Raritan Public Library


Raritan Public Library Program News

Antique Appraisal Show
Thursday, August 3rd at 6:30pm

ReAlan Snyder, certified antique and estate appraiser, will be at Raritan Public Library to provide attendees with a verbal appraisal
(up to 2 antiques items per individual). 
Mr. Synder has been in the antiques
appraisal business since 1979 and will provide facts/historical information as well as a cost appraisal for your treasured items. 
Registration is required. 

42 The Jackie Robinson Story
Tuesday, August 8th at 2:00pm

R In 1946, Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford), legendary manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, defies major league baseball's notorious color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) to the team. The heroic act puts both Rickey and Robinson in the firing line of the public, the press and other players. Facing open racism from all sides, Robinson demonstrates true courage and admirable restraint by not reacting in kind and lets his undeniable talent silence the critics for him.
Come enjoy a great baseball movie
and Cracker Jacks! 
Running time 2 hours 8 minutes
Registration is required.


Glycerin Soap Making Class

Thursday, August 10th @6:00pm

Register for a class to make one or
two beautiful shell designed soaps with instructor Gayane (includes a soap saver too).
Learn the simple melt and pour method of glycerin soap making.
A $5.00 fee is due at time of sign up.

Adult Movie Matinee: Beauty and the Beast
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 @2:00 pm

Belle (Emma Watson), a bright,
beautiful and independent young woman,
is taken prisoner by a beast (Dan Stevens) in its castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle's enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the beast's hideous exterior, allowing her to recognize the kind heart and soul of the true prince that hides on the inside.
Light refreshments will be served.
Running time:  2 hours and 19 minutes
Registration is required.


The Belle Tones Concert
Saturday, September 23rd @ 1:00pm

In conjunction with the 36th Annual John Basilone Parade, Raritan Library is hosting a special musical performance by The Belle Tones on Saturday, September 23rd at 1:00pm.  The Belle Tones are a classy musical trio (often called the 21st Century Andrew Sisters) who sing and dance their way from the 1920s through the 1950s and beyond, particularly patriotic songs.  They have performed at venues including state theatres, sporting events, clubs, fairs and even on the radio with Joe Piscopo from Saturday Night Live. Register for an afternoon of fun music and nostalgic entertainment!

Click here for a sample of their music!


John Basilone Parade Day
Sunday, September 24th from 9:30am – 1:00pm

Raritan Public Library will be open for special hours (9:30am to 1:00pm) honoring our hometown hero and all veterans prior to the 36th Annual Parade.  New exhibits will be on display throughout the Library, particularly in the new Community Room on the first floor. 

Registration is not required.
Please Note: 
Library business will not be conducted this day


Adult Movie: Zelig
Thursday, September 28th @6:30pm

Written and directed by Woody Allen, “Zelig” is a fictionalized documentary about a 1920s man with a “chameleon disorder” who can act and look like the various famous people whom he meets.  With his unique talent for mimicry, Zelig (Woody Allen) achieves notoriety and catches the eye of Dr. Eudora Fletcher (Mia Farrow) who thinks Zelig is in need of serious cognitive analysis.  1920s black and white newsreels interwoven so cleverly along with re-enactments of real historic events make this poignantly funny film a real treasure!

Registration is required.

Run time: 1 hour and 19mintues


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


Shake Dat

July 26th, August 9th & 16th @ 5pm

Ages 8 to 14

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Shake Dat is a program to helps kids and teens ages 8-14 to get motivated to exercise! The program is twice a month for two months for an hour. During these classes, you will be taught how to exercise properly and how to have fun while doing it! You will be able to log your exercises down in a folder provided to you. Plus, there is a chance to win a $25 gift card at the end for whoever exercises the most! Wear comfortable clothing and sneakers! Registration is required.


Rita’s Italian Ice Social

Thursday, August 3rd @2pm

Ages 9+

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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 hottest part of the summer!

Registration is required.


