your favorite music!

For kids ages 6-11. Registration is required.
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!
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 :

September 13, 20, 27

September 14, 21, 28


Building with LEGO blocks is a fun and creative program for kids ages 4 and up. We'll provide the LEGOs, you bring your imagination!

Tuesday, September 12
4:00pm - 4:45pm

Registration is required.
Chess Club
Join us for a game of chess! Led by an experienced, adult chess player, our Chess Club offers children ages 7-12 the opportunity to learn a few new tips and improve their chess strategy.

This six week program will run from Wednesday, September 13 through Wednesday, October 18 from 4:30pm - 5:30pm .

Registration is required.
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 September program will be held on Thursdays from 4:30pm - 5:30pm :
September 14, 21, 28.

For kids ages 6-10 years old. Kids need to plan on attending all 3 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, September 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.

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, September 29, 3:45pm
Moana (PG)
A mythic adventure set around 2,000 years ago across a series of islands in the South Pacific. The film follows the journey of a spirited teenage named Moana as she meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui, and together they traverse the open ocean, encountering enormous fiery creatures and impossible odds.
Free Computer Classes
Microsoft Word 2013 Basics
Tuesday evenings at 6:30pm
September 12, 19, & 26

Google Drive
Wednesday mornings at 11:00am
September 13, 20, & 27

Computer Basics
for the absolute beginner
Thursday mornings at 11:00am
September 14, 21, & 28
Registration is required for these classes. Stop in or call (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, 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, September 18
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet / David Mitchell

Monday, October 16
The Uncommon Reader / Alan Bennett
Knit One, Read Two
Meets monthly at 6:00pm
Bring your needlework!

Wednesday, September 6
Canada / Richard Ford

Wednesday, October 4
State of Wonder / Ann Patchett
Daytime Reading Group
@ the 55 Kip Center
Meets monthly at 1:30pm

Friday, September 29
The Rosie Project / Graeme Simison  

Friday, October 27
Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe / George Eliot
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 fall session will begin on Tuesday, September 19 .

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

The fall session will begin on Monday, September 18.

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 Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is dedicated to the exhibition and interpretation of history, science and service as related to its home aboard the aircraft carrier Intrepid , a National Historic Landmark. As you explore the Museum you will be able to examine original artifacts, view historic video footage and explore interactive exhibits."

if you go...
Pier 86, West 46th St & 12th Ave
New York, NY 10036

Spring/Summer Hours
(April 1 - October 31):

Mon - Fri: 10am - 5pm
Sat & Sun: 10am - 6pm

Fall/Winter Hours
(November 1 - March 31):

Daily 10am - 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.