Raritan Public Library


Raritan Public Library Programs



The film “All Is True” explores the human story behind a dark and little-known period in the life of William Shakespeare. The year is 1613, Shakespeare (Kenneth Branaugh) is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. But disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground, and devastated, Shakespeare returns to Stratford, where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family. Haunted by the death of his only son Hamnet, he struggles to mend the broken relationships with his wife and daughters. In so doing, he is ruthlessly forced to examine his own failings as husband and father. His very personal search for the truth uncovers secrets and lies within a family at war.
Running time: 101 mins
Registration is required



“The Witch Is In”
Thursday, October 24th @ 6pm

Join instructor, Irene Mortko, in making this whimsical wooden craft. All supplies and paints will be provided.
Sign up early as class size is limited.
A $10.00 fee is due at time of registration.



“Aladdin” 2019
Thursday, November 7th at
2:00pm and 6:00pm

Sign up for either a matinee or an evening showing of the live-action adaptation of the characters and tale you know and love from Disney’s animated classic. You will be part of an entertaining magic carpet ride with beautiful sets, colorful costumes and well-done special effects.
Starring Will Smith.
Registration is required.
Run time: 128 minutes.



“The Battle of Guadalcanal” Presentation
Tuesday, November 12th @ 6:30pm

Paul Zigo, World War II historian, will make a power-point presentation on the Battle of Guadalcanal, which lasted six months from August 7th, 1942 until February 9th, 1943. The bloody and protracted struggle on this steamy, malaria ridden South Pacific Island resulted in over 6000 casualties which included 1752 battle deaths. The Battle was the first real test of land strength between the US and Japan and is now seen as a major turning point in the Pacific War. Come and hear why this Battle was so vicious and why it needed to be won! Paul Zigo is the Director of the World War II Era Studies Institute in Neptune, New Jersey.
This program is sponsored by the Raritan Historic and Cultural Committee.
Registration is required.

“Friends” Book Sale
Friday, November 22nd, 2019 10:00am to 4:00pm
Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 10:00am to 2:00pm

Indoor book sale of hardcover adult and children’s books, CDs and DVDs.
Fill up a bag of books for only $5.00.
Many “like-new” items will make great Holiday gifts!


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!


Pokémon Go
Player versus Player & Trading meetup

Monday, October 28th 6pm-7:30pm

Looking for fellow Pokemon Go players to battle against? Got some rare Pokemon you want to trade or are you looking for a legendary Pokemon you missed out on? Come to the Raritan Public Library for a Pokemon Go player meet up where trainers can battle, trade, or just chat about Pokemon Go. This is a great opportunity to swap Trainer Codes with other players, plus test your skills against local trainers. Don’t forget that the library is a Gym and also has a Pokestop so you can restock your items while interacting with other local players. You may even find a few trainers who will have a Nintendo Switch on hand which means they can help you get or refill a Meltan box.

This program is a family event for all ages and light refreshments will be provided.



Make a Customized Button
Monday, November 18th @ 6pm

Come to Raritan Public Library to make your very own personalized button. You may either draw and color your own design on one of our blank templates or email the library (raritanlibrary54@aol.com) a picture you wish to turn into a button. If you would prefer, you can also pick from one from our design templates instead.

All participants can make one free button; additional buttons can be made for a charge of $1 (cash only, must be paid at the time of the button making).
Make a personalized gift to give to somebody this coming holiday season or choose to make a special button that is as unique as you. The choice is yours so get creative with your button making skills.
Sign up is required as space is limited.



Programs for Children, Tweens and Teens


Math & Language Arts Tutoring

Grades 4-8

Mondays 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Sign up for individual half hour sessions with a talented high school student and experienced tutor who can help your child with Reading/Language Arts and Mathematics.  Call the Library.

tutoring flyer



Homework Help

for Grades K-4

Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:00 – 5:30 P.M.

Stop in and do your homework at the library.  Ms. Carol will check in with each group and help students and their families as needed.


Newborn Nursery Rhymes

(Newborn – 18 months)

November 2

Join us on first monthly Mondays,

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.

for socializing, songs, puppets & stories.

Toddler Storytimes

(Ages 18 months-3 years)

Tuesdays 10:30-11:00

Join Ms. Carol for some stories and a craft with a new theme each week. Children will enjoy socializing and their grownups can chat, too!  We can't wait to welcome you to the

Raritan Library. 

Preschool Storytimes

(Ages 3-5 years)

Thursdays 10:30-11:00


Join Ms. Carol for some stories and make an age-appropriate craft.  There is a different theme every week.  Children will enjoy socializing and their grownups can chat,too! 


Make & Take Saturdays

10:30 a.m. to 2:30 P.M.

Drop by the Raritan Public Library on Make and Take Days

and craft artwork to take home!

Crafting supplies and kits set out

for you to use. 

No advance registration required.

Please sign in on arrival.




Wednesday, October 16 at 6:30 p.m.



Come to the Library to build

       something INTERESTING!


Pumpkin Painting

Wednesday, October 23

5:30 p.m. OR 6:30 p.m.

Sign up for a time to paint a pumpkin at the Library and take it home with you!  REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED!


War of the Worlds

Radio Broadcast

October 30, 5:00 - 5:55 p.m.

Stop by the Children's Room on "Mischief Night" where you can hear a recording of the War of the Worlds radio broadcast from October 30, 1938, when people heard and believed that Martians had landed near here in New Jersey.  Catch a little of the "news", or a lot, just like people heard it then.  No need to register. 


Wednesday, October 30 at 6 p.m.

See Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Daphne and the gang help their friend Vincent Van Ghoul solve a mystery.  Get ready for the icy slopes of the Himalayas, chilling car chases, crystal balls and spine tingling spells in this all new original movie based on the vintage cartoon characters!

Run time 72 minutes. Snacks served.  Please register.


All About Owls

Saturday, November 2 at 1:00 p.m.

 Ages 7+ (2nd graders+)

An educator from The Raptor Trust visits our library with a live owl.  Learn about and meet this fascinating creature!  For the comfort and safety of the live bird guest and our patrons, audience attendance is limited to ages 7 and older and their adults. 

Registration required, space is limited.


Baby Doll Time

 Ages 4+ at the Library

Saturday, November 2 at 2:00 p.m.



Bring your doll baby and paraphernalia to the library for a story time and “play date”!  Tell us your favorite parenting and babysitter tips for caring for your little one! 

Please register.


Book Club Starts Over in November!

Grades 4-6

First Meeting Wednesday, November 6 at 5:00 p.m.


Join this student intitiated and student led book club! Bring a friend or make new ones! Choose books to read with the club, talk about books you are reading or about your school reading, crdeate and do fun activities.  Refreshments served.  Sign up and show up!  You'll be glad!


Lace a Leather-look Bracelet at the Library

Wednesday, November 6 at 5:30

Teens & Tweens 8+



Make your own wristband at the library.  Bring friends or make new ones.  Sign up required, space is limited. 



Read to Reily at the Library!

Thursday, November 7

Between 2 and 3

There’s no school on November 7;

why not visit this sweet-tempered therapy dog at the library and practice reading aloud to Reily,

who is a great listener! Please sign up for a 15 minute time slot as a reader. 

Registration required.



Wednesday, November 20

at 5:30 p.m.

For Children and their Families


 Become part of an entertaining magic carpet ride with beautiful sets, colorful costumes, superb special effects, and an adventure story with plenty of humor, beloved by children and adults alike!

Starring Will Smith.

Snacks served. Registration is required.

Rated PG    Run time: 128 minutes







Contact Information

54 East Somerset Street
Raritan, NJ 08869
Tel: 908-725-0413
Fax: 908-725-1832

Hours Information

Monday 10 AM to 8 PM
Tuesday 10 AM to 8 PM
Wednesday 10 AM to 8 PM
Thursday 10 AM to 8 PM
Friday 10 AM to 5 PM
Saturday 10 AM to 3 PM