December 11th @ 2:00pm:   Join us for a delightful afternoon interlude listening to inimitable voice actor Alan Sklar read two seasonal works. He will treat us to O.Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi,” and Dylan Thomas’s “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.” Light refreshments of tea and cookies will be served.

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The Library’s 2022 Scholarly Series is Seeing Beyond: the Works and Vision of H.G. Wells.  Herbert George Wells (1866 –1946) was an English writer best remembered for his science fiction novels and has been called the “father of science fiction.”

In addition to his fame as a writer, he was prominent in his lifetime as a forward-looking, even prophetic social critic who devoted his literary talents to the development of a progressive vision on a global scale. He foresaw the advent of aircraft, tanks, space travel, nuclear weapons, satellite television and something resembling the World Wide Web. His science fiction imagined time travel, alien invasion, invisibility, and biological engineering. His most notable science fiction works include The Time Machine (1895), which was his first novel, The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896), The Invisible Man (1897), and The War of the Worlds (1898).

Don’t miss these upcoming programs for all ages celebrating H.G. Wells, his works and lasting impact.

Seeing Beyond: The Works & Vision of H.G. Wells is made possible by the generosity of the Friends of the Ridgefield Library.

January 13-28:  The 2023 Escape Room Fundraiser at the Ridgefield Library invites you to board a 1903 luxury passenger train — can you solve the clues to stop the runaway train before time (and track) run out?  This annual fundraiser helps to support the Library’s operating budget. Each private 60-minute session costs $250 and accommodates between 3-8 participants. This event is great for groups of adults, groups of teens and families with children ages 10 and up.  Click here to learn more and make a reservation.

The Library’s Museum Pass Program offers free or discounted admission to over 20 premiere educational and cultural institutions in Connecticut and New York. Passes are available for use by patrons holding valid Ridgefield Library cards and are located at the Circulation Desk. They may be borrowed for two nights and are available on a first come, first served basis only (no reservations).  The Museum Pass Program is made possible through the generous support of the Friends of the Ridgefield Library.

For more information, call the Circulation Department at 203-438-2282 x202 or email the Circulation Desk.

December 1st @ 7:00 pm:  Join us as we welcome author Scott MacMillan for a discussion of his new book, Hope Over Fate: Fazle Hasan Abed and the Science of Ending Global PovertyNicholas Kristof of The New York Times called Abed “one of the unsung heroes of modern times.” Fazle Hasan Abed was a mild-mannered accountant who may be the most influential man most people have never even heard of.  As the founder of BRAC, originally the Bangladesh Rehabilitation Assistance Committee, his work had a profound impact on the lives of millions. A former finance executive with almost no experience in relief aid, he founded BRAC in 1972, aiming to help a few thousand war refugees. A half century later, BRAC is by many measures the largest nongovernmental organization in the world—and by many accounts, the most effective anti-poverty program ever.

This program will be held in the Library’s Main Program Room. Learn more and register here.

November 29th @ 7:00pm:  Author Max Tucci will be here to discuss his new book, The Delmonico Way: Sublime Entertaining and Legendary Recipes from the Restaurant That Made New York. Featuring stories, ideas for entertaining and seventy-five recipes from the Tuccis, the family that ran Delmonico’s in its golden era.  Each chapter is organized around a style of dining that Delmonico’s pioneered or perfected under the Tucci’s proprietorship. Vintage era photographs, ephemera, menus and countless other gems featured in The Delmonico Way remind us that entertaining with style, elegance, sophistication and intention remains just as relevant today as it did during the restaurant’s storied past. Max Tucci is the grandson of former Delmonico’s owner Oscar Tucci.

Books on the Common will have copies of The Delmonico Way for purchase and signing.

For more information and to register, please click here.

The Library will be closed on Thursday, November 24th and Friday, November 25th, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.  We will be open regular hours on Saturday, November 26th and Sunday, November 27th.

November 25-27:  The Ridgefield Library has enjoyed a close partnership with Books on the Common for many years. Together they bring the community dozens of author and book events each year.  Ridgefield is so fortunate to have an independent bookstore in its town. Thanksgiving weekend is the perfect time to support both the bookstore and the Ridgefield Library and to get a jump on your holiday shopping.  The 18th Annual Library Days at Books on the Common will take place November 25-27.  Customers can simply show their Ridgefield Library card at the cash register, and 15% of the proceeds of their purchase will be donated by the bookstore to the Library.

Books on the Common is located at 404 Main Street and store hours during Library Days are Friday 10:00 am – 7:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.  Ridgefield residents who do not have a library card can register for one at the Library’s Circulation Desk, or by going to www.ridgefieldlibrary.org, click on My Account and Request a Library Card.

The community’s support of Books on the Common, and the bookstore’s support of the Library, help keep Ridgefield an exceptional place to live, at the holidays and year-round.

November 17th @ 7:00pm: Join us for this fascinating and timely discussion, “Can We Really Wake Up the Dead? Pigs, Brain Death and the Future of Transplant Medicine” with Dr. Arthur L. Caplan. Dr. Arthur L. Caplan is the Drs. William F. and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor of Bioethics at New York University Grossman School of Medicine and the founding director of the Division of Medical Ethics. He also founded the Bioethics Departments at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Minnesota. He received his PhD from Columbia University. Caplan has made many contributions to public policy including: helping to found the National Marrow Donor Program; helping to create the system for distributing organs in the U.S.; and advising on the content of the National Organ Transplant Act of 1984 rules governing living organ donation, and legislation and regulation in many other areas of health care including blood safety and compassionate use. This program will be held in the Library’s Main Program Room.

Learn more and register to attend.

This program is part of our H.G. Wells Scholarly Series, made possible by the generosity of the Friends of the Ridgefield Library.

November 16th @ 7:00pm:  This online presentation is the third in a series of programs for the disability community offered in partnership with SPHERE of CT and the Ridgefield Public Schools. Andrew Arboe is the founder of Driving with Autism, a driver readiness program that helps people start on the path to obtain their license. Driving with Autism hosts live webinar series that break down driving into achievable goals and offers resources to aid any driver. As Driving with Autism evolves, Andrew envisions partnerships with certified driving schools in all 50 states. Andrew is also the Director of Community Outreach at Planning Across the Spectrum. In that role, he reaches out to various autism, disability, and neurodiversity organizations nationwide to collaborate on community empowerment by organizing and speaking at conferences, connecting attendees with Planning Across the Spectrum’s comprehensive special needs planning services.

Please register to receive the Zoom link for this program.