BCCLS Update: Zinio is Moving


Attention e-magazine readers: Zinio will be moving! For now, your Zinio app will continue to work, but come September, this will change. Available now is the RBdigital app, which is where you will be able to find all the same magazines you loved on your Zinio app. The app is new and improved and will make your magazine reading even easier! We recommend you try it soon so you’re prepared for the big move at the end of the summer.

Happy reading!

Tonight at 6PM: American Pastoral


americanpastoralTonight at 6PM, the Friends of the Library of Rutherford will be screening American Pastoral, a film based on the Philip Roth novel. All adults are welcome to view this film for free as well as enjoy a snack. Thanks to the Friends for sponsoring these Film Tuesdays on the last Tuesday of every month.

Today at 3PM: The Magic of Sharks!


Come to the Rutherford Public Library today at 3PM for our first official summer program: The Magic of Sharks! This shark-themed magic show will be packed with fun shark facts and tons of audience participation! The program is recommended for children ages 4-11. Thanks to our Friends of the Library of Rutherford for generously funding this program. There is no registration, so come if you can!

And don’t forget- tomorrow at 10 AM, sign-ups will be held for Rutherford residents only for our July and August children’s program. Get here early so you can be sure to secure a spot in all the fun programs. You can see a full list of programming here. Hope to see you then!

Going on Summer Vacation? Borrow a Hotspot!

Borrow a Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot to Access the Internet At Home

The Rutherford Public Library has mobile hotspots available to Rutherford residents with a library card in good standing. Planning a trip and don’t want to worry about paying for hotel wi-fi? As long as it’s in the US (not counting Hawaii or Alaska), you can take a hotspot!

Hotspots go out for two weeks at a time with no renewals. They come with a charger and directions so you’ll be able to set it up right away. They are not only useful for trips, but also if your home internet cuts out or if you don’t have your own Internet connection! Only one can go out per family, but the hotspot can provide a connection for up to ten devices.

You can make your own reservation here (hotspots are at the bottom of the list) or call/stop by the library and we can help!

Story Time Break Until July 12


The Rutherford Public Library will be taking a break from having Drop-in Story Time until Wednesday, July 12, at 10:30AM. There will be no Story Time until then.

For the summer, Drop-In Story Time will be held the following Wednesdays at 10:30 AM: July 12, 19, and 26, and Aug. 2, 9, and 16. We look forward to seeing you then!

Rutherford Public Library Represents at the Rutherford Downhill Derby!


The Rutherford Public Library was thrilled to participate in the first annual Rutherford Downhill Derby this past Saturday! This community event drew residents and local businesses and was a success. For more information on the event, see the Rutherford Downhill Derby Facebook page. Below, see our car, which was built by Board of Trustees member Palmer Yale and his wife Cheri with help by Chris Conti. Palmer Yale was also our volunteer driver, so big thanks to him!



Sign-Ups for Children’s Summer Programs on June 24


As usual, Miss Jane has planned a summer full of fun! Rutherford residents can come to the library on Saturday, June 24, at 10 AM to sign up for the programs that require registration. For Rutherford residents who can’t make it to the library to sign up, phone registration will begin Monday, June 26, at 11 AM. Nonresidents can register to be on the waiting list for any program beginning Thursday, June 29, at 11 AM. Sign-ups are on a first come, first serve basis.

So what programs are we having this summer? See below!

Family Fun Time – No Registration Required

Friday, June 23, at 3 PM: “The Magic of Sharks”–a shark-themed magic show for ages 4-11

Wednesday, July 12, at 4 PM:  “A Better World Naturally” presented by Eyes of the Wild. Meet 5-6 live animals! For ages 4-11

Wednesday, July 19, at 4 PM: “The Battle Box” presented by Eric Dasher. Non-stop fun with teams working together to win crazy, wacky, and fun physical challenges. For ages 4-11.

Friday, Aug. 18, at 3PM: “Build a Better World Magic Show,” including juggling, comedy, construction fun, and jaw-dropping magic! For ages 4-11.

Science Fun – Registration Required

Tuesday, July 18, at 3:30 PM: “Paper Circuits.” Make a fully functional circuit paper craft. For ages 8-11.

Wednesday, July 26, at 3:30 PM: “Dinosaur Dig.” Learn how and where we find fossils, participate in a dig, and help build a triceratops with the discovered bones. For ages 5-10.

