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  Monday 10:00 AM 8:00 PM
  Tuesday 10:00 AM  5:00 PM
  Wednesday 10:00 AM 8:00 PM
  Thursday 10:00 AM 8:00 PM
  Friday 10:00 AM 5:00 PM
  Saturday 10:00 AM 4:00 PM
  Sunday CLOSED  
June, July and Aug. Sat hours - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.



New Programs

Space is limited for our programs, and registration is required. Don't lose out! Download or print our adult programs September through December 2018 Adult Programs.

Register by calling the library at (973) 835-5044, click on the link for each program to register through our Event Calendar.


Harvest Bread Basket Craft - Saturday, September 8th, 11:00 a.m. (Sorry! This program is now full)

Agnes Sydork will help you create a decoupage project wooden basket, perfect for serving at your harvest table. All materials provided.

Summer Reading Finale - Wednesday, September 12, 7 p.m.

Let’s share our reading, get tips on what to read this fall, enjoy refreshments and win some prizes!

Putting Your Garden to Sleep - Wednesday, September 26th, 7:00 p.m.

Master Gardener Barbara Perino gives advice to finish up your gardening tasks to ensure a smooth and healthy start to your plants in the spring.

Needle Felted Owl Class –  Saturday, September 29, 1 p.m.

In this class fiber artist Kerstin Katko (aka Ducky from Ducky’s Sheep Shack) will teach you how to sculpt sheep wool into an owl shape using only felting needles. While felting has been around for centuries, needle felting is a relatively new craft. It involves using barbed felting needles to compact and shape wool into sculpture. Once you try it you’ll be hooked! No experience is necessary. We will be using sharp needles so a few poked fingers are possible, but lots of creative fun is inevitable! 


Organize Your Closet, Organizing Your Clothes for Less Chaos - Monday, October 1, 7 p.m.

Do you DREAD going into your closet or dresser drawers? Are your closet and dressers overflowing? Did the shelf and or rod in your closet collapse from the weight of too many clothes, yet you have nothing to wear?

This program will cover:

Clothing shopping tips to keep your clothes from over taking your home

Dozen ways to keep closets organized

Planning a wardrobe

Shopping tips

Presented by Professional Organizer Linda Anders. Linda is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers and is the owner of COC Enterprises LLC.

Nazis in Riverdale? - Wednesday, October 3rd, 7:00 p.m. Local historian Tom Riley will trace the origins of Camp Bergwald on Federal Hill from the
construction of the camp through its confiscation by the federal government. The connection of Camp Bergwald to the German American Bund and Nazi Germany will be fully explored.

Ichabod Crane, Washington Irving, and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – Wednesday, October 10, 7 p.m. 

The presenter brings an all new adaptation of this horror story written by Washington Irving. The interactive one-man interpretation of the story of the headless horseman draws the audience into the schoolmaster’s world in sleepy Tarry Town. The program, followed by discussion about this 19th century author who also wrote Rip Van Winkle, ends with a dramatic reading of the story’s postscript. Neill Hartley, First Person Interpreter: Actor, Director, Spokesperson and Teacher, Neill Hartley earned a Master of Fine Arts from Temple University in Acting and was a faculty member there 1989-2000. Since 1994 he has been teaching Speech & Voice at the University of the Arts and is a speech and dialect coach for several professional theaters. As an actor he has performed with Arden Theater, InterAct Theatre, and the Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival, among others. This program has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH).

Halloween Craft with AgnesSaturday, October 13, 11 a.m.

Mummy bowl for handing out treats! This glass bowl with mummy wrap will last many Halloweens.

Yoga: Six Class Series - Fridays, October 19th, October 26th, November 2nd, November 16th & November 30th, 11:00 a.m. (Priority registration for Riverdale residents until September 29th) The Krishnamacharya Tradition emphasizes the linking of breath and movement and believes that if you can breathe, you can do yoga. This series will include gentle movements appropriate for everyone from the beginner to the advanced student, and will focus on stress relief, flexibility, balance and strength. No previous yoga experience is required. Please wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing and bring a mat or large towel. Kathleen Shannon is an adjunct professor at Ramapo College and is certified at the 500-hour level in the Krishnamacharya Tradition of yoga. She has been teaching yoga for over 10 years, and practicing for more than 20.

An Organized Student = A Less Stressed Parent …and Student Too! -  Wednesday, October 24, 7 p.m.

This hour-long PowerPoint program, designed for children in grades 4 – 12 and their parents, will cover time management, using a planner, long term projects, the best school supplies to choose, organizing your backpack and more! This program will be presented by Linda Anders, member of the National Association of Professional Organizers and the owner of COC Enterprises LLC.

Radio Theater - Saturday, October 27, 1 p.m.

Listen to old time radio broadcasts from CBS Radio Mystery. Two broadcasts will be presented – sign up for one or both. Our resident artist, staff member Carly Tomasewski has created visuals for the big screen to go along with the programs. Get in the Halloween mood and join us! Halloween snacks will be served.

Get Organized for Weight LossMonday, October 29, 7 p.m.

Menu planning, kitchen organization help – make dieting easier and likelier to work! This program will be presented by Linda Anders, member of the National Association of Professional Organizers and the owner of COC Enterprises LLC.


Fall FoodsSaturday, November 3, 1 p.m.

Danielle Columbo, dietician from Lincoln Park Shoprite, will be bringing along some delicious but nutritious foods for us to try for the season. You’ll be making Mason Jar Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats. All new recipes and foods to try.

Medicare Part "D" - Saturday, November 10, 1 p.m.

Learn about the Part “D” Medicare plans available in New Jersey for 2019, and how to select a plan. Charles Clarkson, Esq. Of the Seior Medicare Patrol of New Jersey will give an overview of the available plans, and will discuss how to apply for coverage, how to change coverage, and how to manage health care.

Introduction to Guided Meditation - Wednesday, November 28, 7 p.m.

This workshop is oriented to those who are new to guided meditation but anyone is welcome and would find it helpful and enjoyable. It includes an explanation of what it is, together with several simple exercises. Emphasis is on the many health benefits such as reduced stress, improved focus, and enhanced creativity.



Skin Care for Winter Months - Saturday, December 1, 1 p.m.

Maxine Zawaski, skin care/makeup consultant for Lincoln Park ShopRite, will be advising us on keeping our skin looking its best through the holidays and winter months. She’ll be bringing samples for demonstration and for you to try.

Gingerbread House Decorating - Wednesday, December 5, 6:30 p.m.

Melissa Harsley will be here to help you decorate your gingerbread house. All materials supplied, thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Riverdale Library. Program registration begins November 1 for this program.

New Jersey, Pre & Post Revolution -Thursday, December 6, 7 p.m.

Have you ever thought about how New Jersey was created? Perhaps you’ve wondered about how East and West Jersey came to be? Or you’ve considered how life changed for landowners as the American Revolution intensified? The way the state developed before, during, and after the revolution, including some of its distinctive features that still remain today, is fascinating. In this session, significant topics like New Jersey’s role in politics, transportation, trade, and agricultural on the eve of revolution will be explored. This program has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH). Jonathan Mercantini is Acting Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Associate Professor of History at Kean University where he has taught since 2007. He has also taught at Princeton University. He earned his Ph.D. in American History from Emory University. In 2014 he worked with the New Jersey Historical Commission to plan activities for the 350th Anniversary of New Jersey.

Christmas Craft with Agnes - Saturday, December 8, 11 a.m.

Program registration begins November 1 for this program.


Join us for a film on the big screen (60"), and refreshments. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for their sponsorship of our movies!

Movie Nights are at 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday night of the month. We’ll be adding movies to the schedule as they become available.

Book Club (drama, romance) -  September 19, 7 p.m. & September 21, 2 p.m.

Four friends in a book club are inspired to spice things up after reading Fifty Shades of Grey. With each of them in a different romantic situation, the women gather inspiration and tips for the bedroom and try new things later in life. (2018, PG-13, 104 min.)

Foreign film

Refreshments will be served.

The Class: Entre les murs (French)Friday, September 28th, 2:00 p.m.

Francois Marin (François Bégaudeau) is a French language and literature teacher at an inner-city Paris high school. As the new school year begins, he introduces himself to his new class and begins the arduous process of reaching out to each of them. Marin encounters his share of problem students, teen violence, ethnic tensions between classmates and education barriers within the group, all of which test his patience and -- more importantly -- his resolve as an educator. (2008, PG-13; 130 min.)


Computer Classes

We offer a variety of computer instruction classes. Call the library or stop by to register - 973-835-5044.

