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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.

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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.

January

Writer’s Workshop – January 12 – February 9, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
A writing circle is a supportive community where people feel to express themselves through the written word. The group provides a safe environment to share different genres, such as journaling, memoirs, poetry, creative prose etc. Writing is an easy way to communicate with your deeper self. You will learn writing can reduce stress and heal troubles memories. If so inclined, you can leave a legacy for your loved ones. Members share their work in a friendly atmosphere and through discussion build confidence in their abilities. This workshop lets the creative process work its magic as you find your own style and voice. Dianne Herald-Dimella lives in Wayne NJ. Her favorite thing is motivating people to explore their talents and push back the ring-pass-not-they have built for themselves. There is a wealth of untapped experience, both historical and personal among our seniors. Dianne has been facilitating writing classes since 2004. Course is limited to 10 participants. Age 50+. Please call the library to register (973) 835-5044.

Digital Downloading: Magazines, Audio Books and E-Books - Wednesday, January 23th, 7:00 p.m. So much is available with your Riverdale or Morris County library card! Join us as we look at the e-books and audio books available to borrow: we’ll show you the process and explore the catalog. Use your library card to access digital versions of popular magazines like Martha Stewart Living, The Economist,
and Food Network Magazine are just some of the magazines you can download each month (for free!) and keep. Have a tablet or iPad? Bring it!

Author Visit and Book Signing – Saturday January 26, 1 p.m. Steve Pricone, retired Riverdale Public School Science Teacher
Steve Pricone will be here to discuss his latest book, They’re Here You Know, his motivation to write the book, about the publishing process and he’ll also do a few science “tricks”. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Pricone has authored 15 plays for children and teens published in PLAYS magazine, as well as the humorous cookbook, Who Stepped on the Duck a l’Orange? and The Adventures of Young Thomas Edison, a science activity book. He retired after 41 years teaching science and coaching at Riverdale Public School and Don Bosco Tech in N.J. and currently teaches STEM science part-time at St. Dominic’s School in Brick, New Jersey.

Conquer Clutter – Wednesday, January 30th, 7:00 p.m.
Riverdale Public Library presents “Conquer Clutter.” Have you wasted time looking for important papers? Do you have “important papers” such as receipts, old income tax information, and bank statements but have no clue how long you should keep them? Perhaps you have items you no longer want but don’t want to throw them way and have no idea where you could donate them? Maybe you are overwhelmed with all the papers that come home with your kids from school? Find the answers to these questions and more from Linda Anders Professional Organizer and the owner of COC Enterprises LLC.

Coming of the Revolutionary War – Thursday, January 31, 7 p.m. This presentation will explore the coming of the American Revolution, especially in New Jersey. In the aftermath of the Seven Years' (or French and Indian) War, both the colonial leaders and the British authorities sought to redefine Empire. A combination of ideas and economic challenges would lead to a struggle for independence. Presenter: 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.

February

The Pompton Mutiny – Wednesday, February 6, 7:00 p.m. After enduring horrendous winter encampments in the winters of 1777-1778 and 1779-1780, many Continental Army soldiers had reached their breaking point. Tom Riley, B.A., M.A., M. Ed., will share some of the experiences of these soldiers in a re-enactment of this pivotal period in our nation’s history.

Introduction to Genealogy Wednesday, February 13, 7 p.m. An introduction to all those new to genealogy. Learn how to research and procure family records when you have limited family information and limited time for research. Overcoming the difficulty of name changes and incorrect spelling is also discussed. Records such as the Federal Census, Ship Manifests are covered as well as Birth Marriage and Death Records and more. Presented by Anthony Lauriano, genealogy specialist.

Heart Healthy Choices– Saturday, February 23, 1 p.m. Learn about heart healthy options found within your very own local ShopRite! Danielle, Registered Dietitian, will be speaking about heart healthy tips and giving you ideas for navigating the supermarket. Samples will be included!

George Washington, New Jersey, and The Revolutionary War - Wednesday, February 27, 7 p.m. Presenter: Joel Farkas, National Park Service volunteer docent at Washington's Headquarters, Morristown, NJ Beginning with the French and Indian War, Farkas highlights the important points of Washington’s service to the country, with special emphasis on his New Jersey battles and the winters in Morristown. You’ll take a visual tour of the ford mansion ((Washington’s Headquarters) looking at some of the historical artifacts in the mansion, their stories, and in some cases their connection to George Washington. And yes, Washington’s cherry tree along with Washington’s teeth will be discussed.

March

First New Jersey Governor: William Livingston – Thursday, March 7, 7 p.m.
Recognized as the first popularly elected governor of New Jersey, William Livingston held the post for 14 consecutive years from 1776 to 1790. A member of the Continental Congress and subsequent brigadier general, Livingston was also one of the signatories of the United States constitution. Throughout his service as Governor, William Livingston drew upon his experience as a lawyer, politician, and father. Join us and learn more about more about one of New Jersey’s first political powerhouses. Presenter: 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.

