Friends of the Ridgefield Library

The Friends of the Ridgefield Library (FORL) is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to supporting the activities and mission of the Ridgefield Library.

Contact: Julie Yaun, President or

Friends logoFriends Mission Statement

The purpose of this organization is to:

♦ Provide support for the Ridgefield Library
♦ Promote the Library to the public

Friends' News

From June 2018:
We are thrilled to announce that Cris Nichols, Book Sale Coordninator for the Friends of the Ridgefield Library has been awarded the Friends of Connecticut Libraries (FOCL) Individual Achievement Award, which was given out at the FOCL annual award ceremony on June 9, 2018.

Cris has been in charge of book sales for 5 years, organizing two book sales each year and earning more than $200,000 for support of the Ridgefield Library. Cris continually evaluates and makes improvements with each sale, including separating each sale into two weekends so there is now a separate Children's Book Sale for families to come and focus on finding the books they will enjoy. She also began doing pop-up sales at other times of year in conjunction with town-wide festivals and events. Cris is incredibly organized and innovative. We are all so lucky to have her in charge of book sales.

Congratulations Cris, and thank you!

From June 2017:
We are pleased to announce that Kirby Klump and Ginny Canfield of the Ridgefield Library's Friends' Internet Sales Fulfillment Department have been awarded the Friends of Connecticut Libraries (FOCL) Individual Achievement Award, which was given out at FOCL's annual awards ceremony on June 10, 2017.

Kirby and Ginny have fulfilled internet sales orders for the Friends of the Ridgefield Library five to six days a week since 2014. That averages out to 286 days a year! Multiply that by the three years they've been working for the FORL and it comes to 858 days! When you tack on the 71 days in Jan., Feb., and March of 2017, you have a grand total of 929 days on which they have been plugging away packing and shipping books!

How do they do it? Their first step is to locate each of the books that have been purchased on Amazon through the Friends of the Ridgefield Library's listings. Then they package the books and take them to the post office to mail them to customers (always within Amazon's 2-day limit, which has kept our Amazon rating in the high 90s!). Some days there are as many as 30 books to be shipped! In the three years and three months they've been handling fulfillment,the FORL netted over $156,000 through Internet sales--proceeds that are used to fund programs and services at the Ridgefield Library. Kirby and Ginny packaged and shipped every one of those 12,521 items!

We cannot think of anyone who deserves recognition more than Kirby and Ginny!

Book Sales

The sale of donated used books is the principal fundraising activity of the Friends. Spring and fall sales are supplemented by occasional specialty sales and Internet sales. More information about book sales.

Upcoming Friends-Sponsored Events

The Friends sponsor many popular Library programs for all ages, including the Ridgefield Folk concerts, monthly poetry discussions, Reading Is a Family Affair and, of course, Summer Reading.

Click here for a list of upcoming Friends-sponsored programs.

Click here for a list of many programs, materials and special services made possible by Friends' donations to the Library over the years.

Be a Friends Volunteer

Volunteers are always needed to process book donations as they come in; to research and sell books online; serve on various committees; and work at semi-annual book sales. Volunteering opportunities range from a couple of hours once a year to an ongoing weekly or monthly commitment. Contact Cris Nichols, Book Sale Chair, at for more information.

Internet Book Sales Volunteers Needed
Have an hour or so free every week? Spend a lot of time online? Join the Friends' Internet Book Sales team. Sort incoming donations, research history and pricing, create online listings, process completed sales. Contact Ginny Canfield at for more information.

Benefits of Friends membership

Advance notice of book sales
Friends' newsletter several times per year
" Members Only" admission to book sale previews and other events
Pride in knowing you are preserving and improving library service in our community

Membership Dues
Membership dues are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law and are eligible for many corporate matching fund programs.

To join the Friends, complete a membership form and drop it with your check at the Circulation Desk at the Library or mail to 472 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877, ATTN Friends membership.

Senior Friend -- $15
Individual Friend -- $20
Family Friends -- $35
Good Friend -- $50
Best Friend -- $100+

Membership dues paid to the Friends are distinct from contributions to the Library’s Annual Appeal. Friends’ dues provide the seed money for book sales and other Friends’ activities, the proceeds of which are used to support specific Library services and programs. Appeal donations made directly to the Library support the Library's annual operating budget.

Friends of the Ridgefield Library Board

Julie Yaun - President
Carrie Ogden- Treasurer
Betsy Fitzpatrick - Secretary

Ginny Canfield
Ellen Darvick
Jo Fainer
Rhonda Hill
Barb Jennes
Kirby Klump
Sandy Koppen
Linda Massie
Cris Nichols
Cam Percival
Marie Pinchbeck
John Somma

The Friends Board meets on the first Monday of most months at 1:30 PM at the Library.  Board meetings are open to any member of the Friends.