Raritan Public Library



Raritan Public Library Programs

Adult Summer Reading Program
June 27th through August 30th, 2019

Adults can sign up to read books relating to this year’s summer reading theme: “A Universe of Stories”. The more books you read, the more times you can enter a contest to win a basket filled with wonderful prizes at the end of the program.

Stop in anytime after June 26th to register.



Sensory Gardens with Linda Klug

Thursday, July 25th at 6:30 p.m.

Expert gardener and horticultural therapist, Linda Klug, will reveal how sensory gardens give aesthetic pleasure, create calming environments, stimulate activity and serve educational and therapeutic needs.  Participants will discover how easy it is to grow plants with interesting textures, varied scents, engaging sights and savory flavors.  Linda will bring samples of plants for all to experience.  Registration is required.

The Upside
Matinee:  Tuesday, August 13th @2:00pm
Evening:  Tuesday, August 13th @6:00pm

A recently paroled ex-convict, Dell (Kevin Hart), strikes up an unusual and unlikely friendship with a quadriplegic billionaire, Philip Lacasse (Bryan Cranston) in this
warm-hearted comedy.  From worlds apart, Dell and Philip form an unlikely bond, bridging their differences and gaining invaluable wisdom in the process,
giving each man a renewed sense of passion for all of life’s possibilities. Register for this heart-felt comedy inspired by a real-life story. Also starring Nicole Kidman.

Run time: 2 hours, 6 minutes
Refreshments served.  Registration is required.


The Beatles (Part 2) – Success, Superstardom and Separation with Paul Groom

Thursday, August 22nd at 6:00 p.m.

Liverpool native, Paul Groom, is returning to present part two on the Beatles: Success, Superstardom and Separation. The differences between the release of their music in the UK and the US will be highlighted. Paul Groom will discuss Beatlemania, the Ed Sullivan show (1964), their first film “A Hard Day’s Night”, Sgt. Pepper, as well as their first controversy. His presentation will lead to the end of Beatle touring and the beginning of the band members moving in different directions. The audience will hear lots of music that was important in the development of the “Fab Four”.   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!


Pokémon Go
Player versus Player & Trading meetup

Monday, July 22nd 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



Monday, July 15 to Friday, July 19, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Sign up for this free SAT practice and study week at the Library.  Brush up, learn from other talented students, and practice.  There will be one or more short refreshment breaks built in.   This program is offered by our high school tutor volunteer.  Registration required. 

SAT Boot Camp

Math & Language Arts Tutoring

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.

Grades K-4: Tuesdays 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. 

Thursdays 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Grades 4-8:  Mondays 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

 Free Tutoring for Grades K to 3 and 4 to 8

BE A STEM SCHOLAR at the Library!

Sign up for STEM Scholar Workshops and EXPERIMENT!  For Grades 5-8

Under the mentorship of a team of science students, in each workshop students will have the opportunity to do a hands-on science experiment, work collaboratively, and learn and apply the science behind the demonstration.  Each session will deal with a different science topic to provide variety and allow the students to explore the different sciences.   Find out what kind of science inspires you to want to learn more, and have fun in a safe and friendly environment!

Mondays at 4 p.m.: July 8, July 22, August 5, August 19.  Sign-up required. 


Stem Scholars flyer



Grades 4-6

Alternate Wednesday Evenings

at the Library 5:30 p.m.

Sign up to participate in this student initiated book club for reading, talking and other activities!  Attendance at a book club meeting counts as a book read for the summer reading program!  Refreshments provided.   

July 24, August 7, August 21, September 4

BOOK CLUB summer flyer


Summer Readers

Practice reading aloud to Ms. Carol for 20 minutes on Mondays this summer, July 8 – August 19.  We will work on comprehension and retelling skills.   

Call today to reserve a time slot and make it a date!

Reading Practice at the Library


Lunch with a Librarian

For Children of All Ages

Wednesdays @12:30

June 26 – August 21


Bring a blanket and a picnic lunch and enjoy some new stories while we eat lunch, (outside by the gazebo if it’s nice outside)!

