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Adult Summer Reading Program

Raritan Library’s Adult Summer Reading Program will begin on Wednesday, June 24th. This year’s theme is “Escape the Ordinary” coinciding with “Every Hero Has A Story”. Stop by the Library to pick up a packet filled with information on special programs, summer reading log, and prizes offered.



All Occasion Card Making Class

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015 @6pm

Sign up to make 4 handmade cards with Wendi Kalley (a birthday card, a thinking of you card, a summer note card, and a get well card). Kits will be provided free of charge. Samples will be on display at the Circulation Desk.

Class size is limited, so please register early.


“The Italian Americans” Part 2 (PBS Film Special)

Thursday, August 13th @ 6:00pm

This informative documentary film takes the viewer on a historic journey through the Italian American experience from the late 19th century to the present. Through extensive archival materials and interviews with scholars and notable Italian Americans such as Tony Bennett, Nancy Pelosi,

Gay Talese, and John Turturro,

“The Italian Americans” tells the story of those who played vital roles in helping to shape a uniqueItalian American identity and to transformAmerican life andculture. Narrated by Stanley Tucci. Running time 120 minutes. Italian refreshmentswill be served. 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,

writing a resume,

filling out an online application,

setting up an e-reader for e-books,

how to use their tablet, and smart phone operations.

Scheduling is flexible and you can come back

for as many classes as you need. 

The best part is...this is all free! 

The Raritan Public Library knows that technology

keeps evolving and it can be hard for some people to keep up or even get started with how advanced things have become. 

We will help you learn how to attach photos to e-mails,

explain to you the basics of MS Word,

help you write a good resume, and much more. 

Brendan is patient and willing to walk you through verything step by step at your own pace.

Call the Library or stop by

to set up a class today and don't be shy.


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.


Teen/YA Public Speaking/Youth Leadership Program

July 14th to August 25th 2015 (Every Tuesday)

6:30pm � 7:45 pm


Summer is the perfect time to sign up for a free 7 week course on public speaking. Jeffery Barbieri, President of the Speaker’s Corner Toastmasters Bridgewater Club will teach participants how to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth. Registration is required.  Spaces are limited.  $10 fee for class manual.


Wii U Party: Super Smash Bros Wii U /

Mario Kart Wii U

July 20th @ 6:30pm

Ages 7+

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Ready to go face off in battle against Nintendo’s heroes like Mario, Link, Kirby, or Donkey Kong? Or would you rather race against them in some the craziest Mario Kart courses? We’ll do both at this special Wii U Party. Come gather with us to settle it in Smash Bros Wii U or dodge red shells in Mario Kart Wii U. Sign up today so you can play with us!

If you have an amiibo bring it with you so we can have some exciting Smash Brothers matches.

Always keep track of whatever you bring with you to the library.


Lego Super Hero Xbox 360 Night

August 10th @ 6:30pm

Ages 7+

The villains of the Marvel Universe are assembling a massive weapon to destroy the world and the Marvel heroes need to stop them. Come pair up with us as some of the coolest Marvel super heroes like Iron Man, Hulk, Wolverine, Spiderman, and many more. We’ll work in groups to stop the villains and unlock even more heroes to help in the fight to save the world. Sign up early to be get chance to play this game before it can be checked out from the library. Note that this game will be available for check out after this program.


Batman vs Robin Movie Matinee

Friday Aug 14, @ 2:30 pm

Ages 12+

Young Damian Wayne has recently become the new Robin and it doesn’t take long before he is butting heads with Batman. But is someone else manipulating Robin? A mysterious hooded man named Talon has taken a liking to Damian and starts him down an interesting path. But a secret society known as Court of Owls are lurking in the shadows, could they have an interest in this fight between Batman and Robin? Come join us at the Library and find out.

Registration is required. Run time is 73 minutes

Note: Movie is rated PG-13


Injustice Gods Among Us Fight Night

August 24th @ 6:30pm

Ages 7+

The heroes and villains of the DC universe are gearing up for the ultimate battle. Worlds will collide when Wonder Woman squares off against Joker or Superman takes on Bane. Come join other players as we pick our mightiest DC heroes or sinister villains and settle age old questions of who is really the strongest. Sign up today so you can join us in this action packed battle!


June Teen Book Give Away

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

This month, enter to win 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

Raritan Public Library’s Annual Summer Reading

The Summer Reading Program is open to young people, ages six weeks through young adult, with programs, prize drawings, storytimes and more! Participants may sign up starting June 24th and will receive a log to record their reading. Prizes are awarded for reaching various goals.  

This year’s theme is “Every Hero Has a Story”.


Make and Take Crafts

(Ages 4+)

Monday, August 3rd

Join Ms. Amy Monday mornings anytime

before noon and enjoy some quiet time making a craft!


Newborn Nursery Rhymes

(Ages Newborn-18 months )

Monday, July 20th

Monday, August 10th

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, July 21, 28 @10:30am

Tuesday, August 4, 11, 18, 25 @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)

Thursdy, July 30 @10:30am

Thursday, August 6, 13, 20, 27 @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.


Sneak peek into our summer of heroes...

This July, we are so excited to have an extra special, extra furry, extra loveable hero come visit the Raritan Public Library!!! The Seeing Eye of Morristown will be visiting with specially trained pups to teach us about how they help others! To thank these mighty little heroes, we would like to send them home with a care package of necessities. If you are interested in donating, please stop by the Library to pick up a donation list or click on the link below.

The Seeing Eye Dog Wish List


Summer Readers

Practice reading aloud

for 20 minutes between 11:30 to 12:30 with Ms. Amy or Ms. Robin. We will work on comprehension and retelling skills.  Call today to make it a date! 

Monday, June 29, July 13, 20, 27, Aug. 3, 10


Spots are filled on a first come, first served basis.

Each child is allowed one session per week.


Children’s Matinee -Megamind

Tuesday, July 21 @2pm

Ages 4+

Need something to do on a summer afternoon? Stop in the library to see what happens after supervillain, Megamind finally defeats his longtime rival, Metro Man�does he discover it’s more fun being a bad guy then a hero?! Snacks and drinks will be served. Running Time: 1hr 36 mins.

Registration is required.


Movie Night- Home

Wednesday, August 5th @6pm

Ages 4+

Join us at The Raritan Library for this adorable movie about an unexpected friendship. The Boov aliens conquer earth and relocate the human population�all except for one, a little girl named Tip. See what happens when Tip meets a fugitive Boov named Oh. Enjoy snacks and refreshments

Running Time: 94 mins


Girl Scouts Present

“Be a Hero of Healthy Eating”

Wednesday, August 12 @6:30pm

Ages 5+

Join us at The Raritan Library as local Girl Scouts read an original story about healthy eating. Stay to play games, win prizes and have a yummy snack that YOU will help make! This is a fun evening you won’t want to miss!

Registration is required.

(If your child suffers from a food allergy, please make known when signing up your child.)


It's a Watermelon Party at the

Raritan Library with Ms. Christine

 Monday, August 17 at 4pm

Ages 4+

Enjoy some refreshing stories about summertime's favorite treat... watermelon!  Team up for a "Roll the Watermelon" relay and play "Pin the Seed on the Watermelon".  Everybody goes home with their own watermelon craft that will last for many summers to come. Registration is required.


Lunch with a Librarian

All ages welcome!

Wednesday’s @12:30

July 22nd, 29th

August 5th, 12th, 19th

Bring a blanket and a picnic lunch and enjoy some “new” stories while we eat lunch outside by the gazebo.

Registration is required.


Puzzle Fun

(Ages 3+)

Thursdays from 3 to 4pm

July 30th

August 6th, 13th

Put on your thinking caps and join us putting together puzzles of all sizes. Enter a drawing to win a prize from our prize box by guessing the “Book Cover Puzzle” on display in the Children’s Room the day of the program. Ms. Amy will read that story after the puzzles are all put away. 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 Reading Club

Need to earn your million minutes of reading but you are just not in the mood to read?...The sit back and let Ms. Amy read TO YOU! Join us at the RPL every

Thursday, from 4 to 4:45pm.

Miss Amy will read several stories that you will be able to record on your reading log!

Feel free to stay and read independently.

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