Friends of the Ridgefield Library

Contact: Tom Madden, President or email Friends of the Ridgefield Library

The Friends of the Ridgefield Library (FORL) is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to supporting the activities and mission of the Ridgefield Library.

Friends’ Mission Statement

The purpose of this organization is to: 

  • Provide support for the Ridgefield Library
  • Promote the Library to the public

Friends’ News

For the latest news, read the Fall 2021 issue of the Friends of the Ridgefield Library newsletter, Friends’ Trends.

Book Sales

Monthly Secret Stacks Book Sales
Second Saturday of the month from 9am-5pm. Stop by the Friends Sorting Room on the Library’s Lower Level for a great selection for readers of all ages and interests.

The Friends are accepting donations!  Please leave donations on the cart outside the Friends Sorting Room on the Lower Level of the Library.  Do not leave donated books in the Main Level Library Lobby or anywhere outside the Library building.  Please do not park in handicapped-designated spots when dropping off donations.

Don’t want to wait for the next book sale? Shop online 24/7. Hundreds of titles available, from bestsellers to first editions to hard-to-find novelties. And the Friends have great customer ratings for service and quality!

Find the Friends online on Amazon


Upcoming Friends-Sponsored Events

The Friends sponsor many popular Library programs for all ages, including the Ridgefield Folk concerts, monthly poetry discussions, Reading Is a Family Affair, and, of course, Summer Reading.

Click here for a list of many programs, materials, and special services made possible by Friends’ donations to the Library over the years.

Be a Friends Volunteer

Volunteers are always needed to process book donations as they come in; research and list books online; serve on various committees; and work at semi-annual book sales. Volunteering opportunities range from a couple of hours once a year to an ongoing weekly or monthly commitment.

The book sale takes a lot of helping hands to put together. If you can spare a few hours for set-up from 10 AM to 4 PM on May 6 or a few hours May 12 for cleanup from 3 PM to 5 PM.

Contact Cris Nichols, Book Sale Chair for more information.

Internet Book Sales Volunteers Needed
Have an hour or so free every week? Spend a lot of time online? Become an Internet Lister! We will train you to evaluate books and list them on Amazon. We also need help processing and shipping completed sales. Contact Ginny Canfield for more information.


Benefits of Friends Membership

• Friends’ newsletter, Friends’ Trends

• Free early admission on the first day of our General Book Sale

• Invitation to Friends Holiday Party in December and Annual Dinner/Meeting in June

• Pride in knowing you are preserving and improving library service in our community

Membership Dues

Memberships last one year from the date of payment. We will remind you when it’s time to renew your membership.

Membership dues are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law and are eligible for many corporate matching fund programs.

To join the Friends, complete a membership form and drop it with your check at the Circulation Desk at the Library or mail it to 472 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877, Attn: Friends Membership.

  • Senior Friend – $15
  • Individual Friend – $20
  • Family Friends – $35
  • Good Friend – $50
  • Best Friend – $100

Membership dues paid to the Friends are distinct from contributions to the Library’s Annual Appeal. Friends’ dues provide the seed money for book sales and other Friends’ activities, the proceeds of which are used to support specific Library services and programs. Appeal donations made directly to the Library support the Library’s annual operating budget.

Friends of the Ridgefield Library Board

Friends Board 2020-21

Front left to right: Marie Pinchbeck, Linda Massie, Carole Clark, Ellen Darvick, Ginny Canfield, John Somma.

Back left to right: Betty Ito, Carey Ogden, Cris Nichols, Julie Yaun, Tom Madden, Cam Percival, Rhonda Hill.  Not pictured: Laurel Carey, Barb Jennes, Sandy Koppen.

The Friends Board meets on the first Monday of most months at 1:00 p.m. at the Library. Board meetings are open to all members of the Friends.


Ridgefield Library Association

  • 472 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877
  • 203-438-2282
  • 203-438-4558 (fax)

Parking and Access

Library visitors may park in either the lot near our main entrance, with access from Main Street, or the adjacent Prospector Theater lot, accessible from Prospect Street. If both lots are full, please use one of the other town parking lots, such as across Main Street at CVS. Please be aware that many spots in town parking lots have time limits. Click here for a map of town parking.

Library Hours

  • Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.
  • (closed summer Sundays)

The Library is approximately 8 miles south of Danbury, CT; 13 miles east of Katonah, NY; and 8 miles north of Wilton, CT.