Rutherford Public Library November Newsletter

In this season of gratitude, we are thankful for all the wonderful people who visit the library, for shared experiences, individual research, and the many resources that bring us all together. While November gives our kids a mini vacation, the library will be busy! We have some great programs, ranging from Jester Jim, crafts, and Legos in the children's department to college financial advice, author talks, and book clubs for the adults.

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 Friday, November 10 and Saturday, November 11 to observe Veterans Day. The library will close at 1pm on Wednesday, November 22, and be closed all day Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24 for Thanksgiving. Our digital collections are accessible as always.

Friends of the Library News

Library Mini Golf Returns March 2024

Join the Friends of the Rutherford Library for a not-to-be-missed event in March 2024 - our 2nd 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. Sponsorships are still available.

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 class, holiday-themed refreshments, and a screening of Love Actually (rated R). 

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

November is Native American Heritage Month, National Adoption Month, and National Novel Writing Month, among other attributes. Let the library be your resource! Many of our museums have exhibits featuring Native American artists. And if you're churning out copy for NaNoWriMo, what better place to find inspiration than in the library?

Rutherford Public Library card holders have access to on-demand yoga, Creativebug how-to videos and live classes, digital borrows, legal 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.

If you have participated in the All Together Now Tiny Art Gallery, please bring your mini sculptures to the library by November 4. The Tiny Art Gallery will be on display to the public from November 13 through December 9!

We have the juggling, beatboxing comedy of the Jester Jim Show, a Diwali lesson and craft from Miss Bhavna, morning and afternoon Story Time with Miss Jane, Music with Miss Fran, Tiny Stars acting with Miss Kally, and reading practice with Minnie. We also have Legos, yoga, and turkey crafts--both edible and decorative.

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: Registration priority is given to Rutherford residents for all programs that require registration.**

Jester Jim Show

ages 4 and up

Friday, November 17 at 4pm

"Tiny Stars" with Miss Kally

ages 4-7

Wednesday, November 15 at 4pm

Lego Time

ages 4-11

Monday, November 20 at 5pm

  • Story Time with Miss Jane - ages 0-5 - Wednesday, November 1, 15, 22, & 29, from 10:30-11am
  • Spanish Classes for Children - virtual -ages 6-11- Wednesday, November 1, 8, 15, & 29, from 4-4:30pm. Email Miss Tati with any questions.
  • Music & Movement with Miss Fran - ages 0-5 - Friday, November 3 & 17, from 11:15-11:45am
  • Yoga with Miss Bhavna - in-person, ages 6-12 - Wednesday, November 8 at 4pm
  • Afternoon Story Time with Miss Jane - ages 0 - 5 - Thursday, November 9 at 4pm
  • "All Together Now" Tiny Art Gallery - all ages - November 13 through December 9
  • Diwali Stories & Craft with Miss Bhavna - ages 5-10 - Tuesday, November 14 at 4pm
  • "Tiny Stars" with Miss Kally - ages 4-7 - Wednesday, November 15 at 4pm
  • Edible Turkey Craft - ages 5-10 - Thurdsay, November 16 at 4pm
  • Jester Jim Show - ages 4 and up - Friday, November 17 at 4pm
  • Lego Time - ages 4-11 - Monday, November 20 at 5pm
  • Craft: Thankful Decoration - ages 3-11 - Tuesday, November 21 at 4pm
  • 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.
  • Minnie, a Bassett Hound: Monday, November 27, from 4-5pm

Diwali Stories & Craft

ages 5-10

Tuesday, November 14 at 4pm

"All Together Now" Tiny Art Gallery

from November 13 through December 9

Edible Turkey Craft (without turkey!) Thursday, November 16 at 4pm


Fall Leaf Book Page Banner

Wednesday, November 8 at 3pm

Fantasy Map Makers

Wednesday, November 15 at 3pm

Teen Volunteer Program

Apply Now!

We are still accepting applications for our first-ever Teen Advisory Board! 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.


ESL Classes

Check out our mix of in-person and virtual ESL classes listed below. In-person classes are currently full, however, wait lists are available. Please email with any questions!

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