Saturday, April 27th @ 2:00pm: Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Ridgefield Recycling with a special presentation about the state of waste in Connecticut.

Our state is experiencing a waste crisis. More waste is generated than we have the capacity to manage. What’s happening to all that waste? Where does it go? Managing waste and knowing what to recycle can be confusing. Come to this family-friendly event to learn where our garbage and recycling really goes. Learn about the State of Connecticut’s universal recycling guide and what happens when you put the wrong thing in your recycling bin. Understand how waste and recycling impacts the environment and how reducing your waste and separating your food scraps can save you money.

Find out what the Town of Ridgefield is doing to be part of the solution. It’s easy to join and Take the Challenge!

Jennifer Heaton-Jones, the Executive Director of the regional governmental solid waste and recycling authority, HRRA, will give a one-hour presentation followed by a half-hour Q & A. You’re guaranteed to learn something new.

Learn more and register here.

The Ridgefield Library is thrilled to announce a collaboration with The Maurice Sendak Foundation and the vision of Ridgefield artist Cynthia V. Meyers for the creation of the Children’s Mural to be located in the Philip and Christine Lodewick Children’s Library.  The Children’s Mural is a permanent installation Library fundraiser comprised of 120 named glass tiles of original artwork by Cynthia V. Meyers and featuring the art of Maurice Sendak.  Ms. Meyer’s whimsical line drawing illustrations on each 8-inch by 8-inch tile are a Love Letter to Ridgefield, an ode to children’s literature and an homage to the magic of childhood.  Due to the special nature of this unique donation opportunity, tiles are expected to sell out quickly.  Stop by the Children’s Library to see an exhibit of sample mural tiles.

The Library is grateful to the Maurice Sendak Foundation for their partnership on this project. Special thanks to founding sponsor USAlliance Financial whose support is given in memory of Simon R. M. Walton and to the Friends of the Ridgefield Library for their support.  Please go to https://ridgefieldlibrary.ejoinme.org/Mural for more information and to purchase a tile, or contact the Library’s Development Director, Jane Lindenburg, at [email protected] or call (203) 438-2282 ext. 104.

Sunday, April 14th @ 2:00pm — A Visit with Verse: Poetry Reading  by Ira Joe Fisher.  In celebration of National Poetry Month, join us for a reading of Ridgefield Poet Laureate Ira Joe Fisher’s poems (from his published books and newly composed works) and those from some of poetry’s giants. Bring your love of language! Learn more & register.

More Poetry Programs!

April 19th @ 7:00pm — Online: An Evening with the Youth & Adult Poets Laureate of CT. Don’t miss this special virtual reading and talkback with CT State Poet Laureate Antoinette Brim-Bell and CT 2023-24 Youth Poet Laureate Mercuri Lam. The two honored poets will read from recent works, share hopes for their roles as laureates, and answer questions from the audience – and each other. Learn more & register.

May 10th @ 2:00pm — The Multiverse of Poems: Exploring & Explaining Exquisite Words From Exquisite Writers. Ridgefield Poet Laureate Ira Joe Fisher leads this monthly study group, offering a deep dive into the beauty of poetry and verse. Learn more & register

Thursday, April 11th @ 7:00pm: American-born Larissa Babij was at home in Kyiv when Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022. A Kind of Refugee chronicles the first year of all-out war in Ukraine through vivid dispatches that Babij sent to readers abroad. In cities flooded with refugees and bustling with humanitarian aid efforts, or while supporting an innovative military unit making DIY drones, Babij examines Ukrainian cultures of cooperation. Reflecting on her American upbringing, she ponders the premium that Western societies—shaped by the traumatic history of WW II—place on security. When she returned to Kyiv, sirens, Russian missile strikes and long periods of darkness organized her days. Written with a fierce love for Ukraine and its people, this book is a testament to the courage of ordinary people committed to freedom while defending their homeland.

Babij will be in conversation with Olena Lennon PhD, an adjunct professor of national security at the University of New Haven.

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

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