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
For the latest news, read the Fall-Winter 2020 issue of the Friends of the Ridgefield Library newsletter, Friends’ Trends.
Thank you, Ridgefield, for the overwhelming generous response to the Friends of the Ridgefield Library book donation Saturdays this summer! We have reached our capacity to store donated materials. Please, do not leave donated books in the Library lobby or anywhere outside the Library building. The Friends traditional indoor book sales have been canceled due to the pandemic, but check this page for updates and details about the May 2021 Friends of the Ridgefield Library book sales. We hope to see you there!
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
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
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
- 203-438-4558 (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.