Rutherford Public Library February Newsletter

February brings Black History Month, American Heart Month, Valentine's Day, Presidents Day, and National Library Lover's Month... Spoiler alert, it's always library lover's month here!


Also, February goes by fast, so get your tickets for the Library Foundation Gala on Saturday, March 23 and the Friends of the Library Library Mini Golf event on March 1 and 2.



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

Please note: The Library is closed on Monday, February 19 for Presidents Day.

Library News

Rutherford Foundation Gala



Join us for live music, open bar, and amazing food at the social event of the year. The Rutherford Public Library Foundation Gala takes place on Saturday, March 23 from 6:30pm to 11pm at Il Villagio in Carlstadt.


This year's honoree is Dan Meredith, owner of Dan Meredith Allstate Insurance Agency, and president of the Rutherford Chamber of Commerce. Dan is being recognized for his exemplary service to the Rutherford community and the library. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available here.

Friends of the Library News

Library Mini Golf Returns March 1 & 2

Join the Friends of the Rutherford Library for the second annual Library Mini Golf fundraiser! This is a fun family and community event that supports children's programs, museum passes, movies, and more at the library. Tickets are on sale now!



  • Friday, March 1, from 6-9pm, adult night, $25/person, includes snacks and drinks.
  • Saturday, March 2, from 10:30am-3:30pm, family day, $10/family; $3/individual. There is timed admission for Saturday to prevent overcrowding.


Want to be our Friend? Join the Friends of the Library of Rutherford to get more involved in our town, volunteer, and help us put on amazing events that benefit the library and the community! For more information, visit rutherfordlibrary.org/friends

Check Out the Latest

For National Library Lover's Month, we challenge you to use a new resource this month! Whether in-person or online, the Library has so many tools to get you the information you need or send you on an interesting research adventure!


In honor of Black History Month, may we direct you to Black Life in America?


Do you need to do your taxes? We have federal and New York forms in the library and can direct you to NJ state tax forms.


Strengthen your English with ESL classes, or learn a foreign language with LingoLite, which teaches popular, common phrases; Mango, which will get you closer to fluent.


Students have access to test prep, live tutoring with Brainfuse, biography and geography resources, and of course any subject in the library. Parents can access autism resources, community info, and more.


Job seekers have access to resume review, career coaching, and interview prep with Brainfuse's JobNow and Bergen County Job Center.


The library provides great ancestry resources too! You can access ancestry.com in the library and HeritageHub and HeritageQuest from anywhere.

Digital Newspapers

ESL & Language Resources

Museum Passes

Investment Research

Braille & Resources for Sight-Impaired

Creativebug

On-Demand Yoga

Genealogy

Digital Borrowing

Mobile Hotspot

CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS

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.

In celebration of Black History Month, Soundstage 4 Kids will give a musical presentation, "From Africa to Zydeco!" on Friday, February 23 at 4pm. We've also got crafts, Music & Movement for Toddlers, a magic workshop, and much more!


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.**

Soundstage 4 Kids:

"From Africa to Zydeco!"

Friday, February 23 at 4pm

Beginner Magic Workshop

Friday, February 16 at 4pm

Learn How to Draw the Chinese Zodiac!

with Rick Stromoski

Monday, February 19 at 11am (via Zoom)


YOUNG ADULT PROGRAMS

Teen Craft: DIY Charm Bracelet

Wednesday, February 14 at 3pm

Teen Book Talk

Monday, February 26 at 4pm

Teen Volunteer Program

Apply Now!


The Teen Advisory Board has met and will continue to meet to advise on the formation of the Library Teen Space, the recipient of last year's Library Foundation Gala's generosity. For more information on getting involved, contact Marion, the teen librarian.

ADULT PROGRAMS

Adapting Small Garden Techniques to Your Backyard Garden

Monday, February 5 at 6:30pm

Mandala Painting Class

Wednesday, February 28, from 6-8pm

Financial Aid: The Art of the Appeal

Thursday, February 22 at 7pm (via Zoom)


ESL Classes

Please note: We offer in-person and online ESL classes for all levels of speakers.


In-person classes are currently full, however, wait lists are available. Please email tatiane.ontivero@rutherford.bccls.org with any questions!

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