Raritan Public Library


Raritan Public Library Program News


Adult Coloring Class
Thursday, May 26th @ 6:30pm

Sign up to join in on an adult coloring class.  Choose a garden or a flower drawing from the "Secret Garden" an Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book.  Bring a friend and enjoy a relaxing, fun evening. Class is free - colored pencils and drawings will be supplied.  Registration is required.

Adult Movie Night
Thursday, June 9th @ 6:30pm

Raritan Public Library will be showing the 2016 Academy Award nominated movie Brooklyn.  The film, which is set in the 1950's, tells the story of a young Irish woman who immigrates to Brooklyn, New York and quickly falls into a romance.  When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and two men on opposite sides of the world.  Based on a bestselling novel, Brooklyn is an exceptionally sensitive story with wonderful acting and beautiful cinematography. 
Running time: 111 minutes. 
Rated PG-13.  Registration is required. 
Refreshments will be served.


Library Book Sale

Saturday, June 18th @ 10:00am to 2:30pm

The "Friends" of the Raritan Public Library will be holding its annual book sale on Saturday, June 18th inside the library. The sale will run from 10:00am until 2:30pm. Hardcover adult and juvenile books as well as DVDs and CDs will be sold at bargain prices ($1.00 or less). All items are in good to like-new condition. The library is accepting donations of DVDs and CDs (no books, please).

Call (908) 725-0413 for further information.

Dichroic Glass Pendant Class
Saturday, June 25, 2016
1:00pm to 2:00 pm

Glass artist, Debbie Lawton, will instruct a class on creating a dichroic glass pendant.  The beauty of dichroic glass is its shift in color.  Choose from a heart or rectangular design.  Bring your imagination and make a mini masterpiece that you will treasure.  A $10 fee applies for materials only.  Please call the Library at 908-725-0413 to register.  Class size is limited.  Sign up early!

Aroma Therapy Program with Tammie Starnes Thursday, June 30th @ 6:30pm

Join Licensed Massage Therapist, Tammie Starnes, as she discusses essential oils and the different ways to use them in order to receive health benefits. There are oils to help with stress, focus, sleep, pain relief, and more. She will also discuss the importance of knowing the purity levels of essential oils. 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

Xbox 360 Minecraft Night with Brendan

Ages 9+

Wednesday, June 6th @6:30pm

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.


Wii U Game Night with Brendan

Ages 9+

Monday, May 23rd @6:30pm

Monday, June 13th @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.


Gizmos and Gadgets With Brendan

All ages

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

Saturday, June 18th from 12:30-1:30pm

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/Young Adult Yoga with Ms. Loring

Thursday, May 26th @6:15pm

Ages 12+

Teens come and join us at the Raritan Public Library for a relaxing hour of yoga

with our favorite Yoga Instructor,

Ms. Loring!  Registration is required. (Mats will be provided if you do not have one.)

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, June 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

May 24 & 31

June 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

May 26

June 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.


Bedtime Stories

Wednesday, May 25th @6:30pm

(Ages 4+)

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.


Movie Night- The Lion Guard:  Return of the Roar

Wednesday, June 1 @6pm

Ages 4+

Join us at The Raritan Public Library as Kion (Max Charles), the second-born cub of Simba (Rob Lowe) and Nala (Gabrielle Union), fulfills his destiny to become a leader of lions. Run time 44mins. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Registration is required.


Rock Art w/ Irene Mortko

Saturday, June 4 @1pm

Ages 8+

Unleash your creative side with our very talented, Irene Mortko at the Raritan Public Library!!!  Irene will help you create your very own Rock Art…yes, that’s right….you will be transforming rocks from nature into tiny, colorful masterpieces of your very own!  Sign up is required.


Bedtime Stories

Wednesday, June 8th @6:30pm

(Ages 4+)

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.


Sea Creatures Storytime with Ms. Christine

Thursday, June 9th @4:30pm

Ages 4+

It’s time to go into the ocean and have some fun…hear about some loving sea creature and bring home your own seahorse craft for the summer.  Registration is required.


Lego Night

Wednesday, June 15 @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.


TD Bank- Saving for A Rainy Day

Friday, June 24th @1pm

Ages 5+

Join us at the library while TD Banks teaches us how to save our pennies!  Also, learn about how you can earn money from TD Bank by reading this summer!!! Registration is required.


Summer Reading Kick Off Event

Wednesday, June 29th @ 4pm

This will be a fun filled evening you will not want to miss! 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 29th and will receive a log to record their reading.  Prizes are awarded for reaching various goals. 

This year’s theme is “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read.” What better way to start our summer kick off then by having Sparkee from the Somerset Patriots come meet you! 


Caryn Lin presents Bach to Rock

Wednesday, June 29 @4:30pm

Ages 4+

Join us at the Raritan Public Library for a musical performance like you have never experienced before!  Caryn Lin will motivate you, inspire you, and educate you through music and technology.  Caryn will captivate you with her acoustic and electric violin!  You don’t want to miss this!  Stay and sign up for the Summer Reading Program! Registration is required.


Youth Stages Presents The Mud Flat Olympics

Wednesday, June 29 @ 6:30pm

Ages 6-8

Join us for a performance of The Mud Flat Olympics. Youth Stages will teach us vocal warm ups and read the story aloud. Then you’ll get to physically move around our playing space and become a character from the story!

 Registration is required. Space is limited.


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