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What's New at the Library
  • Memorial Day Weekend
    The Library will be closed on Saturday, May 28 and Monday, May 30 during the Memorial Day weekend.  Outdoor book boxes will be open to accept returns, and holds and renewals on materials may be done through the catalog.
  • New PAWS dog!
    A new Paws for Reading dog, "Misty," will be coming to the Allwood Branch!  Misty will be a patient listener as children ages 5 years and up who can read independently practice their skills reading out loud.  Fifteen-minute sessions will take place on the following Wednesdays:  June 1, 8, 22, 29; and July 6 and 20.  Sign-ups required.  View the flyer or stop in the Allwood Branch for more details.
  • Summer Reading Partners
    The Children's Department is once again coordinating a summer reading partner program that pairs volunteers with students in grades 1-5.  Volunteers age 14 and older are encouraged to apply as a partner.  No special skills are needed, just a willingness to help an hour a week!  Volunteers: Click here to view the flyer with details.  Parents: View the flyers with signup details and FAQs.  Registration for Clifton residents begins June 13-15; others begin June 16.
  • BIG Book Sale
    Visit the community room in the Allwood Branch on Friday, June 17 from 10:15 - 5:15 and on Saturday, June 18 from 10:15 - 4:15 and browse through a wide variety of books, magazines, audios and videos for sale!  Prices start at $1 and go up.  Cash only.  All sales final.  Support the library while building your personal collection!
  • Library Programs Brochure
    Interested in learning about library programs for adults at the library?  Take a look at the new brochure listing special and regularly occuring events!
  • 2016 SCORE Business Seminars
    Entrepreneurs and small business owners... Free help is available at the Library!  Members of SCORE, an association of volunteer mentors, are available to meet with you for one-on-one counseling in the Main Library on Wednesdays. This service is free; please make an appointment by phoning Vivian in the reference department: 973-772-5500. Special seminars are also scheduled periodically during the year - please view a flyer with dates and topics through this link or by viewing our Events Calendar.
  • 1000 Books Before Kindergarten
    The Clifton Library and others in Passaic County are participating in the national literacy initiative "1000 Books Before Kindergarten."  Reading is one of the most powerful ways to boost children's brain power, and studies have shown that the earlier they start to be in contact with books and reading, the more likely they will be successful in school.  We encourage you to click here to view our program brochure; speak to the children's librarians in the Main Library or Allwood Branch; and visit for more information.
  • Mah Jong at the Allwood Branch
    Are you looking for a local place to play Mah Jong? Consider spending time in the Allwood Branch! We have reserved space in the community room from 12:00 to 2:30 p.m. every other Friday; the next scheduled date is May 27. Some experience with the game would be helpful. No signups needed. Click here to view the flyer.
  • PAWS for Reading
    Children ages 5 and up who can read independently are invited to spend time practicing reading to a certified therapy dog! Our team of volunteer dogs will be available at the Main Library on Saturdays and at the Allwood Branch on Tuesdays. Appointment sign-ups begin two weeks before each date.  For a fuller description of the program and and a list of dates, please view our flyer.
  • Museum Passes Now Available at the Allwood Branch
    A success in its first year, the Museum Pass program has expanded to include passes at the Allwood Branch! Thanks to the continuing generosity of the Friends of the Clifton Public Library, we are able to offer passes to several museums that may be checked out by Clifton Library cardholders at the Main Library and Allwood Branch circulation desks. Pass availability varies by location. A full overview of the program and list of participating museums may be viewed on the website Museum Passes page, or by picking up a brochure in the Library.
  • Visit Our Gift Gallery
    The Friends of the Clifton Public Library encourage patrons to visit their new gift gallery, located near the circulation desk of the Main Library.  All merchandise for sale is new and much of it is handcrafted.  Proceeds go to the Friends group and are used to help support Library programs and services.
  • Print from home or your mobile device
    Do you have a file, webpage or email that you need to print from your home computer or mobile device? Send it to our library printers! Details and instructions can be viewed on the Wireless Printing page of our website. Be sure to select the location you'd like to print from. Printing only occurs after you stop in the library and use the self-serve print stations. The cost is .10 / page for black and white prints, .25 / page for color.

