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Raritan Public Library Program News


“A Tribute to Elvis Through the Years”
Thursday, June 29th @6:00pm – 8:00pm

A special outdoor performance by
award winning Elvis Tribute Artist,
Jim Barone, will include two 45 minute
shows with an intermission break.  Selected
songs will include music from 3 decades
and Elvis’ Grammy winning song: 
“How Great Thou Art”
Refreshments served.  Bring a lawn chair if you wish.  Registration is required. 
This is one show you don’t want to miss.

This program is funded in part by the
"Friends of the Raritan Public Library".


Adult Matinee: Grease & Ice Cream Social: 
Tuesday, July 11th @2:00pm


Good girl Sandy Olsson (Olivia Newton-John) and greaser Danny Zuko (John Travolta) fell in love over the summer.  Sandy is supposed to return home to Australia, but unexpectedly stays.  When they discover they are both attending
Rydell High School, will they be able to rekindle their romance?  Unforgettable music will have you singing out loud!  Please arrive 15 minutes early.
Running time: 1 hour and 50 minutes. 
Registration is required.


Sunflower Wreath Class
Thursday, July 13th at 6:00pm

Register to make this beautiful poly mesh
sunflower wreath.  Instructor, Michele Liana, will demonstrate how to make your special creation. 
All materials will be supplied. 
A fee of $15.00 is due at time of registration.
Sign up early since class size is limited.

 

Getting Connected to hoopla Digital Medium
Monday, July 24th 6:00pm
-7:30pm

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Stop by the Library to learn how to connect to our new free digital platform (hoopla) which offers over 400,000 ebooks, audiobooks, comics, graphic novels, movies, TV shows, and music CDs for your enjoyment. Bring in an Android phone/tablet, or an Apple phone/tablet/laptop and your library card and we will show you how easy it is to download the hoopla app and begin borrowing. Registration is not required.



Antique Appraisal Show
Thursday, August 3rd at 6:30pm


ReAlan Snyder, certified antique and estate appraiser, will be at Raritan Public Library to provide attendees with a verbal appraisal
(up to 2 antiques items per individual). 
Mr. Synder has been in the antiques
appraisal business since 1979 and will provide facts/historical information as well as a cost appraisal for your treasured items. 
Registration is required. 


42 The Jackie Robinson Story
Tuesday, August 8th at 2:00pm


R In 1946, Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford), legendary manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, defies major league baseball's notorious color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) to the team. The heroic act puts both Rickey and Robinson in the firing line of the public, the press and other players. Facing open racism from all sides, Robinson demonstrates true courage and admirable restraint by not reacting in kind and lets
his undeniable talent silence the critics for him.
Come enjoy a great baseball movie
and Cracker Jacks! 
Running time 2 hours 8 minutes
Registration is required.

 

Glycerin Soap Making Class

Thursday, August 10th @6:00pm

Register for a class to make one or
two beautiful shell designed soaps with instructor Gayane (includes a soap saver too).
Learn the simple melt and pour method of glycerin soap making.
A $5.00 fee is due at time of sign up.


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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

 

littleBits Session

Wednesday, June 28th @ 6:30pm

Ages 11+

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littleBits are the perfect step up from Legos for those looking to keep on building and problem solving as they grow.  These magnetic circuits are a great way to learn more about some of the basics of engineering and robotics.  Participants will either work alone or with others to build things like a remote controlled vehicle, a personal cooling fan, or a mini bumper game.  After we construct these projects we can take them apart and build our own creations.  This a great way to keep your creative mind in shape while you relax over the summer vacation!  Please note participants cannot take home the bits or projects as we will need the parts each month to make new projects.  Registration is required.

 

Shake Dat

July 12th & 26th, August 9th & 16th @ 5pm

Ages 8 to 14

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Shake Dat is a program to helps kids and teens ages 8-14 to get motivated to exercise! The program is twice a month for two months for an hour. During these classes, you will be taught how to exercise properly and how to have fun while doing it! You will be able to log your exercises down in a folder provided to you. Plus, there is a chance to win a $25 gift card at the end for whoever exercises the most! Wear comfortable clothing and sneakers! Registration is required.

 

Teen Oversized Coloring Posters

Friday, July 14th @2pm

Ages 10+

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Are you looking to unwind over summer break?! Join Ms. Kristen at the Raritan Public Library for oversized coloring posters for teens. We will take coloring to a whole new size! You can even bring it home and hang it up in your room. Bring some friends for a relaxing and creative afternoon together!

Registration is required.

 

littleBits Session

Monday, July 17th @ 6:30pm

Ages 11+

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littleBits are the perfect step up from Legos for those looking to keep on building and problem solving as they grow.  These magnetic circuits are a great way to learn more about some of the basics of engineering and robotics.  Participants will either work alone or with others to build things like a remote controlled vehicle, a personal cooling fan, or a mini bumper game.  After we construct these projects we can take them apart and build our own creations.  This a great way to keep your creative mind in shape while you relax over the summer vacation!  Please note participants cannot take home the bits or projects as we will need the parts each month to make new projects.  Registration is required.

