Ridgewood Library Resources

Posted: Tuesday, August 18, 2020

RIDGEWOOD PUBLIC LIBRARY
125 North Maple Avenue
Ridgewood, New Jersey 07450
www.ridgewoodlibrary.org

Contact: Jin Lee (201) 670-5600 ext. 125
jlee@ridgewoodlibrary.org

**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**

Upcoming Events: August 24 – September 7


Featured Events

We are OPEN for WALK-IN browsing.
-For Adults & Teens, walk in for 30-minute visits on a first-come, first-served basis. Please wear mask and maintain 6-foot social distance while at Library.
-For Computer use: one 30-minute session daily per visitor.
-For Bolger Heritage Center, please email Local History librarian Sarah Kiefer at skiefer@ridgewoodlibrary.org to schedule a 30-minute appointment. Ridgewood residents only.
-For Children’s Center browsing, registration required for a 30-minute time slot. Please register by visiting www.ridgewoodlibrary.org and clicking ‘Children’s Room Visits’ button. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by adult. All patrons over 2 must wear mask and maintain 6-foot social distance. Seating, toys and puzzles not available. Ridgewood residents only. Note: if openings available, Children's department can welcome walk-in groups until capacity is reached.

Outdoor Cabana Lounge available for seating, free WIFI and newspapers. Please wear mask and maintain social distance.

Curbside pickup available during Library hours.

*NEW* Voting page
Get information on registration deadlines, vote-by-mail procedures & deadlines,
general voting inquiries and census info at www.ridgewoodlibrary.org/voting.

COVID-19 page
The Ridgewood Public Library is committed to ensuring that you can make informed decisions. We hope that the resources linked on www.ridgewoodlibrary.org/coronavirus-information will help you and your family weather the unprecedented medical, financial, and psychological effects of this pandemic.

Stories Shared
Read stories from your neighbors about living in real-time history at www.ridgewoodlibrary.org/covid19-storiesshared.
And submit your own recollections at www.ridgewoodlibrary.org/stories-from-covid-19 or send an email to heritagecenter@ridgewoodlibrary.org.

Visit Storytellers @RPL on our website. We have 32 stories ready for listening and more on the way. With funding from a 2016 grant through the Bergen County Historical & Cultural Affairs Department, we’ve launched an oral history project. Its mission: to capture Ridgewood stories to preserve our history for future generations. We’re recording people’s stories, making them available on our website and maintaining them in our local archive. Interested in being interviewed or becoming an interviewer? Please contact Local History librarian Sarah Kiefer at HeritageCenter@ridgewoodlibrary.org or call 201-670-5600, ext. 135.

2020 Census
Complete your 2020 Census questionnaire online at my2020census.gov and make sure New Jersey gets its fair share of the $1.5 trillion that will be allocated each year based on 2020 Census data.


Great Decisions Zoom Discussion Group

Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking, Thursday, August 27, 12:30-2pm. Monthly, member-led discussion group. Watch Foreign Policy Association film before discussion. Visit www.ridgewoodlibary.org and click ‘Event Schedule and Registration’ for link to film. Registration required for Zoom invitation to discussion group. For additional information, please contact Victoria Hilditch at vhilditch@ridgewoodlibrary.org.


Local History and Genealogy

Heirloom Genealogy and Show & Tell, Monday, August 24, 7pm. Your family's history is so much more than birth and death records. Did you inherit a special family artifact, such as a piece of jewelry, the family bible, a wedding dress or a well-worn tool?
Lauren Maehrlein provides a short talk, followed by show & tell. All welcome to send photos of family artifacts that led to unusual discoveries and take a minute or three to share its story. Please send photos to contact@njgsbc.org. All welcome, registration required. Visit njgsbc.org and click link under ‘GSBC and RPL Presentations and Special Events.’

Genealogy consultant appointments:
Have you hit a genealogical brick wall? Or just started your research? Genealogical Society of Bergen County (GSBC) volunteers are available for one-to-one assistance via Zoom. To make an appointment, email the Society at gsbc.queries@gmail.com.

