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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 January through May 2020.

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

 

AUGUST

Yoga

Fridays, July 10 - August 14, 10 a.m.
This beginning/senior friendly chair yoga class will adapt a wide-range of traditional mat-based poses to the chair, giving you a variety of options on how to move the arms, torso and lower body. No matter what physical ability you enter the class with, there will ALWAYS be a modification that's perfect for you. You will learn how to listen to your body, and honor where you are, today. You will also learn how to explore the breath and how it affects the way you move. Meditation and pranayama (breathing practices) may also be explored. No prior yoga experience is necessary, all levels are welcome. Instructor Gail Gratzel became a certified yoga teacher after her retirement from the public health field.

Bookmark Portfolio

Saturday, August 8, 11:00 a.m. Reschedule to Saturday, 8/15 at 1 p.m.

Artist Lisa Madson returns to help you craft book marks and an accordion portfolio to keep them. Using stamping and watercolors create unique bookmarks with beautiful tassels. Registrants can pick up their materials prior to the workshop, and follow along with Lisa in the Zoom meeting. Please call the library at 973-835-5044 to register.

Art While We're Apart

Thursday, August 13, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Pick up your supplies and then join artist Bernadine Ferrari on Zoom as she leads you in creating a summer themed decorated wood panel with shells. After registration for the program, you'll receive information on picking up the supplies needed, and the live workshop link. Please call the library at 973-835-5044 to register.

Radio Theater: Tales of Daring Adventure & Thrills

Thursday, August 20, 7 p.m.
Presenting two half-hour radio dramas from the 1940's and 50's. To go along with our summer reading theme - "imagine your story", meet us online via Zoom and get swept up in these two thrilling adventure stories this summer evening.
The Most Dangerous Game (1943) features a big-game hunter who falls off a yacht and swims to what seems to be an abandoned and isolated island in the Caribbean, where he is hunted by a Russian aristocrat. Based on the short story by Richard Connell. Starring Orson Welles.

Then, listen to the exciting story about a pirate curse in The Treasure Chest of Don Jose (1952). Set in 1950's Cape Cod, treasure was left there many years earlier by the King of Pirates. The problem is that he and his descendants have been cursed. So, retrieving the buried chest turns out to be tricky for the pirate's great-grandson. Starring J. Carrol Nash.


SEPTEMBER

Adult Summer Reading Program Finale

Wednesday, September 9, 7 p.m.
Celebrate a great summer of reading with other participants of the Adult Summer Reading Program. Prizes will be announced!

Nazis in Riverdale?

Wednesday, September 23, 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.

Fall Yoga

Fridays, September 25th - October 30th, 10 a.m.
Beginner/Senior Friendly. No matter what physical ability you enter class with, there will ALWAYS be a modification that’s perfect for you, today, in your body. You will learn how to listen to your body and honor where you are, today. You will also learn how to explore the breath and how it affects the way you move. Meditation and pranayama (breathing practices) may also be explored. No prior yoga experience is necessary, all levels are welcome.

 

OCTOBER

Radio Theater: A Night of Fright

Get into the Halloween spirit as we present to you on Zoom two half-hour radio dramas from the 1930s and 40s. In Graveyard Mansion (1934) two brothers inherit a Louisiana mansion that's been vacant for over 100 years. The locals refer to the place as "the house of the living dead" for a ghastly mist lurks around the house and in the bayous. In Devil Doctor (1941) a man purchases a historic manor with a sinister past and a lost family portrait that’s hidden for a reason.

 

Observing the Night Sky

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. In Person Event. Masks and social distancing required.
 
Silk Scarf Painting
Wednesday, October 28, 7 p.m.
Artist Bernadine Ferrari will lead a workshop in lovely fall leaf design silk scarf painting. You will be using fabric dyes which create a beautiful watercolor effect for the hand drawn leaf patterns. So pretty! Registrants will pick up materials and the Zoom link prior to the workshop. Please call the library at 973-835-5044 to register.

