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Events & Programs


Public Meetings

All welcome

Library Board of Trustees meeting, Tuesday, January 28, 7:30pm
Administration Conference Room, 3rd Floor, 125 N. Maple Ave
Click here for 2019 meeting dates.


Friends of the Ridgewood Library (FOL), 2nd Wednesday of the month, September-June, 9am
Join us in supporting the Library's collections and programs. Email friends@ridgewoodlibrary.org for more information. All welcome.  

Sunday Concerts

All welcome. Donations greatly appreciated. 

Back to Bacharach & Beyond, Sunday, January 19, 2pm. Christine and Elliot Spero perform music of Burt Bacharach and other writers of the time. 


Friday Matinee @ 1pm; World Cinema, every month @ 7pm

Friday Matinee:

Blinded by the Light (2019; PG-13; 1h58m), Friday, January 17

Ad Astra (2019; PG-13; 2h3m), Friday, February 14

World CinemaDiscussion to follow with Library Director Nancy Greene. 
La Cage aux Folles (in French; 1978; R; 1h37m), Thursday, February 6

Multimedia Lectures & Adult Programs

All welcome

Volunteer Fair, Saturday, January 18, 10am-2pm. Looking for a New Year's resolution? Meet with Bergen County organizations that need your help. For more information, contact Kerri at kwallace@ridgewoodlibrary.org or 201-670-5600, ext. 103. All welcome.

The Battles of Saratoga, Thursday, January 23, 1pm.  Historian Myrna Nahas lectures on the Battles of Saratoga, which gave a decisive victory to the Americans in the Revolutionary War. All welcome.

RPL Pub Trivia: Seinfeld, Monday, February 3, 8-10pm. Join a team, register, brush up on your Seinfeld facts, yada, yada, yada, next thing you know it’s time for RPL Pub Trivia at Park West Tavern. 2-6 players per team. Please have one player per team register and indicate number of players in the notes section. Participants must be ages 18 and up. Please register here. Questions? 201-670-5600, ext. 130 or rplpubtrivia@gmail.com.

SmartTalks: TEDTalk, Rethinking Infidelity: A Talk for Anyone Who Has Ever Loved (Esther Perel, 21m), Wednesday, February 12, 1pm. Watch a compelling talk from an online source: TED, 92Y, John Oliver, TimesTalks and more. Then discuss with the community. All welcome.

Author/Principal Paul Semendinger, Wednesday, February 12, 7pm. The Hawes principal shares his new book, Scattering the Ashes. All welcome.

Homespun Handcrafts: Needle Felted Owls, Wednesday, February 19, 7pm. Adult crafting program. Use wool and needles to create a small owl friend. All materials provided. Free RW/$5 Visitors. Registration required.

Ask Again, Yes Author Mary Beth Keane, Wednesday, March 11, 7-8:30pm. Please join us for a talk and book signing with the New York Times bestselling author. Registration required. Register here. Info, Roberta: RPanjwani@ridgewoodlibrary.org.

Valley Hospital Partnership

Educational wellness programs for the whole family

Programs will return in February.

Children's and Young Adult

Please click here for upcoming Young Adult programs.

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Homework Center (Gr. 3-9), with NEW scheduling option (see below), Tuesday, January 21 and Thursday, January 23, 4-6pm. 
Runs Tuesdays and Thursdays, until May 12, 4-6pm. 

Study on your own or get help from top RHS student volunteers. Register for a 30-minute appointment with a volunteer on days offered. Please specify grade and subject upon registration. Click here for monthly registration calendar; choose desired time slot. Questions? Contact Justin Kontonicolaou, YA Librarian, 201-670-5600, ext. 112 or jkontonicolaou@ridgewoodlibrary.org.

Game On!, Friday, January 17, 4-5pm. Open table space to play board games with friends, host D & D campaigns or help us unlock characters on our Nintendo Switch Super Smash Brothers. Questions or want to reserve a table? Contact Justin Kontonicolaou, YA Librarian, 201-670-5600, ext. 112 or jkontonicolaou@ridgewoodlibrary.org.
Please click here for upcoming Childrens programs.


Discover Modern Artists with Marcia Matthews: Paul Klee (Ages 4 & up), Tuesday, January 21 or Thursday, January 23, 4-4:45pm. Register 1/21 or 1/23.
Drone Flight School (Gr. 4-5), Friday, January 24, 4-5pm. Take flight with our remote-controlled drones. Register here.

