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Five Years from Now: What would be an Amazing Ridgewood Library?

A public forum on Thursday has been set up to address the question on how the Ridgewood library should evolve over the next half-decade.

What do you envision the Ridgewood Public Library looking like in five years?

It's a question library board trustees take seriously, so they've enlisted the help of consultant Alan Gray, who heads the Darien, CT library.

More importantly, the library wants residents to offer their own ideas.

Here are some of the questions – how should the Ridgewood library evolve, and which services do you value most and least?

A public forum has been set up at the library auditorium for Thursday, Oct. 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. It follows a similar forum that was held on Sept. 22.

All Ridgewood residents are encouraged to participate.

Let's get it started – what would you love to see at the library in the very near future? Comment below!

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Jonathan Miller October 18, 2012 at 01:58 AM
How about one that is closed for good! We won't be the county's first, but we should be next.....
James Kleimann October 18, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Certainly not the reply I expected, Jonathan. You'd prefer more regionalized libraries, I take it?
Bob Bastek October 18, 2012 at 11:30 AM
I was shocked by Mr Miller's suggestion to close the library. As a former resident I have to wonder what you now have that makes a library unnecessary: too many educational opportunities, too many entertainment venues, cheap high speed internet? Maybe the area is so affluent that everyone can afford to buy their books from Amazon. We don't have any of those 'problems' here in NC so we're trying to upgrade our library to half of what Ridgewood takes for granted.
roberta sonenfeld October 18, 2012 at 08:21 PM
I was at the Library on Friday evening for the opening of a film in the Reel Voices series - the film was fabulous and the director/producer was there to discuss the film with the audience which was jam packed! I stop into the Library on average a couple of time a week to pick up books that I have reserved. My daughter and husband do as well. There are always people of various ages and backgrounds there when I am. Not long ago I was working on a project for a Bergen County leadership program and I needed some historical background and went and saw the historian who herself is a treasure. When my daughter was younger, we went to many of the reading courses and met many other families that were using these programs. The notion that we should close a Library that is a cornerstone of our open, free society and the means by which folks who cannot purchase all of their books (or their e-books) can go to improve their literacy, learn about topics that interest them and also to have fun and be part of a larger community is simply wrong.

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