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Staff Directory

Administration: 201-670-5600 x120

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Nancy Greene

Library Director

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Nancy was the kid whose favorite destination was the public library where "Sophocles the Hyena" could be borrowed every visit. Her next big step was 7th grade library club and soon Nancy was working in school libraries. But she went to graduate school to pursue her love of public libraries and the readers of all ages who share their lives with us.

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Lorri Steinbacher

Assistant Director

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Lorri is our Assistant Director and the purchaser of adult books and music. She is an avid reader and devours all things pop culture—literary/historical fiction, alternative music, Broadway, memoirs, and feminist fiction and essays are her particular interest. She’s seen "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" 12 times so far and is not even a little embarrassed. Helping people find their next favorite book is the best part of her job.

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Alexander Wasenda

Business Manager

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Alexander graduated from Rutgers University with a B.S. in Finance, later obtaining his M.A. in History. He handles the library finances and in his free time you can find him in his vegetable garden.

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Nancy Haab

Administrative Assistant

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Nancy was formerly a librarian at a NYC law firm prior to joining the RPL staff in 1996 as a Reference Librarian. She enjoys travel, tennis, and knitting.

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Jin Lee

Public Relations

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A former magazine editor/writer, Jin enjoys reading, rooting for Ridgewood teams and planning family vacations. She still reads a daily newspaper and is trying to instill the habit in her 3 children (failing miserably). And as testament to her loyalty and willingness to persevere against all odds: she’s a Mets fan.

Adult Services: 201-670-5600 x130

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Roberta Panjwani

Adult Services Supervising Librarian

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Before joining RPL in 2000, Roberta worked at the Paley Center for Media in NYC for ten years. A certified teacher, Roberta formerly served as Children’s Dept. Supervisor at the Library. She is passionate about the arts, skiing and travel. Roberta created and runs the annual Reel Voices Film Festival (since 2003), curates the Martha Glaser Culture Series and co-created the On Book Play Reading Series and several other initiatives with the Library and its partners.

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Larissa Brookes

Reference, Librarian

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Larissa answers reference and reader’s advisory questions for patrons of all ages, plans and runs multigenerational programs, supports the Library's ESL department, and develops the adult and children's world language collections. If you have graphic novel suggestions (for adults or teens), Larissa is your librarian. In her spare time she washes and prepares vegetables from her family's farm shares. Larissa has an MLIS from San Jose State University and a rusty JD from Boston College.

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Jacquelyn Deppe

Reference, Library Assistant

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Jacquelyn Deppe has a B.A. in Art, Design and Interactive Multimedia from Seton Hall University, a Masters of Information from Rutgers University, and has been working in a library environment since 2014. When she's not in a library or doing something art related, you can find her outside, hiking, or trail running, the many trails New Jersey/New York have to offer! She always has a suggestion at the ready and is excited to talk about hiking and trails both known and unknown.

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Elizabeth Gaidimas

Reference, Library Assistant

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Elizabeth got involved volunteering in libraries in 8th grade and hasn't looked back. They work in the Reference Department and run adult crafting programs in addition to the occasional tech class. Elizabeth graduated from Montclair State University in 2021 and is currently persuing a MS/LIS at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition to reading, they love to knit while watching a good show.

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Victoria Hilditch

ESL Program Coordinator/Reference, Librarian

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Victoria has found her calling in becoming a librarian. She believes in welcoming all to the library and providing the services and information that they need. Victoria received her MLIS from Rutgers in 2015. She is both a reference librarian and the coordinator for the library’s well-established Adult ESL program and the library’s Great Decisions world policy discussion group. A lover of needlework, Victoria knits, sews and has now found needlepoint which has cut into her reading time since she is more of a written word reader.

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Sarah Kiefer

Local History/Reference, Librarian

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Sarah works with the Reference team, but primarily in the Bolger Heritage Center for local history and genealogy. Her role allows her to research history, which she loves, and also assist others in finding the information they seek. Sarah encourages you to stop by and stump her with a history question.

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Janine Lanzisera

ESL Assistant

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Raised in New York, Janine has also lived in England, Italy and Scotland. Her travels led to a love and strong appreciation for cultural diversity and the fascinating backgrounds of various communities. Janine holds a BA in Speech Pathology and MA in Communications. She is very happy to work with RPL’s ESL team and highly regards the relationships she shares with the program’s students.

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Marrin O'Neill

Reference, Library Assistant

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Libraries have always been one of Marrin's safe spaces and they graduated from patron to employee in 2015. They earned a BS in political science at Northeastern University in Boston and a master's in gender studies at University College Dublin in Ireland. Ask them about manga, mysteries, and retellings of Pride and Prejudice. When not at the library, Marrin enjoys their ten-year-old house rabbit, Basil, Kpop girl groups, and vegan junk food.

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Pat Pack

Reference, Librarian

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Pat happily became a reference librarian as an interesting second career. She thoroughly enjoys helping the public, the vibrancy of the Ridgewood Library community, traveling, gardening, golf and reading in her spare time.

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Elias Rosner

Reference/Tech/Circulation, Library Assistant

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Elias has been working on and off with the Ridgewood Library since 2013. A 2018 graduate of Goucher College and a 2020 graduate of Drexel's MLIS program, he's pretty tired of writing essays but not tired enough to stop writing bios like these. He can be found somewhere between the Refernce, Circulation and Tech departments and is a key person in coordinating our quarterly Computer Class programs. Ask him for comic recs! He reads a lot of them.

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Claire Saal

Reference, Librarian

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Claire has been happily serving a wide variety of school and public libraries since 2010. When she is not helping patrons, you can usually find her curled up with her two cats reading the newest graphic novel or medieval history book.

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Victoria Schnure

Reference Department, ESL Assistant Coordinator

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Victoria holds a dual degree in French and Russian from Bryn Mawr College and an MA in Education from the University of Michigan. Combined with her experience in the Children’s Department, she now brings her education background, love of foreign languages and travel, and extensive work with multicultural communities to the ESL department. (See also Children's Dept.)

Circulation: 201-670-5600 x101

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Lisa Trent

Circulation Department Supervisor

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Lisa has been working in the circulation department since 2008. In her spare time she enjoys running, reading and spending time with her family and dog Sophie. Lisa just accomplished her lifelong dream of running (and finishing) in the NYC marathon.

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Carol Aull

Circulation Department, Library Assistant

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Carol assists patrons at the circulation desk. In her free time, she enjoys reading, mixed media art journaling, knitting and obsessing over cats

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Susan Caswell

Circulation Department, Library Assistant

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Susan helps patrons at the circulation desk. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her family, watching movies, baking and reading.

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Susan E

Circulation Department, Library Assistant

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Susan's hobbies outside the library include gardening, cooking, backgammon, and spending time with her family.

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Theresa Goratowski

Circulation Department, Library Assistant

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Theresa G works primarily in the circulation department but also helps out at the reference desk. Theresa enjoys reading, baking, and going for walks with her family in her spare time. She also enjoys crocheting and searching for books for members of her extended family.

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Dennis Horgan

Circulation Department, Library Assistant

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Dennis assists in various tasks around the library.

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Marrin O'Neill

Circulation Department, Library Assistant

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Libraries have always been one of Marrin's safe spaces and they graduated from patron to employee in 2015. They earned a BS in political science at Northeastern University in Boston and a master's in gender studies at University College Dublin in Ireland. Ask them about manga, mysteries, and retellings of Pride and Prejudice. When not at the library, Marrin enjoys their ten-year-old house rabbit, Basil, Kpop girl groups, and vegan junk food.

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Erica Seifert

Circulation Department, Library Assistant

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Erica assists patrons at the circulation and reference desks. Her interests include reading, gardening and bird watching.

Technology: 201-670-5600 x170

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Charles Gallo

Technology Administrator

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Charles provides technology assistance to patrons.

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Ralph LaGrasta

Technology Assistant

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Ralph provides technology assistance to patrons.

Youth Services - Children: 201-670-5600 x110

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Robin Ritter

Youth Services, Dept. Manager; Outreach Team

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Robin has the pleasure of reading beautiful picture books to highly engaged listeners.

