Raritan Public Library


Raritan Public Library Program News

John F. Kennedy: (May 29, 1917--November 22, 1963)

35th U.S. President

To commemorate the 100th year birthday of our 35th President, John F. Kennedy, Raritan Library has a special display of Kennedy campaign buttons from the 1960's. Be sure to check out our display in the Reading Room. From September 1st through November 30th, patrons/visitors will have the opportunity to enter a drawing for (2) free tickets to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Massachusetts.


Classic Movie: Scared Stiff

Thursday, October 26th, 2017 @ 6:00pm

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Accident prone busboy Myron Mertz (Jerry Lewis) and his suave nightclub crooner pal (Dean Martin) get caught up in a gangster slaying and wind
up at a spooky castle on a Caribbean Island.
This 1953 musical comedy is one of 17 films made
by the Martin and Lewis team.  Register for a
night of fun and laughs. Refreshments served.
Running time: 1 hour and 48 min.

Adult Movie Matinee: Signs

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017 @ 2:00pm

Everything that farmer Graham Hess (Mel Gibson) assumed about the world is changed when he discovers a message - an intricate pattern of
circles and lines - carved into his crops.
As he investigates the unfolding mystery,
what he finds will forever alter the lives of his brother (Joaquin Phoenix) and children
(Rory Culkin), (Abigail Breslin).
Running time: 1 hour 47 minutes. 
Registration is required.

Social Artworking Painting Class
Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 from 6pm to 8pm

Join Irene Mortko for a relaxing and fun 2 hour fall themed painting class. All materials (paints, canvases and brushes) will be supplied to create a 16 inch by 20 inch masterpiece. A fee of $15.00 is due at time of registration. Sign up early since class size is limited.

Staying Healthy with Essential Oils

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017 @ 2:00pm

Join Jennifer DeMaio as she discusses ways to
stay healthy through the winter months with
the help of essential oils.  Find out how to
naturally support your immune system,
combat stress, get a restful sleep, soothe tired muscles, aches & pains, and so much more!
Registration is required.

Fall Floral Arrangement Class with Michele Liana
Monday, November 20th, 2017 @6:30pm

Sign up to make a beautiful fall floral arrangement using a fresh pumpkin and fresh flowers and greens.  Michele Liana, President of the Hunterdon County Country Garden Club will teach you the basics of flower arranging so you can make a festive floral centerpiece to take home for Thanksgiving. 
A $10.00 fee applies for materials only. 
Registration is required.


Saturday, November 11th
Special Event:  2 Programs:  1:00pm – 3:00pm

Meet artist Ruby Silvious and author of “363 Days of Tea: A Visual Journey on Used Tea Bags”.  Ruby will discuss how she came to create intricate works of art on used tea bags and may even demonstrate her art technique. You will not want to miss seeing her amazing and delightful creations!

Program is followed by a tea tasting and brief history of tea by food historian expert,
Judith Krall Russo.  Registration is required.

Adult Program: Christmas to Color
Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 @ 2:00pm

Relax at the Raritan Public Library while coloring postcards, gift tags and ornaments! 
Take some time out for yourself before
the rush of the holiday season!

Registration is required.


“Friends” Book Sale
Saturday, November 18th, 2017 10:00am to 2:00pm

Indoor book sale of hardcover adult and children’s books, cds and dvds. 
Fill up a bag of books for only $5.00.
Cds and dvds are $1.00 each.


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 – Picture Frame Decorating

Thursday, November 9th @2pm

Ages 9+

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Join us at the Raritan Library for a creative teen program!  Decorate a picture frame using paint and take it home with you! You can get as creative as you like to make your picture frame beautiful. Enjoy a day off of school with friends having fun!

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, November 6 @ 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

October 17, 24, 31

November 7, 14, 28

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

October 26

November 9, 16, 30

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.


Local Author Visit – Tara Lazar

Wednesday, October 18th @6pm

Ages 4+

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Join us at the Raritan Public Library for a visit from local author Tara Lazar!  Tara will introduce us to her some of her books, 7 Ate 9 and Way Past Bedtime! She’ll also teach us all about a day in the life of a children’s book author. Registration is required.


Homemade Pumpkin Dip

Wednesday, October 25th @6pm

Ages 3+

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Join us at the Raritan Public Library to learn how to make homemade pumpkin dip!  Ms. Kristen will show you how to make pumpkin dip using just a few simple ingredients. Each child will get to help make the dip all together! Then we will get to share and eat the delicious snack! Registration is required.


Lego Night

Friday, October 27th @11am

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.


Decorate Your Own Trick or Treat Bag

Saturday, October 28th @ 11am

Ages 3+

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Wear your Halloween costume and join us at the Raritan Library to decorate your own trick or treating bag! Ms. Kristen will provide you with everything you need to make an awesome trick or treat bag. Decorate your bag and then fill it up with candy on Halloween!

Registration is required.


The Ways of the Lenape

Wednesday, November 1st @ 5pm

Ages 5 to 16

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Who were the Lenape Native Americans of New Jersey and Pennsylvania? Rob Aptaker uses Native American artifacts to explore the tools, clothing, toys, games, medicine and music that were part of their daily lives. A fascinating introduction to Lenape cultures and customs. Even listen to a story of one of the Lenape’s sacred teachings. Registration is required.


Play Doh Party

Friday, November 3rd @2pm

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, November 8th @6:30pm

All Ages Welcome

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

Registration is required.


Movie Night – The Emoji Movie

Wednesday, November 15th @ 6pm

Ages 4+

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Join us at the Raritan Public Library for The Emoji Movie. Gene, a multi-expressional emoji, sets out on a journey to become a normal emoji. Snacks will be served. Rated PG.

Run Time: 1 hour and 26 minutes

Registration is required.


Dear Santa Letters

November 15th to December 9th

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What do you want for Christmas this year?! Write a letter to Santa letting him know and bring it to the Raritan Library so we can mail it for you! Santa will even write you a letter back and send to Ms. Kristen for you! Then she’ll call you and let you know it’s here for you to pick up! Just make sure you drop off your letter to Santa before December 9th!  


Lego Party

Friday, November 17th @2pm

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.


Family Game Night

Wednesday, November 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.


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

10 AM to 8 PM
10 AM to 8 PM
10 AM to 8 PM
10 AM to 8 PM
10 AM to 5 PM
10 AM to 3 PM

Closed Saturdays in

July and August