Phyllis Paccadolmi Awards

Phyllis Paccadolmi (192?-2006) devoted over 50 years of her long life to the Ridgefield Library, joining its small staff straight out of high school in 1946 and retiring in 1999 after having served in every capacity from page to director. For generations of Ridgefielders, “Miss P” personified the Ridgefield Library and is remembered fondly for her warmth, helpfulness and encyclopedic knowledge of the town and its people. This award honors those whose commitment to the Library exemplifies her spirit and dedication.

Contact: Brenda J. McKinley, Library Director, 203-438-6960


2016 Award Winners

The 2016 Paccadolmi Awards were given out on Sunday, December 4th during a special holiday gathering of Library supporters and friends. Congratulations to the recipients, and thanks for all they have done for the Library!

Ellen Burns and Darwin Ellis, owners of Books on the Common
Stanley Tucci, Mark Slouka, Man Booker Prize winner Anne Enright – these are just a few of the acclaimed authors that Ellen and Darwin have brought to the Library as part of an ongoing partnership in service to Ridgefield readers.  They stalwartly support our many author talks with book sales, promotion, and a true love of contemporary books and authors.  This fall, they were essential players in our first Love Your Library author showcases, which involved some 37 very diverse writers, all in one day!  They have donated an untold number of gift certificates and Grand Prize Shopping Sprees for our Summer Reading Programs for all ages and have been active participants in several Big Reads and other community-wide reading initiatives.  Since 2005 they have hosted Library Days at Books on the Common during Thanksgiving weekend, engaging local shoppers and library users in a campaign to earn donations from the store for the Ridgefield Library.  And the Library is not the only beneficiary of their support, as both Ellen and Darwin give generously of their time and effort to many other organizations and activities in town.  Ridgefield, and the Ridgefield Library, are fortunate to have Ellen Burns, Darwin Ellis and Books on the Common in our midst!

Theresa Miller and Julie Yaun
When the staff see Theresa and Julie descend on the Library with their clipboards and tape measures, they know that our annual Great Expectations gala is on the horizon! For the 3 years since our initial foray into the world of major event fundraising, these two determined and energetic women have been the backbone of this effort, gracefully yet firmly organizing a multitude of logistics, from table lay-out to valet parking.  Truly modest, they are quick to give credit to other committee members and volunteers, but they are the glue that holds it all together.  It would not be a stretch to say that without Theresa and Julie, these events would not be as entertaining, smooth running and financially successful as they have been.  We are truly grateful that they have agreed to rise to the challenge once again in 2017 – watch for your invitation in the spring and don’t miss the chance to enjoy their fabulous work!

Past Years' Recipients:

Carroll W. Brewster and Kimberly Sauter

Philip and Christine Lodewick and The Friends of the Ridgefield Library

Barbara Dobbin and Patricia Tenney and The McGerald Family (Evan, Katherine, Kasey, Ethan & Riley)

Lori Dowling and Marcia Simha

N.M. Donofrio and Liz Montanari

Peter T. Coffin and Dr. Heidi B. Hammel

Hope H. Swenson and Melissa Brady

Dr. Theodore Safford, Jr. and Nicole & Daniel Gutter

Morton S. Bailey, III and Gretchen Bishop





Nicole and Daniel Gutter, recipients of the 2008 Paccadolmi Award for volunteerism