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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.


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.



Get Organized for Weight LossWednesday, January 8, 7:00 p.m Losing weight is always in the top five New Year’s resolutions, and this program can help you achieve that goal! This program will cover: meal planning, portion tips, free phone apps and paid phone apps to help you make healthier food choices without feeling deprived. Learn how to menu plan your butt off! Eat, drink and shrink. Presented by Linda Anders, professional organizing expert and President of COC Enterprises.

Tea, Scones and the Brit LadySaturday, January 11, 2 p.m. Learn to make a proper cup of tea, watch a demo on scone making and then enjoy homemade scones and a “cuppa” at our tea party. Fancy hats are encouraged.

Digital Downloading: Magazines, Audio Books and E-Books – Wednesday, January 22, 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!

Satisfying SoupsSaturday, January 25, 1 p.m. As we move into winter, we start to think of comfort foods and soup is usually at the top of the list! Low-fat and low calorie soups can still be flavorful, satisfying and healthy. Danielle, Dietitian at ShopRite of Lincoln Park, will show you how to lighten up your soups while keeping the flavor and health benefits.



Meditation for Your Greatest HealthWednesday, Feb 5, 7 p.m. While it is inherent in any meditation practice that your health is supported, there are specific ways to add more Intention to good health. Using basic tools and techniques in a few different Guided Meditation exercises, we will focus on what you would like to see and feel improvement with.

Possessed by Possessions – Wednesday, February 12, 7 p.m. Possessed by Possession was inspired by the popular book The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning. This new program is geared to help homeowners to declutter now so their kids won't be overwhelmed later and need a dumpster to clean out their parents' house! What to do with photographs, letters, books, kids' memorabilia, and furniture are just some of the topics that are covered in this hour long presentation. Presented by Linda Anders, professional organizing expert and President of COC Enterprises.

Rocks in the Garden: A Public History of Slavery in Morris CountyWednesday, February 26, 7 p.m. In this presentation Mike Snyder will discuss the inspiration for his work and how he got started on this road of discovery. He will look at the various available sources and how he melded them into a two cohesive studies. This talk explores the interconnectivity of Morris County’s towns in relation to each other and the citizens who participated in enslavement. We will look at the slave owners and the enslaved, who they were, how they lived, how they were treated, the rifts slavery caused in the community, and the debate about slavery within the press. We will also explore how history is told, the marginalization of the enslaved, and the commemoration of slavery in the area. Mike Snyder, history professor, shifted his focus to the history of slavery in Morris County after taking classes with the late, great Dr. Clement Price and visionary public historian Dr. Lyra Monteiro. He completed a graduate paper “Inquire with the Printer: The Slavery Debate in Morris County, NJ 1776-1864” in 2016 and his Master’s Essay “The Enslaved Slept Here Too: A Public History of Slavery in Morris County” in 2017. He is currently teaching at Union County College as an Adjunct Professor in the History Department.


Felting with Ducky – Saturday, March 7, 10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. Think spring! Felt a fuzzy chick. In this class fiber artist Kerstin Katko (aka Ducky from Ducky’s Sheep Shack) will teach you how to sculpt sheep wool into an chick shape using only felting needles. While felting has been around for centuries, needle felting is a relatively new craft. It involves using barbed felting needles to compact and shape wool into sculpture. Once you try it you’ll be hooked! No experience is necessary. We will be using sharp needles so a few poked fingers are possible, but lots of creative fun is inevitable! Registration begins Friday, January 31 for Riverdale Library card holders, Thursday, February 13 for general registration.

Remember the Ladies: Women During the American RevolutionWednesday, March 11, 7 p.m. What was life like for a woman during the Revolution? Joel Farkas will discuss attitudes, expectations, legal rights, and health and medical issues for the colonial woman. The presentation will also cover the “first ladies” and women like Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, Lucy Knox and other women who made a difference. Presenter: Joel Farkas, National Park Service volunteer docent at Washington's Headquarters, Morristown, NJ

Friends of the Riverdale Public Library Book Sale3/27-3/29 (Friday 4 to 8, Saturday 10 to 4, Sunday noon to 3 p.m.) Book Donations will be accepted after the first week of January and through Friday, March 6th for the Friends of the Riverdale Public Library Annual Book Sale. Gently used books, DVD’s and music CD’s are welcome. Drop off anytime the library is open. We’re sorry, but we can’t accept encyclopedia sets, magazines, or VHS tapes.



Is Anybody Out There - the 1966 Wanaque UFO SightingsWednesday, April 1, 7 p.m. Throughout 1966 the mayor, town officials, and private citizens witnessed UFO’s flying around the Wanaque Reservoir. The Unidentified Flying Object incidents were reported to the Air Force, and their findings angered many citizens and officials. The National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomenon (NICAP), sent investigators to interview witnesses. Magazines and newspapers published articles, and CBS aired a show about the UFO incidents. Hear the story and decide. Was it a hoax? Was its origin from earth or elsewhere? Local resident Richard Moon has researched this local history story, consulted with experts, and presents the facts.

AARP Safe Driving CourseSaturday April 4, 10 a.m.to 4:30 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. Course payment is required to hold a seat for this class. Please either mail or drop off a check for the class to secure a spot: $15 for AARP members, $20 for non-members. Course participants may be eligible for auto insurance premium discounts.

Spring Cupcake BouquetWednesday, April 8, 7 p.m. Artist Bernadine Ferrari will guide you in creating decorated cupcakes for your spring table, using fondant and icing on prepared cupcakes. Registration begins Monday, March 2 for Riverdale Library card holders, Monday, March 16 for general registration.

Author Visit: RoseMarie Rubinetti Cappiello – Wednesday, April 22, 7:00 p.m. Ms. Cappiello, intuitive medium and local author of the book Speaking from Spirit, will discuss her book and then make connections in the room through mediumship. Books will be available for sale at the event, and Ms. Cappiello will personally sign your purchased copies.

Spring into Better Health – Saturday, April 25, 1 p.m. Learn how to lighten up your diet by Dietitian Danielle from ShopRite of Lincoln Park, enjoy seasonal foods and learn some new twists to spice up your salad and set some new wellness goals toward better health as the warm weather approaches.

Nazis in Riverdale? – Wednesday, April 29, 7 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.



Radio Theater: Fantasy & Science Fiction – Wednesday, May 6, 7 p.m. Presenting two half-hour radio dramas from the 1940s and 50s. Escape to London in a world made strange and terrifying by the workings of an ancient curse in Casting the Runes. Then, travel forward in time to the year 100050 in The Time Machine. Based on the works of Montaque R. James and H.G. Wells.

               Casting the Runes - 1947

               The Time Machine - 1950

Lucretia Coffin Mott: Quaker Minister, Abolitionist, and Suffragist – Monday, May 11, 7 p.m. In an age when most women were not expected to think about issues of the day, Lucretia Mott not only contemplated them, but also spoke out on them. Mott supported the Anti-Slavery movement and advocated the use of Free Produce. She was elected as an American Representative to the 1840 General (or World’s) Anti-Slavery Convention. When women were excluded from participating, were required to sit in a segregated area, Mott began to realize that she must also muster her efforts towards women’s equality. Mott joined Elizabeth Cady Stanton calling together the first women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, NY. In this program Mrs. Mott will examine the list of grievances in the Declaration of Sentiments; a list which clearly detailed the lack of rights “enjoyed” by women in the United States, and how much they would have to overcome before ever attaining the Elective Franchise – The Vote.

Possessed by Possessions – Wednesday, May 13, 7 p.m. Inspired by the popular book The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning, this program is geared to help homeowners to declutter now so their kids won't be overwhelmed later and need a dumpster to clean out their parents' house! What to do with photographs, letters, books, kids' memorabilia, and furniture are just some of the topics that are covered in this hour long presentation. Presented by Linda Anders, professional organizing expert and President of COC Enterprises.

Bookmark PortfolioSaturday, May 16, 1:00 p.m. Artist Lisa Madsen returns to help you craft book marks and an accordion portfolio to keep them. Using stamping and watercolors create unique bookmarks with beautiful tassels (just in time for summer reading). Riverdale Library Card holders registration begins Thursday, April 2, general registration begins Thursday, April 16.

Adult Summer Reading Program begins Tuesday, May 26! The 2020 Theme is “Imagine Your Story”. Join us for a summer of great reading! Keep track of books you read this summer by writing the title and author on your book bingo card. Book titles may be used only once per card, and only one entry per person. Subscribe to our adult summer reading newsletter which will provide you with ideas for your next read. Stop by after Memorial Day to pick up a free gift, a bingo card for a summer of reading and find out about our prizes.



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.

In Gotham City, mentally troubled comedian Arthur Fleck is disregarded and mistreated by society. He then embarks on a downward spiral of revolution and bloody crime. This path brings him face-to-face with his alter-ego: the Joker. R ‧ Drama ‧ 2h 2m

Wednesday, February 19, 7 p.m.
Friday, February 21, 2 p.m.


The Good Liar
Consummate con man Roy Courtnay (Ian McKellen)  has set his sights on his latest mark: the recently widowed Betty McLeish (Helen Mirren), worth millions. But this time, what should have been a simple swindle escalates into a cat-and-mouse game with the ultimate stakes. R ‧ Drama ‧ 1h 49m

Wednesday, March 18, 7 p.m.
Friday, March 20, 2 p.m.


A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Writer Lloyd Vogel is tasked with creating a profile of Fred Rogers, the creator and star of the successful children's program Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. When the interviewee suddenly becomes the interviewer, magic begins to happen. PG ‧ Drama ‧ 1h 49m

Wednesday, April 15, 7 p.m.
Friday, April 17, 2 p.m.


 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 27th - Vox by Christina Dalcher
February 24th - Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason
March 23rd - The Reckoning by John Grisham
April 27th - The Rent Collector by Carmon Wright
May 27th - Eleanor Olihant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
June 22nd - An Invisible Thread by Laura Shroff & Alex Tresniowski
July 27th - The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman
August 24th - Shakespeare Play Reading - Play reading and performance of an adapted version of a Shakespearean play.
September 28th -  The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
October 26th - The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell
November 23rd - Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
December 28th - Olive Again by Elizabeth Strout

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


The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy

When We Believed in Mermaids by Barbara O’Neal

Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah

Almost Just Friends by Jill Shalvis

The Decent Inn of Death by Rennie Airth


Father of Lions by Louise Callaghan

Mengele by David G. Marwell

Slaying Goliath: the passionate resistance to privatization and the fight to save America's public schools by Diane Ravitch

The third rainbow girl: the long life of a double murder in Appalachia by Emma Copley Eisenberg

Tightrope: Americans reaching for hope by Nicholas D. Kristof


Boys & Sex by Peggy Orenstein

Hindsight by Iris Johansen

Into the Fire by Gregg Hurwitz

Last Day by Luanne Rice

The Museum of Desire by Jonathan Kellerman

The River Murders by James Patterson

Long Bright River by Liz Moore

Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

Galway Girl by Ken Bruen

A long petal of the sea by Isabelle Allende


Code 8 Rated NR

Zombieland: Double Tap Rated R

The Addams Family Rated PG

Butterbean’s Café: Let’s Get Cooking! Rated NR

The Death & Life of John F. Donovan Rated R

Turkey Bowl Rated R

Mine 9 Rated NR

I See You Rated R

Pain and Glory Rated R

Terminator: Dark Fate Rated R


Baby Shark! by Steve Lewis

The Big Race Lace Case by Paul Dubois Jacobs

Boxitects by Kim Smith

The Button Book by Sally Nicholls

Catherine’s War by Julia Billet


Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown

Blank Canvas: My So Called Artist’s Journey 1 by Akiko Higashimura

Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore

A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer

Just Breathe by Cammie McGovern