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        The Library is closed April 18th for Good Friday and April 20th for Easter. We WILL be open on Saturday, April 19th.


        National Library Week- April 13-19

        Celebrate with a Date with a book!

        The Library will be celebrating National Library Week by offering a "Blind Date with a Book" for adults and teens and a "Play Date with a Book" for children and families. Discover a new adventure in reading by choosing an unidentified book covered in brown paper. Discover an author or genre that is new to you and "rate your date" with the accompanying review slip. You can also report if you're willing for a "second date".

        Look for children's books on Level A, teen books on Level C, while adult books will be on Level D. Be an adventurous reader and participate in this fun event. We will be offering it for the rest of April! For more information, please call 201-796-3400.

        Friends of the Library Fundraisers

        The Friends of the Library have two upcoming fundraisers:

        A Touch of Sinatra: the Life and Music of Frank Sinatra

        Tuesday, April 29 at 8:00 pm.

        Support the Friends by joining us for a musical show about the life and music of Frank Sinatra performed by Donnie Farraro and narrated by Joe Gilligan.This hour plus show features the most authentic sounding Frank Sinatra look alike in the music industry today!

        Admission: $5

        Preferred  Seating: $25

        This program is co-sponsored by the Knights of Pythias. Refreshments will be provided for sale by Z-licious.  All proceeds to benefit the Friends of the Library.

        For more information please call 201-796-0683.

        Film:  Philomena  PG-13  98 Mins

        Sunday, May 4  1:30 promptly

        A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman's search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent. For more information, please call 201-796-3400

        Book Signing: Legendary Locals of Fair Lawn

        Saturday May 10, 2014   2 PM

        Jane Lyle Diepeveen will present a slide show and talk about the new book she co-authored with Cornell Christianson. Both authors will be present to sign the book, which will be available for sale at the event. The talk will cover Fair Lawn history featuring the men and women who settled and founded the Borough and the volunteers who built the community in the town it is today. For more information, please call 201-796-3400.

        Book Sale

        Saturday, May 17- 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

        Sunday, May 18- 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

        Come to enjoy the fun of picking out books you want to read at the Friends of the Library annual book sale. Plenty of donated books will be available in our Meeting Room for this two-day event. Prices are very reasonable. Donated books for the sale are being accepted starting April 15. Please no textbooks, encyclopedias or moldy/outdated books. For more information, please call 201-796-3400.

        Neighbors Helping Neighbors

        7:00 pm
        Neighbors-helping-Neighbors USA, Inc. is reopening at Fair Lawn Library    

        Looking for work? Seeking to reinvigorate your job search? 

        Neighbors will meet every Monday evening at 7:00 pm. All are welcome!


         Call 201-796-3400/extension 5 for more information or to register.

        ESL Conversation Group
        Are you new to English, or just looking to strengthen yours?
        An ESL Conversation Group will be meeting on Tuesdays at 10:30am beginning on Tuesday, April 1st, and running for six weeks
         Practice speaking English with others in a comfortable environment.
        To sign up, please call (201)-796-3400 Ext.5, email, or stop by library's Reference Desk on Level D.  
        Writers' Circle
        The Writers' Circle is a group for current and aspiring writers. Bring your fiction, non-fiction or ideas to share with the group.  It will meet at 6:30pm on the following dates:
        April 7th
        April 21st
        May 5th
        May 19th
        June 2nd
        June 16th
        June 30th
        July 14th
        July 28th
        Writers with all levels of experience are welcome to attend. No registration is necessary.  Please contact Justin Portelli with any questions at, or call 201-796-3400, Ext. 0
        Technology Help
        There will be high school volunteers to help you with all of your technology related questions on Level  D every Monday and Wednesday from 3:30-5:30pm, as well as on Saturdays from 2-4pm.
        Please call 201-796-3400, Ext. 5, or stop by the Reference Desk on Level D for more information or to make an appointment.   
        Recipe Club

        The Recipe Club

         will continue on the last Thursday of every month 

             5/29,  6/26, 7/24, 8/28, 9/25, 10/30, 11/20, 12/18.

        10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

        in the REFERENCE ROOM located on level D. 

        FREE to the public and no registration required.

