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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.



Infant and Preschool Programs

Programs for School Age Children

Community Programs


Summer Reading 2020 Plans Are Set!*

Please sign up for the reading logging portion of the program on our new READsquared platform: http://riverdalelibrary.readsquared.com. With READsquared, you will be able to keep track of your child's reading without worrying about having to check in each week at the library.

Virtual programming and the ability to log reading will be available for six weeks starting Monday, June 29 until Saturday, August 8. There will be no in-person youth programming this summer and prize details will be announced as the summer progresses. We will keep everyone informed via our website, email, and social media.

Registration will be required for just about all our offerings and to register either use the events calendar on the library website or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For most of these offerings, you will need access to the following:

  • ZOOM
  • Facebook
  • YouTube

Pre-assembled supply kits for certain programs will be available for pick-up at the library to registered patrons starting the Monday before those programs.

Needless to say, things are different this year but we believe we can still have a great summer! So, please let us know if anything is confusing or unclear. Thank you for your patience and flexibility amidst all these changes and new challenges.

And as always, stay safe and happy reading!

*Please note that many of our plans are subject to revision based on the directives we receive from the governor in regards to reopening the library. So please watch our website for changes or updates to these plans.


Virtual Library Programs Across MAIN! 

Many libraries have moved their regular programming online in recent weeks. Access a list of libraries’ video vaults, mostly stored on YouTube (no library card is necessary for access) by clicking here. Enjoy!


YouTube Channel Now Public!

Our youth services YouTube channel is now public! Youth newsletters will still be mailed out twice a week and will continue to include recommended digital and literary resources and storytime and craft videos from Ms. Kate. But if you are keen to just get those storytime and craft videos, look no further: click and subscribe here!


Introducing...Simple Science! 

Starting Monday, June 1st in lieu of caft videos this June, tune in to our YouTube channel for kid-friendly science experiment videos with Ms. Kate and supplies that you, fingers crossed, already have on-hand at home! Let's get our science on!

Posted To our YouTube channel at 10 am on Mondays in June


Craft for Week of May 25th

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Craft for Week of May 18th

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Craft for Week of May 11th

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Craft for Week of May 4th

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Craft for Week of April 27th

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Craft for Week of April 20th

Monsterly fun craft video linked below!

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Craft for Week of April 13th

Click below for more crafty fun!

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Learn How to Hand Sew Your Own Cloth Face Mask!

Ms. Ellen Brown is ready to run a virtual workshop to show Riverdale patrons how to hand-sew their own cloth face masks!

What you will need to do:

  • sign up for free on www.zoom.com OR download Zoom to your computer
  • locate materials in this supply list from Ellen:
    • 2 pieces of lightweight WOVEN (not stretchy) fabric. The fabric can match or not match, its up to you. Fabric options: outgrown clothes; old pillowcases/sheets. Just nothing stretchy
    • A needle with an elongated eye like an embroidery needle. But a regular needle will work too.
    • Ribbon or shoelaces, etc for your tie straps - they can match or not match but you’ll need 80 inches altogether
    • All-purpose thread
    • Ruler
    • Chalk, a pencil, or pen to mark your fabric
    • A few pins or even safety pins
    • Scissors

Then use meeting ID 857 373 477 to join on Monday, April 20th at 4 pm. You can also use this link and enter the ID there: https://zoom.us/j/857373477.

Thank you to everyone who expressed an interest in this workshop and for supporting Ellen and her expertise at time when we are all trying to stay safe, continue to learn, and remain connected despite being apart!


Craft for Week of April 6th

Click below to watch our latest craft video!

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Virtual Tiny Poets Time from Poets House!

Happy National Poetry Month, folks! Could there be a more perfect time for a virtual poetry offering for our littlest patrons?

From Poets House in NYC comes Virtual Tiny Poets Time! "Bring your poet ears and dancing shoes" every day with this free video series. Charles Waters will perform favorite books, poems, and sing-alongs "to get little minds thinking and little feet moving, using rhyme and rhythm to make poetry accessible to even the youngest budding poets." Find previous recordings here.


Virtual Sewing Workshop with Ms. Ellen!

