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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 Programs January through May 2018 brochure.

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

Conquer Clutter – Saturday, January 6, 1:00 p.m. Drowning in paper?
Feel like you’re headed for Hoarders if you don’t get it together? Let a professional organizer help you manage your ‘stuff” and get peace of
mind. Presented by Linda Anders, Organizing expert and President of COC Enterprises.

Get Organized for Weight Loss –Wednesday, January 10, 7 p.m. Menu planning, kitchen organization help – make dieting easier and likelier to work!

Digital Downloading: Magazines, Audio Books and E-Books- - rescheduled to Monday, January 29, 7:00 p.m.
So much is available with your Riverdale or Morris County library card! Join us as we look at the e-books and audio books available to borrow: we’ll show you the process and explore the catalog. Use your library card to access digital versions of popular magazines like Martha Stewart Living, The Economist, and Food Network Magazine are just some of the magazines you can download each month (for free!) and keep. Have a tablet or iPad? Bring it!

Valentine Decoupage Pillar Candle Lantern– Saturday, January 27, 11 a.m. Agnes Majewska-Sydoryk will lead us in this workshop to create a lovely decoupage candle holder for your special Valentine dinner

Meet George Washington – Saturday, February 3, 1:00 p.m. Declared at his death “First in peace, first in war, and first in the hearts of his countrymen,” George Washington is revered even today. Through works of art often drawn from area museums, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Delaware Art Museum, and the New-York Historical Society, see how artists of his own time portrayed him for posterity and how that posterity, through its own crop of artists, commemorated his deeds. Presented by Mike Norris, Armchair Art Tours.

Surviving the Winter Diet Blues – Saturday, February 10, 1:00 p.m. You’ve made a resolution to eat better this year but the last couple of months may be feeling like you have a case of the winter diet blues. Get out of that rut by trying some of our favorite winter food pick me ups. Danielle Colombo, Registered Dietitian from ShopRite of Lincoln Park, will be speaking about healthy tips during the winter season and highlighting delicious soup recipes!

Nazis in Riverdale? - Wednesday, February 28, 7:00 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.

Sphero Fun for Adults - Saturday, March 3 at 1 p.m.
Why should only kids play with toys? We’ll have Sphero robots to play with at this workshop. To program a Sphero robot you use an iPhone or Android Sphero SPRK app to drag blocks, specify what the robot will do when it processes the block, and then order your blocks to make Sphero perform the actions in order. So bring your phone, or use the library iPad to order these robots around!

Getting Organized for Travel– Wednesday, March 7, 7 p.m. Let Linda Anders, professional organizer, help with making travel less stressful. Tips on preparing the home for your absence, packing ideas, and using simple organizers for travel information. The last half hour of this workshop will feature popular travel apps, presented by librarian Therese McClachrie.

Spring Centerpiece  -  March 17, 11 a.m. Agnes Sydork will help you craft a candleholder centerpiece that features flower blooms mixed with leafy greens, berry clusters and pastel eggs all flowing from a wooden box painted with a wood grain finish.

Friends of the Riverdale Library Book Sale – Join us at the Riverdale Community Center, 57 Loy Ave., Riverdale, NJ, for a selection of great books at great prices – and movies and music too! The Book Sale dates and hours are:
Friday, March 23, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 24, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 25, Noon to 3:00 p.m.

AARP Driver Safety Course – Saturday, April 7, 10:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Factors related to aging can increase the risk of crashes and injury among drivers. The purpose of this course is to help drivers of all ages maintain their mobility and independence by refreshing their driving skills and learning how to adjust to age-related challenges. Cost: $15.00 for AARP members; $20.00 for non-members; course participants may be eligible for auto insurance premium discounts.

Landscape Design– Saturday, April 14, 1 p.m. It’s all about curb appeal! Get design tips to make your landscape pleasing to the eye. Marc Zukovitch, President of Sterling Horticulture, will explain the principles behind that pleasing landscape.

Are you Up to Date with Vaccines? – Monday, April 16, 7 p.m.
Check to see what the recommended vaccines and boosters are for adults. Presented by of the Health Department nurses

Springsteen and His Layered Lyrics – Wednesday, April 25, 7:00 p.m. Prudence Jones, Montclair University
Bruce Springsteen expects attentiveness of his listeners. How do we know this? Over the past 50 years, Springsteen has written songs and created music that have been experienced by countless fans. But many don’t know the extent to which his work has been influenced by the American folk tradition. Through experimental reinterpretation and the creation of new traditions, The Boss has worked within known folk traditions, but at the same time, created new sounds and messages. In this session, participants can learn about some of the works that have influenced one of Jersey’s most celebrated musical artists. This program was made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities

Palisades Amusement Park – Wednesday, May 9, 7 p.m. The lecture will be hosted by Vince Gargiulo, author of the book Palisades Amusement Park: A Century of Fond Memories, and Producer of the PBS documentary of the same name. For those who ever visited Palisades Amusement Park, this lecture is sure to bring back those cherished remembrances. And for those never lucky enough to have entered its colorful gates, this lecture will recreate the thrills, laughter and joy that was Palisades.

Italian American Genealogy– Wednesday, May 23, 7 p.m. Tony Lauriano, genealogy specialist, will provide a step by step approach to overcoming brick walls in Italian American Genealogy research. Utilizing USA records as well as Italian customs and naming traditions to help in the search. Also, discussion on confirming those precious family stories using Genealogy methods.


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 p.m. on the third Wednesday night of the month. We’ll be adding movies to the schedule as they become available.

