Rutherford Public Library
January Newsletter
Happy New Year! We are excited to announce the launch of our new website! Please check it out for events, resources, catalog searches, and more!

Where else but the library can you work on so many resolutions for free? Invest more with ValueLine, learn a language with Mango, go after that new job with JobNow (part of BrainFuse), get fit with on-demand yoga classes, or have an adventure with a Museum Pass. And of course, there's our favorite
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January Closures
Please note, the library will be closed on the following days:

Monday, January 2 for New Year's Day
Monday, January 16 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Tickets for the Rutherford Public Library Foundation Gala are on sale now! The Gala will take place on Saturday, March 25 at Il Villaggio and is a great way to show your support for the Rutherford Public Library and all the services it provides for our town. Bring some friends for a night of live music, great food, an open bar, and fun.
Museum Passes
Explore a New Museum

The Rutherford Public Library and the Friends of the Library of Rutherford are pleased to offer the Museum Pass Program to our patrons. Check back in later this month for new museum announcements!

Check out the Museum Pass section of our website for more information!
On-Demand Bold Yoga
We now offer free, on-demand access to virtual yoga classes from Bold Yoga! Brought to you by Bendy Bookworm, this video database has class offerings for all ages and experience levels. Rutherford library patrons can enjoy yoga 24/7, anywhere with an internet connection.

If interested, send an email to with your name and library card number and we will send you the information you need to access virtual yoga lessons online!

Only for Rutherford residents.
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. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our guidelines. Full text of our Unattended Child Policy may be viewed here.
Snowman Craft
Snow better time to make a snowman craft! Join Miss Jane on Thursday, January 19 at 4:15pm, for ages 3-11. Registration is required.
Magic Workshop
A magician never reveals his secrets... unless it's to children who are really curious about the craft. Join us Friday, January 20 at 4pm for a magic skills workshop with professional magician, Joe Fischer. Recommended for ages 5-11. Registration is required.
Story Time with Miss Jane
Story Time will be held on Wednesday, January 4, 11, and 18 from 10:30-11am. Children up to age 5 and their caregivers are invited to join us for stories, fingerplays, songs, and fun.

After-School Story Time will be held on Wednesday, January 25 at 4:15pm for the same age children. Registration is not required for either.
Music & Movement for Preschoolers
Music & Movement for Preschoolers will be presented in person by Miss Fran, on Friday, January 6 and 20 from 11:15-11:45am. Children are invited to dance and move to their favorite tunes. No registration is required!
Yoga with Miss Bhavna!
This introductory yoga class will be conducted for ages 5-12 on Tuesday, January 10, 17, 24, and 31 from 4–4:30pm. You may register for some or all of the classes. Please bring a yoga mat or towel, if possible, and a water bottle. Let’s start the New Year off in a fun, healthy way. Registration is required.

PAWS to Read
Beginner readers are encouraged to register to read to one of three Bright & Beautiful certified therapy dogs. Children who are able to read at least a little bit and would like to practice their reading skills are invited to sign up for a 15-minute time slot. Parents are welcome and encouraged to accompany their child during their time with the dog.

  • Ziva, a Golden Retriever, Friday, January 6, 4:30-5:30pm
  • Elsa, an English Lab, Thursday, January 12, 4-5pm
  • Minnie, a Bassett Hound, Wednesday, January 18, from 4-5pm & Monday, January 30, from 4-5pm.

Registration is required and can be done by contacting Miss Jane, Children’s Librarian, at
Children's Spanish Classes
Spanish classes for children ages 6-11 will be conducted on Zoom on Wednesday, January 4, 11, 18, and 25 from 4:00-4:30pm. Registration is required unless you previously attended Miss Tati's class in the fall.
Coding Club
Are you interested in coding? Looking for something to do after school? Why not join a coding club! This club is for students in grades 9-12 in Bergen County. Students can sign up to learn to code or be a part of the Outreach Team. Club meetings take place on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:10-4:40pm. Registration is required.
Teen Volunteers
Love books? Need to boost your college applications? We are currently accepting teen volunteers at the library. Teens in middle and high school can volunteer at the library for various tasks, such as helping with keeping our shelves tidy/in order, reviewing YA books in our collection for social media, or assisting Marion at Teen Game Time! For more information, please email Teen Librarian Marion at
Teen Game Time
Are you an old-school gamer? We invite you to play classic board games or bring a game of your choice for an afternoon of friendly competition. Join Marion, the Teen Librarian, on Friday, January 6, 13, 20, and 27 at 4:30pm for a game of cards, Uno, Scrabble, or something new. Geared towards ages 11-18. Registration is requested.
Young Adult Book Club
The YA Book Club will meet on Wednesday, January 18 at 5:30pm. We will be reading The Selection by Kiera Cass. Copies will be available at the Main Desk for participants. Geared towards ages 11-18. Registration is required.

Interested, but not a teen? No worries, Marion also runs the Forever Young Book Club for adults.
Doodling to De-stress
School stress got you down? Join Marion on Tuesday, January 24 at 6pm for some calming crafts! Marion will show how to doodle some fun patterns or teens can unwind with some coloring—geared towards ages 11-18. Registration is required.
Cook-a-Book Club
We will be returning to our regular Cook-a-Book format on Tuesday, January 3 at 6:30pm. We pick the book, you pick the recipe, and we all get together to enjoy the food! This month's book is designed to help us keep our resolutions--The Skinny Taste Cookbook by Gina Homolka. Pick up a copy of the book or copy a recipe at the main desk.
Registration is required.
Craft Closet Clean Out
We're cleaning out our craft supply closet here at the library! Come by Friday, January 6 at 1pm, and choose from a variety of craft supplies to make a project to take home! Hot chocolate will be served.

