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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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New Programs

Space is limited for our programs, and registration is required. Don't lose out! Download or print our adult program brochure for September through December 2019.

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

 

One Book One Community

People Coming Together Through the Reading and Discussion of a Common Book

Riverdale Library is joining with Pequannock Library and Lincoln Park Library for a One Book One Community program. Riverdale residents can pick up a free copy of the book after May 27 – Walking to Listen: 4,000 Miles Across America, One Story at a Time by Andrew Forsthoefelby. Themed programs are in the works for the fall, and the author will visit in October.

 

Adult Summer Reading

Summer reading begins Tuesday, May 28th.

Play Adult Summer Reading Book Bingo

Keep track of books you read from May 28 to September 2nd by writing the title and author in the matching square. Book titles may be used only once per card, and only one entry per person. Need suggestions for your squares? Ask a Riverdale Public Library staff person for recommendations! Also, sign up for our adult summer reading newsletter which will provide you with ideas for your next read.

How do I win?
Bingo: Complete a horizontal, vertical or diagonal line! Turn in your card and you’ll be entered into a drawing for an Amazon gift card (4 winners).
Blackout: Complete all 25 squares! Turn in your card and you’ll be entered in a drawing for the grand prize – a bag of advanced reader copies from big publishers, and $100 Amazon gift card.

How do I submit my board for the prize drawing?
Submit your completed card (with either bingo or a blackout) by Tuesday, September 3rd. Entries can be delivered in person to the library, scanned and emailed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or mailed to: Riverdale Public Library, 93 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Riverdale NJ 07457.

Summer Reading Finale

Wednesday, September 11th, 7:00 PM
Join us as we share and celebrate a summer of reading!

 

August

Outdoor Shakespeare Production at the Glenburn: Verily, Madly Thine

Wednesday August 7, 7 PM at the Glenburn.
Chairs are provided. In inclement weather, the performance will be held indoors in the barn on the property.
This year’s production, entitled Verily, Madly Thine, will feature a wonderful array of moments from Shakespeare’s plays as well as a few selections from more contemporary authors who have been inspired by one of Shakespeare’s originals. Verily, Madly Thine also features a delightful sprinkling of music, and in total, these 60 minutes about falling in love will make you fall in love with this delightful and entertaining collection of scenes inhabited by the victims of Cupid’s arrows
The Shrewd Mechanicals is a touring company of the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey. Don’t miss this wonderful quartet as they bring to life the joy, wit, poetry, and music of the world’s greatest playwright — and those he’s inspired.

Science on the Seven Continents

Wednesday, August 14, 7 PM
This library program will introduce you to the travels and research of Erin Colfax, a research explorer and science educator. Her program will bring you on a trip around the world seeing pictures, hearing stories, touching specimens, and learning about her international scientific research. Erin has traveled to all seven continents and has written books and poems highlighting her work to share with you.
Erin Colfax, is a research explorer and science educator at The College of Saint Elizabeth and Morristown High School in Morristown, NJ. As a teacher and explorer, she has spent two decades conducting international research projects while traveling throughout the seven continents.

SEPTEMBER

 Night Sky Viewing – Wednesday, September 4, 7:30 – 9 p.m. Joseph Molnar of the Morris Museum Astronomical Society will have his telescopes set up for viewing. The Morris Museum Astronomical Society was founded in 1972, and we are part of the Morris Museum near Morristown NJ.

Summer Reading Finale – Wednesday, September 11, 7 p.m.  Celebrate a great summer of reading with other participants of the Adult Summer Reading Program. Refreshments will be served, and prizes announced.

Writer’s Group – Saturdays, September 14 – October 5, 11 a.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. Facilitated by Dianne Herald-Dimella. Course is limited to 10 participants.  Age 50+. Please call to register.

One Book One Community Walking Talking Book Club – Thursday, September 20, 10 a.m. Joining with Pequannock and Lincoln Park libraries, we’re reading Walking to Listen by Andrew Forsthoefel. If you’ve picked up a copy and would like to enjoy a “walk and talk” with others to discuss the book, join us at the library.

Fall Felting with Ducky – Saturday, September 21.  Riverdale residents only at 10:30, or 1:00 p.m. for general registration. You’ll be crafting a felted crow and pumpkin for your fall décor. Call (973) 835-5044 to register.

Photography Group Information Table – Saturday, September 28, 11 – 1. Want to take better photos, and use more features than the click button on your camera? Members of the Riverdale Photography Club will be here to answer questions, and give you tips and techniques to get better shots.

Fall Floral Braid – Saturday, September 28, 11 a.m. Join Agnes Sydork in crafting a raffia braid with fall foliage. Great décor for your door or wall. Registration for this program begins September 6. Call (973) 835-5044 to register.

Trail Mix – Monday, September 30, 7 p.m. Danielle Buonforte, registered dietician from Lincoln Park ShopRite, will help you create a healthy trail mix to keep you on the move.

 

OCTOBER

Organized October! – Linda Anders will be offering three programs to help you achieve outer peace and inner calm in your dwelling.

Wednesday October 2, 7 p.m. – Possessed by Possessions

Wednesday October 9, 7 p.m. – Conquer Clutter

Wednesday October 23, 7 p.m. – Get Organized for the Holidays

Halloween: A Haunted History– Monday, October 7, 7 p.m. In this new multimedia presentation, presenter Kevin Woyce explores the strange history of Halloween, from Old World harvest festivals to our modern family holiday.  With original photographs and vintage images, he reveals the origins of the Jack O’Lantern, and other seasonal traditions; tells the stories behind the 1938 “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast and the first monster movies; and takes audiences on an eerie tour of haunted lighthouses and hotels.

Paint Your Pet –Saturday, October 12, 11:00 a.m. With no artistic experience you can paint your pet’s portrait.  Bring an 8.5” x 11” printout or photocopy of the pet photo they would like to paint, and artist Erica Pizza will assist you in putting it to canvas. Registration for this program begins September 6. Call (973) 835-5044 to register.

Yoga – Fridays, October 25, November 1, November 15, November 22. 10:30 a.m.  (This program is only for Riverdale card holders)  Strengthen and Stretch Yoga: A class to build mobility and strength.  Poses and movement for all bodies and experience levels. Instructor Danielle Fisher is a licensed and registered Hatha Vinyasa Yoga Instructor and practitioner. 

Fall Foliage Art – Saturday, October 26, 1 p.m. Lisa Madson returns with fall foliage art. Using fresh and dried material, you’ll create a print to decorate your wall or mantle. All materials are supplied. Registration for this program begins September 6. Call (973) 835-5044 to register.

Radio Theater: Haunted TalesWednesday, October 30th, 7 p.m. Presenting two half-hour radio dramas from the 1940s. Join us this evening to listen to the recording of a radio personality’s stay in a haunted house, which is considered to be the performance that inspired the “found footage” genre. Then stick around for the second tale about a couple who discover a locked closet in their new home. Neither of them thinks anything of it until later that night, when they begin to hear a series of unearthly shrieks. These haunted house stories are said to be the most terrifying of tales from the golden age of radio.
                Ghost Hunt – Originally aired June 23rd, 1949.
                The House in Cypress Canyon – Originally aired December 5th, 1946.

NOVEMBER

Healthy Holiday Sides – Saturday, November 2, 1 p.m. Delicious doesn’t have to mean bad for you. Join Danielle Buonforte, registered dietician for the Lincoln Park Shoprite, to sample holiday sides that are good for you and your waistline.

Midvale Train Wreck –Wednesday, November 6, 7 p.m. Marie Mahler presents the A tale of history almost forgotten - the Midvale train wreck of 1904, which killed 17 people on their way to a Greenwood Lake outing. Marie Mahler tells of photos she found in the attic and discovered that they revealed a tale of a local tragedy known by very few.  By doing research on these photos, she was able to put the pieces of a story that local residents may find fascinating. Marie is a member of the North Jersey Highlands Historical Society, Passaic County Historical Society, Ringwood Manor Advisory Board, the Bergen County Genealogy Society, and is treasurer of the Passaic County Genealogy Society to name a few.  She is also the chair of the recently formed Wanaque Historical Commission.

Holiday Wine Glass Painting – Wednesday, November 20, 7 p.m. - Local artist Bernadine Ferrari will bring all the supplies and know-how to help us create two beautiful glasses. Registration for this program begins November 1. Call (973) 835-5044 to register.

Holiday Centerpiece – Saturday, November 23, 11 a.m. Agnes Sydork returns with another decoupage and floral centerpiece for you to craft. Registration begins November 1. Call (973) 835-5044 to register.

Holiday Tags and Card Making – Saturday, November 30, 1 p.m. Artist Lisa Madson will help you craft unique tags and cards for special holiday gifts. Registration begins November 1.Call (973) 835-5044 to register.

DECEMBER

Gingerbread Houses – Wednesday, December 4, 7 p.m. An annual holiday highlight for adults! Decorate a gingerbread house for a lovely and edible centerpiece. Melissa Harsley, Vice President of the Friends of the Riverdale Public Library, returns with tons of icing, gingerbread houses, and gobs of candy. Registration for this program begins November 1. Call (973) 835-5044 to register.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt: “An Arsenal for Democracy” – Monday, December 9, 7 p.m. The date is December 29, 1940. Franklin Delano Roosevelt has just been re-elected to an unprecedented third term in office. But the world is in a crisis. Nazi Germany has blazed the path of destruction across Europe, and America may soon be drawn into war. Meet with the President just prior to his delivery of the famous “Arsenal for Democracy” speech. Neill Hartley, First Person Interpreter, American History Theater. As an actor Hartley has performed with Arden Theater, InterAct Theatre, and the Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival, among others. This program is made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

Radio Theater: Winter Mysteries Wednesday, December 11, 7 p.m. Presenting two half hour radio dramas from the 1940s. Cozy up and listen to suspenseful radio mysteries this winter evening, featuring a woman who overhears a murder plot through her telephone. Then stick around for a murder mystery about a dinner party that goes horribly wrong. These old-time radio broadcasts are guaranteed to send chills up your spine!

Sorry! Wrong Number – Originally aired September 3rd, 1948.     
After Dinner Story – Originally aired October 26th, 1943.

Felting with Ducky – Saturday, December 14, 1 p.m.  Join Ducky from Ducky’s Sheep Shack to craft a felted penguin.  Sign up begins November 15. Call (973) 835-5044 to register.

 

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 PM on the third Wednesday night of the month and the third Friday afternoon of the month at 2 PM We’ll be adding movies to the schedule as they become available.

 

Pet Sematary

A family moves to rural Maine where they discover the dark powers of a burial site known at the "Pet Sematary."
R ‧ 2019 ‧ Thriller/Mystery ‧ 1h 40m

Friday, August 16, 2 PM
Wednesday, August 21, 7 PM

 

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.

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 - Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
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 -  The Library Book by Susan Orlean
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

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: Usually the 4th Monday of each month. 6:30 – 7:45 PM

SEPTEMBER

 

Night Sky Viewing – Wednesday, September 4, 7:30 – 9 p.m. Joseph Molnar of the Morris Museum Astronomical Society will have his telescopes set up for viewing. The Morris Museum Astronomical Society was founded in 1972, and we are part of the Morris Museum near Morristown NJ.

Summer Reading Finale – Wednesday, September 11, 7 p.m.  Celebrate a great summer of reading with other participants of the Adult Summer Reading Program. Refreshments will be served, and prizes announced.

Writer’s Group – Saturdays, September 14 – October 5, 11 a.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. Facilitated by Dianne Herald-Dimella. Course is limited to 10 participants.  Age 50+. Please call to register.