 

Shark Week celebration: Hammerhead

Monday, July 24th @ 6pm-7pm

Ages 11+

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We love shark week and to celebrate we will be showing a documentary about one of the coolest sharks, the Hammerhead.  The hammerhead shark's oddly shaped head has puzzled scientists for ages. There simply must be a reason for it.  Whatever the hammer is for – increased aerodynamics, maneuverability, to detect prey hidden on the ocean floor or to smell in "stereo" – one thing is certain, hammerheads are highly successful and possess hunting skills that no other shark can match. Refreshments and snacks will be provided and registration is required. Runtime is 50 minutes.

 

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, July 10 @ 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

June 27

July 11, 18, 25

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

June 29

July 6, 13, 20, 27

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.

 

Play Doh Party

Monday, June 26th @6:30pm

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.

 

Family Game Party

Wednesday, June 28th @2pm

Ages 3+

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Join us at the Raritan Public Library for a fun afternoon 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.

 

Fireworks Painting

Friday, June 30th @2pm

Ages 3+

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It’s almost Fourth of July which means it’s time for fireworks! Join us at the Raritan Library to celebrate Independence Day during a fun afternoon of creating fireworks out of paint and toilet paper rolls! Make sure you wear something you don’t mind getting paint on and get ready for a fun and creative afternoon!

Registration is required.

 

Summer Readers

Mondays @ 11:30am

July 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st

Grades K - 5

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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

Wednesdays @ 12:30pm

July 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th

All Ages Welcome

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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.

 

Play Doh Party

Wednesday, July 5th @6:30pm

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.

 

TD Bank- Saving for a Rainy Day

Thursday, July 6th @2pm

Ages 5+

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Join us at the library while TD Banks teaches us how to save our pennies!  Also, learn about how you can earn money from TD Bank by reading this summer!!! Registration is required.

 

Picture Book Art Storytime

Friday, July 7th @11am

Ages 2+

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Do you love storytime?! Do you love to draw?! Join us at the Raritan Public Library for a new fun storytime!  Ms. Kristen will read a story and then you will get to draw a picture of the story! Use your imagination to create a beautiful drawing of the story that Ms. Kristen reads. The story will draw you into adventures and stir your imagination. Registration is required.

 

Gum Drop Building Challenge

Monday, July 10th @2pm

Ages 3+

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Do you love to build new things?! Join Ms. Kristen at the Raritan Public Library for a gum drop building challenge. We will take building to a whole new level! You can even bring your building home with you. Bring some friends for a relaxing and creative afternoon together! Are you up for the challenge?!

Registration is required.

 

Bedtime Stories with Ms. Kristen

Wednesday, July 12th @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.

 

Fire Truck Visit

Thursday, July 13th @2pm

All Ages Welcome

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Have you ever wondered what a fire truck looks like or what a firefighter does during a fire?! Come to the Raritan Public Library to learn about some of our favorite community helpers: Firefighters! Learn what it’s like to be a firefighter and maybe even get a tour of their fire truck.

Registration is required.

 

Make a Bug Trap with Home Depot

Tuesday, July 18th @2pm

Ages 3+

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Join us at the Raritan Public Library to make a bug trap with an expert from the Bridgewater Home Depot!  Learn all about how to build while you use tools to make a bug trap, then go outside and catch some bugs! You may even get your own special tool apron to take home with you!

Registration is required.

 

Family Game Night

Wednesday, July 19th @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.

 

Craft Day

Friday, July 21st @ 10:00am to 4:30pm

All Ages Welcome

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Stop into the Raritan Public Library and make a craft anytime from 10am to 4:30pm! Enjoy a relaxing Friday at the library. Ms. Kristen will set out all her extra crafts and you can get as creative as you like!

 

Movie Matinee – Lego Batman

Monday, July 24th @ 2pm

Ages 4+

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Join us at the Raritan Library over summer break for Lego Batman! A cooler-than-ever Bruce Wayne must deal with the usual suspects as they plan to rule Gotham City, while discovering that he has accidentally adopted a teenage orphan who wishes to become his sidekick. Rated PG.

Run Time: 1 hour and 44 minutes

Registration is required.

 

Lego Night

Wednesday, July 26th @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.

 

Animals & Us

Friday, July 28 @11:00am

Ages 5+

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Join us at the Raritan Public Library to learn about different animals that live right in our backyard with the Somerset County Parks Commission! How can we build an understanding of them and why is it important to understand them? Grow an appreciation for the wild animals that live right in our backyard!

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

Closed Saturdays in

July and August