Haiku Contest

Write a haiku using the 5/7/5 format on the subject of libraries. What is a haiku? Ask a Librarian. All winning entries will be displayed at the Library. All entries due by October 31st.

The fall issue of the Pine Times, written by Justin Portelli, is now available to view online:

Caring for a Loved One with Dementia

Wednesdays, October 22nd & October 29th
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

It can be extremely difficult caring for those with Alzheimer's or other dementias. The Jewish The Jewish Family Service of North Jersey will conduct a program for friends and family members affected. The program will consist of a panel including a geriatric physician, a geriatric social worker from JFSNJ and possibly a representative of the Alzheimer's Association.

 Topics discussed will include different forms of dementia and self-care for caregivers. No registration is required for this free program. It is open to all and will include literature and light refreshments. For more information, please call 201-796-3400 X-5.

Dana Gaule on Wellness

Two sessions:

Thursday, October 30th 
10:30 am

Thursday November 20th
7:00 pm

Registered Dietitian, Dana Gaule will be discussing wellness tips and advice including healthy eating during the holidays. She has a broad range of experience in Nutrition Science. All are invited to these free programs. No registration is needed. Please call 201-796-3400  x-16.

Weight Loss for Men and Women

Thursday, November 6th
7:00 pm

Kathleen Lindert, Author and Hypnotherapist will discuss her book series,  "How to Fix Yourself". No registration is required and this free program is open to all. For more information, please call 201-796-3400.

Sunday Movie: Chef
Rated R
November 9th
1:30 pm promptly!

Jon Favreau leads an all-star cast in this hilarious, inspiring comedy about a gifted chef who teams up with his ex-wife, best friend and son to launch a food truck business. The program is free and open to all. No registration is required. For more information please call 201-796-3400.

CD Sale
Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov 12th & 13th

Come find great bargains among our donated CD's. They are priced at 2 for $1. The sale will be conducted during regular hours on these days. For more information please call 201-796-3400.

Mastering Veterans Pension Benefits

Thursday, November 13th
7:00 pm

Benjamin D. Beckman, Esq., author of "Paying for Long Term Care: the VA Aid and Attendance Benefits" will present important information on benefits for veterans. No registration is required to this free program. It is open to all. For more information, please call 201-796-3400.

Beyond the Silk Mills
Sunday, November 16th
2:00 pm

Leslie Rupley will discuss  her historical novel, "Beyond the Silk Mills". It centers in part of the Paterson Silk Strike of 1913. She will be signing her book. Copies will be available for sale. The program is free and open to all. For more information please call 201-796-3400.

Shyps  & Roses

Sunday, November 23rd
2:00 pm

"Shyps & Roses" will be performing a "Soprano Duel"! The program will feature beloved traditional opera duets such as "Belle nuit" from "Tales of Hoffman" and "Cats duet"as well as unique  arrangements by " Shyps & Roses. Musical theater lovers will not be disappointed. The program is free and open to all. No registration is needed. For more information please call 201-796-3400.

Basic English Conversation Group
 The library is offering a new group for Basic English Conversation on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:15 am. This group is for those who would like to meet and practice their English speaking skills with others. People of all skill levels and languages are welcome to socialize and learn.
 Call Leslie at 201-796-3400/extension 5 or email leslie.kruegel@fairlawn.bccls.org for more information or to register.

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.

Readers Roundtable Book Group
 The Promise by Ann Weisgarber

Thursday, November 20th at 2 pm

 Set against the backdrop of the worst natural disaster of the 20th century in the U.S., but the weather is no match for the story of two women's love for the same man. The coastal isolation of Galveston shows Weisgarber's ability to make a place come alive, and the real storm in the book is the demand of family, the hope of love, and the impossibility of reinvention

Join us for a lively discussion. Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk, and new members are always most welcome!

Director Reads:
Non-Fiction Book Discussion Group

Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Family, a Vanished Way of Life and the Unique Child Who Became Theodore Roosevelt by David McCullough

Thursday, November 6th at 2 pm

The National Book Award–winning biography tells the story of how young Teddy Roosevelt transformed himself from a sickly boy into the vigorous man who would become a war hero and ultimately president of the United States.

Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk.

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:
November 3
November 17
December 1
December 15
Writers with all levels of experience are welcome to attend. No registration is necessary.  Please contact Justin Portelli with any questions at justin.portelli@bccls.org, or call 201-796-3400, Ext. 0
Technology Help
Need help with your laptop, E-reader, basic internet, e-mail? There will be high school volunteers to help you with all of your technology related questions on Level  D every Wednesday from 3:30 to 5:30pm, Saturdays from 2-4pm and Sundays from 2-4pm, beginning on October 19th. Please call 201-796-3400/extension 5 for an appointment.
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

                              will continue on the 
                       last Thursday of every month

                                          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 started a Recipe Club to discuss and exchange ideas on cooking, nutrition and favorite recipes.  

Participants are welcome to bring samples of food items to taste and share, and 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.
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.   
Every third Thursday of every month 
( 11/20, 12/18)
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
The Pine Gallery will open its art space to the public for an opportunity to sit and draw from a still life, dressed model or pet.  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. 
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.

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 10/27/2014

Children & Teens

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


Pictures from our Haunted Library 

 for everyone to see!

Haunted Library Pictures

Sponsored by the Fair Lawn Library Teen Advisory Board.

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!

Next meeting will be on Thursday, October 9th at 7pm.  We'll be talking about everyone's favorite event of the year...the Haunted Library!

Book Discussion Groups

When you register for these book discussion groups we will give you the first book to read, We meet on a monthly basis to talk about the book and have fun! See the Children's Department Information Desk for registration.

Talk It Up!: Grades 7 & 8

First meeting: Sept 15  7:15 - 8:15 pm

Teen Book Club: Grades 9-12

First meeting: Sept 22   7:15  -8:15 pm

Summer Reading 

suggestions for teens in grades 6-12

 from the Fair Lawn Public Library:

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.