Spring Centerpiece – Saturday March 9, 11 a.m. Join Agnes Sydork in creating a spring centerpiece for your table. Using a glass bowl, decoupage and floral decorations, you’ll create and individualize a craft to throughout the spring season.  Please call the library to register (973) 835-5044.

After The Revolutionary War (1783-1804) Wednesday, March 20, 7 p.m.
Joel Farkas, National Park Service volunteer docent at Washington's Headquarters, Morristown, NJ will be here to discuss the important events coming after the Revolutionary War including the Great Depression of 1784, Shay’s Rebellion, the creation of our Constitution, our first presidents and “elections” and ending with the duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr.

Writing the Family Story – Wednesday, March 27, 7 p.m. Presented by Anthony Lauriano

Revisiting the Founding Era Discussion – Saturday, March 30, 1 p.m. After the culmination of our programs, join Therese McClachrie as we discuss some of the topics covered and how they are still issues today. Registrants will receive a print copy of the Revisiting the Founding Era booklet, and we’ll be discussing this resource.


April


AARP Safe Driving Course – Saturday 4/6, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Factors related to aging can increase the risk of crashes and injury among drivers. The purpose of this course is to help drivers of all ages maintain their mobility and independence by refreshing their driving skills and learning how to adjust to age-related challenges. Course payment is required to hold a seat for this class. Please either mail or drop off a check for the class to secure a spot: $15 for AARP members, $20 for non-members. Course participants may be eligible for auto insurance premium discounts.


Felting Lambs with Ducky’s Sheep Shack – Wednesday, April 10, 6:30 p.m (Registration begins March 1) In this class fiber artist Kerstin Katko (aka Ducky from Ducky’s Sheep Shack) returns to help you craft a felted lamb. 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!


May

Summer Make Up Trends – Wednesday, May 1, 7:00 p.m. Maxine Zawaski, skin care/makeup consultant for Lincoln Park ShopRite, will be here for a demonstration of the latest makeup trends and will have samples for you to try.will be here for a demonstration of the latest makeup trends and will have samples for you to try.

Nature Printing Workshop with Lisa Madson – Saturday May 4, 1:00 p.m. 
Celebrate spring and record the beauty of the season with nature printing on fabric. Make a cloth wall hanging banner utilizing natural found materials such as leaves, flowers and plants from your backyard! The materials are printed with ink and hand colored afterward using various techniques.

Nazis in Riverdale? – Wednesday, May 8, 7 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.

Movies

 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 and the third Friday afternoon of the month at 2 p.m. We’ll be adding movies to the schedule as they become available.

Crazy Rich AsiansWednesday, 1/16, 7:00 p.m., or Friday, 1/18, 2:00 p.m. – Follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young (Henry Golding), to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick’s family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life. It turns out that he is not only the scion of one of the country’s wealthiest families but also one of its most sought-after bachelors. Being on Nick’s arm puts a target on Rachel’s back, with jealous socialites and, worse, Nick’s own disapproving mother (Michelle Yeoh) taking aim. And it soon becomes clear that while money can’t buy love, it can definitely complicate things.Rating: PG-13; runtime:120 minutes.

Upcoming Movies Dates - Titles to be announced
Wed. 2/20, Friday 2/15
Wed 3/13 Friday 3/15 (second Wednesday this month)
Wed 4/17, Friday 4/12 (second Friday due to holiday)
Wed 5/15, Friday 5/17

 

Computer Classes

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

 

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

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!

January 28th - The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz
February 25th - Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
March 25th - Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
April 22nd - The Library Book by Susan Orlean
May 20th - Florida by Lauren Groff
June 24th - Unsheltered by Barbra Kingsolver
July 22nd - Educated by Tara Westover
August 26th - Shakespeare Play Reading - Play reading and performance of an adapted version of a Shakespearean play.
September 23rd - Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
October 28th - The Witch Elm by Tana French
November 25th - The Winter Soldier by Daniel Mason
December 23rd - The Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrik Backman

 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.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Author Visit and Book Signing – Saturday January 26, 1 p.m. Steve Pricone, retired Riverdale Public School Science Teacher

Steve Pricone will be here to discuss his latest book, They’re Here You Know, his motivation to write the book, about the publishing process and he’ll also do a few science “tricks”. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Pricone has authored 15 plays for children and teens published in PLAYS magazine, as well as the humorous cookbook, Who Stepped on the Duck a l’Orange? and The Adventures of Young Thomas Edison, a  science activity book.  He retired after 41 years teaching science and coaching at Riverdale Public School and Don Bosco Tech in N.J. and  currently teaches STEM science part-time at St. Dominic’s School in Brick, New Jersey. 

important papers? Do you have “important papers” such as receipts, old income tax information, and bank statements but have no clue how long you should keep them? Perhaps you have items you no longer want but don’t want to throw them way and have no idea where you could donate them? Maybe you are overwhelmed with all the papers that come home with your kids from school? Find the answers to these questions and more from Linda Anders Professional Organizer and the owner of COC Enterprises LLC.

