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Raritan Public Library Program News


Raritan Public Library’s
Adult Summer Reading Program
“Libraries Rock”


Registration begins on Wednesday, June 20th
Program ends on Wednesday, August 22nd


Join us for special programs and giveaways!
Open to all Raritan Public Library Adult Patrons. Sign up at the front desk and
receive your summer reading packet.

 

 

The Green Planet Band

Tuesday, August 21st @ 6:30pm

To coincide with this year's summer reading theme: "Libraries Rock", Raritan Public Library is hosting a special outdoor concert with "The Green Planet Band". This local family band is comprised of 12-year-old Kylee Rapp (vocals and guitar), her
10-year-old twin siblings Tyler (drums) and
Anna (bass) and "Mama" Lisa on lead guitar. They will perform lots of recognizable classic hits like "Chain of Fools", "I'm a Believer" and "Locomotion" which will get you rockin' and rollin'. Open to all ages. Registration is required.

 


Fun in Acapulco
Thursday, August 23rd @ 6:30pm

Can’t get away this summer?  Then why not come
and watch a great summer escape movie
“Fun in Acapulco” starring Elvis Presley,
Ursula Andress and Larry Domasin.  Scenic vistas
like the cliffs of Acapulco, Mexico and Latin-beat tunes (“Bossa Nova Baby”) make for a fun and entertaining evening.  Running time: 90 minutes.
Refreshments served.  Registration is required.

 


Raritan’s Distinguished Series: Luigi Zaninelli
Thursday, August 30th @ 6:30pm

Raritan Public Library is hosting a special
“skype meet and greet” with award winning composer, Luigi Zaninelli.  Mr. Zaninelli grew up
in Raritan before studying music at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, PA under the renowned composer Gian Carlo Menotti and later in Italy under the legendary Rosario Scalero. Luigi Zaninelli has published over 300 works.  Attendees will get the opportunity to talk to Mr. Zaninelli through “skype” and to listen to several of his musical compositions.  Some local residents may remember Luigi as “Lou Hayward” when he performed jazz arrangements during his school years in Raritan. 
Registration is required.

Important News: Luigi Zaninelli will now be at the program in person. Don't miss this special opportunity to meet him!

 

 

Local Author Presentation with John Paitakes
Thursday, September 6th @ 6:30pm

Join author and criminal justice expert, Dr. John Paitakes, as he reviews his book “50 Years Working in Criminal Justice”. His presentation will summarize some of the major changes in criminal justice in the past 50 years. In addition, Dr. Paitakes will clarify some of the “facts & fictions” that exist in criminal justice today including: once a criminal…always a criminal, there is no rehabilitation in prison, and police use excessive force on a regular basis. Tips for those interested in a career in criminal justice will also be presented. A question and answer period will follow. Registration is required.

 

 

“The Roebling Legacy” presented by Clifford Zink
Thursday, September 13th @6:30pm

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Author and historic preservation speaker, Clifford Zink, will discuss the Roebling Legacy… how this family built the Brooklyn Bridge-the universal symbol for New York as well as the great cables of the George Washington Bridge and the cables of the Golden Gate Bridge---the symbol of San Francisco. They produced wire rope and other products that helped shaped modern life, created America’s “first sports car”, and built one of the best company towns in America. Learn how the Roebling family played a significant role in the Industrial Revolution. This program also marks the 100th year death of Charles Roebling and his exceptional accomplishments.
Registration is required.

 


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, 2018 from 9:30am – 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.

 

 

"Chappaquiddick"

Tuesday, September 18th @ 2:00 (matinee)

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.


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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

 

Teen Program - Rita’s Italian Ice Social

Monday, August 27th @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.

 

 

Teen Program – Autumn Charm Bracelets

Wednesday, October 3rd @ 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!

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Children's Activities

 

Newborn Nursery Rhymes

(Ages Newborn-18 months)

Monday, September 10th @ 10:30am

Monday, October 1st @ 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)

Tuesdays @10:30am

August 14 (craft only), 28

September 4, 11, 18, 25

October 2, 9, 16, 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

August 16 (craft only), 30

September 6, 13, 20, 27

October 4, 11, 18, 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.

 

Pop Rocks Painting

Wednesday, August 15th @ 6:00pm

Ages 3+

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Do you love candy?! Join us at the Raritan Public Library to paint using some fun candy. Make the paint pop using pop rocks and listen to it while you make your very own painting. You can paint whatever you like, so come with ideas! When we are finished painting enjoy a taste of the pop rocks. Once your masterpiece dries, feel free to take it home with you.

Registration is required.

 

 

Yoga with Ms. Loring

Thursday, August 16th @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.

 

 

END OF SUMMER PARTY

 

Mystic Drumz

Wednesday, August 22nd @ 6:30pm

All Children Welcome

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Join us for our End of Summer Party! We are celebrating by going on an adventure with Mystic Drumz. Mystic Drumz is an international leading provider of World Music education, specializing in bringing interactive percussion experiences to your door. Link geography to sounds, rhythms to science, and laughter to learning. After the drumming stay for refreshments and to see who will win the summer reading grand prizes!

Registration is required.

 

 

Family Game Night

Wednesday, August 29th @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.

 

 

Drawing Cartoon Art with NJ Young Artists

Thursday, August 30th @ 3:00pm

Ages 5+

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Come in to the Raritan Public Library to learn how to draw cartoons. NJ Young Artists will teach you simple techniques to draw and color using examples of different popular cartoons. NJ Young Artists will encourage young artists to realize their full potential through art. All supplies will be provided.

Registration is required.

 

 

Bedtime Stories with Ms. Carol

Wednesday, September 5th @6:30pm

All Ages

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Join us at the Library for some of Ms. Carol’s favorite bedtime stories!  You can even get super cozy and come in your pj’s if you would like! ... Ms. Carol may even wear hers! After the stories, please stay for a small bedtime snack and refreshment. 

Registration is required.

 

 

Craft Day

Monday, September 10th @ 10am to 5:30pm

(All ages welcome)

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Stop into the Raritan Public Library and make a craft anytime from 10am to 5:30pm! Enjoy a relaxing day off of school at the library. We will set out all our extra crafts and you can get as creative as you like!

 

 

Author Visit – Mel Hioki

Wednesday, September 12th @ 6:30pm

Ages 3+

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Join us at the Raritan Public Library to meet author Mel Hioki. He will be reading his new book “The Day Planet Rainbow Lost Its Color,” a story about diversity and inclusion. The Tri-State Diversity Council will be joining him to talk about diversity and inclusion. It will be a fun and educational evening and there will even be some giveaways for those who attend!

Registration is required.

 

 

Movie Matinee – Show Dogs

Wednesday, September 19th @ 2:00pm

Ages 4+

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Join us at the Raritan Public Library for a day of no school and a movie matinee! Max, a macho, solitary Rottweiler police dog is ordered to go undercover as a primped show dog in a prestigious Dog Show, along with his human partner, to avert a disaster from happening. Snacks will be served. Runtime: 1 hour and 32 minutes. Rated: PG

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.

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

 

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