For years, libraries have been about much more than books, and the Ridgefield Library is no exception. We offer extensive holdings of popular and educational material in audio, video and digital formats and are always on the look-out for the next emerging format, from eBooks to downloadable audio.
As of 3/6/13, our popular Overdrive subscription service for borrowing downloadable audiobooks and eBooks has just introduced a completely new platform. While the purpose is to provide an enhanced and more user-friendly interface, it is very different from what we are all used to. We will be happy to help you find your way around the new configuration.
Contact: Dorothy Pawlowski, Adult Services, 203-438-2282 x1003 firstname.lastname@example.org
TIP: Always check our catalog or submit your request for an item locally first, as Bibliomation and iCONN catalogs may not reflect real-time holdings, availability or borrowing restrictions. Please be aware that many libraries will not send audiovisual materials via Inter-Library Loan.
To help you choose appropriate viewing for your family, a rating is indicated on the spine of each film. Please note that “N/R” means simply “Not Rated,” indicating that is has not been reviewed by MPAA or other organization. It does not imply that content is appropriate for all ages.
Ask about our full list of new DVD additions.
|Documentaries and instructional films
Adult and general interest titles on history, travel, fitness, cooking, etc. are shelved with corresponding books in the Non-Fiction section.
Audiobooks for Adult Listeners
Choose from close to 3,000 audiobooks on CD, including bestsellers, classics, biography, non-fiction, dramatic performances, self-help and more. Also available are a selection of popular audio titles on MP3-CD.
Audiobooks for Children and Teens
Include over 1,000 favorite fiction and non-fiction titles. Also available are a selection of kits that pair printed books paired with an audio version of the material. Great for beginning readers.
Ask about our list of new adult audiobook additions.
Portable, lightweight battery-operated audio players that each come pre-loaded with a complete audiobook title. Use your own headphones (also available for purchase), or use your own adaptor to play through your car or home audio system. A selection of adult fiction and non-fiction titles is available. Thanks to the Friends of the Library for their support of this collection.
Downloadable Audiobooks from OverDrive
OverDrive allows you to select and download audiobook titles to play directly on your computer, play on an Mp3 player or burn to a CD. This collection is available any time of day from anywhere in the world. Click here for a guided tour of this wonderful resource.
Comprehensive lecture courses by the nation's most dynamic and highly respected college professors, captured on audiocassette, audio CD and DVD. Selections in many disciplines from The Teaching Company and The Modern Scholar. All media formats shelved together in their own section. Thanks to the Friends of the Library for their support of this collection.
FOR KIDS: Ask about language learning materials specially designed for children, including Muzzy® and Little Pim™ instructional programs. Also available: Little Pim online language learning program for ages 0-6. Just have your library card handy to log in on the Mango Languages sign-in page.
FOR TEENS AND ADULTS: A multi-media collection of language learning materials including textbooks, dictionaries, DVDs/videos, computer software and audio programs on cassette and CD, shelved together in their own section.
Try our web-based language learning programs from Mango Languages, made possible by the Friends of the Library. All you need to get started learning one of more than 20 languages is your Ridgefield Library card.
Over 2,100 CDs ranging from opera to rock and roll, arranged by musical style. Located near the Information Desk, where help is always available to find a particular selection or performer.
Ask about our list of new recorded music additions.
eBooks for Download to Selected Readers and Smart Phones
Click here to learn more about this service available from OverDrive.
The eBook universe is evolving constantly. Check out these articles about the current status of eBook availability in libraries.
David Lee King: Social web | emerging trends | libraries blog
Libraries are having trouble getting eBooks from the largest publishing companies. These publishers are adding restrictions and price increases, or simply not selling eBooks to libraries at all. Find out more and sign an e-petition to let publishers know how you feel.
What Is the Role of Libraries in the Age of E-Books and Digital Information?
Jenny Shank on PBS's MediaShift website, May 1, 2012
The Future of Libraries in the E-Book Age
National Public Radio, April 4, 2011
E-books for the very young, accessible at the Library or from home. Enjoy the illustrations onscreen as you listen to favorite picture books read aloud.
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