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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 program brochure for January through May 2020.

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



Radio Theater: Tales of Fantasy & Science Fiction

Thursday, July 9, 7 p.m.
Presenting two half-hour radio dramas from the 1940's and 50's. Escape to London in a world made strange and terrifying by the workings of an ancient curse in Casting the Runes, based on the work by Montague R. James. Travel forward in time to the year 100050 in The Time Machine based on the H.G. Wells novel.


Fridays, July 10 - August 14, 10 a.m.
This beginning/senior friendly chair yoga class will adapt a wide-range of traditional mat-based poses to the chair, giving you a variety of options on how to move the arms, torso and lower body. No matter what physical ability you enter the class with, there will ALWAYS be a modification that's perfect for you. You will learn how to listen to your body, and honor where you are, today. You will also learn how to explore the breath and how it affects the way you move. Meditation and pranayama (breathing practices) may also be explored. No prior yoga experience is necessary, all levels are welcome. Instructor Gail Gratzel became a certified yoga teacher after her retirement from the public health field.

It's All Relative

Wednesday, July 15, 7 p.m.
Eric Migdal, of It's All relative LLC, will discuss his story and how he got interested in genealogy. As an adoptee, how he found his biological family and records to help him understand the family relationship. He'll discuss the importance of searching for records for clues to your family's history, including census records, Military records, birth, marriage and death records, obituaries, online family trees and online family history websites. Centimorgans and how they are used in deciphering family relationships, building of family trees and using ethnicity estimates in your research will also be a part of the discussion.

Healthy Bar-B-Que Cooking Class

Wednesday, July 22, 7 p.m.
Join Danielle Buonforte from Lincoln Park Shoprite in an online cooking class. Watch Danielle create a healthy dish to bring to your next event, or cook along with her (ingredient list will be sent to you prior to the program).



Bookmark Portfolio

Saturday, August 8, 11:00 a.m.

Artist Lisa Madson returns to help you craft book marks and an accordion portfolio to keep them. Using stamping and watercolors create unique bookmarks with beautiful tassels. Registrants can pick up their materials prior to the workshop, and follow along with Lisa in the Zoom meeting. Please call the library at 973-835-5044 to register.

Art While We're Apart

Thursday, August 13, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Pick up your supplies and then join artist Bernadine Ferrari on Zoom as she leads you in creating a summer themed decorated wood panel with shells. After registration for the program, you'll receive information on picking up the supplies needed, and the live workshop link. Please call the library at 973-835-5044 to register.

Radio Theater: Tales of Daring Adventure & Thrills

Thursday, August 20, 7 p.m.
Presenting two half-hour radio dramas from the 1940's and 50's. To go along with our summer reading theme - "imagine your story", meet us online via Zoom and get swept up in these two thrilling adventure stories this summer evening.
The Most Dangerous Game (1943) features a big-game hunter who falls off a yacht and swims to what seems to be an abandoned and isolated island in the Caribbean, where he is hunted by a Russian aristocrat. Based on the short story by Richard Connell. Starring Orson Welles.

Then, listen to the exciting story about a pirate curse in The Treasure Chest of Don Jose (1952). Set in 1950's Cape Cod, treasure was left there many years earlier by the King of Pirates. The problem is that he and his descendants have been cursed. So, retrieving the buried chest turns out to be tricky for the pirate's great-grandson. Starring J. Carrol Nash.

Adult Summer Reading

Summer Reading begins Tuesday, May 26th, but join anytime this summer!

Play Adult Summer Reading Book Bingo
Keep track of books you read from may 26th to September 8th by writing the title and author in the matching square. Book titles may be used only once per card, and only one entry per person.

Sign up for our adult summer reading newsletter which will provide you with ideas for your next read.
Register online, or call to register (973) 835-5044.

How do I win?

Bingo: Complete a horizontal, vertical or diagonal line! Turn in your card and you'll be entered into a drawing for an Amazon gift card (4 winners).
Blackout: Complete all 25 squares! Turn in your card and you'll be entered in a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card (4 winners).

How do I submit my board for the prize drawing?

Submit your completed card (with either bingo or a blackout) by Tuesday, September 8th. Entries can be delivered in person to the library, scanned and emailed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or mailed to: Riverdale Public Library, 93 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Riverdale NJ 07457.

Need help filling your bingo board? Check out some our staff's favorite books here!



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 PM on the third Wednesday night of the month and the third Friday afternoon of the month at 2 PM We’ll be adding movies to the schedule as they become available.


 Computer Classes

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

Personal Computer Tutoring

Riverdale Library card holders can 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.

Book Discussion

Join us online for a book discussion. We've been reading books available on Hoopla (thanks to the Friends of the Riverdale Library for their support of Hoopla) which means no waiting, no queues - titles are available instantly for as many patrons that select the title. For more information on how to join, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Upcoming Book Discussion Dates:
     July 27, 7 p.m.
     August 24, 7 p.m.


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: Usually the 4th Monday of each month. 6:30 – 7:45 PM


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


Friends and strangers: a novel by J. Courtney Sullivan

Always the Last to Know by Kristan Higgins

The Black Swan of Paris by Karen Robards

Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

I was told it would get easier by Abbi Waxman


Thank You for Voting: The Maddening, Enlightening, Inspiring Truth About Voting in America by Erin Geiger Smith

The power of ritual: turning everyday activities into soulful practices by Casper ter Kuile

The brothers York: a royal tragedy by Thomas Penn

Lost companions: reflections on the death of pets by J. Moussaieff Masson

Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre by Max Brooks


Big Summer: a novel by Jennifer Weiner

Countdown 1945: the extraordinary story of the atomic bomb and the 116 days that changed the world by Chris Wallace

Hush by James Patterson

Credible Threat by Judith A. Jance

Tom Clancy: Firing Point by Mike Maden

The room where it happened: a White House memoir by John R. Bolton

The Lies That Bind by Emily Giffin

The Half Sister by Sandie Jones

If it Bleeds by Stephen King

A forgotten murder by Jude Deveraux


Final Kill Rated NR

The Song of Names Rated PG-13

Onward Rated PG

The Assistant Rated R

The Cold Blue Rated NR

The Adventures of Rufus the Fantastic Pet Rated PG

Buffaloed Rated NR

Once Were Brothers Rated R

LEGO Jurassic world: Legend of Isla Nublar Rated NR

Think Like a Dog Rated PG


The starkeeper by Faith Pray

Ways to Welcome by Linda Ashman

Nana Akua goes to school by Tricia Elam Walker

Brave Like That by Lindsey Stoddard

Tad by Benji Davies


Burn by Patrick Ness

Agnes at the end of the world by Kelly McWilliams

Hood by Jenny Elder Moke

Girl, unframed by Deb Caletti

Queen's peril by E.K. Johnston