Rutherford Public Library December Newsletter

It's the most wonderful time of the year -- getting to chill with a good book while it's chilly out. We're adding some great events to the mix. Mix and mingle with the Friends! Discover Victorian Holiday Tales beyond Dickens! Explore New York City's holiday lights without the tolls! And figure out financial aid. As always, the Children's and Teen department feature a variety of lively, fun programming.

We have consolidated our program listings. Visit the highlighted links for more information about an event or to register.

Please note: The library will be closed Monday, December 25 and Tuesday, December 26.

Friends of the Library News

Jingle & Mingle Holiday Movie Night & Party

The Friends of the Rutherford Library are hosting a special, one-night-only, movie-themed holiday party for adults on Wednesday, December 6 at 6pm in the library auditorium. Join our "Jingle & Mingle" party, enjoy some holiday cheer, and meet some new friends. The event will feature a cookie-decorating demo, holiday-themed refreshments, and a screening of Love Actually (rated R). Registration required.

Library Mini Golf Returns March 2024

Join the Friends of the Rutherford Library for our second annual Library Mini Golf fundraiser! Tee-off for a special 18-hole mini-golf course inside the library on Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2. Friday is adults-only night and Saturday is our all-ages family day. Tickets will go on sale in January.

Looking to get involved in town? Become a Friends of the Library volunteer and help us put on amazing events that benefit the library and the community! For more information, visit

Check Out the Latest

Rutherford Public Library card holders have access to on-demand yoga, Creativebug how-to videos and live classes, digital borrows, and financial research, job resources, and so much more!

Check out other resources below.

Digital Newspapers

ESL & Language Resources

Museum Passes

Investment Research

Job Search & Resume Resources


Important Reminder for Parents & Caregivers

We love to see families taking advantage of all the library has to offer, and we strive to make our environment as safe as possible for visitors of all ages.

For more information, please review our Unattended Child Policy.

The library always provides refuge from the madness of the outside world, and what better way to chill in this hectic month than with great children's programs? We have Spanish Lapsit Story Time, a Teddy Bear Workshop, Zümbini for babies, Pokémon card trading, and a fascinating presentation on coral reefs (with live animals!) by the Center for Aquatic Sciences. Plus, the Tiny Art Gallery will be on display through December 9!

All events meet in person unless noted. We ask that caregivers accompany young children to programs. If an event requires registration, please click the highlighted text to sign up.

**Please note: For all programs that require registration, priority is given to Rutherford residents.**

Spanish Lapsit Story Time with Miss Valeria

ages 0-2

Friday, December 1 & 8

at 10:30am

Pokémon Card Trading Club

ages 6-12

Friday, December 8 at 4:15pm

Zümbini for Babies!

ages 0-4

Monday, December 4, 11, & 18 at 11am

  • Spanish Lapsit Story Time with Miss Valeria - ages 0-2 - Friday, December 1 & 8, from 10:30-11am
  • Teddy Bear Workshop - ages 3-6 - Saturday, December 2 at 11am
  • Zümbini for Babies! - ages 0 -4 - Monday, December 4, 11, & 18 at 11am
  • Bubbly Beats with Miss Jolie! - ages 0-5 - Tuesday, December 5 at 11am
  • Story Time with Miss Jane - ages 0-5 - Wednesday, December 6, 13, & 20, from 10:30-11am
  • Spanish Classes for Children - virtual -ages 6-11- Wednesday, December 6 & 13, from 4-4:30pm. Email Miss Tati with any questions.
  • Pokemon Card Trading Club - ages 6-12- Friday, December 8 at 4:15pm
  • Music & Movement with Miss Fran - ages 0-5 - Friday, December 15, from 11:15-11:45am
  • "All Together Now in the Reef" - ages 3 and up - Friday, December 15, 4pm
  • 3D Winter Craft - ages 3-11 - Tuesday, December 19 at 4pm
  • "All Together Now" Tiny Art Gallery - all ages - through December 9
  • PAWS to Read - Beginner readers can practice their reading with certified Bright & Beautiful therapy dogs. Email Miss Jane to sign up for a 15-minute session.
  • Ziva, a Golden Retriever: Monday, December 11, from 4:30-5:30pm
  • Minnie, a Bassett Hound: Monday, December 18, from 4-5pm

3D Winter Craft

ages 3-11

Tuesday, December 19 at 4pm

Bubbly Beats with Miss Jolie!

ages 0-5

Tuesday, December 5 at 11am

All Together Now in the Reef

ages 3 and up

Friday, December 15 at 4pm


Fantasy Map Makers

Wednesday, December 13 at 3pm

Teen Book Talk

Monday, December 18 at 3pm

Teen Volunteer Program

Apply Now!

Need community service hours? Become a Teen Volunteer! Teens can help beaten up shelves, prep craft materials, or write book reviews for community service. Additionally, we continue offering regular service hours, crafts, and social time for teens. Please get in touch with Marion, the teen librarian, to sign up as a volunteer or for activities where a link is not provided.


Victorian Holiday Tales

Tuesday, December 12 at 6:30pm

Big Changes Coming to the FAFSA - virtual - Thursday, December 14 at 7pm

Holiday Lights of New York City

Wednesday, December 20 at 6:30pm

ESL Classes

Please note: Advanced ESL Saturday classes will take place on December 2 and 9, and then resume January 6. Weekday ESL classes will run until December 7 and resume January 2.

In-person classes are currently full, however, wait lists are available. Please email with any questions!

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