Thursday, September 22, 2016

Welcoming our New Teen Services Librarian

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Erica Gauquier as the Library’s new Teen Services Librarian. She replaces Geri Diorio, who has moved on to become Assistant Director of her hometown Stratford Library.

During her undergrad schooling, Erica studied Psychology and Social Work, preparing her for what she knew would be a career in providing services to children and young adults. Realizing she wanted to become a librarian, she received her Master’s degree in Information and Library Science from Pratt Institute in 2010. Erica has been passionately engaged in young adult librarianship ever since.

Erica began her career at Darien (CT) Library, bringing teens in the community new and innovative programs while establishing lasting relationships with many of them.

It is now her great pleasure to become immersed in the Ridgefield community, bringing that same love and passion for youth services to her own town. She is full of exciting ideas and also looks forward to hearing from 6th through 12th graders in town about what they would like to see at the Library. You can find her in the Ellis Family Teen Center of the Ridgefield Library or contact her by email at She looks forward to meeting you!  

Thursday, September 15, 2016

New Access to an Old Favorite

Consumers Union has checked out some 155,000 products in their test labs since 1936. These include the highfalutin’ and the ho-hum. Sports cars and sneakers. Computers and corn poppers. Cognacs and colas. CU's engineers and technicians eyeball, heft, measure, weigh, taste, use, and abuse those products. They take them apart, leave them out to weather, drop them, crash them, and put them through accelerated-wear tests to assess their durability. All this to determine the best, and sometimes worst, products for all of us to use.

For many years, the Ridgefield Library has offered Consumer Reports monthly magazine and annual index. This heavily used resource has been a boon to redecorators, those with ailing appliances, those needing new cars or suggestions for good used cars and a multitude of things from computers to insect repellent.

Now we are very happy to be able to provide online both Library and home access to this great service. You will find the trusted articles, ratings and even more on the Library website   Click the Catalog and Collections button and choose Magazines and Newspapers. Keep your Ridgefield Library card handy as the barcode is needed to log in, and read your way to great products and services in the comfort of your home!

Contributed by Adult Services Librarians Victoria Carlquist and Christie Mitchell

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Falling into Fall @ the Library

Sunday hours are back!  Beginning September 11 and running through the school year, the Library will be open on Sundays from 1:00 to 5:00 PM. 

Registration is now open for fall preschool storytimes and after-school activities, including book discussions, Maker groups, crafts, music programs, and even yoga for youngsters.  Most regular programs begin the last week of September. Sign-up may be done online at  Stay tuned also for information about “specials” on school holidays and other occasions. And, of course, drop-in favorites like Mother Goose and storytime on Saturday morning continue most weeks.

Seasonal series like the Ridgefield Folk concerts and ARTalk lectures pick up again in the fall.  Check our event calendar at so you don’t miss these very popular offerings. Many of these are sponsored by the Friends of the Library, whose fall used book sales are on tap for mid-October.

The Library and Ridgefield High School are looking forward to the 3rd year of their joint Books Building Bridges intergenerational reading program.  This year’s title is “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” by Ken Kesey.  Grab your copy, and start reading, or re-reading, this classic and watch for details of book chats, scholarly lectures and more.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Introducing Remaining New Library Board Members

As promised, here are profiles of two more talented individuals who have joined the Library Board this summer.

Alison Greeley moved to Ridgefield with her husband and two sons in 2005. She spent 14 years at Morgan Stanley, beginning in a brokerage office in Aspen, CO and later joining the Investment Management Division in New York City. She managed teams and projects in sales and marketing developing marketing campaigns, including new product launches, and building new departments. Since leaving Morgan Stanley in 2008, she has served as the Chair and Treasurer of the Ridgefield Arts Council, and is a co-founder of the Ridgefield 9/11 Memorial.

Stephen DeMatteo has lived in Ridgefield since 2003 with his wife Anissa and their three children, James, Charles and Audrey.  As a shareholder of York International Agency, Steve leads the firm’s Commercial Insurance Practice.  Prior to joining York in 2005, Steve held a similar role with Marsh & McLennan.  Steve is a 1989 graduate of Fairfield University. Around town Steve has spent the past decade on the sidelines of his children’s youth sports teams.  He was a 10-year member of the Town of Ridgefield Insurance & Risk Management Committee where he was an advisor to the Board of Selectmen on property/casualty insurance matters.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

One-Stop Shopping @ the Library

Of course, we have books and DVDs and audiobooks and comfy reading chairs and study areas and computers and programs for young and old.  But did you know about these less traditional services we also offer for your convenience?

Photocopiers - Our copy machines can collate, duplex and copy up to size 11 x 17. Sorry, black and white only. Twenty cents per page.

Fax machine and color scanner - Outgoing fax service only. Easy to use - only $1.00 per page for faxing; no charge for scanning to file or email.

Passport issuance – Give us a call for new applications, children’s passports and renewals of long expired documents. By appointment only at 203-438-2282 x11022.  Comfortable and convenient, especially if have children in tow, and you can stop by the travel reference shelves while you are here!

Blood pressure screening – Drop in the second Wednesday of each month from 11:00 AM to noon, and let staff from the Ridgefield VNA help you monitor this important health indicator.

The Library Store – Check out our selection of blank journals, booklights, tote bags, greeting cards and more, many with Ridgefield Library branding you can show off with pride.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Library Board Welcomes New Members

The Ridgefield Library welcomes four new members to its Board of Directors.  Two are profiled here, and the others will be introduced in a future column.

Rob Freeman moved to Ridgefield with his wife and two children in 2010. He is a Vice President with Venbrook Insurance Services. Before joining Venbrook, Rob was founder and CEO of Green Buildings Online Inc., an award winning provider of e-learning and online training for employees of global institutions and Fortune 500 companies. Prior to that he worked for six years for a New York commercial real estate private equity group. Rob earned a BA from Skidmore College and an MBA from Babson College.

Tizzie Mantione has lived in Ridgefield 16 years with her husband Tom and their two children, Nico (13) and Jax (12). She grew up in neighboring Pound Ridge, NY and is a graduate of Vanderbilt University. Her career has spanned multiple industries including sports marketing, event management, financial management, executive search and software sales. Tizzie has volunteered in Ridgefield in both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts as well as various programs at Farmingville Elementary and East Ridge Middle School. She is currently serving on the Ridgefield Prevention Council. She is an avid cyclist, golfer and reader who loves to travel. 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Lost and Found @ the Library

With more than 800 people visiting the Library each day, in all kinds of weather and for many different purposes, we wind up with quite a collection of lost and found items waiting for retrieval.  There are umbrellas; jackets, scarves and gloves; device chargers; eyeglasses; water bottles; car keys; jewelry; personal documents left in the copier; school texts and student notebooks; and medical paperwork used as bookmarks by people spending time in doctor and hospital waiting rooms.  Our hearts go out especially to the youngsters who have inadvertently left behind a treasured pacifier, security blanket or stuffed animal friend.

One of the most unusual items found recently was a framed vintage photograph left in the copy machine near the adult reference desk.  The Ridgefield Historical Society helped us identify the subject -  Geraldine Farrar, a popular opera star of the early 20th century who lived for many years in Ridgefield.  While local historians and opera lovers frequently inquire about Farrar, we haven’t a clue who may have left her picture behind.

If you think you may have lost this photo, or any other items, please inquire at the Circulation Desk so we can get these objects back to their proper homes.