February

The Pompton Mutiny – Wednesday, February 6, 7:00 p.m. After enduring horrendous winter encampments in the winters of 1777-1778 and 1779-1780, many Continental Army soldiers had reached their breaking point. Tom Riley, B.A., M.A., M. Ed., will share some of the experiences of these soldiers in a re-enactment of this pivotal period in our nation’s history.

Introduction to Genealogy – Wednesday, February 13, 7 p.m. An introduction to all those new to genealogy. Learn how to research and procure family records when you have limited family information and limited time for research. Overcoming the difficulty of name changes and incorrect spelling is also discussed. Records such as the Federal Census, Ship Manifests are covered as well as Birth Marriage and Death Records and more. Presented by Anthony Lauriano, genealogy specialist.

George Washington, New Jersey, and The Revolutionary War  - Wednesday, February 27, 7 p.m. Presenter: Joel Farkas, National Park Service volunteer docent at Washington's Headquarters, Morristown, NJ Beginning with the French and Indian War, Farkas highlights the important points of Washington’s service to the country, with special emphasis on his New Jersey battles and the winters in Morristown. You’ll take a visual tour of the ford mansion ((Washington’s Headquarters) looking at some of the historical artifacts in the mansion, their stories, and in some cases their connection to George Washington. And yes, Washington’s cherry tree along with Washington’s teeth will be discussed.

Heart Healthy Choices– Saturday, February 23, 1 p.m. Learn about heart healthy options found within your very own local ShopRite! Danielle, Registered Dietitian, will be speaking about heart healthy tips and giving you ideas for navigating the supermarket. Samples will be included!

March

After The Revolutionary War (1783-1804) Wednesday, March 20, 7 p.m.

Joel Farkas, National Park Service volunteer docent at Washington's Headquarters, Morristown, NJ will be here to discuss the important events coming after the Revolutionary War including the Great Depression of 1784, Shay’s Rebellion, the creation of our Constitution, our first presidents and “elections” and ending with the duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr.

Spring Centerpiece – Saturday March 9, 11 a.m. Join Agnes Sydork in creating a spring centerpiece for your table. Using a glass bowl, decoupage and floral decorations, you’ll create and individualize a craft to throughout the spring season.

Book sale (description from last year) Friday 4 to 8, Saturday 10 to 4, Sunday noon to 3 p.m. 3/22-3/25Book Donations will be accepted after the first week of January and through Saturday, March 8th for the Friends of the Riverdale Public Library Annual Book Sale. Gently used books, DVD’s and music CD’s are welcome. Drop off anytime the library is open. We’re sorry, but we can’t accept encyclopedia sets, magazines, or VHS tapes.

Writing the Family Story – Wednesday, March 27, 7 p.m. Presented by Anthony Lauriano

Mark your calendar for the Friends Book Sale, Friday, March 22-Sunday, March 24. Great books at great prices!

Revisiting the Founding Era Discussion – Saturday, March 30, 1 p.m. After the culmination of our programs, join Therese McClachrie as we discuss some of the topics covered and how they are still issues today. Registrants will receive a print copy of the Revisiting the Founding Era booklet, and we’ll be discussing this resource.

Book sale (description from last year) Friday 4 to 8, Saturday 10 to 4, Sunday noon to 3 p.m. 3/22-3/25

April

AARP Safe Driving Course – Saturday 4/6 (description from last year)
Factors related to aging can increase the risk of crashes and injury among drivers. The purpose of this course is to help drivers of all ages maintain their mobility and independence by refreshing their driving skills and learning how to adjust to age-related challenges.

Felting Lambs with Ducky’s Sheep Shack – Wednesday, April 10, 6:30 p.m In this class fiber artist Kerstin Katko (aka Ducky from Ducky’s Sheep Shack) returns to help you craft a felted lamb. 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! 

May

Summer Make Up Trends – 5/1 Maxine from Shop Rite will be here for a demonstration of the latest makeup trends and will have samples for you to try.

Nature Printing Workshop with Lisa Madson – Saturday May 4     Nature Printing on Fabric
Celebrate spring and record the beauty of the season .Join us to make a cloth wall hanging banner utilizing natural found materials such as leaves, flowers and plants from your backyard! The materials are printed with ink and hand colored afterward using various techniques.

Nazis in Riverdale? – Wednesday, May 8, 7 p.m.

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

Fiction:

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

Non-Fiction:

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

Audio

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

Movies

Ant-Man and the Wasp

Hotel Artemis

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Skyscraper

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

Juvenile

Children’s:

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

Teen:

Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich

Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi