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.
Over the course of 2017, the community has fully settled into the newly remodeled Rutherford Public Library space, and maximized use of it. Annually, the Library hosts more than 160,000 visitors. More than 35,000 of them make use of the Library’s Internet connectivity, with 20,000 using the Library’s computer workstations to access the web.
The Library mainstay continues to be loaning materials–more than 150,000 each year. It is also a major destination for free educational and opportunities. In 2017 the Library has offered 675 public programs for adults and children, attended by 18,250. The Friends of the Library support all special programs to children. They also provide critical financial support for program supplies. In addition, the Friends also provide major support for the popular Museum Pass Program. Residents’ use of this service saves them just over $31,000 yearly.
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
The theme for the 2017 children’s summer reading program was “Build a Better World.” Below are the summary statistics for this summer’s programs by the Friends of the Library.
The summer reading program is implemented from June through August. Friends-sponsored educational activities provide local families a range of choices for free activities that help to keep kids reading and pursuing interests through books and media. Some 790 children participated this summer, and read 10,450 books. In addition to 26 storytimes and class visits attended by 982 children during the summer, this year the children’s department offered more than 50 other types of summer programs funded by the Friends of the Library.
5 Family Programs- 652 participants
6 Music & Movement – 567 participants
36 Activities for school-age children- 643 participants
4 Movie Screenings- 75 participants
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.
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.