Upcoming Events

Contact: Laureen Bubniak, Director of Development, 203-438-2282 x11029.

The Ridgefield Library has some very exciting Special Events planned for the future to help us reach our fundraising goals. Click below to see our upcoming events.

Love Your Library:  LYL 

Join us for our Fourth Annual Love Your Library (LYL) Celebration 
DATE:  October 4-5, 2019

PLACE:  All Around Town!

All donations received on LYL weekend will be matched by an anonymous donor and will benefit the annual operating fund of the Ridgefield Library.

Thank you for your support! 

Friday, October 4:  7:30 AM-5:30 PM–Stop & Shop*

Saturday, October 5:  7:30 AM-12:00 PM–Early Bird Café*, Ridgefield Running Company*, Steve’s Bagels*

*At all locations, see volunteers with Library information, bookmarks and collecting donations. Give a donation of any amount and receive free raffle tickets to bring to the Library on  Saturday between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM for a chance to win great prizes.

Saturday, October 5:  10:00 AM-2:00 PM–Fire House — tours and giveaways. Police Benevolent Association on the front lawn of the Library — Safety Information and giveaways. Just stop by the Firehouse or the PBA table and receive free raffle tickets to bring to the Library on Saturday between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM for a chance to win great prizes.

Saturday, October 5:  10:00 AM-3:00 PM–Ridgefield Library
Stop in for cookies and apple cider and to fill out a heart-shaped note saying what YOU Love about the Library. Complete the Scavenger Hunt and receive free raffle tickets for a chance to win great prizes.

2:00 PM-2:45 PM–Performance by Danny Magic of his comedy magic show.

3:00 PM–Raffle Drawing for great prizes and awards presentation for LYL Magnet Contest.  

3:00 PM-4:45 PM–Film screening of “Where the Wild Things Are” (2009) in the Leir Children’s Program Room.

Saturday, October 5:  For Adults 21 and over
Ancona’s Wines & Liquors will be hosting wine tastings

1:00 PM-4:00 PM–Governor Street location**

3:00 PM-6:00 PM–Branchville Road location**

**Volunteers will be accepting donations and passing out Library information and bookmarks. Codey, Emma, Kyle, and Monique have each picked one of their favorite ‘book wines,’ that is, a wine that is perfect to enjoy by itself; no pairing  necessary, just the perfect, cozy accompaniment to a good book.  Make a donation of any amount to the Library and receive a free raffle ticket for a basket of wine.  Winners will be notified by email.

Stop & Shop Community Bag Program Supports Ridgefield Library 

Ridgefield Library has been selected as the beneficiary of
the @StopandShop Community Bag Program!

DATE:  June 1-30, 2019

PLACE:  Stop & Shop, 125 Danbury Road, Ridgefield

Each time the $2.50 reusable Community Bag is purchased at the Stop & Shop at 125 Danbury Road in Copps Hill Plaza during the month of June, we will receive a $1 donation.

Thank you for your support! 

Ridgefield Library Guest Bartender Night at Gallo Ristorante

Join our favorite Guest Bartenders, Ridgefield Library Board Members Rob Freeman and Woody Harford and DJ Rob Ellis at Karaoke Night at the Ridgefield Library’s Guest Bartender Night at Gallo Ristorante 

DATE:  Thursday, June 13, 2019

TIME:  6:00 to 9:00 PM 

PLACE:  Gallo Ristorante, 5 Grove Street, Ridgefield

You, your family and friends can take a turn at the microphone, individually or as a team, or vote for your favorite “local” singers …. all while supporting the Ridgefield Library. Don’t miss this fun-filled evening of song and laughs.

All bar tips benefit the Ridgefield Library. Gallo will also contribute 10% of the evening’s liquor and food bill.  Don’t forget to stay for dinner and mention “the Ridgefield Library.”

If you have any questions about this exciting evening, please contact  Laureen Bubniak, Director of Development  [email protected] or (203) 438-2282, ext. 11029 


Ridgefield Charity Poker Tournament


Ridgefield Library will host the Second Annual Ridgefield Charity Poker Tournament.  All profits go to charities.  Come play on behalf of the charity of your choice!  Click here to register

DATE:  Thursday, June 6, 2019

TIME:  6:00 to 11:00 PM (Tournament begins at 7:00 PM) 

PLACE:  Le Chateau, 1410 NY-35,  South Salem, NY 10590 

ENTRY FEE:    $175/per person (over the age of 21) includes tournament poker chips, a delicious buffet, unlimited beer and wine for the evening, cigar bar and live entertainment.

SPECTATOR:  $125/person (over the age of 21) If you don’t want play poker but would like to join the fun, you can purchase a Spectator Ticket which will allow you to attend and enjoy the buffet, wine, beer, cigar bar and live entertainment.     




Direct inquiries to: Laureen Bubniak, Director of Development  [email protected] or  (203) 438-2282, ext. 11029 

2019 Ridgefield Charity Poker Tournament Committee:

Marc Colamaria

Ken Ducey

Kerry Anne Ducey

Rob Ellis

Joe Heinzmann

Tizzie Mantione

Tom Trillo

Laureen Bubniak

Connie Marsala 


Run Like A Mother

Happening every year on Mother’s Day, this road race takes place on May 12, 2019, and includes a women-only 5K, a kids one-mile race, and post race party for the entire family. Run Like a Mother runs through Ridgefield with family members cheering their athletes on as the final mile heads down Main Street before turning into Ballard Park for a post-run celebration.

5K finishers will receive a commemorative medal and technical tee shirt. Proceeds from the race benefit the Noreen L Papa “Mothers:Live Your Life” Fund at the Ridgefield Library. Noreen Papa was an integral part of Run Like a Mother for many years, who passed away in 2013 from cancer. Programming focuses on health and wellness for the community. (Ridgefield Press 12/31/2018)

Click here for more information and to register for Run Like A Mother 2019

Click here to donate to the Noreen L Papa Fund


Thank you to our sponsors:

BMW of Ridgefield

Casey Energy

Enchanted Garden

Fairfield County Bank


Dr. Blaine Langberg

Macaroni Kid

Karla Murtaugh Homes  

Orange Theory

Ridgefield Bicycle Company

Ridgefield Ophthalmology

Ridgefield Parks & Recreation

Ridgefield Perfect Smile Center

Ridgefield Performance Chiropractic

Ridgefield Physical Therapy

Ridgefield Running Company

Steve’s Bagels & Cafe

Stop & Shop

Susi Laura Massage

Town Vibe



Great Expectations 2019

Great Expectations is the Ridgefield Library’s annual signature benefit. On this occasion, the Library honors an individual, couple or family whose work reflects the vision and mission of the Library. We are delighted to have Paul and Dewey McNamara as the honorees for 2019.

Great Expectations 2019 is SOLD OUT.  We are thrilled and grateful for the strong community response in support of the Library and in honor of the McNamaras.

An evening affair to benefit the Ridgefield Library

This year’s gala will have a Kentucky Derby theme.

Honoring Paul and Dewey McNamara with the
2019 Hope H. Swenson Visionary Award

Saturday, May 4, 2019
6:00 to 11:00 PM
The Ridgefield Library
472 Main Street

The 2019 Great Expectations Gala honors Paul and Dewey McNamara as the recipients of the Hope H. Swenson Visionary Award for their ongoing strong support of the Ridgefield Library over the years including to the new building campaign and their meaningful contributions to the many organizations in Ridgefield.

See the 145th Kentucky Derby during the cocktail hour,enjoy a seated dinner by Sarah Bouissou Catering and sing along to a lively Piano Bar after the program!

Live Auction featuring a limited number of exclusive items

Derby attire encouraged.

If you are not able to attend but wish to make a donation
in honor of the McNamaras
, please contact Laureen Bubniak
at 203-438-2282 x11029 or click here

Title Sponsor

  • Fairfield County Bank

Nobel Prize

  • Larry & Nancy Bossidy

Pulitzer Prize

  • Rudy & Sally Ruggles

Man Booker Prize

  • Anonymous
  • Robert & Elizabeth Ellis
  • Fairfield County Bank Insurances Services LLC
  • Lichtenberger Foundation
  • Dean & Theresa Miller
  • Norfolk Company
  • Rodier Flowers
  • Tauck Tours
  • TownVibe
  • Viking Construction, Inc.

Hugo Award

  • The Couri Family
  • Anita & Nick Donofrio
  • Steven & Elizabeth Goldstone
  • Gregory & Adams
  • Richard & Lori Jabara
  • John & Nancy Katz
  • Ridgefield Supply Company
  • RJR Builders LLC
  • John & Allison Stockel

Caldecott Medal

  • Pablito Almira
  • John & Lori Berisford
  • BMW of Ridgefield
  • Sarah Bouissou Catering
  • Adam Broderick & Pete Goldstein
  • Casey Energy
  • The Donnelly Trust
  • Doyle Coffin Architecture
  • Peter & Maryann Grierson
  • Woody & Suni Harford
  • Robert & Jennifer Jasminski
  • Robert & Shelley Keyes
  • Philip & Christine Lodewick
  • Sue Manning
  • Glori & Adam Norwitt
  • Joseph & Donna Pastore
  • John & Joanne Patrick
  • Ridgefield’s HamletHub
  • Jonathan & Diana Seaman
  • Union Savings Bank
  • Western Connecticut Health Network

2019 Great Expectations Gala Co-Chairs

  • Marcie & Peter Coffin
  • Dean & Theresa Miller

2019 Great Expectations Gala Committee

  • Linda Berry
  • Michele Booth
  • Laureen Bubniak
  • Anthony Cacciola
  • John Casiello
  • Jessica Cohen
  • Kathleen Diana
  • Robert Ellis
  • Lynn Everdell
  • Ira Joe Fisher
  • Andy Forsyth
  • Sonta Frindt
  • Sandra Gill
  • Mary Harold
  • Tizzie Mantione
  • Connie Marsala
  • Brenda McKinley
  • Dorothy Pawlowski
  • Geri Schneider
  • Victoria Secunda
  • Mary Mann Smith
  • Valerie Van Beek
  • Paul & Leslie Vuilleumier
  • Carrie Wells
  • David & Julie Yaun

Gala Donors 


Jeannine & Thomas Carr

Georgia Carrington                    

Hope Gaisser

Beth & Chuck Hancock             

Rhonda Hill

Geraldine Hotard                       

Jeanne & Mike Manto

John & Stephanie Marra          

Alan Must & Harriet Hanlon

Ryer Associates Commercial Real Estate        

Linda & Perry Salvagne   

Walter & Sabina Slavin               

Martha & Nick Spofford

Andrea & Bob Whitton               

Mary Broman Wyton      

Gala Advertisers

Adam Broderick Salon & Spa      

Berkshire Broadcasting Corp.

Brenda & Dan Berta

BMW of Ridgefield

Anita & George Bossis

Couri Family

Donnelly, McNamara & Gustafson

Founders Hall

Friends of the Ridgefield Library

Kane Funeral Home

Kiley Painting

Landmark Academy

John & Peggy Loehr

Lounsbury House

Fleuri & Mike MacIntyre

Mitchell Fuel

Montanari Fuel

Todd & Heather Payne

Quarry Ridge Animal Hospital

Ridgefield Academy

Ridgefield Family Eye Care

Ridgefield Running Company

Ridgefield Theater Barn

Geri & Dave Schneider

Silver Spring Country Club