Sponsors and Community Partners
The Ridgefield Library is grateful to the following sponsors and community partners who have helped enrich and expand the many resources and programs the Library is able to offer the community, either through financial assistance or as co-sponsors for programs and services.
The Library frequently organizes community-wide educational initiatives that engage numerous organizations in town.
Friends of Ridgefield Library
The Friends of the Ridgefield Library is a key partner in nearly every aspect of the Library. Their financial and volunteer support makes possible many of our most popular offerings, such as the annual Summer Reading Program and the Ridgefield Folk series.
Books on the Common
Books on the Common, Ridgefield’s independent bookstore, co-sponsors the Library’s Author Talk series, and supports the Library during their Ridgefield Library Days promotion.
The Donofrio family provides funding for our Making STEAM initiative, which includes educational programs that aim to encourage young people, especially girls and minorities, to pursue careers in engineering, science, and technology.
RLAM5K generously donates its sponsorship money to the Library’s Noreen L. Papa – Mothers: Live Your Life series, which helps provide programming and other Library resources to encourage health and wellness.
Summer Reading 2018 was supported by incentives donated by The Toy Chest, Deborah Anne’s Sweet Shoppe, and Books on the Common.
The Wadsworth Russell Lewis Fund helps the Library present programs that engage the community.
Thanks to the Paul and Johanna Laszig Fund for the Elderly the Library is able to offer technology programs aimed at seniors.
The Library frequently participates in national educational initiatives promoted by the American Library Association.
Every year, Cave Comics of Newtown donates several hundred comic books to the Library for distribution on Free Comic Book Day (the first Saturday in May).
Ridgefield Remembers World War I commemoration partners include Keeler Tavern Museum, Ridgefield Historical Society, The Ridgefield Graveyard Committee, American Legion, Lounsbury House, Marine Cops League, and Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance.
Parenting the #Selfie Generation
Parenting the #Selfie Generation: Resilience for Life is a community-wide series of parenting programs and events. The series is presented by Ridgefield Public Schools, Ridgefield Council of PTAs, the Ridgefield Youth Commission, Books on the Common, Project Resilience, Town Vibe, and Silver Hill Hospital.
Ridgefield Independent Film Festival
The Library is one of five venues around town for the annual Ridgefield Independent Film Festival. Venue partners include Ridgefield Playhouse, Keeler Tavern Museum, ACT of Connecticut, Ridgefield Theater Barn, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum.
Skillsbox: Tools for Business Success is an ongoing series of workshops and programs designed to help small businesses, home-based professionals, and entrepreneurs not only survive but thrive!
This series is co-sponsored by Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce, SCORE and Ridgefield Economic and Community Development Commission.
The Ridgefield Guild of Artists
The Ridgefield Guild of Artists co-sponsors the Library’s ARTalk series, a series of art, architecture, and design lectures, workshops, and art field trips. The Library serves as a host site for exhibiting artists during the annual ART Walk each summer.
Additional Program Partners 2018
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum partners with the Library on many projects, most notably Advancing Creative Thinking: Imagination to Innovation, a two-day conference on creativity held in April 2012 and the Full STEAM Ahead three-day symposium and Family Engagement Day held in September of 2016.
Keeler Tavern Museum
The Library and the Keeler Tavern Museum collaborate on numerous programs, including, most recently, Ridgefield Remembers WW1, a workshop performance of the play Sisters, and the Revisiting the Founding Era series.
The Ridgefield Playhouse for Movies and the Performing Arts
The Ridgefield Playhouse for Movies and the Performing Arts is the Library’s partner in The Big Read and has been generous with making its stage available for Library programs, such as appearances by Kelly Corrigan and others. The Playhouse series included events such as “Entertaining Conversations” with David Sedaris, Ira Glass, and Stephen Sondheim. The Library continues to co-sponsor literature-based programs for adults and children at the Playhouse. The Playhouse also offers Library card holders a reduced rate for their many Live in HD film screenings.
Therapy dogs from ROAR have been a popular part of the Library’s childhood literacy programs—and seem to enjoy being read to as much as children enjoy reading to them. ROAR and the Library have also co-sponsored author talks and educational programs.
Woodcock Nature Center
The Woodcock Nature Center and the Library co-sponsor numerous educational programs at the Library and the Center.
The Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra has presented pre-concert music appreciation lectures at the Library, co-sponsored musical storytimes, and other educational initiatives.
Library staff members have presented monthly book discussions and occasional other educational programs at Founders Hall since it opened its doors over 10 years ago.
The Library collaborates with the Ridgefield Arts Council on projects to promote the arts in the Ridgefield community.
The Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce co-sponsors programs at the Library to help local businesses, entrepreneurs, and job seekers, organized under the Skillsbox name. The Library also takes an active role in Chamber-sponsored events such as the annual SummerFest and provides support for the Chamber’s Nonprofit Council.
The Library is proud to work with its neighbors in the Downtown Ridgefield organization on events such as Spring Stroll, Fall in Love with Ridgefield, and the Holiday Stroll.
Ridgefield Action Committee for the Environment (RACE) co-sponsors programs throughout the year to encourage good stewardship of the environment.
Ridgefield’s League of Women Voters co-sponsors programs to encourage informed voting and other issues relating to voting and women’s rights.
Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association co-sponsors numerous programs related to health and wellness, and the Library participates in RVNA outreach activities such as the annual Health Fair. RVNA staff also visit the Library regularly to offer flu clinics and blood pressure screenings.
The Library has served as the public gallery for the Lions Club Peace Poster contest for many years.
The Ridgefield Prevention Council co-sponsors programs that support a safe and healthy environment for all of Ridgefield’s families.
The Discovery Center co-sponsors many imaginative and educational programs at the Library.
The Library collaborates with the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut to promote arts, culture, and history in Western Connecticut.
National Charity League Ridgefield and Nutmeg chapters frequently provide mother-daughter volunteer pairs to support Library activities such as the Dr. Seuss birthday party, Love Your Library Day, and numerous other community events.