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Raritan Public Library Program News


Alexander Hamilton portrayed by Eben Kuhns
Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 @1:00 pm

Meet Alexander Hamilton, American statesman and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States portrayed by Eben Kuhns of the American Historical Theatre. Learn how Hamilton became a promoter of the U.S. Constitution, the first Secretary of the Treasury as well as a founder of the United States Coast Guard. Register for this fascinating program.

Funded in part by the Raritan Historic Committee.

 

Gentle FlowChair Yoga
Balance and Breath work with Breda
Tuesday, April 25th @2:00pm

Join yoga instructor, Breda Ryan-Blake while she guides you through a class of gentle flow chair yoga.  During this time Breda will introduce breath awareness, balance, strength and flexibility.  The class is for beginners as well as those who have practiced yoga previously.

For your comfort, please wear loose clothing.
Space is limited.  Registration is required.

 

5th Annual Poetry Celebration

Wednesday, April 26th @6:30pm

All Ages Welcome

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To commemorate National Poetry Month, April 2017, the Raritan Public Library is holding a Poetry Celebration for all ages.  Poets whose works were chosen in our March contest will be invited to read at the Library’s Poetry Celebration.  Light refreshments will be served. 

Open to the public.


Adult Movie
Hidden Figures
Tuesday, May 2nd @2:00pm (Matinee)
and
Thursday, May 4th @6:00pm
(Evening)

The incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson,
Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson - brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation's confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.
Registration is required. 
Light refreshments will be served. 
Running Time: 2 hours 7 minutes


Adult Program

Soap Crafting Class

Thursday, May 11th, 2017 @6:30pm


Join instructor, Gayane, in a class creating beautiful handcrafted soaps using premium goat and pour soap base, natural colorants and fragrance oils. Each participant will learn the basics of glycerin soap making and take home 2 beautiful soaps for yourself or a wonderful gift for Mother’s Day!
There is a $5 fee to cover the cost of materials.
Registration is required. Space is limited
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Adult Program
Hidden Spring Lavender Farm
Tuesday, May 16th @2:00pm

Join the owner of Hidden Spring Lavender Farm,
as she discusses the health benefits of
pure lavender and talks about how she
started the farm. Learn how to grow your
own lavender and maintain it. 
Lavender is known to help people relax.  The scent
helps lower your heart rate and blood pressure. 
Registration is required.

Wine Cork Flag Craft
Thursday, May 25th @6:00pm

Join instructor, Irene Mortko, in a class making
a U.S. flag made out of wine corks….a fun

project just in time for all
our upcoming patriotic holidays. 
A $5.00 fee applies for materials
only-payable at time of registration. 
Sign up early since classes fill up quickly.

Adult Matinee
La La Land
Tuesday, June 6th @2:00pm

La La Land tells the story of Mia (Emma Stone),
an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling
to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day
Los Angeles, this original musical about
everyday life explores the joy
and pain of pursuing your dreams. 
La La Land received 6 Academy Awards.
Emma Stone won an Oscar for her role as Mia.   
Run time: 2 hours & 8 minutes
Light refreshments will be served.    
Registration is required. 


Adult Movie
On The Town
Thursday, June 8th @6:30pm

New York, New York.   It’s a wonderful town . . . especially when sailors Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, and Jules Munshin have a 24-hour shore leave to see the sights . . . and when those sights include Ann Miller, Betty Garrett and Vera-Ellen.  This 1949 classic opened filmmaker’s eyes as to what could be done on location.  Wonderful music, dancing and terrific film shots are at its best. 
Run time: 98 minutes.  Refreshments served.  Registration is required.


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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!

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Teen/Tween Programs

 

Movie Night

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Monday, April 24th @5pm

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In this prequel to the Harry Potter movies, Newt Scamander is tasked with researching and rescuing magical creatures. But an accident releases many of the creatures in his care, and now Newt
must find them quickly before the secrets of Wizarding World are revealed to the muggles
of 1926 New York. Worst of all, dark forces are lurking in the shadows as Newt and his team
hurry to rescue the beasts. Registration is required and light snacks will be provided. Rated PG-13.
Run time: 2 hours and 12 minutes.

 

 Teen Program – Rock Art

Saturday, May 6th @1pm

Ages 9+

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Join Ms. Kristen at the Raritan Public Library for rock art. Create beautiful images on rocks using sharpies! You can decorate your room with your own beautiful creations or share them with your friends. Bring some friends for a relaxing and creative afternoon together!

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!

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Children's Activities

 

Newborn Nursery Rhymes

(Ages Newborn-18 months )

Monday, May 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

April 25

May 9, 23, 30

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

April 20 & 27

May 11, 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.

 

Family Game Night

Wednesday, April 19th @6pm

Ages 3+

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Join us at the Raritan Public Library for a fun night 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.

 

5th Annual Poetry Celebration

Wednesday, April 26th @6:30pm

All Ages Welcome

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To commemorate National Poetry Month, April 2017, the Raritan Public Library is holding a Poetry Celebration for all ages.  Poets whose works were chosen in our March contest will be invited to read at the Library’s Poetry Celebration.  Light refreshments will be served. 

Open to the public.

 

Play Doh Party

Thursday, April 27th @6:30pm

Ages 3+

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Join us at the Raritan Library for a Play Doh Party! Fight the chilly winter blues 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.

 

Local Author Visit – Charlotte Bennardo

Saturday, April 29 @1pm

Ages 8+

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Join us at the Raritan Public Library for a visit from local author Charlotte Bennardo!  Charlotte will introduce us to her new book, Evolution Revolution: Simple Machines and give us an introduction to a few simple machines. We’ll even get to see how a few different simple machines work! Feel free to buy her new book at a discounted price while she is here and she may even sign it for you. Registration is required.

 

Play Doh Party

Monday, May 5th @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.

 

Bedtime Stories with Ms. Kristen

Wednesday, May 10th @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.

 

Growing Green with Somerset County 4-H

Wednesday, May 24th @ 4:30pm

Ages 5+

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Join us for an exciting evening of learning about plants and seeds! Explore the world of seeds, discover the many varieties, learn the parts of a seed and remove a seed coat with Somerset County 4-H. Then, plant a marigold for the summer and watch it grow and explore one of the many facets of plant life. Registration is required.

 

Family Game Night

Wednesday, May 31st @6pm

Ages 3+

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Join us at the Raritan Public Library for a fun night 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

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
Sunday
CLOSED

Closed Saturdays in

July and August