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Ridgewood Library | Events and Programs

Events & Programs

 
 

Public Meetings

All welcome

Library Board of Trustees meeting, Tuesday, November 19, 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. 

The Kootz Band, Sunday, November 10, 2pm. Rock, pop, soul and blues. 

Movies

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

Friday Matinee:

Late Night (2019; R; 1h42m), Friday, November 15

Hotel Mumbai (2018; R; 2h3m), Friday, November 22


World CinemaDiscussion to follow with Library Director Nancy Greene. 
Will return in January.

Multimedia Lectures & Adult Programs

All welcome

RPL Pub Trivia: Back to the 90s, Monday, November 11, 8pm. Return to an age when Dawson was on your television set, Spice Girls were on your radio, Lisa Frank was in your backpack, and butterfly clips were all the rage. Be kind, rewind back in time with us at Park West Tavern for Back to the 90s Trivia! Teams of 2-6 players, ages 18 and up. Register here. (We have been able to accommodate the wait list for our trivia events.)

Special Fall Series for New Americans: Be Aware, Be Prepared, Be Informed, Wednesday, November 13, 10-11:30am. Are you new to the country or area? Do you need a refresher on what to do in an emergency or challenging situation? We're here to help. Learn NJ-specific laws from members of the Ridgewood Police Department. All welcome.
 
SmartTalks: TEDTalk, Sleep is Your Superpower (Matt Walker, 19m), Wednesday, November 13, 1pm. Watch a compelling talk from an online source: TED, 92Y, John Oliver, TimesTalks and more. Then discuss with the community. All welcome.

The Making of a Village: Ridgewood Grows Up, Saturday, November 16, 2pm. Local historians Peggy Norris and Joe Suplicki share documents, maps and photos to illustrate Ridgewood's transformation into a village during its critical early years. Cosponsored by the Ridgewood Historical Society. All welcome, no registration required. Questions? Contact Sarah Kiefer at 201-670-5600 x135 or skiefer@ridgewoodlibrary.org.

Valley Hospital Partnership

Educational wellness programs for the whole family

Autism Spectrum Disorders, Tuesday, November 19, 7pm. Symptoms, diagnosis, latest therapies. Speaker: Marivic Santiago, MD. developmental pediatrician. Free, registration required. To register, click here or 800-825-5391.

Children's and Young Adult

Please click here for upcoming Young Adult programs.

Featuring:  ​ 
Teen NaNoWriMo Workshop, 2nd session (of 3), Monday, November 11, 7-8pm. 1000s of people worldwide will write a 50,000-word book during National Novel Writing Month. Join our 3-session workshop. Registration required. Register here


Homework Center (Gr. 3-9), with NEW scheduling option (see below), Tuesday, October 22 and Thursday, October 24, 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.

DIY Teen Takeout Craft available for pick up, Tuesday, November 12, 4pm. This month: Picture Frames.
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Please click here for upcoming Childrens programs.

Featuring: 

Children’s matinee: The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019; PG; 1h26m), Friday, November 8, 2pm. 

 

Happy 125th Birthday Ridgewood!, Saturday, November 16, 9:30-11:30am. Join RPL, the Ridgewood Historical Society & Friends of the Ridgewood Library in celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Village of Ridgewood. Old-fashioned games, crafts and storytime. All welcome, all ages!

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 Tuesday, November 12, 11am-2pm and Wednesday, November 13, 10am-2pm. Please contact Sarah at HeritageCenter@ridgewoodlibrary.org or 201-670-5600, ext. 135 to make an appointment with a GSBC voluneer.

The Making of a Village: Ridgewood Grows Up, Saturday, November 16, 2pm. Local historians Peggy Norris and Joe Suplicki share documents, maps and photos to illustrate Ridgewood's transformation into a village during its critical early years. Cosponsored by the Ridgewood Historical Society. All welcome, no registration required. Questions? Contact Sarah Kiefer at 201-670-5600 x135 or skiefer@ridgewoodlibrary.org.

Sponsored by the Friends

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

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

They Shall Not Grow Old (2018; New Zealand; PG-13; 1h39m) Monday, November 11, 1pm.  

Director Peter Jackson restored WWI footage, paired with works of 120 soldiers who were there. 
Special FREE Veteran's Day Screening. No speaker ~ no registration

Book Groups with a Twist

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

November 20: Emily: the Cookbook by Emily and Matthew Hyland. 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
November 5, instructional; November 19, practice

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

ESL

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. 

U.S. and Mexico, Thursday, November 21, 12:30-2pm. Registration and readings required. Please contact Victoria Hilditch at 201-670-5600, ext. 133 or vhilditch@ridgewoodlibrary.org. 

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*

 

Memoir Writing, Tuesday, November 26, 2:15pm

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

Address


125 North Maple Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07450