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LIBRARY HOURS

  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.

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On a monthly basis the Riverdale Public Library donates books to children through the Riverdale Food Bank.

The Riverdale Public Library also performs programs upon request for community groups. If you have a group in the Riverdale community that would like to orchestrate a children's program with the Riverdale Public Library, please do not hesitate to contact Therese McClachrie, Library Director, at 973-835-5044 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Infant and Pre-School Programs      Programs for School Age Children      Children's Program Home

 

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

We are pleased to continue 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten at Riverdale Public Library! 

This program, started in January 2016, has been on-going as participants engage with it at their own pace; caretakers and their pre-kindergartners are encouraged to read together until they reach 1,000 books read.

Anyone can register their little one to be eligible for reading incentives. Just call the library or email Ms. Kate to register.

Then pick up a reading log, record your books, and visit the library each time you read 100 books to receive a small prize. Check out the official 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten website here for more information about this wonderful national initiative. 

Happy Reading!

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Fall Storytimes

Baby & Me

Bring your baby to this storytime where we explore simple books, sing classic songs, enjoy bubbles, and play all while becoming familiar with the library starting Wednesdays, September 12th to October 31st at 10:15 am.

Open to infants and toddlers up to 23 months old with a caregiver.

Please register by clicking here.

 

Bookworms

Let's get reading and singing!

Come for songs, books, and a craft all while getting school ready with friends on Wednesdays, September 12th to October 31st at 11:30 am.

Open to ages 5 and younger with a caregiver.

Please register by clicking here.

storytimes fall 2018 FLYER

Baby Playgroup!

Come to play and meet new friends on Saturday, October 20th at 10 am.

Open to ages 6-23 months.

No registration necessary, come and go as you please!

baby playgroup fall 2018 FLYER

4th Annual Pumpkin Decorating! (Session 1)

This session is full. Thank you!

We’ll bring the pumpkins, you bring the creativity on Saturday, October 20th at 11:30 am!

Open to all ages.

Please let us know you're coming so we can have a pumpkin for you! Please register by clicking here or on the flyer below.

pumpkin decorating oct 2018 session 1 FLYER

4th Annual Pumpkin Decorating! (Session 2)

This session is now full. Thank you!

Due to the popularity of pumpkin decorating, we are now offering a second session on Saturday, October 20th at 12:30 pm! We'll still bring the pumpkins; you still bring your creativity. 

Open to all ages.

Please still let us know you're coming and register by clicking here or on the flyer below.

Note: if you were put on the waiting list for our original program, we have considered you signed up for this second session; you have a guaranteed spot to attend.

pumpkin decorating oct 2018 session 2 FLYERMessy Monday (Oct)

Are you ready to get messy this fall?

Join Ms. Kate for toddler-friendly art projects on Monday, October 22nd at 11 am.

Open to ages 2-5.

Please let us know you're coming and register by clicking here or on the flyer below.

messy monday oct 2018 FLYER

Melody Mom Music Fun! (Oct)

Let's have fun when we welcome Melody Mom back to Riverdale this fall!

Enjoy dancing, singing, and parachute play with new friends on Tuesday, October 23rd at 11:30 am.

Open to ages 2 and up.

Please let us know you're coming and register by clicking here or on the flyer below.

melody mom sept oct 2018 FLYER revised

 

Messy Monday (Nov)

Are you ready to keep getting messy this fall?

Join Ms. Kate for a story and more toddler-friendly art projects on Monday, November 5th at 11 am.

Open to ages 2-5.

Please register by clicking here or on the flyer below.

messy monday nov 2018 FLYER

Music & Movement: Wiggle & Grow (Nov)

Join us when Ms. Cindy brings her Kindermusik experience to our littlest patrons this fall!

This music-filled class uses songs, rhymes, stories, vocal and instrument play as well as focused listening activities to explore fun themes with new friends on Monday, November 12th at 11 am.

Open to ages 18 months to 3 years old with a caregiver.

Please let us know you're coming and register by clicking here or on the flyer below.

music movement wiggle and grow nov dec 2018 FLYER

Drop-in Thanksgiving Craft

Come to get crafty and festive before Turkey Day on Tuesday, November 20th at 3 pm.

Open to all ages.

No registration necessary!

drop in thanksgiving craft nov 2018 FLYER

Melody Mom Music Fun (Nov)

Let's have fun when we welcome Melody Mom back this fall!

Enjoy dancing, singing, and parachute play with new friends on Tuesday, November 27th at 11:30 am.

Open to ages 2 and up.

Please let us know you're coming and register by clicking here or on the flyer below.

melody mom nov dec 2018 FLYER

More Fall Storytimes

Baby & Me

Bring your baby to this storytime where we explore simple books, sing classic songs, enjoy bubbles, and play all while becoming familiar with the library on Wednesdays, November 28th to December 19th at 10:15 am.

