Raritan Public Library


Raritan Public Library Program News

Movie Night:  G.I. Blues (1960)
Thursday, September 29th @6:00pm

Elvis Presley stars as an army specialist in Germany who wagers with his buddies to win over a cabaret dancer, Juliet Prowse.  Sign up to see Elvis' 5th film (his first after returning from his two year service in the U.S. Army). 
Running time: 1hr., 43 min. 
Refreshments will be served. 
Registration is required.

Somerset County's Weekend Journey
Through the Past

Saturday, October 8th 10am-5 pm

Sunday, October 9th 12pm-4 pm

Our historic site, the General John Frelinghuysen Home, will be open for tours on the weekend of October 8th and October 9th. History of the "Homestead" and a walk-through of the John Basilone Museum will be given both days.
On Sunday from 1:00pm to 2:00pm the Library will have a special program, Soap Making in the Past.  Learn how soap was made during the period when the Frelinghuysens lived here.  Hayley McHendry will discuss the process of soap making and how it has changed over the years.  She will have samples of soap and some soap making equipment on display.  For more information on this annual event, please call the Library @908-725-0413 or click the link in the image above.

Movie Night: An American in Paris
Thursday, October 13 @6:00pm

Raritan Public Library will be showing the 1951 classic "An American in Paris" starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron. Come view one of the American Film Institute's Top 100 American Films.
Gene Kelly plays an ex-GI who comes to Paris to paint and falls in love with an alluring
(but engaged) perfume shop clerk (Leslie Caron). Kelly and Caron sing and dance to the music of Gershwin in this winner of 6 Academy Awards,
including Best Picture.
Running time: 114 minutes
Refreshments will be served.
Registration is required.

"Rosie the Riveter"
Thursday, October 10 @6:30pm

Reserve a seat to see a special performance of “Rosie the Riveter”, a cultural icon of the United States.  “Rosie” will be portrayed by Elizabeth Michaels of the American Historical Theatre.Rosie the Riveter represented the American women who worked in factories and shipyards during World War II, many of whom produced munitions and war supplies.  These women sometimes took entirely new jobs replacing the male workers who were in the military.  Rosie the Riveter is used as a symbol of feminism and women’s economic power.  This program is funded by the Horizons SpeakersBureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  This program is produced by the American Historical Theatre. 
Registration is required.


Thursday, October 27th 6:30pm

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Register for a new one man play adapted from Mary Shelley’s classic tale of Gothic horror. A must-see for Frankenstein enthusiasts and fans of mystery and horror. Written and performed by Greg Oliver Bodine of North Shore Theatre Productions.  Registration is required.


Watch the video teaser on Youtube


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

Wii U Game Night

Monday, October 3rd @ 6pm

Ages 9+

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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 17th @6:00pm

Ages 9+

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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.


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, October 17 @ 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

September 27

October 4, 11, 18, 25

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

September 29

October 6, 13, 20, 27

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.


Lego Night

Wednesday, September 28th @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.



Saturday, October 1st @11am

Ages 4+

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Join us at the Raritan Public Library for some fun with snakes and scales! You’ll learn about different types of reptiles. And we’ll even get to meet a bunch of different animals in person! Most of the animals we’ll meet have been rescued from unfortunate situations.

Registration is required.


Michelangelo the Miniature Therapy Horse

Wednesday, October 12th @2:00pm

Ages 4+

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Michelangelo is a miniature therapy horse who visits residents at assisted living facilities and students at schools for children with special needs.  Meet him, learn about miniature horses, what they eat, where they live, and since they are too small to ride, what kinds of jobs they have.  Have your photo taken with Michelangelo and the opportunity to pet and visit with Michelangelo!


Movie Night – Ratchet and Clank

Wednesday, October 12th @6:00pm

Ages 4+

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When the galaxy comes under the threat of a nefarious space captain, a mechanic and his newfound robot ally join an elite squad of combatants to save the universe.
Run time – 1 hour and 34 minutes.

Registration is required.


Bedtime Stories with Ms. Kristen

Wednesday, October 19th @6:30pm

Ages 2+

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

Registration is required.


Pumpkin Decorating

Saturday, October 22nd @1:00pm

Ages 4+

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Join us at the Raritan Public Library as we get in the spirit of Halloween! Come decorate a pumpkin and take it home with you! You can even decorate it as your favorite storybook character.
Registration is required.


Lego Night

Wednesday, October 26th @6:30pm

Ages 4+

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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.


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