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Friday, December 30, 2011

Happy New Year!

Does your New Year's Resolution include a career change or a new job? Stop by the library to see our resume writing and career guides, and register for our Job Hunter's Workshop, offered on the second Friday of each month, from 3 - 4 p.m. Next workshop is Friday, January 13th.

Use the database  Job and Career Accelerator*: create resumes and cover letters, learn interviewing techniques, and prepare for related exams. Access millions of job listings. You can use this in the library or at home. Access it at home from the link above, or from our website under Information Resources. You'll need your library card number.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Holiday Reading

Stop by the library this holiday season. View the gingerbread houses crafted in our teen program. Pick up a cookbook for a new cookie recipe or a dish to wow your guests this season.

What about a good read for the season? So many writers publish seasonal material - James Patterson's The Christmas Wedding is available, along with the merry holiday novels by Debbie Macomer or Melody Carlson. Ann Perry writes a mystery each year for the holiday season - this year's title is A Christmas Homecoming.

My favorite Christmas read last year was The Christmas Chronicles: The Legend of Santa Claus by  Tim Slover. It's a magical story of how Santa Claus came to be, and sure to add to your holiday spirit.

The library has holiday books, movies, and displays. Hope to see you this holiday season!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Book Discussion Club changes to the third Thursday of the month

Join us this month December 19th to discuss The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck. The discussion starts at 6:30 p.m.

The book discussion Group  is changing their meetings to the third Monday of each month.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Holiday Movies

In the mood for a holiday movie? Or what about listening to a new holiday CD? Browse our catalog at home or at the library. At home, click on the catalog button on our website (

A reminder -  with your Riverdale library card, you can borrow from any of the Morris County libraries in MAIN (Morris Automated Information Network).

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

And the winners are:

The National Book Awards were announced on November 16th.

FICTION: Jesmyn Ward, Salvage the Bones (Bloomsbury USA)

NONFICTION: Stephen Greenblatt, The Swerve: How the World Became Modern
(W. W. Norton & Company)

POETRY: Nikky Finney, Head Off & Split
(TriQuarterly, an imprint of Northwestern University Press)

YOUNG PEOPLE'S LITERATURE: Thanhha Lai, Inside Out & Back Again
(Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)

Friday, November 11, 2011

National Book Award Finalists

Looking for another good read?
The finalists for the 62nd National Book Awards were announced October 16. They are:
Andrew Krivak, The Sojourn
(Bellevue Literary Press)
Téa Obreht, The Tiger's Wife
(Random House)
Julie Otsuka, The Buddha in the Attic
(Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House)
Edith Pearlman, Binocular Vision
(Lookout Books, an imprint of the Department of Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington)
Jesmyn Ward, Salvage the Bones
(Bloomsbury USA)
Deborah Baker, The Convert: A Tale of Exile and Extremism
(Graywolf Press)
Mary Gabriel, Love and Capital: Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution
(Little, Brown and Company)
Stephen Greenblatt, The Swerve: How the World Became Modern
(W. W. Norton & Company)
Manning Marable, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention
(Viking Press, an imprint of Penguin Group USA)
Lauren Redniss, Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout
(It Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)
Nikky Finney, Head Off & Split
(TriQuarterly, an imprint of Northwestern University Press)
Yusef Komunyakaa, The Chameleon Couch
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Carl Phillips, Double Shadow
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Adrienne Rich, Tonight No Poetry Will Serve: Poems 2007-2010
(W.W. Norton & Company)
Bruce Smith, Devotions
(University of Chicago Press)
Young People’s Literature
Franny Billingsley, Chime
(Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Group USA, Inc. )
Debby Dahl Edwardson, My Name Is Not Easy
(Marshall Cavendish)
Thanhha Lai, Inside Out and Back Again
(Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)
Albert Marrin, Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy
(Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books)
Gary D. Schmidt, Okay for Now
(Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
The winners  will be announced at the 62nd National Book Awards Benefit Dinner and Ceremony on Wednesday, November 16 in New York City.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Your Reading History

Many patrons keep paper lists of what books they've read, or they use online sites, but now you can create a reading history  of books you checkout from our library. It's call Reading History.

Log in to the catalog with your library card barcode number, and your PIN, and indicate in your account that you want to create a reading history. You'll be saving any titles you checked out, and you can refer to it by clicking on the Reading History tab when you are logged in.

