Heartfelt thanks to our Library community for your support and to our colorful 2024 Gala Committee – some pictured below – for the creativity,  time and work that goes into making this a wonderful evening! The 2024 Annual Great Expectations Gala, which celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the opening of the “new” Ridgefield Library, will honor Marcie and Peter Coffin with the Hope H. Swenson Visionary Award for their years of leadership and service to the Library’s vision and mission.

On June 1st we will celebrate Marcie and Peter Coffin’s many contributions to the Library. If you missed the chance to attend and would still like to support the Library Gala, donate here: https://ridgefieldlibrary.ejoinme.org/gala24donation .

Marcie, EVP Risk Management at Fairfield County Bank, and Peter, AIA and principal of Doyle Coffin Architecture, have strong ties to the Library. They raised their two sons in Ridgefield and spent countless hours participating in children’s programming and in summer reading contests. Peter served on the Board of Directors for a decade, including seven years as Board Chair. Most recently, the Coffins were co-chairs of the successful 2023 Great Expectations Gala. Each summer, the Coffins compete with a team of stalwart Library supporters in a local charity Bocce Tournament.

“It is fitting to honor Marcie and Peter on the 10th Anniversary of our beautiful Library,” says Brenda McKinley, Library Director. “We are grateful for their long history of commitment and dedication, especially for the lasting impact of Peter’s vision and professional counsel during the process of building our new Library.”

Following his years of Library Board leadership, Peter’s contributions included serving in an advisory role, through every phase of the development process for the new Library, from negotiations with the town, through the design, construction and the opening of the new Library in May 2014. Peter continues to offer his professional guidance to the Library, most recently with the completion of the Miller Terrace outdoor space.

Friday, June 21st:  Ridgefield is joining over 1,000 cities worldwide for Make Music Day, a live, free, all-day musical celebration. Come join the fun!  Performances on the Library Lawn will be held from 11:00am to 6:00pm.  Check back for updates and additions to the schedule of events at the Library.  Performances on the Library Lawn will be canceled in case of rain.

Did you know?  The Ridgefield Library offers these special services for our patrons:

Book-A-Librarian

The Adult Services Department now offers one-on-one appointments where staff can offer specialized assistance on a variety of topics. Some of these topics include, but are not limited to: technology assistance on cellphones, laptops and tablets; tutorials on how to use our databases or conduct genealogy searches; assistance with downloadable materials and tours of the library spaces for new patrons.

Notary Services

To be an accessible and inclusive resource for all in the community, the Ridgefield Library is now offering Notary Services. This includes, but will not be limited to, witnessing signatures on documents, administering oaths and other services. This service is subject to staff availability.  There is a $5 fee for each notarization and two forms of ID are required to perform notary services.

Private Study Rooms

The Library has six private study rooms where individuals can work alone or collaboratively with others. Rooms are available on the Main and Upper levels and can accommodate 4-6 people. Rooms are available on a walk-in basis and for advanced reservation with 24-hours notice.

Proctoring Services

In fulfillment of its mission to be a source of support for lifelong learning, the Ridgefield Library offers proctoring for tests and examinations. Exams are proctored by the Adult Services Department during regular library hours, Monday through Saturday, and appointments are subject to staff availability.

To learn more about these services or to schedule an appointment, please contact the Adult Services Department, either by calling (203) 438-2282 ext. 201 or emailing [email protected]

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 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.

May 17th through May 20th: It’s One Big Book Sale!  Enjoy four days of great selections for ALL ages. Sale will be held in the program rooms on the Library’s Lower Level. View the schedule here:

Wednesday, May 8th @ 7:00pm:   Come hear from Megan Searfoss, owner of Ridgefield Running Company, honored as America’s Best Running Store (2022) and recently honored by the Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce as the Woman of the Year, in recognition for her outstanding contributions to the community and her exemplary leadership in business.

