Adult Programming


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Please Note: All of our Adult Programs are open to those who are at least 18 years of age, unless otherwise noted. Most programs are free of charge and because space is limited for each program, registration is required. Reserve your seat by visiting the Library or calling 973-838-3262. Please check our website at or at the Library for updates to our schedule.

Tuesday Afternoon Movie
We invite you to join us on the last Tuesday afternoon of every month at 2:00 pm when we show movies you may have missed at the theater or which you may want to see again. This free program is limited to 30 participants. Call 1-973-838-3262, or stop by the Library to sign up.
September 24 – Widows
October 29 – Poms (2019)
November 26 – Gloria Bell (2018)
December 17 – The Upside (2017)

Family Movie Night
Now Showing,
September 27: How to Train You Dragon: The Hidden World
7:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Butler Public Library will hold a Family Movie Night with newly released films. Come watch the movie on our 70” Flat Screen TV. Please call us if you decide not to come because we prepare the Children’s room for your family. Parents must stay with children under age 10. Call 973-838-3262, to reserve your seat.

Future Dates:
Oct. 25 – The Secret Life of Pets 2
Nov. 15 – Toy Story 4
Dec. 13 – Title is To Be Announced

Inter Generational Community Drumming Circle
Join us in building a healthy community through engaging activities
First Thursday of the month from September to December (Sept. 12, Oct. 3, Nov. 14 and Dec. 12) Time: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Vicky Mulligan and Linda Bagdon, LIFE Center Stage
This program is brought to you by Butler Municipal Alliance and The Friends of the Butler Public Library.
Community drumming offers a physical activity that promotes relaxation and the use of fine motor skills. It helps to build a sense of group identity and a feeling of belonging and provides an opportunity for active participation in a music experience. We will introduce the Butler community and families to the power of traditional drumming and help create positive memories. In addition to learning how to play a djembe, this group course will give tools to encourage social interaction and reduce stress while having fun. Materials will be shared with participants relating to the prevention of substance use disorder in the community. The last class in this series will culminate in a fun-filled event in which all are welcome to attend. This program is free of charge but limited to 25 people ages 5 & up. Please call 973-838-3262 to sign up in advance.

All About Medicare
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Presented by Karen Kuiphoff, Creative Financial Strategies
How to navigate the maze and gain an understanding of different options and designs that can be put in place for you or your loved one. Please call or visit the Butler Library at 973-838-3262, to sign up.

Saturday Afternoon Writing: This program will not be held any longer.
Presented by Carolyn Marrin, Library Assistant
Want to write, but don’t know where to start? Have you started writing, but aren’t sure what to do next? Do you want to speak with other writers about methods for getting through obstacles? Every Saturday starting September 7, 2019, from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, bring your favorite writing materials. We’ll discuss the craft and do some writing exercises. Free, open to adults and teens.

The Friends of the Butler Public Library
Friends Meetings
Mondays: Sept. 16, Nov. 18 & Jan. 13
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
In the Reference Room at Butler Library
Join us bi-monthly 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, come and meet with us to talk about how we can make it happen. Call us at 973-838-3262, or stop by to sign up.

Better Angels: Reuniting America
Documentary Viewing
Thursday, September 26, 2019
6:00 pm – 7:45 pm
This documentary shows 8 Democratic-leaning voters and 7 Republican-leaning voters moving through a Better Angels signature Red/Blue workshop, from initial skepticism to more profound understanding and empathy. You’ll get an inside look at how a Democratic voter went from threatening to cut off relationships with Trump voters to becoming dear friends with one—and how a Republican voter moved from disdaining progressives to taking co-leadership with one in a movement that now spans the country. Please call 973-838-3262, or stop by to sign up in advance.

Morris County Vocational School District Info Session
Thursday, October 3, 2019
6:30 pm – 7:45 pm
Presented by Gina DiDomenico, MCVTS
Student Recruitment and Community Relations Specialist for the Morris County Vocational School District will present information about the Academies (full day high school programs). Students in 8th grade may apply between mid-September to the end of November. Learn about programs offered, application process and ways to visit. For more information, please contact Gina at or 973-627-4600 ext. 277.

Navigating Hope van coming to the Library
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Navigating Hope, a mobile outreach initiative designed to bring information on social services to residents of Morris County , provides mobile mental health and addiction services across our county. Navigating Hope will offer on-site benefits eligibility screenings and application assistance, as well as linkage to other community services such as SNAP, Medicaid, and utility and housing assistance.

AARP Smart Driver Course
Friday, October 11, 2019
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Presented by AARP Volunteer Ray Orsi
Refresh your driving skills with this class. You will learn: Defensive driving techniques, proven safety strategies, new traffic laws & rules of the road. Plus there are no tests to pass. Simply sign up and learn. Upon completion you could receive a multi-year discount on your car insurance. Call 973-838-3262, to sign up for this classroom course. Cost is $15 for AARP Members, $20 for non-members. For more information vis-it:

Open Mic Night
Friday, October 11, 2019
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Presented by Bach to Rock
Join Bach to Rock from Wayne, NJ for a night of music at Butler Public Library! Performers will be able to show off their talents at Butler Library’s first ever Open Mic Night! Bach to Rock will provide all sound equipment and a piano. Just bring your voice, guitar, hand drums, and hands to applaud!
Singers being accompanied by Bach to Rock teachers should send song title and artist to no later than Friday, October 4, 2019. Sign-up sheets will be available at the Butler Library Circulation Desk or call 973-838-3262, as performance slots are numbered! This event is open to ages 13 & up and will be held in the Court Room. Please enter through Butler Library.

The Butler Library is looking for a few good “Reds”…and “Blues” to participate in a:
“Can We Bridge the Political Divide?
A Better Angels Red/Blue Workshop” on Saturday, October 12, 2019
10:30 am – 3:00 pm
Better Angels ( is a citizens’ organization uniting red and blue Americans in a working alliance to depolarize America. The Butler Library is hosting its Red/Blue workshop and we are looking for participants who can answer “yes” to these questions, “Are you willing to listen to the other side and do you want to engage the other side in a respectful conversation?” “Would you like to be heard in a respectful way by people who disagree with you politically?”
If you would like to participate in the workshop, please contact Luis Rodriguez at
There is space available to observe the workshop. If you would like to observe it, registration in advance is required by calling 973-838-3262, or stop by our Circulation Desk.

Strength & Health for Men & Women 55+
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Presented by Eric Moss, World Record Holder, Author, TEDx Presenter
Join us and learn how to strengthen your muscles with a unique demonstration by a World Record Holder. This is one program you don’t want to miss! Please call 973-838-3262, or stop by to sign up.

Give Thanks Program
Thurs. Oct. 24 through Thurs. Nov. 14, 2019
This Thanksgiving, donations of nonperishable items will be accepted as payment for fines on Butler Library materials returned between Oct. 24 and Nov. 14, 2019. This does not apply to existing fines, only fines on items returned during the Give Thanks Program and are owned by Butler Library. The donations will be made by the Library to the local food pantries. Bring in nonperishable items to the Circulation Desk and give to those in need.

Retirement Planning Today
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Presented by Karen Kuiphoff, Creative Financial Strategies
What comes to mind when you hear the word RETIREMENT? Please join us for an educational overview on envisioning and planning for your retirement with Karen Kuiphoff, longtime Butler resident, with Creative Financial Strategies, Fairfield. To ask any questions before the event, she can be reached at 973-439-6024. Call Butler Library at 973-838-3262, or stop by to sign up in advance.

Concussion in Youth Sports Workshop
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Presented by Danielle Pagani, MPH, CHES, Brain Injury Alliance NJ
This presentation will discuss Concussion in Youth Sports, providing parents/ guardians with an overview and strategies on concussion when it comes to recognizing, working with and advocating for their child that has sustained a brain injury. Strategies will also be provided to the parents/ guardians when working with the school and coaches for their child’s success after sustaining a concussion. Call 973-838-3262, or stop by to sign up in advance.

Alexander Hamilton – Secretary of the Treasury (Hamilton Program Part 2)
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
6:30 pm – 7:45 pm
Presented by Rick Feingold teaches American Business History at Bergen Community College and holds a degree in History from Rutgers University
Today, Hamilton, An American Musical is the hottest ticket on Broadway. As America’s first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton founded the U.S. financial system. His Federalist plan was quickly opposed by Anti-Federalists Thomas Jefferson and James Madison until a grand compromise was worked out. This program features music from the Broadway production including The Room Where it Happens and video from the Hamilton musical. Please call or visit the Butler Library at 973-838-3262, to sign up in advance.

Open Craft Night
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Presented by Kristen Talbot, BPL Staff
Come to the Library to create a beautiful DIY Craft Project. It is hodgepodge night, so you can pick out any craft we have available. You will be working with possibly paints and glue, so please dress accordingly or bring a smock. Call us at 973-838-3262, or stop by to sign up in advance.

The Knitting & Crocheting Circle
The First and Third Tuesday of Every Month
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Come join us, from beginners to experienced, all are welcome to come socialize, share their projects or learn new knitting or crocheting skills from one another. Group meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month. Sign ups are not required.

Weekly Computer Assistance
Every Tuesday
Beginning: September 17, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Presented by Paul Pilmanis, Volunteer
Service is first come, first served. No formal instruction provided. Topics are varied. This service is for beginners and there are no sign ups required, just come in.

Wednesday Morning Book Club
Looking for new members. Held the second Wednesday of each month at 10:30 am (except for July & August).
Oct. 9 – Leave ’Em Laughing by Billy Crystal
Nov. 13 – The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks
Dec. 11 – Title is To Be Announced
Future titles to be announced by Rhoda.