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: Rhonda Hill, President, 203-438-3200 friends@ridgefieldlibrary.org

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

September 2013 Friends newsletter.

Read former FORL President Ann Jepson's poem "Elegy on the Obsolescence of Libraries."


Book Sales

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

Upcoming Sale Dates

May 2-5, 2014

Collection of books for sale will continue during the construction period.  Donations will be accepted through April 17th at the Library's temporary location at 21 Governor Street during Library open hours only, please. Acceptance will resume at 472 Main Street on May 12th.


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.


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 Volunteer Communications Chair Ginny Canfield at vcanfield@comcast.net or 203-438-9890  or Cris Nichols, Book Sale Chair at crispete2@aol.com 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 Joel Pondelik at pondelik@juno.com 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 21 Governor Street or mail to 472 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877, ATTN Friends membership.

Senior Friend -- $10
Individual Friend -- $15
Family Friends -- $25
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

Rhonda Hill- President
Sandy Koppen- Vice President
Sondra Bearden- Treasurer
Louise Klump - Secretary

Ginny Canfield
Georgia Carrington
Ellen Darvick
Jo Fainer
Laura Fry
Elise Haas
Ann Jepson
Brenda Kane
Linda Massie
Cris Nichols
Cam Percival
Joel Pondelik
Nancy Ratan

The Friends Board meets on the first Monday of most months at 1:00 PM at 21 Governor Street.  Board meetings are open to any member of the Friends.