June 1 through August 26: Registration for the all-ages Ridgefield Library Summer Reading Program opens on June 1, 2023. The Summer Reading Program runs through August 26 and this year’s theme – “All Together Now” – explores ideas of community, belonging, compassion and friendship.  Activities include special programs, reading logs, raffles, prizes, the downtown Storywalk and more! Learn more here: https://libguides.ridgefieldlibrary.org/SRP/home

The Summer Reading Program will culminate with a Grand Prize raffle drawing awarding a participating child a ride to school with a Ridgefield Firefighter on a firetruck!

Teens in grades 6-12 and adults ages 18 and up are also invited to read and log for rewards and raffle baskets.

Individuals and families can register through the Beanstack app or website: https://ridgefieldlibraryct.beanstack.com/reader365  The Library’s annual Summer Reading Program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Ridgefield Library with prize support by Books on the Common, Cake Box, Deborah Ann’s Sweet Shoppe and the Toy Chest.

Saturday, July 15th @ 2:00pm:  Learn about Ridgefield’s natural resources from the Ridgefield Conservation Commission. Information will be presented about the most recent update of the NRI (Natural Resources Initiative) and how it compares with the last inventory done in 2011. Additionally, a tour of the RCC’s website and a newly added story map, created by PACE University student Madelyn Garcia, will provide information about how to become a trail ranger and other citizen scientist opportunities.

Learn more and register here.

Thursday, June 29th @ 6:30pm:  Ridgefield’s CT State Legislators will be on hand to review the recently concluded Legislative Session.

Scheduled to attend:

State Senator Julie Kushner (CT-24th)
State Senator Ceci Maher (CT-26th)
State Representative Aimee Berger-Girvalo (CT-111th)
State Representative Keith Denning (CT-42nd)

Wednesday, June 21st from 11:00am to 7:00pm: Ridgefield is joining over 1,000 cities worldwide for Make Music Day, a live, free, all-day musical celebration. Come join the fun! 

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM

Community Karaoke

12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

aka Nora

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Bang-A-Can Poetry Slam

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

ACT of CT “Pop Up” Youth Choir

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Dave Goldenberg and George Mallas

4:00 PM – 5:15 PM

Elza Libhart

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Waiting on Mom

Check back for updates and additions to the schedule of events at the Library.  Performances will be held outdoors on the Library Lawn and will be canceled in case of rain.

Tuesday, June 13th @ 7:00pm:  ChatGPT debuted in November 2022, and has captured the imagination of the world. It has accelerated a broad discussion of the role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in all aspects of our daily lives. In this general audience talk, we will begin with an overview of ChatGPT and discuss how it differs from traditional search engines. ChatGPT is an example of the emerging field of Generative AI, and we will briefly describe the related image generation application DALL-E. We will provide specific examples of ChatGPT illustrating its remarkable capabilities, and discuss some of its well-documented shortcomings including bias, misinformation and hallucination. Finally, we will touch on several societal issues in AI including ethical considerations, government regulation and the impact of AI on education and future career opportunities.

Presenter Rick Lawrence is a Ridgefield resident who received his B.S. from Stanford University in Chemical Engineering and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in Nuclear Engineering. His career has evolved from nuclear science to machine learning to quantitative finance, and most recently, to COVID data science.

Learn more and register.

Thursday, June 15th @ 7:00pm:  Set in New York City in 1985, Scalzo’s new novel explores themes of art, immigration, reproductive rights, AIDS, assault, class and betrayal, all simmering beneath a dynamic plot that spans one life-altering year.

Books on the Common will have copies for purchase and signing.

Learn more and register.

Thursday, June 22nd @ 6:00pm:  Join us as we celebrate! On June 22nd, the Ridgefield Library will be the location for very special recognitions.  After a unanimous vote by the Board of Selectmen, Ira Joe Fisher will succeed Barb Jennes as Ridgefield’s Poet Laureate. Both will be on hand to celebrate. Additionally, June 22nd is the 120th anniversary of the dedication of the Library’s Morris Building. First Selectman Marconi will mark these occasions with remarks starting at 6:30pm. Light refreshments will be served.

A long-time Ridgfielder, known for his community involvement and support, Mr. Fisher is an Emmy-winning broadcaster, actor, poet and teacher. He currently teaches poetry and creative writing at UConn, Mercy College, and Founders Hall.  He is honored to accept the Ridgefield Poet Laureate position and calls poetry the universal language which touches all hearts. Ms. Jennes, an award-winning poet and former teacher in Ridgefield Public Schools, was appointed Ridgefield’s first Poet Laureate in 2020. She found meaningful ways to create connections through poetry during the isolating days of the pandemic and has enthusiastically promoted poetry for the past three years at numerous community programs and events.

The E. W. Morris Memorial Library Building that forms the historic front wing of the Ridgefield Library opened its doors for the first time on June 22, 1903. After 120 years, the Morris Building continues to welcome Ridgefield residents to the Library. In addition to the June 22nd celebration, the Library is planning to commemorate this milestone anniversary in a variety of ways this summer, and the community is invited to share their memories of the Library and its place in their lives.  A new project — part of the Library’s “All Together Now” Summer Reading activities – allows residents to create and share materials on a collaborative online platform, the Morris Building 120th Anniversary Community Collection.  The submission process is free and easy; submissions can include pictures, old Library cards, programs, flyers, maps, posters and other visual memorabilia.  Submission of original written material is also encouraged.

Visit our website to learn more about the June 22nd celebration as well as upcoming activities and programs at the Library, including the celebration of the Morris Memorial Building this summer.

Sunday, June 11th @ 2:00pm:  The Ridgefield Folk Concert Series continues with Marc Berger, whose life has been about pursuing his twin passions: creating, recording and performing his original songs and exploring the American West. He’s performed at Austin’s SXSW Music Festival and the Kerrville and Falcon Ridge Folk Festivals and has opened for Bob Dylan and other national acts. At this special concert, Marc and the fabulous RIDE Band will perform songs from his recent album and Marc will share some unforgettable stories about his experiences as an Easterner in the mountain and desert West.

The Ridgefield Folk Concert Series is made possible through the generous support of the Friends of the Ridgefield Library.

Learn more and register here.

Tuesday, June 6th @ 7:00pm:  Author Eliza Minot discusses her new novel about womanhood, modern family, and the interior landscape of maternal life, as seen through the life of a young wife and mother.  Unfolding over the course of a single day in which Maisie and her husband take their children to pick apples, In the Orchard is luminous, masterfully crafted, revelatory—a shining exploration of motherhood, childhood and love.

Books on the Common will have copies available for purchase and signing.

Learn more and register.