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At the Ridgewood Public Library

SUN, JAN 27  2PM | Sunday Concert: Vent Nouveau
Ensemble plays hidden gems: wind, brass & percussion. All welcome, donations greatly appreciated.

TUES, JAN 29 and THURS, JAN 31  1-2:30PM | ESL for Adults: English in Action 
Practice idioms and popular usage of phrases in given cultural situations. $30/RW; $75/visitor for winter session (Jan 3-Feb 28). Registration required. Questions? Victoria at 201-670-5600, ext. 133 or [email protected].

TUES, JAN 29  2:15PM | Memoir Writing Group
What’s your story? Registration required, no writing experience needed. Register here or contact Kerri at [email protected].

TUES, JAN 29  6PM | 2018 Tax Updates
Get latest advice from CPA and tax professionals about newest tax laws. Space limited, registration required. Register here or contact Toni at 201-670-5600, ext 123 or [email protected]

WED, JAN 30  4PM | World Language Café: Spanish
Practice foreign languages with fluent speakers. Registration required. Register here or contact Larissa at 201-670-5600, ext. 130 or [email protected]
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Ridgewood Public Library Hosts ,”the Great American Read “

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Ridgewood NJ, On January 30, join the Ridgewood Public Library , as they embark on a journey to watch the entirety of The Great American Read. For the first episode there’s no discussion, but we’ll be discussing different books throughout the rest of the series.

Address: 125 N Maple Ave, Ridgewood, NJ 07450

Phone: +1-201-670-5600

Hours: 9:00am-9:00pm

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The Ridgewood blog would like to challenge our readers and all residents to read as many books as possible for 2019, Lets build a smarter Village!

Ridgewood Public Library by ArtChick

file photo by ArtChick

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, There’s no secret to how to get smarter. You read a lot it’s that simple .There’s a whole host of people who have excelled , from Warren Buffett and Bill Gates to Richard Branson and Barack Obama, who will tell you the same thing. In the old days it was often said you can tell the second you enter a room if anyone there has ever read a book before.

But if building your brainpower is that straightforward, why don’t more people do it? For the same reason that we fail to do lots of worthy but less urgent self-improvement projects , we think we are all really busy.

But are we really? A new article by Charles Chu of site Better Humans raises some eyebrows by people who claim they simply don’t have enough time to feed their intellect with books.According to the author the simple math that proves you do have enough time to read. Chu tells the story of how reading 200 hundred books a year (yes, 200!) for the past several years has helped him turn his life around, reconsider his career, and become much happier.

The math is simple , according to Chu the average American reads 200 to 400 words per minute. A Typical nonfiction books have about 50,000 words.

Now, all we need are some quick calculations:

200 books x 50,000 words/book = 10 million words
10 million words/400 wpm = 25,000 minutes
25,000 minutes/60 = 417 hours

That’s all there is to it. To read 200 books, simply spend 417 hours a year reading!

You say you don’t have time take a look at what the average American spends on social media and TV in a year:

608 hours on social media
1,642 hours on TV

If those hours were spent reading instead, you could be reading more than 1,000 books a year!

The Ridgewood blog would like to challenge our readers and all residents to read as many books as possible for 2018 ! Lets build a smarter Village and perhaps a smarter New Jersey !

For those who don’t know where to start ,the Ridgewood library is full of suggestions and many librarians have made recommendation lists for residents .

The Ridgewood Public Library is located at
125 N Maple Ave
Ridgewood, New Jersey
Call (201) 670-5600

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“Reimagine Ridgewood Public Library Renovation Concept ” ,Public Forum Saturday, October 6, 2018, 10-11:30am

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Ridgewood NJ, There sure seems to be a lot of “Reimagining ” going around these days ,first the Village Master Plan and now the Ridgewood Public Library . The Ridgewood Public Library will be presenting a, ” Reimagine Ridgewood Public Library Renovation Concept ” In a public forum on Saturday, October 6, 2018 10:00 am – 11:30 am in the Ridgewood Library Auditorium .All residents are invited to join the Library staff for coffee, learn about the concept ,ask questions, share suggestions . For more information, please see Library website , Reimagine RPL or email Library Director Nancy Greene [email protected] .

