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Carla and Richard Fels

Carla and Richard Fels met as undergraduates at Franklin & Marshall College in an economics class. And while they thrived in the analytics and science of production, distribution, supply and demand, it’s clear that their passion for all facets of life have informed their family’s path and traditions.


John johansen

John Johansen understands the relationship of risk to reward.  An entrepreneur and community volunteer who has been investing time and resources in new ventures big and small since his youth, John brings this business acumen to his commitment to the Ridgewood Public Library including, most recently, as President of the Board of Trustees.


John saraceno

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself.  Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”


When author Malcolm Gladwell borrowed Pygmalion playwright George Bernard Shaw’s famous words for his own treatise on the often unseen undercurrents of power struggles, David and Goliath, he wasn’t necessarily referring to John Saraceno, Jr., a longtime Gladwell fan and Ridgewood Public Library volunteer and supporter.


melanie stern

“As long as there is a good book next to me, I don’t feel lonely,” Ridgewood Public Library Foundation (RPLF) Past President Melanie Stern says with her trademark smile that holds an air of the mystery one of her favorite characters might possess.  And while she is an open book when sharing her passion for the Library, Melanie’s own interesting backstory is largely untold. 


Undoubtedly, the memoirs of this journalist turned oil broker turned entrepreneur—not to mention working mother, volunteer, and philanthropist extraordinaire—would be a page-turner.

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