It's a great way to keep track of authors you like, and want to read in the future, or a book you started that you didn't have time to read, but want to get back to.

Let us know if you would like a library staff member to demonstrate how the feature works.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Upcoming Book Discussion

Monday, October 24 is our Book Discussion Group meeting. We'll be discussing The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

New members are always welcome!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Seasonal Reading - Bring on the Ghosts

Like to read a ghost story in October?

Check out this list of ghost and haunted house books recommended by Novelist, the database for reading!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Library Card

Due to our migration to another circulation system, we will need your library card to checkout any materials to you, from  Monday, October 24 through Thursday October 27.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Holds in October

Riverdale Public Library is a member of the Morris Automated Information Network (MAIN). MAIN is changing to a different circulation system, with added features for our patrons.

To ensure the migration goes smoothly for our patrons, placing a hold on books and materials will be suspended through the month of October.

The ability to place a hold on items will be restored when we are live in our new circulation system, a projected date of Monday, October 31.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Kindle eBooks Available for Borrowing

eBooks for Kindle devices are now available with your library card. In our catalog, click on "Download audiobooks/eBooks" and select your title for the Kindle. You'll need your library card, and will be asked to sign into your Amazon account to complete the download.

Don't forget our classes in using the library catalog for eBook downloading. Next class is Monday, October 3, at 6:30. Register now online at our website,, or call us at (973) 835-5044.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Children's Programs Start on Monday

Our fall programs will begin the week of Monday, September 12. From infants through teens, we have programs to suit your child. Check out the Riverdale Public Library website for all our programs. You can sign up online also!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

September is Library Card Sign - Up Month

Your library card entitles you not only to the Riverdale Public Library collection, but to all the Morris County Information Network members (36 libraries). Open borrowing priviledges expand your resources even more, with many libraries throughout the state participating like the Bergen County (BCCLS)and Passaic County (PALS) libraries.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Author Visits

Monday, September 19, 7:00 p.m.
 Mary Ryzuk, the talented singer from The Traveling Stage Company, is also a published author. She has written Thou Shalt Not Kill (true story of John List) and The Gainsville Ripper.
Ryzuk will be discussing her recent novel, The Fires Within: The Summer of '88, a murder mystery set against the background of the Yellowstone fires of 1988.

Thursday, September 29, 6:30 p.m.

Author Kevin Woyce returns with a slideshow presentation of his new book New Jersey State Parks:History & Facts.

Join us -  hear the author speak, ask questions, and enjoy refreshments.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Children and Teen Books Borrowing Changes

New teen or children's books are now available for a 14 day borrowing period, rather than 28 days. You'll be more likely to find the new and popular books available on the shelf with these shortened borrowing periods.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

What to read?

Finished a great series, or read everything by an author, and don't know what to select next? Our library catalog includes links to bestseller lists, award lists, and recommended reading. When you are in the catalog, either select the links under Library Info, or links in the Recommended Reading Bestsellers.
And of course, ask the Riverdale Public Library staff for some great reading suggestions.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Ebooks available

Check the Riverdale Public Library catalog for ebooks to download onto your reader, a Smartphone, or your computer. Click on the MAIN catalog link at, and click on download audiobooks/ebooks link on the navigation bar.You'll be in the NJ Digital Library website and can browse the selection.
We're offering a demonstration on using the catalog to download ebooks onto a reader - join us on Monday, August 15, from 6:30 - 7:30. Call us to register at (973) 835-5044 or register online at our website.

Friday, July 1, 2011

New Hours

Starting Tuesday, July 5th, the Riverdale Public Library will be closing on Tuesdays at 5 p.m., and will be open later on Wednesdays, until 8 p.m. This is in response to patron requests made on our survey, earlier this year. The new hours of the library will be:

Monday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Tuesday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Thursday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Consumer Reports

You have a subscription to Consumer Reports - free! Through the NJ State Library, you have access to full-text articles from Consumer Reports and more! Go to, input your Riverdale Public Library card number, and click on MasterFILE Premier.
I used the search term "tv" and limited the publication to "Consumer Reports". I now have five articles published in Consumer Reports in the last two years to guide my shopping.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

New Reads @ Riverdale Public Library published today

This monthly newsletter highlights some of the new books available, and links directly to our catalog. Great for finding the next read.  Click here to subscribe.