Library Board of Directors

Contact: Gary Rapp, Board Chair, 508-439-0155 or email [email protected]

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

Welcome to the Ridgefield Library!

We are all very proud of our town Library located right in the center of beautiful Ridgefield. Our Library offers so many wonderful things to so many people. From checking out a book to enjoying a program or taking your children to their first Library event, we strive for excellence in every facet of the services we provide. Our staff is knowledgeable and helpful, and we are housed in a building that can meet these many needs.

The Library is managed by a Board of 16 volunteers with diverse backgrounds and skills. In addition to monthly Board meetings, Board members are active on many subcommittees that range from managing the Library operating budget to developing fund raising programs. Last year, we initiated two key priorities: developing a new website and refreshing our current strategic plan. I am pleased to report that these initiatives were successfully implemented.  Our Strategic Plan has become a core document which we utilize as we develop our plans for the future.  The website was launched this past spring to great praise. As always, we will continue the many great programs and events you have come to expect.

Our Library has two main funding sources. We are grateful to the Town for providing 70% of our annual budget, but it is the support and generosity of all our patrons that close that gap. We need to raise more than $500,000 each year to balance our budget and continue to provide the services you expect. We are so grateful for your ongoing support. You have helped the Library to become a great resource of which we are all so proud. We thank you again for this support.

Should you have any questions or comments, please feel free to reach out to myself [email protected] or Brenda McKinley [email protected], our Library Director.

Gary R. Rapp, Board Chair

Ridgefield Library Board of Directors


Alison M. Greeley, Chair

Robert A. Ellis, Vice-Chair

Tizzie Mantione, Treasurer

Michele Booth, Secretary


Marge Davidson

Robert A. Ellis

Tom Gerhard

Sandra Gill

Art Leaderman

William S. Magill

Tom Main

Danielle McGrogan

Paul Mellinger

Jeet Sandhu, MD

David B. Smith

Marc Vigliotti

Carrie Wells


Julie Yaun, 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.

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.

Approved Board Minutes

For Library Board minutes from earlier years, please contact Brenda McKinley, Library Director at [email protected] or 203-438-2882 x11002.