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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 program brochure for September through December 2020.

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

In "Better Together Programs" Riverdale Public Library is partnering with Butler, Kinnelon, and Pequannock Public Libraries in virtual programming. See events below.

Better Together 2020 all four


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.

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.



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.

Women March: A Presentation by the New York Historical Society

Discover 200 years of women's activism and celebrate the centennial of women's suffrage and the 19th Amendment with exhibition highlights from Women March. Led by curators from New-York Historical's Center for Women's History, this interactive virtual presentation uses photographs, campaign posters, and historic footage to uncover the stories of women throughout the centuries who organized and marched to end slavery, win the vote, and protect reproductive rights, among other crucial causes.


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.

Movies (Temporarily Discontinued)

 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 (Temporarily Discontinued)

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

Personal Computer Tutoring (Temporarily Discontinued)

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:

September 28, 7 p.m.- Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
October 26, 7 p.m. - Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
November 23, 7 p.m. - Thanksgiving by Janet Evanovich
December 28, 7 p.m. - The Fixed Stars by Molly Wizenberg


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 but call re current Zoom meeting scheduling


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


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


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


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


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


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>


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