        The Maurice M. Pine Free Public Library is starting a Recipe Club to discuss and exchange ideas on cooking, nutrition and favorite recipes.  

        At the first meeting we will be discussing topics to be covered at future meetings, such as “healthy snacks” and “nutritious lunches”. 

        Participants will be welcome to bring samples of food items to taste and share, and we will talk about money-saving ideas and “couponing”.  At future meetings the group will have speakers on a variety of topics.

        Please join us to share your thoughts and ideas for this new club.

        For more information please call Emiliana Tuohey or Leslie Kruegel at 201-796-3400/extension 16 or 5. 

        Thinking about buying an e-reader? Looking to keep up with new technology? Or are you just trying to jump the line and bring home a bestseller? Then take home one of our Nooks!
        We have purchased ten Nooks from Barnes & Noble to lend to Fair Lawn patrons. They come pre-loaded with their own unique bookshelf. Each Nook comes with a mix of bestsellers and classics. Six Nooks are for Adult materials, both fiction and non-fiction. Two contain Young Adult materials. Another two Nooks are filled with books for kids. And the selections will only grow, as we add more and more new titles to the Nooks over time. Some current titles include The Cuckoo's Calling, Inferno, And the Mountains Echoed, Gone Girl, Doctor Sleep, The Hunger Games Trilogy and more!
        We have added even more titles for 2014. Take a look at our selection with the link below. 
        All you have to do to take a Nook home is bring in your valid Fair Lawn library card with no fines or overdues. If the Nook you are looking for is not available, you can place a hold on it like any other item. 
        Is the bestseller you were waiting for a disappointment? No problem. Just scroll through to the next one. The Nook allows you to hold an entire shelf in your hand. Ask for details in Circulation, Reference, or the Children's Room.
        Click here for a complete list of available titles: Nook Titles
        Please call 201-796-3400, Ext. 0 for more information or to place a hold.
        The spring issue of the Pine Times, written by Justin Portelli, is now available to view online:
        Scrabble Night
        Scrabble enthusiasts are invited to play with other players EVERY Wednesday from 6:30-9 pm. 
        Game boards are available for play at other times-
        just ask at the Reference Desk.
        Chess Anyone?
        Challenge your mind Thursday nights, 7pm until 8:45 pm, playing chess in our Reference Room.  No registration necessary, please call 201-796-3400 for more information.  Beginning on Thursday, January 2nd. 
        Open Studio
        Every third Thursday of every month 
        (  3/20, 4/17, 5/22, 6/19, 7/17, 8/21, 9/18, 10/16, 11/20, 12/18)
        7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
        PINE GALLERY on Level C.
        The Pine Gallery will open its art space to the public for an opportunity to sit and draw from a still life.  A different still life each month.  No experience necessary.  Surround yourself with beautiful artwork and have fun creating your own masterpiece. Registration not required. FREE to the public. Everyone welcome!  Participants should bring their own drawing supplies. Paints are not permitted.
         Scurti Group Show: Lines That Form  November 2013
        Video by Wayne Robbins
        Due to a large number of foreign born students requesting help with English language skills, the Library is seeking residents who would like to help a neighbor improve English speaking and reading abilities.

        If you would like to volunteer for an hour once a week, please call Leslie at (201)796-3400/extension 5.

        There are no special requirements for this program.


        Director Reads:

        Non-Fiction Book Discussion Group
        Amelia Earhart: The Turbulent Life of an American Icon
        Thursday, April 24  2:00 pm  

         When Amelia Earhart disappeared over the Pacific in 1937, she was at the height of her fame. Fascination with Earhart remains just as strong today, as her mysterious disappearance continues to inspire speculation. In this nuanced and often surprising biography, acclaimed aviation historian Kathleen C. Winters moves beyond the caricature of the spunky, precocious pilot to offer a more complex portrait. For more information, please call 201-796-3400.

        Readers Roundtable Book Group
        TransAtlantic - by Colum McCann

        Thursday, May 22nd at 2pm

        Newfoundland, 1919. Two aviators—Jack Alcock and Arthur Brown—set course for Ireland as they attempt the first nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
        Dublin, 1845 and ’46. On an international lecture tour in support of his subversive autobiography, Frederick Douglass finds the Irish people sympathetic to the abolitionist cause—despite the fact that, as famine ravages the countryside, the poor suffer from hardships that are astonishing even to an American slave.
        New York, 1998. Leaving behind a young wife and newborn child, Senator George Mitchell departs for Belfast, where it has fallen to him, the son of an Irish-American father and a Lebanese mother, to shepherd Northern Ireland’s notoriously bitter and volatile peace talks to an uncertain conclusion.
        These three iconic crossings are connected by a series of remarkable women whose personal stories are caught up in the swells of history.
        Join us for a lively discussion! Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk.  New members are always welcome!
        Mondays, 7:00-8:45 pm 
        Tuesdays, 1:00-3:00 pm
        Come and share your love of knitting and crocheting and socialize with other hand crafters. All levels of experience are welcome - work on a current project or start a new one, and please bring your own supplies.
        The Monday group meets in the Art Gallery on Level C and the Tuesday group meets in the Reference Room on Level D. No registration is necessary - just drop in!
        Call Leslie at (201)796-3400 if you need more information.
        updated 4/15/2014

        Children & Teens

        Check out our KIDS PAGE for all the information on the exciting schedule of events we have planned for you! 

        KIDZ MUSIK Concert on March 28th

        Kidz Musik

        Hindi Story Time 

        For ages 3-6 and their grownups 


        January 16th (4:15) or 23rd (6:30)

        February 6th (4:15) or 13th (6:30)

        March 13th (4:15) or 20th (6:30)

        April 3rd (4:15) or 10th (6:30)

        May 8th (4:15) or 15th (6:30)

        No registration required.The Fair Lawn Library is pleased to offer story time conducted entirely in the Hindi language. Please ask at the Children's Department Information Desk if you have any questions.  

        TAB (Teen Advisory Board)


        Are you bursting with ideas about how to make your community and especially your library a more fun and happening place?  Want to make new friends and have fun?  Earn volunteer hours?  Join the TAB! All meetings are Mondays at 4:30pm.   


        Upcoming TAB meeting dates: 

        April 28th 

        May 19th 

        June 9th 

        June 16th

        Teen Book Discussion Groups

        Talk It Up!  Grades 7-9  7:00-7:45pm 
        Next meeting is April 23rd.  We will be discussing Mick Harte Was Here by Barbara Park.
        Teen Book Club  Grades 9-12 8:00-8:45pm
        Next meeting is April 23rd.  We will be discussing Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson.
        Love to read?  Like to hang out with friends?  Put your hands together!  Join us once a month at the library for Book Club. Books will be chosen and provided by the librarian.  When you register you'll receive your first book.  Read it for the first meeting.  We'll talk about that book, play games, eat snacks and have fun. 
        Please see the Reference Librarian on Level D 
        to register.

        Calling all Whovians!

        The Dr. Who Program on Friday, December 27th was a great success!  Here are the winners of the Dr. Who polls: 

        Best Doctor: Tennant
        Best Companions: Jack and Rose
        Best Villian: Weeping Angels
        Best Episode: Day of the Doctor

        BAD WOLF!

        YouTube Film Festival & Ice Cream

        Wednesday, April 16th


        Grades 7-12 

        Watch some of the wildest, wackiest, most popular YouTube clips of the last few years with a make your own sundae.  Suggestions prior to the program are encouraged!  Email them to  No registration necessary.

        Teen Tie-Dye

        Monday, May 5th 


        Grades 7-12 

        Love to do crafts?  Bring any white items you'd like to dye-shirts, pillowcases, socks, etc. and go wild!  No registration necessary.

        Resume Writing

        Monday, May 12th


        Grades 7-12 

        Are you itching to start working but don't know where to start?  Come to this Resume Workshop and get some good tips to begin writing.  No registration necessary.  

        Video Games!

        The Fair Lawn Library has started a video game collection. 
        Do you no longer play some of your games at home?  Please consider donating them to the library so other people can enjoy playing them.  
        The policies of the collection are as follows:
        • All games can be borrowed for 14 days and cannot be renewed.
        • Limit of 5 games per library card.
        • As of now, some of the games are unable to be linked to the card catalog and, therefore, cannot be reserved or searched for on the catalog. 
        This is mainly a browsing collection.  For your convenience a list of all games currently owned by the library will be available.