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Staff Directory

Administration: 201-670-5600 x120

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.

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.

Toni Mathes

Business Manager

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Toni graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Ramapo College. She handles the library finances along with adult concert and lecture programs.

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.

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.

Mary Graves

Library Assistant

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Mary provides support staff to our Business Manager in Administration.

Youth Services: 201-670-5600 x110

Ashley Loria

Youth Services, Children's Dept. Supervisor

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Ashley graduated from Ramapo College in 2013 and is currently studying Library Sciences at San Jose State University. She’ll read anything and everything, and if she’s not at the Library, you’re most likely to find her snuggled with her corgi, Lucy, with a rather impressive-size mug of coffee in hand.

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.

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.

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.

Amy McLaughlin

Youth Services, Library Assistant

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Amy holds a BA in English and a MST in Early Childhood Education, both from Fordham University. After teaching first grade in Manhattan for many years, she now lives in Ridgewood with her husband, two daughters and dog. Amy's favorite authors include William Steig, Robert McCloskey, EB White, Nancy Mitford and Allison Weir.

Victoria Schnure

Youth Services/ ESL, 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)

Amy Zuckerman

Youth Services, Library Assistant

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Amy grew up in Southern Maine and graduated with a BA from Alfred University. Upon moving to Ridgewood with her family, the RPL immediately became a favorite spot for her and her young daughters. She is thrilled to now be a part of the children's department team. When not at the library, Amy loves reading, yoga and spending time with friends and family.

Jeffrey Hofmann

Youth Services/Circulation, 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.

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.

Hyeran Chang

Youth Services, Library Assistant

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Hyeran assists in the Children's department and runs Korean Storytime. She is also assists in developing the World Language collection of children's books.

Maureen Cohn

Youth Services, Library Assistant

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Maureen provides assistance for the youth services department.

Young Adult: 201-670-5600 x112

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.

Caitlin Cromley-Linn

Youth Services, Library Assistant

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Caitlin has a B.A. in English from Drew University. Her life-long love of reading and creative writing has led her to work in Ridgewood Library's Children's Department, because as Hermione said, "when in doubt, go to the library." She loves anything related to true crime and pop culture, which makes for interesting dinner conversations. She is a proud Hufflepuff, and when she's not writing poetry or getting lost in a book, you can find her with her husband and their dog, Ace.

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.

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.

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Kerri Wallace

Circulation Supervisor

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Kerri Wallace holds an MLIS from Long Island University. Kerri is the Circulation Supervisor and moderates the Memoir Writing group. When she’s not at the Library you can find her reading true crime novels and hiking with her sheltie, Finn McCool.

Bergman Li

Circulation Development Supervisor

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Bergman's role consists of processing books, DVDs, etc.

Dennis Horgan

Circulation Department, Library Assistant

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Dennis assists in various tasks around the library.

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.

Even Nemetz

Circulation Department, Library Assistant

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Evan is a current Computer Science student at Rutgers University. In his free time he enjoys programming, hiking, and reading.

Glenn Hoefler

Circulation Department, Library Assistant

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Glenn helps patrons at the circulation desk.

Lisa Trent

Circulation Department, Library Assistant

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Lisa has worked at Ridgewood Library for 7 years. She created and moderates the Cookbook Club.

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.

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.

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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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.

Larissa Brookes

Reference Department, 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.

Elizabeth Gaidimas

Reference Department, Library Assistant

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In addition to reading, Elizabeth loves to spend her time knitting while watching a good show on Netflix.

Victoria Hilditch

ESL Program Coordinator/Reference, Librarian

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Victoria oversees the Adult ESL (English as a Second Language) Program which started in 1994 and has grown to include 110 students from 35 countries and 45 tutors. The program includes tutor trainings, small group and classroom style teaching and special programs like a Citizenship Classes and others to help students negotiate day-to-day living in our community. Victoria also coordinates the monthly Great Decisions Foreign Policy Discussion Group and Knit One Read Two.

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.

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.

Beth Potter

Local History, Library Assistant

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Beth is a former trustee of the Bergen County Historical Society, and was a founding member of the Northern Valley Historical Society. For several years she's been researching and writing family histories and house histories for both video and print.

Elias Rosner

Reference/Tech/Circulation Depts, 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, he finds that not even four more years of required readings and writing workshops has quenched his love of the written word. Elias can currently be found floating between the Reference, Circulation and Tech departments and is a key person in coordinating our quarterly Computer Class programs. Ask him for comic recs; he’s got you covered.

Claire Saal

Reference, Librarian

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After receiving her MLIS in 2010, Claire has been happily serving a wide variety of school and public libraries. When she is not helping patrons, you can usually find her curled up with her two cats (photos available upon request) reading the newest graphic novel or medieval history book. If she's not there, you can find her trekking locally or globally, baking goodies, eating said goodies, or LARPing (feel free to ask about it!) If she's not helping anybody, feel free to tell her a corny joke and strike up a conversation!

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.)

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Charles Gallo

Technology Administrator

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Charles provides technology assistance to patrons.

Ralph LaGrasta

Technology Assistant

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Ralph provides technology assistance to patrons.

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