Read The Ridgewood News at home.
RPL cardholders now have remote access to Newspapers.com to access The Ridgewood News (1891-present day). You can now research, save, print or download newspaper clippings from The Ridgewood News, Ridgewood Herald, Ridgewood Herald-News and the Sunday News. Email ask@ridgewoodlibrary.org or contact us through the chat feature on www.ridgewoodlibrary.org to get login information.

Ancestry L.E. remote access
Ancestry L.E. (Library Edition) and the Newspaper Archives are now accessible from home! To access either/both, email ask@ridgewoodlibrary.org or send a chat message through our home page, www.ridgewoodlibrary.org. Please include which database you are interested in, your first and last name and your RPL card number. Upon receipt, one of our Reference librarians will send login information.

Send us your stories, your pictures.
For those who live or work in Ridgewood: One day we’ll look back and this time, fortunately, will be history. With that in mind, the Bolger Heritage Center of the Ridgewood Library would like to start collecting some of the moments you’re experiencing now in real time. Maybe you have something to say about what you’re doing or what you’ve seen (and hopefully you’ve seen some good stuff too—people helping people). Could be a sentence, or a story.
Or maybe you have a picture you could send: the kids being home-schooled, your favorite store closed, an empty sidewalk or grocery shelf, your instant home office.
If you have anything you’d like to share, please send it to heritagecenter@ridgewoodlibrary.org. And if you have any reflections once this is over, we’d like to have those, too.

Storytellers @RPL: We all have a story to tell. Here’s a chance to share yours. With funding from a 2016 grant through the Bergen County Historical & Cultural Affairs Department, we’ve launched an oral history project. Its mission: to capture Ridgewood stories to preserve our history for future generations. We’re recording people’s stories, making them available on our website and maintaining them in our local archive. Interested in being interviewed or becoming an interviewer? Please contact Local History librarian Sarah Kiefer at HeritageCenter@ridgewoodlibrary.org or call 201-670-5600, ext. 135.


ESL for Adults

ESL Virtual Drop-in Conversation, June 30-August 26, Tuesdays, 9:30-10:30am and Wednesdays, 7-8pm. Join us for casual conversational English. All levels welcome. Registration required for each session in order to receive Zoom link. Please register at www.ridgewoodlibrary.org by clicking on ‘Event Schedule and Registration’ button.’ Questions? Please contact Victoria Schnure at vschnure@ridgewoodlibrary.org.

Registration for Fall 2020 Adult ESL program, Thursday, September 3*, 11am-2pm; Tuesday, September 8*, 5-8pm; Friday, September 11, 9:30am-1pm; or Saturday, September 12, 9:30am-1pm. We explain our program and learn more about you and your goals in a 10-15 minute Zoom interview. We place students based on their level of English and availability. Please visit www.ridgewoodlibrary.org/esl for more information, registration links and required student application form. *September 3 and 8 registrations open to Ridgewood residents only.


Book Groups

Cover 2 Cover: The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See, Thursday, September 3, 11am-12pm. Available for download on Hoopla Digital. Please email Kerri at kwallace@ridgewoodlibrary.org to get the Zoom invitation.


Virtual World Languages Cafés
Practice foreign languages with fluent speakers.

Spanish, Wednesdays, August 26 and September 2, 4pm. Want to practice your Spanish conversational skills? Join fellow students led by a Spanish-speaking volunteer for an hour of casual, basic, and engaging conversational Spanish for adults. Registration required. Please register at www.ridgewoodlibrary.org by clicking on ‘Event Schedule and Registration’ button.


Technology Classes

Classes returning in mid-September.


Teen Programs

Librarian’s Choice Kits, Gr. 6-12. Includes three books chosen just for you. Request book bundles for checkout, indicating your child’s age/grade, at childrensdept@ridgewoodlibrary.org.


Children’s Events Highlights

Registration now open for Virtual Storytime classes (5-week sessions) via Zoom. Session 1 begins Monday, September 21, 10:30am.
Mondays: Baby & Me (ages birth-18 months)
Tuesdays: Toddler Time (ages 18months-2.5 years)
Wednesdays: Tales for Tykes (ages 2.5-4 years)
Fridays: PreK Story & Craft (ages 4-6 years)
Register at www.ridgewoodlibary.org by clicking ‘Event Schedule and Registration.’ Select appropriate age group session on registration calendar.