 

NOVEMBER

Holiday Tags and Card Making

Saturday, November 28, 1 p.m.
Artist Lisa Madson will help you craft unique tags and cards for special holiday gifts. Registrants will pick up materials and the Zoom link prior to the workshop. Please call the library at 973-835-5044 to register.
 

DECEMBER

Wine Glass Candle Holder

Wednesday, December 2, 7 p.m.
Artist Bernadine Ferrari returns to help you paint wine glass candle holders. By turning the wine glass upside down we can create an adorable painted home accessory piece. Great as a gift! Registrants will pick up materials and the Zoom link prior to the workshop. Please call the library at 973-835-5044 to register.
 

Christmas Traditions

'Tis the Season for a joyous historical slideshow by author, photographer, and musician Kevin Woyce. In this new, hour-long presentation, Woyce uses original photographs, vintage images, and live music to explore favorite Christmas Traditions, from the First Christmas to "A Christmas Carol," "White Christmas," and the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. Woyce will also explain how historical figures ranging from Saint Nicholas, Martin Luther, and Queen Victoria to Charles Dickens and Thomas Nast helped shape the way we celebrate the Christmas Season.
 

Adult Summer Reading

Summer Reading begins Tuesday, May 26th, but join anytime this summer!

Play Adult Summer Reading Book Bingo
Keep track of books you read from may 26th to September 8th 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.

Sign up for our adult summer reading newsletter which will provide you with ideas for your next read.
Register online, or call to register (973) 835-5044.

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 a $50 Amazon gift card (4 winners).


How do I submit my board for the prize drawing?

Submit your completed card (with either bingo or a blackout) by Tuesday, September 8th. 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.

Need help filling your bingo board? Check out some our staff's favorite books here!

 

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.

 

 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 online for a book discussion. We've been reading books available on Hoopla (thanks to the Friends of the Riverdale Library for their support of Hoopla) which means no waiting, no queues - titles are available instantly for as many patrons that select the title. For more information on how to join, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Upcoming Book Discussion Dates:
     July 27, 7 p.m.
     August 24, 7 p.m.

 

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

 

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

Fiction:

A Private Cathedral by James Lee Burke

Choppy Water by Stuart Woods

The Only Good Indians: a novel by Stephen Graham Jones

Motherland: a novel by Leah Franqui

Sucker Punch by Laurell K. Hamilton

Non-Fiction:

Lights Out: pride, delusion, and the fall of General Electric by

The Indomitable Florence Finch by Robert J. Mrazek

Breath: the new science of a lost art by James Nestor

Carville’s cure: leprosy, stigma, and the fight for justice by Pam Festor

Butch Cassidy: The true story of an American outlaw by Charles Leerhsen

Audio

Near Dark: a thriller by Brad Thor

His & Hers by Alice Feeney

1st Case by James Patterson

Muzzled by David Rosenfelt

The Midwife Murders by James Patterson

A Walk Along the Beach by Debbie Macomber

Half Moon Bay by Jonathan Kellerman

The Order by Daniel Silva

Cajun Justice by James Patterson

If it Bleeds by Stephen King

Movies

Sorry we missed you Rated NR

The Greatest Bond Rated PG

The Forgotten Mountain Rated NR

Promise at Dawn Rated NR

Scoob! Rated PG

Harley Quinn. The complete first season Rated TV-MA

Saint Francis Rated NR

Abe Rated NR

The Short History of the Long Road Rated NR

Four Kids and It Rated PG

Children’s:

Hotdog! by Anh Do

The book of fatal errors by Dashka Slater

Bo the brave by Rebecca Elliott

Star Showers by Melody Mews

Mr. Lemoncello and the Titanium Ticket by Chris Grabenstein< /p>

Teen:

Accidental by Alex Richards

The Assignment by Liza Wiemer

The Witch’s Hand by Nathan Page and Drew Shannon

Ever Cursed by Corey Ann Haydu

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust