Raritan Public Library


Raritan Public Library Program News

Exercise Your Mind.  READ!
Raritan Public Library's
2016 Adult Summer Reading Program!

Join us for special programs and giveaways!
Open to all Raritan Public Library Adult Patrons.  Sign up at the front desk and
receive your summer reading packet. 
Registration begins on
Wednesday, June 29th.  Program ends on Thursday, August 18th.

Dichroic Glass Pendant Class
Saturday, June 25, 2016
1:00pm to 2:00 pm

Glass artist, Debbie Lawton, will instruct a class on creating a dichroic glass pendant.  The beauty of dichroic glass is its shift in color.  Choose from a heart or rectangular design.  Bring your imagination and make a mini masterpiece that you will treasure.  A $10 fee applies for materials only.  Please call the Library at 908-725-0413 to register.  Class size is limited.  Sign up early!

Aroma Therapy Program with Tammie Starnes Thursday, June 30th @ 6:30pm

Join Licensed Massage Therapist, Tammie Starnes, as she discusses essential oils and the different ways to use them in order to receive health benefits. There are oils to help with stress, focus, sleep, pain relief, and more. She will also discuss the importance of knowing the purity levels of essential oils. Registration is required.

Matinee: Rebel Without a Cause
Tuesday, July 5th @ 1:00pm

Tuesday, July 5th @ 6:00pm

Register for this 1955 classic movie starring James Dean, Natalie Wood, and Sal Mineo who portray middle-classed emotionally confused teenagers.  See why this film has achieved landmark status of cultural icon, James Dean.  Running time:  111 minutes.  Rated: PG-13  Refreshments served.

Battleship New Jersey Virtual Tour
Thursday, July 14th @ 6:3

Join guide Luis Krug as he gives a special virtual tour of the Battleship New Jersey through a slide show presentation.  On display at the Library will be various artifacts from the most decorated battleship to have served in the U.S. Navy.  After your virtual tour, sign up for free ticket passes to visit the actual museum ship in Camden,
New Jersey. Registration is required.

De-Clutter Your Life & Reduce Stress
Thursday, July 28th @ 6:30pm

Diane Lang, "Positive Living Expert", will present a workshop on de-cluttering one's life.  Topics to be discussed will include identifying the triggers of stress, simplifying life and living in the moment.  Diane will show how taking realistic steps today to gain positive control of one's life will lead to a happier, healthier tomorrow.  Diane Lang is a life coach and a nationally recognized speaker, author, and educator.  Registration is required.

Historic Talk on the Raritan Public Library
with Don Esposito

Thursday, August 4th @6:30pm

Join local historian, Don Esposito, as he gives a talk and slide show presentation on how the General John Frelinghuysen Home was restored over 40 years ago to become the present day Raritan Public Library and John Basilone Museum.  Mr. Esposito was one of the people instrumental in setting the restoration process in motion.  Learn how this new setting has become one of Raritan’s historic jewels.

Registration is required.

Dogwood Farms Presentation
Thursday, August 11th @6:30pm

Join Jon Knox, owner of Dogwood Farms in Hillsborough, as he discusses how he became interested in farming, as well as the importance of purchasing local produce and meats, organic farming and its impact on the environment. 
Mr. Knox will demonstrate how to make fresh salsa.  Light refreshments will be served.  Registration is required.



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

Join the Toastmasters Gavel Club

Monday evenings 6:00pm - 7:30pm
July 12th - August 23rd
Ages 13 - 18

Do you get nervous when you have to speak in public? Do you want to be a confident speaker and leader?  Join the Toastmasters Gavel Club to enhance your public speaking and leadership skills **Limited spaces available**
To register contact Neil Jhawar @neiljhawar@gmail.com or 908-392-2996

Wii U Afternoon Play Time

Tuesday, July 12th @ 4pm

Ages 9+

Summertime is one of the best times to get some serious video gaming in.  Come join other players at the library on Tuesday afternoons this summer for some Mario Kart races or Smash Brother matches.  We'll pick a game, or two, each session to play.  Players will either work together in teams or verse each other in matches depending on the game we choose to play.  Afterwards browse our collection of videogames at the library and take one home (with your parents’ permission) to enjoy!


