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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 2018 brochure.

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

Discover the Writer Within - Saturdays, June 23th – July 21th, 12:30 p.m.

(Course is limited to 10 participants) - This program is now full!

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.  This workshop lets the creative process work its magic as you find your own style and voice.  Age 50+

Dianne Herald-Dimella lives in Wayne NJ. Her favorite thing is motivating people to explore their talents and push back the ring-pass-not-they have built for themselves. There is a wealth of untapped experience, both historical and personal among our seniors. Dianne has been facilitating writing classes since 2004.

 

Shipwrecks: A Story of Sorrow and Loss - Saturday, July 14th, 1:00 p.m.

We all know the classic story of a terrible shipwreck. The Captain must go down with the ship. Women and children first. All the men must be heroes, except for those cowards who must be shot by stern officers because they attempted to rush to boats over the bodies of the women and children. The Captain must be a superhero, a magnificent seaman, cool, brave, facing death and danger, and a living guarantee that the wreck was nobody’s fault. In an absorbing account, Gillespie tells the story of shipwrecks—their types, their causes, their states of preservation, the salvage attempts, and related legal aspects. 

Yoga Class Thursdays, July 19th - August 30th, 11:00 a.m.

(No class on August 9th) The Krishnamacharya Tradition emphasizes the linking of breath and movement and believes that if you can breathe, you can do yoga. This series will include gentle movements appropriate for everyone from the beginner to the advanced student, and will focus on stress relief, flexibility, balance and strength. No previous yoga experience is required. Please wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing and bring a mat or large towel. Kathleen Shannon is an adjunct professor at Ramapo College and is certified at the 500-hour level in the Krishnamacharya Tradition of yoga. She has been teaching yoga for over 10 years, and practicing for more than 20.

(Priority registration for Riverdale Library cardholders through June 30th)

Chocolate Taste & Learn Lecture -Wednesday, July 25th, 7:00 p.m.

This class will dive into the world of chocolate from the growing fields to the store shelf. Take a journey with renowned chocolatier Michael Canzano of J. Emanuel Chocolatier as he discusses chocolate origins, health benefits, myth busting facts, and how he works with chocolate to create confections. During the lecture enjoy tasting a variety of chocolates.

Vintage French-Style Decoupage Tray and Coasters (Sorry! This program is now full) Saturday, July 28th, 11:00 a.m.

Decoupage a wooden tray and coasters, guided by Agnes Sydork – Majewski. Using vintage look papers, you’ll create a matching entertainment set sure to impress your guests or enjoy yourself. All materials provided.

Summer in a Jar - Monday, July 30, 7 p.m.

Looking for healthier meal and dessert ideas that you can make in a mason jar? Danielle Colombo, ShopRite of Lincoln Park Registered Dietitian, will be showing you how to make a healthy salad, and a brownie batter hummus for a healthier dessert, all made from scratch! Ingredients and the mason jars provided. Come join us!

Outdoor Shakespeare Program at the Glenburn - Wednesday, August 1st, 7:00 p.m.

Join us on the grounds of the Glenburn for an exciting 60-minute collage of moments and music from Shakespeare and the many authors he's Inspired. Presented by the The Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey. Seating provided. Made possible through the generosity of the Friends of the Riverdale Public Library.

Vintage French-Style Tea Box - Saturday, August 18, 11:00 a.m.
You’ll be decoupaging a wooden box with lid to hold your favorite teas. Don’t drink tea? Call it a keepsake box. Agnes Sydork will help you create this lovely and functional decoration for your home. All materials provided.

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 p.m. on the third Wednesday night of the month. We’ll be adding movies to the schedule as they become available.

 

All the Money in the World -  May 25, 1 p.m.

Dramatization of the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III, the grandson of billionaire J. Paul Getty. John's mother Gail begs J. Paul Getty to pay the ransom; when he refuses, she decides to rescue her son with the help of Getty's business associate. (2017, R, 132 minutes).

I Can Only Imagine - June 15, 2 p.m. & June 20, 7 p.m.

A musician writes a popular song about how his faith helped repair his relationship with his dad. Based on a true story. (2018, R, 110 min.)

 

Foreign films - NEW !!!

Foreign Films will be shown on the fourth Friday of each month at 2:00 p.m. Please call the library at 973-835-5044 or visit our website at http://www.riverdalelibrary.org/ to register. Refreshments will be served.

Julieta (Spanish) - Friday, June 22nd, 2:00 p.m.

A chance encounter causes a woman (Emma Suárez) to reflect on the tragic circumstances surrounding the disappearance of her daughter. (2016, Rated R; 1hour & 30minutes)

 

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Mandarin) - Friday, July 27th, 2:00 p.m.

In 19th century Qing Dynasty China, a warrior (Chow Yun-Fat) gives his sword, Green Destiny, to his lover (Michelle Yeoh) to deliver to safe keeping, but it is stolen, and the chase is on to find it. The search leads to the House of Yu where the story takes on a whole different level. (2000, PG-13; 120 min.)

