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Please Note Our Upcoming Closings:

July 4 - Independence Day


Summer Hours for the Main Library at 318 Kearny Avenue, Effective June 19:

Monday, Thursday & Friday 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday & Wednesday 9:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday CLOSED

Children’s Room

Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday CLOSED

Branch Library at 759 Kearny Avenue:

Monday - Thursday 1 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed on Friday & Saturday



Library News



Open Mic Reading

Celebrate creativity with a special Poetry Reading and Open Mic Event in the outdoor garden space at the Main Library, led by local author Barbara Krasner, on Friday, May 26 at 6:30 PM. 

This culminating event follows four months of our writing workshops, which were each a celebration of Kearny’s creative spirit.  Each month, our group of writers included vastly different people and voices, from Kearny High students and their poetry teacher to retired seniors to some of our KPL regulars to interested passersby.  It’s been a truly wonderful experience.  We invite all our participants to come back and read with us in a lovely outdoor setting.  Afterwards, we invite anyone else to share some work with us in an open mic setting.  As always, we ask only that readers refrain from using any bad language.

Among her many publications, Barbara Krasner has written several books about Kearny and its history including Images of America: Kearny, New Jersey, Images of America: Kearny’s Immigrant Heritage and The Kearny Public Library and Its Town.  Her newest publication, Legendary Locals, a compilation of more than 100 mini-biographies of the people who helped shape the town of Kearny, was published in 2015.  Her poetry has been published in several well-known literary magazines, including Nimrod, Paterson Literary Review, Lips and the Copperfield Review. 

This program is free and open to all interested. It will take place in the Main Library Reading Garden, located at 318 Kearny Ave. in Kearny, NJ.  For more info on this or another of our numerous programs, call the library at (201) 998-2666





Book Discussion Group

The Kearny Public Library welcomes new members to join our monthly Book Discussion Group, which normally meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 PM on the lower level of the Main Library, located at 318 Kearny Ave.

The KPL Book Club plans on continuing the success it has been building over the last few years with moderator Dorothy Meissner and a core of dynamic, dedicated members. Please note that the group will not be meeting in July, August or December.

While they are always open to new members, they are also actively seeking local authors who might be interested in doing book talks. If you are an interested local author, please contact the library.

The next meeting of the Book Discussion Group will be held on Wednesday, May 17 to discuss A Spool of Blue Thread, a recent novel by award-winning storyteller Anne Tyler. If anyone is interested in joining in, copies of each book are available at the Main Library, while supplies last. Just ask at the front desk.





2016 Summer Reading eBooks from eLibraryNJ

The Kearny Public Library is happy to announce the expansion of our eLibraryNJ collection of digital ebooks.  eLibraryNJ is a service the library has offered for the past few years.  With a valid Kearny Library card, you can use the site to download ebooks and audiobooks to a PC, laptop, Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble Nook, Apple iPod / iPad and many other devices.

We continue to build our own Overdrive Advantage library within eLibraryNJ, which will be available to only our patrons.  For the third year in a row, we have focused on the Kearny schools summer reading lists.  From the 4th grade through the 12th, we can offer at least two ebook options per grade. Titles that may be checked out now include:

Click on the eLibraryNJ logo and sign in with your card to explore our new collection.  Stop in to the Main Library, located at 318 Kearny Ave. in Kearny, NJ if you would like any further information or give us a call at (201) 998-2666. At you can take a guided tour, see what devices work with eLibraryNJ, and check out an audiobook or eBook.





2016 Museum Passes

The Kearny Public Library now has passes for the following museums:

American Museum of Natural History *vouchers are currently out of stock*
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
The Children's Museum of Manhattan
Children's Museum of The Arts *new*
The Frick Collection
The Guggenheim Museum
Imagine That!!! Children's Museum

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Montclair Art Museum
The Morris Museum
The Newark Museum

Yogi Berra Museum

Kearny residents, who have library cards in good standing, can check out a pass for free visits to the Museums and return the pass the following day. There is no charge to reserve the pass; however, a $40.00 cash deposit is required for most museums when the pass is borrowed.  The deposit is refunded when the pass is returned on time.

For more information, call 201-998-2666.




Farmer’s Market Cookbook

The Kearny Farmer’s Market Cookbook is available for purchase at the library for $9.95.

The Kearny Farmer’s Market Cookbook was published as a joint venture between the Kearny Public Library, the Friends of the Kearny Public Library and the Kearny Urban Enterprise Zone, with the help of the Woman’s Club, EMD and Junior Woman’s Club of Arlington.  It is made up entirely of recipes submitted by locals, using mainly fresh farmer’s market ingredients. 




Help with your resume or online job application

Need help with your resume or online job application? Kearny Public Library can help!  You can make an appointment for a one-on-one ½ hour session with our professional librarians for help with:

The sessions will be held downstairs in our basement laptop computer lab at the Main library building, located at 318 Kearny Avenue.  If interested, please give us a call at (201) 998-2666 and let us know a little about your situation so we can sign you up. For Kearny residents only.



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Friends of the Kearny NJ Library

The Friends of the Kearny New Jersey Free Public Library, Inc is a 501(c) (3) non- profit organization. 
With a tax-deductible, $10 single, $15 family or $50 benefactor donation you can help us to grow.   Members are not required to contribute volunteer hours or to attend meetings. Membership forms are available at the libraries or checks may be mailed directly to The Friends of the Kearny Library, 759 Kearny Avenue, Kearny, New Jersey.

Kearny Library, 759 Kearny Avenue, Kearny, New Jersey.

Membership donations enable us to do great things for our Library.  Since 2008, together, we have already donated over 1000 new hardcover books and hosted a number of events for adults and children. We also raised $5000 at our first fundraiser toward a new children’s reading garden. 

Applications for membership in the Friends of the Kearny NJ Library are available at the Kearny Main and Branch Libraries or click here to print an application. For an application in Spanish, click here.

Meetings will be held at the Branch Library at 759 Kearny Avenue at 7 p.m. . Everyone is welcome.

Meeting schedule for 2017:

June 14

October 4



Please join us in support of our Kearny Free Public Library



Photo page

Check out our new Flickr page created by children's librarian, Joanne Friedman.



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Metered parking is available in the former Mandee Parking Lots on Kearny Avenue and on Chestnut Street.

Renew your books online

To renew your books online, click on Online Catalog (on the menu to the left) and log onto patron account using your library card number (no spaces) and password (call the library if you need more information about the password). Click on “items out” to see what you have checked out with their due dates.  You may renew online.


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