December, 2017 Newsletter

December 5, 2017
December and the Holiday season are fast approaching! Come to the library to check out some of our wonderful programming and bring home a book or movie to enjoy during these cold, dark evenings.
November programming is wrapping up with our Art of Crossword Puzzle Creation program on Thursday the 30th at 7pm and December has a lovely slate of programming. Mountainside favorite Skip Ungar is back on the 16th for ...   read more

November, 2017 Newsletter

December 5, 2017
It’s now November, it’s getting darker out and the weather is getting colder, so come to the library to find a nice book to read with a cup of hot tea and a blanket. And while you are here, stick around for some of our fantastic programming.
We have a full slate of programming in November. Tomorrow – November 2nd – don’t miss the first part of our Trading Places program, senior couples ...   read more

October, 2017 Newsletter

December 5, 2017
The temperature has finally dropped, the leaves are changing colors and it is getting darker earlier, but don’t worry, the library is warm and bright and full of fun things to do!
We have a full slate of programming in October, including the first of three genealogy programs on the 5th, the return of our opera series on the 13th, a Halloween themed concert on the 14th and our monthly guided meditation on ...   read more

September, 2017 Newsletter

December 5, 2017

Fall is here! The leaves will be changing color, sweaters will come out of hiding and the return of Saturday hours!


We have a full slate of programming for the fall – Monthly Saturday concerts, monthly meditation sessions, a lesson on Tea history, monthly opera screenings, a wide variety of children’s programming, author visits and much much more!


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August, 2017 Newsletter

August 4, 2017

Summer is half over! Don’t worry though, there is still plenty of time left for fun. Borrow a museum pass and take a trip to a museum in the area before the school year starts again. Or check out a nice book to enjoy on a warm summer day.


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July, 2017 Newsletter

July 7, 2017
School is out and summer is here!  Please remember that the Library will be closed on Saturdays in July and August and through Labor Day weekend.  But, we still have plenty of things going on during the week, so stop in!  This year’s Summer Reading theme is “Build a Better World”.  Check out our special summer programming for children and young adults.
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June, 2017 Newsletter

June 8, 2017
Dear Friends,
Firstly I would like to introduce myself. My name is Ian Sloat and I am very excited to be the new director of the Mountainside Public Library. I am excited to get to know you all over the coming months and years and if you have any issues or concerns, or would just like to put a face to the name, feel free to stop in and say hello.
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May, 2017 Newsletter

May 1, 2017
Here is the link to the Newsletter for the month of May, detailing our news and events. As this is my last newsletter, I would like to thank you all for the wonderful support and kindness you have shown me over the last 8 ½ years, whether as Reference Librarian or Director.  It is hard to say goodbye to the town and people of whom I have become so fond, but I know I leave you in very capable hands.  ...   read more

April, 2017 Newsletter

April 4, 2017
After more than eight years as one of your librarians and four as your Library Director, I will be leaving at the end of April to pursue a new career opportunity. It is hard to leave the place and people of whom I have become so fond, but I will take many happy memories with me. It has been a delight to work in this special place and I have been privileged to make ...   read more

March, 2017 Newsletter

March 6, 2017
Dear Friends,
We are thrilled to announce the launch of our Museum Pass program, sponsored by the Friends of the Mountainside Library.  Detailed information can be found in the Newsletter and on our website, or by calling the library at 908-233-0115.
The month of March is packed full of fun and interesting programs at the Mountainside Library, with something for everyone.   NJ MakersDay  will ...   read more

February, 2017 Newsletter

February 4, 2017
This month our Saturday Musical Getaways concert features folk singers "Andy & Judy" from Massachusetts.  We also feature a history program entitled "Meet Benjamin Franklin" by Mike Norris.  Mike has been here before and the audience has found him highly knowledgeable about his topic.  We also have our popular recurring programs such as the Brown Bag Academy, Meditation Series, Tuesday Night Movies ...   read more

January, 2017 Newsletter

January 6, 2017


Happy, Healthy New Year!  This month. there is truly something for everyone, from a Jungle Book concert by the NJSO to a workshop on Social Security!  We also have our popular recurring programs such as the Brown Bag Academy, Meditation Series, Tuesday Night Movies and Opera on Film.  So, stop in and get out of the cold!


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December, 2016 Newsletter

November 29, 2016
We know how busy everyone is at the Holidays, but hope that we can provide some respite for you during this busy season.  Our program series are scheduled to continue and we also have some holiday-themed programs for you to enjoy.  For those of you hunting for that perfect, unique gift or looking to enhance your own décor, the Friends’ Art Sale and Auction continues through December 9th.  ...   read more

November, 2016 Newsletter

November 3, 2016
While we are currently blessed with unseasonably warm weather, November is really here and your Library has a full slate of programs scheduled.  This month we have 2 musical programs:  Skip Ungar (Saturday, Nov.  5) and PetroGrass (Saturday, Nov 12).  Both have been here before and each has a faithful following.  Jaimie Novak also returns for a program entitled “How to Save an Hour a Day ...   read more

October, 2016 Newsletter

October 5, 2016
There is a full schedule of events in October including our regularly scheduled programs such as Brown Bag Academy, Guided Meditation Series, Friday Afternoon Opera on DVD and Saturday Musical Getaways.  We also have Justin Lebenow returning for a Seminar on Medicare:  he will simplify this very complex and changing government program.  The Friends will also be having their Fall Book Sale this month.  ...   read more

September, 2016 Newsletter

September 5, 2016
September will soon be upon us and our Library’s regular programming resumes. Our monthly Meditation Series and Opera on Film series start up again after a summer hiatus. Our weekly Brown Bag Academy is already into a new series! And, this month our “Saturday Musical Getaways” features favorites Gerard & Diane Barros with their Country Music program for libraries. For all of the “Boomers”, ...   read more

August, 2016 Newsletter

August 12, 2016
The dog days of August are soon to be upon us!  To celebrate, we will have a “Dog Days of Summer-Friday DVD Special”.  On Fridays, August 5 through September 2 enjoy a third DVD for free when you check out 2 DVDs at the regular price.  At “three for the price of two” think of all the movies you could watch! 
While August is a quiet time at the Library, there is ...   read more

July, 2016 Newsletter

July 6, 2016
School is out and summer is here!  Please remember that the Library will be closed on Saturdays in July and August and through Labor Day weekend.  But, we still have plenty of things going on during the week, so stop in!  This year’s Summer Reading theme is “On Your Mark, Get Set…..READ”.  Check out our special summer programming for children and young adults.
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June, 2016 Newsletter

June 7, 2016
June is traditionally a very busy month:  graduations, graduation parties, end of school year parties, weekend sports events for kids and the occasional wedding!  Think of the Library as a refuge from the hustle and bustle!  Come in on Thursday the 16th at 7:30 for an hour of meditation with Sally Younghans.  This month we have 2 musical performances:  The University of the Philippines Alumni ...   read more

May, 2016 Newsletter

May 3, 2016
The Friends of the Mountainside Library will be having their semi-annual book sale this month.  Drop off days are May 14 through May 18 during library hours.  Donations of gently used books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, games and puzzles are requested.  Sale days are Friday and Saturday, May 20-21 from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM.  There will also be a “Bag Day” on Monday, May 23 from 10:00 AM to 8:30 ...   read more

April, 2016 Newsletter

April 6, 2016
INTRODUCTION TO HYPNOTHERAPY, with Diné Potter, Thursday April 7th, 7 to 8 PM.

Join Certified Master Hypnotherapist, Diné Potter to learn how you can tap into your conscious and subconscious mind power and take control of your life using hypnosis.  Learn about the existence beyond your artificial limitation and your ability to live the life that is meant for you.  We will ...   read more

March, 2016 Newsletter

March 11, 2016
SPRING BOUTIQUE:   Friday, April 1st  Noon to 5PM and Saturday, April 2nd  10 AM to 5 PM
Join us for a Spring Boutique, hosted by the Friends of the Library.  The sale will feature gently used jewelry, handbags and fashion scarves, all at unbeatable prices.  What a great way to accessorize that perfect Prom or special occasion outfit!  Donations of sale items are still ...   read more

February, 2016 Newsletter

February 12, 2016
Mondays 1:15 to 2:45 PM
Experience the joy of learning with THE GREAT COURSES. Watch three lectures each week, with a 15 minute break after the first hour, to digest what you have learned and discuss with other audience members.
Our current course began on November 2nd, 2015.  We are featuring A History of European Art, presented ...   read more

January, 2016 Newsletter

January 14, 2016
Friends of the Library:  Handmade Soap and Amazon Smile!
Help the Friends of the Mountainside Library to support our programs and services, by participating in these two easy ongoing fundraisers, whose proceeds go directly to the Friends of the Library!
Locally handmade soaps are available for sale at the library.  These wonderful soaps make great hostess gifts or stocking stuffers.  ...   read more

