Cresskill Public Library

Cresskill Public Library (NJ) is very interested in the memories of our old time Cresskill residents and families. We are subsequently embarking on a local World War II oral history project that will include Remember When parties and American Legion nights, and will work closely with Cresskill Historical Committee members.

The Cresskill Public Library is committed to providing services and resources to meet the informational, educational, cultural, artistic and recreational needs and interests of its residents. The library encourages people to utilize its resources and connect intellectually and socially with other members of the community. The library strives to provide services that are accessible, convenient and responsive to community needs. The library will seek to create and build upon mutually beneficial relationships with the Borough of Cresskill, its schools, community groups and organizations to enrich the lives of our residents.

As a member of the Bergen County Cooperative Library System (BCCLS), our library also adheres to the directives of that group’s mission statement:

  • BCCLS is a consortium of public libraries that delivers quality library service to the general public through sharing of books and other materials, purchasing, maintaining and sharing a computer system and providing common access to electronic resources.
  • BCCLS initiates, nurtures, and manages cooperative public library services of which reciprocal borrowing is the cornerstone. These actions provide its users the widest possible access to all types of materials and information and facilitates the use of global technology in public libraries.
  • BCCLS advocates the provision of professional reference and information services to the patrons of BCCLS libraries.
  • BCCLS supports coalition and consensus building as key steps in addressing and respecting library needs at the local, county, state and national levels for both adequate funding and appropriate legislation.
  • BCCLS affirms that libraries are forums for information and ideas and endorses the American Library Association Library Bill of Rights.

Interested in participating in this World War II oral history project? Contact Cresskill Public Library Director Rita Browning (browning@cresskill.bccls.org) and Emerging Technology Librarian Intern Kim Livingston (kimberly.livingston@cresskill.bccls.org) for further information.

Rita Browning is a resident of Ridgewood, New Jersey, and has been working at the Cresskill Library for 16 years: 8 years as an Adult Services Librarian and 8 years as the Director. In her years as a Librarian, Rita has always been interested in and in charge of local history and archival materials. She has an undergraduate degree in English and a Master of Library Science degree from the University of Southern California.