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


2018 Award Winners

The 2018 Paccadolmi Awards were given out on Sunday, December 9th during a special holiday gathering of Library supporters and friends. Congratulations to the recipients, and thanks for all they have done for the Library!

Mary Mann Smith

Mary is a valued member of our Library Board alumni having served for six years from 2011–2017. During that time she served on the Development Committee, including as Development Chair in FY 13-14 and FY 16-17.  She also served on the Audit, Personnel, Governance and Gala Committees and founded the Library Store.  After completing two terms on the Board, Mary continues to be a strong Library supporter. She offers her hard work and dedication as a member of the Gala and Library Store Committees and is always ready to answer the call for help or to lend her expertise when needed.  She has left her fingerprint with various projects including magnetic bookmarks for Guardian Society members, the etch-a-sketch Library picture and coffee mugs, LYL magnets, and more.  Mary was instrumental in expanding the Library’s Matching Gift Program, Vehicle Donation Program, highlighting the various options of giving such as gifts of appreciated securities and IRA distributions, and promoting our FCCF Giving Day. Many of you also know that the Library is not the only beneficiary of Mary’s volunteer efforts. Mary also positively impacts our community through her work with Ridgefield A Better Chance and at Founders Hall.

Megan Searfoss

Megan is the owner of the Ridgefield Running Company and Everywear on Main. She is an ironman triathlete and the mother of three daughters. She founded the Run Like a Mother 5K and has over the past 4½ years made an immeasurable difference in the lives of so many of our library patrons through her work supporting the Noreen L. Papa – Mothers: Live Your Life Fund.  This fund honors Noreen Papa, an amazing Ridgefield mom, library advocate, and early supporter of the Run Like a Mother 5K, who died in 2013 from colon cancer.  The Fund, started at the Library in partnership with Noreen’s family and friends, most notably Noreen’s husband John and her dear friend Megan, enables us to greatly expand our health and wellness resources and programming and to bring incredible, inspirational speakers to the community.  Megan works closely with our Programming staff on the planning and execution of these amazing events (such as our Kelly Corrigan and recent Diana Nyad programs) and is always available to help when needed.


Past Years' Recipients:


Lisbeth Kelly

The Homebound Delivery Team:  Andrea Heap, Julia Bruce, Hannah Barber, Michele Brooks, Melissa Brady, Lynn Dinisi, Valerie Cosgrove & Tori Dinkel

Ellen Burns and Darwin Ellis, Books on the Common
Theresa Miller and Julie Yaun

Carroll W. Brewster
Kimberly Sauter

Philip and Christine Lodewick
The Friends of the Ridgefield Library

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

Lori Dowling
Marcia Simha

N.M. Donofrio
Liz Montanari

Peter T. Coffin
Dr. Heidi B. Hammel

Hope H. Swenson
Melissa Brady

Dr. Theodore Safford, Jr.
Nicole & Daniel Gutter

Morton S. Bailey, III
Gretchen Bishop





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