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Raritan Public Library Program News


Raritan Public Library’s
Adult Summer Reading Program
“Libraries Rock”

Registration begins on Wednesday, June 20th Program ends on Friday, August 22nd


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.


Friends of the Library Book Sale

Saturday, June 23rd from 10:00am-2:00pm

The Friends of the Raritan Library will be holding their book sale on Saturday, June 23rd.  Books, CDs, and DVDs will be available for purchase. 

Special pricing for books only, $5 per bag!


The Green Planet Band

Thursday, June 28th @ 6:30pm

To coincide with this year's summer reading theme: "Libraries Rock", Raritan Public Library is hosting a special outdoor concert with "The Green Planet Band". This local family band is comprised of 12-year-old Kylee Rapp (vocals and guitar), her
10-year-old twin siblings Tyler (drums) and
Anna (bass) and "Mama" Lisa on lead guitar. They will perform lots of recognizable classic hits like "Chain of Fools", "I'm a Believer" and "Locomotion" which will get you rockin' and rollin'. Open to all ages. Registration is required.

Walk the Line
Tuesday, July 10th @ 2:00pm

The rise of country music legend Johnny Cash
(Joaquin Phoenix) begins with his days as a
boy growing
up on the family farm, where
he struggles under the scorn of his father
(Robert Patrick).  As the years pass,
Cash ends up in Memphis, Tenn.,

with his wife, Vivian (Ginnifer Goodwin),
and breaks into the music scene after finding
his trademark sound. While on tour, Cash meets
the love of his life, singer June Carter
(Reese Witherspoon), but Cash's volatile lifestyle threatens to keep them apart.  Phoenix and Witherspoon performed all of their own
singing in the movie.
Run time: 2hr 16 min.
Registration is required.


Luncheons, Cocktail Parties & Backyard Grilling in the 1950’s
Thursday, July 12th @ 6:30pm

Think about the 1950’s and our minds drift back to a more nostalgic time of “Father Knows Best”,
45 RPM records, black & white televisions and slogans like “I Like Ike”. After the hardships of the
War Years, women entertained more, ladies’ luncheons and cocktail parties became very popular, and men became masters of the grill.
Join Judith Krall Russo, Food Historian, and learn
what it’s like to entertain in a 1950’s style. Light BBQ refreshments will be served.
Registration is required.


Adult Coding (Python) Workshop
Tuesdays, July 10th, 17th, & 24th

Anesha Santhanam, founder of Likeable STEM, will be teaching an introductory 3 session workshop on Python coding for adults. Python is a popular text-based programming language that makes learning to code fun and interactive for beginners. Find out why coding combined with STEM has become an important job skill across industries. Participants are encouraged to bring their own Windows or Mac laptops.
Registration is required and participants need to attend all 3 sessions.

Watercolor Workshop

Saturday, July 21st from 1:00pm-3:00pm

Ruby Silvious, Artist and Author (363 Days of Tea),
is teaching a special watercolor art workshop
on one of her favorite mediums: recycled teabags. 
Participants will get to take home one of their
own creations.  A $10.00 fee applies to art
supplies only.  Register early since class size
is limited.  For more information on
Ruby Silvious and her beautiful works of art visit www.rubysilvious.com

Art Reception
Thursday, July 26th @6:30pm

Calling Local Artists:
Raritan Library is hosting a special art
exhibit for local area residents who
would like to display a piece of their artwork
at the Raritan Public Library from
July 23rd through August 7th
For further details please contact the
Director at (908) 725-0413.  An Art Reception will be held on Thursday, July 26th at 6:30pm.

Loving Vincent
Thursday, August 2nd @6:30pm

‘Loving Vincent’ is the world’s first
feature, oil painted animation movie
revealing the life and controversial death
 of Vincent Van Gogh as told by over
120 of his greatest paintings. 
The plot is drawn from 800 letters written
by the artist himself.  Sign up to see this
unique, ground-breaking film. 
Refreshments served; running time is 95 minutes.

Registraion is required

Soap Making Class with Gayane
Thursday, August 9th @6:30pm

Gayane will instruct the class on making a
beautiful bar of glycerin soap.  Each crafted soap will be created by a melt and pour method and will contain grass, butterflies and pretty flowers all made from soap materials. 
A $5.00 fee applies to materials only
and is due at time of registration. 
Sign up early since class size is limited. 
Registration is required.

Afternoon Coloring for Adults

Tuesday, August 14th @2:00pm

Join our adult coloring program for a calming afternoon. Adult coloring reduces stress, enhances focus and creativity. Coloring pages and
pencils will be provided free of charge. 
Light refreshments will be served. 
Registration is required.

Fun in Acapulco
Thursday, August 23rd @6:30pm

Can’t get away this summer?  Then why not come
and watch a great summer escape movie
“Fun in Acapulco” starring Elvis Presley,
Ursula Andress and Larry Domasin.  Scenic vistas
like the cliffs of Acapulco, Mexico and Latin-beat tunes (“Bossa Nova Baby”) make for a fun and entertaining evening.  Running time: 90 minutes.
Refreshments served.  Registration is required.

