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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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Gentle Yoga – Fridays, 9:30 a.m. 9/16 – 12/9 (no class 11/26) (via Zoom) 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. (Zoom program)

Watercolor Class: September Session - Wednesday, September 7, 6:30 p.m. (In person event)
These classes are designed to lead you on an exploration of watercolor paints, you will learn basic watercolor techniques step-by-step such as wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry and dry-on-dry. We will be painting various subject matter from still life scenes, landscapes sample paintings and animals, reinforcing knowledge of value, composition, color theory and more. In this session we will be painting a floral still life. (In person event) (Riverdale library card holders only)

Summer Reading Finale – Wednesday, September 14, 7 p.m.  (In person event) Celebrate a great summer of reading with other participants of the Adult Summer Reading Program. Refreshments will be served and prizes will be announced!

Author Talk - Marie Benedict Wednesday, September 21, 7 p.m. MAIN will host Marie Benedict, author of The Personal Librarian, Lady Clementine, Carnegie’s Maid, and other historical fiction. (Zoom program)

Felting PumpkinsWednesday, September 28, 7 – 8:30 p.m. (In person event) Felt is created with sheep wool, which is matted, condensed, and pressed together with special needles. All materials will be supplied. Join Christine Hsiao to felt an adorable pumpkin – yours to keep or gift. All materials supplied. Registration begins September 1. Registration is by phone or in person.

Observing the Night Sky – Monday, October 3, 7:00 p.m. (In Person Event. Masks & social distancing required.) Joseph Molnar of the Morris Museum Astronomical Society will have his telescopes set up for viewing. You’ll be looking at the first quarter moon, and Saturn and Jupiter. The Morris Museum Astronomical Society was founded in 1972, and are part of the Morris Museum near Morristown NJ.

Water Color Class: October Session - Wednesday, October 5th, 6:30 p.m. These classes are designed to lead you on an exploration of watercolor paints, you will learn basic watercolor techniques step-by-step such as wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry and dry-on-dry. We will be painting various subject matter from still life scenes, landscapes sample paintings and animals, reinforcing knowledge of value, composition, color theory and more. In this session we will be painting an arrangement of pumpkins. (In person event) (Riverdale library card holders only)

Internet Genealogy: Using the Internet to Find Records, Family Information and Known and Unknown Relatives Wednesday, October 12, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. (In person program)

Steven Gabai of the Genealogical Society of Bergen County will begin this program with a slide show explaining the records that are important to your family history research.  He will then go onto the Internet and show you how to find those records, family information and known and unknown relatives.  (Be prepared to take notes.) Mr. Gabai started researching his family history over 20 years ago.  He is a member of the Genealogical Society of Bergen County and has been a trustee on the board since 2015. 

Halloween Cupcake Decorating – Wednesday, October 26, 7 p.m. (In person program) Artist Bernadine Ferrari will help you craft Halloween cupcakes with fondant decorations. All materials will be supplied. Participants will each make four cupcakes to bring home. Limited to 15 registrants. Registration begins October 1. Registration is by phone or in person.

Madeline Miller, Author Talk on Zoom- Thursday, October 27, 7 p.m. (Zoom program) Madeline Miller attended Brown University, where she earned her BA and MA in Classics. She has taught and tutored Latin, Greek, and Shakespeare to high school students for over fifteen years. The Song of Achilles, her first novel, was awarded the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction and was a New York Times Bestseller. Miller was also shortlisted for the 2012 Stonewall Writer of the Year. Her second novel, Circe, was an instant number 1 New York Times bestseller, and won the Indies Choice Best Adult Fiction of the Year Award and the Indies Choice Best Audiobook of the Year Award, as well as being shortlisted for the 2019 Women's Prize for Fiction. Circe also won The Red Tentacle Award, an American Library Association Alex Award (adult books of special interest to teen readers), and the 2018 Elle Big Book Award.  It is currently being adapted for a series with HBO Max.

