Programs for Booklovers

The Ridgefield Library has a wide range of fun and informative programs for booklovers. Whatever the genre you enjoy, the Library has a something for you.

Contact: Lesley Lambton, Adult Programs, 203-438-2282 x11013

Critics' Circle

AM Book Group


Special Book Discussion Series

Books Building Bridges

Each fall the Ridgefield Library and Ridgefield High School choose one book from the curriculum for an intergenerational exploration, including book chats, lectures and other activities. The fall 2016 selection will be One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey. 

Dr. Mark Schenker will present a lecture on Thursday, October 27 at 7 PM at the Library.  Click here to listen to the lecture.

Adult readers are invited to join students from Ridgefield High School for one of the following discussions facilitated by high school students: Tuesday, November 1 at 6:30 PM at Ridgefield High School Learning Commons (register) or Wednesday, November 2 at 6:30 PM (register) at Ridgefield Library. 

Copies of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest are available for loan from the Library's Circulation Desk. This program is made possible thanks to the Friends of the Ridgefield Library.

In November 2015 J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye was the book chosen by the students. Click here to listen to the lecture Is There a Catch in the Catcher in the Rye by Dr. Mark Schenker of Yale College.

Scholarly Book Discussions

The Ridgefield Library regularly presents scholarly book discussion series. Over the past few years these have included Celebrating Shakespeare, The Big Read: The Great Gatsby, Dipping Into Proust, What the Dickens!, The Big Read: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck and Enjoying Joyce. Click on the links to find resources related to these topics and to listen to lectures. 

The Library also presents many other programs that will appeal to lovers of literature.  One recent offering was a lecture by Dr. Mark Schenker called Give it A Rest: A Brief Survey of the Literary Portrayal of Sloth, which he presented at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in August 2015. 
Click here to listen to the lecture.


Monthly Book Discussion Groups

The Nonfictioneers meet on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 PM in the Dayton Program Room to discuss contemporary and classic nonfiction titles.

Murder by the Book, the Library’s mystery discussion group, meets on the first Thursday of the month (except December) at 10:30 AM. The group is led by Assistant Library Director Mary Rindfleisch and meets in the Randolph Room on the Upper Level..

The Critics’ Circle focuses mainly on fiction and meets on the third Tuesday of the month (except December) at 7 PM in the Dayton Program Room. Adult Services Librarian Dorothy Pawlowski facilitates the discussions.

The Poetry Discussion Group meets monthly on the third Friday of the month (except July and August) at 1 PM in the Dayton Program Room. Discussions are led by Dr. Alan Holder, a poet and retired English professor. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

The A.M.  Book Group gets together on the fourth Wednesday of every month (except December) at 10 AM. The group is led by Assistant Library Director Mary Rindfleisch and meets in the Randolph Room on the Upper Level.

The Library also organizes book discussions for members of Founders Hall and Ridgefield Crossings.

New readers are always welcome to Library’s book groups. Copies of the books may be purchased at Books on the Common at a 15% discount, or inquire about in-house and Inter-Library Loan availability by calling Karen Kazzi at 203-438-2282 x11011.

Books and Breakfast

A monthly informal gathering where Library staff and fellow booklovers share reading recommendations and information about favorite books over coffee and refreshments. Click here to see upcoming Books and Breakfast meetings.

Author Talks and Book Signings

Authors give an inside look at their work through lectures and discussions. Some of these programs are co-sponsored by Ridgefield’s independent bookstore, Books on the Common.

Find out about other upcoming literature-related programs by clicking here.