Thursday, April 23, 2009

Celebrating the Friends of the Library

No celebration of National Library Month would be complete without recognizing the extraordinary Friends of the Ridgefield Library. Known far and wide for their book sales (don’t miss the spring sale May 1-4), the Friends provide vital financial support for many of your favorite programs, from Summer Reading to Ridgefield Folk. They allow us to add outreach services like Homebound Delivery and Books for Babes and to develop new programs such as our monthly poetry group in response to patron demand. No matter how you use the Library, the Friends have in some way contributed to making your experience more informative, entertaining or inspiring.

You can help the Friends help us not only by patronizing the book sales but also by becoming a Friends member, during their current membership campaign. Tax-deductible dues and contributions to the Friends provide the foundation for their fundraising activities, all of which benefit the Ridgefield Library and its users. Look for a Friends membership form at the Library or print one from our website at

Many people do not realize that the Friends membership drive is separate from the Annual Appeal conducted by the Library Board. Both efforts raise funds in support of the Library but in different ways. If you have any questions about the two campaigns, I would be happy to hear from you.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

National Everything Month

Welcome to National Everything Month! There are so many commemorations and occasions in April that we can hardly find time to observe them all. Here are a few highlights.

  • National Library Week – We’re extending this one through the end of the month, with a special offer on Ridgefield Library signature items. Pick up a logo travel mug AND our colorful special edition library card – both for one low price of $5.00.
  • National Poetry Month – Youngsters can visit the Poetry Wall in Children’s Services to share pocket poems and their own creations, plus sign up for Poetry Theater on April 30th (for 2nd – 5th graders).
  • Jazz Appreciation Month – Don’t miss the fun on April 23rd when the David Morgan Trio will perform standard jazz repertoire while explaining the history and concepts behind the performance.
  • Earth Day – We’re celebrating by eliminating printed overdue notices and expanding our recycling efforts, as described last week.
  • National Volunteer Week – Actually, there is so much going on this month we are going to put off our volunteer recognition activities until the fall! