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Join us on Saturday, March 25th for Raritan Public Library's 3rd Annual Makers Day (Statewide) Event. The entire day will be filled with fun activities that spark creativity for all age levels.  Read below for a list, time, and description of programs. All activities are free to the public. Registration may be required.  

 

Makers Day Event

Circuits on Paper

Saturday, March 25, 2017

10:30am-12:00pm

Grades K to 4

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If you love drawing and technology join us at the Raritan Public Library to create art using circuits.  Create your own drawing and then combine it with technology to enhance your art! Children will explore how circuits work to create simple or complex designs.

Registration is required.

 

Makers Day Event

Finch Robot Demonstration
March 25, 2017

10:30am to 12:30pm

Ages 9 and up

The Raritan Public Library is excited to show off the programmable Finch Robot at our Makers Day event!  Young patrons will have a chance to observe the Finch avoid obstacles, react to temperature changes, and respond to changes in light.  This is an open session to come and observe what can be accomplished using basic programing skills and robotics.

 

Makers Day Event

littleBits Creation Session

Saturday March 25, 2017

1pm-2:30pm

Ages 9+

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littleBits is back at the library and this time with Bluetooth technology!  We will demonstrate a simple Bit set that can be used with any Bluetooth enabled cellphone and a camera to remotely take pictures.  Young patrons will also have the chance to build and create Bit sets that can play music, respond to motion, and light up.  No registration required.

 

Makers Day Teen Program

Hedgehog Book Art

Saturday, March 25th

12:30pm – 2:30pm

Ages 10+

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Join us at the Raritan Public Library on Makers Day to create art using books! Do you love origami?! Then you’ll have so much fun learning how to make a book into a hedgehog. This is a fun way to turn an old book into a beautiful piece of art! Bring your friends and enjoy a creative afternoon together. Registration is required.

 

Makers Day Event-

Engineering for Kids-Lunar Lander Challenge Saturday, March 25, 2017

1:00pm to 2:00pm

Grades 1 to 6

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Join us at the Raritan Public Library to design, create, test, and refine a lunar lander. Learn the fundamental concepts behind creating an aircraft and then design a container using limited everyday materials to land so softly that the contents inside of the container don’t spill. Are you up for the challenge?! Registration is required.

 

Makers Day Event- Sunflower Glass Pendant Class

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Ages 16 and up
Two Classes:

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

Sign up to make a beautiful sunflower pendant with glass artist, Deb Lawton. Register for one of the two sessions offered. For ages 16 and up.

 

Makers Day Event

Soap Crafting Class

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

1:00pm to 2:30pm

Join instructor, Gayane, in a class creating beautiful handcrafted soaps using premium goat and pour soap base, natural colorants and fragrance oils. Each participant will learn the basics of glycerin soapmaking and take home 2 beautiful soaps – one of each design. For ages 16 and up. Registration is required. Space is limited.

 

Valentine’s Day Surprise Read

Blind Date with a Book

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During the month of February, come celebrate love by borrowing a surprise romantic read at the Raritan Public Library. Books by popular authors will be chosen and wrapped for the occasion. Select your “blind date”, check it out at the Circulation Desk, and unwrap it. Hopefully it will be love at first sight. Each participant will also receive a special treat!


A History of the 1950’s and 60’s
through Popular Song

Due to inclement weather this program is postponed until

Tuesday February 28th @ 6:30pm

Join New York Blues Hall of Fame inductee,
Marc Black, for a musical tour through these
two historically defining decades.  You’ll sing
along with wonderful songs as diverse as
Itsy Bitsy, Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka-Dot Bikini and Blowin’ in the Wind, as well as tunes by
artists ranging from Dean Martin to
George Harrison.  In addition to the music and discussion, this popular program features a slide show that’s sure to slide you right back in time.  Marc will also perform his own group’s top forty hit from 1967…’Happy’ by the ‘Blades of Grass’. 
Registration is required.



Movie Night
King Creole
Thursday, February 23rd @6:00pm


Come celebrate Mardi Gras with a showing of King Creole, starring Elvis Presley.  Considered to be one of his best films, this 1958 musical drama takes place in the French Quarter of New Orleans and also stars Carolyn Jones, Walter Matthau, and Dolores Hart.  Elvis plays Danny Fisher, a 19 year old, who gets mixed up with crooks and involved with two women.  Find out why of all the characters Elvis played, the role of Danny Fisher was his favorite.  Refreshments served.  Registration is required.  Running time: 1hr, 56 min.


Adult Movie Matinee
Tuesday, February 28th @2:00pm

Loving is a 2016 historical drama film written and directed by Jeff Nichols. It features Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga as Richard and Mildred Loving, the plaintiffs in the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia, which invalidated state laws prohibiting interracial marriage . It was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and is nominated for two Golden Globe Awards. Registration is required. 
Light refreshments will be served. 
Running Time: 2 hours 3 minutes



Adult Movie Matinee
Tuesday, March 14th @2:00pm

When mysterious spacecrafts touch down
across the globe, an elite team lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams)
is brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers - and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten
her life, and quite possibly humanity.  
Also starring Jeremy Renner and
Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker
Light refreshments will be served. 
Registration is required.
Running Time: 1 hour 58 minutes

 

CALLING ALL POETS

It’s Almost National Poetry Month!

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To commemorate National Poetry Month, April 2017, the Raritan Valley Federation of Libraries will publish its 5th  annual Poetry Month Celebration Anthology.

Poets whose work is chosen for the Anthology will be invited to read at the Raritan Public Library’s Fifth Annual Poetry Celebration on April 26th at 6:30pm.  Light refreshments will be served.  This celebration is open to the public.

For details on submitting poems, please read the Poetry Anthology Submission Form.  Interested persons can call the Library at (908) 725-0413 for more information.  

The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 17th.

Poetry Biography Form

Poetry Submission Form


Gentle Flow Chair Yoga
Balance and Breath work with Breda
Tuesday, March 28th @2:00pm

Join yoga instructor, Breda Ryan-Blake while she guides you through a class of gentle flow chair yoga.  During this time Breda will introduce breath awareness, balance, strength and flexibility.  The class is for beginners as well as those who have practiced yoga previously.

For your comfort, please wear loose clothing.
Space is limited.  Registration is required.


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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!

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Teen/Tween Programs

Xbox 360 Night with Brendan

Monday, February 27th @6:30pm

Ages 9+

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Come join us for some Xbox gaming!  Bring a friend to play with you if you like. We will spend an hour playing games and having fun!
Registration is required.

 

Pokemon Go Meet Up and Info Swap with Brendan

Monday, March 13th @6pm

Ages 10+

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With the release of the 2nd generation of Pokemon, the Pokemon Go community is once again out in full force hunting for the newly released Pokemon. Come to the library to meet other players, swap information, tell stories of epic hunts or battles, and have a snack with other Trainers. You can even do a few gym battles while here. We want to make this a fun get together where players can meet other Trainers from this area who also play. The library hope to make this a frequently meeting group so bring friends or family who also play! Registration is required.

 

Makers Day Teen Program

Hedgehog Book Art

Saturday, March 25th

12:30pm – 2:30pm

Ages 10+

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Join us at the Raritan Public Library on Makers Day to create art using books! Do you love origami?! Then you’ll have so much fun learning how to make a book into a hedgehog. This is a fun way to turn an old book into a beautiful piece of art! Bring your friends and enjoy a creative afternoon together. 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!

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Children's Activities

 

Newborn Nursery Rhymes

(Ages Newborn-18 months )

Monday, March 6 @ 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

February 28

March 7, 14, 21, 28

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

February 23

March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

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.

 

Family Game Night

Wednesday, February 22nd @6pm

Ages 2+

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Join us at the Raritan Public Library for a fun night of family games! Enjoy time with your family while playing different board games. We will serve a snack as well!  Put your game faces on! Registration is required.

 

Movie Night – Trolls

Wednesday, March 1st @6pm

Ages 4+

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Join us at the Library for a movie night!  After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy, the happiest Troll ever born, and the curmudgeonly Branch set off on a journey to rescue her friends. Snacks will be served! Rated PG. Run time: 1 hour and 32 minutes.

Registration is required.

 

Picture Book Art Storytime

Saturday, March 4th @11am

Ages 2+

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Do you love storytime?! Do you love to draw?! Join us at the Raritan Public Library for a new fun storytime!  Ms. Kristen will read a story and then you will get to draw a picture of the story! Use your imagination to create a beautiful drawing of the story that Ms. Kristen reads. The story will draw you into adventures and stir your imagination. Registration is required

 

Bedtime Stories with Ms. Kristen

Wednesday, March 8th @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.

 

Movie Night – Beauty and the Beast

Wednesday, March 15th  @6pm

Ages 4+

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Join us at the Library for a movie night!  Watch the original Disney version of Beauty and the Beast before the new movie comes out later in the month. Remember how much exciting the movie is and how cute Chip is before you go see the new version! Snacks will be served! Rated G. Run time: 1 hour and 24 minutes.

Registration is required.

 

CALLING ALL POETS

It’s Almost National Poetry Month!

Image result for poetry picture

To commemorate National Poetry Month, April 2017, the Raritan Valley Federation of Libraries will publish its 5th  annual Poetry Month Celebration Anthology.

Poets whose work is chosen for the Anthology will be invited to read at the Raritan Public Library’s Fifth Annual Poetry Celebration on April 26th at 6:30pm.  Light refreshments will be served.  This celebration is open to the public.

For details on submitting poems, please read the Poetry Anthology Submission Form.  Interested persons can call the Library at (908) 725-0413 for more information. 

The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 17th.

 

Play Doh Party

Wednesday, March 22nd @6:30pm

Ages 3+

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Join us at the Raritan Library for a Play Doh Party! Fight the chilly winter blues 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.

 

Lego Party

Friday, March 24th @11am

Ages 3+

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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. 

 

Makers Day Event

Circuits on Paper

Saturday, March 25, 2017

10:30am-12:00pm

Grades K to 4

Image result for david peins circuits on paper

If you love drawing and technology join us at the Raritan Public Library to create art using circuits.  Create your own drawing and then combine it with technology to enhance your art! Children will explore how circuits work to create simple or complex designs.

Registration is required.

 

Makers Day Event

Finch Robot Demonstration
March 25, 2017

10:30am to 12:30pm

Ages 9 and up

The Raritan Public Library is excited to show off the programmable Finch Robot at our Makers Day event!  Young patrons will have a chance to observe the Finch avoid obstacles, react to temperature changes, and respond to changes in light.  This is an open session to come and observe what can be accomplished using basic programing skills and robotics.

 

Makers Day Event

littleBits Creation Session

Saturday March 25, 2017

1pm-2:30pm

Ages 9+

Image result for littlebits

littleBits is back at the library and this time with Bluetooth technology!  We will demonstrate a simple Bit set that can be used with any Bluetooth enabled cellphone and a camera to remotely take pictures.  Young patrons will also have the chance to build and create Bit sets that can play music, respond to motion, and light up.  No registration required.

 

Makers Day Event-

Engineering for Kids-Lunar Lander Challenge Saturday, March 25, 2017

1:00pm to 2:00pm

Grades 1 to 6

Image result for lunar landers

Join us at the Raritan Public Library to design, create, test, and refine a lunar lander. Learn the fundamental concepts behind creating an aircraft and then design a container using limited everyday materials to land so softly that the contents inside of the container don’t spill. Are you up for the challenge?! Registration is required.

 

Family Game Night

Wednesday, March 29th @6pm

Ages 3+

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Join us at the Raritan Public Library for a fun night of family games! Enjoy time with your family while playing different board games. We will serve a snack as well!  Put your game faces on! 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

Monday
10 AM to 8 PM
Tuesday
10 AM to 8 PM
Wednesday
10 AM to 8 PM
Thursday
10 AM to 8 PM
Friday
10 AM to 5 PM
Saturday
10 AM to 3 PM
Sunday
CLOSED

Closed Saturdays in

July and August