Raritan Public Library


Raritan Public Library Program News


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.

Local Author Series
Farrah Walters’:  Poetic Parenting: Bright Beginnings to Fabulous Futures

Thursday, June 7th @ 6:30pm

Farrah Walters, Language Arts teacher at
Bridgewater-Raritan High School, will read
from her delightful book of stories, poems and valuable life lessons which engage children
and guide parents on the rewarding,
challenging, and always changing journey
of raising wonderful kids.  The author will
be available to sign copies of her books. 
Registration is required.

The Greatest Showman
Matinee:  Tuesday, June 12th @ 2:00pm
Evening:  Tuesday, June 12th @ 6:00pm

Reserve a seat for the popular musical drama
film based on the life of visionary P.T. Barnum
who rose from nothing to create the
“Greatest Show on Earth”, a spectacle that captivated audiences from around the globe. Starring Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron.
Run time: 1hr 45 min. Registration is required.
Light refreshments will be served.



Betsy Ross Presentation

Thursday, June 14th @ 6:30pm

To celebrate Flag Day, Raritan Library is presenting a special program on Betsy Ross. Kim Hanley, of the American Historical Theatre, will portray Betsy Ross who according to popular legend, created the first “stars and stripes” American flag. Hanley will also show us why Betsy Ross should be celebrated for being a woman who participated in the workforce, raised 5 daughters and supported the Revolutionary Cause. This program is funded in part by Maureen Wilson and family.

Registration is required.

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Friends of the Library Book Sale

Saturday, June 23rd from 10:00am-2:00pm

The Friends of the Raritan Library will be holding their book sale on Saturday, June 23rd.  Books, CDs, and DVDs will be available for purchase. 

Special pricing for books only, $5 per bag!


The Green Planet Band

Thursday, June 28th @ 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 their Mom 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.


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


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


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 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, 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

May 22

June 5, 12, 19, 26


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

May 24

June 7, 14, 21, 28

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.


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.


Movie Night – Peter Rabbit

Wednesday, June 6th @ 6:00pm

Ages 4+

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Join us at the Raritan Public Library for a movie night! Feature adaptation of Beatrix Potter's classic tale of a rebellious rabbit trying to sneak into a farmer's vegetable garden. Snacks will be served. Runtime: 1 hour and 35 minutes. Rated: PG

Registration is required.


Family Game Party

Saturday, June 9th @1pm

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.


Bedtime Stories with Ms. Kristen

Wednesday, June 13th @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.


Beginning of Summer Kick Off Party
All About Rocks with the Sterling Hill Mining Museum

Wednesday, June 20th @4:30pm

Ages 5+

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Join us at the Raritan Public Library for our summer kick off party! Do you love rocks and want to learn more about them?! Come learn about different types of rocks, minerals and even how fluorescents work with Sterling Hill Mining Museum! Be inspired to ROCK this summer with our theme of Libraries Rock! Don’t forget to sign up for summer reading!

Registration is required.


Beginning of Summer Kick Off Party
Rolie Polie Guacamole

Wednesday, June 20th @6:00pm

All Children Welcome

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Join us at the Raritan Public Library for our summer kick off party! Get ready to rock and roll this summer with the band Rolie Polie Guacamole! Rolie Polie Guacamole has developed a smart, parent-friendly musical style that dresses up original tunes and classic covers with vibrant harmonies and deft instrumental layers. They have played over 2,000 shows all around the country! Don’t forget to sign up for summer reading! Registration is required.


TD Bank- Saving for a Rainy Day & Bank Tour

Monday, June 25th @10:30am

Ages 5+

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Join us at TD Bank located at 34 E. Somerset Street 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! We will be meeting at the bank to have a tour of the bank first. *PLEASE NOTE: Parents will not be allowed behind the teller line.*

Registration is required.


Play Doh Party

Wednesday, June 27th @6pm

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.


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


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