Raritan Public Library



Raritan Public Library Programs


Soap Making Class with Gayane

Thursday, May 23rd @ 6:00pm

Join Gayane in making two beautiful melt and pour glycerine soaps.  One design (pictured above) will be made with crafted soap flowers.  The second soap will be poured into a flower shaped mold. 

A $5.00 fee for materials applies at time of registration. 

Sign up early, class size is limited.


Glass Painting Project with Irene Mortko
Thursday, June 6th @ 6:30pm

Come to the Library to decorate a glass vase with Irene Mortko who will demonstrate easy painting techniques and will offer design ideas. Choose from two different size vases. A $3.00 fee (for materials only) is due at time of registration.
Sign up early as class size is limited.


The Raritan Valley-Hub of the American Revolution: 1777-1780
with Historian and Author Robert Mayers

Thursday, June 13th @ 6:30 pm

Robert Mayers, historian and author of Revolutionary New Jersey–Forgotten Towns and Crossroads of the American Revolution will relate the critical events in the Borough of Raritan area during the Revolutionary War. The Borough was a no man’s land during the bloody forage wars in the Raritan Valley when the Redcoats ravaged the countryside and created a reign of terror. Mr. Mayers will talk about the nearby Middlebrook encampment and how the Continental Army swept through the area moving along Old York Road on the way to Yorktown. After his presentation, Robert Mayers will be available to sign copies of his book. Registration is required.


This program is sponsored by the Raritan Historic and Cultural Committee.


“Friends of the Library” Bi-Annual Book Sale

Friday, June 21st @10:00am to 4:00pm

Saturday, June 22nd @ 10:00am to 2:00pm

The "Friends of the Raritan Public Library” will be holding a 2-day book sale on June 21st
and June 22nd.  A wide selection of adult
and  children’s books, CD’s, DVD’s,
books on tape, and puzzles will be
available for bargain prices.

Call (908) 725-0413 for further information.

Chair Yoga with Breda

Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 @ 2:00 p.m.

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Back by popular request, Bridget Ryan-Blake (Breda) will be hosting monthly chair yoga sessions. She will guide participants safely and effectively through a series of yoga movements which are designed to strengthen muscles and improve flexibility.  No prior yoga experience is necessary. Please wear comfortable clothing to the class.

Registration is required.


Adult Summer Reading Program
June 27th through August 30th, 2019

Adults can sign up to read books relating to this year’s summer reading theme: “A Universe of Stories”. The more books you read, the more times you can enter a contest to win a basket filled with wonderful prizes at the end of the program.

Stop in anytime after June 26th to register.


Tuesday, July 16th at 2:00 p.m. and at 6:30 p.m.

To coincide with this year’s summer reading theme,

“A Universe of Stories”, and to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing, Raritan Library is showing the new 2019 film on NASA’s most celebrated mission—the one that first put men on the moon and forever made Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin into household names. Crafted from newly discovered film footage and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings, Apollo 11 will reveal those momentous days and hours in 1969 when humankind took a giant leap into the future. Registration is required.

Running time: 1 hr, 33 min.

Refreshments served.



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

May Date TBD

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.



Math & Language Arts Tutoring

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.

Grades K-4:  Thursdays 6:00 p.m. and by special appointment

Grades 4-8:  Mondays 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.




Grades 4-6

Wednesday Evenings

at the Library

Sign up for more information on participating in this student initiated book club for reading, talking and other activities!  Refreshments provided.   



   Children's Programs


Send a card, letter or picture to a soldier!

Drop by the Library anytime to make a card, picture or letter for a soldier serving in the U.S.A. armed forces.

We provide the materials. You can also bring in a card you made at home or school. 

Leave the card, picture or letter with us and

we will get it to a soldier. 

They love to hear from you to know you remember them while they are away serving our country. 



Group Homework Help

Children grades K-4 are welcome to come in with

their parents every

Monday and Tuesday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Ms. Carol will help children and their

parents with any homework questions they may have.

Advanced registration is not required,

please just sign in upon upon arrival.

Homework help and tutoring:  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 to schedule.

Grades K-3:  Monday, Wednesday and Thursday between 3:30 and 6:00 p.m.

Grades 4-8:  Mondays, 4 to 6:30 p.m.


Tutoring for K-3 in Reading or Mathematics

Tutoring Grades 4 through 8

Newborn Nursery Rhymes

(Newborn – 18 months)

March 4, 2019 

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 @10:30am

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

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.


Family Game Night

Wednesday, May 29 @ 6 p.m.

Ages 3+


Join us at the Raritan Public Library for a fun evening of family games! Enjoy time with your family and make new friends while playing different board games. Weather permitting, you are welcome to play outdoors in the garden, picnic-style. We will serve a snack as well!  Please register.




Wednesday, June 5, 4:30 – 6:20 p.m.

You know Wreck-It Ralph; here he is on an adventure inside the Internet to fix his friend Vanellope’s game.   You’ll get to see lots of your favorite animated characters online!  Plenty of humor and nostalgia for teens and grown-ups, too!

Please register.  Snacks will be served. 


Making Sand Art

Wednesday, June 12

6:30 p.m.

Relax with your friends at the library and make a colorful sand art bottle to take home.  Materials supplied.  Registration required.


Donuts with Dads

Saturday, June 15th @11am

All Ages & Family Welcome

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Join us at the Raritan Public Library for some fun with the guy you love!  Invite the special people who care for you to the Library, have a doughnut, talk and play with new friends.  You can even create a nifty gift or card to take home for that someone special!

  Registration required. 


Raritan Public Library’s Annual Summer Reading Program will blast off on Wednesday, June 19!

The Summer Reading Program runs from June 19 through August 23 with special programs, and prizes and drawings for reading or completing literacy activities!   Wee Readers ages six weeks to six years participate with read alouds and literacy activities, and children and young adults have their own Summer Reading programs. 


Wee Readers are invited to blast off for a half-hour story time with Ms. Carol at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19, which will include a 5 minute episode or two of Peppa Pig,-- “Stars” and “A Trip to the Moon”-- rhymes and a simple craft.   

For ages 6+, Starlab Portable Planetarium from Raritan Valley Community College is at the library for a constellations and mythology show at 3 p.m.!

Snacks and refreshments will be served following the show. 

Then, 4:30 – 6:30, move through fun and educational activities at a variety of “SPACE STATIONS” at the Library!



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



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