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Book Fix
Get personalized recommendations from a JPL Librarian - for all ages!  Fill out a form at and you’ll receive a list of suggestions in 2-3 business days.

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Lectura Personalizada
¿Buscando su próxima lectura? Complete este formulario para obtener recomendaciones personalizadas de un bibliotecario de JPL:  Lectura Personalizada le enviará un correo electrónico con los títulos que coinciden con sus intereses y preferencias.

Resume Remedy
Send your details to a JPL librarian to be formatted into a resume. Don't fumble around on your smartphone any longer! Please allow three business days to receive your new resume.  Service limited to Hackensack residents.  Fill out a form here:

Citizenship Mock Interviews by Phone
Available by appointment

Do you want to practice for your Citizenship interview? Citizenship Mock Interviews by phone are available by appointment.  Call Michelle at 551-286-8244 between the hours of 9am and 5pm Monday - Saturday or email

Virtual One-On-One Tech Help
Available by appointment

Is the technology in your life giving you trouble? Want to learn something new? Schedule a one-on-one appointment for a half-hour of personalized help! Service limited to Hackensack residents. Email or call 201-343-4169 x22 to schedule your session.

Servicio al Cliente Por Teléfono
Servicio al cliente en Español está disponible por teléfono Lunes a Viernes de 9am a 5pm. Por favor llame al 551-286-8244.  


Give Away Your Heart Craft
Tuesday, February 9, 6:30-7:30pm

Join our social work intern for a craft night and make a fun heart wreath decoration. This craft is suitable for all but the littlest of kids.  Please register by Saturday, February 6. After you receive your confirmation email, pick up your craft kit at the library starting on Tuesday, February 2.  To make this project you only need the craft kit provided by the library.  Register here:  Questions? Email or call 201-343-4169 x22.


Tell Me a Story - Online Storytelling Hour
Thursday, February 11, 7-8pm

Stories help us form connections as we realize what we have in common instead of dwelling on the differences. Come share a favorite story of yours during this special event held on Zoom.  Please register if you plan to attend - whether you plan to tell a story or just listen to and appreciate others’ stories!  Be aware that this event will be recorded and possibly shared on social media.  To register, go to:

YA Books for Adult Readers Book Club
Saturday, February 13, 11am-12pm

Join us for our virtual meeting!  We'll be discussing Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson.  New members are always welcome!  Email for Zoom information.

Hackensack Creates...Constellation Cross Stitch
Wednesday, February 17, 6:30-8pm

Meet online to put together a constellation cross stitch. You may pick whichever constellation you like. Patterns for some common ones will be included.  Register by Monday, February 15. After you receive your confirmation email you can pick up your craft kit at the library beginning on Friday, February 12.  Register here:

Open Mic Night
Thursday, February 25, 7-9pm

Looking for great entertainment mixed with stimulating conversation? Missing the usual outlets or audiences to share your talent? Even if you’d just like to listen to the performers, please join us. We will run the event via Zoom - register here:  You will receive an email with a link so you can join at the start time.  Performers, please keep content rated R and under. This event will be recorded and possibly shared on social media.

Fit To Be Lit Book Club
Friday, February 26, 11am-12pm

Come join us on Zoom for a thoughtful and lively discussion of some of today's best Literary Fiction!  This month's selection is Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart, which was awarded the 2020 Booker Prize for Literature.  Please email Melina Halpin with questions or to register at:

Virtual Veterans’ Benefits Q&A
Friday, February 26, 2:30-3:30pm

Learn all about your VA Benefits from a representative of the Department of Veteran Affairs. The info session will be followed by Q&A so make sure to have your questions ready!  No need to register - click the link below to join on Zoom:

Just the Facts: the Nonfiction Only Book Club - on Zoom!
Saturday, February 27, 10-11am

This month we will discuss: Accidental Presidents by Jared Cohen.  Please feel free to join us. We ask that you read at least 200 pages of the book if you wish to participate in the discussion.  Questions?  Contact Kate Cannarozzi, (201) 343-4169,

Virtual ESL Conversation Class 
Mondays at 4pm; Wednesdays at 10:30am (No class February 15)

This Zoom class (high intermediate to advanced English level) can help you get comfortable speaking English in a social setting by learning new vocabulary and pronunciation. Register here:
After registering you will receive more information about this class. 
Questions?  Contact Michelle Ferreira, 551-286-8244 (between 9am - 5pm ) or email 

Talk with the Social Work Intern
Mondays, 9am-5pm; Tuesdays, 12-8pm (January 4 - April 20)

A Partnership with Rutgers School of Social Work.  The social work intern can provide an ear or help with specific services including finding community resources, assisting with managing emotions and developing coping skills, relaxation techniques, resume building and job search, college information and resources, career or life planning, time management, and discussion groups-by age/gender/topic.  Meetings by appointment over the phone or Zoom. To learn more or sign up for a session, contact Cathy at or call 201-343-4169 x22.


Creative Café
Saturday, February 27, 1-2:30pm

Join us for a conversation on Zoom as we celebrate diversity in art.  FDU Professor Yelena Aronson will moderate the conversation with artists Philip Smallwood of New Milford and Betty DeMarco of Leonia. Afterwards there will be time for Q&A.  Please register here to receive your link to join the event: 
**Note that some of the paintings explored during this talk will be of nude figures.**
This program is sponsored by Fairleigh Dickinson University and the following public libraries: Johnson (Hackensack), Teaneck, Englewood, New Milford, Leonia, Bergenfield, and Fort Lee.

