Rutherford Public Library May Newsletter

Adventure begins at your library with this year's summer reading program for all ages! Sign up now for children's, young adult, and adult Summer Reading Challenges!

May is Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, as well as Mental Health Awareness Month. We are pleased to offer relevant, cultural programs along with our partners. May we remember our soldiers, honor our mothers, and enjoy the May flowers!

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 be closed on Saturday, May 25 and Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day.

Library News

Adventure Begins at Your Library

Summer Reading Program

The Summer Reading Program begins May 1 and ends September 28. We have a variety of rewards and incentives to keep everyone reading all summer long!

Miss Jane has been distributing 2024 Summer Reading Club journals to school children from kindergarten through third grade. If your child is not scheduled to visit the library with their class, please have them register online or at the main desk soon to get started with their Reading Club Bag. The more your child reads, the more prizes they earn!

The 2024 Young Adult Summer Reading Challenge will also reward teens who keep a reading log with incremental prizes. Adults will get another chance to play Summer Reading Challenge Book Bingo! This year, we've added a raffle with more chances to win from every completed bingo card!

Check Out the Latest

Baseball season is here! What a great time to check out the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center with a Friends of the Library Museum Pass!

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

JobNow offers resume review, job research, career coaching, and interview prep! Join us for Power Up Your Job Search with AI virtual workshop on Tuesday, May 21 at 5pm.

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.

Congratulations to Diya Nandyala who won our Summer Reading Program cover contest. This year's theme Adventure Begins at Your Library will be incorporated into summer presentations, story times, and more! Start reading now and earning prizes for every book read!

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.**

La Hora del Cuento

Friday, May 10 at 10:30am

Path to Rhythm

Friday, May 17 at 4pm

Yoga with Miss Bhavna Thursday, May 21 at 4pm

  • Story Time with Miss Jane - ages 0-5 - Wednesday, May 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29, from 10:30-11am
  • Spanish Classes for Children - virtual -ages 6-11- Wednesday, May 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 , from 4-4:30pm. Email Miss Tati with any questions.
  • Spanish Story Time with Miss Tati - ages 0-5 - Friday, May 10 at 10:30am
  • Music & Movement for Preschoolers with Miss Fran - ages 0-5 - Friday, May 3, 10, 17, & 31 at 11:15am
  • Children's Craft: Edible Mother's Day Bouquet - ages 5-10 - Saturday, May 11 at 1pm
  • Path to Rhythm -African djembe drum circle - ages 6-9 - Friday, May 17 at 4pm
  • Yoga with Miss Bhavna - ages 6-12 - Tuesday, May 21 at 4pm
  • Children's Craft: Patriotic Dinosaur - ages 3-11 - Wednesday, May 22 at 4pm
  • LEGO Time! - ages 4-11 - Thursday, May 30 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.
  • Ziva, the Golden Retriever: Monday, May 20 from 4:30-5:30pm
  • Minnie, a Bassett Hound: Wednesday, May 29 from 4-5pm

Anime Club

Tuesday, May 21 at 3pm

Friendship Bracelets

Wednesday, May 22 at 3pm

Teen Book Talk

Wednesday, May 29 at 4pm

What does the Summer Reading Program look like for teens? We'll be featuring 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.

Teen volunteering will continue through the summer. If you would like more information on getting involved, you can contact Marion, the teen librarian.


The Art of Listening: An Indian Classical Music Appreciation Workshop

Saturday, May 4 at 1:30pm

All About Artificial Intelligence

Monday, May 20 at 6pm

Rutherford Green Team:

Rutherford Repair Cafe

Saturday, May 18, from 11:30am-3:30pm

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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