Rutherford Public Library April Newsletter

On April 8, North America will experience a solar eclipse. Rutherford will have a 91% view! Visit our solar eclipse page for more information. We have a limited number of solar eclipse glasses available to Rutherford residents (2 per household, on a first-come basis).

This year's celestial event won't eclipse all the great things going on at the library. We'll take you out to the ballgame with visits from Yankees organist Ed Alstrom and children's author Rob Skead. Prepare to rock out to 1964's year of revolutionary music. April also marks National Poetry Month, National Autism Awareness Month, Passover, and Earth Day.

The Friends of the Library will be holding their Used Book Sale at the end of the month. Details below.

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

Library News

Rutherford Library Gala

We want to thank everyone who made the Rutherford Library Gala such a success! Thank you so much to event sponsor BCB Bank and all our sponsors, our attendees, and James McGill and Bobby August for making the night a success. Honoree Dan Meredith gave a gracious speech and returned a 30-year-late library book! It was great to see so many members of the community having a great night! Check out some moments from the night here.

Ready, Set, Library!

Check us out during National Library Week, April 7-13. This year's theme: Ready, Set, Library! reminds us that libraries are always there for you to connect, learn, and focus.

Friends of the Library News

Friends of the Library Used Book Sale

The Spring Used Book Sale will take place April 26 to 29. The library will accept donations of gently used books, DVDs, and CDs from April 8 to 20. We cannot accept textbooks, reference guides, or VHS tapes. Proceeds benefit children’s programs and more at the library!

Drop off dates: April 8 to 20, during library hours

Sale dates:

Friday, April 26, 10:30am-5:30pm

Saturday, April 27, 10:30am-3:30pm

Monday, April 29, 10:30am-5:30pm

Want to be a 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

Check Out the Latest

Spring Forward Into April with Amazing New Author Talks! 

Rutherford Library proudly offers Library Speaker Consortium's virtual Author Talks series to our patrons. This April, Author Talks is launching a new partnership with the Smithsonian, which will present exciting natural, scientific, and historic discussions.

April welcomes Smithsonian curator Paula J. Johnson to talk to us about American Table: The Foods, People, and Innovations That Feed Us. Additionally, we will host our first-ever dual-author event with Colum McCann and Diane Foley as they talk about American Mother. Finally, Xochitl Gonzalez will join us to chat about her new book Anita de Monte Laughs Last

Each talk features the opportunity to participate in author Q&A or pre-submit questions during registration! Although the Author Talk presentations are terrific when experienced live, if you're unable to attend in real time, sign up and watch the recording at your convenience. You may always go back to the archives for past Author Talks.

We look forward to you joining us for exciting author talks this month! Register now!

Digital Newspapers

ESL & Language Resources

Museum Passes

Investment Research

Braille & Resources for Sight-Impaired


On-Demand Yoga


Digital Borrowing

Mobile Hotspot


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.

We are proud to have local children's author Rob Skead talk about the writing process and bringing creative ideas to life! Paper Heart Puppets will present "Cardboard Explosion!" and we are thrilled that Miss Tati will now be holding a monthly Spanish Story Time. We also have spring crafts, music, and story time!

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.**

Author Visit:

Rob Skead

Wednesday, April 10 at 4pm

Paper Heart Puppets:

"Cardboard Explosion"

Friday, April 26 at 4pm

La Hora del Cuento

Friday, April 5 at 10:30am

  • Story Time with Miss Jane - ages 0-5 - Wednesday, April 3, 10, 17, & 24 from 10:30-11am
  • Spanish Classes for Children - virtual -ages 6-11- Wednesday, April 3, 10, 17, & 24, from 4-4:30pm. Email Miss Tati with any questions.
  • Spanish Story Time with Miss Tati - ages 0-5 - Friday, April 5 at 10:30am
  • Music & Movement for Preschoolers with Miss Fran - ages 0-5 - Friday, April 5 & 12 at 11:15am
  • Movie Matinee - Migration (PG)- Saturday, April 6, at 10:30am
  • Children's Craft: Spring Rain Cloud - ages 4-11 - Tuesday, April 9 at 4pm
  • Children's Author Visit: Rob Skead - ages 8-12 - Wednesday, April 10 at 4pm
  • Afterschool Story Time - ages 0-5 - Thursday, April 11 at 4:45pm
  • Pokemon Card Trading Club - ages 6-12 - Wednesday, April 24 at 4:15pm
  • Paper Heart Puppets presents: "Cardboard Explosion" - ages 5 & up - Friday, April 26 at 4pm
  • PAWS to Read - Beginner readers can practice their reading with a certified Bright & Beautiful therapy dog. Email Miss Jane to sign up for a 15-minute session.
  • Minnie, a Bassett Hound: Monday, April 22, from 4-5pm

Career Planning for High School Students

Thursday, April 4 at 7pm


Anime Club

Tuesday, April 23 at 3pm

Teen Book Talk

Wednesday, April 24 at 4pm

Calling all teen volunteers! The Friends of the Library will need extra help for the Used Book Sale, from sorting donations to setup. We welcome you during your break, even if it's not Thursday afternoons. We also have two programs geared for high schoolers especially: a Career Planning for High School Students webinar on April 4 and a special mental health program regarding suicide on April 16. We are excited to introduce an Anime Club that's open to our usual age range of 11-18.

The Teen Advisory Board has met and will continue to meet to advise on the formation of the Library Teen Space. For more information on getting involved, contact Marion, the teen librarian.


Yankee Stadium from the Organ Bench:

Ed Alstrom

Monday, April 8 at 6:30pm

1964: Year in Review Concert

Saturday, April 13 at 2pm

Smithsonian American Table Curator Paula J. Johnson

Tuesday, April 2 at 2pm (Virtual)

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 with any questions!

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