December, 2015 Newsletter

November 30, 2015
Dear Friends,
The holiday season has arrived, with all of its joy and stress, but your library is here for you as a refuge from the frenzy of the season!  We even have programs to help you accomplish your seasonal goals:  card and candle making workshops, a holiday music concert and meditation to overcome seasonal fatigue.  For details, please click on the link to download the entire newsletter. ...   read more

November, 2015 Newsletter

November 2, 2015
We have been working hard to schedule an assortment of fun and interesting programs for you in the month of November.  Our newsletter  will give you all of the details.
Not included in the newsletter, but worth noting, is the free Medicare workshop being offered by Senior Advisors of Cranford on November 5th .  For your convenience, the workshop will be offered both in the afternoon and again ...   read more

October, 2015 Newsletter

October 5, 2015
MASTERS OF THE LOUVRE with Walter Choroszewski
Saturday October 3rd, 2:00 to 3:00 PM
Artist and photographer Walter Choroszewski shares his passion for the arts and history with a tour of the Louvre Museum in Paris. Walter showcases 25 artists with interesting biographical back-stories and interpretations of their iconic artworks. The museum’s paintings span over 500 years from the Renaissance to the Realists ...   read more

September, 2015 Newsletter

September 14, 2015
VINTAGE JEWELRY SALE  Friday September 25, 12-5 & Saturday September 26, 10-5
IS IT REAL? Come to the sale being held by the Friends of the Library and you will find a lovely selection of VINTAGE JEWELRY at really low prices. All sale proceeds will benefit the library and go back to the local community through library supplies, programs, and events. You may ...   read more

July / August, 2015 Newsletter

July 13, 2015
Mondays 1:15PM to 2:30PM, beginning Monday July 6th.
Experience the Joy of Learning with THE GREAT COURSES. Watch two lectures each week, with a 15 minute break after each lecture, to digest what you have learned and discuss with other audience members.
“Most of us remember a time when discovery and ...   read more

June, 2015 Newsletter

May 30, 2015
COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS WITH AUTISM:  Understanding and Including Individuals and Familes Living with Autism in our Community    Monday, June 1st, 6:30 PM
Adrienne Robertiello, Autism Educator at Children’s Specialized Hospital, will present a workshop to help all members of the community – family members, friends, neighbors, and professionals – learn more about ...   read more

May, 2015 Newsletter

May 6, 2015
SATURDAY MUSICAL GETAWAYS:  a community concert series for all ages.
NJSO CHAMBER PLAYERS, VIOLIN & BASS DUO, with Francine Storck & Jonathan Storck
“International Dance Party”:  a program for Mothers’ Day on Saturday, May 9th, 2:00-3:00pm
In any language, people love to dance. In this program, a string duet proves it by showcasing favorite dance melodies and ...   read more

April, 2015 Newsletter

April 2, 2015
 “Book Sale”, The Friends of the Library will be conducting their annual Spring Book Sale in the Library’s Community Room this month. Drop off begins on Saturday, April 18 and continues until noon Wednesday, April 22 during the Library’s open hours. Preview for Mountainside residents is at 7:00 PM Thursday, April 23 and the Book Sale runs on Friday, April 24 and Saturday April ...   read more

March, 2015 Newsletter

March 6, 2015
SATURDAY MUSICAL GETAWAYS:  a community concert series for all ages.
PETROGRASS: a Bluegrass Concert, including Irish Tunes!
Saturday, March 14, 2:30-3:30pm
Union County bluegrass band, PetroGrass, will perform with guitar, fiddle, mandolin, harmonica, banjo and flute, This band of local musicians will set toes tapping and hands clapping. Their repertoire includes country and folk music, sea ...   read more

February, 2015 Newsletter

February 5, 2015
SATURDAY MUSICAL GETAWAYS:  a community concert series for all ages.
NINA ETCETERA AND HER NEW JERSEY BAND: “This Train is Bound for Glory”, Saturday, February 21, 2-3pm
What do Elvis, Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Johnny Cash, Peter, Paul and Mary, James Brown, Ray Charles and Smokey Robinson all have in common? That would be gospel music. This performance includes gospel ...   read more

January, 2015 Newsletter

January 5, 2015
SATURDAY MUSICAL GETAWAYS:  a community concert series for all ages.
CARYN LIN:  an “Other Wordly” Electric Violinist.  Saturday, January 10th, 2 to 3 PM
Caryn Lin is truly a unique artist playing highly original music with passion, heart, and imagination. No matter what you call her music- New Age Reporter
Caryn plays her 4, 5 and 6 string electric violins, ...   read more

December, 2014 Newsletter

December 3, 2014

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all those who made the Classical Sax on Saturday fundraiser concert such a success!  Your enthusiasm and participation helped us to meet our goal and raised enough for the Friends of the Library to fund two new Early Learning Station computers for the Children’s Department.  We thank the Friends of the Library ...   read more

November, 2014 Newsletter

November 4, 2014
Saturday, November 8th, 7:00PM
An evening of classical music to benefit the Mountainside Public Library.
Please join us for this delightful event, sponsored by the Friends of the Library and featuringlocal resident and saxophonist Allen Won, accompanied on piano by Cathy Venable.
The event will be held at the Community Presbyterian Church of Mountainside, 1459 ...   read more

October, 2014 Newsletter

October 9, 2014
The Mountainside Public Library is the proud 2014 recipient of the
LUCCy Award!
The LUCCy is awarded each year by the Libraries of Union County Consortium (LUCC), for Excellence in Library Service, to a Public Library in Union County.  
It acknowledges the extra lengths to which a library has gone to maintain a high standard of service to the community, in the face of economic challenges and difficult ...   read more

September, 2014 Newsletter

September 9, 2014
Monday, September 8th, 6:30PM, at the Scotch Plains Public Library.
Today's job search is different than ever before, requiring new skills and new attitudes. Anyone in transition can benefit by adapting a set of "life hacks," i.e. clever ways to accomplish ...   read more

Emergency Modified Opening Hours

June 18, 2014
Emergency Modified Opening Hours
Effective June 18th, 2014 until further notice.
Effective Wednesday June 18th, the Library will be open to the public at 9 AM and will close at noon.  The Library will be closed as scheduled on Saturday July 5th, due to the Holiday weekend.  We will open for the remaining Saturdays in July, 9 AM to noon, to accommodate as many patrons as possible, until ...   read more

June, 2014 Newsletter

June 7, 2014
Planning a trip? Time to learn a new language!  Whether your next trip is for business or pleasure, you'll find the experience more enjoyable if you can communicate as you travel. With our PRONUNCIATOR database, a gift of the Ryan Patrick Faella Foundation, you can choose from 80 different languages and learn at your own pace, on your own time. PRONUNCIATOR is available to all Mountainside residents, and ...   read more

May, 2014 Newsletter

May 10, 2014
GAME DAY   First Monday of every month, from 1PM to 3PM.  For adults.
Come one, come all.  Bring your friends.  We provide the board games, you provide the fun!  Once a month we set up our collection of board games and card games in our Community Room, for you to enjoy.  If we don’t have your favorite, feel free to bring it with you to share.
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April, 2014 Newsletter

March 29, 2014
We are delighted to announce the completion of the first phase of our Technology Upgrade Project, made possible by a grant from the Watts Community Foundation.  All of our Patron Workstations are now running on Windows 7 and are equipped with either Office 2010 or 2013, featuring Word, Excel and Power Point. Our new Envisionware Workstation Management system, installed on February 18 manages ...   read more

March, 2014 Newsletter

March 3, 2014

Get your keys to the library.

Tired of fumbling through your wallet for the
Mountainside Public Library card?
Try our new convenient key fob card for $1.
The library’s computer system now requires
patrons to present a card at checkout, so
there’s no better time to add one to your keys.


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November 2013 Events

November 9, 2013
Dear Friends,
The Mountainside Public Library has many interesting events scheduled in the next few weeks, which we invite you to attend and the Friends of the Library are hosting a Holiday Boutique on Saturday, November 23rd, which you will not want to miss.
Tuesday, November 12th  11AM - 12:30PM,The Overlook Hospital Mobile Van will be offering free Hearing screenings.
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February 19, 2013

At its January 28, 2013 meeting, the Board of Trustees selected Lynn Favreau to be the new MPL Director! You might already know Lynn as our reference librarian, and we are so happy that she will be continuing here in a new capacity. She has the full support of the trustees and the library staff, and I’m sure that you will quickly see that this was an excellent decision. She will begin her new duties here on Tuesday, ...   read more

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