Rutherford Public Library July Newsletter

As midsummer approaches, the library is in full gear. The Children's Department presents varied programs from nature and animals to mime and arts performances. Teens will continue with crafts, anime, chess club, and book talks. There's history, relaxation yoga, and paper craft for the adults! We continue to celebrate Adult Summer Reading bingo cards and teen and children collecting prizes as they reach more milestones. Collect your prizes regularly with our 2024 Summer Reading Challenge: Adventure Begins at Your Library!

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

Please note: Summer Hours are here! The library will close at 5pm on Fridays and is closed on Saturdays from July 1 through September 2 (Labor Day Weekend). The library will be closed on Thursday, July 4 for Independence Day.

Library News

The Rutherford Public Library Board of Trustees passed a resolution on June 18, 2024 establishing our library as a Book Sanctuary. This designation affirms the RPL's core values of access; diversity, equity, and inclusion; lifelong learning; community; service; and intellectual freedom. Library administration is committed to protecting the rights for all residents to read and view what they wish. Learn more here.

Check Out the Latest

Summer Author Talks Series - All Children's Authors!

This July we are featuring four amazing K-12 authors in our Online Author Talk series! While these books are written for a K-12 audience, these talks are for the whole family.

  • Newbery Medal winning author Kate DiCamillo will take us to Deckawoo Drive with everyone’s favorite adventure loving pig, Mercy Watson!
  • New York Times bestselling author Max Brallier will talk to us about The Last Kids on Earth, both the book series and the animated series on Netflix.
  • Elizabeth Acevedo will be teaching us about the power of poetry in an exciting conversation about her National Book Award-winning and New York Times bestselling young adult novel-in-verse, The Poet X.
  • And, we will close out the month with this year’s winner of the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, Dan Santat, as he inspires tweens and teens to tell their own stories through graphic novels.

Each talk features the opportunity to participate in author Q&A or pre-submit questions during registration! And while best attended live, if you can’t make these or any of our Author Talks, register and receive a recording or find past talks. (Great for teachers to use during the school year!)

Friends of the Library News

"Friend"liest Pet Photo Contest

Do you think you have the “Friend”-liest Pet in Rutherford? Enter a photo of your furry or feathered or scaly pal in The Friends of the Library of Rutherford's new contest, which runs through August 31. The Friends will award prizes to the top three pets as voted on by a panel of Friends judges.

All Rutherford pet friends are welcome!

There are three ways you can enter:

1) Tag @rutherfordlibraryfriends in your pet photo on Facebook or Instagram

2) Email your pet photo to

3) Drop off a photo at the Rutherford Library

Make sure you include your pet's name/age/breed and your e-mail address and phone number with each pet entry. Must be a Rutherford resident to enter. Contest ends on 8/31/24.

Any questions, email

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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.

Adventure begins at your library as the Children's Department takes kids from the depths of the ocean to the gardens of outer space! We'll journey to Madagascar, the Great Pyramids, the Amazon rainforest, and still have time for Book Bingo and a local author visit!

Time to check in on the Summer Reading Challenge! Keep reading and collecting your prizes! What should your child be reading? Check here or the shelf near the photocopier for recommendations for all reading levels.

All events meet in person unless noted. We ask that caregivers accompany young children to programs. Please click the highlighted text to register for an event or learn more.

**Please note: For all programs that require registration, priority is given to Rutherford residents.**

Captain Nemo's Adventure Academy

Thursday, July 11 at 3:30pm

Go Outside!

Adventures in Nature

Wednesday, July 17 at 4pm

Robert Rivest

Comic Mime

Monday, July 29 at 4pm

Kulture Kool presents Madagascar, Jr

Friday, July 19 at 4pm

Art Kids Academy

Monday, July 15, 4-5pm

Book Bingo

Tuesday, July 16, 23, & 30, from 4-4:45pm


Teen Book Talk

Wednesday, July 10 at 3pm

Chess Club

Wednesday, July 17 at 3pm

Friendship Bracelets

Monday, July 22 at 2pm

Local fantasy writer Michael Rizzo had so much fun discussing world-building and creating maps as part of storytelling that he is returning to Fantasy Map Makers this month! We also have two virtual author talks: Elizabeth Acevedo will discuss her novel-in-verse and Dan Santat on how to tell your own story through graphic novels. And we're happy to bring back the Chess Club!

Teens continue to rack up prizes with the 2024 Summer Reading Challenge by filling in their reading logs and earning prizes. The more you read, the more you win!


The Declaration of Independence: America's Birth Certificate

Tuesday, July 9 at 6:30pm

Adult Craft: Quilling

Wednesday, July 24 at 6pm

Rest & Renew Yoga Nidra

** Virtual **

Sunday, July 14, from 7:30-8:30pm

Celebrate America's birthday with historian Joel Farkas's presentation on the Declaration of Independence. Unwind with painting or papercraft classes or a Rest & Renew session from your home. Have a local adventure day trip with a Museum Pass to catch tropical trees in Brooklyn, American masters in Montclair or Manhattan, or larger than life sculptures at Storm King. We celebrate and reward our 2024 Adult Summer Reading Challenge participants all summer long!

ESL & Spanish Classes

Please note: We offer in-person and online ESL classes for all levels of speakers.

ESL sessions will resume July 16. Miss Tati will contact current students with the schedule.

In-person classes are currently full, however, wait lists are available. Please email with any questions!

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