Wednesday, Aug. 9, at 4 PM: Adventure Aquarium presents “Build a Better World: Creature Conservation.” Meet locally endangered live, wild animals and learn how to help conserve their population. For ages 5-11.

Wednesday, Aug. 16, at 3:30 PM: “Waterslide Extravaganza.” Work with materials to design and build a waterslide with obstacles. For ages 5-10.

Music Fun – Registration Required

Monday, July 31, at 3:30 PM: “Drums from Around the World.” A hands-on experience where children will drum as a group and become familiar with new instruments. For ages 6-11.

Book Bingo – Registration Required

Book Bingo is for ages 7 and up. We use book titles instead of numbers to play Bingo. Those who play must be able to read. Book Bingo will be held on Tuesdays, July 11, 18, and 25 and Aug. 1, 8, and 15, from 3:15-4 PM.

Coder DoJo – Registration Required

The program is for ages 6-10. Learn how to code and develop programs and games using Scratch. If possible, please attend with a laptop. This program ill be held Thursdays, July 6, 13, 20 and 27, from 4-5 PM. Must attend all sessions.

Kid’s Zumba – Registration Required

This program is for ages 6-11. Each child may register for three classes. Fitness fun–get active and move to your favorite music! Sessions will be held Mondays, July 10, 17, 24, and 31, and Aug. 7 and 14, from 10-11 AM.

Craft Days – Registration Required

Wednesday, July 5, at 3 PM: Pony Bead lightning bug, for ages 7-11

Monday, July 10, at 3 PM: Celery stamp rainbow fish, for ages 6-11

Monday, July 17, at 3 PM: Jeweled tropical fish mosaic, for ages 5-11

Thursday, July 27, at 11 AM: Tropical fish mobile, for ages 7-11

Wednesday, Aug. 2, at 3 PM: Magic Scratch sea life, for ages 4-11

Monday, Aug. 7, at 3 PM: Mandala sand art, for ages 8-11

Thursday, Aug. 10, at 11 AM: Tropical palm tree, for ages 6-11

Monday, Aug. 14, at 3 PM: Glitter fish mosaic, for ages 4-11

Paws to Read – Registration Required

Rodney, our registered therapy dog will visit our library with his owner this summer. Children ages 5-11 may reserve a 15-minute time period with him to practice their reading skills in a very relaxed atmosphere. They will gain confidence in their reading ability and make a new friend at the same time. Rodney will be at the library on Tuesdays, July 11 and 25 and Aug. 15, from 11 AM – 12 PM.

Art Connection – Registration Required

Create, design, and get a little messy! Children ages 5-11 are invited to register initially for two of the following dates. If space is available, you will be contacted and will be invited to register for additional classes. Art will be conducted on Fridays, July 14, 21, and 28 and Aug. 4 for ages 7-11, and Aug. 11 and 18 for ages 5-8, from 10:30- 11:15 AM.

The following programs do not require registration:

Friday Movie Matinees – No Registration Required

Movies begin each day at 2 PM:

July 7 – Sing (PG)

July 14: Secret Life of Pets (PG)

July 21: Finding Dory (PG)

July 28 – The BFG (PG)

Aug. 4 – Pete’s Dragon (PG)

Aug. 11 – Great Gilly Hopkins (PG)

Music for Preschoolers – No Registration Required

Fun music time for children up to the age of 5. Thursdays, July 13, 20, and 27 and Aug. 3 and 10, from 3:15-3:45 PM.

Drop-in Story Time – No Registration Required

Stories, fingerplays, singing, and creative fun for children up to the age of 5. The program will be held on Wednesdays, July 12, 19 and 26 and Aug. 2, 9 and 16, from 10:30-11 AM.

We hope to see you on June 24 and all summer long!

Exhibit Alert: The New York Historical Society


The New York Historical Society will be featuring “Eloise at the Museum,” an exhibit focusing on the beloved children’s book character. The books were written by Kay Thompson and illustrated by Hilary Knight. This exhibit will run from June 30 through Oct. 9, and you can see it for free with your Rutherford library card!

To reserve a pass, click here. We can also make a reservation if you call or stop by the library. Please have your library card handy. While you’re here, please see the rest of the museums available and plan a trip this summer!

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