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Events & Programs


Public Meetings

All welcome

Library Board of Trustees meeting, Tuesday, March 24, 7:30pm

March 24 meeting will be held via conference call

If you would like to attend, please call 201-670-5600, ext. 122 to arrange to attend remotely.
Click here for 2020 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. 

Next scheduled concert.

Please check back for updates on re-opening date. Thank you.

Yejin Han, Sunday, April 19, 3pm. Carnegie Hall pianist. 


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

Friday Matinee:

*POSTPONED* Marriage Story (2019; R; 2h17m), Friday, March 20

*POSTPONED* A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019; PG; 1h49m), Friday, March 27

World CinemaDiscussion to follow with Library Director Nancy Greene. 
*POSTPONED* Parasite (in Korean; 2019; R; 2h12m), Thursday, April 2

Multimedia Lectures & Adult Programs

All welcome

Programs postponed until further notice.

Please check back for updates on re-opening date. Thank you.

Homespun Handcrafts: Painting Terracotta Pots, Wednesday, March 18, 7pm. Adult crafting program. All materials provided. Free RW/$5 Visitors. Registration required.

Jim Wright: The Real James Bond, Friday, April 3, 7pm. If you like 007, spies, true adventure -- and birds -- join us as The Real James Bond author Jim Wright shares rare photos & real escapades of this passionate bird spy, whose book and name captured the imagination of 007 novelist Ian Fleming. Register here.

Homespun Handcrafts: Paper Dahlia Wreaths, Monday, April 13, 7pm. Adult crafting program. All materials provided. Free RW/$5 Visitors. Registration required.

Mary Cregan: The Scar, May 6, 7pm. Depression can happen at any age. Mary Cregan tells a compelling story of her battle with depression after the death of her child. In The Scar, Cregan demystifies the myths and treatments that have been skewed in popular culture novels and films like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. This program is for older adults, young adults, and anyone affected by depression and mental illness. With an introduction by Michael Tozzoli of West Bergen Mental Health, this powerful story will share the importance of asking for help when we most need it. Sponsored by Friends of the Ridgewood Library, Age Friendly, Ridgewood Stigma Free, and West Bergen. Register here.

Homespun Handcrafts: Needle Felted Strawberries, Monday, May 11, 7pm. Adult crafting program. All materials provided. Free RW/$5 Visitors. Registration required.

Valley Hospital Partnership

Educational wellness programs for the whole family

Making Healthy Choices, Tuesday, May 5, 10am. Preventative health, nutrition, fitness and mindfulness. Karola Prinz, MD, internal medicine. Register here or call 800-825-5391. 

Children's and Young Adult

Please check back for updates on re-opening date. Thank you.

Please click here for upcoming Young Adult programs.

Featuring:  ​ 

Homework Center (Gr. 3-9), with NEW scheduling option (see below), Tuesday, February 11 and Thursdays, February 6 & 13, 4-6pm. 
Runs Tuesdays and Thursdays, until May 7, 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.


March Madness Book Brackets: Tournament of Books, voting ends Mon, Mar 30. May the Best YA Book of 2019 win! Weekly gift card raffles for teens with the most votes. Visit here for information on how to vote from home.
Summer Reading Club 2020: Teen Video Challenge

Create a video promoting summer reading. Click here for information, rules, deadlines. 
*POSTPONED* Library Con, Saturday, March 14, 1-4pm. Artists, authors, cosplay, gaming, prizes, and more! Join us for another great Reading Marathon month with this epic finale celebration. $5 advance, $10 day of. All ages, all welcome. Register here

Please click here for upcoming Childrens programs.


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. 

​Please check back for updates on re-opening date. Thank you.

*POSTPONED* Genealogy consultants provide assistance. Please contact Sarah at HeritageCenter@ridgewoodlibrary.org or 201-670-5600, ext. 135 to make an appointment with a GSBC volunteer.

The collections held at the Bolger Heritage Center cover resources relevant to genealogy, New Jersey history, Bergen County and the Village of Ridgewood. The Heritage Center collections contain documents and memories of peoples, communities, institutions, and individuals, scientific and cultural heritage, and products through time. The mission is to support the creation of the heritage of the future, and provide information, education, culture and inspiration to the patrons.​ Click here to access the Heritage CATalog.

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

Please check back for updates on re-opening date. Thank you.

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

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

Honeyland (2019; Macedonia; NR; 1h29m), Wednesday, April 15, 7pm  

One of Europe's last wild beekeepers tries to save her colonies. Speaker: Frank Mortimer, beekeeper.
$5/person. Register here.

Book Groups with a Twist

​Next scheduled meetings.

Please check back for updates on re-opening date. Thank you.

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

April 22: Felidia by Lidia Bastianich. 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. Mar 18   
To register: please call 201-670-5600, ext. 100 or email LTrent@ridgewoodlibrary.org. 

Knit One Read Too with Victoria, Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm
April 7, instructional; April 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. 

​Next scheduled meeting.

Please check back for updates on re-opening date. Thank you.

Red Sea Security, Thursday, April 23, 12:30-2pm.

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.

Please check back for updates on re-opening date. Thank you.

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.

Please check back for updates on re-opening date. Thank you.

Creative Writing *FULL, wait list only*

Career Services

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

Please check back for updates on re-opening date. Thank you.

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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Ridgewood, NJ 07450

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Friday                           9am - 6pm

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