Thursday, April 28, 2016

Important Service Notification for Ridgefield Library Borrowers

For the foreseeable future we will no longer process requests for items we do not own. We apologize for the inconvenience this will cause many of our regular patrons.

We are experiencing a problem affecting the entire state of Connecticut which is not related to the budget woes of the state.  Our once reliable delivery system has changed radically, and currently books and other items moving from one community to another can take more than 6 weeks to get delivered to the right spot.

Therefore, if you would like to place a hold on a title we own during this uncertain time, PLEASE go to a service desk (Circulation Desk, Adult Desk, Children’s Desk) and do not place holds yourself through the catalog. We ask for your cooperation with this, as it will only put additional strain on the system.

You may elect to travel to another library, in a neighboring community or elsewhere across the state, to pick up a book from their building. Our staff can guide you in locating and confirming availability.

Staff will also be happy to help you find alternatives, such as digital copies of some titles, or discussion suggestions available in our Book Club Corner.

Since items are also not being returned in a timely manner to their owning libraries, you may receive an overdue notice for something you borrowed elsewhere and returned here (or vice versa).  Please bring this to the attention of the circulation staff.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Teens Can Learn Tools to Enhance Their Health and Wellness

April really is the cruelest month, especially if you are in high school. AP exams begin soon, there are recitals, concerts, dances, and research papers galore. All this activity can cause stress, stress can cause illness, and no one has time for that!  The Ridgefield Library has partnered with the Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce Health and Wellness Council to offer a series of programs for high school students who are looking to lead healthier lives. These programs will teach teens some “Life Hacks” they can use at any time.  On April 27th a yoga instructor and a meditation teacher will lead a program on Calming the Chaos. They’ll show teens how to center themselves with movement, breath, and mindfulness. May 20th brings a program that will help teens look and feel their best. A nutritionist and skin care expert will show some simple approaches to eating healthily. Finally, on May 25th, the RVNA’s director of community health and wellness will teach teens some time management skills to maximize their downtimes. All the programs will run from 4 to 5 PM at the Ridgefield Library. High school students are encouraged to sign up through the Library’s website at 

Contributed by Teen Services Librarian Geri Diorio

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Keeping up with Library Science

April 12th was National Library Workers Day, an occasion designated by the American Library Association (ALA) to recognize the individuals who work at the many different jobs that are all part of the library profession.  Their job descriptions are ever-evolving, as technology and community expectations have evolved.  Keeping up is a job in itself, one to which Ridgefield Library staff are dedicated.  Here is a sampling of some of the workshops, webinars, conferences and other professional development opportunities our staff have attended in just the past few months.

Pinterest for Libraries
Readers’ Advisory Roundtable
Using Pop Culture to Create Great Library Programs
Getting Started with Digitization
Building Great Programs for Patrons in their 20s and 30s
Retinkering Makerspaces
Learners as Leaders: Student-Directed STEM Programs in Libraries
Building the Digital Branch
Fueling the Next Generation of Opportunity for Young Children’s Love of and Engagement in Reading
Learning Python
The Digital Shift
Book Club Recommendations
Protecting Patron Privacy
How to Build and Promote your Digital Collections
Customizing Making: How Libraries Are Responding to Creating Opportunities for Participatory Learning

Stay tuned to see how all we have learned about will find its way into programs and services here at the Ridgefield Library!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

April Is Nutmeg Book Award Time

It’s April, and that means it is time for the children of Connecticut to vote for the Nutmeg Book Award winners. The Nutmeg Book Award encourages children in grades 2-12 to read quality literature and to choose their favorite from a list of nominated titles. It is Connecticut’s homegrown book award. The nominated books are chosen by committees of public and school librarians from across the state. There are four divisions: Elementary for grades 2-4 (the only division that includes nonfiction), Intermediate for grades 4-6, Teen for grades 7-8, and High School for grades 9-12. Many Ridgefield students will be voting in their school libraries, but the Ridgefield Library offers a way to vote that may be appealing to people in middle and high schools – online. You can see a link to the Nutmeg ballots if you stop by our website. Students who are not voting at school are encouraged to vote online using our ballot. Please only vote once, either at school OR online. The winning books will be announced on May 15, and the new list of nominees will come out at that time as well. Spring is Nutmeg Book Award time!

Contributed by Teen Services Librarian Geri Diorio

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Passport to Connecticut Libraries

Did you know that you can use a Ridgefield Library card throughout the state?  During the month of April, we will be participating in the Passport to Connecticut Libraries program to encourage cardholders to visit and explore the amazing diversity of the state’s public libraries.

With sponsorship from the Connecticut Library Association, over 120 libraries will be participating.  Starting on April 1st, pick up your passport and the list of participants at any of our service desks. Then take along your passport as you travel to other libraries and receive a stamp and a token gift from each place you visit.

If you have stamps from at least five participants by April 30, you will be entered into a statewide drawing for a chance to win a $150 Visa Gift Card (for adults 18 and over) or a $100 Visa Gift Card for children and teens (under 18).   A total of four winners will be randomly selected from two categories; the first is for those who have visited at least five libraries and the second is made up of those from each library with the most passport stamps.

The second week of April is National Library Week, the perfect time to discover all the doors your library card opens. 

Contributed by Adult Services Librarian Dorothy Pawlowski

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Spring Is Coming!

How can you celebrate Spring @ the Library?  There are so many ways!

Ride your bike here when the weather is good.  There is a bike rack on the terrace level between the prospector and the Library for your convenience.

Sign up for the Run Like a Mother 5K on Mother’s Day.  Proceeds from race sponsorships benefit the Library’s Noreen L. Papa Mothers Live your Life Fund, which makes possible many materials and programs on health and wellness, fitness, parenting and related topics. Visit for more information.

Check out books, magazines and even DVDs on gardening, landscaping and repair, and get ready for spring cleaning and home improvement projects. You can even enjoy periodicals like Better Homes & Gardens or Organic Gardening on your computer or device with the Zinio download service.

Take advantage throughout April of programs in celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month and National Poetry Month, as well as our soon-to-launch Celebrating Shakespeare series commemorating the 400th anniversary of the death of the Bard.

Save the dates of April 29 and 30 for Spring Stroll, this year featuring several wonderful professional chalk artists and lots of fun shopping, eating and entertainment in downtown Ridgefield, including at the Library.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Introducing our New Children's Library Assistant

The Ridgefield Library is pleased to announce the addition of Angela Skrobar as our new part-time library assistant in Children’s Services.  Angela fills the position previously held by Kathy Cherniavsky who retired in November after years of dedicated service to the Library. She joins Head of Children’s Services Gayle Pulley, Children’s Programmer Diane Antezzo, Children’s Librarian Mary Beth Rassulo, Library Assistant Christine Miller and Children’s Collection Specialist Ann Victor in this very busy department.

Prior to joining the Library, Angela worked in both the public and school library environments.  Her duties will include assisting patrons in finding great books to read and working with the Library staff to promote and present our popular children’s programs.  Angela’s support will also be a great asset during our busy Summer Reading program.

Angela and her family moved to Ridgefield in 2014.  Angela has quickly become a part of the community and volunteers her time to a variety of local organizations.  Her professionalism and positive attitude make Angela a welcomed addition and a strong asset to the Ridgefield Library.  Drop in and welcome her soon!

Contributed by Gayle Pulley, head of Children's Services