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Ashley Loria

Youth Services, Librarian

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Ashley graduated from San Jose State University with her MLIS in 2021 with a focus in youth services. She’ll read anything and everything, and if she’s not at the Library, you’re likely to find her snuggled with her dogs, Lucy & Beesly, with a rather impressive-sized mug of coffee in hand.

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Kayleigh Barbarulo

Youth Services, Library Assistant

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With a B.A. in English and World Literatures from Marymount Manhattan College and an M.S. in Publishing from Pace University, to say that Kayleigh's love of books runs deep would be an understatement! A firm believer that stories change lives, especially for children, Kayleigh's literary interests are mostly focused on the children's/YA realm, though she'll read anything she finds interesting or compelling. She also has a background in theatre, and loves to read plays as much as perform in or direct them and has a special interest in Shakespeare as his works. Kayleigh is an aspiring publishing professional, so if you ever want to know anything about how books get published please don't hesitate to ask! You can find her in the children's department, getting distracted by interesting books while reshelving them.

Some favorites: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio, the Charlotte Holmes series by Brittany Cavallaro, the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, everything V.E. Schwab has ever written

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Theresa Callaghan

Youth Services, Library Assistant

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Theresa enjoys reading fiction and picture books. She enjoys spending time with her family, exercising and long walks with her dog.

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Gladys Cepeda

Youth Services, Library Assistant

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Gladys works in the kids department. She holds a BA in literature and an MA in Child Advocacy; before coming to work at the library she was a preschool teacher for 13 years. When not reading, Gladys can be found cheering on the New York Redbulls.

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Brittin Clark

Youth Services, Library Assistant

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Brittin loves working in youth services. She enjoys story times and book group but her favorite thing to do is to help someone find a new book to love. When she is not working she is studying for her MLIS or with her family.

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Maureen Cohn

Youth Services, Library Assistant

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Maureen provides assistance for the youth services department.

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Jeffrey Hofmann

Youth Services, Library Assistant

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Jeff is a 2019 Ramapo College alumnus with a bachelor’s degree in literature. Passionate and ambitious about library work, Jeff is honored to continue building a career at the Ridgewood Public Library where he can serve, improve and interact directly with the community. Those who know Jeff best will tell you that the library is his home away from home.

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Deborah Alejandra Popowski

Youth Services, Local History Library Assistant

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Deborah divides her time between the children's room and the Bolger Heritage Center, a dream combo for a lover of stories, pictures, and archives. When she's not filling your arms with book suggestions, she's making book lists or working on her LIS degree at Rutgers. Before deciding to break her promise to never go back to school (again), she was a human rights lawyer and educator.

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Victoria Schnure

Youth Services, Library Assistant

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Victoria has a background in non-profit administration and development, foreign language, and education. Her first experience with the RPL was with her oldest son in Baby & Me Storytime. Now, 15 years, and 3 children later, she is delighted to be part of the Children's Department staff. (See also Reference/ESL)

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Koryn Zadow

Youth Services, Library Assistant

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Koryn is a recent NJ transplant from the state of Michigan. She comes to Youth Services with previous middle school library experience and love of books.

Youth Services - Young Adult: 201-670-5600 x112

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Justin Kontonicolaou

Young Adult Librarian

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Justin received her MLS from Drexel University in 2012. She is a zealous reader of young adult books, a baker at heart, and has a soft spot for puppies. You will often find her nose buried in a book or hands deep in a Pinterest project. She is eagerly awaiting her acceptance letter from Hogwarts but until then she will enjoy her time being a YA librarian.

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Rosa Pangilinan

Youth Services, Library Assistant

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Rosa is a Slytherin, a Martell, and a would-have-been resident of Athena’s Cabin. She received her B.A. in History and English Literature from Rutgers University and is pursuing an M.A. in Historical Studies from The New School. When she’s not buried in writing, research, good books, costume designing, graphic design projects, and occasionally disastrous cooking experiments, you can find her in the Youth Services department of RPL, talking about what she loves most: YA books.

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Julia Ventura

Youth Services, Library Assistant

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Julia graduated from University of New Haven in 2015. She loves drawing and is always trying a new drawing technique. She loves exploring new ideas and different activities. As an avid animal lover, her Instagram feed is full of cute animals. You can always find her reading 3 three books at once.