Xbox 360 Afternoon Minecraft Scavenger Hunt

Tuesday, July 19th @ 4pm

Ages 9+

Brendan has come up with a fun new twist to our Minecraft program.  Players in groups of 4 will be tasked with finding/making 4 items in survival mode in a 10 minute time frame.  Teams that collect all 4 items will each receive a prize.  All participants in the hunt will each get a little something to take home with them.  Players who do not wish to participate in the scavenger hunt must wait for all the scavenger hunt teams to have a try before they will get a turn.  Teams will be created at the start of the program.  Good luck players! Program is 1hr long.


Starburst Wrapper Jewelry

Monday, July 25 @6pm

Ages 13+

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 evening!

Registration required.


Gizmos and Gadgets With Brendan

All ages

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

TBD-check back soon

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, July 11 @ 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

June 28

July 5, 12, 19, 26

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

June 30

July 7, 14, 21, 28

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.


Lunch with a Librarian

All ages welcome!

Wednesday’s @12:30pm

July 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

Bring a blanket and a picnic lunch and enjoy some “new” stories while we eat lunch outside by the tree. 

Registration is required.


Summer Readers

Monday's @ 11:30 to 12:30

July 11, 18, 25

Practice reading aloud

for 20 minutes between 11:30 to 12:30 with Ms. Kristen.  We will work on comprehension and retelling skills.   Call today to make it a date! 

Spots are filled on a first come, first served basis.

Each child is allowed one session per week.


Summer Reading Kick Off Event

Wednesday, June 29th @ 4pm

This will be a fun filled evening you will not want to miss! The Summer Reading Program is open to young people, ages six weeks through young adult, with programs, prize drawings, storytimes and more!  Participants may sign up starting June 29th and will receive a log to record their reading.  Prizes are awarded for reaching various goals. 

This year’s theme is “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read.” What better way to start our summer kick off then by having Sparkee from the Somerset Patriots come meet you! 


Caryn Lin presents Bach to Rock

Wednesday, June 29 @4:30pm

Ages 4+

Join us at the Raritan Public Library for a musical performance like you have never experienced before!  Caryn Lin will motivate you, inspire you, and educate you through music and technology.  Caryn will captivate you with her acoustic and electric violin!  You don’t want to miss this!  Stay and sign up for the Summer Reading Program! Registration is required.


Youth Stages Presents The Mud Flat Olympics

Wednesday, June 29 @ 6:30pm

Ages 6-8

Join us for a performance of The Mud Flat Olympics. Youth Stages will teach us vocal warm ups and read the story aloud. Then you’ll get to physically move around our playing space and become a character from the story!

 Registration is required. Space is limited.

Sea Creatures Storytime with Ms. Christine

Thursday, June 30th @4:30pm

Ages 4+

It’s time to go into the ocean and have some fun…hear about some loving sea creature and bring home your own seahorse craft for the summer.  Registration is required.


TD Bank- Saving for A Rainy Day

Friday, July 1st @2pm

Ages 5+

Join us at the library while TD Banks teaches us how to save our pennies!  Also, learn about how you can earn money from TD Bank by reading this summer!!! Registration is required.


Movie Night- Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip

Wednesday, July 6 @6pm

Ages 4+

Through a series of misunderstandings, Alvin, Simon and Theodore come to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in Miami...and dump them. They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother. Rated PG. 

Run Time:  1hr 32mins.

Registration is required.


Lego Night

Wednesday, July 13th @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.


Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Wednesday, July 20th @6:30pm

All Ages

Have you ever wondered what your stuffed animals do at night while you’re sleeping?! Bring your second favorite stuffed animal to the library and find out! We’ll read bedtime stories, have a snack and then tuck your stuffed animal in for the night. Come back in the morning to pick them up and see what they were up to at night!


Rutgers Co-Op Presents “From Our Farm”

Friday, July 22 @11am

Ages 4+

From Our Farms is a fun-filled, educational program that teaches children about the importance of good nutrition, the value of local agriculture, and the role farms play in enriching our communities and the environment. Through fresh food focused stories and activities, children are given the opportunity to explore where the food they eat comes from. We’ll also make and taste a healthy snack!


Ready, Set, Let's go on an Adventure

with Ms. Christine

Monday, July 25 @ 3pm

Ages 4+

Take a hike to the Raritan Library for some adventurous stories on taking a hike and exploring.  Go on a summer scavenger hunt and take home your own pet rock.

Registration is required.


Bedtime Stories with Ms. Kristen

Wednesday, July 27th @6:30pm

Ages 4+

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.


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