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Today is National Read a Book Day

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Ridgewood NJ, National Read A Book Day is observed annually on September 6th. On August 9th, we all celebrated National Book Lovers Day. While these bookish days may seem similar, National Read a Book Day invites us ALL to grab a book we might enjoy and spend the day reading. Don’t keep it to yourself.

Are you reading a book for national book day ?

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Ridgewood Public Library Sign up for the Adult Summer Reading Club

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Ridgewood Nj, Ridgewood Public Library ,by participating in Adult Summer Reading Club you could win a Crystal Facial Experience from Beauty & Skin by Monika.

After you sign up for Adult Summer Reading Club, win raffle tickets by reading books and filling out the reading log, completing book bingo, borrowing Museum Passes and attending ASRC programs.

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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


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

so far…….

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The Public Education System is Failing Our Kids


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Ridgewood NJ, the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress, aka the nation’s “report card,”  was released last April and its was filled with some very sobering facts on public education. As we head into 2019 the Ridgewood thought it was time to restate some of the findings.

According to the report only 37 percent of 12th-graders tested proficient or better in reading, and only 25 percent did so in math. Among black students, only 17 percent tested proficient or better in reading, and just 7 percent reached at least a proficient level in math.

The atrocious National Assessment of Educational Progress performance is only a fraction of the bad news. Nationally, our high school graduation rate is over 80 percent. That means high school diplomas, which attest that these students can read and compute at a 12th-grade level, are conferred when 63 percent are not proficient in reading and 75 percent are not proficient in math.

For black students, the news is even worse. Roughly 75 percent of black students received high school diplomas attesting that they could read and compute at the 12th-grade level. However, 83 percent could not read at that level, and 93 percent could not do math at that level.

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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!

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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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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.”

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the Ridgewood Blog : An Interview with a Librarian

June 18,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, as has been previously reported on the Ridgewood blog , the Ridgewood Public Library is looking to embark on a major renovation . While the renovation was described in glowing terms , the staff noticed the absence of any mentions of books .

Ridgewood Public Library Renovation: What about the books?

So we asked reader and an old friend who happens to be a librarian and a voracious reader Jason Vigorito the Reference Librarian at Eastern Monroe Public Library in Stroudsburg, PA. a few questions about books and libraries . Jason has been there for two years and has worked in Libraries for a total of 7 years .

TRB : what is the purpose of a public library?

Jason , “A public library’s purpose is three-fold: it’s an information repository for print, digital, video, audio, and other published mediums; it’s a community center for local residents to gather for various activities; and, it provides community assistance in a variety of ways, including literacy promotion, general education development, charitable work, and connections between various individuals and organizations. ”

TRB : has that purpose changed?

Jason , “Libraries, in the formal community-accessible modern sense, have been around for over a hundred years. Their three-fold purpose has always been standard, however the focus within each has shifted and widened considerably given how times have generally changed. For example, focus on certain forms of print–like newspapers and microfiche–has shifted in a dramatic decrease while digital databases have literally begun from scratch and widened into many niches and accessibility options. ”

TRB: why do people use a library ?

Jason, ” People unfamiliar with libraries tend to think that patrons visit them basically just to borrow books and maybe read newspapers or magazines. That’s only a small percentage of why people patronize libraries. The list is extensive. Some of the many other reasons include: to find a quiet place to study; to grab a coffee and snack (if your library has a cafe, as mine does); to watch performances by musicians and artists; to take a class (like on how to do your taxes, or on personal finance, or work toward a GED, or how to navigate social media); to research local history or one’s family tree; to buy books and other materials at sales; to meet with government representatives in forums; to participate in charity drives; to attend fun activities whether for adults or the whole family; to watch films; to access computer programs and the Internet when they don’t have them at home; to seek refuge when natural disasters hit; and on and on and on.”

TRB : what is the value of books?

Jason , ” If you do an online search, you’ll find some pithy quotes on the power of books. My personal favorite is Dr. Who’s: “You want weapons. We’re in a library. Books are the best weapon in the world. This room’s the greatest arsenal we could have. Arm yourself!” The original Twilight Zone tv show had some great episodes on the subject, as well. It’s possible that books’ value can be broadly applied in two ways:

First, they are travel guides–they take you from the here and now and transport you to the there and/or other times;

Second, they are teachers–they expose you to new ideas and perspectives. Books are the torches that pass ideas down through the ages of otherwise dark ignorance.

In other words, a book’s value is in creating deeper, more cultivated value within its readers. Learning is always forward-moving, and you can’t unlearn what you learn.”

TRB : why do we need books?

Jason , ” We need books in order to prevent history from repeating itself while simultaneously continuing to advance civilization. History shows that with greater accessibility to books in general, society progresses more rapidly and expansively. The best example is Gutenberg and the advent of his printing press–it incontrovertibly proves that civilization took a massive leap forward in every respect thanks to the printed word. Without books, we might very well regress back to some forgotten yet frightening times; just take a look at societies where books were reproached by, or outright prohibited to, the people.”