One Book One Community Walking Talking Book Club – Thursday, September 20, 10 a.m. Joining with Pequannock and Lincoln Park libraries, we’re reading Walking to Listen by Andrew Forsthoefel. If you’ve picked up a copy and would like to enjoy a “walk and talk” with others to discuss the book, join us at the library.

Fall Felting with Ducky – Saturday, September 21.  Riverdale residents only at 10:30, or 1:00 p.m. for general registration. You’ll be crafting a felted crow and pumpkin for your fall décor.

Photography Group Information Table – Saturday, September 28, 11 – 1. Want to take better photos, and use more features than the click button on your camera? Members of the Riverdale Photography Club will be here to answer questions, and give you tips and techniques to get better shots.

Fall Floral Braid – Saturday, September 28, 11 a.m. Join Agnes Sydork in crafting a raffia braid with fall foliage. Great décor for your door or wall. Registration for this program begins September 6.

Trail Mix – Monday, September 30, 7 p.m. Danielle Buonforte, registered dietician from Lincoln Park ShopRite, will help you create a healthy trail mix to keep you on the move.

 

OCTOBER

Organized October! – Linda Anders will be offering three programs to help you achieve outer peace and inner calm in your dwelling.

Wednesday October 2, 7 p.m. – Possessed by Possessions

Wednesday October 9, 7 p.m. – Conquer Clutter

Wednesday October 23, 7 p.m. – Get Organized for the Holidays

Halloween: A Haunted History– Monday, October 7, 7 p.m. In this new multimedia presentation, presenter Kevin Woyce explores the strange history of Halloween, from Old World harvest festivals to our modern family holiday.  With original photographs and vintage images, he reveals the origins of the Jack O’Lantern, and other seasonal traditions; tells the stories behind the 1938 “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast and the first monster movies; and takes audiences on an eerie tour of haunted lighthouses and hotels.

Paint Your Pet –Saturday, October 12, 11:00 a.m. With no artistic experience you can paint your pet’s portrait.  Bring an 8.5” x 11” printout or photocopy of the pet photo they would like to paint, and artist Erica Pizza will assist you in putting it to canvas. Registration for this program begins September 6.

Yoga – Fridays, October 25, November 1, November 15, November 22. 10:30 a.m.  (This program is only for Riverdale card holders)  Strengthen and Stretch Yoga: A class to build mobility and strength.  Poses and movement for all bodies and experience levels. Instructor Danielle Fisher is a licensed and registered Hatha Vinyasa Yoga Instructor and practitioner. 

Fall Foliage Art – Saturday, October 26, 1 p.m. Lisa Madson returns with fall foliage art. Using fresh and dried material, you’ll create a print to decorate your wall or mantle. All materials are supplied. Registration for this program begins September 6.

Radio Theater: Haunted TalesWednesday, October 30th, 7 p.m. Presenting two half-hour radio dramas from the 1940s. Join us this evening to listen to the recording of a radio personality’s stay in a haunted house, which is considered to be the performance that inspired the “found footage” genre. Then stick around for the second tale about a couple who discover a locked closet in their new home. Neither of them thinks anything of it until later that night, when they begin to hear a series of unearthly shrieks. These haunted house stories are said to be the most terrifying of tales from the golden age of radio.
                Ghost Hunt – Originally aired June 23rd, 1949.
                The House in Cypress Canyon – Originally aired December 5th, 1946.

NOVEMBER

Healthy Holiday Sides – Saturday, November 2, 1 p.m. Delicious doesn’t have to mean bad for you. Join Danielle Buonforte, registered dietician for the Lincoln Park Shoprite, to sample holiday sides that are good for you and your waistline.

Midvale Train Wreck –Wednesday, November 6, 7 p.m. Marie Mahler presents the A tale of history almost forgotten - the Midvale train wreck of 1904, which killed 17 people on their way to a Greenwood Lake outing.

 

Marie Mahler tells of photos she found in the attic and discovered that they revealed a tale of a local tragedy known by very few.  By doing research on these photos, she was able to put the pieces of a story that local residents may find fascinating. Marie is a member of the North Jersey Highlands Historical Society, Passaic County Historical Society, Ringwood Manor Advisory Board, the Bergen County Genealogy Society, and is treasurer of the Passaic County Genealogy Society to name a few.  She is also the chair of the recently formed Wanaque Historical Commission.

Holiday Wine Glass Painting – Wednesday, November 20, 7 p.m. - Local artist Bernadine Ferrari will bring all the supplies and know-how to help us create two beautiful glasses. Registration for this program begins November 1.

Holiday Centerpiece – Saturday, November 23, 11 a.m. Agnes Sydork returns with another decoupage and floral centerpiece for you to craft. Registration begins November 1.

Holiday Tags and Card Making – Saturday, November 30, 1 p.m. Artist Lisa Madson will help you craft unique tags and cards for special holiday gifts. Registration begins November 1.

DECEMBER

Gingerbread Houses – Wednesday, December 4, 7 p.m. An annual holiday highlight for adults! Decorate a gingerbread house for a lovely and edible centerpiece. Melissa Harsley, Vice President of the Friends of the Riverdale Public Library, returns with tons of icing, gingerbread houses, and gobs of candy. Registration for this program begins November 1.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt: “An Arsenal for Democracy” – Monday, December 9, 7 p.m. The date is December 29, 1940. Franklin Delano Roosevelt has just been re-elected to an unprecedented third term in office. But the world is in a crisis. Nazi Germany has blazed the path of destruction across Europe, and America may soon be drawn into war. Meet with the President just prior to his delivery of the famous “Arsenal for Democracy” speech. Neill Hartley, First Person Interpreter, American History Theater. As an actor Hartley has performed with Arden Theater, InterAct Theatre, and the Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival, among others. This program is made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

Radio Theater: Winter Mysteries Wednesday, December 11, 7 p.m. Presenting two half hour radio dramas from the 1940s. Cozy up and listen to suspenseful radio mysteries this winter evening, featuring a woman who overhears a murder plot through her telephone. Then stick around for a murder mystery about a dinner party that goes horribly wrong. These old-time radio broadcasts are guaranteed to send chills up your spine!

Sorry! Wrong Number – Originally aired September 3rd, 1948.     
After Dinner Story – Originally aired October 26th, 1943.

Felting with Ducky – Saturday, December 14, 1 p.m.  Join Ducky from Ducky’s Sheep Shack to craft a felted penguin.  Sign up begins November 15.

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

Fiction:

My Life As a Rat by Joyce Carol Oates

The Summer Country by Lauren Willig

Skin Game by Stuart Woods

The Friends We Keep by Jane Green

This Storm by James Ellroy

Non-Fiction:

Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered by Karen Kilgariff

Sand & Steel by Peter Caddick-Adams

The White Devil’s Daughter by Julia Flynn Siler

Sea Stories by William H. McRaven

Dragon's Jaw by Stephen Coonts

Audio

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

Unsolved by James Patterson

Queen Bee by Dorothea Benton Frank

Keep You Close by Karen Cleveland

Shortest Way Home by Pete Buttigieg

The Summer Cottage by Viola Shipman

Sunset Beach by Mary Kay Andrews

Mistress of the Ritz by Melanie Benjamin

Before She Was Found by Heather Gudenkauf

The Never Game by Jeffery Deaver

Movies

Greta Rated R

Blaze Rated R

The Upside Rated PG-13

How to Train Your Dragon Rated PG

Isn’t it Romantic Rated PG-13

Bundy and the Green River Killer Not Rated

Ashes in the Snow Not Rated

Cold Pursuit Rated R

Happy Death Day 2U Rated PG-13

Fighting With My Family Rated PG-13

Children’s:

Who Was Stephen Hawking by Jim Gigliotti

Bear Came Along by Richard T. Morris

How to be on the Moon by Viviane Schwarz

A Small Zombie Problem by K. G. Campbell

Camp Average by Craig Battle

Teen:

I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver

How It Feels to Float by Helena Fox

Again But Better by Christine Riccio

Dark Shores by Danielle Jensen

The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad