Raritan Public Library


Raritan Public Library Program News

Exercise Your Mind.  READ!
Raritan Public Library's
2016 Adult Summer Reading Program!

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. 
Program ends on Thursday, August 18th.

Adult Summer Reading Program Grand Prize includes a $50 Gift Card to Uncle Vinnie's, 2 Free Yoga classes to freedOM Yoga in Somerville, Adult Coloring Book & Color Pencils, and more!

De-Clutter Your Life & Reduce Stress
Thursday, July 28th @ 6:30pm

Diane Lang, "Positive Living Expert", will present a workshop on de-cluttering one's life.  Topics to be discussed will include identifying the triggers of stress, simplifying life and living in the moment.  Diane will show how taking realistic steps today to gain positive control of one's life will lead to a happier, healthier tomorrow.  Diane Lang is a life coach and a nationally recognized speaker, author, and educator.  Registration is required.

Historic Talk on the Raritan Public Library
with Don Esposito

Thursday, August 4th @6:30pm

Join local historian, Don Esposito, as he gives a talk and slide show presentation on how the General John Frelinghuysen Home was restored over 40 years ago to become the present day Raritan Public Library and John Basilone Museum.  Mr. Esposito was one of the people instrumental in setting the restoration process in motion.  Learn how this new setting has become one of Raritan’s historic jewels.

Registration is required.

Dogwood Farms Presentation
Thursday, August 11th @6:30pm

Join Jon Knox, owner of Dogwood Farms in Hillsborough, as he discusses how he became interested in farming, as well as the importance of purchasing local produce and meats, organic farming and its impact on the environment. 
Mr. Knox will demonstrate how to make fresh salsa.  Light refreshments will 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. 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

Join the Toastmasters Gavel Club

Monday evenings 6:00pm - 7:30pm
July 12th - August 23rd
Ages 13 - 18

Do you get nervous when you have to speak in public? Do you want to be a confident speaker and leader?  Join the Toastmasters Gavel Club to enhance your public speaking and leadership skills **Limited spaces available**
To register contact Neil Jhawar @neiljhawar@gmail.com or 908-392-2996


Rita's Italian Ice Social

Tuesday, August 9th @2pm

Ages 11+

Join us at the Library for some Rita’s Ice!  You can choose from different flavors, then play some board games while you enjoy your ices! Bring a friend and meet some new friends in your neighborhood this summer! It’ll be a fun way to cool off during the heat of the summer!


Duct Tape Rose Pens

Monday, August 15th @ 4pm

Ages 10+

Make unique creations with duct tape. 

Use duct tape to create

realistic duct tape roses on top of your pens.  Give them out as gifts to all your friends. 

Registration required.


Xbox 360 Afternoon Minecraft Scavenger Hunt

Tuesday, August 23rd @ 4pm

Ages 9+

Brendan has come up with a fun new twist to our Minecraft program.  Players in groups of 4 will be tasked with finding/making 4 items in survival mode in a 10 minute time frame.  Teams that collect all 4 items will each receive a prize.  All participants in the hunt will each get a little something to take home with them.  Players who do not wish to participate in the scavenger hunt must wait for all the scavenger hunt teams to have a try before they will get a turn.  Teams will be created at the start of the program.  Good luck players! Program is 1hr long.


Gizmos and Gadgets With Brendan

All ages

(children under 9 must have a parent with them).

TBD-check back soon

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 an 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. 

See what Ellen Degeneres is saying about littleBits on her show!


Teen Book Give Away

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

This month, enter to win the Twerp, by Mark Goldblatt.

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, August 8 @ 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

August 2, 9, 16, 23

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

July 28

August 4, 11, 18, 25

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.


Lunch with a Librarian

All ages welcome!

Wednesday’s @12:30pm

July 27th

August 3, 10, 17, 24

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

Registration is required.


Summer Readers

Monday's @ 11:30 to 12:30

August 1, 8, 15, 22

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.


Bedtime Stories with Ms. Kristen

Wednesday, July 27th @6:30pm

Ages 4+

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.


Storytime with Simber the Amazing Listening Dog

Tuesday, August 2nd @2pm

All Ages

Join us at the Library for storytime with Simber the Amazing Listening Dog! Simber is a therapy dog who visits libraries and nursing homes. She was rescued from a shelter by her current owner. During the storytime we will read a story, then you will be able to give Simber treats and watch her do some tricks! You can even read her a story!

Registration is required.


Movie Night- Zootopia

Wednesday, August 3rd @6pm

Ages 4+

In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy.

Rated PG. 

Run Time:  1hr 48mins.

Registration is required.


Healthy Eating with Wegmans

Friday, August 5th @11am

Ages 3+

Come learn about eating healthy with Wegmans. They will teach us about nutrition and serve us a healthy snack!

Registration is required.


Yoga with Ms. Loring

Monday, August 8th @2pm

Ages 3+

Join us at the Raritan Public Library for a relaxing hour of children’s yoga with our favorite Yoga Instructor, Loring!  Registration is required, space is limited.


Bedtime Stories with Ms. Kristen

Wednesday, August 10th @6:30pm

Ages 4+

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.


Lego Night

Wednesday, August 17th @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.


Beach Fun at the Raritan Library with Ms. Christine

Monday, August 22 @3pm

Ages 4+

Stop by for some summertime fun at the Raritan Library.  Cool off with some beach stories then play some summertime games and make your own seashell game to take home with you.


Bollywood Fitness Challenge

Wednesday, August 24th @6pm

Ages 5+

Indian dance rhythms will make you move and shake at Raritan Library’s End of the Summer Party! Learn about Indian pop culture through the dance and music from Bollywood cinema. Use your best dance moves in this Bollywood Fitness Challenge! We’re up to the challenge, are you?!

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