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Colonel Patrick Callahan Reads, “Horton Hears a Who”

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Trenton NJ, To celebrate Read Across America 2019, Colonel Patrick Callahan stopped by Charles Street School in Palmyra to read to a group of 1st grade students during “Crazy Hat and Sock Day!”

The Colonel read, “Giggle, Giggle, Quack” by Doreen Cronin and the Dr. Suess classic, “Horton Hears a Who.”

The Colonel felt that “Horton Hears a Who” promotes a message of equality—highlighting the line, “A person is a person no matter how big or small.”

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Bergen County Sheriff’s Office Participates in “Read Across America” Week

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Hackensack NJ, Over the last week, members of the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office visited fourteen public elementary schools across the county to participate in “Read Across America” week as part of Sheriff Anthony Cureton’s ongoing effort to continue strengthening ties between the community and law enforcement.

“Read Across America” is an annual reading motivation and awareness program organized by the National Education Association that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, 2019, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.

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Ridgewood Blog Reading list

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Ridgewood NJ, while we have been promoting more reading ,many readers have asked us what exactly am I reading . I generally read on the morning and evening commute .

Well its all about finance ,so here is the late 2018- 2019 reading list so far for the Ridgewood blog :

Finished :

Liars’s Poker by Michael Lewis
The Big Short by Michael Lewis
The Art of the Deal by Donald J TrumpA Colossal Failure of Common Sense  by Lawrence McDonald The AIG Story by Hank GreenbergConfessions of  Street Addict  by Jim Cramer Extra Ordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay


Reading :

Confusion de Confusiones by Joseph De La Vega

Next:

Predators Ball by Connie Bruck
April Fools by Dan G Stone
The Age of Turbulence  by Alan Greenspan

so far…….

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At the Ridgewood Public Library

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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

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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 Ridgewoodlibrary.org , 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

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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.”