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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 September through December 2019.

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.



 Night Sky Viewing – Wednesday, September 4, 7:30 – 9 p.m. Joseph Molnar of the Morris Museum Astronomical Society will have his telescopes set up for viewing. The Morris Museum Astronomical Society was founded in 1972, and we are part of the Morris Museum near Morristown NJ.

Summer Reading Finale – Wednesday, September 11, 7 p.m.  Celebrate a great summer of reading with other participants of the Adult Summer Reading Program. Refreshments will be served, and prizes announced.

Writer’s GroupSorry! This program is cancelled and will be rescheduled after January 2020. Saturdays, September 14 – October 5, 11 a.m. A writing circle is a supportive community where people feel to express themselves through the written word.  The group provides a safe environment to share different genres, such as journaling, memoirs, poetry, creative prose etc.  Writing is an easy way to communicate with your deeper self.  You will learn writing can reduce stress and heal troubles memories.  If so inclined, you can leave a legacy for your loved ones.  Members share their work in a friendly atmosphere and through discussion build confidence in their abilities. Facilitated by Dianne Herald-Dimella. Course is limited to 10 participants.  Age 50+. Please call to register.

One Book One Community Walking Talking Book Club – Thursday, September 20, 10 a.m. Joining with Pequannock and Lincoln Park libraries, we’re reading Walking to Listen by Andrew Forsthoefel. If you’ve picked up a copy and would like to enjoy a “walk and talk” with others to discuss the book, join us at the library.

Fall Felting with Ducky – Saturday, September 21.  Riverdale residents only at 10:30, or 1:00 p.m. for general registration. You’ll be crafting a felted crow and pumpkin for your fall décor. Call (973) 835-5044 to register.

Photography Group Information Table – Saturday, September 28, 11 – 1. Want to take better photos, and use more features than the click button on your camera? Members of the Riverdale Photography Club will be here to answer questions, and give you tips and techniques to get better shots.

Fall Floral BraidSorry! This program is now full. Saturday, September 28, 11 a.m. Join Agnes Sydork in crafting a raffia braid with fall foliage. Great décor for your door or wall. Registration for this program begins September 6. Call (973) 835-5044 to register.

Trail Mix – Monday, September 30, 7 p.m. Danielle Buonforte, registered dietician from Lincoln Park ShopRite, will help you create a healthy trail mix to keep you on the move.



Organized October! – Linda Anders will be offering three programs to help you achieve outer peace and inner calm in your dwelling.

Wednesday October 2, 7 p.m. – Possessed by Possessions, Geared to help homeowners declutter now so their kids don’t back up a dumpster to their home when they pass on.

Wednesday October 9, 7 p.m. – Conquer Clutter Focuses on eliminating paper piles and finding unused space.

Wednesday October 23, 7 p.m. – Get Organized for the Holidays This program that will help make the holidays a time of joy and contentment for you, by organizing now, for peace later.

Halloween: A Haunted History– Monday, October 7, 7 p.m. In this new multimedia presentation, presenter Kevin Woyce explores the strange history of Halloween, from Old World harvest festivals to our modern family holiday.  With original photographs and vintage images, he reveals the origins of the Jack O’Lantern, and other seasonal traditions; tells the stories behind the 1938 “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast and the first monster movies; and takes audiences on an eerie tour of haunted lighthouses and hotels.

Paint Your Pet Sorry! This program is now full. Saturday, October 12, 11:00 a.m. With no artistic experience you can paint your pet’s portrait.  Bring an 8.5” x 11” printout or photocopy of the pet photo they would like to paint, and artist Erica Pizza will assist you in putting it to canvas. Registration for this program begins September 6. Call (973) 835-5044 to register.

Yoga – Fridays, October 25, November 1, November 15, November 22. 10:30 a.m.  (This program is only for Riverdale card holders)  Strengthen and Stretch Yoga: A class to build mobility and strength.  Poses and movement for all bodies and experience levels. Instructor Danielle Fisher is a licensed and registered Hatha Vinyasa Yoga Instructor and practitioner. 

Fall Foliage ArtSorry! This program is now full. Saturday, October 26, 1 p.m. Lisa Madson returns with fall foliage art. Using fresh and dried material, you’ll create a print to decorate your wall or mantle. All materials are supplied. Registration for this program begins September 6. Call (973) 835-5044 to register.

Radio Theater: Haunted TalesWednesday, October 30th, 7 p.m. Presenting two half-hour radio dramas from the 1940s. Join us this evening to listen to the recording of a radio personality’s stay in a haunted house, which is considered to be the performance that inspired the “found footage” genre. Then stick around for the second tale about a couple who discover a locked closet in their new home. Neither of them thinks anything of it until later that night, when they begin to hear a series of unearthly shrieks. These haunted house stories are said to be the most terrifying of tales from the golden age of radio.
                Ghost Hunt – Originally aired June 23rd, 1949.
                The House in Cypress Canyon – Originally aired December 5th, 1946.


Healthy Holiday Sides – Saturday, November 2, 1 p.m. Delicious doesn’t have to mean bad for you. Join Danielle Buonforte, registered dietician for the Lincoln Park Shoprite, to sample holiday sides that are good for you and your waistline.

Midvale Train Wreck –Wednesday, November 6, 7 p.m. Marie Mahler presents the A tale of history almost forgotten - the Midvale train wreck of 1904, which killed 17 people on their way to a Greenwood Lake outing. Marie Mahler tells of photos she found in the attic and discovered that they revealed a tale of a local tragedy known by very few.  By doing research on these photos, she was able to put the pieces of a story that local residents may find fascinating. Marie is a member of the North Jersey Highlands Historical Society, Passaic County Historical Society, Ringwood Manor Advisory Board, the Bergen County Genealogy Society, and is treasurer of the Passaic County Genealogy Society to name a few.  She is also the chair of the recently formed Wanaque Historical Commission.

Holiday Wine Glass Painting – Wednesday, November 20, 7 p.m. - Local artist Bernadine Ferrari will bring all the supplies and know-how to help us create two beautiful glasses. Registration for this program begins November 1. Call (973) 835-5044 to register.

Holiday Centerpiece – Saturday, November 23, 11 a.m. Agnes Sydork returns with another decoupage and floral centerpiece for you to craft. Registration begins November 1. Call (973) 835-5044 to register.

Holiday Tags and Card Making – Saturday, November 30, 1 p.m. Artist Lisa Madson will help you craft unique tags and cards for special holiday gifts. Registration begins November 1.Call (973) 835-5044 to register.


Gingerbread Houses – Wednesday, December 4, 7 p.m. An annual holiday highlight for adults! Decorate a gingerbread house for a lovely and edible centerpiece. Melissa Harsley, Vice President of the Friends of the Riverdale Public Library, returns with tons of icing, gingerbread houses, and gobs of candy. Registration for this program begins November 1. Call (973) 835-5044 to register.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt: “An Arsenal for Democracy” – Monday, December 9, 7 p.m. The date is December 29, 1940. Franklin Delano Roosevelt has just been re-elected to an unprecedented third term in office. But the world is in a crisis. Nazi Germany has blazed the path of destruction across Europe, and America may soon be drawn into war. Meet with the President just prior to his delivery of the famous “Arsenal for Democracy” speech. Neill Hartley, First Person Interpreter, American History Theater. As an actor Hartley has performed with Arden Theater, InterAct Theatre, and the Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival, among others. This program is made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

Radio Theater: Winter Mysteries Wednesday, December 11, 7 p.m. Presenting two half hour radio dramas from the 1940s. Cozy up and listen to suspenseful radio mysteries this winter evening, featuring a woman who overhears a murder plot through her telephone. Then stick around for a murder mystery about a dinner party that goes horribly wrong. These old-time radio broadcasts are guaranteed to send chills up your spine!

Sorry! Wrong Number – Originally aired September 3rd, 1948.     
After Dinner Story – Originally aired October 26th, 1943.

Felting with Ducky – Saturday, December 14, 1 p.m.  Join Ducky from Ducky’s Sheep Shack to craft a felted penguin.  Sign up begins November 15. Call (973) 835-5044 to register.



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.


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

A Dog's Journey (2019) - A dog makes a promise to protect and be there for his owner's granddaughter as she experiences the highs and lows of life. Rated PG, runtime 108 minutes.

Wednesday, September 18, 7 p.m.

Friday, September 20, 2 p.m.

Tolkien - The young J.R.R. Tolkien is different from most kids his age. He finds himself an outcast and an orphan as he lands at a special school. Among the classmates Tolkien is able to find a select group that will help him to learn about true friendship. The relationships of Tolkien's younger years go on to have a profound impact on the literary work that would ultimately make him one of history's most revered authors.Rated PG-13, 112 minutes

Wednesday, October 16, 7 p.m.

Friday, October 18, 2 p.m.

After a freak accident during a worldwide blackout, struggling musician Jack Malik wakes to discover that he is the only person in the world to remember The Beatles. Using this newfound benefit to his advantage, Jack begins plagiarizing the work of the legendary band to launch his career to superstardom. Rated PG-13, 116 minutes.
Wednesday, November 13, 7 p.m. (second Wednesday of the month),

Friday, November 15, 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 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


Mumbo Gumbo Murder by Laura Childs

The Andromeda Evolution by Michael Crichton

Sarah Jane by James Sallis

Murder at Whitby Abbey by Cassandra Clark

Let it Snow by Nancy Thayer


Know my name: a memoir by Chanel Miller

Edison by Edmund Morris

Inside out: a memoir by Demi Moore

The Education of an Idealist by Samantha Power

The Body: a guide for occupants by Bill Bryson


Blue Moon: a Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child

Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris

Noel Street by Paul Richard Evans

Final Option by Clive Cussler

Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry by Mary Higgins Clark

A Cruel Deception by Charles Todd

Let it Snow by Nancy Thayer

Agent Running in the Field by John Le Carre

Christmas Cocoa Murder by Carlene O’Connor

Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren


Veronica Mars. Season 1 Rated NR

Red Joan Rated R

Framing John Delorean Rated NR

Lion King Rated PG

Crawl Rated R

Itsy Bitsy Rated NR

Aladdin Rated PG

Anna and the Apocalypse Rated R

Rock Paper Scissors Rated R

Good Fight. Season 3 Rated NR


The Last Human by Lee Bacon

The Magic Misfits: The minor third by Neil Patrick Harris

Loki by Mackenzi Lee

Black Canary: ignite by Meg Cabot

Fry Bread by Kevin Noble Maillard


The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

Jackpot by Nic Stone

The Secret Commonwealth by Phillip Pullman

Our Wayward Fate by Gloria Chao

The Silent Thaw by Erin Hunter