Questions?  Contact Keri Adams, YA Librarian, at or 201-343-4169 x30.

Teen Tuesday: Craft Kit Video Premiere: Design Your Own Jigsaw Puzzle and Origami Gift Box
Tuesday, February 2, 3:30pm for grades 7-12

Pick up your craft kit starting on February 1st and make a fun gift for your Valentine.  Design your own jigsaw puzzle and make your own gift box out of origami.  The instructional video will be posted on Instagram (@jplteens) and our YouTube channel (@johnsonpubliclibrary) at 3:30 pm and the craft can be completed at any time that’s convenient for you. Supplies are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.

Teen Tuesday: Craft Kit Zoom Event: Make a Light Up Valentine’s Day Card
Tuesday, February 9, 3:30-4:30pm for grades 7-12

Pick up your craft kit starting on February 1st and join us for this live Zoom event to learn how to create a Valentine’s Day card that really lights up.  Supplies are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.  Registration required:

Teen Tuesday: Game Night on Zoom
Tuesday, February 23, 7-8pm for grades 7-12

We know you're tired of being on the computer all day for school so we're moving our regular Teen Tuesday event to the evening.  We'll be playing fun online games that will leave you laughing!  The event works best with an extra device as the game cannot be played on your school Chromebook. Registration required:


Teen Tuesday: Among Us Video Game Tournament
Tuesday, February 16, 3:30-4:30pm for grades 5-8

In this special Teen Tuesday event open to students in Grades 5-8, we’ll be playing Among Us.  Work to fix your spaceship while also trying to figure out who is the imposter who is attempting to “murder” everyone. You can download the app for free to your tablet or phone. Registration required:

Please contact Mari Zigas, Head of Children’s Services, with any questions at or 201-343-4169 x14.
The Children’s Department is open for quick pick-ups only. All programs will be offered virtually.

Winter Reading Challenge
Monday, January 4th - Friday, February 26th for all ages

Join the Winter Reading Challenge! Print a log sheet ( to track your activities. Complete at least five activities to be entered in the raffle! The winner will receive a $25 gift card to a place of their choosing and a prize bundle. Please take a picture of the completed log sheet and send it to no later than February 26th.

Grab & Go Activity Kits
Available for pick-up at the Circulation Desk during library hours - for all ages

Pick up a different set of activity kits every week! We will have free take-home crafts for all ages, along with coloring sheets and crayons and STEM activities. Supplies will be available on a first come, first served basis.

JPL Kids on Goodreads
Follow the Children's Department on Goodreads to see staff reviews on children’s books and keep up with what we're reading! We would love to see what books you're reading at home, too!
Barks & Books: Read with Brady on Zoom
Saturday, February 20th, at 11am for all ages

We love to read with our therapy dog, Brady! A lovable yellow lab, Brady enjoys picture books and the occasional early reader. Come hang out with Brady on Zoom, read him a book and see him get a treat! Registration required:

Mondays at 3:30pm for all ages

We will explore different crafts every week with Mr. Gavin that you can do from home!  Supplies for the craft will be available for pick-up in activity kits every Monday morning on a first come, first served basis. Join us on Facebook or Instagram.

Music & Movement on Zoom
Tuesdays at 12pm for ages 3-5

Sing and dance at your favorite music and movement time for children and their caregivers! Online registration is required for the Zoom link:

Story Time with Ms. Mari
Wednesdays at 10am for ages 5 and below

Join Ms. Mari online for this special story time for babies and toddlers featuring fun songs, finger plays, flannel activities and stories! Every week we will explore a new letter and practice early literacy tips. Join us on Facebook or Instagram.

Reading Buddies
Wednesdays from 4-5pm for grades K-4

Practice reading skills with one of our teen volunteers on Zoom for 30 minutes! Read to your volunteer or your volunteer can read to you!  Registration required:  If you are in 7th-12th grade and want to volunteer, please fill out a Teen Volunteer Sign-Up Form.

Bilingual Story Time with Ms. Gladys
Thursdays at 10am for ages 5 and below

Have fun with Ms. Gladys with songs and a story in both English and Spanish! Every week we will be exploring a new theme. ¡Escuche cuentos y un libro en español y en inglés! Cada semana exploraremos un nuevo tema. Join us on Facebook / Únase a nosotros en Facebook or Instagram / o Instagram.

Zoom Games
Thursdays at 3:30pm for grades K-2

Each week we will gather together to play a different game with our families. Kahoot Trivia, Bingo, and much more! Registration required:

Baby Lap Time on Zoom
Fridays at 11am for ages 0-2

Join us as we combine stories, songs and rhymes for infants and babies! Registration required:

JPL staff continue to offer library services in safe, physically distant ways.  In addition to phone & email support, the library is open for holds pickup.

Monday: 9am - 5pm
Tuesday: 12 - 8pm
Wednesday: 9am - 5pm 
Thursday: 12PM - 8pm
Friday: 9AM - 5PM
Saturday: 9AM - 1PM
Sunday: CLOSED

JPL will be closed Monday, February 15 for Presidents’ Day.

Please call the library at 201-343-4169 or email for questions and assistance.  For more information, please visit: