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
We are pleased to announce that Cris Nichols, our Book Sale Coordinator, will receive an Individual Achievement Award from the Friends of Connecticut Libraries. She has been in charge of our book sales for five years. She organized two book sales each of those years, earning a total of over $200,000 for the Ridgefield Library.
What we love about Cris is her ability to think creatively. She is always trying new things to make our sales better. Among other ideas, she decided to split each of our book sales into two weekends. The first weekend, we offer only children’s books. This allows parents to bring their children and focus on finding books their children will enjoy. The second weekend of our sale, we sell books for adults and children. Adults can find books for themselves and enjoy a quieter, less hectic sale.
In addition to our two book sales each year, Cris sets up pop-up sales during town events. One of these sales earned over $800 in just a few hours! She also maintains a bookshelf year-round where library patrons can buy books. This earns about $200 a month for the library.
Cris is incredibly organized. She has changed the way we store the books for the next book sale. She boxes them alphabetically in the sorting room as they come in, so setting up for the sale is much easier. We don’t know what we’d do without Cris and her positive attitude, organizational skills, and great ideas! The Friends of the Ridgefield Library are very lucky to have Cris Nichols as our Book Sale Coordinator!
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 October 16 or a few hours October 22 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
• Advance notice of book sales
• Friends’ newsletter
• “Members Only” admission to book sale previews and other events
• 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 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
Front left to right: Ellen Darvick, Linda Massie, Cam Percival, Ginny Canfield, John Somma.
Back left to right: Julie Yaun, Marie Pinchbeck, Betty Ito, Carey Ogden, Cris Nichols Not pictured: Laurel Carey, Rhonda Hill, Barb Jennes, Sandy Koppen, Tom Madden
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
- 203-438-4558 (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.
- 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.