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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.



Friends of the Riverdale Public Library Book SalePostponed



Is Anybody Out There - the 1966 Wanaque UFO SightingsCanceled

AARP Safe Driving CourseCanceled

Spring Cupcake Bouquet – Canceled

Author Visit: RoseMarie Rubinetti CappielloCanceled

Nazis in Riverdale?Canceled



Spring into Better Health – Saturday, May 2, 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.

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.

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 on 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