Greetings From the Library Director

Dear friend,

As you may have noticed, the library is beginning to look very nice indeed after almost two years of interior and exterior renovations. The work took rather longer than expected, but I hope you’ll agree that the result is well worth the wait.  Time to plan a new project! If you have suggestions or ideas, we would love to hear from you. 

Warm regards,


Mini Art Show and Craft Programs

We had so much fun with our mini canvas art show in February that we decided to do it again! Here’s how YOU can participate:

Starting Monday, November 14, you can pick up a mini art kit at the circulation. Create your own master piece and bring it to the library by Monday, November 28. We will display yours and other participants’ canvases until December 16 and then return your painting to you – a great stocking stuffer for someone special!

If you would like some shared inspiration, we have two painting sessions scheduled:

Thursday, November 17, 7 p.m. – Adult Craft Night.

To participate, register here.

Friday, November 18, 3:30 p.m. – Crafternoon for kids ages 7 and up.

To participate, register here.

Kids' Corner

Middle Grade Book Club in Formation

Wednesday, November 16, 3:30 p.m.

Readers, ages 10-13, are invited to join our newest book club! Our first meeting will be devoted to figuring out a club name, pick our first read, and decide on other details. We will meet in person, with an option to meet online during the winter months.

Register here to participate.

Family Fun

First Friday: Dia De Los Muertos

Friday, November 4, 5-7 p.m.

November 4 is Main Street’s monthly First Friday festivity. We take the opportunity to celebrate the Day of the Dead. Families and friends are invited to join us for crafts, traditional snacks, and a movie. No registration required – just come on in.

Holiday Family Photo Op

Friday, December 2, 5-7 p.m.

The Friends are hosting a seasonal “funraiser." Bring the family and your smartphone to the library for a holiday photo op. We provide a festive backdrop and props -- just in time for that last minute holiday card! $5 per family.

Upcoming Fall Events @ BHPL

Our newsletter features just a few of the exciting events happening this month at the library. To learn more about upcoming events and reserve your spot, visit our website.

November Closed Dates: The library will be closed Veteran's Day, Friday November 11, and in observance of Thanksgiving, November 24-27.

November Events Calendar

Join the Friends of the Library!

The Friends of the Boonton Holmes Library are dedicated to friend- and fundraising to raise awareness of and to sponsor activities that might not fall under the library’s usual scope. If you would like to join the group and help shape the present and future of our great little library, come on in! The Friends meet the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. – with refreshments served!

Next meeting: Thursday, November 3, 7 p.m. 

No registration required.

Boonton Book Festival 2023: For the Love of A Good Book!

Once again, the Town of Boonton is partnering with the library to launch a great book festival.  Writers and wordsmiths are invited to submit an application to participate.  Please use this form to apply.

The Boonton Book Festival 2023 is scheduled for Friday, February 10 and Saturday, February 11.

November is National Novel Writing Month

We have a small, but enthusiastic group of writers who have accepted the challenge of writing 50,000 words in 30 days. An initial workshop was held on October 24, but if you would like to join in and participate, there’s still time:

Sunday, November 13, 3-4:30 p.m. – Midpoint check-in with coach, Jared Harel, via Zoom.

Sunday, November 27, 3-4:30 p.m.

-One last check-in before the party!

Sunday, December 4, 3-4:30 p.m. – End of Nanowrimo party

Register to participate here. We will add to you to the writing group mailing list and keep you apprised of upcoming writing circles.

Staff Reading Suggestion

One of my favorite American writers is Peter Heller, author of numerous accounts of explorations in the wild and several bestselling novels.  As a former professional wilderness guide and adventure journalist, Mr. Heller tells a great story with economy and deeply felt descriptions of the natural world. His debut novel, The Dog Stars, may be described as an optimistic dystopic story set in a post-apocalyptic world. It became an instant bestseller and has been translated into 22 languages. His most recent novels, The River and The Guide, are set in Colorado’s mountain wilderness. Both are gripping, suspenseful tales that will keep you reading until the wee hours of the morning. Learn more about Peter Heller on his website.

--Lotte Newlin, Director

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