The Importance of Public Libraries

Is the public library obsolete?

So begins sociologist Eric Klinenberg’s article in a recent (8 Sept 2018) New York Times opinion piece, entitled “To Restore Civil Society Start With the Library.”  He states, “Libraries stand for and exemplify something that needs defending: the public institutions that — even in an age of atomization, polarization and inequality — serve as the bedrock of civil society.”

Our little library has always embraced the philosophy that our facility, our staff, our patrons, our volunteers, make our community a better place to live.  More than just a place to pick up a good book or do research on a project, the library continues to outreach for all through its programming for the young, and not so young,   You are always welcome to join us!

Thank you for your continued attendance and financial support!

Friends of the RFL Meeting

Hello Friends,

I hope your summer days were pleasant (even with the soaring NJ temperatures!)  Our first meeting for the 2018-19 year will be this coming Monday, September 17th, at 7:00 PM in the Riverton Library.

We were supposed to be joined by a County Librarian, but that has been canceled.  Nancy Fort has prepared a written statement commenting on our recent contributions.
Agenda items include:
  • Candlelight House Tour
  • Garden update
  • Continued fund raising
  • Treasure’s report
  • Book sale
  • Membership report
  • Open discussion time
I look forward to seeing you…Iris Gaughan

Books, books, books!

The President of the Riverton Free Library Association, Kim Paulsen, is sharing her list of favorite books and hopes that our adult patrons will find a good, new read among her selections.  We also want to share a link to a recent New York Times article (August 27, 2018) by Perri Klass, M.D. entitled, Books That Take Children Back to School.  The article reminds parents that “books can help kids understand the story of their own lives in school.”

RFL President’s “My Favorite Books”

Hi everyone! As we say goodbye to the lazy days of summer and get back into the swing of school days, sports & structure I want to remind you to take a time out for yourself every once in a while to catch up with a good read!  And to help you here’s the start of “My Favorite Books” list (not in any particular order).

For me, the definition of a really good book is one that sticks with me and that I still randomly think of days, months and years after I have read it. Some of these books are well known and others are more obscure, some are serious and sad, some are lighthearted and silly, some are a little bit of a thriller and some are a combination of all of the above. Whatever might be your favorite genre, I hope that you enjoy them as much as I did! I will update this list as I think of more that I want to add! And please feel free to share your favorite books with me on our Facebook page!

  • Heft by Liz Moore
  • Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris
  • Shine by Jodi Picoult
  • Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
  • Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
  • The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  • An Invisible Thread by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski
  • Find Her by Lisa Gardner
  • The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain
  • Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
  • The Widow by Fiona Barton
  • Black-Eyed Susans: A Novel of Suspense by Julia Heaberlin
  • Try Not to Breathe by Holly Seddon
  • The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
  • Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate