Library Closure Updates

The Otto Bruyns Public Library of Northfield will be extending the closure of the public library until Monday, April 20 in coordination with the closure of the Northfield Community School.  Please do not return books to the library at this time.  All fines will be forgiven.  We ask that you hold onto library materials until the building reopens to the public.  This is for your personal safety as well as our staff monitoring the buuilding.

The safety of our community is at the forefront of our decision-making as we continue to respond to this current health emergency.  The Northfield Public Library serves the entire neighborhood including elderly individuals, newborns and those with underlying health issues.  Fines will be waived on all materials due prior to April 20, there is no need to call to renew your items.  Through our website, www.nflibrary.org, you can connect to Overdrive to download audio books and ebooks.   There are also resources for students available to you for all of us who have students beginning home instruction.   Please check in to our website and social media feeds for further updates from the library.

 

Thank you all for your understanding, your empathy and your willingness to do what is best for the Northfield Community.

Adults:

Mahjongg: 
Monday mornings at 10am.  All players welcome, instruction available for novice players in the summer months.

Paint Parties:
Look for these popular workshops throughout the summer months.  Bring a friend, enjoy an evening of painting and leave with your fresh masterpiece.

Book Clubs:
The library has two fiction book clubs that are currently at max capacity.  We have a nonfiction book club for adults that is open for new members.  Want to get started in a book club?  Contact us!  We can start up a new group!

Movie Nights:
Keep an eye out on our calendar for upcoming movies nights for adults.  Want to start a film group to watch & discuss movies?  Say the word and we'll make it happen!

 

Seniors:

Tour of Poetry
The Stockton Center on Successful Aging (SCOSA) partnered with the Otto Bruyns Public Library of Northfield to sponsor the ongoing senior poetry workshop series titled “A Tour of Poetry for Seniors.”   Workshops are held one Saturday each month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and include a lecture on poetry and reading from a visiting poet. A light luncheon is offered, compliments of the Library and local food service businesses.  At the end of the year, an anthology of the group's poetry is published.

Moving Mindfulness and Meditation:  Introduction to Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan
Experience the scientifically proven physical and mental benefits of moving your body in slow, gentle mindful ways while focusing your attention on your physical posture, muscle relaxation, and relaxed breathing. This program is provided in conjunction with the JCC on Wednesday afternoons.

Creative Writing:
Weekly creative writing classes in conjunction with the JCC are offered on Wednesday mornings.

 

Birth-12:

BYOB (Bring Your Own Baby):
We currently do not have a group of caregivers and infants to participate in this program.  This program is designed for children under 18 months along with their caregivers to cultivate gross motor skills, stimulate senses from touch to hearing to sight. Not only does this give the infant exposure to a greater amount of experiences but allows for caregivers to bond and relax and get a change of scenery. 

Preschool Story Hour:
Tuesday and Saturday mornings, from 11am to noon, the library provides an interactive Story Time with story, music, and crafts for preschool-aged children. This active hour allows pre-readers to develop social skills, motor skills, and introduces young minds to the foundations of reading letters and numbers. The emphasis is on fun at the Public Library, and as each child gets a tactile as well as auditory experience s/he is introduced to the importance of the library experience. Children are encouraged to get a library card and take books with them for the week to read at home.

Book Gnomes: 
This is a book club coordinated in conjunction with the Northfield Community School to provide a fun and social book club experience for third and fourth grade students.

Lego Club:
We love to build each other up while building!  Join us for creative construction time in this open Lego playtime.  All ages welcome.  There are Mega Blocks for younger siblings but we do ask caregivers to remain present if your child is not an independent builder!

Code Club:
Students from grades 3-8, learn to make websites, games, apps and more at our Code Club.  Code Club happens on Wednesdays and Fridays after school at 3:15.  No experience is necessary and neither is commitment.  Students can come when they are available and jump in at their ability level.  This club is made available through a grant from Prenda.  

Girls Book Club:
Girls from 6-8th grade are welcome to join this group of fun, snack loving girls who love reading (and cats).  We meet on a weekly basis throughout the year and read a wide range of books from classics to contemporary fiction and various styles of writing from graphic novels to literary fiction to memoir. 

 

 

Resources for COVID-19

CDC & Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

New Jersey Department of Health https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/ncov.shtml

Atlantic County Division of Public Health https://www.atlantic-county.org/public-health/

New Jersey State Library COVID-19 Resources https://libguides.njstatelib.org/covid2019


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