Raritan Public Library



        Raritan Public Library Programs

Surprise “Grab-Bag” Craft
with Irene Mortko

Saturday, November 17th @ 1:00 pm

Each participant will get the chance to pick a bag and create a “surprise” holiday/seasonal craft. Instructor, Irene Mortko, will guide each person with their project. You may create a Thanksgiving pilgrim, a Santa, an angel, or something special for the Fourth of July.

The craft project is free.

Class size is limited to 12 registrants, so sign up early.


Victorian Ornaments with Michele Liana
Thursday, December 6th at 6:00pm

Add some special Victorian items to your Holiday décor.  Come craft with Michele Liana and decorate two glass ornaments with a vintage picture and then sparkle with white glitter. 

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

Holiday Soap Making Class

Saturday, December 8th @ 1:00pm

Join Gayane in a soap making class where you
will create (2) glycerine melt and pour soaps: one is a
molded evergreen tree and the other is formed with a whimsical picture (choose from 3 designs). 
Sign up early since class size is limited. 
A $5.00 fee is required when registering.

Classic Holiday Film Day

Tuesday, December 11th at 2:00pm and 6:30pm

Come relax at our Library during this busy season
and watch a special classic Holiday film.  At 2:00 pm
enjoy a showing of the 1945 movie
“Christmas in Connecticut” starring Barbara Stanwyck.
  And at 6:30 pm, the Library will show the 1938 Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” starring Gene Lockhart and
Reginald Owen as Ebenezer Scrooge. 
Light holiday refreshments will be served. 
Registration is required.

Queen Victoria

Thursday, December 13th @ 6:30pm

Her Majesty the Queen Victoria, portrayed by
Alisa Dupuy, will regale us at the Raritan Public Library
with stories of her childhood, her marriage and her family
as well as debunk some popular myths that surround
the woman who gave her name to an era. 
Register for this fascinating program on the second longest
reigning British monarch.


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 byto set up a class today!


Math & Language Arts Tutoring

Mondays from 4:00pm to 6:30pm

Join us at the Raritan Public Library for extra help in math and language arts!  A volunteer from the Bridgewater Raritan High School will help tutor students grades 4 to 8 in math and language arts on Mondays from 4:00pm to 6:30pm. This is a free service. Please call to register for your time slot. Registration is required.



Craft a Decorative Tabletop tree with Irene Mortko

(Teens and Young Adults)

 Wednesday, December 5 at 6:00 p.m. 




Visit the Library for a chance to win!

October 2018 - January 2019

The Children’s Librarian at the Raritan Public Library will draw names of children and teens weekly for a book prize!  Put your name into the drawing each time you visit the library!  You do not have to be present to win, we will call you to come and pick your prize.


   Children's Programs


Group Homework Help

Children grades K-4 are welcome to come in with

their parents every

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 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.


Newborn Nursery Rhymes

(Newborn – 18 months)

November 5th & December 3rd    

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

age and moms can talk to other moms, 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 moms can talk to other moms, too! 

Make & Take Mondays (All Ages)

November 19, 26; December 10, 17

Drop by the Raritan Public Library anytime between 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Make and Take Mondays and make a craft with kits set out for your use.


Play Doh Party  Ages 3+

Wednesday, November 21 at 6 p.m. 

  Join us at the Raritan Public Library for a Play Doh Party! Enjoy an evening with friends and family and get your creative juices flowing.  You might even make a pretend Thanksgiving meal to serve on “paper” plates! Registration is required.

“Teddy Bear” Picnic
Wednesday, November 14th  @6:30pm
(all ages) 

Bring your cuddly or imaginary friend to the
Library to share some stories and a little picnic.
Registration is required.

Family Game Night

Wednesday, November 28 @6pm

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. We will serve a snack as well!  Registration is required.


"Blankets from my Sheep" with Martha Gonzalez

Saturday, December 1 at 11:00 a.m.

Ages 3+

What stories and songs do you know about lambs or spinning wheels? Did you know there were once woolen mills in Raritan?   Come to the Raritan Public Library to meet Martha Gonzalez, an artist who spins, dyes and weaves wool from the sheep she raises.  Learn how sheep are shorn, the special qualities of their wool, and how it is spun into yarn, colored using dyes made from flowers, and woven for us to use.    Handle the wool and experience a spinning wheel and a weaving loom in action!

 Registration required. 

Spinning Wool flyer  




Paper Craft Decorations  

 Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at  6:00 p.m.  Ages 3+ 

Help Ms. Carol decorate

the Children’s Room at the Library

with easily made paper decorations, or

make some to take home!

Please register. 


Candle Decorating Craft

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

(All Ages)


Decorate a candle with beeswax pieces.  The wax is beautifully colored and melts in your hands just enough to stick bits on a candle.  Make a random “stained glass” effect tearing pieces with your fingers, or cut small shapes if you prefer.  Then package your candle in a small gift bag.  The little candle makes a charming last minute gift for family, friend or teacher, or use in your own home! 

Materials supplied. Registration required.




Ring in the New Year at the Library!
Friday, December 28, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. All ages.



Join Ms. Carol in the Children’s Room at the Raritan Public Library for a “Countdown to 12:00”….NOON! We will share stories about celebration traditions, do a New Year’s Eve party craft, “drop the ball” countdown, make noise and “toast” the new year with a treat. Farewell 2018, welcome 2019! Please register.

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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

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10 AM to 8 PM
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