Past Special Adult Programs

Check out some of the multi-part, scholarly programs that have been presented by the Library over the last ten years! Below are links to the audio of some of the lectures, as well as links to the event brochures to see the full range of programming.

Literature

All About Jane Celebrating 200 Years of Jane Austen, August/November 2017

All About Jane Celebrating 200 Years of Jane Austen, August/November 2017

The Library commemorated the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death with a series of book discussions, scholarly lectures, film screenings, fashion, food art, music, and more from Jane Austen’s era.

View All About Jane brochure

Sensibility and Sense: How the 18th Century Meets the 19th in Jane Austen's Novels

by Dr. Mark Schenker

Celebrating Shakespeare: 400 Years of William Shakespeare, Spring 2016

Celebrating Shakespeare: 400 Years of William Shakespeare, Spring 2016

The Library commemorated the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death with a series of lectures, performances, film screenings, and more.

View Celebrating Shakespeare brochure

Curiouser and Curiouser: 150 Years of Alice in Wonderland, Fall 2015

Curiouser and Curiouser: 150 Years of Alice in Wonderland, Fall 2015

In fall of 2015 the Library celebrated the 150th anniversary of the publication of Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with Author Talks, workshops, a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, and a field trip to the Morgan Library.

View Curiouser and Curiouser brochure

The Wonder of Wonderland: Lewis Carroll's Alice in the 19th Century and in Our Own Time

by Dr. Mark Schenker

The Big Read: The Great Gatsby, Fall 2014

The Big Read: The Great Gatsby, Fall 2014

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The Ridgefield Playhouse for Movies and the Performing Arts and the Ridgefield Library organized a community-wide reading initiative of The Great Gatsby under the auspices of The Big Read.

View Great Gatsby brochure

Dipping into Proust, Fall 2012

Dipping into Proust, Fall 2012

The Library joined forces with The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum to present a multi-media series of programs based on Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time, better known as Remembrance of Things Past or, in its original French, À la recherche du temps perdu. The novel, in seven volumes, is one of the longest in the world. Our series focused on just the first book, Swann’s Way, the volume that contains the famous “episode of the madeleine,” which sparked the involuntary memories of the book’s narrator.

View Dipping into Proust brochure PDF: [TO BE PROVIDED]

What the Dickens! Winter 2012

What the Dickens! Winter 2012

This multipart, multimedia celebration of the life and work of Charles Dickens was presented on the occasion of his 200th birthday. There were book discussions, lectures, films, a Victorian tea, and a bus trip to the Morgan Library in Manhattan to see the Dickens at 200 exhibit.

View What the Dickens! brochure

The Big Read: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, Fall 2010

The Big Read: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, Fall 2010

The Ridgefield Playhouse for Movies and the Performing Arts and the Ridgefield Library organized a community-wide reading initiative under the auspices of The Big Read. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest.

View The Grapes of Wrath PDF

The Big Read in the News:

Read Ridgefield Patch 7/08/10

Danbury News-Times – 8/27/10

An Introduction to John Steinbeck and The Grapes of Wrath

by Dr. Mark Schenker

Enjoying Joyce: James Joyce Discussion Series, January through June 2010

Enjoying Joyce: James Joyce Discussion Series, January through June 2010

Over a six-month period from January through June 2010, we hosted lectures, movie screenings, book discussions, and live music, all culminating in a Bloomsday celebration on June 16.

View Enjoying Joyce brochure PDF

Read Yale News Article

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Ridgefield Writes: Celebrating Ridgefield's 300th Anniversary, 2008

Ridgefield Writes: Celebrating Ridgefield's 300th Anniversary, 2008

A celebration of Ridgefield writers past, present, and just passing through, in commemoration of Ridgefield’s 300th anniversary!

View Ridgefield Writes PDF

View Author Festival PDF

Seriously Shakespeare, 2006–2007

View Seriously Shakespeare Brochure PDF

Library’s Centennial and Ridgefield Reads The Wizard of Oz, 2003

View Ridgefield Reads Program Brochure

History

Ridgefield Remembers WWI, May through November 2018

A town-wide series of events and programs commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I.

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Ridgefield Remembers WWI PDF

 

Ridgefield Remembers the Civil War, 2013

A town-wide series of events and programs commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War.

View Ridgefield Remembers the Civil War PDF

Science and Technology

Full STEAM Ahead: Learning and Making in the 21st Century, September 2016

Full STEAM Ahead: Learning and Making in the 21st Century, September 2016

This three-day symposium and family day celebrated science, technology, engineering, art (+ design), and mathematics. Presented in conjunction with the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum.

Click Here to View STEAM Ahead site

Advancing Creative Thinking: Imagination to Innovation, April 2012

Advancing Creative Thinking: Imagination to Innovation, April 2012

This two-day conference, presented by The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield Library, and Ridgefield Arts Council with media sponsor Morris Media Group, was a huge success with 30 speakers and nearly 300 participants from the New York metro area. It offered 18 separate programs at 3 locations, including 2 receptions, lunch, live music, and a large-scale walking labyrinth! In addition to these great events, new networks were formed among participants, organizers, and sponsors.

View Our Events for Adult Programs > Creativity Conference for more information about the conference.

View Creativity Conference Program PDF

The International Year of Astronomy, 2009

The International Year of Astronomy, 2009

The Library coordinated a town-wide series of astronomy-related events in celebration of astronomy and its contributions to society and culture, highlighted by the 400th anniversary of the first use of an astronomical telescope by Galileo.

View The International Year of Astronomy PDF