After two postponements due to the COVID pandemic, the Ridgefield Library’s 2021 Great Expectations Gala will take place virtually on Saturday, May 22, 2021 and will honor Eileen and Jay Walker with the Hope H. Swenson Visionary Award. This year’s Gala will be an extraordinary virtual Roaring 20s event including a fun and engaging virtual pre-party, three-course elegant dinner by Sarah Bouissou, a wine selection by Ancona’s Wines and Liquors, a package of Roaring 20s themed table décor, Roaring 20s musical performances by the Ridgefield High School Jazz Combo and the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, an exclusive personal virtual tour of the Walker Library of the History of Human Imagination by Jay Walker, and more. The Ridgefield Library plans to present a Roaring 20s jewelry and headpiece making virtual program in the weeks leading up to the Gala.
The Walkers have been chosen as recipients of the seventh annual Swenson Visionary Award for their work and philanthropy benefiting Ridgefield and the larger national and global communities. The Walkers’ contributions to the many communities they enrich personify the spirit of the Library’s vision to be the model for a vibrant and vital 21st century community library and its mission to meet the evolving needs of our Ridgefield community as the essential partner and place for people to go to discover, question, learn and connect.
The Ridgefield Library is delighted to honor the Walkers at the 2021 Great Expectations Virtual Gala and present them with the Swenson Award in May.
The Great Expectations Gala is the Ridgefield Library’s biggest fundraiser of the year and helps support operations of the Library year-to-year. The Ridgefield Library is a 501(c) 3 and must raise 30 percent of its operating budget privately each year. For additional information and sponsorship and ticket opportunities, contact Laureen Bubniak, Director of Development at 203-438-2282 Ext. 11029 or [email protected]
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April 19th @ 6PM: Ridgefield Action Committee for the Environment (RACE) and Ridgefield Library present the first in a series of six weekly Zoom sessions on Making Smart Energy Choices. The presenters are Ridgefielders with experience in these topics. RACE serves in an advisory capacity to Ridgefield’s Board of Selectmen. RACE’s mission is to raise awareness, educate and bring about actions that can be taken to become smarter about energy use, be good stewards to our natural resources and reduce waste.
Rudy Marconi, First Selectman of the Town of Ridgefield, will introduce the series on April 19. He will highlight what the Town has done, is doing, and plans to do, to help reduce energy use.
- April 19 – Modelling solutions to Climate Change – find out what works and what doesn’t with Roberta Barbieri – Are you interested in a deeper understanding of the solutions to climate change? Do you wonder how much impact solutions such as planting trees or energy efficient buildings can really have on climate change? To find out, join us for a facilitated workshop introducing EN-ROADS, the Climate Solutions simulator developed by MIT Sloan and ClimateInteractive.org.Roberta Barbieri is a Ridgefield resident and Vice President of Global Sustainability for PepsiCo. Roberta is an environmental scientist and engineer with over 25 years of experience in corporate environmental sustainability.
Other programs in the series:
- April 26 – Installing a Solar System on Your Home with Dwayne Escola
- May 3 – How to Get a Free Energy Audit with Gavin Watson
- May 10 – Replacing Your Oil Furnace and HVAC with Geothermal with Beth Ingram
- May 17 – Replacing Your Oil Furnace with an Air Source Heat Pump with Gavin Watson
- May 24 – Electric Vehicle Charging for the Curious with Vincent Giordano
By registering for one of the upcoming sessions you will be able to attend any or all of the programs in the series. You will receive the Zoom link in your confirmation and reminder emails.
April 20th @ 11AM: The League of Women Voters of Ridgefield and the Ridgefield Library will host the League’s 12th Get To Know Your Town Meeting.
Get To Know Your Town Meetings are a series of educational programs for Ridgefielders to learn about their community and the “inner workings” of the Town, its government, boards, commissions, and councils as well as other Town organizations and entities that provide important services to all of its residents. Join Ridgefield Library Director Brenda McKinley and Ridgefield Library Assistant Director Andy Forsyth to learn more about the Library’s mission and the myriad services and opportunities that are offered to residents of all ages as the Library continues to be “an essential partner and the place where people go to discover, question, learn, and connect”. There will be a brief question and answer period after the presentation.
Please register to receive the Zoom link.
Learn more about the science behind the COVID-19 vaccine, the vaccine rollout operation, and how to get an appointment in CT. View the February 26 program presented by the Library and RVNA Health.
April is National Poetry Month and Ridgefield Library is celebrating this year by inviting the public to write a poem on a strip of paper and hang it from the oak tree on the front lawn of the library. The poems can be handwritten or printed out. There will be a box with tags and pens placed at the base of the tree for the public to use. This “poetree” will fill with poems over the month of April until the end of the month when they are removed.
Everyone is invited to contribute. The poem can be an original creation, lyrics from a song or verses from a published poem. Think of any words that move you, that strike an emotional chord. Perhaps the favorite song of a loved one or a line from a poem that you enjoy. Come browse the Library’s poetry section for more ideas!