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Raritan Public Library Program News

The Belle Tones Concert

Saturday, September 22nd @ 1:00pm

In conjunction with the 37th Annual John Basilone Parade, Raritan Library is hosting a special musical performance by The Belle Tones on
Saturday, September 22nd 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!


John Basilone Parade Day
Sunday, September 23rd, @ 9:30am to 1:00pm

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Raritan Public Library is open for special exhibit hours on Sunday, September 23rd from 9:30am until 1:00pm prior to the 37th annual John Basilone Parade. Memorabilia, films, documents, and other war materials will be on display.
Please Note: 
Library business will not be conducted this day.



Thursday, September 27th @ 6:00pm (evening)

The film "Chappaquiddick" is an intriguing re-telling of the 1969 historical event and tragic aftermath when Senator Ted Kennedy was involved in an automobile accident which resulted in the death of a young female staff member.  Starring Jason Clarke, Ed Helms, and Bruce Dern. Run time: 106 minutes. Refreshments served.

Registration is required.

"Won’t You Be My Neighbor?"
Tuesday, October 2nd @ 2:00pm

From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville, “Won't You Be My Neighbor?” takes an intimate look at America's favorite neighbor: Mister Fred Rogers. A portrait of a man whom we all think we know, this emotional and moving film takes us beyond the zip-up cardigans and the land of make-believe, and into the heart of a creative genius who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination. 
Registration is required.
Run time: 94 minutes


"Tea for Three”starring Elaine Bromka
Thursday, October 4th @ 6:30pm

Raritan Public Library presents this delightful
Off-Broadway hit starring Emmy Award winning actress Elaine Bromka in a brilliant solo performance of three special roles. Discover what it is like for a woman when her husband becomes the President of the United States and she is suddenly thrust into the spotlight. “Tea For Three” explores the hopes, fears, quirks and loves of Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon and Betty Ford.

Register early-seating is limited.

Click here for a short preview clip


Halloween Wreath with Michele Liana
Thursday, October 11th @ 6:00pm

Join Michele Liana in making a colorful tulle fabric wreath, an easy project in time for fall/Halloween.
A $15.00 fee applies for materials only.
Registration is required.
Sign up early, class size is limited.


Somerset County's Weekend Journey through the Past

Saturday, October 13, 2018 10am to 5pm

Sunday, October 14, 2018 12pm to 4pm

Our historic site, the General John Frelinghuysen Home, will be open for tours on the weekend of October 13th and 14th.

Special Programming on Sunday, October 14

from 12:30pm to 2:30pm:

  Musical performance by fife and drum player, Erik Lichack, who will play traditional military music of the American Revolutionary period. 

18th Century Fashion demonstration by Eliza Vincz who will also discuss how she creates her own period clothing, hairstyles and cosmetics using materials and techniques used in the late 18th Century. 

Erik Lichack and Eliza Vincz are both members of the Early American Music and Arts.  This program is made possible by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.  Please call the Raritan Public Library@ 908.725.0413 to register.


Red Mill and Jersey Paranormal Investigations Presentation
Thursday, November 1st @ 6:30pm

In the spirit of Halloween, the Red Mill Museum Village along with the Jersey Paranormal Investigations will be presenting a program on the history and hauntings of the Red Mill in Clinton, NJ. Although well known for its scenic location, the Mill has had its fair share of gruesome moments that left their mark. Jersey Paranormal, who has investigated the Museum's property several times, will present various evidence of paranormal they found at the Mill and will show the specialized equipment they used for the investigations. Several hand-picked macabre items from the Museum’s collection will also be on display.
Registration is required.

Toxin-Free Home Workshop
Presented by Ariel Janho

Tuesday, November 13th @ 2:00pm

Join us at the Raritan Public Library for a Toxin-Free Home workshop as we help you identify the hidden toxins in your home. Discover natural and simple alternatives. You will leave feeling empowered and educated and will want to start switching and ditching your toxic cleaners for safe, effective and cost-effective natural alternatives.
We will also be doing some make & take items so that you are ready to go home and start implementing all that you have learned! You will leave with safe, easy DIY essential oil infused cleaning products!

(Each participant will take home a Household Cleaner Spray and Toilet Cleaning Bombs). Registration is required.

A $5  fee applies to materials only.


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 Program – Autumn Charm Bracelets

Wednesday, November 7 @ 6:00pm

Ages 9+

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Join us at the Raritan Public Library for a creative evening making charm bracelets. These beautiful bracelets will be the perfect fall accessory this year! Either make it for yourself or give it to a friend. Invite your friends for a fun night!

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, October 1st @ 10:30am

Join Ms. Carol 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)

Tuesdays @10:30am

September 25

October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Join Ms. Carol 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

September 20, 27

October 4, 11, 18, 25

Join Ms. Carol 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.


Play Doh Party

Wednesday, September 19th @6pm

Ages 3+

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Join us at the Raritan Library for a Play Doh Party! Enjoy an evening 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.


Stage a Story

Saturday, September 22nd @ 11:00am

Ages 3+

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Join us at the Raritan Public Library for Stage a Story creative drama workshop! Our workshop will be all about the story The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything. We will read the book and then create a prop, costume piece, or set piece to help tell the story. The workshop finishes with the participants acting out the story.

Registration is required.


Family Game Night

Wednesday, September 26th @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.


Diwali Craft and Dancing

Saturday, October 6th @ 1:00pm

Ages 3+

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Have you ever wondered about the holiday Diwali?!  Join us at the Raritan Public Library for a special Diwali celebration! We will be learning what this beautiful festival of lights is all about, making a Diwali craft and then dressing up and dancing to music. It will be a fun and educational afternoon!

 Registration is required.


Bedtime Stories

Wednesday, October 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.


Lego Party

Wednesday, October 17th @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.


Pumpkin Painting

Wednesday, October 24th @6:00pm

Ages 3+

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Join us at the Raritan Public Library as we get in the spirit of Halloween! Come decorate a pumpkin and take it home with you! You can even decorate it as your favorite storybook character.

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.

Ms. Carol 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

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