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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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Reel Voices Film Festival Presents : King in the Wilderness

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Ridgewood NJ, Upcoming: Reel Voices Film Festival | King in the Wilderness (2018; TV-14; 1h51m) FRI, JAN 18  7PM | 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s last 18 months of life. Speaker: Dr. Obery Hendricks, Jr., Columbia University professor/MLK scholar.


FREE screening. Registration required. Register here.
Presented in association with MLK, Jr. Celebration Committee of Ridgewood and Glen Rock.

For information: Roberta Panjwani, Festival Coordinator, [email protected]
or 201-670-5600, ext. 132.

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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 Activities for Kids

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Ridgewood NJ, features Children’s Highlights . Please bring RW Library Card to sign in.

WED-SAT, DEC 26-29  10:30AM | Drop-in Storytimes (All ages)
Sign in with Ridgewood Library/KidsCard on arrival. 

Children’s Movie Matinees, 2pm. No registration required.
WED, DEC 26  | Christopher Robin (2018; PG; 1h44m)
THURS, DEC 27  | Incredibles 2 (2018; PG; 1h58m)
FRI, DEC 28  | The Incredible Story of the Giant Pear (2017; NR; 1h19m)


MON, DEC 31  11:15AM | Countdown to Noon! (All ages)
Make your way around the world to welcome 2019. Sign in with Ridgewood Library/KidsCard on arrival. 

THURS, JAN 3  10:30AM | Musical Melodies (All ages)
Rock out to favorite kids’ songs with Chris Flynn, his guitar and trombone. Sign in with Ridgewood Library/KidsCard on arrival. 

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PJ Blogger and the staff of the Ridgewood blog Wish You a Very Happy ,Healthy and Safe Thanksgiving

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TONIGHT : Public Water Forum at the Ridgewood Public Library

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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood Public Library presents a Public Water Forum ,co-Hosted by League of Women Voters of Ridgewood, NJ with Debbie Mans (Deputy Commissioner of the NJDEP) as the featured speaker. Find out how this summer’s excessive rain will impact our water supply and if tiered pricing is the way of the future for water.

Today at 7:30 PM – 9 PM

Ridgewood Public Library
125 N Maple Ave, Ridgewood, New Jersey 07450

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Reader calls Village Council , “shopaholics”

What every single one of them lacks is a financial brain and apparently all also are “shopaholics”, who can’t wait to find something else they can waste money on. As long as they, personally, only have to pay a small part of what they are buying, building, etc., they are all for it. I have to assume they are all personally rich since they don’t seem to care about all the expenses they are signing up, for which the town must pay. The last Council blasted the townspeople if they opposed what the council wanted. This one just keeps whistling along and stating they don’t have ANY knowledge of ANY objections to their expensive plans.

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A Note to the Council About the Library’s Expensive Proposition to Gut Itself and Start Over

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The following note was sent to the Village Council with a copy to the Village Manager.

Dear Council:
It is my impression that the library director and board are asking the Council to pave over part of Veterans Field for parking so that they can increase services further and build a performance venue at the library.

This is a bad idea–no, a terrible idea. Our parks have already been largely given over to sports. What’s left must be considered sacrosanct. As the temporary custodians of the village, you make decisions that will last for decades or forever. You are responsible for holding firm on this. I believe such a decision would be wildly unpopular.

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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 Glaser Series: Author Seema Reza

Glaser Series: Author Seema Reza
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Sunday, Sep. 30, 2:00-3:30pm or call 201-670-5600.

Ridgewood NJ, A unique afternoon with the Washington DC-based poet/essayist Seema Reeza. Ms. Reza will discuss the memoir When the World Breaks Open, tracing her journey from being a suburban mom into using her own lessons to building a unique writing and art program in military hospitals. Booksale & signing to follow. Info, contact Roberta: : [email protected] or ext. 132

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