“It’s not what you sell but why you sell it. Customers who walk into Ridgefield Running Co. looking for new shoes run out with new friends, new motivations, and new reasons to move forward as well. The shoe costs money but the community that surrounds it adds the real value for the customer. Yes, when starting out, you need a business plan to make sure your concept works. But, hell yes, you need to answer why people shop at my running store, my hardware store, my clothing shop compared to the one up the street, the one at the mall, or the one online.” -Megan Searfoss

Economic & Community Development Commissioner Geoffrey Morris will lead a discussion with Ridgefield Running Co. owner Megan Searfoss about her journey – from a multisport athlete and a stay-at-home mom to an athlete and mom who owns and operates three running stores and the vibrant communities that go with them. A journey that was not a direct line – but rather included failures, pivots, late-night inspirations, hard work, and a little help from friends.

Click here to register to attend.

And mark your calendar for Starting a Small Business with Mark Riser on May 28th, a step-by-step look at opening a business in Ridgefield.

Saturday, May 4th:  It’s the 10th Anniversary of the New Ridgefield Library! Join us as we celebrate a decade of discovery, lifelong learning and enhancing community connections in our beautiful library building! Stop by any time between 10:00am and 2:00pm and learn more about what’s happening at the Ridgefield Library through building-wide special tours, demonstrations, displays and more. Share a special Library Birthday Treat at 11:00am in the Bossidy Commons, enjoy a scavenger hunt around the Library and relax with music on the front lawn with School of Rock. We hope to see you!

The Ridgefield Library is thrilled to announce a collaboration with The Maurice Sendak Foundation and the vision of Ridgefield artist Cynthia V. Meyers for the creation of the Children’s Mural to be located in the Philip and Christine Lodewick Children’s Library.  The Children’s Mural is a permanent installation Library fundraiser comprised of 120 named glass tiles of original artwork by Cynthia V. Meyers and featuring the art of Maurice Sendak.  Ms. Meyer’s whimsical line drawing illustrations on each 8-inch by 8-inch tile are a Love Letter to Ridgefield, an ode to children’s literature and an homage to the magic of childhood.  Due to the special nature of this unique donation opportunity, tiles are expected to sell out quickly.  Stop by the Children’s Library to see an exhibit of sample mural tiles.

The Library is grateful to the Maurice Sendak Foundation for their partnership on this project. Special thanks to founding sponsor USAlliance Financial whose support is given in memory of Simon R. M. Walton and to the Friends of the Ridgefield Library for their support.  Please go to https://ridgefieldlibrary.ejoinme.org/Mural for more information and to purchase a tile, or contact the Library’s Development Director, Jane Lindenburg, at [email protected] or call (203) 438-2282 ext. 104.

Tuesday, April 30th @ 7:00pm: Ridgefield resident Mark Robinson’s second book, Black On Madison Avenue is part deeply personal memoir and part explosive history of what he calls “America’s most un-diverse white collar profession.” Since its release in July 2023, the book has been the recipient of a remarkable six literary book awards.  Robinson is a past member of the Multicultural Marketing Leadership Council, a national touring lecturer and an ongoing mentor for the American Association of Advertising Agencies. 

Books on the Common will have copies available for purchase and signing.

Learn more and register here.

Saturday, April 27th @ 2:00pm: Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Ridgefield Recycling with a special presentation about the state of waste in Connecticut.

Our state is experiencing a waste crisis. More waste is generated than we have the capacity to manage. What’s happening to all that waste? Where does it go? Managing waste and knowing what to recycle can be confusing. Come to this family-friendly event to learn where our garbage and recycling really goes. Learn about the State of Connecticut’s universal recycling guide and what happens when you put the wrong thing in your recycling bin. Understand how waste and recycling impacts the environment and how reducing your waste and separating your food scraps can save you money.

Find out what the Town of Ridgefield is doing to be part of the solution. It’s easy to join and Take the Challenge!

Jennifer Heaton-Jones, the Executive Director of the regional governmental solid waste and recycling authority, HRRA, will give a one-hour presentation followed by a half-hour Q & A. You’re guaranteed to learn something new.

Learn more and register here.