Raritan Public Library


Raritan Public Library Programs

Census Recruitment Event at Raritan Library

Tuesday, January 21st 12:00pm-4:00pm

Come speak with a Census recruiter to learn more about employment possibilities.

Hollywood or Bust: Classic Movie

Thursday, January 23rd

@ 2:00pm and 6:00pm

Register to see this 1956 musical comedy
film starring the hysterical duo team of
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.  A singer (Martin)
who can’t pay his bookie joins a nerdy, star struck movie fan (Lewis) and his Great Dane in a
cross-country convertible ride to Hollywood. 

Run time is 1 hour, 35 minutes.

Registration is required.


Downton Abbey (Movie, 2019)
Tuesday, February 11th

@ 2:00pm and 6:00pm

The worldwide phenomenon, Downton Abbey, returns as a spectacular motion picture, with the beloved Crawleys and their intrepid staff preparing for the most important moment of their lives.  A royal visit from the King and Queen of England unleashes scandal, romance and intrigue that leaves the future
of Downton hanging in the balance.  Written by series
creator Julian Fellowes and starring the original cast,
this grand cinematic experience will have you cheering for your favorite characters all over again. 
Running time: 2 hours 3 minutes.

Registration is required.


Wildlife Photography with Tom Gunia
Thursday, February 13th @ 6:30pm

Meet local photographer, Tom Gunia, who has a keen eye for capturing the beauty in nature and wildlife particularly in our Garden State. Tom will talk about how photography has evolved, where he looks for photo opportunities, and how he concentrates on his subjects, lighting, background and composition. His exquisite photographs will be on display at the Raritan Library for the month of February.

Register for this fascinating program.

Life at an Edwardian Manor
With Judith-Krall Russo
Saturday, February 29th @ 1:00pm

The critically acclaimed TV Series, “Downton Abbey,” has renewed popular interest in the Edwardian era, when King Edward VII reigned in the United Kingdom. It was a time of great disparity between the haves and the have-nots. Wealthy aristocrats owned huge manor houses, and reveled in luxury, leisure, and extravagant entertaining. The rich expected their every whim to be indulged, and all their daily needs to be fulfilled, by the lower class of domestic servants. This “Golden Age,” of the late 19th century, perched on a shaky foundation as the winds of change brought a time of greater social mobility within the rigid British class system. Come learn about this fascinating time and the people who lived in it.

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!


Pokémon Go
Player versus Player & Trading meetup

Monday, January 20th 6pm-7:30pm

Looking for fellow Pokemon Go players to battle against? Got some rare Pokemon you want to trade or are you looking for a legendary Pokemon you missed out on? Come to the Raritan Public Library for a Pokemon Go player meet up where trainers can battle, trade, or just chat about Pokemon Go. This is a great opportunity to swap Trainer Codes with other players, plus test your skills against local trainers. Don’t forget that the library is a Gym and also has a Pokestop so you can restock your items while interacting with other local players. You may even find a few trainers who will have a Nintendo Switch on hand which means they can help you get or refill a Meltan box.

This program is a family event for all ages and light refreshments will be provided.


Programs for Children, Tweens and Teens


Calling all Poets for Submissions for the 2020 "April is Poetry Month" Anthology

Work on your poetry now, at home, at school or at the library.  See Ms. Carol for the format and forms required for submission to the Raritan Public Library, or see the links below.  Poets will receive an invitation to the special Poetry Reading in April. 

DEADLINE:  February 18, 2020

Poetry Submission Requirements 2020

Poetry biography and permission child 2020

Submission Sheet 2020

Poets Wanted for National Poetry Month

Math & Language Arts Tutoring

Grades 4-8

Mondays 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Sign up for individual half hour sessions with a talented high school student and experienced tutor who can help your child with Reading/Language Arts and Mathematics.  Call the Library.

tutoring flyer



Homework Help

for Grades K-4

Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:00 – 5:30 P.M.

Stop in and do your homework at the library. 
Ms. Carol will check in with each group and help students and their families as needed.


Newborn Nursery Rhymes

(Newborn – 18 months)

January 6, February 3

Join us on first monthly Mondays,

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.

for socializing, songs, puppets & stories.

Toddler Storytimes

(Ages 18 months-3 years)

Tuesdays 10:30-11:00

Join Ms. Carol for some stories and a craft with a new theme each week. Children will enjoy socializing and their grownups can chat, too!  We can't wait to welcome you to the

Raritan Library. 

Preschool Storytimes

(Ages 3-5 years)

Thursdays 10:30-11:00


Join Ms. Carol for some stories and make an age-appropriate craft.  There is a different theme every week.  Children will enjoy socializing and their grownups can chat,too! 


Make & Take Saturdays

10:30 a.m. to 2:30 P.M.

Drop by the Raritan Public Library on Make and Take Days

and craft artwork to take home!

Crafting supplies and kits set out

for you to use. 

No advance registration required.

Please sign in on arrival.



Book Club for Grades 4-6

Wednesdays at 5:00 p.m.


Join this student intitiated and student led book club! Bring a friend or make new ones! Choose books to read with the club, talk about books you are reading or about your school reading, create and do fun activities.  Refreshments served.  Sign up and show up!  You'll be glad!



Winter’s Play Dough Party - Wednesday, January 15 at 6:00 p.m.

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Bedtime Stories 

Wednesday, January 22 at 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 26 at 6:00 p.m.

All ages.  Please sign up.

Get comfy in your pj’s, if you like, and listen to some stories with Ms. Carol and your friends at the Library.  Snacks, too.  Please register.



Get your money's worth from your Library Card! 

Wednesday, January 29 at 6:30 p.m.

Ms. Carol will demonstrate how to use your library card here or at home to learn languages, read books in any language and use other digital services.  For families! Sign up. 



Eyes of the Wild and Wallaby Tales present Animal Friends at the Library

Saturday, February 1, at 11:00 a.m. 

All Ages

Meet some fascinating live animal friends at the library.  You can even touch and pet some of these special animals, when invited to do so!  Come learn about the unique behaviors and adaptations of animals from different environments in this fun, funny and educational program!  Registration required. 

animal friends flyer



The Movie

Wednesday, February 5 at 6:00 p.m.

Come to the library to see this popular recently released movie, highly rated by critics and viewers. Enjoy the beautiful animation and the adventure story emphasizing kindness. Rated PG.  Run time 93 minutes. Refreshments served.  Please register.


Special Book Club Invitation to All

Wednesday, February 5 at 5:00 p.m.

Try Poetry!

Come to read, listen or talk, or write a poem of your own!  If you prefer, make an art college.  Enjoy company, snacks and the arts. Please sign up. 


Make Poems & Valentines

Wednesday, February 12, between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Work on your poem at the Library in time to submit it for publication for the Poetry Month Anthology!  Make valentines for your valentines, too.  Samples and supplies provided. If you wrote a poem at home or at school, hand it in! Contact Ms. Carol.


Family Game Night –

Wednesday, February 19 at 6:30 p.m.

Play board games at the Library with your family and friends.  Snacks served.  Please register. 



Leap Year Story Time

Saturday, February 29 at 11:00 a.m.

 Special Saturday story time, with stories, rhymes and songs, a craft, and a little jumping around!  Please register. 




Contact Information

54 East Somerset Street
Raritan, NJ 08869
Tel: 908-725-0413
Fax: 908-725-1832

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