 

Land of Mine (German)Friday, August 24th, 2:00 p.m.

A group of German POWs are forced to dig up millions of land mines with their bare hands. (2015,  R; 101 min.)

 

The Class: Entre les murs (French)Friday, September 28th, 2:00 p.m.

Francois Marin (François Bégaudeau) is a French language and literature teacher at an inner-city Paris high school. As the new school year begins, he introduces himself to his new class and begins the arduous process of reaching out to each of them. Marin encounters his share of problem students, teen violence, ethnic tensions between classmates and education barriers within the group, all of which test his patience and -- more importantly -- his resolve as an educator. (2008, PG-13; 130 min.)

 

Computer Classes

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

Excel (Prerequisite: familiarity with PC basics and Microsoft Word.) Learn how to create a simple worksheet. You will input data, create simple formulas and use basic formatting techniques. We will discuss tips to view your worksheet, and how print a presentable report. Monday, February 5, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. OR Saturday, March 24, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 

PowerPoint - (Prerequisite: familiarity with PC basics and Microsoft Word.) Design a PowerPoint presentation with text, clip art, and animation. You’ll learn about formatting, the design options available, presentations views, and how to run a slide show. Wednesday, January 31, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. OR Saturday, April 28, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 

Device Advice - Need help downloading our ebooks, digital magazines or music? Make an appointment and bring in your device for one-on-one assistance.

 

Personal Computer Tutoring - 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.

Need to RegisterSometimes the program announcement asks you to register either in person or over the phone. This is so we have an idea of how many to expect and so we can call you if there is a cancelation.

Book Discussion Group

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!

2018 Book Discussion Selections:

January 22nd - Villette by Charlotte Bronte

February 26th- In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende

March 26th - The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

April 23rd - The Child by Fiona Barton

May 21st - Daring to Drive by Manal al-Sharif

June 25th -The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

July 23rd - Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks

August 27th - Shakespeare Play: Play reading and performance

September 24 - A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

October 22 - The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson

November 26 - A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman

December 17 - The Great Santa Search by Jeff Guinn

Download or print our 2018 Book Discussion Selections

2017 Book Discussion

2016 Book Discussion

2012 Book Selections

2011 Book Selections

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: Usally the 4th Monday of each month. 6:30 – 7:45 p.m.

Gypsy Knitters
A lively group who visit to knit every week. Bring a project and share an enjoyable time with others who share your passion for knitting. This is a free group for experienced knitters.
When: 1st and 3rd Thursdays,  5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Personal Tutoring Sessions available:

Meet with a librarian for a 30 minute individual session. Please call the library for an appointment. Typical tutoring sessions:

Introduction to the Personal Computer
This course is for the patron new to the computer. You will start with mouse and keyboard practice and work with windows; open, close, maximize and minimize. Learn about the Start button to find programs, and become familiar with program toolbars and menus. You will access the Internet and learn how to navigate the Web.

Email Basics
Create an email account, send and receive an email message, and open, add, and download attachments (like photos!) in this hands-on workshop. If you have an email account already, just be sure to bring your username and password to your appointment. If you do not have an email account, no problem! You’ll create a Gmail account for yourself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Fiction:

Bad Men and Wicked Women by Eric Jerome Dickey

Cave of Bones by Anne Hillerman

Circe by Madeline Miller

The Elizas: A Novel by Sara Shepard

Two Steps Forward: A Story of Persevering in Hope by Sharon Garlough Brown

Non-Fiction:

Daring to Drive: A gripping account of one woman's home-grown courage that will speak to the fighter in all of us by Manal Al-Sharif

Fascism: A Warning by Madeleine Albright

A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership by James Comey

Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering by Joanna Gaines

Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and the Election of Donald Trump by David Corn and Michael Isikoff

Audio

The Crooked Staircase: A Jane Hawk Novel by Dean Koontz

The 17th Suspect (Women's Murder Club) by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

After Anna by Lisa Scottoline

The Female Persuasion: A Novel by Meg Wolitzer

A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership by James Comey

A Nantucket Wedding: A Novel by Nancy Thayer

Noir: A Novel by Christopher Moore

The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath by Leslie Jamison

Shattered Mirror: An Eve Duncan Novel by Iris Johansen

Twisted Prey (A Prey Novel) by John Sandford

Movies

All The Money In The World

Backstabbing for Beginners

The Commuter

The Greatest Showman

Maze Runner: The Death Cure

Paddington 2

Peter Rabbit

Phantom Thread

The Post

Sweet Virginia

Juvenile

Curveball by Derek Jeter

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Isle of Blood and Stone by Makiia Lucier

The Lifters by Dave Eggers

Rebound by Kwame Alexander

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

The Stone Girl's Story by Sarah Beth Durst

Strong Is the New Pretty: A Celebration of Girls Being Themselves by Kate T. Parker

Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce

Worlds Apart (Story Thieves) by James Riley



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