Registration is required.
An Evening with Strunk & White
Start the new year with a perfectly punctuated exclamation point! Or a comma, and a period. This fun and engaging program from MT Schwartzman is a must for writers of all levels. Join us on Tuesday, January 10 at 6:30pm. It's the most fun you'll ever have with a grammar book! Registration is required. 
Spice Club
This month we will be having a Harry Potter themed night! We will be using butter extract to make butterbeer! We will also be cooking a roast chicken together on Zoom from The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook by Dinah Bucholz. We will meet via Zoom, on Tuesday, January 17 at 6pm to make our recipe together. Materials will be available for pickup beginning Friday, January 6.
Registration is required.
Special Education Workshop: IEP vs 504 Plan
Join us Wednesday, January 18 from 6-7:30pm for the second workshop in our Special Education Parent Series! Lori Henry, educator, parent, and advocate, will discuss the important differences between an IEP and 504 Plan. Ample Q&A time will be provided. All are welcome regardless of where you and your child are in the process. Registration is required.
Forever Young Adult Book Club
Forever Young Adults will meet on Thursday, January 19 at 5pm. We will be reading The Selection by Kiera Cass. Copies will be available at the Main Desk for participants. Registration is required.
Winter Craft: Woven Bookmark
Join us on Zoom, Friday, January 20 at 1pm for an adult craft. We will be making a cardboard loom woven bookmark. Supplies needed from home are: scissors, ruler, and tape. Registration is required and materials will be available for pickup starting Thursday, January 12.
Pathway to Homeownership
Come join us Saturday, January 21, from 11am to 1pm to learn about the ins and outs of the homebuying process. Topics include fair housing, predatory lending, credit reports & scores, mortgage assistance programs, choosing a realtor & lender, homeowner's insurance, the closing & settlement process, and more. Presented by Keller Williams Park Views. Registration is required.
Monday Night Book Group
Join us on Monday, January 23 at 6:30pm in person. We will be discussing The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri.

First-time members should send us an email to get started.
Read 'em & Eat Book Club
Join us Wednesday, January 25 at 5:30pm in person for our Read 'em & Eat Book Club! This book club is geared toward adults who like books and snacks! We will be reading and discussing The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

Registration is required.
Lunar New Year Celebration & Tea Tasting
Join us Saturday, January 28 at 2pm for a brief introduction to the history and customs of Lunar New Year, also referred to as Chinese New Year. Attendees will brew and taste some loose-leaf tea and sample a variety of New Year snacks. This is an interactive program open to adults and older teens (16+). Questions are welcome. Space is limited. Registration is required!
Movie Screening
Join us for an in-person movie screening, Tuesday, January 31 at 6pm, sponsored by the Friends of the Library. January's movie is Where the Crawdads Sing, rated PG-13.

No registration is necessary.
Author Talks
We are pleased to announce three author discussions will take place during January. All discussions will be held virtually. Click the author's name to register. The sign-in details will be sent prior to the discussion.

  • Namina Forna, author of the New York Times bestseller epic fantasy The Gilded Ones Series, Saturday, January 7 from 2-3pm
  • Dana K. White, creator of popular podcast and blog, A Slob Comes Clean, as she imparts tips from her books Organizing for the Rest of Us and Decluttering at the Speed of Life, Tuesday, January 17 from 2-3pm
  • Randall Munroe, creator of the xkcd webcomic and author of What If? 2: Additional Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, Tuesday, January 31 from 2-3pm.
Citizenship Class
We will be launching a new 16-week Citizenship Class beginning Monday, January 23 from 1-2:30pm. Priority is given to students who have a scheduled date for the test. Registration must be done in person at the Main Desk at the library. Questions? Email
ESL In-Person Classes
In-person ESL classes start back up again Tuesday, January 3:
Basic ESL: Tuesday & Thursday, from 10-11am
Intermediate ESL: Tuesday & Thursday, from 11am-12pm

Brush Up on Your English
Brush Up on Your English is for English language learners who already have basic English skills. Join Miss Tati on Monday, January 9 and 23 at 3pm to work on conversational English. Check our website calendar for the Zoom information.
ESL Conversations on Zoom
Virtual classes will return Tuesday, January 3.

The Tuesday and Thursday class runs from 3-4:30pm. Click here to access!

The Wednesday class runs from 2-3:30pm. Click here to access!
Advanced ESL Classes
Advanced ESL is taking a short hiatus and is expected to resume in March. For more information, please email
Borrow a Wi-Fi Hotspot
The Rutherford Public Library has mobile wi-fi hotspot devices available to borrow. Hotspots provide an Internet connection so you can use your smartphone, tablet, or computer without using data. These are great for our patrons (who are Rutherford residents and age 18 and up) who may not have their own internet connection at home or have lost their home connection temporarily, and even for travel throughout the domestic US. Hotspots can be taken out for two weeks at a time. One per household. To reserve a hotspot, click here.
Mango Languages Available
Rutherford Library cardholders have access to Mango Languages, on the library computers and remotely through our website! 

Click here and create an account to start learning a new language!
Digital Newspapers
The Rutherford Public Library provides a digital subscription to The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal for Rutherford cardholders. If interested, send an email to with your name and library card number and we will send you the information you need to access newspapers online!
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