Raritan Public Library


Raritan Public Library Program News


Somerset County

Weekend Journey Through the Past

Saturday, October 10th 10-5pm

Sunday, October 11th 12-4pm

Our historic site, the General John Frelinghuysen Home, will be open for tours on the weekend of October 10th & 11th.  There will also be a special performance on Sunday from 1:00pm to 3:00pm by harpist, Dominique Boyle.

For more information on this annual event

please call the Library.

Spook Train Craft

Thursday, October 22nd @6pm

Join Irene Mortko in making a 3 piece painted resin train set in time for Halloween. 

Class instruction is free; however a fee of $9.00 applies to cover the cost of materials. Stop by the Library to see a sample of the craft on display at the circulation desk. 

Registration is required.

Meet the Author: Rosanna Chiofalo

Saturday, October 24th @ 1:00 pm

Come meet Rosanna Chiofalo author of “Bella Fortuna”, “Carissima” and her latest beautifully written novel “Stella Mia” which takes place in Sicily and the Aeolian Islands.  Signed discounted copies of the author’s books will be available for purchase.  Registration is required.

Rose Pacifico Dedication

Sunday, October 25th @ 3:00 pm

Join us in a dedication ceremony honoring
Rose Pacifico
who served the local community her entire life.  Rose was a long-time member of the Raritan Public Library Board of Trustees, a teacher in local schools for over 40 years, an active parishioner of St. Ann’s Church and an involved citizen in local government.  The Children’s Room of the Library will now proudly be named the
Rose Pacifico Children’s Room
Registration is required.

Halloween Sitcom Specials

Thursday, October 29th @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Reserve a seat for a night of fun, spooky entertainment.  Three classic Halloween episodes will be shown:  Halloween with the Addams Family, The Munsters: Munster Masquerade, and I Dream of Jeannie: My Master, the Ghost Breaker

Halloween treats will be served.

Thomas Jefferson Portrayed
Thursday, November 5th @6:30pm

Steve Edenbo of the American Historical Theatre will portray Thomas Jefferson, our
American Founding Father.  He will discuss
Jefferson’s many accomplishments including his writing the Declaration of Independence, his successful Presidency, founding the University of Virginia, and designing/building his home Monticello.  This special presentation is hosted by the Raritan Historical and Cultural Committee.  A question and answer period will follow. 
Registration is required.

The Book Thief

Thursday, November 12th @6pm

Based on the beloved best-selling book by Markus Zusak comes this profoundly moving story of an illiterate girl who learns how to read and by the power of words is able to transform the lives of those around her during World War II, Germany.

Starring: Sophie Nelisse, Emily Watson, and Geoffrey Rush.  Running time: 131 minutes Rated: PG-13
Light refreshments will be served.
Registration is required.



Friday, November 13th: 10:00am to 4:00pm

Saturday, November 14th: 10:00am to 2:00pm

Stop by the Raritan Public Library during a two-day book sale.  Choose from a large selection of adult and juvenile hardcover and paperback fiction and non-fiction books all in good to like-new condition.  Audio books, CDs and DVDs are also on sale.  All materials will be sold at bargain prices.


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, October 26th @ 6:30pm

Monday, November 30th @6:30pm

Monday, December 28th @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.


Xbox 360 Minecraft Night with Brendan

Monday, October 19 @6:30pm

Ages 9+

Come join our monthly group and play together on the Xbox 360 Minecraft version.  We’ll create, build, and maybe attack one another in groups of 4 for an hour.  While you wait your turn you can use our Lego Minecraft blocks to brainstorm ideas. 

Please come in or call to sign up.


Rediscover the Force:  Star Wars Episode IV Movie Showing

Friday, November 6 @2pm

Adults and Children Welcome (Children ages 10+)

The release of the new Star Wars movie is on the horizon so now it‘s a time to see where the franchise began.  We want to give everyone a chance to relive the original movie by showing Star Wars Episode 4 on Blu-Ray at the library.  This program will be open to adults however, children ages 10 and up may attend as well, so children and parents can enjoy this movie together.  What better way to spend the day off from school!  We will provide light snacks and drinks.  Run Time 2 hrs 5mins.

Please call or come in to reserve a spot.


LittleBits Tinkering Hour With Brendan

Saturday, November 14th from 12:30-1:30pm

All ages

(children under 9 must have a parent with them)


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. 


Xbox 360 Minecraft Night with Brendan

Monday, November 19 @6:30pm

Ages 9+

  Come join our monthly group and play together on the Xbox 360 Minecraft version.  We’ll create, build, and maybe attack one another in groups of 4 for an hour.  While you wait your turn you can use our Lego Minecraft blocks to brainstorm ideas. 

