Rutherford Public Library September Newsletter

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month. The Rutherford Public Library will be at the Multi-Cultural Festival at Lincoln Park on Friday, September 8, and Rutherford Day at Memorial Park on Saturday, September 23, to help the community sign up for their library card!

The All Together Now Summer Reading Challenge ends on Saturday, September 23. Collect your prizes soon!

We are kicking off the school year with great programs for students and adults. Presentations on The British Invasion, the environmental history of the Meadowlands, and Andrew Carnegie, library philanthropist, are among the highlights. We have several music and movement classes for toddlers and a great magic show for the older children. Also, The Friends of the Library will be holding their Fall Used Book Sale at the end of the month!

We have consolidated our program listings. For more information about an event or to register, please visit the links provided.

Please note: The library will be closed on Saturday, September 2, and Monday, September 4 for Labor Day Weekend. Beginning Friday, September 8, the library will resume Friday evening hours; and beginning Saturday, September 9, the library will be open Saturdays from 10am to 4pm.


The Friends of the Library of Rutherford will host their Fall Used Book Sale at the end of the month. Donations of gently used books, CDs, and DVDs will be accepted inside the library September 11 through 23. The library can not accept VHS tapes, reference books, or textbooks. Proceeds go toward Museum Passes, Children's Programs, and other programs supported by the Friends.

Sale Dates:

Friday, September 29, from 10am-5:30pm

Saturday, September 30, from 10am-3:30pm

Monday, October 2, from 10am-5:30pm


Library Meeting Space Policy

The Rutherford Public Library provides a meeting room (the Auditorium) for public use by all Rutherford nonprofit groups on equal terms regardless of opinion or affiliation. The Meeting Room Policy has been updated in accordance with the Library’s mission, to provide equal access to information, resources, entertainment, support, and space to members of the Rutherford community.

Rutherford Public Library Code of Conduct

We have updated our Code of Conduct, which applies to library visitors of all ages. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our rules and help make our space welcoming and safe for everyone.

Check Out the Latest

Looking for after-school activities? Check out creativebug, a database of how-to videos and a community space for crafters. They even have a section just for kid's crafts!

We have digital borrows for The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Gale ebooks, Hoopla, and Libby! Libby features ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines. Hoopla offers music, tv shows, movies, audiobooks, and even comic books!

As always, our patrons can borrow a hotspot or access museum passes, author talks, legal forms, investment and genealogy research, and much more!

Check out other resources below.

Digital Newspapers

ESL & Language Resources


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.

Back to school is a good time to review our Unattended Child Policy.

Make sure you collect your "All Together Now" Summer Reading Program prizes by Saturday, September 23! The library has a great line-up to get kids back into the swing of school. Kally Duling brings us a new program, Musical Munchkins, for children under 5, featuring new sounds and creative play. Brian Richards returns to present "The Magic of Reading" for kids ages 4 - 11! And our beginner readers can practice with Minnie and Ziva, the Bright & Beautiful certified therapy dogs.

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.**

Undersea Mosaic

ages 6-11

Thursday, September 14 at 4pm

Kally Duling: "Musical Munchkins"

ages 0-5

Friday, September 22 & 29 at 11:15am

Brian Richards: "The Magic of Reading"

ages 4-11

Friday, September 29

at 4pm

  • Story Time with Miss Jane - ages 0-5- Wednesday, September 13, 20, & 27, from 10:30-11am
  • Spanish Classes for Children - virtual -ages 6-11- Wednesday, September 13, 20, & 27, from 4-4:30pm. Email Miss Tati with any questions.
  • Children's Craft: Undersea Mosaic - ages 6-11 - Thursday, September 14 at 4pm
  • Music & Movement with Miss Fran - ages 0-5 - Friday, September 15, from 11:15-11:45am
  • Musical Munchkins - ages 0-5 - September 22 & 29 at 11:15am
  • Summer Reading Program Final Day for Prizes - Saturday, September 23
  • Brian Richards "The Magic of Reading" - ages 4-11 - Friday, September 29 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 slot.
  • Ziva, a Golden Retriever: Friday, September 22, from 4:30-5:30pm
  • Minnie, a Bassett Hound: Monday, September 25, from 4-5pm

Friendship Bracelets

Wednesday, September 13 at 3pm

Community Service Club

Thursdays at 3pm

Fantasy Map Makers

Wednesday, September 20 at 3pm

We continue to offer our regular service hours, crafts, and social time for teens! Make sure you collect your Summer Reading Challenge Bingo prizes by September 23! Please contact Marion, the teen librarian, to sign up as a volunteer or for activities where a link is not provided.


The British Invasion

presented by Joey Leone

Wednesday, September 27, from 6-7:30pm

NJSEA: The Meadowlands: An Environmental Comeback Story

Co-hosted by The Rutherford Green Team

Tuesday, September 19, from 6:30-8pm

Andrew Carnegie: From Steel to Building Libraries

presented by Rick Feingold

Monday, September 25, from 6:30-8pm

Fall Used Book Sale - Friday, September 29, from 10am-5:30pm

Saturday, September 30, from 10am-3:30pm

Monday, October 2, from 10am-5:30pm

Coffee & Chocolate Pairing Class

by 2 Chicks with Chocolate

Saturday, September 9 at 2pm

Paying for College without Going Broke


Thursday, September 14 at 7pm

Virtual Mindfulness: Finding Balance

Fridays at 9:15am

ESL Classes

Check out our mix of in-person and virtual ESL classes listed below. Advanced ESL classes will resume on Saturday, September 9. Please email with any questions!

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