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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.

 

Luncheons, Cocktail Parties & Backyard Grilling in the 1950’s
Thursday, July 12th @ 6:30pm

Think about the 1950’s and our minds drift back to a more nostalgic time of “Father Knows Best”,
45 RPM records, black & white televisions and slogans like “I Like Ike”. After the hardships of the
War Years, women entertained more, ladies’ luncheons and cocktail parties became very popular, and men became masters of the grill.
Join Judith Krall Russo, Food Historian, and learn
what it’s like to entertain in a 1950’s style. Light BBQ refreshments will be served.
Registration is required.

 

Adult Coding (Python) Workshop
Tuesdays, July 17th, & 24th
6:00pm-8:00pm

Anesha Santhanam, founder of Likeable STEM, will be teaching an introductory 3 session workshop on Python coding for adults. Python is a popular text-based programming language that makes learning to code fun and interactive for beginners. Find out why coding combined with STEM has become an important job skill across industries. Participants are encouraged to bring their own Windows or Mac laptops.
Registration is required and participants need to attend all 3 sessions.


Watercolor Workshop

Saturday, July 21st from 1:00pm-3:00pm

Ruby Silvious, Artist and Author (363 Days of Tea),
is teaching a special watercolor art workshop
on one of her favorite mediums: recycled teabags. 
Participants will get to take home one of their
own creations.  A $10.00 fee applies to art
supplies only.  Register early since class size
is limited.  For more information on
Ruby Silvious and her beautiful works of art visit www.rubysilvious.com


Art Reception
Thursday, July 26th @6:30pm

Calling Local Artists:
Raritan Library is hosting a special art
exhibit for local area residents who
would like to display a piece of their artwork
at the Raritan Public Library from
July 23rd through August 7th
For further details please contact the
Director at (908) 725-0413.  An Art Reception will be held on Thursday, July 26th at 6:30pm.


Loving Vincent
Thursday, August 2nd @6:30pm

‘Loving Vincent’ is the world’s first
feature, oil painted animation movie
revealing the life and controversial death
 of Vincent Van Gogh as told by over
120 of his greatest paintings. 
The plot is drawn from 800 letters written
by the artist himself.  Sign up to see this
unique, ground-breaking film. 
Refreshments served; running time is 95 minutes.

Registraion is required


Soap Making Class with Gayane
Thursday, August 9th @6:00pm

Gayane will instruct the class on making a
beautiful bar of glycerin soap.  Each crafted soap will be created by a melt and pour method and will contain grass, butterflies and pretty flowers all made from soap materials. 
A $5.00 fee applies to materials only
and is due at time of registration. 
Sign up early since class size is limited. 
Registration is required.


Afternoon Coloring for Adults

Tuesday, August 14th @2:00pm

Join our adult coloring program for a calming afternoon. Adult coloring reduces stress, enhances focus and creativity. Coloring pages and
pencils will be provided free of charge. 
Light refreshments will be served. 
Registration is required.

 

 

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.


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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 Storyboard & Animation Workshop
July 16th, 23rd, & 30th

Ages 12 and up
6:00pm-8:00pm

If you have an interest in drawing, comic art, and how animated stories come together Anesha Santhanam’s workshop is for you. She will discuss the history of animation along with the advances in animation technology. Teens will learn how to create storyboards and turn them into digital animations. You will also present your project once you have completed it. This promises to be a very fun and creative workshop, but make sure you can attend ALL dates as each session will build on the previous. It is suggested you bring a Windows or Mac laptop to work on, but the library can provide a few laptops for those who don’t have one.
Registration is required.

For more info check out Anesha's flyer

 

 

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 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, August 6th @ 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

July 17, 24

August 7, 14, 21, 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

July 19, 26

August 9, 16, 23, 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.

 

Summer Readers

(Ages 5+)

Mondays @ 11:30am

July 16, 23

August 6, 13, 20

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Practice reading aloud for 20 minutes between 11:30 to 12:30 with Ms. Kristen. 

We will work on comprehension and retelling skills. 

 Call today to make it a date!

Spots are filled on a first come, first served basis. Each child is allowed one session per week.

 

Lunch with a Librarian

All ages welcome!

Wednesday’s @12:30

July 18, 25

August 8 & 15

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Bring a blanket and a picnic lunch and enjoy some “new” stories while we eat lunch outside by the gazebo if it’s nice outside!

Registration is required.

 

Children’s Talent Show

Wednesday, July 18th @ 6:00pm

Ages 3+

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Join us at the Raritan Public Library for a talent show! Show off your talents for the rest of the library patrons. Do you love to sing or dance?! Can you juggle?! Do you have any special talents that you can’t wait to show off?! We want to see them! Enjoy a fun evening of performances and then stay for snacks after all the performers have shown off their talents.

Registration is required.

 

Lego Party

Friday, July 20th @2:00pm

Ages 3+

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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.

 

Make Your Own Pet Rock

Tuesday, July 24th @ 2:00pm

Ages 3+

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Have you always wanted a pet?! Make a rock into whatever pet you desire. It can be a puppy or even a unicorn! Come in clothes that you are ready to paint in. Paint and design your own pet rock and then you can take it home with you once it dries.

Registration is required.

 

Bedtime Stories with Ms. Kristen

Wednesday, July 25th @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.

 

Bedtime Stories with Ms. Kristen

Wednesday, August 8th @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.

 

 

Create Your Own Rain Stick

Thursday, August 9th @ 2:00pm

Ages 4+

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Do you love listening to different musical instruments?! Join us at the Raritan Public Library to create your own rain stick. We’ll be making our own rain sticks and then you can decorate them however you like! Take your rain sticks home and make some music! We can hope for some rain on these hot summer days!

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.

 

 

Lego Party

Friday, August 24th @2:00pm

Ages 3+

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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, 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.

 

 

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

 

Raritan Public Library now offers ABCmouse.com to our younger patrons.  Just ask our Children's Librarian about how to get started.