Raritan Public Library


Raritan Public Library Programs


“Rob Trout & the Flounders” Rock Concert

Saturday, September 21st, 2019 @ 1pm

Join us for a special outdoor concert commemorating John Basilone and all war veterans.  Rob Trout and the Flounders” are a New Jersey rock group who have been delighting audiences with their talented and unique performances of classic rock songs from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.  As a true vocal group in which all members sing, “Rob Trout and the Flounders” capture the wonderful harmony that was so important to music of this time period.  Seating will be provided for the first 60 registrants.  Others may bring lawn chairs. Sign up is required.

In case of rainy weather, please call the Library.



John Basilone Parade Day
Sunday, September 22nd from 10am-1pm

Raritan Public Library will be open prior to the 38th Annual John Basilone Parade with special exhibits, memorabilia, and video clips showing our hometown WWII hero and recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, Navy Cross, and Purple Heart.
(Note that regular library business will not take place.)
Stop in before 1pm to learn more about Gunnery Sgt John Basilone.



Chair Yoga with Breda

Tuesday, September 24th at 2:00pm


Back by popular request, Bridget Ryan-Blake (Breda) will be hosting monthly chair yoga sessions. She will guide participants safely and effectively through a series of yoga movements which are designed to strengthen muscles and improve flexibility.  No prior yoga experience is necessary. Please wear comfortable clothing to the class.

Registration is required.


Author Visit with Rosanna Chiofalo

Saturday, October 5th @ 1:00 p.m.

Join author, Rosanna Chiofalo, as she discusses and reads from her 5th book, The Sunflower Girl. Rosanna returns with another beautifully written novel set against the stunning vistas of Tuscany. Rosanna, whose novels draw on her rich cultural background, is a first-generation Italian American of parents who emigrated from Sicily to New York in the 1960s. The author will also sign copies of her book. Registration is required.



Somerset County Journey Through the Past

Saturday, Oct 12th from 10:00am to 5:00pm

Sunday, Oct 13th from 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Our historic site, the General John Frelinghuysen Home, will be open for tours over the weekend of October 12th and 13th.

Registration is not required.



George & Martha Washington

at the Frelinghuysen Home

                   October 13th @ 12:30 – 3:30 pm

      On Sunday, October 13th

from 12:30 pm to 3:30pm, 

special guests Martha and George Washington

will grace our presence

at the General John Frelinghuysen Homestead. Our re-enactors will be dressed in 18thcentury garb. Come shake their hands and hear them talk about their lives; in particular the time they spent nearby

at the Wallace House

(during the Second Middlebrook Encampment:

November 1778 to June 1779). 

Registration is required.




The film “All Is True” explores the human story behind a dark and little-known period in the life of William Shakespeare. The year is 1613, Shakespeare (Kenneth Branaugh) is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. But disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground, and devastated, Shakespeare returns to Stratford, where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family. Haunted by the death of his only son Hamnet, he struggles to mend the broken relationships with his wife and daughters. In so doing, he is ruthlessly forced to examine his own failings as husband and father. His very personal search for the truth uncovers secrets and lies within a family at war.
Running time: 101 mins
Registration is required



“The Witch Is In”
Thursday, October 24th @ 6pm

Join instructor, Irene Mortko, in making this whimsical wooden craft. All supplies and paints will be provided.
Sign up early as class size is limited.
A $10.00 fee is due at time of registration.


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, September 30th 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


A public library card should be the #1 item on every student’s school supply list!
Signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning. A library card provides endless opportunities to transform the school year. Whether it’s providing free access to books, media and technology, STEAM and other educational programs, language apps, or homework help, a library card is one of the most cost effective back-to-school supplies. All children who sign up for a card at the Raritan Public Library in September get a gift and enter a prize drawing!

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


Mindset & Motivation Boot Camp!

For 8th- 12th Grade

Part 1: Monday, September 30

Part 2: Wednesday, October 9

(School Holidays)

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Why try so hard? How does your mindset affect your performance? We will reflect on our passions and goals and share motivational techniques.  Participate in this student initiated and student led program, and change your outlook on life--and your performance on tests, in school and on the playing field.   

 Registration is required.

motivation boot camp 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)

October 7, November 2

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.


Crowns & Gowns: 

Fairy Princess Night

Wednesday, September 25 at 6:30 p.m.

Make like Cinderella and try on one of our little-girl sizes fairy princess dresses—if it fits, you’re a princess and it’s yours for keeps!  We will draw for first choice, etc.  Princes welcome as well; crowns for all!  Ms. Carol will share fairy tale stories from the Library’s collection at this special story time.  Registration required. 



LEGO 2 Movie

Monday, September 30,

3:00 – 5:00 P.M

School Holiday! A good, sweet new Year to you!  Come see The LEGO Movie 2 The Second Part at the Library.  DUPLO invaders from outer space visit and wreck everything faster than the citizens of Bricksburg can rebuild.  To restore harmony, our heroes will have to venture to a strange galaxy where everything is a musical!  Rated PG.  Run time 107 minutes. Refreshments served.  Please register.



Make a Halloween card at the library for our men and women who are serving, and Operation jersey Cares will help us get it to them with a box of needs and treats.  Enjoy a treat yourself for your effort!  Stop by on Monday, September 30, Wednesday, October 2, or Saturday, October 5. 


A “Toy Story Time” for

Children Ages 4-9 at the Library

Saturday, October 5 at 12:30

Come out on Saturday afternoons for the Library’s “Toy Story Time”.  Bring a favorite friend to the library to meet new friends for a toy story time, practice in talking and listening skills, and play date!  Each month we will announce a new theme, so stay tuned!  This month is open for your choice of toy to bring.  Looking forward to getting to know you and yours!  Please sign up.


Make Royal Mosaics

with our guest from "Enjoy Explore India" for children of all ages

Wednesday, October 9 at 6:30 p.m.

Be inspired by the decorative mosaics that capture the spirit of Rajasthan, the desert state of India.  In this workshop you will use tiles, mirrors and jewels to create a scintillating mosaic pattern that you will be proud to hang in your own home, for Diwali or any holiday time.  Enjoy lively folk music and haunting melodies as you make your project.  Registration required. 



Wednesday, October 16 at 6:30 p.m.



Come to the Library to build

       something INTERESTING!


Pumpkin Painting

Wednesday, October 23

5:30 p.m. OR 6:30 p.m.

Sign up for a time to paint a pumpkin at the Library and take it home with you!  REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED!


Wednesday, October 30 at 6 p.m.

See Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Daphne and the gang help their friend Vincent Van Ghoul solve a mystery.  Get ready for the icy slopes of the Himalayas, chilling car chases, crystal balls and spine tingling spells in this all new original movie based on the vintage cartoon characters!

Run time 72 minutes. Snacks served.  Please register.


All About Owls

Saturday, November 2 at 1:00 p.m.

 Ages 7+ (2nd graders+)

An educator from The Raptor Trust visits our library with a live owl.  Learn about and meet this fascinating creature!  For the comfort and safety of the live bird guest and our patrons, audience attendance is limited to ages 7 and older and their adults. 

Registration required, space is limited.


Read to Reily at the Library!

Thursday, November 7

Between 2 and 3

There’s no school on November 7;

why not visit this sweet-tempered therapy dog at the library and practice reading aloud to Reily,

who is a great listener! Please sign up for a 15 minute time slot as a reader. 

Registration required.






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