WOOD-RIDGE, NJ  - There are plenty of cool things to do at the Wood-Ridge Library in August.  So beat the heat and enjoy the last full month of summer with the following activities.

Yoga Storytime with Miss Danielle

The Wood-Ridge Memorial Library will host free Yoga Storytime classes for toddlers on Wednesday, August 1, at 10:00am and 11:00am.  Join Miss Danielle for stories, stretching and simple yoga poses.  Children ages 2-5 and their caregivers are warmly invited to attend, and may register for one session on each date.  Classes with be held at the Wood-Ridge Civic Center. Registration is required; registration opens three weeks prior to the program. To register, please call the library at (201) 438-2455.

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Kindergarten Story Time with Miss Sharon

The Wood-Ridge Memorial Library will host a Kindergarten Story time and Craft on Thursday, August 16 at 11:00am.  All new Kindergarteners are invited to enjoy some special stories and meet some new friends! Registration is required.  To register, please call the Wood-Ridge Memorial Library at (201) 438-2455.

 

Music with Miss Nita

The Wood-Ridge Memorial Library will host free music-and-movement classes with Miss Nita on Friday, August 3Friday, August 10 and Friday, August 17 at 9:30am and 10:15am.  Come share the joys of making music together! Children ages 5 and under and their caregivers are warmly invited to attend and may register for one session on each date.  Classes will be held at the Wood-Ridge Civic Center.  Registration is required; registration opens three weeks prior to the program.  To register please call the library at (201) 438-2455.

Children’s Summer Program Registration

Libraries Rock! The Wood-Ridge Memorial Library will host a summer reading club for children from birth through age 12. Participants are encouraged to read, or be read to, for 30 minutes per day and will earn prizes for every 5 days of reading.  Please visit the Library to register for the program, pick up a reading log, and get started!  The reading program will run from June 11 – August 31.  For more details, please call the Library at (201) 438-2455 or visit the library's website at WoodRidgeMemorialLibrary.org

Art Kids Academy

The Wood-Ridge Memorial Library will welcome Art Kids Academy, who will present a summer series of free art workshops for kids ages 7-12 during the months of July and August.  In keeping with this year's summer theme of Libraries Rock, all of the art projects are inspired by music.  The final workshop will be held at the Wood-Ridge Senior Center on Monday,  August 6 from 7pm to 8pm.  Registration is required.  To register please call the Wood-Ridge Memorial Library at (201) 438-2455.

 

Family Fun Night – Crabgrass Puppet Theatre

On Friday, August 3 at 7:00pm Crabgrass Puppet Theatre will preform The Pirate, the Princess, and the Pea at the  Wood-Ridge Intermediate School. The performance is a swashbuckling adventure story featuring pirates and princesses. The whole family is sure to love their exciting combination of pirate lore and fairy tales. Registration is required.  To register please call the Wood-Ridge Memorial Library at (201) 438-2455.  This program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Wood-Ridge Memorial Library.

 

Family Fun Night – Tanglewood Marionettes

On Friday, August 10 at 7:00pm Tanglewood Marionettes will preform Sleeping Beauty at the Wood-Ridge Intermediate School. Each scene of the beloved classic is brought to life with beautifully hand-crafted marionettes. Registration is required.  To register please call the Wood-Ridge Memorial Library at (201) 438-2455.  This program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Wood-Ridge Memorial Library

 

An Evening of Comedy with Bill Ervolino

On Wednesday, August 8 at 7:00pm the Friends of the Wood-Ridge Memorial Library will welcome Bill Ervolino, columnist and features writer at The Record, for a comedy night at the Wood-Ridge Senior Center. Tickets are $10 and will be available for advance purchase at the Wood-Ridge Memorial Library. Seating is limited; tickets will not be available at the door.  All proceeds will benefit The Friends of Wood-Ridge Memorial Library.

 

Kanopy Film Streaming Service at Wood-Ridge Memorial Library

Kanopy, a popular, on-demand film streaming service, is now available for free for card holders of the Wood-Ridge Memorial Library.  Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, world cinema, and films for kids. Wood-Ridge Memorial Library card holders receive four play credits per month, with each play allowing 72-hours of unlimited access to the selected film.  To start streaming films, please register by visiting the library's website at https://woodridgememoriallibrary.org/

 

Wood-Ridge Memorial Library Helps with Tracing Family Trees

The Wood-Ridge Memorial Library has two new resources to make tracing family trees easier:  Ancestry® Library Edition and HeritageQuest Online.  Ancestry® Library Edition delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more. The world’s most popular consumer online genealogy resource is now available for in-house use at the Wood-Ridge Memorial Library. Sign up at the Circulation Desk to use a library computer, or bring your own laptop or tablet to access Ancestry® Library Edition via the Library’s Wi-Fi.  HeritageQuest® Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical and historical sources, with coverage dating back to the 1700s. It features the U.S. Federal Censuses from 1790 through 1940, city directories, Revolutionary War records, Freedman’s Bank Records, and more.  HeritageQuest® Online may be accessed either within the library or remotely with a Wood-Ridge Memorial Library card  number through the library's website at https://woodridgememoriallibrary.org/

 

Wood-Ridge Memorial Library Adds LearningExpress Library™

Improving computer skills, preparing for college admissions tests, and passing a career licensing exam just got easier with LearningExpress Library, now available through the Wood-Ridge Memorial Library's website.  This extensive collection of digital resources includes interactive tutorials, practice tests, and more than 200 downloadable eBooks.  Online practice tests are available for the GED, PSAT, SAT, AP, TOEFL iBT, and U.S. citizenship exams.  Patrons can also master computer skills in popular software applications with tutorials from basic to advanced levels.  LearningExpress Library resources are available free of charge to Wood-Ridge Memorial Library card holders  through the library's website at https://woodridgememoriallibrary.org/

 

PAWS To Read

Young readers wanted!   On Monday, August 13 and Monday, August 27 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm, children are invited to the Wood-Ridge Memorial Library to read to Rodney, an award-winning certified therapy dog.  Children ages 5 and older may register for a 15-minute session.  Therapy dogs provide a safe, nurturing experience for emergent readers to practice their literacy skills.  To register, please call the Library at (201) 438-2455.

 

English as a Second Language

The Wood-Ridge Memorial Library hosts English as a Second Language classes for adults at no charge. Classes meet every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday morning at 10:15 am.  No registration is required.  For more information, please call the Library at (201) 438-2455.

 

Museum Passes

The Wood-Ridge Memorial Library is lending free admission passes to 12 NJ and NYC museums. Museums include the American Museum of Natural History, the Aviation Hall of Fame & Museum of New Jersey, the Museum of Modern Art, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, and Grounds for Sculpture.  New for 2018 is the Paley Center for Media, formerly The Museum of Television & Radio.  Each pass offers free admission for multiple guests; some passes offer additional discounts at the museum's gift shop.  Passes may be borrowed by any Wood-Ridge resident, age 18 and older, with a library card in good standing. Passes are loaned for three days and may be reserved online through the Library's website at WoodRidgeMemorialLibrary.org. For more information or to reserve a pass by phone, please call the Library at (201) 438-2455.

 

Thyroid Cancer Support

Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc. will meet on Thursday, August 2, from 6:00 to 8:00pm at the Wood-Ridge Memorial Library.  All are welcome.  No registration required. 

 

Park Avenue Toastmasters

Looking to develop speaking and leadership skills? Ace a job interview? Ignite your career? Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development.  The Park Avenue Toastmasters will meet at the Wood-Ridge Memorial Library on Monday, August 6, Monday, August 20 from 6:30 to 8:15 pm.