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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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Infant and Preschool Programs

Programs for School Age Children

Community Programs

 

Simple Science Makes a Return this Fall!

Starting Monday, September 28th tune in to our YouTube channel for kid-friendly science experiment videos with Ms. Geneva and supplies that you, hopefully, already have on-hand at home! Let's get our science on!

 

 2020 Fall Simple Science

 

Melody Mom Music Fun!

We're very excited to welcome back this fall Melody Mom!

Fall 2020 Virtual Melody Mom

 

Fall Storytimes!

Join us on YouTube every Wednesday at 10 am as we have some storytime fun! No registration is necessary, but if you'd like to join in on the craft, please click here to register!

Fall Virtual Storytimes 2020

 

School-age Crafts with Ms. Geneva

Feeling crafty? Join us on YouTube everyThursday at 4 pm as we get crafting! Please click here to register!

Fall 2020 Virtual Crafts with Ms. Geneva

 

6th Annual Pumpkin Decorating!

We are going virtual for this yearly fall favorite! Register here for some pumpkin decorating fun!

6th Annual Pumpkin Decorating


School-age Craft for Sepember 24th!

Join us as we create a pop-up card to help welcome in the beginning of Autumn!

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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!

 


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.

 

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!

 

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. 

TumbleBooks

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

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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.

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 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!

 

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. Geneva 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

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