We might not have had one of Ms. Ellen's sewing workshops on our spring schedule but did you tune into her InstagramLive, Friday, April 3rd at 3:30 pm to learn how to hand-sew an adorable stress ball with materials you probably already have on-hand at home?! This project was ideal for adults and young adults alike! 



Youth Newsletters Going Strong!

Are you getting our youth e-newsletters yet?! Here's the link to the latest.


Parent Resouces Page (Finally!) Updated

We have (finally!) updated the Parent Resources page on our website!

Please consult this page for links to online resources that we think could be useful to you and your kids while the library remains closed.


Scholastic Launches Dav Pilkey at Home!

Check out Dav Pilkey at Home! Starting Friday, April 3rd, Scholastic will be offering this free online video series to young readers everywhere. Join Dav for drawing lessons, readalouds, tips for acting out your favorite Dog Man scenes, and more!


Craft for Week of March 30th

Check out the latest craft video in which you can learn how to assemble a paper book. This very simple paper book is made from a single sheet of paper and can be made multiple times if you want to add pages.

Then decorate your book and use it as a notebook to write or draw your stories about Owliver the Library Owl!

Or go on a walk outside and use it to record all the different flowers, animals, and bugs you see. Maybe you will want to open it once a day to write about all the yummy snacks you got to eat...The stories and possibilities are endless when you have a pen and paper!

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Recorded Storytimes for Week 2...

...went out in our March 25th newsletter. Check them out here!

For our babies and younger toddlers

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For our preschoolers, kindergarteners, and older friends

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(Re)introducing Owliver the Library Owl!

Check our Instagram for photos of Ms. Kate’s ”pet owl” and tell your own stories about him and his pictured adventures! Share your stories in writing, drawings, or your own recordings and send them to Ms. Kate starting with these photos today OR share on your own terms - just tag us @riverdalelibrarynj and #owliversfirststorychallenge #owliverthelibraryowl

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First Recorded Storytime & Craft...

...linked below!

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In case you missed it...

...we were able to get a youth e-newsletter to your inboxes on March 18th to provide information on how you can access new resources (especially those from Tumblebooks) so you can get e-books and e-audiobooks at home without a library card thru our website.

Ms. Kate was also able to record a storytime presentation for our young patrons and hopes to continue providing similar recordings alongside craft videos and more worthwhile author and online resources via additional e-newsletters next week.

So, please don't hesitate to email her if you wish to be put on our youth newsletter recipient list and know that we hope to do our best not to overwhelm but to provide what we can alongside some continuity and calm for our young patrons during this challenging time.

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Library Resources for Home!

While the library remains closed during this challenging time, we want to encourage you and your kids to stay connected to resources and books that can enrich your time while staying safe at home. As always, our ebook platform, TumbleBooks, is available to our young patrons. 


An online collection of animated picture books that teach young children the joys of reading in a format they'll love


And now on-offer thru August 31, 2020...new TumbleBooks services are accessible without a library card from home! Use the buttons below to access these new resources with just one click whenever, how often, and on any device you want. Titles will be available instantly.



Math ebooks for grades K-6





Ebooks for grades 7-12



Audiobooks for all ages

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2020 Award Winners!

Come check out the most recent award-winning titles in our collection - our display has been updated but we still have many of this year's award winners on our shelves!

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Summer Reading 2019!

We have finalized our plans for Summer Reading 2019!

Starting next Saturday, June 1st, you can sign up for the first week of Summer Reading programs, June 24th-28th, by calling the library or using our June event calendar here.

Then starting Monday, June 17th you can sign up for the rest of the Summer Reading programs by calling the library or using our event calendar. Start reading up on all we have to offer by visiting our July event calendar here so you're ready to sign up for everything you're interested in!

Remember, all our programs are open to both Riverdale residents and our friends from surrounding communities and will probably fill up quickly.

Then be sure to come to the library on Monday, June 24th to sign up in person for the reading and prize portion of the program; this way you will get your own reading logs and be eligible for weekly prizes! 

We're excited to see you this summer! Happy Reading!


Imagine That!!! Museum Passes!

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Summer Reading 2018!

We have finalized our plans for Summer Reading and can't wait to share all the fun with you!

