Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Library of Rutherford has provided key funding for a range of programs and services for over 50 years.  When you become a Friend of the Library, you help the Library enrich our lives and strengthen our community.  The Friends’ annual membership drive is a mainstay of its fundraising efforts, and all are asked to join the Friends or to renew membership.  The Friends is a 501(c)3 organization, making donations tax-deductible.  Click HERE for a membership form.

2017 Update

The Rutherford Public Library in 2016 completed major renovations that will help it continue to serve as a modern library in years to come. Considerable work has been done to the electrical, lighting, and data infrastructure, along with replacement of many furnishings in the building. For the first time in the 123-year history of the library, the Children’s Room has entirely new shelving and furniture. There has also been a 60% increase in the amount computers available to the public. More than 35,000 people make use of the library’s internet connectivity annually annually, with 20,000 using the library’s computer workstations to access the web.

The library mainstay services are still loaning out over 160,000 items and receiving over 150,000 visitors annually. It is a major destination for free local programming, too. Last year, the library offered 456 public programs to adults and children, attended by 17,081 people. The Friends of the Library support all special programs to children; they also provide critical financial support for program supplies.

Please like our Facebook page (The Friends of the Library of Rutherford) and the Library website for news regarding Friends sponsored events.

Summer Reading Program Update

Friends funding has been critical to mounting more than 60 summer programs of the Library’s special programs. The theme for the 2016 children’s summer reading program highlighted sports and other activities, with the slogan On Your Mark, Get Set…Read. The program had 722 participants, and 9,444 books were read. The summer programs were attended by over 2,800 participants in 2016.  On average the Library provides a children’s program every day it is open.  Among the activities the Friends have supported are:

               17 Craft Programs                                                        6 Music & Movement

               Monthly Friday Matinee Movies                                   7 “Family Shows”

   6 Activities for School-Age Children 

Friends funding helps the Library remain an education destination during the summer, too. Support also provided for incentives for the children, to encourage them to continue to read throughout the summer.  By investing in the Summer Reading Program, the Friends take an active role in promoting literacy in our community.

Museum Pass Program

The Rutherford Public Library and the Friends of the Library are pleased to offer the Museum Pass Program to Rutherford residents. This exciting program allows residents who have a valid Rutherford library card to visit local museums in New Jersey and New York for free or at a discounted rate. For more details, click here.

Book Sales

These sales offer books and media at a huge discount, and they are one of the Friends’ most popular events.  By recycling these materials, the Friends raise significant funding in support of the Library.  Sales also provide an affordable way for book lovers to add volumes to their at-home collections. 

Community Alliance Program – Boiling Springs Bank

Boiling Springs Savings Bank developed its Community Alliance Program (CAP) to help non-profit organizations raise funds. This program allows account holders to contribute to the Friends of the Library at no cost. Any savings or checking account holders at the bank can designate the Friends as the CAP organization they wish to support. We have met the initial minimum number of accounts and are receiving a quarterly donation from the bank based on the balances in these accounts. Now we are seeking additional participants in this program. There is no cost to the account holders, and the Friends will have more funds to support the library’s programs and services. Please consider designating an existing account or opening a new one to support the Friends. For more information, and to print a form to designate an account to the Friends of the Library of Rutherford (CAP #320), please click here

The James Hands Map of Rutherford

In 1947 Rutherford resident James Hands created The James Hands Map of Rutherford History. His hand-drawn, intricately lettered blend of local history and artistry makes this map a unique visual interpretation of Rutherford history. A charter member of the original Friends, Mr. Hands restored the map and donated it to the Friends and the Library as a fundraiser. Full-size prints, numbered and signed by the artist are available for purchase at the Library for $200.

Free Monthly Movies

Film lovers, join the Friends on the last Tuesday of each month for a variety of movies based on books. The Friends pay the licensing fees so the screenings are free and so is the popcorn!

Edible Book Festival

On April 2, 2016, we held our second annual Edible Book Festival. Participants were invited to submit edible entries based on a book title (or pun of one), literary theme, or character. We were pleased to have 29 entries! Cash prizes for the winners, chosen by a panel of five judges, were provided by Boiling Springs Savings Bank and BCB Rutherford. Three bakeries prepared professional entries that were used as additional prizes. A number of baskets, filled with a variety of donated goods and services, were raffled off. Refreshments were donated by local businesses. We consider the Festival a fun-filled day for all. So much so, we plan to hold another one this spring!

Nutcracker @ the Library

Each holiday season, the Garden State Ballet Youth Company performs excerpts from the Nutcracker ballet at the library, thrilling young and old alike.