Couch Co-op or Versus Videogame Afternoons

Thursday, August 17th @ 1pm-3pm

Ages 11+

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Online games are great, but sometimes a game is just more fun when playing with somebody right beside you.  Come versus other players in Super Smash bros, Tekkan Tag, Street Fighter, Mario Kart, and others.  If competition isn’t your thing, then come play some cooperative games like Spelunky, Minecraft, Castle Crashers, Super Mario Bros, and more.  Whatever your choice, choose to come play some games with us where it will be nice and cool.  We will have TVs and game systems setup for players to come and use.  Players can invite friends to come, just have them sign up with you.  Light refreshments and a snack will be provided.  Registration is required.


littleBits Session

Monday, August 21st @ 6:30pm

Ages 11+

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littleBits are the perfect step up from Legos for those looking to keep on building and problem solving as they grow.  These magnetic little circuits are a great way to learn more about some of the basics of engineering and robotics.  There is no soldering involved as the circuits are connected magnetically.  Participants will either work alone or with others to build things like a remote controlled vehicle, a personal cooling fan, or a mini bumper game.  After we construct these projects we can take them apart and build our own creations.  Each month will be a different project, with extras to try out if participants finish early.  This a great way to keep your creative mind in shape while you relax over the summer vacation!  Please note participants cannot take home the bits or projects as we will need the parts each month to make new projects.  Registration is required.


Teen Book Give Away

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

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 7 @ 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 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

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 27

August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

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.


Summer Readers

Mondays @ 11:30am

July 31st

August 7th, 14th, 21st

Grades K - 5

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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.

Lunch with a Librarian

Wednesdays @ 12:30pm

July 26th

August 2nd, 9th, 16th

All Ages Welcome

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Bring a blanket and a picnic lunch and enjoy some “new” stories while we eat lunch outside by the gazebo if it’s nice outside!

Registration is required.


Lego Night

Wednesday, July 26th @6:30pm

Ages 4+

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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.


Animals & Us

Friday, July 28 @11:00am

Ages 5+

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Join us at the Raritan Public Library to learn about different animals that live right in our backyard with the Somerset County Parks Commission! How can we build an understanding of them and why is it important to understand them? Grow an appreciation for the wild animals that live right in our backyard!

Registration is required.


Movie Night – Smurfs: The Lost Village

Wednesday, August 2nd @ 6pm

Ages 4+

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Join us at the Raritan Library over summer break for Smurfs: The Lost Village! In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting race through the Forbidden Forest leading to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history. Rated PG.Run Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Registration is required.


Yoga with Ms. Loring

Monday, August 7th @2pm

Ages 3+

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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 9th @6:30pm

All Ages Welcome

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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.


Play Doh Party

Friday, August 11th @11am

Ages 3+

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Join us at the Raritan Library for a Play Doh Party! Enjoy an afternoon with friends and get your creative juices flowing. Make anything you can think of using the libraries play doh and share your creations with your friends! Registration is required.


Newspaper Hat Building

Monday, August 14th @2pm

Ages 4+

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Do you love to create new things?! Join Ms. Kristen at the Raritan Public Library for a morning of making hats out of old newspapers!! You can even bring your hat home with you. Bring some friends for a relaxing and creative morning together! Are you up for the challenge?!

Registration is required.


Lego Night

Wednesday, August 16th @6:30pm

Ages 3+

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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.


Craft Day

Friday, August 18th @ 10:00am to 4:30pm

(All ages welcome)

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Stop into the Raritan Public Library and make a craft anytime from 10am to 4:30pm! Enjoy a relaxing Friday at the library. Ms. Kristen will set out all her extra crafts and you can get as creative as you like!


End of Summer Party

Housel Fun & Fitness – Read, Play & Build a Better World

Wednesday, August 23rd @6:00pm

Ages 3+

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Join us at the Raritan Public Library at the end of summer party! We’ll be building a better world by keeping our bodies fit and healthy! Join Housel Fun & Fitness for stories, games and fitness activities all about building a better world! After the program stay to find out who won the summer reading grand prizes! Registration is required.


Family Game Night

Wednesday, August 30th @6pm

Ages 3+

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Join us at the Raritan Public Library for a fun evening of family games! Enjoy time with your family while playing different board games. We will serve a snack as well!  Put your game faces on! 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 they may have.

There 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