The Library is again hosting AARP Foundation Tax-Aide on Thursday mornings from 8am – 1pm through April. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide provides in-person and virtual tax assistance to anyone, free of charge, with a focus on taxpayers who are over 50 and have low to moderate income. Tax-Aide volunteers are trained and IRS-certified every year to make sure they know about and understand the latest changes and additions to the tax code. Jon Elkow leads the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program for Ridgefield. Contact Jon directly at (203) 438-4288 to book your appointment to have your 2022 tax returns prepared. Appointments are limited and fill up fast!
April 8th @ 9:00am to 5:00pm: The Friends of the Ridgefield Library invite you to stop by the Friends Sorting Room on the Lower Level of the Library for their monthly Secret Stacks Book Sale, held on the second Saturday of the month.
- Sorting Room open from 9:00am to 5:00pm
- Items for all ages and interests – fiction, mysteries, trade paperbacks, children’s books and more
- Cash or charge accepted (charges over $10)
The Friends of the Ridgefield Library accept book donations! Leave your donated books on the cart(s) outside the Friends Sorting Room on the lower level of the Library during regular open hours. (Please do not leave donations in the Library Lobby or anywhere outside the building.)
Save the Date for the Friends Big Book Sales in May!
Children’s Sale: May 5th – 7th
General Sale: May 12th – 15th
Saturday, May 20th @ 6:00pm: Ridgefield is fortunate to be home to inspiring leaders who give tirelessly to make our community a better place to live. Each year, the Ridgefield Library honors such individuals with The Hope H. Swenson Visionary Award. We are pleased to announce the 2023 recipients of the Swenson Award are Suni and Woody Harford, in recognition of their many years of support for the Ridgefield Library and their meaningful contributions to other organizations in Ridgefield, regionally and beyond. Please save the date to join us at the Library for cocktails and dinner on the evening of Saturday, May 20th as we recognize Suni and Woody at our annual Great Expectations Gala.
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February 4th: Help us celebrate the 12th annual Take Your Child to the Library Day! On the first Saturday in February, thousands of libraries across the world celebrate Take Your Child to the Library Day by offering free, fun, fabulous activities for families. The Ridgefield Library is an ideal place for children to play, discover, make friends and have fun. And Take Your Child to the Library Day is the perfect time to discover something new:
9:00am – 5:00pm — Indoor Story Walk.
9:00am – 5:00pm — Library Scavenger Hunt.
10:30am -11:00am — Wild Things Storytime with Ms. Kathleen.
Take Your Child to the Library Day activities are open to families with children of all ages. No registration is required.
January 25th @ 6:00pm: Ridgefield Schools, the Ridgefield Library and SPHERE are proud to present Andrew Komarow (pictured right) of Planning Across the Spectrum and Steven Rubin (pictured left) of Drazen Rubin Law, who will cover the following topics in this online presentation:
- Government Benefits
- Spectrum of Decision Making (Guardianship, conservatorship etc.)
- And more!
Please register here to receive the Zoom link for this online program.
January 23rd @ 1:00pm: This educational learning session is brought to you in collaboration with the Town of Ridgefield Commission on Aging as part of its 2023 Speaker Series.
Everyone needs an estate plan. It protects you and your assets during your life and after. Will you be prepared when life takes a turn? Who will pay your bills if you can’t? How will your estate be divided amongst your heirs? Connecticut estate planning, probate and elder law expert, Attorney Lynda Lee Arnold, will explain estate planning basics and the documents every adult should have. You will learn answers to questions like:
· What is the difference between a will and a trust? Why won’t a will be sufficient by itself?
· Do you need a power of attorney and what should it say?
· What are health care directives?
You will walk away knowing what you need to do to build an estate plan that will protect you and your assets. If you already have an estate plan in place, you will learn about important updates that you may be advantaged to make.
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Educational Learning Session and Q & A
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Refreshments and networking
Please register here for this hybrid event that you may join in person or remotely via Zoom. (The Zoom link will be provided when you register and also in a reminder email.)
January 12th @ 6:00pm: Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that impacts children’s ability to read, write, and spell. Decades of research studies related to dyslexia have been conducted – however, there are still common misunderstandings about its identification and the types of instruction that are most effective. The presenter will define and explain dyslexia and how it may co-occur with other learning difficulties, including ADHD, executive function difficulties and dysgraphia.
Dr. Margie B. Gillis, Ed.D., CALT, is the founder and president of Literacy How, Inc. , a non-profit organization that provides professional learning opportunities and coaching for educators on how best to implement evidence-based practices in the classroom. She has worked at the policy level through the Connecticut State Department of Education and is an advisor for ReadWorks, Understood, and the International Foundation for Effective Reading Instruction. She is on the Editorial Board of IDA, Perspectives and The Reading League Journal. Margie believes that learning to read is a civil right and that all children can learn to read and benefit from evidence-based instruction.
This program is made possible thanks to the Couri Family Education Fund.