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LIBRARY HOURS

  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.

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New Programs

Space is limited for our programs, and registration is required. Don't lose out! Download or print our adult programs June through August 2019 Adult Programs.

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

 

One Book One Community

People Coming Together Through the Reading and Discussion of a Common Book

Riverdale Library is joining with Pequannock Library and Lincoln Park Library for a One Book One Community program. Riverdale residents can pick up a free copy of the book after May 27 – Walking to Listen: 4,000 Miles Across America, One Story at a Time by Andrew Forsthoefelby. Themed programs are in the works for the fall, and the author will visit in October.

 

Adult Summer Reading

Summer reading begins Tuesday, May 28th.

Play Adult Summer Reading Book Bingo

Keep track of books you read from May 28 to September 2nd 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. Need suggestions for your squares? Ask a Riverdale Public Library staff person for recommendations! Also, sign up for our adult summer reading newsletter which will provide you with ideas for your next read.

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 the grand prize – a bag of advanced reader copies from big publishers, and $100 Amazon gift card.

How do I submit my board for the prize drawing?
Submit your completed card (with either bingo or a blackout) by Tuesday, September 3rd. 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.

Summer Reading Finale

Wednesday, September 11th, 7:00 PM
Join us as we share and celebrate a summer of reading!

 

June

Possessed by Possessions

Wednesday, June 5, 7 PM
This new program is geared to help homeowners to declutter now so their kids won't be overwhelmed later and need to back up a dumpster to the house when parents pass on. What to do with photographs, letters, books, kids’ memorabilia, and furniture are just some of the topics that will be addressed. Linda Anders is a Professional Organizer and member of NAPO-National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals.

Yoga

Fridays, 11 AM June 7 – 28
Strengthen and Stretch Yoga: A class to build mobility and strength. Poses and movement for all bodies and experience levels. Riverdale library card holders only.
Instructor Danielle Fisher is a licensed and registered Hatha Vinyasa Yoga Instructor and practitioner.

Honeybees and Beekeeping - A Short Introduction

Wednesday, June 12, 7 p.m. 
There has been a lot in the news in recent years about the plight of pollinators, with the honeybee in the forefront of the discussion. Destruction of native habitat through land development, negative effects of pesticide use and a parasitic mite that the honeybee is host to have all contributed to the dwindling of the honeybee population and the difficulties faced by beekeepers.
Adele Barree, a beekeeping hobbyist for 8 years, will present some facts on honeybee decline, describe the workings of the honey bee colony and give a few tips on how anyone, not just beekeepers, can help the bees. The program will conclude with a varietal honey tasting.

Radio Theater: An Evening of Suspense

Wednesday, June 26, 7 PM
Presenting two half hour radio dramas from Suspense, a CBS radio series broadcast from 1942 to 1962. Suspense was subtitled "radio's outstanding theater of thrills" and often featured leading Hollywood actors of the era. In this presentation you will listen to episodes staring Orson Welles and Vincent Price as they narrate a chilling tale that is sure to keep you in suspense.
“The Hitchhiker” – Hosted by Orson Welles, first aired on November 17, 1941.
“Three Skeleton Key” – Hosted by Vincent Price, first aired on November 11, 1956.

Pendant Jewelry with Agnes

Saturday, June 29, 11 AM
Join Agnes Sydork in crafting a decorative pendant. Choose your design for the pendant, and craft your own signature piece of jewelry. Sign up begins June 1 for this program.
Sorry! This program is now full.

 

July

Felting with Ducky

Wednesday, July 17, 6:30 PM
Join Ducky from Ducky’s Sheep Shack to craft a felted hedgehog.
Sorry! This program is now full.

USS Battleship New Jersey

Wednesday, July 24, 7 PM
USS New Jersey is the most decorated battleship in U.S. Navy history earning 19 battle or campaign stars; nine during World War II, four during the Korean Conflict, three during the Vietnam Conflict, and three during the 1980’s commission. A speaker from the USS Battleship New Jersey Museum will be here to discuss the history of service of this ship.

Adult Sewing Program

Thursday, July 25, 5:00 – 8:00 PM
We are transforming the library into a sewing studio! Join instructor, Ellen Lumpkin Brown and make a versatile and practical Boxy Market Tote Bag complete with pocket! Ellen brings the sewing machines, the fabric and the know-how. No previous sewing experience is required. In this 3 hour class, Ellen will walk you step-by-step through the process of stitching your own, individualized, fully-lined tote! Ellen Lumpkin Brown is the owner of Sew It! Workshop, the Pop Up Sewing Studio. Sign up begins June 1 for this program.
Sorry! This program is now full.

Better Beverages and Smoothies

Saturday, July 27, 1 PM
Danielle Buonforte, registered dietician from the Lincoln Park ShopRite, returns with another great program of tasty and nutritious recipes.

 

August

Outdoor Shakespeare Production at the Glenburn: Verily, Madly Thine

Wednesday August 7, 7 PM at the Glenburn.
Chairs are provided. In inclement weather, the performance will be held indoors in the barn on the property.
This year’s production, entitled Verily, Madly Thine, will feature a wonderful array of moments from Shakespeare’s plays as well as a few selections from more contemporary authors who have been inspired by one of Shakespeare’s originals. Verily, Madly Thine also features a delightful sprinkling of music, and in total, these 60 minutes about falling in love will make you fall in love with this delightful and entertaining collection of scenes inhabited by the victims of Cupid’s arrows
The Shrewd Mechanicals is a touring company of the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey. Don’t miss this wonderful quartet as they bring to life the joy, wit, poetry, and music of the world’s greatest playwright — and those he’s inspired.

Science on the Seven Continents

Wednesday, August 14, 7 PM
This library program will introduce you to the travels and research of Erin Colfax, a research explorer and science educator. Her program will bring you on a trip around the world seeing pictures, hearing stories, touching specimens, and learning about her international scientific research. Erin has traveled to all seven continents and has written books and poems highlighting her work to share with you.
Erin Colfax, is a research explorer and science educator at The College of Saint Elizabeth and Morristown High School in Morristown, NJ. As a teacher and explorer, she has spent two decades conducting international research projects while traveling throughout the seven continents.

 

Movies

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.

Apollo 11

Wednesday, June 19, 7 PM
Friday, June 21, 2 PM
Never-before-seen footage and audio recordings take you straight into the heart of NASA's most celebrated mission as astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin embark on a historic trip to the moon.
G ‧ 2019 ‧ Documentary ‧ 1h 33m

The Public

A Cincinnati librarian helps a group of homeless people take refuge at the free public library in order to survive a brutal winter night.
PG-13 ‧ 2018 ‧ Drama ‧ 2h 2m
Monday, July 10, 7 PM
Friday, July 19, 2 PM

Pet Sematary

A family moves to rural Maine where they discover the dark powers of a burial site known at the "Pet Sematary."
R ‧ 2019 ‧ Thriller/Mystery ‧ 1h 40m

Friday, August 16, 2 PM
Wednesday, August 21, 7 PM

 

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 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!

January 28th - The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz
February 25th - Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
March 25th - Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
April 22nd - Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
May 20th - Florida by Lauren Groff
June 24th - Unsheltered by Barbra Kingsolver
July 22nd - Educated by Tara Westover
August 26th - Shakespeare Play Reading - Play reading and performance of an adapted version of a Shakespearean play.
September 23rd -  The Library Book by Susan Orlean
October 28th - The Witch Elm by Tana French
November 25th - The Winter Soldier by Daniel Mason
December 23rd - The Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrik Backman

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

Fiction:

My Life As a Rat by Joyce Carol Oates

The Summer Country by Lauren Willig

Skin Game by Stuart Woods

The Friends We Keep by Jane Green

This Storm by James Ellroy

Non-Fiction:

Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered by Karen Kilgariff

Sand & Steel by Peter Caddick-Adams

The White Devil’s Daughter by Julia Flynn Siler

Sea Stories by William H. McRaven

Dragon's Jaw by Stephen Coonts

Audio

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

Unsolved by James Patterson

Queen Bee by Dorothea Benton Frank

Keep You Close by Karen Cleveland

Shortest Way Home by Pete Buttigieg

The Summer Cottage by Viola Shipman

Sunset Beach by Mary Kay Andrews

Mistress of the Ritz by Melanie Benjamin

Before She Was Found by Heather Gudenkauf

The Never Game by Jeffery Deaver

Movies

Greta Rated R

Blaze Rated R

The Upside Rated PG-13

How to Train Your Dragon Rated PG

Isn’t it Romantic Rated PG-13

Bundy and the Green River Killer Not Rated

Ashes in the Snow Not Rated

Cold Pursuit Rated R

Happy Death Day 2U Rated PG-13

Fighting With My Family Rated PG-13

Children’s:

Who Was Stephen Hawking by Jim Gigliotti

Bear Came Along by Richard T. Morris

How to be on the Moon by Viviane Schwarz

A Small Zombie Problem by K. G. Campbell

Camp Average by Craig Battle

Teen:

I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver

How It Feels to Float by Helena Fox

Again But Better by Christine Riccio

Dark Shores by Danielle Jensen

The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad