Rutherford Public Library June Newsletter

We are celebrating June at the library with reading, crafts and movement programs, and civic engagement. In June, we celebrate Juneteenth freedom and freedom to be who you are during Pride month. We honor our flags and our fathers. We enjoy the last days of school and those first days at the beach. Wherever the summer takes you, we hope your 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: The library will close at 4pm on Friday, June 14, and be closed on Wednesday, June 19. During July and August, the library will be closed on Saturdays.

Library News

Adventure Begins at Your Library

Summer Reading Program

We're in full swing with the 2024 Summer Reading Program. If you haven't signed up yet, what are you waiting for? Children and teens keep track of their summer reading and receive prizes for milestones along the way. Adults fill out a Summer Reading bingo card for books enjoyed and activities attended! Sign up today and read all summer long!

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, running June 1 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

Check Out the Latest

Celebrate "100 Years of the City in Art and Pop Culture" at the Museum of the City of New York's "This Is New York" exhibit. All free with a Museum Pass!

Finish the school year strong! Brainfuse offers test prep for finals, the SAT, and ACT; homework help; online tutoringall free with your library card!

Stay up-to-date on financial and world news with free digital access to The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.

Job Resources

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.

Summer at the library is a continuation of the fun we offer the children all year long. Send your favorite stuffed animal friend to the Teddy Bear Sleepover! Read to one of our Bright & Beautiful certified therapy dogs. Dance, create, and be enthralled by stories and magic! And of course, collect your Summer Reading Challenge prizes regularly.

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.**

The Magic Adventure Show

with Magician Steve Woyce

Friday, June 7 at 4pm

La Hora del Cuento

Friday, June 14 at 10:30am

Teddy Bear Sleepover

Friday, June 14

*Drop-off begins at 11am*

  • Story Time with Miss Jane - ages 0-5 - Wednesday, June 5, 12, & 26, from 10:30-11am
  • Spanish Classes for Children - virtual -ages 6-11- Wednesday, June 5 & 12 from 4-4:30pm. Email Miss Tati with any questions.
  • Magician Steve Woyce presents: "The Magic Adventure Show" - ages 4-12 - Friday, June 7 at 4pm
  • Children's Craft - Edible Father's Day Gift - ages 3-10 - Wednesday, June 12 at 4pm
  • Spanish Story Time with Miss Tati - ages 0-5 - Friday, June 14 at 10:30am
  • Music & Movement for Preschoolers with Miss Fran - ages 0-5 - Friday, June 14 at 11:15am
  • Teddy Bear Sleepover - Friday, June 14 at 4pm. ages 3-8 - Drop-offs of stuffed friends begin Friday, June 14 at 11am. Children pick up their stuffed friends Saturday, June 15 at 11am.
  • 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, June 10, from 4-5pm
  • Louis, a Goldendoodle: Monday, June 24, from 4-5pm

Friendship Bracelets

Monday, June 17 at 3pm

Anime Club

Tuesday, June 25 at 3pm

Teen Book Talk

Wednesday, June 26 at 4pm

What does the 2024 Summer Reading Program look like for teens? We'll feature a reading log, just like the children's department but tweaked for older readers. The more you read, the more you win! Click here to register.

This month, we are thrilled to welcome a special guest to our meeting of Fantasy Map Makers: local author Michael Rizzo! Michael, author of Tales of Asterra, will join us to discuss the intricacies of creating maps from pre-established worlds, share his experiences in writing fantasy, and indulge in some good old-fashioned geek talk.


Victor Victori

Artist & Author

Saturday, June 8 at 1pm

Small Space Gardening

Monday, June 17 at 6:30pm

For the Love of Mars:

Smithsonian Curator Matt Shindell

Monday, June 3 at 2pm

Local legend, artist, and author Victor Victori will launch his new book God & I: Volume II right here at the library on Saturday, June 8! Bracco Farms will return to discuss Small Space Gardening, and we have another collaboration with the Smithsonian Author Talks series: curator Matt Shindell will talk about the Red Planet itself, Mars.

ESL Classes

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

The current ESL sessions will end on Friday, June 14, and resume in mid-July. 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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