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Open:  25% capacity.  Borrow our pass.Imagine That!!! Covid Update When carrying an Imagine That! Museum Pass from the Butler Library, you are entitled to Free General Admission for four people. (4) No longer open Mondays and new hours:  4 Vreeland Rd., Florham Park, N.J. 07932. Reserve the pass by calling the Butler Library:  973-838-3262. Place a $30.00 deposit in an envelope.
We are thrilled to be reopening on Sat. June 27, 2020
Because your Safety is our Number One Priority, we have a number of precautions.
Key Points:

  • Limiting admission to 25% of capacity
  • Advance Ticket Sales Only
  • 2 hour – visits
  • Anyone with a question about a membership please call us for directions:  973-966-8000
  • We have changed some of our exhibits and cannot wait to share them with you.

Before your visit:
Advance tickets will be available at our Toy Store.(No Walk-ins Allowed, MUST RESERVE) Select a session within our hours of operation:  Tuesday-Thursday
(10-2:30pm) Sessions available: 10-12:00, 12:30-2:30
Friday-Sunday (9-4pm)  Sessions available:  9-11:00, 11:30-1:30, 2-4:00
Tickets will be available in our Toy Store here*

What happens when you visit:

Your stay can be up to 2 hours.

  • Upon arrival you will be greeted and asked if you have a reservation. If you do you will be asked a few medical questions and your temperature will be taken with no touch.
  • We will then ask everyone in your group to use our hand sanitizer right at the entrance.
  • All adults will be asked to wear masks and children will be asked to wear one as best as they can.

THE MORRIS Museum is Open July 21.  Borrow our Museum Pass.

The Morris Museum in Morris Township has announced its reopening plans, with a members-only week starting on July 14 and the general public welcome starting July 21. Also, a weekly jazz series will begin outdoors, on the elevated parking deck behind the museum, July 16, with artists to be announced.
Face masks and six-foot distancing will be required, and to manage capacity and minimize contact at the entrance, admission will be by timed reservation only, and payment by credit card only. Galleries, elevators, the museum’s shop and its restrooms will have capacity limits, and the Natural Science Resource Room will remain closed. Water fountains and some interactive components of exhibits will be turned off or made inaccessible. For more information about safety procedures and admission, visit morrismuseum.org/visit.
The following exhibitions will be open:
• “Dissonance,” which features 59 works by 35 artists that, according to the museum’s website, “encompass qualities of ‘discord, tension, instability, and conflict,’ thought to ‘aptly fit the moment in which we find ourselves (during the COVID-19 crisis), as individuals, as institutions, as a nation, as a culture.’ ”
• “W. Carl Burger: Mastery of the Medium,” featuring paintings, drawings and collages from the museum’s permanent collection and covering Burger’s entire career.
• “Tiny Intricacies: A Cache of Kinetic Art.”
• “Eva Zeisel: A Century of Designing Elegance.” Works in ceramic, glass and wood.
• “The Ties that Bind: How Race Relations Shaped Morris County and New Jersey, 1688-2018.
• “Special Installation: Monarch Sanctuary.”
• “Special Installation: The Mechanical Horse,” by Adrian Landon. (see below)
For more on the exhibitions, visit morrismuseum.org/current-exhibitions.

New The Friends of the Butler Public Library

Friends Meeting will be held on Zoom.  Please email: luis.rodriguez@butlerlibrary.org  if you are interested in attending.
Monday, July 20, 2020 
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us on Zoom, for a meeting with your friends and neighbors to talk about how together we can make the Butler Library better for the people in the Butler Community.  If you love the library and you would like to see more good things happening here, meet with us to talk about how we can make it happen.

Please contact Luis Rodriguez at: luis.rodriguez@butlerlibrary.org for the Zoom Meeting Link, or if you have any questions.


NEW  The Butler Library has become a member of the L2B initiative.  L2B is a program started by several library consortia and has now been embraced by the New Jersey State Library.  The goal of L2B is to develop a centralized calendar of free programs for businesses and job seekers. Butler has agreed to promote one L2B program a month.
Re-Open & Re-Engage Your Customers
When: 
July 8 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

For over 50 years, SCORE has served as America’s premier source of free business mentoring and education. As a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), SCORE has helped more than 11 million entrepreneurs through mentoring, workshops and educational resources since 1964.
Join SCORE for this webinar in how you can create different messages to address the super cautious, the Vast Middle, and those ready to jump in and live their normal lives again.

