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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

Register by calling the library at (973) 835-5044,  or click if there is a link for the program to register through our Event Calendar.

Adult Summer Reading 2021 Bingo – Tuesday, June 1 – September 7

A Tale of Tails is our theme this year!

Keep track of books you read from June 1 to September 7th by writing the title and author in the matching square. Bingo cards with this year’s squares will be available Tuesday, June 1. Need suggestions for your squares? Ask a Riverdale Public Library staff person for recommendations! Sign up for our adult summer reading newsletter which will also 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 a $25 Amazon gift card (8 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 a $50 Amazon gift card (two winners)

Book titles may be used only once per card, and only one entry per person

How do I submit my board for the prize drawing?
Submit your completed card (with either bingo or a blackout) by Tuesday, September 7th. Entries can be delivered in person to the library, or scanned and emailed to:

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or mailed to:
Riverdale Public Library, 93 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Riverdale NJ 07457

Gentle Yoga

Fridays, September 10 – December 3 (not meeting 11/26) (Zoom program) 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

No matter what physical ability you enter class with, there will ALWAYS be a modification that’s perfect for you, today, in your body. You will learn how to listen to your body and honor where you are, today. You will also learn how to explore the breath and how it affects the way you move. Meditation and pranayama (breathing practices) may also be explored. No prior yoga experience is necessary, all levels are welcome.

Adult Summer Reading Finale – Monday, September 13, 7 p.m. In person program

Celebrate a great summer of reading with other participants of the Adult Summer Reading Program. Refreshments will be served and prizes will be announced!

AARP Safe Driving Course – Saturday October 2, 10 a.m.to 4:30 p.m. In person program
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.

Radio Theater – October Spooktacular: The Witching Hour – Wednesday, October 6th, 7:00 p.m. Zoom program and in person Zoom screening

Join us for a special Halloween edition of radio theater as we play for you two half-hour radio programs from the 1940s.  Featuring The Demon Tree (originally broadcasted in 1941), a story about a man investigating a gnarled old tree hexed by a witch. And The Vengeful Corpse (originally broadcasted in 1949), a tale about a witch burned centuries ago who returns from the grave for revenge on the descendants of her persecutors. These witchy tales are guaranteed to get you into the Halloween spirit!

 

Fall Plate Painting – Wednesday, October 20, 7 p.m. In person

Artist Bernadine Ferrari returns with another painted piece to adorn your table. Paint a glass plate in autumnal colors for use all fall season. Registration begins October 1, and is limited to 15 registrants. Please call the library at 973-835-5044 to register.

 

Radio Theater - October Spooktacular: Night of the Vampires – Wednesday, October 27th, 7:00 p.m. Zoom program and in person Zoom screening

Join us for a special Halloween edition of radio theater as we play for you two half-hour radio programs from the 30s and 40s.  Featuring Orson Welles in Dracula, originally broadcasted in 1938, and Jeanette Nolan in Carmilla, originally broadcasted in 1940. These classic vampire tales just may chill your blood. On Zoom and In person Zoom screening available.

 

Pie Baking Class - Monday, November 8 at 7 pm via Zoom and in person Zoom screening

Join our instructor, Suzanne Lowery, a culinary school grad, personal chef and longtime hospitality instructor, for an informative class. Learn to make and roll out flaky pie dough to be filled with apples and then topped with a woven lattice crust.   Learn some new skills in the kitchen plus pie making tricks, and get ready to delight your guests at the holidays with a homemade pie. The recipe will be sent prior to the class, if you want to bake along.

 

The Pilgrims and the Mayflower: The Whole Story - Wednesday, November 10, 7 p.m. In person program

Joel Farkas, history lecturer, will discuss the journey for the Pilgrims: early journeys that preceded the voyage, what led to their leaving England and then Holland, what the ship and voyage were like, and what they found on arrival on the Massachusetts shore. Henry Vlll and his wives -  what do they have to do with the Pilgrims? Attend this lecture and find out!

 

Ornament Workshop – Saturday, December 4, 11 a.m. In person class

Agnes Sydork will lead us in creating holiday and winter ornaments – perfect for your tree or for gift-giving. Registration begins November 1, and is limited to 15 registrants. Please call the library at 973-835-5044 to register.

Better Together Programs

 Riverdale, Pequannock, Butler and Kinnelon Libraries offer "Better Together" programming to our patrons. Please call the offering library to register. Please note Butler's Telepathy program is available to view here at the Riverdale Public Library, but registration at Riverdale Library is required.

Ongoing Programs

See the events calendar for current dates and specific information.

Book Discussion

Join us online for a book discussion. Download or print the 2021 Book Discussion Group flyer.  For more information on how to join, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Upcoming Book Discussion Dates:

2021 Book Club Selections

January 25- An Invisible Thread by Laura Shroff
February 22- The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman
March 22- The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
April 26- The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell
May 24 - Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
June 28- Olive Again by Elizabeth Strout
July 26 - The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
August 23 - The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
September 27 -  Shakespeare play Reading by book discussion group members
October 25 - The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue
November 22 - The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson
December 13 - Britt-Marie Was Here 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 but call re current Zoom meeting scheduling

 Computer Classes (Temporarily Discontinued)

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

Personal Computer Tutoring (Temporarily Discontinued)

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.