Open to infants and toddlers up to 23 months old with a caregiver.

Please register by clicking here.

 

Bookworms

Let's get reading and singing!

Come for songs, books, and a craft all while getting school ready with friends on Wednesdays, November 28th to December 19th at 11:30 am.

Open to ages 5 and younger with a caregiver.

Please register by clicking here.

storytimes fall session 2 2018 FLYER

 

  

Questions? Contact Youth Services Librarian Ms. Kate at 973-835-5044 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

Child with Book

Children's Programs

Registration is required for most programs.
Please click on the flyers below or call the library to register.
 
 

Puppet Theater Club!

Let’s get playwriting!

Come to create your own puppets, write your own plays, build your own puppet theater, and then perform your plays with your puppets for your friends on Thursdays, September 20th to October 25th at 4 pm.

Open to ages 6 and up.

Please register by clicking here or on the flyer below.

puppet theater club fall 2018 FLYER

Chess Club!

Calling all chess fans and players! We’re bringing Chess Club back this fall!

Whether or not you know how to play or just want to improve your game, Ms. Kate will provide the boards and some competition on Mondays starting October 1st to October 29th. Note: there will be no meeting on Monday, October 8th.

Open to ages 5 and up.

Please register once for the whole session by clicking here or on the flyer below.

chess club october 2018 FLYER

 

LEGO Lab (Oct)

This program is full. Thank you!

Bring your imagination; we’ll supply the LEGOs & a great story on Wednesday, October 17th at 4 pm.

Open to ages 5 and up.

Please register by clicking here or on the flyer below.

lego lab oct 2018 FLYER

4th Annual Pumpkin Decorating! (Session 1)

This session is full. Thank you!

We’ll bring the pumpkins, you bring the creativity on Saturday, October 20th at 11:30 am!

Open to all ages.

Please let us know you're coming so we can have a pumpkin for you! Please register by clicking here or on the flyer below.

pumpkin decorating oct 2018 session 1 FLYER

 4th Annual Pumpkin Decorating! (Session 2)

This session is now full. Thank you!

Due to the popularity of pumpkin decorating, we are now offering a second session on Saturday, October 20th at 12:30 pm! We'll still bring the pumpkins; you still bring your creativity.

Open to all ages.

Please still let us know you're coming and register by clicking here or on the flyer below.

Note: if you were put on the waiting list for our original program, we have considered you signed up for this second session; you have a guaranteed spot to attend.

pumpkin decorating oct 2018 session 2 FLYERSilly Science (Oct)

This program is full. Thank you!

Calling all budding scientists!

Join Ms. Kate to get your science on Saturday afternoons this fall. We’ll try our hands at fun and silly experiments again on Saturday, October 20th at 2 pm.

Open to ages 5 and up.

Please let us know you're coming and register by clicking here or on the flyer below.

silly science saturdays sept oct 2018 FLYER

Drop-in After School Crafts!

Join us this fall for after school crafting fun on Wednesday, October 24th at 4 pm!

Open to ages 4 and up.

No registration necessary.

 drop in after school crafts oct 2018 FLYER

Face Painting Workshop

Join us to get into the Halloween spirit with face painting fun on Tuesday, October 30th at 3:30 pm.

Try your hand at painting your own face (or a friend’s) and maybe even find a good look for your Halloween costume the next day!

Open to ages 5 and up.

Please let us know you're coming and register by clicking here or on the flyer below.

face painting workshop oct 2018 FLYER

Silly Science! (Nov)

Calling all budding scientists!

Join Ms. Kate to get your science when school is closed on Friday, November 9th at 11 am. We'll have fun trying our hands at an assortment of silly experiments.

Open to ages 5 and up.

Please register by clicking here or on the flyer below.

silly science nov 2018 FLYER

Paws to Read: Tales to Tails (Nov)

Readers of all levels get to practice reading to a friendly canine listener on Wednesday, November 14th at 4 pm.

Open to ages 5 and up.

Please register by clicking here or on the flyer below.

paws to read nov 2018 FLYER

Family Fort Night (Nov)

Join Ms. Kate for stories and strongholds!

We'll provide the building supplies, all you need are your fort engineering skills. Then hunker down inside your fort with a book or two.

Don't miss the fort-filled family fun on Thursday, November 15th at 6:30 pm!

Open to all ages and families.

Please let us know you're coming and register by clicking here or on the flyer below.

family fort night nov 2018 FLYER

Robotics Workshop: Play Soccer!

Join us when we welcome back Engineering for Kids and learn simple robotics at the library this fall!

Using LEGO® WeDo™ Robots, you will get to build a soccer goal kicker. You’ll also learn how to program and operate your creation using a laptop computer. Come join the engineering fun on Saturday, November 17th at 10:30 am.

