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Raritan Public Library Program News


6th Annual Poetry Celebration
Wednesday, April 25th @6:00pm

To commemorate National Poetry Month, April 2018, the Raritan Public Library is holding a Poetry
Celebration for all ages.  Poets whose works were chosen in our March contest will be invited to read at the
Library’s Poetry Celebration.  Special guest Poet, James B. Nicola, will also be present to read from several of his published books.

Light refreshments will be served. 

Open to the public.

Click here for a bio on our special guest poet, James B. Nicola

 

 

Raritan in 1948
Thursday, May 3rd @ 6:30pm

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As part of the 70th Anniversary Celebration of Raritan’s Independence, John Pacifico will give a talk with a slide show presentation about what Raritan was like in 1948. Raritan back then was much different than today. There were many mom-and-pop grocery stores and coal and ice were regularly delivered to the home. If you lived in Raritan in 1948, it will be a wonderful trip down memory lane. John will talk about 5 businesses which were open at that time and are still operating today.

After the talk, on hand will be a large detailed map of Raritan from 1948 and on the computer/kiosk in that room will be numerous newspapers from 1948 of Raritan’s own newspaper the “Raritan Valley News.” Registration is required.

 

 

Pallet Art Painting Project
Tuesday, May 8th @6:00pm

canvas painting design - Springtime Floral

Are you looking to create a piece of beautiful art work for your home décor? Then sign up with Irene Mortko who will instruct you on how to make this special (fun and easy) painting on wood project. A $15 fee applies to materials only and is due at time of registration.

 

 

Mother’s Day Bath Craft

Thursday, May 10th @ 6:30pm

Join Michele Liana and Gayane in creating an elegant box filled with salt/botanical tub tea bags. Michele will explain the benefits of using various botanicals and salts, while Gayane will help you put the finishing touches on a beautiful box which you can gift for Mother’s Day! A $5 fee applies for materials only.

 

 

Mary Todd Lincoln Portrayal
Thursday, May 24th @ 6:30pm

Pat Jordan of the American Historical Theatre will give an insightful presentation on Mary Todd Lincoln, one of the most complicated and frequently misunderstood first ladies. Find out how Mary tried to nurture her family during the time of civil war even while she was deemed a spy by the North and a traitor by the South. This special program is sponsored in part by the

Raritan Historical Committee. 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

 

Code (Python) Workshop
Saturdays May 12th, 19th, & June 9th

10:30am-12:30pm

Anesha Santhanam, founder of Likeable STEM, had such a good time with us on Makers Day that she is back to do a coding workshop at the Raritan Library! This is a 3 part program so you need to sign up for all 3 days, as each session will build on the previous one. This program will allow coders the chance to learn about using Python, a coding program. Anesha will be working with the group on a project throughout each session so make sure to attend all 3 workshops. The library can provide some laptops, but coders are encouraged to bring their own laptop if they have one.
Ages 10 and up.

Registration is required.

 

 

Teen Program – Spring Wind Catcher Painting

Wednesday, May 16th @ 6:00pm

Ages 9+

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Join us at the Raritan Public Library for a creative evening painting wind catchers. Once your wind catcher is dry you can hang it outside and listen to its beautiful songs all summer long or use it as a locker decoration! Invite your friends for a fun night!

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, June 4th @ 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

April 24

May 8, 15, 22

 

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

April 26

May 10, 17, 24

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.

 

 

6th Annual Poetry Celebration

Wednesday, April 25th @6:00pm

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To commemorate National Poetry Month, April 2018, the Raritan Public Library is holding a Poetry Celebration for all ages.  Poets whose works were chosen in our March

contest will be invited to read at the

Library’s Poetry Celebration. 

Light refreshments will be served. 

Open to the public.

 

 

Unique Creatures

Saturday, May 5th @ 11:00am

All Children Welcome

Join us at the Raritan Public Library for Unique Creatures, where the most interesting animals from all over the world come to you in a fun, safe, and educational way. You'll get up close and personal with our weird and interesting creatures. Enjoy a fun morning learning all about different animals.

Registration is required.

 

 

Mother’s Day Flower Planting

Wednesday, May 9th @ 6:00pm

Ages 3+

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Come in to the Raritan Public Library and plant a flower for your mom, or another special lady in your life, for Mother’s Day. You'll get to plant seeds in a pot and give them to her on Mother’s Day! Then, watch them grow together! You can even bring your mom with you for a fun evening together.

Registration is required.

 

 

Movie Night – Ferdinand

Wednesday, May 23rd @ 6:00pm

Ages 4+

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Join us at the Raritan Public Library for a movie night! After Ferdinand, a bull with a big heart, is mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. Snacks will be served. Runtime: 1 hour and 48 minutes. Rated: PG

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

 

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