Greetings From The Library Staff

Dear friend,

With Memorial Day behind us, spring is winding its way to those long summer days. You may be surprised by this, but summer is always a busy time at the Boonton Holmes Public Library. This year looks to be no different: Ms. Jes and Mx. Ru have been hard at work to develop a great kids’ summer reading program. I think parents will be pleased to know that we are extending the program through the end of August as we know those last weeks of the summer holidays can be a challenge to fill before school starts. Of course, there is also a summer reading challenge for adults – more below!

Summer is fun at the library, so come on over soon!



P.S. If you happen to walk down Church Street, don’t forget to take a look at our backyard: Members of the Native Plant Society of New Jersey planted the beds with more than 100 native pollinator-friendly flowers and grasses. They don’t look like much now, but I promise the result will be spectacular next year!

Summer Reading Program 2024

Summer Reading Challenge for Children

Registrations for this year’s summer reading program for children, ages pre-school and up, begins Saturday, June 1. Boonton library cardholders are invited to stop by the library any time during the summer to register and pick up the summer reading welcome packet. Please note that registration and tracking are analog only. As always, the summer reading program includes a wealth of activities and great reading incentives. For details, please visit our program page.

Summer Reading Challenge for Adults

The kids don’t get to have all the reading fun this summer! Stay tuned for the Adult Summer Reading Challenge – details to be revealed on Friday, June 7!

Fun For All Ages: Museum Passes!

Summer is an ideal time to round up family and friends and visit a museum or cultural attraction. We have some great passes ready for borrowing by Boonton library cardholders:

  • Morris Museum (now partnering with the Smithsonian Museums)
  • Montclair Art Museum (finally the renovation is done!)
  • Morris County attractions, including Fosterfields Historic Farm (oh, the piglets are so cute!)
  • Newark Art Museum (the largest in the state)
  • Liberty Hall Museum and Gardens (something for everyone: lovely gardens and a historic wine collection!)
  • Storm King Art Center (giant sculptures set on 700 acres of natural landscape!)
  • Yogi Berra Museum (for baseball fans, of course!)

For more information on the Museum Pass program click here.

Also, starting in early June, our always popular raffle for vouchers to the American Museum of Natural History resumes. We’ll have drawings on June 28, July 26, and August 23.

Adult Programs

NEW! Sewing Machine Boot Camp

6 sessions, Thursdays, 6-7:30 p.m., starting June 13

Sign up for 6-session sewing boot camp for beginners and early users. The workshops introduce participants to essential sewing machine functions and basic machine sewing skills. At the conclusion of the series, participants will be certified to borrow the library’s sewing machines, and have completed two simple projects to take home.  

There is a $50 charge for the 6-session series, payable by cash, check, or credit card at the circulation desk. Payment must be made by June 10, 2024. For participants, ages 16 and up.

Space is extremely limited – register early! Click here to reserve your spot.

Back by Popular Demand: Tarot with Ciera Sikora

Tuesday, June 11, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Our workshop in April was extremely well received, and we had a significant waitlist for the program, so we decided to invite Ciera back for another Tarot workshop. Participants will have an opportunity to work with the cards, and are encouraged to bring their own deck. The program is intended for adults and is for entertainment purposes only.

Registration required, please. Click here to reserve your spot.

Meet the Author!

Thursday, June 20, 6:30 p.m.

Straight Talk About Publishing with Kathy Biehl.

Local author Kathy Biehl talks about the reality of book publishing (traditional and self) and reads excerpts from Confessions of a Third-Rate Goddess: Traipsing Through a World Gone Weird, a collection of humorous and insightful essays chronicling pre-social media life in the 1990s.

Reserve your spot here.

Lunch and Learn

Fridays, 11:30 a.m.- 1p.m.

Our Friday Lunch & Learn program covers a multitude of topics and activities from cultural presentations to hands-on workshops. As always, a light luncheon is included in the program. Registration is required.

We have two events scheduled for June:

June 14: The Gentle Art of Acupuncture with Dr. Susannah Pitman. Dr. Susannah will discuss the history, traditions, and benefits of the ancient Chinese healing practice. If time permits, she will demonstrate simple acupressure techniques.  Reserve your spot here.  

June 28: From Hospital to Home. Members of the Fallsview Rehabilitation Center team will review best practices and options for transitioning successfully from hospital to home. Reserve your spot here.

Upcoming Spring Events @ BHPL

Visit the library during June to borrow a museum pass, sign up for the Summer Reading Program or attend a lunch and learn! Check our website for announcements about additional exciting upcoming spring events.

June Events Calendar

Staff Recommendation

The Cork O’Connor mystery series by William Kent Krueger (20 and counting).

I came upon this mystery series quite by accident and have been joyfully binge reading the novels ever since! The series features Sheriff – later PI – Corcoran O’Connor of Aurora, Minnesota, a small town close to the vast Boundary Waters and an Indian reservation for members of the Ojibwe people. Cork is part Indian and part Irish, and thus has a connection with both cultures: on one hand he and his family are practicing Catholics, and on the other, Cork has a deep spiritual connection with his Indian friends and natural world. One of the many joys of the novels is the sensitive description of the Ojibwe culture and its complicated relationship with the surrounding White communities. The mysteries are solidly constructed, the characters nicely rounded, and the inter-relationships entirely plausible. 

The first book in the series is Iron Lake. We have it on Libby and on our pre-loaded Kindles.


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