Open to kids in grades K-2.

Please let us know you're coming and register by clicking here or on the flyer below.

robotics workshop k 2 nov 2018 FLYER

Robotics Workshop: Mission to Mars!

Join us when we welcome back Engineering for Kids and learn slightly more advanced robotics at the library this fall!

You’ll get to design and program robots to be able to explore an unknown planet, find safe shelter, and collect soil samples. Come to have fun and learn principles of robotics, computer programming, and teamwork at the same time on Saturday, November 17 at 12 pm!

Open to kids in grades 3-5.

Please let us know you're coming and register by clicking here or on the flyer below.

robotics workshop 3 5 nov 2018 FLYER

Drop-in Thanksgiving Craft

Come to get crafty and festive before Turkey Day on Tuesday, November 20th at 3 pm.

Open to all ages.

No registration necessary!

drop in thanksgiving craft nov 2018 FLYER

LEGO Lab (Nov)

Bring your imagination; we'll supply the LEGOs and a great story on Wednesday, November 28th at 4 pm.

Open to ages 5 and up.

Please register by clicking here or on the flyer below.

lego lab nov 2018 FLYER

 

 

 

Questions? Contact Youth Services Librarian Ms. Kate at 973-835-5044 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Talking Book and Braille Center - New Jersey State Library

The New Jersey State Library Talking Book and Braille Center (TBBC) (***LINK***) is a free resource for NJ children, teens and adults who cannot read conventional print books because of any type of disability. TBBC provides a range of services for children and adults including:

  • More than 60,000 book titles in audio, large print, or Braille
  • Machines needed to play audio material
  • More than 75 newspapers & magazines
  • Audiovision - newspaper reading service
  • Audiovision - Internet Streaming Service
  • Materials in Spansh and other languages

Service from the TBBC is source through the Library of Congress, is by postage-free mail with each book packaged in its own self-mailing container.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program - Library materials and assistive devices, such as TTY's, are available for one month loan.

Please contact the library through their website (***LINK***) or call 1-800-792-8322.

Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing: Libraries by Mail

Libraries By Mail is a free service for Morris County residents who are homebound, disabled or unable to get to their local library unassisted. The Morris County Library mails books, CDs, audio books, DVDs and more to your home with return postage pre-paid. You can make the selections yourself, or a librarian will make selections based on your profile.

For applications and to request materials, please call 973-285-6970.

Library-by-Mail Who can use the service?
All residents of Morris County who are home-bound, disabled or lack transportation to get to the library.

MCL Libraries-by-Mail

  • Select your own books or media (audiobooks, CDs, videos, music) or
  • Have librarians make selections based on your reading profile.
  • Selections are regular or large print and may include books borrowed from other libraries.
  • Request material by mail, phone, TTY, fax or e-mail.
  • Books are mailed to you with return postage pre-paid.
  • Ask reference questions by phone (973-285-6969), TTY, fax or e-mail.

How much does it cost?
There is no cost for this service, and postage is pre-paid by the library.

What are my responsibilities?
Handle the books with care; return books in the mail bags in which they are received (secure mailing labels); return books by due date. Thank you.

How do I sign up?
Contact Sydney Ladd, Services Coordinator (9am-5pm weekdays) 973-285-6970 or TTY (973) 285-6942.

Book Buggy Homebound Visits

Free home delivery of library materials to those Riverdale residents who are unable to visit the library. You may print the form, fill it in, and mail it to the library or call 973-835-5044. Click here for the Book Buggy Registration form.

Please note that all the services provided by the County and the State Library are available to those who cannot reach a library. A note from a doctor or social worker is required.

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

Fiction:

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

Button Man by Andrew Gross

Cherry by Nico Walker

French Exit by Patrick Dewitt

Ordinary People by Diana Evans

Non-Fiction:

21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari

The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King

Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America’s Most Notorious Pirates by Eric Jay Dolin

House of Trump, House of Putin by Craig Unger

Heartland by Sarah Smarsh

Audio

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle

Echoes of Evil by Heather Graham

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Dr. Jordan B. Peterson

Cross Her Heart: A Novel by Sarah Pinborough

Flight or Fright by Stephen King

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

Why Not Tonight by Susan Mallery

Movies

Hereditary

Luis and the Aliens

Ghost Stories

Distorted

The Little Vampire

Tag

Adrift

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Ocean’s 8

A Quiet Place

Juvenile

Pride by Ibi Zoboi

Wildcard by Marie Lu

Imposters by Scott Westerfeld

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness

Supernova (Amulet #8) by Kazu Kibuishi

Eraser by Anna Kang

The Iron Flower (The Black Witch Chronicles, #2) by Laurie Forest

Saving Winslow by Sharon Creech

Small Spaces by Katherine Arden