Please come in or call to sign up.


Xbox 360 Minecraft Night with Brendan

Monday, December 14 @6:30pm

Ages 9+

Our patrons keep asking for it so Minecraft night is back!  Come join our monthly group and play together on the Xbox 360 Minecraft version.  We’ll create, build, and maybe attack one another in groups of 4 for an hour.  While you wait your turn you can use our Lego Minecraft blocks to brainstorm ideas. 

Please come in or call to sign up.


Tween Craft- Mason Jar Luminaries

Wednesday, December 16th @6:30pm

Ages 9+

Join us at the Raritan Public Library to make festive Mason Jar Luminaries!  Simple to make and great for gifts or as a decoration!  Registration is required, space is limited.


Summer 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

Make and Take Crafts

(Ages 4+)

Monday, October 26


Join Ms. Amy Monday mornings anytime

before noon and enjoy some quiet time making a craft!


Newborn Nursery Rhymes

(Ages Newborn-18 months )

Monday, October 19 @10:30am

Monday, November 16 @10:30am

Monday, December 14 @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)

Tuesday, October 13, 20, 27 @10:30am

Tuesday, November 3, 10, 17 @10:30am

Tuesday, December 1, 8, 15 @10:30am

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)

Thursday, October 8, 15, 22, 29 @10:30

Thursday, November 5, 12, 19 @10:30am

Thursday, December 3,10,17 @10:30am

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.


Movie Night-Charlotte’s Web

Wednesday, October 14 @6pm

Ages 4+

Join us at the Raritan Public Library for the original version of Charlotte’s Web.  This timeless classic is a crowd pleaser for children and their parents.  If you are interested, you can check out the book from our library to compare the movie to the book.  Snacks and refreshments will be provided.  Registration is required.


The Jester Jim Show

Family Event

Saturday, October 17th @1pm

All ages will love this awesome; energetic show!!!

Join us at the Raritan Public Library as we watch Jester Jim beatbox, juggle and amaze us with his wild and crazy antics! You can check out his website ahead of time at: www.jesterjim.com   

Registration is required.  


Lego Night

Wednesday, October 21st @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.


Halloween Bedtime Stories with Jimmy

Wednesday, October 28th @6pm

Family Event

Join us at the Raritan Public Library for bedtime stories and a snack with our warm hearted guest reader, Jimmy!   Wear your pajamas and get cozy while Jimmy brings Halloween Classics to life with his charisma and charm!  Stay and make a spooky Halloween snack after our guest reader finishes his last story. 

Registration is required.


Lego Night

Wednesday, November 4th @6:30pm

Ages 4+

No school tomorrow….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! Registration is required.


From Our Farms

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County presents:“Celebrate the Fall with Pumpkins” 

Friday, November 6th @11am

Ages 4+

Are you looking for a fun program to take you children to when they are off from school?  Then look no further, Rutgers Co-Op is back with a fun and informative program about pumpkins!!!  Listen to fun stories about this beautiful New Jersey crop; then be hands on making a delicious and healthy pumpkin snack!  Registration is required.


Fall Leaf Animals with Ms. Christine

Monday, November 16th @4:30pm

Ages 4+

Fall colors are everywhere especially in the leaves falling... stop by the Raritan Library to hear some stories about the fall leaves and fall animals then make your own fall leaf animal to take home with you. **Feel free to bring your own color leaves to make your animals!


Peppa Pig Party

Saturday, December 5th @12pm

 Ages 4+

Join us at the Raritan Public Library for a Peppa Pig Party!  We will watch new winter episodes of Peppa Pig and decorate our own cupcakes!  After all, chocolate cake IS one of Peppa’s favorite treats!   Registration is required.


Winter Solstice with Ms. Christine
Monday, December 14 @ 4:30pm
Ages 4+

The day the "sun stands still"... the Winter Solstice is upon us. Celebrate honoring the winter with magical moments throughout the world with traditional tales. Take home your own Winter Solstice Pinecone Gnome to keep warm all winter long. 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.


Million Minute Storytime

Need to earn your million minutes of reading but you are just not in the mood to read?...Then sit back and let Ms. Amy read TO YOU! Starting October 1st, join us at the RPL every

Thursday @ 4pm.

From 4pm to 4:30, Ms. Amy will read several stories that you will be able to record on your reading log! From 4:30 to 5pm,

feel free to stay and read independently while Ms. Amy helps you with words that may be difficult or help with comprehension.

Registration is required.

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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