Starting this Friday, June 1st, you can sign up for all of our Summer Reading programs by calling the library or using our event calendar here. In the meantime, check out some of our great summer reads. 

Please note: all our programs are open to both Riverdale residents and our friends from surrounding communities and may fill up quickly. 

We look forward to seeing you this summer! Happy Reading!


Women's History 2018!

It's always a good day to celebrate her-story. Our display has been updated but you can pick up a biography today!

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National Library Week 2017!

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National Poetry Month 2017!

Kids and teens were invited to celebrate by completing poetry challenges every week and writing and submitting original poems to win a prize by the end of the month!

Lined paper and a list of weekly challenges (such as simply checking out a book of poetry and as fun as composing your very own book spine poem) were available at the book display outside the children's room.

national poetry month 2017 display


 After School Crafts: Spring Things!

Thank you, young crafters if you joined us for After School Crafts: Spring Things! on Wednesday, March 22 at 4 pm. Even if it didn't feel like spring, making this bunny flower pot definitely made us smile.

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National Women's History Month 2017!

Come check out our display of biographies about the inspiring women who have shaped our country and the world for the better. But don't worry if you can't come in right away; we'll keep this display up all month so you can continue to celebrate women's history all March long.

And as always, Happy Reading!

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NJ Makers Day at Riverdale Public Library!

Did you know Riverdale Public Library was a registered Maker site for the 2017 New Jersey Makers Day?!

Children, teens, and families were invited to join the fun on Saturday, March 25th at 10:30 am-3:30 pm.

No registration was necessary but everyone brought their curiosity and maker skills!


World Read Aloud Day 2017!

A big thank you to those who celebrated World Read Aloud Day on Thursday, February 16th at 4:00 pm and shared their favorite books with other book-lovers by reading aloud their favorite parts. Until next year...Happy Reading!

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Introducing...Our Reading Tree!

Calling all young readers! Have you read a great book recently? Recommend it to your friends with Our Reading Tree this fall!

Fill in and color a leaf (leaves can be found in a basket on Ms. Kate's desk) and leave it for her to hang on Our Reading Tree!

Then keep reading all fall to see just how bright and beautiful reading and our tree can be!


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Stand Up For Your Right to Read!

We celebrated Banned Books Week September 25th to October 1st! We hope you got to drop by the library and check out some of the books in our children's and teen collections (pictured below) that have at one point or another been considered too controversial to stay on the shelves of a library, bookstore, or classroom.

Find more information about how to fight censorship and keep books like these available by checking out resources on the American Library Association's website here.

Learn how to stand up for your right to read every week all year long!


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Happy Birthday, Roald Dahl!

Did you know September 13th would have been Roald Dahl's 100th birthday? In honor of this beloved children's author, we've put all our Roald Dahl books on display for you to check out and read! Don't know what Roald Dahl wrote? Swing by the library to find out! See you soon!


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Summer Reading 2016!

We have finalized our plans for this year's Summer Reading program and can't wait to share all the fun we have in store for you this June, July, and August. We are also excited to announce that we will be kicking off the summer with face painting, crafts, a magic show, and more on Monday, June 27th at 2:00 pm! We ask that you come to the library to register for the reading program in person then.

Registration for this kick-off party and all our other summer programs (unless otherwise stated) began on Wednesday, June 1st. Please call the library or use our event calendar to register. This year's club and its individual programs will be open to both Riverdale residents and our friends from surrounding communities. 

We look forward to seeing you this summer. Happy Reading!

But wait, there's more! 

This summer will see a Battle of the Books at Riverdale Public Library! Check out the tournament bracket on the wall in the children's room (pictured below) and vote every week or so starting Monday, June 27th until Saturday, August 6th for your favorite book from each match-up to advance to the next round. You can vote for a picture book, chapter book, or one of each until the final week of Summer Reading. The books that get the most votes move ahead and who knows, your favorite could be the big winner! 

Cast your votes when you log your reading and be sure to check the status of the bracket. 

Haven't read any of the books featured in our tournament? Ms. Kate can help you find them since all the covers on the wall are from books we have in the library and you can check them out! Want to know more? Just ask Ms. Kate for more details. See you soon!

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Step Into a Story!

We're ready! Are you?

Visit us at Riverdale Public Library and other libraries around Morris County to step into your favorite stories throughout April!

Each participating M.A.I.N. library will be decorating their children’s space to represent a favorite children’s book. You can enter to win a fun prize by filling in raffle tickets at each library you visit. For more information, or to find out which other libraries are participating, please click here.

Riverdale is now decorated to celebrate all your favorite books by Mo Willems that feature the Pigeon and especially Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! No registration is necessary to participate. Just make sure you meet the following requirements and have fun!

1. Are under 18 years old
2. Live in a town served by a M.A.I.N. library
3. Have or have a parent who has an active, unexpired M.A.I.N. library card
4. Have a library account in good standing (that is, with no fines of more than $5.00)


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Crafting Wall of Fame!

Have you been to storytime? Attended any of our craft nights? Are you an after school crafter?

Then you just might recognize some of the fabulous crafts we made at those programs now hanging on our meeting room bulletin board. We have included owl and turkey crafts from the fall, shamrocks and Pete the Cat puppets from more recently among many, many more.

So come check out our Crafting Wall of Fame! You just might see something you've made too!


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Maker Mondays: Paper Circuitry!

Check out our paper circuitry projects, created at our first Maker Monday!

With just a few LEDs, coin batteries, strips of copper tape, decorating supplies, and our new-found tinkering and circuitry skills, we fashioned a light-up dragon, fireflies in a jar, candles on birthday cake, and a glowing sun.

Be sure to sign up here for our next meeting of the makers on Monday, April 11th at 4 pm if you are in grades 4 and up. We'll be making our own no-sew Earth Day pillows. (No sewing skilled required.) Until then, Happy Tinkering!


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Introducing....Owliver the Library Owl!

Every couple of weeks Ms. Kate will be showcasing a photo of her very own stuffed owl outside the children’s room in the hopes that you might be able to write about all of Owliver’s photographed adventures.

If you visit the library and write a story, no matter how long or short, submit it to Ms. Kate with your name, a title, and the date you submit it, you might be able to win prizes and to have your story displayed in the children’s room.

Just check the desk before you walk into the children’s room and let your ideas flow onto the page! You’ll definitely make Owliver’s day!

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Note about programs: From time to time the Library offers refreshments as part of a program event. Patrons are responsible for making decisions about what they eat or drink and should avoid anything that might cause a negative reaction. Parents are responsible for monitoring what their children consume.


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. 


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


Friends and strangers: a novel by J. Courtney Sullivan

Always the Last to Know by Kristan Higgins

The Black Swan of Paris by Karen Robards

Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

I was told it would get easier by Abbi Waxman


Thank You for Voting: The Maddening, Enlightening, Inspiring Truth About Voting in America by Erin Geiger Smith

The power of ritual: turning everyday activities into soulful practices by Casper ter Kuile

The brothers York: a royal tragedy by Thomas Penn

Lost companions: reflections on the death of pets by J. Moussaieff Masson

Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre by Max Brooks


Big Summer: a novel by Jennifer Weiner

Countdown 1945: the extraordinary story of the atomic bomb and the 116 days that changed the world by Chris Wallace

Hush by James Patterson

Credible Threat by Judith A. Jance

Tom Clancy: Firing Point by Mike Maden

The room where it happened: a White House memoir by John R. Bolton

The Lies That Bind by Emily Giffin

The Half Sister by Sandie Jones

If it Bleeds by Stephen King

A forgotten murder by Jude Deveraux


Final Kill Rated NR

The Song of Names Rated PG-13

Onward Rated PG

The Assistant Rated R

The Cold Blue Rated NR

The Adventures of Rufus the Fantastic Pet Rated PG

Buffaloed Rated NR

Once Were Brothers Rated R

LEGO Jurassic world: Legend of Isla Nublar Rated NR

Think Like a Dog Rated PG


The starkeeper by Faith Pray

Ways to Welcome by Linda Ashman

Nana Akua goes to school by Tricia Elam Walker

Brave Like That by Lindsey Stoddard

Tad by Benji Davies


Burn by Patrick Ness

Agnes at the end of the world by Kelly McWilliams

Hood by Jenny Elder Moke

Girl, unframed by Deb Caletti

Queen's peril by E.K. Johnston