Raritan Public Library


Raritan Public Library Program News

During the month of December, a special collection of White House Ornaments will be on display at the Raritan Public Library.  Stop by the Library to see these beautifully decorated ornaments which honor many of our U.S. Presidents.


Holiday Performance: “A Christmas Carol”

Thursday, December 10th @ 6:30pm

The North Shore Theater Group will be presenting A Christmas Carol performed by Greg Oliver Bodine.  This one act, solo stage adaption of A Christmas Carol is enacted by Dickens himself, and is based on a condensed version of the novel that he used on some of his historic reading tours of the United States.  Register for this moving performance of Charles Dickens’ classic tale that will set the mood for the coming holidays!


Movie Night:  Miracle on 34th Street

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015 @6pm

This 1947 Christmas film is based on a story by Valentine Davies and stars Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, Edmund Gwenn, and Natalie Wood.  The story takes place between Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day in New York City and focuses on the impact of a department store Santa Claus who claims to be the real Santa.  Sign up for this Academy Award winning film and long-time Christmas favorite!  Running time: 96 minutes (color version) 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

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.


Wii U Game Night with Brendan

Ages 9+

Monday, November 30th @6:30pm

Monday, December 28th @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.


Xbox 360 Minecraft Night with Brendan

Monday, December 14 @6:30pm

Ages 9+

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.


Tween Craft- Mason Jar Luminaries

Wednesday, December 16th @6:30pm

Ages 9+

Join us at the Raritan Public Library to make festive Mason Jar Luminaries!  Simple to make and great for gifts or as a decoration!  Registration is required, space is limited.


Teen Book Give Away

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

This month, enter to win 4.5 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


Newborn Nursery Rhymes

(Ages Newborn-18 months )

No Newborn Storytime in December

Monday, January 11 @ 10:30am

Monday, February 8 @10:30am

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, December 1, 8, 15 @10:30am

Tuesday, January 5, 12, 19, 26@10:30am

Tuesday, February 2, 9, 16, 23@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)

Thursday, December 3,10,17 @10:30am

Thursday, January 7, 14, 21, 28 @10:30am

Thursday, February 4, 11, 18, 25 @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.


Peppa Pig Party

Saturday, December 5th @12pm

 Ages 4+

Join us at the Raritan Public Library for a Peppa Pig Party!  We will watch new winter episodes of Peppa Pig and decorate our own cupcakes!  After all, chocolate cake IS one of Peppa’s favorite treats!   Registration is required.


Winter Solstice with Ms. Christine
Monday, December 14 @ 4:30pm
Ages 4+

The day the "sun stands still"... the Winter Solstice is upon us. Celebrate honoring the winter with magical moments throughout the world with traditional tales. Take home your own Winter Solstice Pinecone Gnome to keep warm all winter long. Registration is required.


Lego Night

Wednesday, January 6th @ 6:30pm

Ages 4+

It’s too cold to go outside and play…why not join us at the cozy Raritan Public Library for some creative, Lego building fun! 

Registration is required.


Movie Night- Minions

Wednesday, January 13th @6pm

Ages 4+

Ever since the dawn of time, the Minions have lived to serve the most despicable of masters. From T. rex to Napoleon, the easily distracted tribe has helped the biggest and the baddest of villains. Now, join protective leader Kevin, teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob on a global road trip where they'll earn a shot to work for a new boss-the world's first female super-villain-and try to save all of Minionkind...from annihilation.  Snacks and refreshment will be enjoyed. 

Registration is required.

Run Time: 1hr 31 mins. Rated PG


Bedtime Stories with Ms. Amy

Wednesday, January 20th @ 6:30pm

Ages 2+

Does anyone have cabin fever?  Then why not join Ms. Amy in the Children’s Room of The Raritan Public Library for some cozy bedtime stories?!   You are welcome to wear your comfiest pj’s and even bring your favorite bedtime snuggle stuffed animal!  After a few stories, please stay for a light bedtime snack.  Registration is required.


Children’s Yoga and Hot Cocoa with Ms. Loring

Saturday, January 23rd @ TBA

Ages 3+

Join us at The Raritan Public Library for Yoga fun with our favorite Yoga Instructor, Ms. Loring!  Let her teach you new and exciting poses!  The library has lots of fun yoga books you can check out after to keep practicing your poses at home!  After you are nice and relaxed, stay for some tasty hot cocoa with Ms. Amy.  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 Storytime

Need to earn your million minutes of reading but you are just not in the mood to read?...Then sit back and let Ms. Amy read TO YOU! Starting October 1st, join us at the RPL every

Thursday @ 4pm.

From 4pm to 4:30, Ms. Amy will read several stories that you will be able to record on your reading log! From 4:30 to 5pm,

feel free to stay and read independently while Ms. Amy helps you with words that may be difficult or help with comprehension.

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