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Ridgewood Public Library : Explore Renovation Concept, Library Trends and Funding


Ridgewood NJ, Nancy Greene and Lorri Steinbacher share slide-talk, tour and coffee as we explore renovation concept, library trends and funding plan. NJ State Grant application is underway for 2020 funds.
For more info or registration, please click here or email

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Sherma Andrews Performs Live at the Ridgewood Library 09/08/19 at 2 pm.

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Ridgewood NJ, The Legendary Lady Singer Show is coming home to Ridgewood, New jersey. Come out and join me on September 8th at 2 pm at the Ridgewood Library.  This is a FREE CONCERT!!!

I will be performing from 2-3 pm on September 8th at the Ridgewood Public Library.  I will perform some of your favorite songs made popular by legendary lady singers such as Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston and jazz legends such as Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald.

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Ridgewood Public Library : The Wonders of Microfilm

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Ridgewood NJ, according to the Ridgewood Public Library in 2018 the Ridgewood Public Library Foundation graciously funded a new microfilm machine that allows you to easily read newspapers such as the Ridgewood News (1891-2011), the Bergen Record (1970-2013) and more. Ridgewood Public Library welcomes you to stop by to use the reader, whether you’re researching Ridgewood’s 125th Anniversary, your family genealogy, sporting events, or local organizations. Any of our Reference Staff are happy to help you discover more about Ridgewood’s past.

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Happy 4th of July from the Ridgewood blog


On this day, 243 years ago, the Second Continental Congress voted to adopt the Declaration of Independence. Even though they had already declared independence two days earlier, the American people were so moved by the Declaration that thereafter July 4th became our birthday. Happy Birthday America!


Wishing you and your families a happy and safe 4th of July !

PJ blogger and the staff of the Ridgewood blog

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The Origins of Fathers Day

the Ridgewood blog Wishes all the Dads a Happy Fathers day !!!

The Origins of Fathers Day

The campaign to celebrate the nation’s fathers did not meet with the same enthusiasm–perhaps because, as one florist explained, “fathers haven’t the same sentimental appeal that mothers have.” On July 5, 1908, a West Virginia church sponsored the nation’s first event explicitly in honor of fathers, a Sunday sermon in memory of the 362 men who had died in the previous December’s explosions at the Fairmont Coal Company mines in Monongah, but it was a one-time commemoration and not an annual holiday. The next year, a Spokane, Washington woman named Sonora Smart Dodd, one of six children raised by a widower, tried to establish an official equivalent to Mother’s Day for male parents. She went to local churches, the YMCA, shopkeepers and government officials to drum up support for her idea, and she was successful: Washington State celebrated the nation’s first statewide Father’s Day on July 19, 1910.

Slowly, the holiday spread. In 1916, President Wilson honored the day by using telegraph signals to unfurl a flag in Spokane when he pressed a button in Washington, D.C. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge urged state governments to observe Father’s Day. However, many men continued to disdain the day. As one historian writes, they “scoffed at the holiday’s sentimental attempts to domesticate manliness with flowers and gift-giving, or they derided the proliferation of such holidays as a commercial gimmick to sell more products–often paid for by the father himself.”

…In 1972, in the middle of a hard-fought presidential re-election campaign, Richard Nixon signed a proclamation making Father’s Day a federal holiday at last.  Today, economists estimate that Americans spend more than $1 billion each year on Father’s Day gifts.

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The Ridgewood Library is hosting Community Conversations- Be a part of the future of the library

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Ridgewood NJ, ReImagine: RPL Community Conversations

Please join us for a presentation and conversations about plans to reimagine the Ridgewood Public Library.

Please sign up online for your preferred dates at

Can’t make any meetings?
All resident questions and suggestions are welcome. Please send to

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Ridgewood Public Library Will Host A Public Forum Tonight


Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood public library will host a public forum on
the Library’s  renovation concepts .

WED, MAY 29  10-11AM | Open Public Forum
All Ridgewood residents invited to attend an open public forum on Library renovation concepts.
We look forward to sharing ideas.
Arts Studio, 1st floor
Please register here.

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the Ridgewood Blog says a Big Thank You on this Memorial day

On this Memorial Day weekend, we remember those who sacrificed their lives for “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who are grieving. May we, as Abraham Lincoln famously said, “highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain–that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom–and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

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A Short History of Memorial Day


file photo by Boyd Loving

May 28,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan, leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a nationwide day of remembrance . “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed.

The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.

On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.

Many Northern states held similar commemorative events and reprised the tradition in subsequent years; by 1890 each one had made Decoration Day an official state holiday. Southern states, on the other hand, continued to honor their dead on separate days until after World War I.

Memorial Day, as Decoration Day gradually came to be known, originally honored only those lost while fighting in the Civil War. But during World War I the United States found itself embroiled in another major conflict, and the holiday evolved to commemorate American military personnel who died in all wars.

For many decades, Memorial Day continued to be observed on May 30, the date Logan had selected for the first Decoration Day. But in 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May in order to create a three-day weekend for federal employees; the change went into effect in 1971. The same law also declared Memorial Day a federal holiday.

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Friends of the Ridgewood Library Thanked its 2019 Annual Appeal Donors with a Sushi-themed Cocktail Hour

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Ridgewood NJ, On Friday evening, Friends of the Ridgewood Library thanked its 2019 Annual Appeal donors with a sushi-themed cocktail hour, live music, a documentary screening of Jiro Dreams of Sushi, and discussion with a professor of Japanese studies from Montclair State University. The Library offered many thanks to the Annual Appeal donors, as well as the generous local establishments that donated food and also offered this Fun Fact: this annual event is one of the very few times you can sip cocktails at the library!