Raritan Public Library


Raritan Public Library Program News

Fall Wreath/Table Centerpiece
Thursday, September 8th @6:00pm

Craft Instructor, Michele Liana, will teach a class on how to create a beautiful fall table centerpiece or a door wreath using a ribbon type material
(deco mesh).  A supply fee of $10.00 is due at time of registration.  Bring in your own special embellishments, if you choose. 
Sign up early, as class size is limited.

John Basilone Day
Sunday, Septemer 18th (10:00am - 1:00pm)

Visit Raritan Public Library and the John Basilone Museum prior to the start of the 35th Annual Memorial Parade.  Film clips, photos and special memorabilia will be on display honoring our "Hometown Hero" and other valiant WWII service people.

3M E-Book Orientations
Monday, September 19th
2:00pm-3:30pm Session
6:00pm-7:30pm Session

Raritan Public Library has recently joined the 3M Bibliotheca Cloud E-Book Library which allows our patrons a greater access of e-books from various libraries throughout New Jersey.  Raritan Library Staff is offering an afternoon and an evening session to instruct Library Members on how to connect with our new e-book platform.  Bring in your electronic device (i.e. laptop, tablet, or phone) and find out how easy it is to access 3M! 

Movie Night:  G.I. Blues (1960)
Thursday, September 29th @6:00pm

Elvis Presley stars as an army specialist in Germany who wagers with his buddies to win over a cabaret dancer, Juliet Prowse.  Sign up to see Elvis' 5th film (his first after returning from his two year service in the U.S. Army). 
Running time: 1hr., 43 min. 
Refreshments will be served. 
Registration is required.


Thursday, October 27th 6:30pm

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Register for a new one man play adapted from Mary Shelley’s classic tale of Gothic horror. A must-see for Frankenstein enthusiasts and fans of mystery and horror. Written and performed by Greg Oliver Bodine of North Shore Theatre Productions.  Registration is required.


Watch the video teaser on Youtube


1-on-1 Tech & Resume Help Sessions

The library offers 1 on 1 classes for those who need

help learning the basics of computers. Sessions include instruction on writing a resume, filling out an online application, setting up a device for e-books,

using a tablet/ smart phone. We can teach you how to attach photos to e-mails and explain to you the basics of MS Word,

and much more.  Scheduling is flexible and you can come back

for as many classes as you need.  The best part is...the classes are free!  The Raritan Public Library knows that technology

is rapidly evolving and it can be difficult to keep up or even get started with how advanced things have become. 

Brendan is patient and willing to walk you through everything step by step at your own pace.  Call the Library or stop by

to set up a class today!


Teen/Tween Programs


Starburst Wrapper Jewelry

Saturday, September 17th @11:00am

Ages 10+

Join us at the Raritan Public Library to learn about how to make jewelry out of starburst wrappers. You’ll even get to take home the jewelry you make! Bring your friends for a fun and artistic afternoon!

Registration required.

Dichroic Glass Pendant Class for Teens

Saturday, September 24th @1:00pm

Ages 13+

Teens 13 and up can join Glass artist, Debbie Lawton, in a class on creating a beautiful glass pendant necklace.  Choose from 3 different designs.  Registration is required.


Gizmos and Gadgets With Brendan

All ages

(children under 9 must have a parent with them).

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The LittleBits event at our library during March’s Makers Day was so well received that we decided to make it a monthly event!  Children and parents can come join us as we mix and match pieces to create circuits that might turn on a light or act as a doorbell.  These fun kits teach some basic engineering like how to create an automatic bubble blower or a speaker.  You can also choose to make something out of your own imagination that buzzes, lights up, and spins! 

Please come in or call to sign up. 

See what Ellen Degeneres is saying about littleBits on her show!


Teen Book Give Away

Come in and enter a drawing to win a free book each month!

This month, enter to win the Twerp, by Mark Goldblatt.

Simply enter your name and number and

Ms. Kristen will pick a winner and call you the beginning of

the following month.  Must be 13+ years to enter.  Good luck!


Children's Activities


Newborn Nursery Rhymes

(Ages Newborn-18 months )

Monday, September 12 @ 10:30am

Join Ms. Kristen for socializing, songs, puppets & stories. 

Let your newborn experience the joys of the library! 

Please call to register for this program.


Toddler Storytimes

(Ages 18 months-3 years)

Tuedays @10:30am

September 6, 13, 20, 27

Join Ms. Kristen for some stories and a craft. 

Children will enjoy socializing with others their

age and moms can talk to other moms, too! 

We can't wait to welcome you to the

Raritan Library. 

Please call to register for this program.


Preschool Storytimes

(Ages 3-5 years)

Thursdays @10:30

September 8, 15, 22, 29

Join Ms. Kristen for some stories and make an

age-appropriate craft.  There is a different theme every

week.  Children will enjoy socializing with others their

age and moms can talk to other moms, too! 

Registration is required.


Movement Class with Miss Maggie

Tuesday, September 6th @4:00pm

Ages 3+

Join us for an exciting dance class with Miss Maggie from Serova School of Dance in Somerville. She’ll be teaching us about movement and helping us to work on our coordination. Let off some steam before school starts and dance your heart out! Please wear comfortable clothing that you can move in. Registration is required.


The Jungle Book

Wednesday, September 14th @6pm

Ages 4+

After a threat from the tiger Shere Khan forces him to flee the jungle, a man-cub named Mowgli embarks on a journey of self discovery with the help of panther, Bagheera, and free spirited bear, Baloo. Rated PG. Registration is required.

Run Time: 1 hour and 46 minutes


Bedtime Stories with Ms. Kristen

Wednesday, September 21st @6:30pm

All Ages

Join us at the Library for some of Ms. Kristen’s favorite bedtime stories!  You can even get super cozy and come in your pj’s if you would like! ... Ms. Kristen may even wear hers! After the stories, please stay for a small bedtime snack and refreshment. 

Registration is required.


Lego Night

Wednesday, September 28th @6:30pm

Ages 4+

How creative can you get with Legos?!!!  Show us your Lego talent! Join us in the Children’s Room at the Raritan Public Library and build original Lego creations while chatting with your friends!

Registration is required.


Group Homework Help

Children grades K-4 are welcome to come in with

their parents every

Monday and Tuesday from 3:30 to 5pm.

Miss Kristen will help children and their

parents with any homework questions you may have.

The are no longer one-on-one sessions.

Advanced registration is not required,

please just sign in upon arrival.


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Contact Information

54 East Somerset Street

Raritan, NJ 08869

Tel: 908-725-0413

Fax: 908-725-1832

Email: raritanl@yahoo.com

Hours Information

10 AM to 8 PM
10 AM to 8 PM
10 AM to 8 PM
10 AM to 8 PM
10 AM to 5 PM
10 AM to 3 PM

Closed Saturdays in

July and August