502 Millbrook Avenue, Randolph, NJ 07869-3799
Tel: 973.989.7100Fax: 973.989.7076

Randolph Township Free Public Library

Randolph Township Free Public Library

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Whether you walk through the library doors or use our online links, the library staff invites you to explore our offerings. Our mission is to provide services and resources to assist users in expanding their knowledge and talents, making informed decisions, enriching their leisure hours and enhancing their daily lives.


Announcements

Circulation Assistant Needed

We are seeking a part-time circulation assistant. Eight to fifteen hours per week. One evening per week and Saturday rotation required. Duties include but are not limited to: assisting customers at circulation desk, shelving, preparing items for inter-library loan and other duties as assigned. High school diploma required. Some college preferred. Employment is contingent upon a background check. Come in and fill out an application or send your resume to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this e-mail address).


One Book, One Community June 28 to September 30

We are pleased to announce our first ONE BOOK, ONE COMMUNITY program. Randolph residents are invited to participate in this shared-read experience designed to create conversation and foster a sense of community as, together, we read Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger. Our goal is to enlist as many people as possible to read this wonderful book which explores universal themes such as redemption, hope and healing. A book discussion guide will be included with your checkout at our library. This title is available in print, audiobook, Playaway, and is downloadable from cloudLibrary in electronic e-book and e-audiobook formats. So join our reading community, and read Ordinary Grace with us!


New Mask Policy

In accordance with NJ-EO-242, individuals who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear a mask to enter the library. In accordance with CDC recommendations and NJ-EO-242, individuals who are NOT FULLY vaccinated should continue to wear masks in indoor public spaces. We strongly recommend that masks be worn in the Children’s Room. We ask you to help protect the safety of others by following these recommendations. Thank you!


New Business Database

Visit our reference databases page to connect to CorFacts Online. CorFacts Online is New Jersey’s premier business-to-business directory providing immediate access to up-to-date information on over 51,000 New Jersey companies in services and manufacturing.


Brainfuse - Homework HelpNow

Live tutors are available every day from 2:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.! As part of the federal CARES Act funds allocated to the New Jersey State Library, the online tutoring service Brainfuse has been licensed for all New Jersey public libraries now through June 15, 2021.


Auto-Renewal Starts in 2021

Eligible library materials will AUTOMATICALLY renew on their due date! Items are eligible if they have not been renewed more than two times and have not been requested by another person. Your library card must also be in good standing. Items that are not eligible will retain their original due date. Digital materials such as ebooks are not eligible. You do not need to sign up for auto-renew.


NEW Digital Magazine and Newspaper Platform

We have a new digital magazine and newspaper provider beginning January 1. Our previous provider—RB Digital—is no longer available. You may access PressReader via a web browser or a mobile app. You must select Randolph Library and then enter your library card number/PIN.


Local Newspaper from the ‘60s

Did you know that Randolph had its own local newspaper from 1961 until 1963, covering local people and events? The Randolph Township Free Public Library has been the only place on Earth you could see and read these for the last 50 years. Now available digitally—full-access to the entire three-year run of the Home News of Randolph Township. Fully searchable…fun to read and explore!


Antiracism Resources

The library has many resources addressing this issue. View a non-fiction booklist  or a fiction booklist  for adults/young adults or a booklist for children/young adults .


“Pickup and Go” Service Still Available

The Randolph Township Free Public Library is committed to the safety and well-being of our community. Our patrons may request Randolph Library items and pick them up outside the building.

Requesting Items: There are two ways to request items. 1) Call us to request up to six items per day and arrange for outside pickup. It’s important to have your library card number available when you call. We will respond to phone calls within 4 hours, if possible. We will only contact patrons if we cannot locate the item(s). 2) Place an online request for items owned by Randolph through our catalog. When an online request is ready patrons will be notified according to their profile settings, i.e., automatic phone call, e-mail or text. All requested items will be held three days.

If help is needed in selecting an item, please call and ask to speak to a librarian.

Picking Up Items: Call from the parking lot when you arrive. Materials will then be placed on the table next to the large bookdrop to left of the front door. Please practice social distancing when picking your items up.

Returning Items: Place all library returns in the outside drops or bring them inside the library. All returned items will be quarantined for at least 72 hours and will remain on your library card during that time. We are not accepting donations of materials. Please do not leave them outside the library or in our drops.

Upcoming Programs

Masks are required for all attendees (aged 2 and over) of children’s programs.


Ongoing Programs


Reading Groups


Storytime at the Library


Birding: Identifying by Song

Northern New Jersey and southern New Hampshire share the same bird species. How many have you seen this summer? View video


Origins of Unusual Phrases and Expressions

Origins of unusual phrases and expressions—such as “dog days of summer” which has nothing to do with dogs, and “jay walker” which has nothing to do with blue-jays, and much more.


Comets! Asteroids! Meteors!

A newly-discovered comet dubbed NEOWISE will be visible this week to the naked eye. It’s the first visible comet of 2020. Learn more about the history of the solar system.


Henry “Hank” Shapiro

Hank is a regular performer at the library! Enjoy his weekly piano concerts.


Chair Yoga!

Everyone could benefit from some relaxation time. Try some chair yoga courtesy of Kitty Roma and the Randolph Library! You do not have to have a Facebook account.


The ABCs of Candy

Who knew? The history of chocolate and other candy in the Unites States, presented by Madison’s Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, including a little history of the unique building that houses the museum’s collection.


Amusement Park

There is nothing like an amusement park to bring on family fun!


Statue of Liberty

Did you know that when the Statue of Liberty arrived in the port of New York in 1885 it was in pieces (over 300!) and without the iconic arm which holds the torch?


Acadia National Park

The only national park to be made entirely of donated land.


Paterson Great Falls National Park

Alexander Hamilton made the case to President George Washington that industrialization was the future of the United States, and laid out a plan starting with harnessing the power of the Great Falls.


Artist Grant Wood’s Painting of an American Myth

George Washington cutting down his father’s cherry tree.


A Tour of Morristown with Joel Farkas

George Washington really did sleep here!


A Tour of Jockey Hollow with Joel Farkas

Did you know the British attempted to kidnap George Washington?


Highlights - Online Resources

Fact Checking Websites

It’s important to know the facts and identify fake news and fake social media posts. These websites are recommended by the American Library Association. Check out this short list of fact checking sites  as well as these relevant sites:
Berkeley Library
Middlebury Libraries
UCF Libraries
St. Louis Community College
American University

NJ Hope Line

Healthcare professionals say we are all experiencing a grieving process right now…isolation, loss of people, loss of social interaction. Even if you are not experiencing extreme distress, you can find support.

Career One Stop

Information on job searches, training, career exploration and interest. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.

InstantFlix - Free Streaming Videos!

Enjoy unlimited access to over 7,000 high-quality shorts, features, documentaries, classic TV shows and Web series from 85 countries. Programming includes comedies, dramas, horror, documentaries, animations, classic TV, short films, and over 40 other channels and genres. InstantFlix also delivers films from major festivals all over the world, including Sundance, Cannes and Tribeca. This free service is provided by Morris County Library.

Test Preparation Materials

Mometrix provides materials and study guides for standardized exams including GED, GRE, Praxis, ACT, SAT, and many more. From home, you’ll need your library card number to login.