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 - January through May 2017
Conquer Clutter – Cancelled - will be rescheduled in the future. 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.
Chinese New Year Cooking Demonstration – Saturday, January 21,1:00 p.m. Join Joyce Leung in preparing egg rolls and a noodle dish to celebrate the Chinese New Year – the Year of the Rooster.
Nazis in Riverdale? - Wednesday, January 25, 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.
Cabin Fever Coloring Group – Wednesdays, February 1, 8, 15 and 22, 7:00 p.m. Spend cold winter Wednesday evenings at the library creating coloring projects and enjoying good company.
Valentine Decoupage Plates – Saturday, February 4, 1:00 p.m. Agnes Majewska-Sydoryk will lead us in this workshop to create a lovely serving plate for Valentine goodies.
Heart-Healthy Snacks – Saturday, February 11, 1:00 p.m. Danielle Columbo, registered dietician, will bring lots of healthy and delicious snacks to share and will discuss diet and heart health.
Choosing Your Next Great Read - Saturday, February 25, 2:00 p.m. Love to read but not sure what to read next? Riverdale Reference Librarian Leann Lydon will give a brief presentation on tools you can use – both at home and here at the library – to help you select your next great book!
Music of the ‘50’s – Saturday, March 4, 1:00 p.m. Rescheduled to Wednesday, April 26, 7 p.m. Stephen F. Marcone, Professor of Music at The William Paterson University of New Jersey, willlead a discussion about the massive change in the listening tastes of America during the 1950s, as listeners’ interests moved from popular songs by Nat“King” Cole, Perry Como, Doris Day and Pat Boone to the music of early rock and roll artists. Audio and video examples include the above mentioned artists plus the early pioneers of rock.
Discovering Your Irish Roots - Saturday, March 11 at 1 p.m.
Join Judy Kenney as she discusses the best methods and resources to build your Irish family tree. She will discuss the church and civil records available for Ireland, common problems in searching for Irish ancestors, and tips to get accurate information. Judy Kenney, a Past President of the Genealogical Society of Bergen County, gives lectures and classes on various genealogical subjects, including Irish Research, Beginning Research, and Using FamilySearch.org. She has been doing research for over 40 years and has had great fun and success tracing her Irish and French ancestors.
Elder Law - Monday, March 20, 7:00 p.m. - The field of elder law focuses on the particular legal needs of senior citizens. This seminar, given by Linda Peterson, Esq., will focus on Medicaid planning, incapacity planning, and how to pay for long term care. We’ll discuss the types of care that government benefits will and will not pay for, the general eligibility requirements for institutional level Medicaid, and how to plan ahead.
Nazis in Riverdale? - Wednesday, March 22, 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.
The American Home Front During World War I - Wednesday, March 29,7:00 p.m. One hundred years ago, Woodrow Wilson ran for re-election with the slogan, “I kept us out of the war,” and the majority of Americans were solationists – but just five months after the 1916 election, America entered World War I. Join us for an insightful presentation about this period in U.S. history given by Carter Jones Meyer, Ph.D., Professor of History at Ramapo College of New Jersey.
Riverdale Public Library’s 15th Anniversary – Saturday, April 1, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Join us for cake and coffee and tour the exhibit celebrating the 15th anniversary of our library in our present location.
ABCs of Lawn Renovation - Monday, April 3, 7:00 p.m. If at least half of your lawn is in good condition, why not renovate the rest for the picture perfect turf you desire? Learn the “how, when and why” plus the correct method of lawn renovation from Brian Monaghan, Morris County Master Gardener. The selection of the right grass seed for your specific needs and soil conditions and other lawn care tips will be discussed, and Rutgers fact sheets and other handouts will be provided.
Minor League Baseball in Bloomingdale – Wednesday, April 5, 7:00 p.m. The Bloomingdale Troopers were a community-owned professional minor league baseball team that played at Delazier Field in the 1940s. Join
us as local historian Tom Riley discusses the construction of the field, the history of the team, and Babe Ruth’s connection to the team and to Riverdale.
AARP Driver Safety Course – Saturday, April 8, 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. Payment is due upon registration. Registration is in-library or by mail. Checks are payable to AARP.
Organizing Your Clothes for Less Chaos – Wednesday, April 12, 7:00 p.m. Do you DREAD going into your closet or dresser drawers? Did the shelf or rod in your closet collapse from the weight of too many clothes, yet you have nothing to wear? Linda Anders, Professional Organizer and the owner of COC Enterprises LLC, will discuss shopping tips to keep your clothes from taking over your home, a dozen ways to keep closets organized, and more!
Decorative Birdhouses - (Sorry! This program is full) Saturday April 22, 1:00 p.m. Creative Agnes Majewska-Sydoryk will inspire us as we craft a birdhouse spring decoration. All materials will be provided.
Spend Less Time Cleaning, More Time Reading – Wednesday, May 3, 7:00 p.m. What cleaning products work best? What tools & tricks do professional house cleaners use? What design changes can reduce maintenance? Get the answers to these questions and more from Linda Anders, owner of COC Enterprises LLC, and spend less time cleaning!
Due to the small class size, and to ensure you are signing up for the computer class which will benefit you the most, computer class registration is in-person, or by phone at (973) 835-5044.
Device Advice (formerly iPad and Tablet Users Group) - Third Friday of the month, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Need some help using your iPad, iPhone, Kindle, laptop or other digital device? Drop in with your device and get some pointers on its use.. Meets the third Friday of each month: Upcoming dates: January 20, February 17, March 17, April 21, May 19
Digital Downloading: Magazines, Audio Books and E-Books
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. Make an appointment with us and let us show you how. Have a tablet or iPad? Bring it!
Microsoft Word – Intermediate Skills
Prerequisite: Word Part 1 or familiarity with Word.
Learn to create columns, tables, headers and footers and page numbers. We’ll also cover page borders, page breaks and mail merge basics.
Monday, January 16, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 6, 11:00 a.m. (This program has been cancelled.)
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.
Saturday, March 25, 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, May 11, 11:00 a.m.
Excel - Part 2
Prerequisite: Excel 1 or knowledge of Excel basics
Topics covered include formatting data, freezing windows and hiding data, sorting, working with multiple sheets and creating a chart or graph from your data.
Monday, February 6, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 13, 11:00 a.m.
Prerequisite: familiarity with PC basics and 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.
Thursday, February 16, 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, April 29, 11:00 a.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.
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.
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!
Deepwater Horizon – Wednesday, January 18, 7:00 p.m. – In April of 2010, the offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon exploded and created the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history. This docudrama depicts the challenges that Mike Williams and the rest of the rig's crew faced as they fought for survival. Rated PG-13; 97 min.
The Light Between Oceans - Wednesday, February 15, 7:00 p.m. - An Australian World War I veteran takes a job as a lighthouse keeper on an isolated island, meets his future wife at a nearby coastal town, and the two begin their new life together at the lighthouse. Several years later, a rowboat with a newborn inside washes ashore, and the couple decide to raise the infant as their own. Rated PG-13; 133 min.
Arrival – Wednesday, March 15, 7:00 p.m. In this 2016 science fiction film which was nominated for Best Picture of the Year, linguist professor Louise Banks tries to interpret the language of alien visitors who have suddenly arrived at various locations on Earth. (Rated PG-13; 116 min.)
Fences - Wednesday, April 19 Adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play. A working-class African-American father tries to raise his family in the 1950s, while coming to terms with the events of his life. (Rated PG-13; 133 min.)
La La Land - Wednesday, May 17 A struggling actress and an aspiring pianist fall in love as they both pursue their dreams in L.A. However, their blossoming relationship is challenged when their careers pull them in different directions.(Rated PG-13; 128 min.)
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.
See the events calendar for current dates and specific information.
Sometimes 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
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.
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.
From time to time the library offers classes, such as Introduction to the Internet, email, eBay, and more. More details are listed in the Computer Section. See the Events Calendar for more information on the current schedule.