BLOOMFIELD, NJ – The Bloomfield Public Library was recently honored as Best Loved Library, and its easy to see why given the number of programs available to the community.

“I am thrilled to announce that the Children's Library has been named Best Loved Library 2020 in the Montclair Area by Hulafrog,” said Holly Martin Belli, MLS, Director of Bloomfield Public Library.  “Hulafrog is a national online website dedicated to helping parents find the best programs for children in their area.”

Dozens of free events and activities are hosted every week – from classes, story-times and book groups, to social activities and gatherings.  Residents can learn technology skills, improve language skills, and attend musical performances and movie screenings.

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The library provides a dedicated Children’s Library facility, located next door to the main building in Bloomfield's historic original library on Broad Street.  Children and their caregivers can browse the large collection of picture, early reader, non-fiction and chapter books for kids.

Among the plethora of upcoming events, the Bloomfield Community Gardens Annual Seed Swap event is this Saturday, February 29, 10 am in the Library Theater Room.  Residents can meet fellow gardeners, bring organic seeds to swap and share, and learn about different plant varieties at the two community gardens spaces at Pulaski Park and Milbank Park.

Also on Saturday, February 29, the library hosts a Jazz performance featuring the Bradford Hayes Quartet at 1 pm.

Following the Jazz concert in the Adult Library, there is a display of Mr. Leonard Middleton's prints honoring Black History Month.  The posters depict battles from the Civil War and recruitment posters from World War I.  The prints will be on display through March.

The library is preparing for next week's celebration of Read Across America and hosts special guest readers during story-time programs from March 2-6.  There is a special kickoff event on Saturday, February 29, 8:45 am with the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs.

The Children's Department hosts a special program for elementary school students in grades kindergarten through sixth as Brady the Therapy Dog listens to young readers reciting from their favorite books.

Brady, a friendly Labrador, helps by letting the children practice their reading skills in a warm and nurturing environment, without judgement.  He helps the children feel more comfortable and relaxed.

Brady, who appears several times a year, is set to return Saturday, March 21 at 11 am.

There is also a summer reading program with Read to Ruby – the library’s pet bunny.

The library hosts a Special Olympics program three times a year that is open to special needs children and other kids called Unified Partners who are welcome to join their siblings.  Bloomfield is first library in New Jersey to host Special Olympics young athletes.

The Bloomfield Public Library, located at 90 Broad Street, has been serving the community for nearly one hundred years.  For information about programs and events, visit www.bplnj.org.