Registration is required.


Newborn Nursery Rhymes

(Newborn – 18 months)

July 1 & August 5

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.



The Summer Reading Program runs from June 19 through August 23 with special programs, and prizes and drawings for reading or completing literacy activities!   Wee Readers ages six weeks to six years participate with read alouds and literacy activities, and children and young adults have their own Summer Reading programs. 





Ages 8 - 14

What’s more fun than a “Bee”?  Sign up to be a speller in our Summer Spelling Bee for summer practice in pronouncing, sounding out and spelling words aloud in public, hearing the words pronounced in a sentence and determining meaning from context, and just for the fun of it!  We will have different categories of words by grade level for each competitor. Or you can come and cheer for the spellers!  Prizes! Registration required. 

Spelling Bee at the Raritan Public Library


Toy and Collectible Swap Meet

Thursday, July 25

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.   

Have some toys you really want to show off? Why not bring some friends and a toy to the library to share some play time?  Or maybe you have a small collection to show, or you have some extra trinkets you would like to trade for something else you want.  Do something different at the library!


Make Your Own Pet Rock!

Wednesday, July 31 at 6:30 p.m.

Geology is an important science in human exploration of the universe.  Learn some basic rock science, and then choose your own “pet” to decorate and take home!  You’ll never have an easier and more understanding pet!

Registration required.


Friday, August 2 at 3:00

By popular request, we are offering a showing of this animated “cult classic”, one shining star of a film in our Universe of Stories.


Run time 1 hour and 35  minutes.

Snacks served.  Please register.



Saturday, August 3 at 11:30 a.m.

Come to the Library for a special story time!  Children of all ages can see and touch a kangaroo pelt, learn about Australia’s animals and people, learn how this far away place helped NASA in the space program, and do a craft.  Please register. 



Tuesday, August 6 at 3:00 p.m.

Come play at the Library and build whatever you can imagine, with your Library friends!



Wednesday, August 7 at 6:30

Bring your sleeping bag and a buddy and join us in the Library for a "Camp-In" special story time!  Something new and different at each camp-in!  Snacks provided.  Please register. 

All ages.


The Disney classic film

Peter Pan at the Library

Friday, August 9 at 3:00

Come travel with Peter Pan, Tinker Bell and the three Darling children to “the second star on the right and straight on till morning!” I know how much you love the crocodile and Captain Hook--and mermaids!  And I do believe in fairies, do you? See you there! 

Run time 77 minutes. Refreshments served.  Please register



Wednesday, August 14 at 3

Classic Hollywood monsters join forces to repel an alien attack.  Run time 94 minutes.  Refreshments served.  Please register. 


Doll Meet and Greet! 

Wednesday, August 14, 6:30 p.m

Bring your baby, plushie, or fashion doll for a play date!  Share “parenting” tips, demonstrate accessories and hair styles, trade extras. Bring your doll's comb or brush for hairstyling tips and practice! 

Please RSVP.



Thursday, August 15 at 2:00 - 3:30

Silent reading parties are in fashion! We make it cool and quiet, provide reading spaces and refreshments, and you can read or do your summer work in peace! When the bell rings, stay and talk if you like.  



BINGO Night!

Wednesday, August 21 @ 6:30 p.m.

Ages 4+

Join us at the Raritan Public Library for a fun night of SOLAR SYSTEM BINGO and other fun BINGO games! Enjoy time with your family and friends, practice matching and learn, and even win prizes!   We will serve a snack as well.  Registration required.


Sky’s the Limit! 

Dance Party with Housel Fun & Fitness 

& End of Summer Reading Prize Drawing

Friday, August 23 at 3:00 p.m.

Wrap up your summer reading with a fun and energetic interactive dance party celebrating our summer reading theme!  Afterward enjoy refreshments and the announcement of our summer reading drawing winners!

Registration required. 


Play Dough Building Party!

Wednesday, August 28 at 6:30 p.m.

Ages 3+

Come to the Library, relax and exercise your imagination by making some play dough sculptures and creations with your friends. 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



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