Friends Gifts to the Library

Donations from the Friends help fund library activities for all ages - from reading programs and folk concerts to author visits and museum passes. Their continued support also provides materials, equipment and books that would not otherwise be funded. Even a quick look at the list below reveals how vital the Friends have been to so many aspects of the Library.

Contact: Julie Yaun, President, 203-743-2979 friends@ridgefieldlibrary.org

A History of Generosity

The Friends' fundraising efforts began in 1975 with a Tupperware party, and over the years various other fundraising events have included book and author luncheons, antiquarian book fairs, harpsichord recitals, museum bus trips, a tag sale, a celebrity auction, and numerous book sales.  In 1983, the Friends conducted a major telephone campaign to muster support for the Town of Ridgefield-Library agreement, which was unanimous and led to the building addition of 1984.

The Friends have also sponsored many programs for patrons of the Library. A photography exhibit "Ridgefield As We See It" and "Lunch with an Author" were among the most popular. For many years, the Friends bought and maintained the circulating art collection, now decommissioned. The Friends donate used books to Good Will, prisons, church fairs, Covenant House and other worthy institutions.

Since its incorporation in 1975, the Friends of the Ridgefield Library have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of materials and equipment.

The Friends were among the first contributors to a Capital Campaign for a proposed library expansion, with their generous gift of $150,000 made in 2008. Their total contributions to the Campaign for the New Ridgefield Library topped $300,000, and the Friends of the Library Reading Room in the historic Morris Memorial wing of the building recognizes their participation.


Friends Gifts to the Library

Ongoing Programs
Annual Summer Reading Program for children, teens and adults
Reading Is a Family Affair parent and child discussion series
Monthly Poetry Discussion Group
Ridgefield Folk concert series
Writing & photography workshops
Tech Topics technology instruction workshops on 3D design and printing, coding, social media, productivity software and more
Camp Snooze 4th grade sleepovers
Halloween Walk book giveaways

Special Programs and Events
All about Jane: Celebrating 200 Years of Jane Austen 2017
Books Building Bridges intergenerational reading program with Ridgefield High School 2016: One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest
Curiouser and Curiouser: 150 Years of Alice in Wonderland 2015
Books Building Bridges intergenerational reading program with Ridgefield High School 2015: The Catcher in the Rye
Ridgefield Comic Con 2015
Dr. Seuss Birthday Party 2015
Hour of Code activities 2014-2015
The Big Read 2014: The Great Gatsby
Dipping into Proust 2012
Creativity Conference 2012
What the Dickens?!
2011
The Big Read
2010: The Grapes of Wrath
Fall for the Library family library card sign-up event 2010
Enjoying Joyce 2010, including Bloomsday Celebration
Murder @ the Library murder mystery evening 2009
International Year of Astronomy 2009 author visits
Fall for the Library family library card sign-up event 2008
Ridgefield Writes author festival 2008
Seriously Shakespeare scholarly discussion series 2006-2007
March to Victory Revolutionary War commemoration 2006
Beowulf & Grendel scholarly discussion series 2005
April Is Poetry Month programs 2005
Bard to Reel Shakespeare book and film discussion series 2005

Technology & Creativity
3D printer and supplies
Motion capture cameras
iPads for reference and program use
Portable audio recording studio equipment
Library Document Station public scanner and fax machine
Laminating machine
Diecut machine

Special Services
Pronunciator Language Learning System
Homebound Delivery Service

Books for Babes
Museum Passes
E-book readers to try out

Library Materials
Downloadable content for e-readers
Book Club Corner selections
Great Courses audiobooks
Playaways
Introductory collection of audiobooks on CD
20 volume Oxford English Dictionary
Reader's Corner reader's advisory books and periodicals
Books-on-tape, CDs, videos and plenty of books over the years

Children's Services Furnishings & Equipment
Self-check circulation station
Red tables and upholstered chairs
Puppet theater
Button maker
Our very first "games computers"

Dayton Program Room Furnishings & Equipment
Wireless microphone system
Kitchen equipment
Clock
Steel hangers for art exhibits
Coat rack
Moving, re-conditioning, and regular tuning of piano which had been bequeathed by a Friend

Other Library Furnishings & Equipment
Furnishings for the Friends Reading Room in the new library
Outside benches at the Library entrance
Leather chairs in the Storytime Sculpture Room
Large format color printer
Color scanner for public use
Presentation easels on wheels
Portable projection screen
Public access & staff typewriters
Book and video display racks
Computer, software and printer for program coordinator
VCR and various equipment and supplies
Bicycle rack
Two Minolta microfilm reader printers
Microfiche cabinet
Numerous work stations and chairs
Label maker
Furniture and supplies for staff lounge
Coat rack
Refurbishment of staff lounge (cabinets, paint, flooring, clock, mirror)

Promotion
READ display ad campaign in the Ridgefield Press
Printing of library brochure
Printing and mailing of townwide newsletter

Staff Development
Travel expenses for Teen Services Librarian Geri Diorio's participation in the American Library Association's prestigious, invitation-only Emerging Leaders initiative
Connecticut Library Association membership dues and registration fees for professional staff
Travel expenses for Library Director participation in Public Library Association conferences
Staff appreciation and hospitality

CVSBH Reading for the Blind Program
New furniture and refurbishment of recording studio including paint and carpet