Raritan Public Library


Raritan Public Library Program News


Movie:  The Walk

Thursday, February 25th @6pm

This recently released film is based on the book “To Reach the Clouds” and reveals the true story of Philippe Petit’s famous 1974 walk between the World Trade Towers.  Petit has been the only man to walk the immense void between the towers.  “The Walk” flaunts some of the best visual effects, making the viewer feel as though he is on the high wire himself.  Running time:  123 minutes.  Rated PG.  Registration is required.

Dancing Bunny Craft with Irene Mortko

Thursday, March 10th @6pm

Join craft instructor Irene Mortko to paint an adorable poly~resin dancing bunny. Cost of materials is $5.00 due at time of registration. A sample of the craft will be at the circulation desk.
Sign up early, class size is limited.


 Raritan Public Library's second annual Makers Day Event will take place on Saturday, March 19th, from 10:00am-3:00pm.  We have a day planned, filled with fun activities, for all ages. Registration is required for all programs listed below:

Knit/Crochet a Section for a “Jersey Cares” Lap Blanket

10:00am to 12:00pm

Join Sammi Sherwin and Lynette Klar in a group effort to create a patriotic lap blanket which will be donated to Jersey Cares in Raritan.  Each person will knit/crochet a 7x9 inch block which will be joined together at the Library.  Raritan Library will supply red, white and blue yarn, but asks that participants bring their own needles.  (Sections created at home will also be gladly accepted.)  This two hour session is open to those who know how to knit/crochet.

Makers Day littleBits Event


Ages 9+

Last year’s littleBits demo at the Raritan Library’s Makers Day Event was so popular we are having them back this year.  On display will be the littleBits Drawbot project which patrons can try out and see the capability of littleBits kits.  We will also have a bunch of littleBits circuits out for you to play and experiment with.

Engineering for Kids-Sketchbot


Grades 2 to 4

Discover what is inside a robot and how they work with "Engineering for Kids."  Children will create a simple circuit to power their own invention: a drawing robot.  Children will explore how to direct their robot and understand the importance of switches in electrical designs.

Lowe’s Hardware Clinic for Adults

Two sessions available:

12:00 noon to 1:00pm

1:00pm to 2:00pm

Register to learn how various door locks are installed.  Lowe’s will demonstrate both a simple doorknob installation and a fancier one with a deadbolt.  You may have the chance to participate hands-on!

Engineering for Kids-Mechantronic Workshop

1:00pm to 2:30pm

Grades 4 to 6

There are so many situations that are not convenient or are dangerous to operate by a human.   Robots can be a great help in such situations.  Stop by the Raritan Public Library to learn how to design an artificial arm/hand to help us grab items from a Hazard Zoom.  Students will recreate a circuit to power a robot arm and troubleshoot electrical circuits.

Dichroic Glass Pendant Class

Ages 16 and up

Two Classes:

1:00pm to 2:00pm & 2:00pm to 3pm

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.


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

Teen Make & Take

(Ages 13+)

Feeling crafty, but aren’t sure what to make? Stop in the Raritan Public Library anytime and pick up a craft from the front mantel to make at the Library or at home. Sign up upon arrival and please only take one.


Wii U Game Night with Brendan

Ages 9+

Monday, February 22nd @6:30pm

Want to challenge other players in Mario Kart races?  How about settling things in Super Smash Brothers?  Or how about picking another Wii or Wii U game to play with others?  The Library will have a monthly Wii U night where players will gather and decide upon what game they want to play for an hour.  We’ll change up the games you can choose from each month to keep it interesting.  Please come in or call to sign up.


Gizmos and Gadgets With Brendan

All ages

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

Saturday, February 13th from 12:30-1:30pm

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 a 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!


Tween Night –Easter Wreath Craft

Wednesday, March 23rd @6:30pm

Ages 10+

Tweens….tell your friends to join you at the Raritan Public Library for a relaxing night of chatting and designing your very own Easter wreath!  You can make it for your home or it can be a perfect gift for a loved one!  Registration is required, space is limited.  Ms. Amy hopes to see you!


Teen Book Give Away

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

This month, enter to win 4.5 star book

Simply enter your name and number and

Ms. Amy 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, March 7 @10:30am

Monday, April 4 @10:30am

Join Ms. Amy 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

February 16, 23

March 1, 8, 15, 22, (No storytime 3/29)

April 5, 12, 19, 26

Join Ms. Amy 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

February 11, 18, 25

March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

April 7, 14, 21, 28

Join Ms. Amy 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.


Lego Night

Wednesday, February 17th @6:30pm

Ages 4+

It’s too cold to go outside and play…why not join us at the cozy Raritan Public Library for some creative, Lego building fun! 

Registration is required.


Hotel Transylvania 2

Wednesday, March 2nd @6pm

Ages 4+

Now that Dracula has opened the Hotel Transylvania's doors to humans, things are changing for the better; however, Drac is secretly worried that his half-human grandson, Dennis, isn't showing his vampire side. Join us at the Raritan Public Library to see what Drac and his friends are scheming to see if his Grandson truly is a monster while his daughter and son-in-law are away!  You won’t want to miss this adorably entertaining sequel!  Rated PG.  Run Time: 1hr 29mins. 

Light refreshments will be served. 

Registration is required.


March Madness at The Raritan Public Library

with Ms. Christine

Thursday, March 3rd @ 4:30pm

Ages 4+

Slam dunk some books and come out a winner this March Maddness!  Listen to some great basketball stories and go home with your own basketball craft.  Registration is required.


Winter Craft Wonderland

Saturday, March 5th – 10am to 2pm

 All Ages

Ms. Amy is ready for spring!  Stop by anytime today to help her get rid of her winter crafts! It’s a day long “Make & Take”.  Crafts limited 2 per child.  Registration is not required.  Please sign in upon arrival.

Lego Night

Wednesday, March 9th @6:30

Ages 4+

Take a little time out of your busy week and join us at the Raritan Public library.

Talk with your friends and build awesome Lego creations! 

Bring your creativity and imagination! 

Registration is required. 


Bedtime Stories with Ms. Amy

Wednesday, March 16th @6:30pm

(Ages 4+)

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

Registration is required.


Lego Night

Monday, April 11th @6:30

Ages 4+

Take a little time out of your busy week and join us at the Raritan Public library.

Talk with your friends and build awesome Lego creations! 

Bring your creativity and imagination! 

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 Amy will walk around helping 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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Raritan, NJ 08869

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Email: raritanl@yahoo.com

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