Sunday, December 17th @ 2:00 pm: Jeff Snow’s seasonal program will combine songs, tunes, history and stories from England, Ireland and Scotland with the music of Christmas. Familiar (and some not-so-familiar) songs will have you singing, laughing and wishing for more when it’s all over!
Jeff Snow is a multi-instrumentalist who shares the music, and the stories behind the music, of Scotland, Ireland and England. Growing up in a home where old Scottish folk songs were the everyday sounds, Snow developed an early love for Celtic music. Much of the history of these lands was preserved in song.
Snow’s music has been described as “quiet and relaxing,” and while much of it is, he’ll periodically let loose and foot stomping will begin. He plays the guitar, autoharp and bouzouki. He can also find his way around a drum set and most of the percussion family.
The Ridgefield Folk Concert Series is made possible through the generous support of the Friends of the Ridgefield Library.
January 19th & 20th, 2024: Give the gift of Adventure! Students in Grades 3-5 are invited to an exclusive After Hours Adventure at the Ridgefield Library. Campers will arrive for this fundraising event after the Library closes to the public and join their fellow campers in a one-of-a-kind experience that includes flashlight tag, fishing, archery, s’more making, live night creatures, hot dogs from Chez Lenard and a host of camping goodies to take home at the 10:00 pm conclusion of the evening.
Spots are limited to 48 campers per evening. This event is $135 per student and is a fundraiser for the Ridgefield Library in support of its annual operating budget.
This special fundraising event is sponsored by the Friends of the Ridgefield Library and Dr. Blaine Langberg Orthodontist.
Detailed information and registration links are available here: https://libguides.ridgefieldlibrary.org/familyfundraiser
Saturday, February 17th @ 1:00 pm: New York Mets’ announcer Gary Cohen is returning for the fourth edition of the Ridgefield Library’s Hot Stove Event! To accommodate even more fans, the 2024 event will take place at the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Road in Ridgefield, CT.
A 2023 inductee to the Mets’ Hall of Fame, and a member of the New York State Baseball Hall of Fame, Gary will entertain questions from the audience, share anecdotes from his more than three decades broadcasting the Mets and provide his take on the upcoming Major League Baseball season, including new Mets GM David Stearns, manager Carlos Mendoza and major player acquisitions.
Tickets are on sale now, including a brand-new VIP package that guarantees seats in the first four rows of the Playhouse, a commemorative lanyard and t-shirt, and priority access for the post-event Meet and Greet with Gary.
Tickets can be purchased at: https://ridgefieldlibrary.ejoinme.org/HotStove2024
November 24 – 26: We’re celebrating the 19th annual Library Days at Books on the Common! Stop by Ridgefield’s outstanding independent bookstore November 24, 25 or 26 and show your physical or digital Ridgefield Library card — Books on the Common will donate 15% of the proceeds to the Library. Shop locally and support the Library!
Thursday, November 16th @ 7:00pm: Join local experts for this in-person program as we discuss:
*Grief and mourning. What’s normal. What’s not.
*Traumatic loss and sudden death.
*Things to watch for: Signs and symptoms of depression, anxiety, suicidality.
Sponsored by Project Resilience, the Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield Public Schools, Ridgefield PTAs, Ridgefield Youth Council and Books on the Common.
Thursday, November 9th @ 7:00pm: Look inside the private world of Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman, one of America’s most iconic couples, in this extraordinary and deeply personal collection of intimate photographs affectionately curated by their daughter Melissa Newman. Their love story is the stuff of Hollywood legend. Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman became not only movie stars and stage actors, but also artistic collaborators, political activists and philanthropists whose legacies are expansive and enduringly modern.
This visually immersive oversize book chronicles their romance through the photographs of an impressive list of contributors. These striking images—many rare and some never before published—are accompanied by snapshots, letters, handwritten notes and family treasures. Together they beautifully illuminate the connection between two complex, passionate artists who opened their hearts and minds to each other for over half a century. Head Over Heels: A Love Affair in Words and Pictures is an homage to the possibility and power of love.
Melissa Newman is an artist, teacher, singer and occasional writer, based in Westport Connecticut.
Books on the Common will have copies for sale and signing.
Click here for more information and to register.