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Friday, December 27, 2013

January Book Club Meeting

Thought about joining a book club? Haven't gotten around to it? Let the New Year be the time to join the Riverdale Public Library Book Discussion Group. The January 27 selection is Outlander by Diane Gabaldon. "In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon--when she innocently touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an "outlander"—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of our Lord...1743."
Books are available at the front desk - pick up your copy today.
Great books, great food and great discussions - make this the year you join.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Author Talk - Laurie Leinwand

Make Friends with Change – Wednesday, November 20, from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Speaker, author, and certified life coach, Laurie Leinwand, MA, LPC, discusses where to begin to change one’s life. Leinwand is one of the authors of Catch Your Star - Top Experts Share Insights for Lifelong Fulfillment

Friday, November 1, 2013

Upcoming Author Talk

Book Discussion with Wil Mara Join local author Wil Mara of Pompton Lakes on Thurs., Nov. 14, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Riverdale Public Library. He'll be discussing his new book, Frame 232,the first in a new suspense series. Frame 232 is a fiction story about a conspiracy about the JFK assassination. There will be a Q & A afterwards, and books will be available for purchase and to be signed by the author.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

National Book Awards

Readers are always looking for their next read. Why not try the National Book Award finalist lists?

Fiction Finalists:

Rachel Kushner, The Flamethrowers
Jhumpa Lahiri, The Lowland
James McBride, The Good Lord Bird 
Thomas Pynchon, Bleeding Edge 
George Saunders, Tenth of December
Non-Fiction Finalists:
Jill Lepore, Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin
Wendy Lower, Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields
George Packer, The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America
Alan Taylor, The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832
Lawrence Wright, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief

For a full-list of finalists, check out National Book Awards 
Winners of the National Book Awards will be announced November 20,  

Friday, October 18, 2013

Gravestone Art

Gravestone Art and Symbolism - Wednesday, October 23, 6:30 p.m. Lorna and Phil Wooldridge of Wise Owl Workshops discuss early New England burial grounds as the first public art galleries of the New World. Learn about past and present memorialization and symbolism, and the changing techniques of these tranquil sites that display artistic, cultural and religious changes of the region. More about the presenters
Registration required - call the library at 973-835-5044 or click the registration link on our website at

Friday, October 11, 2013

Book Discussion Club Makes Selections

The Book Discussion Group at the Riverdale Public Library has made selections for the next few months. This group normally meets the fourth Monday of each month, at 6:30 p.m. New members are always welcome to join this lively group for great reads and good discussions.  Refreshments served.

November 25: Claude and Camille by Stephanie Cowell
 December, Date TBD: The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck
 January 27:Outlander by Diane Gabaldon

Saturday, September 28, 2013

A book with bite for the October Book Club discussion

The Vampire Lestat will be the book club's selection this month. This is book two of the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice,  and continues the story of the vampire with his waking up in 1980's and becoming a rockstar. Read it and be afraid. Be very afraid.
Book Club meets on the fourth Monday of the month. Join them on Monday 10/28 at 6:30 p.m. for great discussion and a bite to eat.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Book Discussion Group Meets the Fourth Monday of the Month

The Riverdale Public Library Book Discussion will discuss The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery on Monday, September 23 at 6:30 p.m. "The lives of fifty-four-year-old concierge Rene Michel and extremely bright, suicidal twelve-year-old Paloma Josse are transformed by the arrival of a new tenant, Kakuro Ozu." Great group, great books, great refreshments. New members are always welcome! Stop by the library to pick up a copy of the book.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Books On Order

Our patron's favorite authors are automatically sent to us by our bookseller. What's coming in? A lot of great books! Mitch Albom, David Baldacci, and M.C. Beaton (another Agatha Raisin mystery, yay!) just for starters. View our complete list of books automatically ordered at our website. It's on our Reader Advisory Page, which contains links to other great recommendation sources for your next read.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Friends Book Sale at the Riverdale Labor Day Street Fair

The Friends of the Riverdale Public Library are having a book sale and basket raffle at the Riverdale Labor Day Street Fair on Monday, September 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Street Fair is held on Newark Pompton Turnpike in Riverdale, New Jersey.
The Friends raise funds for library programs, services, and  special collections. Interested in joining this wonderful group? Stop by for a membership enrollment form, or download a form here. New members are warmly welcomed!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Author Visits This Fall

We have several authors visiting the Riverdale Public Library this fall.

Tea 101: A Brief Introduction - Saturday, September 21, 1:00 p.m. Meet Catherine Felegi, author of Tea Love: Instilling a Love of Tea One Sip at a Time. Learn fun facts about tea and how to brew the perfect cup. Bring your teacup  or mug to sample some brews.
Don't Buy THAT Health Insurance - Author Visit, Thursday September 26, 6:00 p.m.
Two-time cancer survivor, and twenty year veteran of medical and health industry, Katherine Woodfield Hermes  took her knowledge and set out on a quest to help the average person understand the health insurance plan options from which they are being asked to choose.  Click here for more information about the author.
Author Visit and Book Talk Chills and Thrills - Thursday, October 17,  6:30 p.m.–  In E.F. Watkins' seventh published novel, Dark Music, a young, single woman  buys a Victorian house in the New Jersey suburbs that turns out to be very haunted. To get rid of the ghosts, she must solve a “cold case” more than 100 years old—the murder of the house’s first owner, a classical musician whose love life was far from “Victorian.” Meet the author and learn about the new genre of paranormal fiction.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Next Week is the Last Week of Summer Reading Programs

Summer flys by quickly! Our reading programs end Saturday, August 9. Complete your raffle tickets by then, to be in on the drawing for summer reading prizes.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Summer Reading Lists

We still have more summer - about 6 weeks before Labor Day. Need more to read poolside or on the beach? Check out these summer reading lists for adults.

National Public Radio's Summer Reading Lists

Oprah's Summer 2013 Reading List

Amazon's Summer Blockbusters

And of course, ask us for recommendations!

Friday, July 12, 2013

School Required Reading

The Riverdale Public Library compiles area school summer reading lists for your convenience.
We have the lists accessible at the front desk, and in the childen's and teen's areas.
Whether we own the book, or whether we will get it for you through our inter-library loan system, and where in the library the book is located,  is indicated on the list.

Saturday, July 6, 2013


Looking for a good book? Don't forget your complimentary copy of BookPage.

Chock full of reviews for fiction, nonfiction and children's books, the BookPage is sure to give you some ideas for new reads. The editors of this monthly evaluate and select the best books published each month. Only books that are highly recommended are featured.

BookPage is available to our patrons free of charge, due to the generosity of the Friends of the Riverdale Public Library.

This month's cover story is "Summer Escapes" featuring "Beach reads that sweep you away to new and exciting destinations". Check it out!

Friday, June 28, 2013

New Titles Added to Our E-book Collection

The Riverdale Public Library purchases extra copies of popular e-books, so our patrons can avoid long wait lists for the most popular fiction.
Recently added: The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout
Deep Down by Lee Child 
Guilt by Jonathan Kellerman
Inferno by Dan Brown, 
Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg 
Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovitch
Until the End of Time by Danielle Steele

To access them - log in before browsing the e-book catalog. You'll see a orange symbol on the book jacket indicating the library has purchased additional copies for our patrons.