Did you see the recent article in the New York Times about the rise in library use, which featured our own Ridgefield Library (if you missed it, see the online version here)? Along with showing how people are using libraries to save money, it highlighted the evolving role of institutions traditionally looked to as a source of books to borrow and cultural programs to attend. Increasingly, libraries are serving as a “wise resource in challenging times,” taking the lead in helping people address practical issues in their lives, from job loss to living sustainably. In addition to traditional book discussions and storytimes, in recent months Ridgefielders have been able to get hands-on help eliminating unwanted catalogs, find answers to questions about their electronic gadgets, learn about green lawn care and attend one of a continuing series of career workshops. Upcoming are a “Pink Slip Party” networking opportunity for prospective employers and employees and a seminar on “Weathering the College Admissions Process” for parents of high school students. Visit our website for details, where you can also sign up for weekly e-newsletters to keep you informed of all the literary, cultural and practical offerings we have in store.