Dunkirk - January 17, 7 p.m. WWII thriller about the evacuation of Dunkirk, France, in which 400,000 Allied troops were rescued following a catastrophic defeat. (Rated PG-13; 105 minutes)

Victoria and Abdul - February 21, 7 p.m. Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim. (112 minutes, PG-13)

Darkest Hour- (Sorry - this program is full) March 21, 7 p.m. U.K. prime minister Winston Churchill must rally the nation to war against the Nazis. (125 minutes, PG-13, 2017). Additional Showing added on March 28, 7 p.m.

 New!!! Foreign films will be shown on the third Friday of each month at 1:00 p.m. Please call the library at 973-835-5044 or visit our website at http://www.riverdalelibrary.org/ to register. Refreshments will be served.

Toni Erdmann (German) - Friday, January 19th, 1:00 p.m. A practical joking father tries to reconnect with his hard working daughter by creating an outrageous alter ego and posing as her CEO's life coach. (Rated R; 2 hours 42 minutes)

February 16 :The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007), France, 112 minutes, PG-13. The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke and has to live with an almost totally paralyzed body; only his left eye isn't paralyzed.

March 16: War of the Buttons (1994), Ireland, 91 minutes PG. Rival Irish kids wage a war of pranks on each other. Most wars last years. This one has to be over by dinner.

April 20: Life is Beautiful (1997), Italy, 116 minutes, PG-13. When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor, and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp.
May 18: Under the Same Moon (2008), Mexico, 106 minutes, PG-13. A young Mexican boy illegally travels to the U.S. to find his mother (who is illegally in the U.S.) after his grandmother passes away.

Computer Classes

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

Excel (Prerequisite: familiarity with PC basics and Microsoft Word.) Learn how to create a simple worksheet. You will input data, create simple formulas and use basic formatting techniques. We will discuss tips to view your worksheet, and how print a presentable report. Monday, February 5, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. OR Saturday, March 24, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


PowerPoint - (Prerequisite: familiarity with PC basics and Microsoft Word.) Design a PowerPoint presentation with text, clip art, and animation. You’ll learn about formatting, the design options available, presentations views, and how to run a slide show. Wednesday, January 31, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. OR Saturday, April 28, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Device Advice - Need help downloading our ebooks, digital magazines or music? Make an appointment and bring in your device for one-on-one assistance.


Personal Computer Tutoring - 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.

Need to RegisterSometimes the program announcement asks you to register either in person or over the phone. This is so we have an idea of how many to expect and so we can call you if there is a cancelation.

Book Discussion Group

Join us for a lively discussion the fourth Monday of every month from 6:30 – 8:00 pm! New participants are always welcome! Even if you haven’t had a chance to finish reading the book, the discussion is great! A wide variety of books are read, plus at least one author talk a year.

Refreshments are served and all are welcome to attend!

2018 Book Discussion Selections:

January 22nd - Villette by Charlotte Bronte

February 26th- In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende

March 26th - The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

April 23rd - The Child by Fiona Barton

May 21st - Daring to Drive by Manal al-Sharif

June 25th -The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

July 23rd - Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks

August 27th - Shakespeare Play: Play reading and performance

September 24 - A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

October 22 - The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson

November 26 - A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman

December 17 - The Great Santa Search by Jeff Guinn

Download or print our 2018 Book Discussion Selections

2017 Book Discussion

2016 Book Discussion

2012 Book Selections

2011 Book Selections

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: Usally the 4th Monday of each month. 6:30 – 7:45 p.m.

Gypsy Knitters
A lively group who visit to knit every week. Bring a project and share an enjoyable time with others who share your passion for knitting. This is a free group for experienced knitters.
When: 1st and 3rd Thursdays,  5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Personal Tutoring Sessions available:

Meet with a librarian for a 30 minute individual session. Please call the library for an appointment. Typical tutoring sessions:

Introduction to the Personal Computer
This course is for the patron new to the computer. You will start with mouse and keyboard practice and work with windows; open, close, maximize and minimize. Learn about the Start button to find programs, and become familiar with program toolbars and menus. You will access the Internet and learn how to navigate the Web.

Email Basics
Create an email account, send and receive an email message, and open, add, and download attachments (like photos!) in this hands-on workshop. If you have an email account already, just be sure to bring your username and password to your appointment. If you do not have an email account, no problem! You’ll create a Gmail account for yourself.









































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


An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

The French Girl by Lexie Elliott

Girl Unknown by Karen Perry

Red Clocks by Leni Zumas

Sunburn by Laura Lippman


Directorate S: The C. I. A. and America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Steve Coll

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

Enough As She Is: How to Help Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards of Success to Live Healthy, Happy, and Fulfilling Lives by Rachel Simmons

I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara

Wallis in Love: The Untold Life of the Duchess of Windsor, the Woman Who Changed the Monarchy by Andrew Morton


An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

The Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard

The Gatekeeper: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery by Charles Todd

Girl Unknown by Karen Perry

Hello Stranger by Lisa Kleypas

The Hush by John Hart

The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers

Rosie Colored Glasses: A Novel by Brianna Wolfson

Sunburn by Laura Lippman

The Woman in the Water by Charles Finch

Movies & Television:

The Ballad of Lefty Brown

Daddy’s Home 2

Darkest Hour

Homeland, Season 6

Murder on the Orient Express

Only the Brave

Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Same Kind of Different as Me

Stranger Things, Season 1

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri


Anthology of Amazing Women: Trailblazers Who Dared to Be Different by Sandra Lawrence

Broken Beautiful Hearts by Kami Garcia

Down and Across by Arvin Ahmadi

Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

Playing Atari with Saddam Hussein: Based on a True Story by Ali Fadhil and Jennifer Roy

A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard

The Serpent's Secret by Sayantani DasGupta

Stella Diaz Has Something to Say by Angela Dominguez

Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman

What the Night Sings by Vesper Stamper

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