Raritan Public Library



Raritan Public Library Programs


The 5th Annual NJ Makers Day is coming to the Raritan Public library on

Saturday March 23rd from 10:30am-3pm

See our list of programs for the day below:


3D Printing Design & Demonstration



Join us for our 3D Printing Design and Demonstration hosted by Richard Wales. With the library's new 3D printer our host will be demonstrating how we can use TinkerCad and Flashprint to create your very own keychain nametag! Richard will be in the audiobook area of the library printing and helping patrons create their own personalized keychain all day during our 5th Annual Makers Day!


“We learn, we build, we play with LEGO® blocks!”

10:30 am–11:30 am Ages 4-6
11:30 am– 12:30 pm Ages 6-14


  Join us at the Library with

Bricks 4 Kidz of Hunterdon and Somerset

and celebrate Makers Day with our


The 10:30 a.m. program is designed for preschool-aged children to learn how to build an

architectural model with DUPLO® blocks.


The 11:30 a.m. program for ages 6-14 will make

a motorized mechanical model using LEGO® bricks.


This is your child’s opportunity to explore engineering, architectural, math and physics concepts

using the building blocks they know and love! Registration required

Makers Day Bricks for Kids of Somerset and Hunterdon

Button Make & Take


For this year's NJ Makers Day the Raritan Public Library will be offering a button make and take event. Patrons can stop by to create or pick out a button design and take it home with them after it is finished. We will have a variety of templates on hand you can choose from. Come see how easy and fun it is to make buttons you can wear or pin to your bag.
Each participant gets 1 button to take home with them.

Makers Day button maker flyer

ORIGAMI Flower Making Craft
1pm-2:30 pm

Ages 16+

Sign up with Irene Mortko to learn the basics of the art of paper folding and create some beautiful flowers
in time for spring. All participants will go home with a small arrangement. Materials provided.
Registration is required.

Titanic with Alisa Dupuy

Thursday, April 11, 2019 @6:30pm

Please join us as we meet Eliza Blackwell, a Titanic survivor, who will reveal stories of the terrible events of the sinking of the RMS Titanic.  Eliza will give us interesting facts and debunk some of the myths surrounding this unforgettable tragedy which took place this week in April, 107 years ago. 
Registration is required.


Mary Poppins Returns
Matinee: Tuesday, April 16th @2:00pm
Evening: Tuesday, April 16th @6:00pm

Decades after her original visit, the magical nanny returns to help Michael Banks and his three children along with grown-up Jane through a difficult time in their lives. Mary Poppins arrives to save the day and take the Banks family on a magical, fun-filled adventure.  Starring Emily Blunt, Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury, Colin Firth, and Meryl Streep. Run time 130 min. Refreshments served. Registration is required.


Poetry Reading Night
Wednesday, April 24th @ 6:30 pm

A special night will be held for poets whose work was chosen for the 21st Poetry Anthology. Each participant will get a copy of the RVFL Anthology book and may read her/his selection during an open reading session. Special guest, Daphne Williams Fox, granddaughter of the renowned poet, William Carlos Williams, will be a guest of honor. Daphne will read one or more of her grandfather’s poems and will talk about him. Refreshments will be served after the readings.

Registration is required.

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

March 25 @ 6:30pm

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.

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



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.

*Saturday March 23 will be Makers Day at the Library.  Sign up for the Engineerina Adventures programs.



Saturday, April 6 at 1 p.m.

Come to the library for our screening of the classic 1938 movie Nancy Drew, Detective.   Nancy is a surprisingly modern student who does the driving, wants to be a lawyer, and has a fine time solving mysteries to help people.  The period technology is a history lesson, too.  This one will appeal to tweens, teens and adults.

Run time is about an hour. 

Snacks will be served.  Please register.


Parlor Games & Party Games

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Ages 4+

Play some traditional games with friends and Ms. Carol.  We will try word games and drawing games, movement games and bluffing games.  These old-fashioned games don’t need special boards or equipment.  You can always play them at home with your family and friends!  Registration required. 

parlor games March 27


Preschool APRIL FOOLS!

Monday, April 1 at 11:30 – 12:00

Ages 3-5


Come to the Library on April Fools’ Day for some riddles and funny stories with Ms. Carol.  There may even be a prize! You never know what kind of surprise endings we have in store for you at the library!

Please register.


Make Posters for the Eco Day contest at Raritan Borough!

Wednesday, April 3 – anytime from 5:00– 7:00 p.m.

Come to the library to work on your Eco Day poster alongside friends!  We will supply art materials to make and decorate your posters, or bring something unique you would like to use. Please register.   


Egg Decorating

Saturday, April 6

11:00 A.M.

Try something new with your egg decorating this year.  Ms. Carol will have examples and supplies for you to try out at the library, and you can make and take home your own decorated egg!

Registration required.


The Only Game in Town

at the Library!  Ages 8+

Wednesday, April 10, 5:30 p.m.

Come play at the Library with The Only Game in Town!  Meet our Somerville neighbors, The Only Game in Town, at the Library and meet friends, learn, practice and play at the Library!

Registration required.

The Only Game In Town April 10


Egg Hunt & Story Time

Friday, April 12

11:00 A.M.

Come explore the Children’s Room at the Library and help Ms. Carol find eggs!  Or just watch the fun from your grown-up’s lap!  Prizes and surprises and rhymes and stories, too!  Registration required. 



Monday, April 15 - 10:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.

Poetry Month continues with Rhyme Times for our wee library patrons and for our readers after school.  Choose a poem to read aloud to us,

or Ms. Carol will share a few favorites! Please register.



Nurturing the Musical Child Within -


Wednesday, April 17, 6 p.m. Ages 6-14

April is Poetry Month, and rhythm is to music as meter is to poetry!  Come to the library for this highly regarded confidence-building workshop which engages each child as a participant in the

creation of music!

Sounds & Styles LLC is a highly interactive 21st century music education program which encourages artistic self-expression and the discovery of inner joy through various instruments, simple body percussion, and even spoken words, and teaches collaboration and mutual respect.  Sign up early,

participation number is limited. 


Play Dough Party

Tuesday, April 23 at 4:00 p.m. Ages 3+


Join us at the Raritan Library for a Play Dough Party! Make anything you choose using the library’s play dough and share your creations with your friends! Please register.


Poetry Reading Night
Wednesday, April 24th @ 6:30 p.m.

Come to the library to hear poems by our young poets published in the RVFL Anthology Book, read by the poets themselves!   Each published poet will be given a copy of the RVFL Anthology book.  Let’s celebrate our Library poets! Refreshments will be served after the readings. Registration is required.


Lego Party

Thursday, April 25 at 4:00 p.m.

Ages 4+

Join us on your school break at the Raritan Public library.  Talk with your friends and build Lego creations!  Bring your creativity and imagination!  Please register



Friday, April 26 at 11:00 a.m.

For Arbor Day, join Ms. Carol at the Library

to learn the news about trees!  The first 10 children to sign up and attend will receive a tree sapling to plant at home,

(if desired; one per family).

     Registration required. 


Storytime Kickoff for the

100th Annual

Children’s Book Week

April 29, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.


Come for a special story time and craft to celebrate the beginning of Children’s Book Week. 

Bring a friend, big or little!

Vote for a book you especially like reading! 

Please register.


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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