*POSTPONED, NEW DATE* Back to Bach (Ages PreK & up), Sunday, February 9, 2pm. Teen volunteers share their musical talents. Audience members encouraged to engage with the musicians. All welcome, no registration required. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Read to a Dog (Pre-readers through grade 5), Wednesdays and Thursdays, 4-5pm

Register online for a 15-minute appointment. Click here to view calendar and choose time slot. 

Read with Auntie Claudia, Tuesdays, 10:15-11:15am and Uncle Bob, Wednesdays, 10-11am
Sign in on arrival. 

Local History & Genealogy

At the Bolger Heritage Center. For info/registration, please contact Sarah Kiefer at Heritagecenter@ridgewoodlibrary.org or 201-670-5600, ext. 135. 

Genealogy consultants provide assistance Wednesday, January 22, 10am-12pm. Please contact Sarah at HeritageCenter@ridgewoodlibrary.org or 201-670-5600, ext. 135 to make an appointment with a GSBC voluneer.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Ridgewood Education Foundation

Visit Reel Voices webpage for registration, film trailers and details. 

Info, please contact Roberta Panjwani: RPanjwani@ridgewoodlibrary.org or (201) 670-5600, ext. 132.

Soundtrack for a Revolution (2009; US; NR; 1h26m) Friday, January 17, 6:30pm  

History of civil rights explored through music that inspired a generation
Speaker: Rev. Prof. Mack BrandonRegister here  Special FREE screening
 We are please to copsonsor the launch program for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee’s events for the weekend of Jan. 17-20.

Biggest Little Farm (2018; US; PG; 1h30m) Monday, February 10, 7:00pm  

A couple trades city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and dreams of harvesting in harmony with nature. 
Free screening. No speaker ~ no registration

Book Groups with a Twist

The Cookbook Club with Lisa, Wednesdays, 7-8:30pm

January 22: 5 Ingredients by Jamie Oliver. We pick the cookbook, you choose and make the recipe at home, and bring in your dish to share. No need to be a gourmet chef to participate.
To register: please call 201-670-5600, ext. 100 or email LTrent@ridgewoodlibrary.org. 

Knit One Read Too with Victoria, Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm
January 7, instructional; January 21, practice

To register: please call 201-670-5600, ext. 133 or email VHilditch@ridgewoodlibrary.org.


ESL Coordinator: Victoria Hilditch, VHilditch@ridgewoodlibrary.org; (201) 670-5600, ext. 131; ESL Assistant Coordinator: Victoria Schnure, vschnure@ridgewoodlibrary.org or 201-670-5600, ext. 141.

Our ESL program is *currently FULL.*
Ridgewood residents, please contact Victoria Hilditch if you would like to be placed on a wait list. 

Great Decisions

Member-led world affairs discussion group. Thursdays, 12:30-2pm. Registration and readings required. Please contact Victoria Hilditch at vhilditch@ridgewoodlibrary.org. 

Returns in February

World Language Cafes

Brush up on your foreign language speaking skills. Please register with Kerri at askridgewood@ridgewoodlibrary.org or 201-670-5600, ext. 130.

Advanced French: select Thursdays, 2-3pm *FULL*
Beginner French: select Thursdays, 2-3pm *FULL*

Italian: Wednesdays, 1-2pm *FULL*

Spanish: Wednesdays, 4-5pm

Writing Clubs

No writing experience needed. Registration required. Please contact Kerri at kwallace@ridgewoodlibrary.org.

Creative Writing *FULL, wait list only*

Career Services

Please call 201-670-5600, ext. 130 for more information.

Small Business Mentoring, Weekdays, 9:30am-2:30pm (one-hour time slots)
FREE business mentoring for planning, testing ideas and social media strategies. Open to Ridgewood residents. Sponsored by SCORE, a nonprofit dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground. 

To sign up for a 60-minute session: please visit northeastnj.score.org and follow these registration instructions:  

  • Click "Find a Mentor" on upper left

  • Use "Find a SCORE Branch" on right. Input "07450" and click "Go"

  • Click "Request a Mentor" under Ridgewood Library

  • Fill out form and submit

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Library Hours


Monday - Thursday    9am - 9pm

Friday                           9am - 6pm

Saturday                      9am - 5pm

Sunday                         1pm - 5pm


125 North Maple Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07450