Water Color Class: November session - Wednesday, November 2nd, 6:30 p.m.  These classes are designed to lead you on an exploration of watercolor paints, you will learn basic watercolor techniques step-by-step such as wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry and dry-on-dry. We will be painting various subject matter from still life scenes, landscapes sample paintings and animals, reinforcing knowledge of value, composition, color theory and more. In this session we will be painting a nature scene.
(In person event) (Riverdale library card holders only)

Woodrow Wilson and The Great War presented by American Historical Theater,  Wednesday, November 9, 7 p.m. (Zoom program) 

Neill Hartley portrays Woodrow Wilson and others in this captivating and exciting one–man show set in the turbulent days leading up to World War I. This fully staged historical presentation will entertain and educate audiences all ages. Woodrow Wilson, a former college professor somehow defied the odds and become President of the United States. But early success in office was soon overshadowed as

Europe exploded into the most brutal war mankind had ever fought. A world filled with international intrigue, deadly U-Boat attacks and secret diplomatic communiqués that would slowly draw America into war. See Woodrow Wilson as he struggles to protect democracy and promote peace through the League of Nations. Watch as the president and his advisors work out the details of war. Hear the moving declarations of one of the most famous American orators. Experience first hand the extraordinary times that shaped our nation then and today. Following the performance, there is a short informational section about the early life of Woodrow Wilson, and the many technological innovations that evolved during the time period.

Felting PenguinsSaturday, November 12, 1 – 2:30 p.m. Felt is created with sheep wool, which is matted, condensed, and pressed together with special needles. All materials will be supplied Join Christine Hsiao to felt a lovable penguin – yours to keep or gift. Registration begins October 1. Registration is by phone or in person.

Holiday Cookies with Suzanne Lowery,  Monday, December 5, at 7 p.m. (Zoom program)

Join Chef Suzanne Lowery as she demonstrates baking Nutella Rugelach Crescents and Jam Filled Linzer Sandwiches. Add these delicious cookies to your Christmas Cookie platter to impress your guests. Recipes will be shared with registrants prior to the program.

Watercolor Class: December Session - Monday, December 5th, 7:00 p.m. These classes are designed to lead you on an exploration of watercolor paints, you will learn basic watercolor techniques step-by-step such as wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry and dry-on-dry. We will be painting various subject matter from still life scenes, landscapes sample paintings and animals, reinforcing knowledge of value, composition, color theory and more. In this session we will be painting a winter landscape. (In person event) (Riverdale library card holders only)

Gingerbread HousesWednesday, December 14, 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. Registration is by phone or in person.


Blockbuster Movies -

For Fall - Saturday Afternoon at the Movies – every fourth Saturday at 1 p.m.unless noted otherwise

September 24 - Downton Abbey: A New Era (2022) Follow-up to the 2019 feature film in which the Crawley family and Downton staff received a royal visit from the King and Queen of Great Britain. Rating: PG, Runtime: 125 minutes

October 22 - Where the Crawdads Sing (2022) Kya is a young woman who raised herself in the North Carolina marshlands after being abandoned there by her mother when she was a little girl. She feels detached from the small-town community near the marshes until two men show interest in her. However, when one of them later dies, she becomes the town's prime suspect .Rating: PG-13, Runtime: 125 minutes

November 26 - TBA

December 10 (second Saturday of the month) - TBA


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 2022 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:

2022 Book Club Selections

January 24th - The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar
by Robert Alxander 
February 28th - Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johnson 
March 28th - And if I Perish: Frontline U.S. Army Nurses in World War II by Evelyn Monahan

April 25th - Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano  
May 23rd - Dune by Frank Herbert  

June 27th - The Lamplighters by Emma Stonex  
July 25th - What Storm, What Thunder by Myriam J.A. Chancy 
August 22nd - How to Stop Time by Matt Haig  

September 26th - Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr
October 24th - Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead
November 28th - Daughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West & Back by Janice P. Nimura
December 12th - Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner

Previous Year - 2021 Book Club Selections

An Invisible Thread by Laura Shroff
The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Olive Again by Elizabeth Strout
The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
Shakespeare play Reading by book discussion group members
The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue
The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson
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.