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.


The Belle Tones Concert
Saturday, September 23rd @ 1:00pm

In conjunction with the 36th Annual John Basilone Parade, Raritan Library is hosting a special musical performance by The Belle Tones on Saturday, September 23rd 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!

Click here for a sample of their music!


John Basilone Parade Day
Sunday, September 24th from 9:30am – 1:00pm

Raritan Public Library will be open for special hours (9:30am to 1:00pm) honoring our hometown hero and all veterans prior to the 36th Annual Parade.  New exhibits will be on display throughout the Library, particularly in the new Community Room on the first floor. 

Registration is not required.
Please Note: 
Library business will not be conducted this day


Adult Movie: Zelig
Thursday, September 28th @6:30pm

Written and directed by Woody Allen, “Zelig” is a fictionalized documentary about a 1920s man with a “chameleon disorder” who can act and look like the various famous people whom he meets.  With his unique talent for mimicry, Zelig (Woody Allen) achieves notoriety and catches the eye of Dr. Eudora Fletcher (Mia Farrow) who thinks Zelig is in need of serious cognitive analysis.  1920s black and white newsreels interwoven so cleverly along with re-enactments of real historic events make this poignantly funny film a real treasure!

Registration is required.

Run time: 1 hour and 19mintues


Adult Movie Matinee: The Shack
Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips
(Sam Worthington) spirals into a deep depression
that causes him to question his beliefs. Facing a
crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack. Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of
strangers led by a woman named
Papa (Octavia Spencer). Mack finds important
truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever. 
Running time: 2 hours 13 minutes. 
Registration is required.



College Application Workshop

Thursday, October 5th, 2017 @ 6:30pm

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Rachael VanDeVusse, High School Counselor and College Coach, will share with students and their parents on what to expect when applying for college. Ms. VanDeVusse will discuss important factors college admission teams review on each student’s application, show you how to complete the application efficiently and discuss factors to consider in choosing the right college. Hand-outs are available for attendees.

Registration is required.



Raritan’s “Distinguished Series”

Thursday, October 12th, 2017 @ 6:00pm

Meet and Greet Series: Dr. Edgar T. Flint

Marie Lombardy and Edgar “Ned” Lombardy will present a talk on their distinguished uncle, Dr. Edgar Flint, who was a prominent resident of Raritan for 41 years and who enlisted in three wars including the Spanish American War, WWI and WWII. The Lombardys will bring items belonging to Dr. Flint when he set up medical practice on Somerset Street in Raritan in 1925 and will discuss his many accomplishments including being County Coroner for 15 years. Registration is required.



Somerset County's Weekend Journey
Through the Past

Saturday, October 14th, 2017: 10:00am-5:00pm

Sunday, October 15th, 2017: 12:00pm-4:00pm

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On this special weekend, the General John Frelinghuysen Home/Raritan Public Library will be open for tours. Find out why this home built in the late 1700’s to early 1800’s is a special historical gem in Raritan. Check out our new history kiosk or look through our showcases filled with artifacts and antiques.

Sunday visitors will get the change to step back in time and listen to Erik Lichack and Eliza Vincz of the Early American Music and Arts. Erik and Eliza will also bring a combination of antique and reproduction items of early American life.  For more information on this annual event,
please call the Library @ 908-725-0413.



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.



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 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, October 2 @ 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

September 26

October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

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

September 28

October 5, 12, 26

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.



Lego Night

Wednesday, September 27th @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.


Play Doh Party

Friday, October 6th @11am

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.



Children’s Halloween Soap Crafting Class

Wednesday, October 11 th @ 6pm

Ages 5 to 12

Join our favorite soap instructor, Gayane, in a class creating spooky handcrafted soaps. Have fun creating your own soap with Soap Dough. You can make pumpkin, bat, spider or anything you want! Your masterpiece will be sealed inside of crystal clear soap for you to enjoy it for a long time! 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. Feel free to buy her books while she is here and she may even sign it for you! 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.


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