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    NEW!  ProCitizen - online citizenship test preparation
    Available to Clifton Library card holders!  Prepare for the citizenship test in a variety of fun, interactive ways.  Learn at your own pace.  Signup is quick and easy.  If you already have a logon for Pronunciator language learning, you can use the same logon for ProCitizen.  Click on the ProCitizen logo above to get started; have your logon or library card number handy.
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    OneClickdigital - e-books and audiobooks exclusively for Clifton library card holders!
    The Clifton Library has expanded its e-book and audiobook offerings through the OneClickdigital platform.  OneClick is separate from OverDrive (supplied by PALS Plus) and downloads are available only with the use of a Clifton library card.  Benefits include shorter, if any, wait times as titles are available to multiple users at once.  Click on the logo above and use your library card to create an account.
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    Pronunciator Language Learning Resource - exclusively for Clifton library card holders!

    The Clifton Library introduces a new resource for language learning - Pronunciator.  Accessible from your electronic device - phone, tablet, computer - Pronunciator lets you learn a new language at your own pace and take quizzes to assess your knowledge.  To get started, have your Clifton library card handy and click on the Pronunciator logo.

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    World Vital Records Genealogy Database
    The Clifton Library has added another genealogy database to its electronic collection!  World Vital Records contains billions of family history and genealogy records, and millions of family trees.  Complete U.S. Federal Census images and indexes from 1790 to 1940; enhanced Social Security Death Index (SSDI) records; millions of newspaper articles; unique, exclusive local and international collections. And WVR is accessible from home with your library card!  Click on the icon above to get started.
  • Homebound Service
    The Library provides free delivery of books and audiobooks to those residents of Clifton who are homebound, reside in a nursing home or assisted living environment.  If you feel you qualify for this service, please print and fill out an application and mail it back to the Library.  Someone will then be in touch with you to confirm details and set up delivery.
  • The Clifton Library on Goodreads
    The Clifton Library has created a group on Goodreads.  We'll post book group selections, staff picks, titles of interest... and we invite you to join and contribute.
    Click here to be taken to the Goodreads page, where you can register (or sign in through facebook) and join the group.
  • Donations through PayPal
    The Library now offers the convenience of making donations through PayPal!  Instructions can be found on the 'Support Us - Give to the Library' link, or click directly on the PayPal icon:

  • Fashion Biographies


    My Journey
        Karan, Donna

    Model Woman: Eileen Ford
    and the Business of Beauty
        Lacey, Robert

    Gods and Kings:
    The Rise and Fall of
    Alexander McQueen and
    John Galliano
        Thomas, Dana

    Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel
    and the Pulse of History
        Garelick, Rhonda

    Measure of a Man: A Memoir:
    From Auschwitz Survivor to
    Presidents' Tailor
        Greenfield, Martin

    The Woman I Wanted to Be
        Von Furstenberg, Diane

    Nudie: The Rodeo Tailor
        Nudie, Jamie Lee

    Jackie Style
        Keogh, Pamela Clarke

  • Modern Scholar Series


    Understanding Democracy in America
        Masugi, Ken

    Physics for Poets
        Kouzes, Richard

    Politics and Performance: Theater in the 20th Century
        Lewis, Megan

    Geology: The Study of Earth
        Zeigler, Kate E.

    Rediscovering Shakespeare: The Tragedies
       Wagner, Matthew D.

    Lore of the Stars: The Mythological Narrative of the Night Sky
        Shutt, Timothy Baker

    The Norsemen: Vikings and Their Culture
       Drout, Michael

    Detective Fiction: From Victorian Sleuths to the Present
        Alexander, M. Lee

    The Big Picture MBA: What Every Business School Graduate Knows
        Navarro, Peter

  • Live Recordings


        Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell

    Live from the Artist's Den
        Rufus Wainwright

    Back to Brooklyn
        Barbra Streisand

    Crossroad 2013
        Eric Clapton Guitar Festival

    Clockwork Angels Tour

    Live at the Bowl '68

    Idina Menzel, Live: Barefoot at the Symphony
        Idina Menzel

    Anna Netrebko: Live at the Metropolitan Opera
        Anna Netrebko

    Harry Connick, Jr. in Concert on Broadway
        Harry Connick, Jr.

    Live at the Meadowlands
        Frank Sinatra

  • Documentaries


        (The business of bottled water)

    Four Seasons Lodge
        (Holocaust survivors' reunion)

    Life Itself
        (Roger Ebert)

    Medieval Lives: Birth, Marriage, Death
        (Rites of passage in the middle ages)

    Birders: The Central Park Effect
        (Bird watching in New York City)

    Secrets of Scotland Yard
        (Classified files and crime detection methods)

    Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present
        (The life of a performance artist)

    The September Issue
        (Anna Wintour and the making of Vogue)

        (Profiles five ballerinas from Russia)

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