THE BOOK DROP IS OPEN.  Please begin returning your library materials to the book drop as soon as possible.  All returned library materials will be quarantined for 7 days. Curbside pick-up of Butler Library materials are Monday – Thursday 10:00 – 5:50 P.M. and Friday 10:00 – 2:50 P.M.
First reserve materials through the catalog located on the www.butlerlibrary.org website or call 973-838-3262 for assistance.
The inter-library delivery service has been suspended throughout the state until further notice.

Curbside pick – up directions:

  1. You may only select materials from the Butler Library at this time.
    You can place a hold on a Butler item which is currently in circulation. Please limit your selection to 10 adult items and 10 children’s items.

  2. Have your library card ready. Library staff will locate the materials and charge the items to your Library card and will call you when the items are ready for curbside pickup.

  3. When you arrive at our designated pick-up area in front of the library, please call the library at 973-838-3262 and let us know you are outside. Tell us the make and color of your vehicle and remain in yourvehicle.

  4. Open your trunk or cargo area of your SUV and we will place the materials in your vehicle.

  5. Thank you for your support.

A date for reopening our building will come at a later date, but for now we have to follow Governor Murphy’s orders and offer curbside pick-up first. We will keep you informed as soon as we receive information.

The staff at the Butler Public Library is looking forward to reopening and seeing all of our patrons soon. Our best to all.  Updated 6/27/2020 8:30 AM

For Access to New Jersey comics, graphic novels, and children’s collection through August 31, 2020 (digital)

The New Jersey State Library announced the availability of more than 4,000 comics, graphic novels, and children’s materials as part of an innovative program to make this content free to all residents of New Jersey throughout the summer. This project is a collaboration with 9 other states and is intended to provide easy access to digital resources while supporting statewide summer reading programs for all ages during the Covid-19 pandemic. More eBooks will be released throughout the summer from additional children’s, comic book, and science fiction publishers.

On July 30, 2020, the New Jersey State Library will also participate in the Virtual Library Comic Convention, featuring interactive sessions with leading talent. We encourage anyone to attend, particularly the youth in our communities, to attend this free event. During the convention, librarians will talk about grassroots graphic novel creation and local zine publishing programs available through public libraries. More details on the online event will be released soon. Stay tuned.


All free during COVID:


NEW: Crazy 8’s Bedtime Math Contest: For Butler Residents

Week 10  Prize will be awarded this week.centipede with shoes

Ms. Arlene will post a question weekly for children to answer:
3 – 5 year olds: How many shoes do you put on each morning to cover your feet?  Email Ms. Arlene to be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a prize: arlene.walk@butlerlibrary.org. Tell me your first name/last name, age, address, and phone number so I can contact you when the library is open again.
Grades K – 1: If your pet centipede starts putting on shoes at 3 pm and it takes 3 hours, when is the centipede finally done? Email Ms. Arlene to be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a prize: arlene.walk@butlerlibrary.org. Tell me your first name/last name, age, address, and phone number so I can contact you when the library is open again.
Grades 2 – 4: If your pet centipede wants to wear shoes. The centipede has 20 legs on each side. How many shoes does it need? Email Ms. Arlene to be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a prize: arlene.walk@butlerlibrary.org. Tell me your first name/last name, age, address, and phone number so I can contact you when the library is open again.

 BOXES OF HOPE The Borough of Butler would like to inform the residents of Butler of a program that the Church of the Risen King is sponsoring, for those affected by COVID-19. If you are in quarantine or have tested positive for the virus help is available for groceries and personal hygiene products. The program Boxes of Hope is a tangible way for us to stretch out a hand to those that are affected through either illness, quarantine, or just the uncertainty of this time. Should you wish to participate by either receiving a box or donating items for distribution to those in need, please visit the Church of Risen King website: www.risenkingchurch.com


Would you like to become a patron of the Butler Library during the Covid-19 crisis in order to be able to use all Butler Library Services we have to offer during this time? If so, click here. New Library Card Directions

Movie Recommendations Welcomed
Sometimes, we are asked if we know of any good movies in the Library collection for a person to watch. If you have any recommendations of good movies available at the Butler Library, please share that with us. We can pass on your recommendation to other patrons.

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