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.


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.


Mozzarella and Tomatoes:
An End of Summer Treat
Thursday, September 5th at 6:30 p.m.

John Suriano of ShopRite in Greenwich, New Jersey

will demonstrate the process of making fresh mozzarella cheese.

You will learn a few things from John that may encourage you to make this wonderful cheese at home.

Tastings will be available.

Registration is required.


Dumbo (2019)
Matinee: Tuesday, September 10th @ 2pm
Evening: Tuesday, September 10th @ 6pm

From Disney and acclaimed director Tim Burton, the grand live-action adventure DUMBO expands on the beloved 1941 classic story. Circus owner Max Medici (Danny Devito) enlists former equestrian performer Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) and his children to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughingstock in an already struggling circus. But when they discover that Dumbo can fly, the circus makes an incredible comeback attracting entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), who then recruits DUMBO for his newest, larger-than-life venture, Dreamland. Soon Max and his circus troop realize that Dreamland is a “dark” place and they unite with Dumbo to overcome all adversities.
Run time: 1 hour, 52 minutes
Registration is required.


“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.

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, August 26th 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

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.






Newborn Nursery Rhymes

(Newborn – 18 months)

September 9, 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.



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. 


BOOK CLUB Open Meeting Wednesday, August 21 at 5:30  Ages 8+

Get some summer reading done together! Book Club will have a selection of short- short stories we can read and talk about on the spot, (no homework)!  Attendance counts as a book read for summer reading!  We also offer refreshments and friendship.

Please register. 



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, stretch and get fit with a fun and energetic interactive dance party hosted by a physical education professional! Celebrate our summer reading theme with lots of outer space and extraterrestrial alien music and movement!  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.    


Book Club Hosts

“Lemonade Wars”

Wednesday, September 4 at 4:00!  Ages 8+

We love the Lemonade Wars series of books, by Jacqueline Davies!  End your summer and start your school year off right, by joining our last Book Club meeting in a Lemonade Making Contest to taste which team makes the best lemonade!  Share your favorite memories of the Lemonade Wars books, or check one out if you haven’t read them yet!  Relax, have fun, and get your Vitamin C!

Please register. 


Ms. Loring’s

Yoga With Children

Saturday, September 7 at 1:00

For children of all ages and their families. 

Join us at the Library to conclude your first week of school with an inspiring, calming, affirming practice, as yoga guides us to stretch, relax and breathe, with Yoga Instructor,

Ms. Loring! 

Registration is required as space is limited.


John Basilone

History for Children and Teens,

with the Scouts

Wednesday, September 11 at 6:00

Our Scout friends return to the Library to help us with a craft, and learn together about Raritan's own WWII hero, John Basilone, in time for our town's famous parade!  Make a pin of your own to wear for the big day, or decorations for your home or the library.  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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