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Ridgewood Public Library had over 200 sign-ups and over 1,800 books read for the Adult Summer Reading Club

photo courtesy of the Ridgewood Public Library Facebook page

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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood Public Library reported  the results of their Adult Summer Reading Club 2018.

“The Ridgewood Library would like to thank all the local businesses that donated prizes for our Adult Summer Reading Club. A huge thanks to the Friends of the Ridgewood Library for sponsoring this fantastic program. Congratulations to all our winners! This year we had over 200 sign-ups and over 1,800 books read.”

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September is Ridgewood Library Card Sign-up Month!

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Ridgewood NJ, September is Library Card Sign-up Month! Visit the Library to get a free replacement card if you lost yours. All you need is proof of your Ridgewood address.

125 N Maple Ave
Ridgewood, NJ 07450

Phone number
(201) 670-5600

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Reader asks Why do we the taxpayers of Ridgewood have to pay for an even better library when more than 50% of the patrons are from other towns?


I am at the library weekly, I love reading real hold in my hands books. The library is a great place to learn, to meet, to expose oneself to new ideas. However, I would like to see a study done about who is actually using the Ridgewood library. I rarely see my neighbors or friends there. Instead I see tutors, I see NY license plates, I see cars with parking stickers from towns in southern bergen county. You see, we have the nicest library in bergen county, we have the only library in bergen county that is open on Sundays in the summer! Why oh Why do we the taxpayers of Ridgewood have to pay for an even better library when more than 50% of the patrons are from other towns? Other than bragging rights or simply because “it’s ridgewood”, there is no reason for the taxpayers of Ridgewood to foot the bill so that the rest of BCCLS can benefit.

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“Reimagining” the Ridgewood Public Library

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Ridgewood NJ,  It been over 20 years since the Ridgewood Public Library had an update . A preliminary plan  for a renovation will be presented on September 26th to the Village of Ridgewood Council and on October 6, the library will host a public forum ,where  according to sources residents  will be able to share your ideas and play a part in “reimagining” the Ridgewood Library.

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Reader says I too am a voracious reader and believe that a library is all about books books books.


I too am a voracious reader and believe that a library is all about books books books.

But Nancy Greene is a brilliant director, fulling the needs of many different kinds of library patrons. Hence the library having in addition to books many programs, many discussion groups, many different types of resources.

Although I am personally disappointed that the new renovation, if it goes through, will have fewer books, I believe that director Nancy Greene, knows what she is doing, understands the current needs of the majority of patrons, who certainly do not include me.

Now if people like myself are ever going to change the situation we have to convince people of all ages to become more interested in reading books, instead of spending time consuming all the other media vying and getting their attention.

I as a reader, do not have more than two through thirteen for TV. I don’t own a smart phone or a tablet. When I travel I pack books to read. I don’t watch movies although I have a DVD player. Well, seldom do I use my DVD player. I have not joined Facebook. I don’t Twitter nor read Twitter accounts and other social media. I do read this Blog as an interested Ridgewood resident,

Nancy Greene knows that I am not the majority. She is catering to the majority as she should.

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Radio and TV Host Mark Levin Sign his New Book ,”Rediscovering Americanism” at Bookends in Ridgewood

mark levin

June 18,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, Radio and TV Host of The Mark Levin Show and New York Times Bestselling Author, Mark Levin will sign his new book on July 1st ,10 am ,”Rediscovering Americanism” ($27.00). Books available: June 27th.

*Books must be purchased from Bookends Bookstore to attend the event*

Bookends is a legendary New Jersey Landmark!   We are known for our incredible author events and have hosted well over
1,000 authors in the past 15 years!

We take phone orders for signed copies.  Call now at 201-445-0726!

Appearing authors will only autograph books purchased at Bookends and must have valid Bookends Receipt.

Availability & pricing for all autographed books subject to change.
First In Line Certificate use is the the discretion of Bookends. Blackout dates may apply.
Bookends cannot guarantee that the books that are Autographed will always be First Printings.
Autographed books purchased at Bookends are non-returnable.

While we try to ensure that all customers coming to Bookends’ signings will meet authors and get their books signed, we cannot guarantee that all attendees will meet the author or that all books will be signed.  We cannot control inclement weather, author travel schedules or authors who leave prematurely.

Bookends, 211 E. Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ   07450   201-445-0726