Excel (Prerequisite: familiarity with PC basics and Microsoft Word.) Learn how to create a simple worksheet. You will input data, create simple formulas and use basic formatting techniques. We will discuss tips to view your worksheet, and how print a presentable report. Saturday, October 6,  11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Excel Part 2 - Saturday, December 1st, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Prerequisite: Excel 1 or knowledge of Excel basics. Topics covered include formatting data, freezing windows and hiding data, sorting, working with multiple sheets and creating a chart or graph from your data.


PowerPoint - (Prerequisite: familiarity with PC basics and Microsoft Word.) Design a PowerPoint presentation with text, clip art, and animation. You’ll learn about formatting, the design options available, presentations views, and how to run a slide show. September 22, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. OR Wednesday, November 7, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.


Device Advice - Need help downloading our ebooks, digital magazines or music? Riverdale Library cardholders can make an appointment and bring in your device for one-on-one assistance.


Personal Computer Tutoring - Riverdale Library card holders can meet with a librarian for a 30 minute individual session on email basics or for an introduction to the computer. Please call the library for an appointment.

Ongoing Programs

See the events calendar for current dates and specific information.

Need to RegisterSometimes the program announcement asks you to register either in person or over the phone. This is so we have an idea of how many to expect and so we can call you if there is a cancelation.

Book Discussion Group

Join us for a lively discussion the fourth Monday of every month from 6:30 – 8:00 pm! New participants are always welcome! Even if you haven’t had a chance to finish reading the book, the discussion is great! A wide variety of books are read, plus at least one author talk a year.

Refreshments are served and all are welcome to attend!

2018 Book Discussion Selections:

January 22nd - Villette by Charlotte Bronte

February 26th- In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende

March 26th - The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

April 23rd - The Child by Fiona Barton

May 21st - Daring to Drive by Manal al-Sharif

June 25th -The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

July 23rd - Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks

August 27th - Shakespeare Play: Play reading and performance

September 24 - A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

October 22 - The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson

November 26 - A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman

December 17 - The Great Santa Search by Jeff Guinn

Download or print our 2018 Book Discussion Selections

2017 Book Discussion

2016 Book Discussion

2012 Book Selections

2011 Book Selections

Previous Years Book Selections

Photography Club
From experts to beginners, this is the place for photographers to share information and discuss tips and tricks.
When: Usally the 4th Monday of each month. 6:30 – 7:45 p.m.

Gypsy Knitters
A lively group who visit to knit every week. Bring a project and share an enjoyable time with others who share your passion for knitting. This is a free group for experienced knitters.
When: 1st and 3rd Thursdays,  5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Personal Tutoring Sessions available for Riverdale Library Cardholders:

Meet with a librarian for a 30 minute individual session. Please call the library for an appointment. Typical tutoring sessions:

Introduction to the Personal Computer
This course is for the patron new to the computer. You will start with mouse and keyboard practice and work with windows; open, close, maximize and minimize. Learn about the Start button to find programs, and become familiar with program toolbars and menus. You will access the Internet and learn how to navigate the Web.

Email Basics
Create an email account, send and receive an email message, and open, add, and download attachments (like photos!) in this hands-on workshop. If you have an email account already, just be sure to bring your username and password to your appointment. If you do not have an email account, no problem! You’ll create a Gmail account for yourself.









































  1. Books
  2. Audio
  3. Movies
  4. Youth


The Adults by Caroline Hulse

Body & Soul by John Harvey

Fire & Blood by George R. R. Martin

The Kinship of Secrets by Eugenia Kim

The Shadows We Hide by Allen Eskens


There Will Be No Miracles Here by Casey Gerald

The Greatest Love Story Ever Told by Megan Mullally

Killing the SS by Bill O’Reilly

American Dialogue by Joseph J. Ellis

The Real Lolita by Sarah Weinman


Accessory to War by Neil deGrasse Tyson

The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton

Desperate Measures by Stuart Woods

Elevation by Stephen King

Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks

The next person you meet in heaven by Mitch Albom

Not Quite Over You by Susan Mallery

Under My Skin by Lisa Unger

Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver

The Witch Elm by Tana French


Ant-Man and the Wasp

Hotel Artemis

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again


The Catcher Was A Spy

The Spy Who Dumped Me

Three Identical Strangers

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Teen Titans Go! To The Movies

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation



Even Superheros Make Mistakes by Shelly Becker

History vs Women by Anita Sarkeesian

Made by Maxine by Ruth Spiro

Phoebe and Her Unicorn in Unicorn Theater by Dana Simpson

Thread of Love by Kabir Sehgal


Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich

Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi