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

Print or download a copy of our Adult Programs - September through December 2017

Adult Summer Reading Finale - Saturday, August 26, 11:00 a.m. Join us for the conclusion of our Adult Summer Reading Program! We’ll be announcing the winners of the drawings for our summer reading prizes (including our grand prize!), sharing what we’ve read, playing games and enjoying some refreshments.

Fall Foods - Wednesday, September 6, 7:00 p.m. Danielle Colombo, ShopRite of Lincoln Park’s registered dietician, will be discussing healthy foods that are in season during the fall and how to avoid overeating as the weather begins to cool. Join us and sample a delicious fruit and grain salad with wheatberries, scallions, strawberries and crumbled feta cheese in a raspberry vinaigrette. Recipes will be provided!

Fall Book Sculpture - Saturday, September 9, 11:00 a.m. Agnes Majewska-Sydoryk returns with another great craft! Make a fall book sculpture candle to bring an autumn accent to your abode.

Cabot Cheddar Cheese Tasting - (Sorry! This program is full)  Monday, September 18, 7:00 p.m. Join Brigitte Mesa of RealFood RealSimple for a Cabot cheese tasting and recipe sampling. We'll learn how Cabot supports independent farmers, various communities, and volunteers ... and you'll get a chance to try some harder-to-find Cabot varieties, and perhaps discover a new favorite!

Protecting Your Home from the Cost of Long-Term Care - Wednesday, September 27, 7:00 p.m. Many people’s homes are their most significant asset. Unfortunately, although approximately 70% of all Americans will require some form of long-term care, the high cost of such care may not have been considered in planning for retirement, or perhaps it was assumed that Medicare would cover this expense. Advanced planning – the sooner the better – is the key to protecting your home from the potential costs of home care, assisted living and nursing home care. Presented by Linda Peterson, Esq

An Organized Student = A Less Stressed Parent …and Student Too! - Monday, October 2, 7:00 p.m. This hour-long PowerPoint program, designed for children in grades 4 – 12 and their parents, will cover time management, using a planner, long term projects, the best school supplies to choose, organizing your backpack and more! This program will be presented by Linda Anders, member of the National Association of Professional Organizers and the owner of COC Enterprises LLC.

Halloween Pinterest Party - Wednesday, October 4, 7:00 p.m. We’ll show you a board we made for Halloween and try out a food item and a craft item. Join us to get ideas for a spooktacular Halloween!

Fall Bulbs for Spring Beauty - Saturday, October 7, 1:00 p.m. Marc Zukovich, president of Sterling Horticulture, will discuss and demonstrate fall planting for spring beauty.

Finding Your German Roots - Wednesday, October 11, 7:00 p.m. Join genealogist Bob Klein as he provides guidance for tracing your German
ancestors. The journey to discover your Germanic roots begins like all other journeys, here at home. Unlike the USA, there are no German national census records every ten years. So your US search will be focused differently than traditional American genealogy. You may find that your German ancestors didn't come from Germany. You'll find plenty of records in Europe, and they'll all be written in German, unless they are in Latin, or French or Polish, etc. in a different alphabet than you are accustomed. And you'll encounter terminology in documents that you can't decipher in modern translations. By the end of the talk you'll know how to start, where to look, and what to look for. You'll also have a list of references and guide books to aid you on your journey.

The Jersey Devil - Rescheduled to Saturday, October 28, 1:00 p.m. According to legend, in 1735 the Leeds family lived in a small community at the coastal edge of the Pine Barrens, and Mother Leeds was about to deliver her thirteenth child. Feeling tired and weary of her burden, she cursed the unborn child. She took revenge on Daniel Leeds when she gave birth to the devil’s child, who now lurks in the Pine Barrens of South Jersey. Presented by Angus Kress Gillespie, Ph.D., Professor of American Studies at Rutgers University, and funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

The Tea Lady - Thursday, October 19, 7:00 p.m. How much is a million? Teacher Roseann Ponchick starting collecting tea tags when she realized that her students had difficulty with that concept – and things grew from there. Hear Roseann discuss her international search and partnerships as she relates how she became “The Tea Lady.” Tea and tea cakes will be served. Sponsored by the Friends of the Riverdale Public Library.

Slow Cooker Holiday Side Dishes - Saturday, November 4, 1:00 p.m. Linda Vogel has been busily combing through our cookbooks to find delicious and easy holiday recipes you can prepare in your slow cooker.
Free up your stove and oven - and let your slow cooker be your holiday helper!

Return of the Eagle - Wednesday, November 8, 7:00 p.m. - The American eagle and other raptors faced near extinction in the 1960s due to the devastating effects of DDT and other chemicals. Local historian Tom Riley will trace their history from that time until today, when eagles can be found in every state except Hawaii.

Communication Tips and Techniques in Alzheimer’s Disease - Wednesday, November 29, 7:00 p.m. As Alzheimer’s disease progresses, people with the disease lose their ability to use words to communicate.
Learn how to enhance communication at each stage of the disease, including how to recognize behavior as a form of communication. Topics include how to identify verbal and non-verbal messages and tips on how
to maintain your relationship with your loved one as Alzheimer’s disease brings changes. Presented by Alzheimer’s New Jersey.

Gingerbread House Decorating for Adults - Wednesday, December 6, 6:30 p.m. Create a stunning centerpiece for your holiday table as we customize gingerbread house kits with festive adornments, using royal icing sure to endure. Melissa Harsley, a dedicated volunteer and Friend of the Riverdale Library, has helped children create gingerbread houses for many years during library programs. Now adults can join in on the fun as Melissa leads us in creating our own designs. Sponsored by the Friends of the Riverdale Public Library.

Christmas Tree Book Sculpture - Saturday, December 9, 11:00 a.m. Craft a Dickensian-style Christmas tree book sculpture with Agnes Majewska-Sydoryk. All materials will be provided.


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.

Going in Style - Sorry! All seats taken - this program is full. Wednesday, August 16, 7:00 p.m. Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin team up as lifelong buddies Willie, Joe and Al, who decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow for the first time in their lives when their pension fund becomes a corporate casualty. (PG-13, 96 minutes)

Wonder Woman - Wednesday, September 20, 7 p.m. An Amazon princess leaves her island home and journeys to the outside world, which is being consumed by a massive war. With the help of an American pilot, she works to put an end to the conflict. PG-13, 141 minutes

 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.

Together (2002) (China) – Friday, September 15, 1:00 p.m. The coming of age tale of a violin prodigy. (Rated PG; 114 min.)

Dagon (2001) (Spain) – Friday, October 20, 1:00 p.m. A young couple stranded in a decrepit Spanish fishing town discovers that it in the grips of an ancient sea god and its monstrous half-human offspring. Based on a HP Lovecraft short story. (Rated R; 99 min.)

Monsoon Wedding (2001) (India) – Friday, November 17, 1:00 p.m. Sparks fly when an Indian family gathers for an arranged marriage. (Rated R; 114 min.)

Amelie (2001) (French) – Friday, December 15, 1:00 p.m. A shy Parisian waitress (Audrey Tautou) secretly does good deeds for others. (Rated R; 120 min.)

Computer Classes

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

Excel - Saturday, September 30, 11:00 a.m. (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.


PowerPoint - Saturday, October 28, 11:00 a.m. (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.


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!

2017 Book Discussion Selections:

January 23 - Japanese Lover  by Isabel Allende
February 27 -  Homegoing  by Yaa Gyasi
March 27 - Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
April 24 -  Night by Eli Wiesel
May 22 - Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
June 26 -  Before the Fall  by Noah Hawley
July 24 - Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
August 28 - Shakespeare play
September 25 - Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
October 23  - The Witches: Salem, 1692  by Stacy Schiff
November 27 - Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
December 18 - Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie

Download or print our 2017 Book Discussion Selections

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: Every Thursday. 4:00 – 8:00 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.









































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  2. Audio
  3. Movies
  4. Youth


Come Sundown by Nora Roberts

A Dog’s Way Home by Bruce W. Cameron

Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Rich People’s Problems by Kevin Kwan


Never Call Me a Hero by N. Jack Kleiss

Jackie’s Girl by Kathy Mckeon

The Jersey Brothers by Sally Mott Freeman

Rising Star by David J. Garrow

You Don’t Look Your Age and Other Fairytails by Shelia Nevins


Against All Odds by Danielle Steel

Almost Missed You by Jessica Strawser

Dead Zone by Stephen King

French Twist by James Patterson

Frozen Hours by Jeff Shaara

Full Wolf Moon by Lincoln Child

I See You by Clare Mackintosh

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick


Doctor Strange

A Dog’s Purpose


La La Land


Resurrection of Gavin Stone

Rogue One

Unleashed Mr. Darcy

Victoria Season 1


7 ate 9 by Tar Lazar

Captain Awesome Takes Flight by Stan Kirby

Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Junk Drawer Engineering by Bobby Mercer

Moo Moo in a Tutu by Tim Miller

Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wien

Rebel Rising by Beth Revis

Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby

Shawn Loves Sharks by Curtis Manley

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