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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.



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 Tuesday 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

 craft for may 18


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!

Also, 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 on, 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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All Youth programs have been cancelled through the end of March. Thank you for your understanding.


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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Page updated July 22, 2020

  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