Library Board of Directors
The Ridgefield Library is operated by the Ridgefield Library Association, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by a Board of Directors dedicated to ensuring excellent library service to the community. The Board’s major responsibilities are to set policies and directions for the Library; manage its financial and intellectual health; and provide oversight to the administration of the Library.
From the Board Chair
Library Director Brenda McKinley and her staff of 43 employees welcome as many as a 1,000 patrons per day. I am often asked what brings people through the door and the reasons I give are diverse. Here are a few: children come to read to the dogs from ROAR; adults with developmental and intellectual challenges participate in book discussions; artists arrange exhibitions and promote themselves; those of us with old VHS videos come to get them converted to a digital format; and patrons without technology at home come to use the Wi-Fi, computers and printers.
In addition to continually updating the collection of physical and digital books, and managing over 250,000 checkouts per year, the Library offered almost 2,000 programs last year, enabling you to learn and engage. When the doors open in the morning, people are often waiting outside to enter.
While the Town of Ridgefield provides significant funding, the Library needs to raise funds to cover approximately 30% of its annual operating budget. Whether you are new to town and a first-time donor, or have donated for many years, we need your help. Your thoughtful donation will cover the costs required to develop impactful programs and ensure the maintenance of our beautiful building and substantial collections. Please consider donating to the Library’s Annual Appeal.
On behalf of the Ridgefield Library Board of Directors, we are grateful for the opportunity to serve you and thank you for your support. It is with your generosity that the Ridgefield Library continues to be a community destination.
Carrie R. Wells
Ridgefield Library Board of Directors
Carrie R. Wells, Chair
Rob Ellis, Vice-Chair
Paul S. Mellinger, Treasurer
Marjorie Davidson, Secretary
Jennifer B. Crowl
Brian A. Egge
William H. Magill
Danielle J. McGrogan
Gary R. Rapp
Jeet Sandhu, MD
David B. Smith
Marc R. Vigliotti
Tom Madden, Friends of the Ridgefield Library representative
Carroll W. Brewster, Emeritus
Peter T. Coffin, Emeritus
Barbara Dobbin, Emerita
The Library Board meets on the 4th Monday of most months at 7:30 p.m. in the Library’s Dayton Program Room. Click here for FY 2022-2023 Meeting Schedule.
Library Board meetings are open to the public. Anyone requiring special accommodation due to disability is asked to contact the Library Director at 203-438-2282.
For Library Board minutes from earlier years, please contact Brenda McKinley, Library Director at [email protected] or 203-438-2882 x101