Raritan’s Distinguished Series: Luigi Zaninelli
Thursday, August 30th @6:30pm

Raritan Public Library is hosting a special
“skype meet and greet” with award winning composer, Luigi Zaninelli.  Mr. Zaninelli grew up
in Raritan before studying music at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, PA under the renowned composer Gian Carlo Menotti and later in Italy under the legendary Rosario Scalero. Luigi Zaninelli has published over 300 works.  Attendees will get the opportunity to talk to Mr. Zaninelli through “skype” and to listen to several of his musical compositions.  Some local residents may remember Luigi as “Lou Hayward” when he performed jazz arrangements during his school years in Raritan. 
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


Teen Storyboard & Animation Workshop
July 9th, 16th, 23rd, & 30th

Ages 12 and up

If you have an interest in drawing, comic art, and how animated stories come together Anesha Santhanam’s workshop is for you. She will discuss the history of animation along with the advances in animation technology. Teens will learn how to create storyboards and turn them into digital animations. You will also present your project once you have completed it. This promises to be a very fun and creative workshop, but make sure you can attend ALL dates as each session will build on the previous. It is suggested you bring a Windows or Mac laptop to work on, but the library can provide a few laptops for those who don’t have one.
Registration is required.

For more info check out Anesha's flyer


Teen Program – Homemade Disco Balls

Friday, July 6th @ 2:00pm

Ages 9+

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Join us at the Raritan Public Library for a fun afternoon for teens! Do you love to make DIY decorations for your room or locker?! Come make a homemade disco ball using old CDs at the Raritan Public Library. You can take your disco ball home with you! It’s a great way to use up old CDs that you might have lying around your house also. Registration is required.


Teen Book Give Away

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

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 2nd @ 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 19, 26

July 3, 10, 17, 24


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 21 & 28

July 5, 12, 19, 26

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.


Beginning of Summer Kick Off Party
All About Rocks with the Sterling Hill Mining Museum

Wednesday, June 20th @4:30pm

Ages 5+

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Join us at the Raritan Public Library for our summer kick off party! Do you love rocks and want to learn more about them?! Come learn about different types of rocks, minerals and even how fluorescents work with Sterling Hill Mining Museum! Be inspired to ROCK this summer with our theme of Libraries Rock! Don’t forget to sign up for summer reading!

Registration is required.


Beginning of Summer Kick Off Party
Rolie Polie Guacamole

Wednesday, June 20th @6:00pm

All Children Welcome

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Join us at the Raritan Public Library for our summer kick off party! Get ready to rock and roll this summer with the band Rolie Polie Guacamole! Rolie Polie Guacamole has developed a smart, parent-friendly musical style that dresses up original tunes and classic covers with vibrant harmonies and deft instrumental layers. They have played over 2,000 shows all around the country! Don’t forget to sign up for summer reading! Registration is required.


TD Bank- Saving for a Rainy Day & Bank Tour

Monday, June 25th @10:30am

Ages 5+

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Join us at TD Bank located at 34 E. Somerset Street 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! We will be meeting at the bank to have a tour of the bank first. *PLEASE NOTE: Parents will not be allowed behind the teller line.*

Registration is required.


Play Doh Party

Wednesday, June 27th @6pm

Ages 3+

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Join us at the Raritan Library for a Play Doh Party! Enjoy an evening with friends and get your creative juices flowing. Make anything you can think of using the libraries play doh and share your creations with your friends! Registration is required.


Summer Readers

(Ages 5+)

Mondays @ 11:30am

July 2, 9, 16, 23

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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.

Cardboard Guitar Decorating

Monday, July 9th @ 2:00pm

Ages 3+

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Join us at the Raritan Public Library for a fun afternoon! Rock and roll this summer with your own cardboard guitar! Ms. Kristen will cut out the guitars for you, but you can paint your guitar however you please! Wait for it to dry and then take it home to jam on all summer long! Registration is required.


Lunch with a Librarian

All ages welcome!

Wednesday’s @12:30

July 11th, 18th, 25th

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Bring a blanket and a picnic lunch and enjoy some “new” stories while we eat lunch outside by the gazebo if it’s nice outside!

Registration is required.


Movie Night – Sherlock Gnomes

Wednesday, July 11th @ 6:00pm

Ages 4+

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Join us at the Raritan Public Library for a movie night! Garden gnomes, Gnomeo & Juliet, recruit renowned detective Sherlock Gnomes to investigate the mysterious disappearance of other garden ornaments. Run time: 1 hour and 26 minutes. Rated: PG.

Registration is required.


Children’s Talent Show

Wednesday, July 18th @ 6:00pm

Ages 3+

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Join us at the Raritan Public Library for a talent show! Show off your talents for the rest of the library patrons. Do you love to sing or dance?! Can you juggle?! Do you have any special talents that you can’t wait to show off?! We want to see them! Enjoy a fun evening of performances and then stay for snacks after all the performers have shown off their talents.

Registration is required.


Lego Party

Friday, July 20th @2:00pm

Ages 3+

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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.


Make Your Own Pet Rock

Tuesday, July 24th @ 2:00pm

Ages 3+

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Have you always wanted a pet?! Make a rock into whatever pet you desire. It can be a puppy or even a unicorn! Come in clothes that you are ready to paint in. Paint and design your own pet rock and then you can take it home with you once it dries.

Registration is required.


Bedtime Stories with Ms. Kristen

Wednesday, July 25th @6:30pm

All Ages Welcome

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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 they may have.

There 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


Raritan Public Library now offers ABCmouse.com to our younger patrons.  Just ask our Children's Librarian about how to get started.