Library Board of Directors

The Ridgefield Library is operated by the Ridgefield Library Association, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors dedicated to ensuring excellent library service to the community. The Board’s major responsibilities are to set policies and directions for the Library; manage its financial and intellectual health; and provide oversight to the administration of the Library.

Board Nominations Sought

The Ridgefield Library Association is seeking applications from local residents for membership on its Board of Directors. Self-nominations are encouraged. Three-year terms begin on July 1. The Board makes it a priority to have broad and balanced representation of ages, gender, skill sets and experience in the community. Particular skills in demand for new members include finance, development, and marketing.

Completed applications must be received by March 31, 2017 for consideration. For more information on the roles and responsibilities of Board members, and to apply, please contact Library Director Brenda McKinley at

Contact: Dean Miller, Board Chair, 203-947-6820,

From the Board Chair

The Ridgefield Library is a cultural and social destination of choice located right in the center of our town.  We have a beautiful new building completed in May 2014, a wonderful staff that is always willing to help patrons, and a great collection spanning many genres and formats.  In addition, we offer an amazing variety of entertaining and educational programs for all ages, including literature, arts, music, movies, business and technology. 

We also have a dedicated volunteer Board of Directors comprised of 15 community members, with a wide variety of skillsets and experiences, along with a passion and commitment to maintain and grow our Library. The Board has a number of priorities for fiscal 2016-2017.  Now that we have hired Brenda McKinley as our new Director effective January 1, our next major priority will be to update our 3-year strategic plan.  We plan to start in early 2017, and will be reaching out to the community, our patrons and our major supporters for input.  The board's other key initiatives include continuing to strengthen our financial base through increasing the percentage of households in town who contribute to the Library, identifying new potential sources of revenue, and revising our website.

Although we receive around 70% of our funding from the Town of Ridgefield, we still need to raise another $550,000 each year through donations and other revenue to continue to be able to offer a wide range of quality programs and services to our patrons.  We would not be able to operate without the generosity of our donors, who are our partners in ensuring that the town of Ridgefield has a library of which we can be proud.  Thank you again for your support. 

Your comments and questions are always welcomed. Please feel free to contact me as Board chair ( or our Library Director Brenda McKinley ( at any time.


Dean Miller, Board Chair


Ridgefield Library Board of Directors



Not pictured: Michele Booth, Magda Fincham & Tom Gerhard

Dean Miller , Chair
Robert G. Whitton, Vice Chair
Gary Rapp, Treasurer
Amanda Bergen, Secretary

Michele Booth
Matthew J. Byrnes
Stephen P. DeMatteo
Magda Fincham
Robert P. Freeman, Jr.

Friends representatives: Rhonda Hill and Julie Yaun

Carroll W. Brewster, Emeritus
Peter T. Coffin. Emeritus
Barbara Dobbin, Emerita
Sally A. Savoia, Emerita

Tom Gerhard
Alison M. Greeley
William B. Harford, Jr.
Tizzie Mantione
Mary Mann Smith
David Yaun



The Library Board meets
on the 4th Monday of most months at 7:30 PM in the
Library's Dayton Program Room.

Board Meeting Schedule

Approved Board Minutes:


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Library Board meetings are open to the public; anyone requiring special accommodation due to disability is asked to contact the Library Director at 203-438-2282.

PDF Town-Library operating agreement

Strategic Plan, 2013-2016

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