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Borrow 24/7 from the Ridgewood Public Library

August 12,2018

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Ridgewood Nj, Ridgewood Public Library cardholders, check out audiobooks, movies, ebooks and music for FREE on Hoopla. Best part: these titles are always available. Perfect for your summer travel. Set up your account today; please call the Reference Desk with any questions. https://www.ridgewoodlibrary.org/music-movies–tv

 

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M. Earl Smith “Ridgewood A Postcard Series” at the Ridgewood Library April 2nd

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March 28,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood Public Library will be hosting author M. Earl Smith will be speaking on his book “Ridgewood: A Postcard Series” and doing a book signing afterwards. All are welcome to join

Monday, April 2 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM
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Ridgewood Public Library
125 N Maple Ave, Ridgewood, New Jersey 07450

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The Ridgewood Public Library has been awarded a $1,000 Literacy Grant for the Library’s “outstanding contribution towards helping new immigrants to America to achieve English proficiency and become productive, fulfilled members of their communities.”

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January 27,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Public Library has been awarded a $1,000 Literacy Grant from Vernon Library Supplies, Inc., for the Library’s “outstanding contribution towards helping new immigrants to America to achieve English proficiency and become productive, fulfilled members of their communities.”
The grant will support Ridgewood Library’s English as a Second Language (ESL) program, which today coordinates 49 volunteer tutors with 122 adult students representing 32 countries. Tutors offer individual sessions, conversation groups and classes that bring students together from such diverse countries as Syria, Japan, Brazil, Panama, Bangladesh, Turkey, New Caledonia and more.

The Friends of the Ridgewood Library is also a longtime supporter that helps produce the Library’s annual International Luncheon; ESL students contribute native dishes and all are honored for their year’s work by Ridgewood’s Mayor, Council and Library Board. This year’s event will be held on June 8, 2018.
The ESL community is also welcome on March 5, 2018, when the Library will host a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) program on “How to Become a U.S. Citizen,” 10am – noon.

For additional information, visit us on the web at www.ridgewoodlibrary.org or contact ESL Librarian Victoria Hilditch at [email protected] or 201-670-5600 ext. 133.

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The Ridgewood Public Library has their Adult Summer Reading Club up and running!

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June 23,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood Public Library has their Adult Summer Reading Club up and running! Ridgewood residents, call or write to register (and get a Chipotle buy one, get one free coupon). Stop by the Reference or Circulation Desks and get a raffle ticket for reading and attending any library programs. Weekly Friday drawings begin July 7 with prizes from Cupcakes by Carousel, Town & Country, new bestsellers and much more. Ridgewood residents, contact us today! (201) 670-5600, ext. 130 [email protected]ary.org

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The hidden benefits of reading aloud — even for older kids

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Educator Jim Trelease explains why reading aloud to your child, no matter what her age, is the magic bullet for creating a lifelong reader.

by: Connie Matthiessen | January 14, 2016

Jim Trelease is the author of the respected, Read-Aloud Handbook, which some parents have called the “read aloud Bible.” The book is packed with information — from what really makes kids love reading, to tips for luring kids away from electronics and onto the page, to hundreds of read aloud titles. The Handbook’s seventh edition will be published in the spring of 2013 and, at 71 years old, Trelease says it will be his last. We reached Trelease recently in his home in Connecticut and asked him to explain why reading aloud is essential for kids of all ages.

Can you explain the link between reading aloud and school success?

It’s long established in science and research: the child who comes to school with a large vocabulary does better than the child who comes to school with little familiarity with words and a low vocabulary.

Why is that? If you think about it, in the early years of school, almost all instruction is oral. In kindergarten through second and third grades, kids aren’t reading yet, or are just starting, so it’s all about the teacher talking to the kids. This isn’t just true in reading but in all subjects; the teacher isn’t telling kids to open their textbooks and read chapter three. The teaching is oral and the kids with the largest vocabularies have an advantage because they understand most of what the teacher is saying. The kids with small vocabularies don’t get what is going on from the start, and they’re likely to fall further and further behind as time goes on.

How does a child develop a large vocabulary even before school starts? Children who are spoken to and read to most often are the ones with the largest vocabularies. If you think about it, you can’t get a word out of the child’s mouth unless he has heard it before. For example, the word “complicated.” A child isn’t going to say the word unless he has heard it before — and in fact to remember it, a child probably has to hear it multiple times. (That’s not true with swear words, of course. If a child hears his parent swear he’ll remember it the first time, and happily repeat it whenever he gets the chance.) But kids have to hear most words multiple times, so it’s important that their parents talk to and around them from the time they are very young, because that’s how they learn words.

http://www.greatschools.org/gk/articles/read-aloud-to-children/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=topstory

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Don’t forget, the Ridgewood Public Library is closed for Labor Day Weekend

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September 2,2016

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Ridgewood NJ, Don’t forget, the Ridgewood Public Library is closed on Saturday 9/3, Sunday 9/4 and Monday 9/5 for the Labor Day weekend.

Visit us until 6pm on Friday to pick up your holds, books and 5 for $1DVD rentals for your downtime this weekend.

Or check out digital magazines, ebooks, or audiobooks anytime athttp://buff.ly/2bY9xEL or http://buff.ly/2bYbIYC

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The Ridgewood Public Library is Ready for the Fall

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August 31,2016

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Ridgewood NJ, Anybody ready for Fall? Before you get your sweaters out of storage, visit the Ridgewood Public Library in person or online and get your reserves in for some of the best new literary Fall releases. Here’s an insider tip: reserve The Nix by Nathan Hill. It’s a horrible title, but a great book about a man trying to either ruin or reconnect with the mother who left him.http://buff.ly/2bMLvdt

Looking for something new to read? Try a new novel by a debut author.

We all know the best place to go for book recommendations is the Ridgewood Public Library, but when you can’t get to us, check out some of these awesome sites for book lovers.

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Do you want to join a book group? Are you in a book group and want some book recommendations? The Ridgewood Public Library can help. Visit our Book Group page online to see what we’re reading this month http://buff.ly/2bABnHM or stop by the Circulation Desk and ask for one of our Reader’s Advisors who can help you find your book group’s next great read.