Programs for Booklovers

The Ridgefield Library has a wide range of fun and informative programs for booklovers. Whichever genre you enjoy, the Library has something for you, including author talks and book signings, town-wide reads, monthly book discussion groups, and scholarly series.

Contact: Lesley Lambton, Adult Programs, or call 203-438-2282 x11013

Monthly Book Discussion Groups

View Our Events to learn more about our discussion groups.

Nonfictioneers

The Nonfictioneers meet on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Dayton Program Room to discuss contemporary and classic nonfiction titles.

Murder by the Book

The Library’s mystery discussion group, meets on the first Thursday of the month (except December) at 10:30 a.m. The group meets in the Randolph Room on the Upper Level.

Critics' Circle Book Group

Focuses mainly on fiction and meets on the third Tuesday of the month (except December) at 7 p.m. in the Dayton Program Room. Adult Services Librarian Dorothy Pawlowski facilitates the discussions.

Food for Thought

Reads books that explore the many ways that food expresses, affects, and enriches our lives. Discussions are usually held on the fourth Monday of every month (except December). The group meets in the Randolph Room on the Upper Level.

AM Book Group

Gets together on the fourth Wednesday of every month (except December) at 10 a.m. The group meets in the Randolph Room on the Upper Level.

Poetry Discussion Group

Meets monthly on the last Friday of the month (except July and August) at 1 p.m. in the Randolph Board Room. Discussions are led by Dr. Alan Holder, a poet and retired English professor. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

The Library also organizes book discussions for members of Founders Hall 

New readers are always welcome at the Library’s book groups. Copies of the books are made available at the library through inter-library loan. Copies of the books also may be purchased at Books on the Common at a 15% discount. Many titles are also available as downloadable e-books or audiobooks from OverDrive or Hoopla.

Books and Breakfast

Books and Breakfast

A monthly informal gathering where Library staff and fellow booklovers share information about favorite books over coffee and refreshments.

Visit our Events for upcoming Books and Breakfast meetings to see upcoming Books and Breakfast meetings.

Author Talks and Book Signings

Authors give an inside look at their work through lectures and discussions. Many of these events are co-sponsored by Ridgefield’s independent bookstore, Books on the Common.

Find out about upcoming Author Talks and register for programs.

Scholarly Series

The Ridgefield Library regularly presents scholarly book discussion series. Over the past few years, these have included Still Alive! 200 Years of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, All About Jane: Celebrating 200 Years of Jane Austen, Celebrating Shakespeare, The Big Read: The Great Gatsby, Dipping Into Proust, What the Dickens!, The Big Read: The Grapes of Wrath, and Enjoying Joyce.

View Past Special Adult Events Programs

The Library also presents many other programs that will appeal to lovers of literature, such as a popular lecture by Dr. Mark Schenker called Give It a Rest: A Brief Survey of the Literary Portrayal of Sloth, which was presented at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum.

Give It a Rest: A Brief Survey of the Literary Portrayal of Sloth

by Dr. Mark Shenker

Books Building Bridges

Each fall the Ridgefield Library and Ridgefield High School choose one book from the curriculum for an intergenerational exploration, including book chats led by high school students, lectures, and more. Choices have included The Grapes of Wrath, The Great Gatsby, The Cather in the Rye, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and Pride and Prejudice.

Recorded Lectures from the Series

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

by Dr. Mark Shenker

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

by Dr. Mark Shenker

Is There a Catch in the Catcher in the Rye

by Dr. Mark Shenker

Our Mission

The Ridgefield Library anticipates and meets the evolving needs of our community. We are an essential partner and the place where people go to discover, question, learn and connect.

Hours

Monday–Thursday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
(closed summer Sundays)

Location

472 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT 06877

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Contact Us

Call: 203 438-2282
Fax: 203 438-4558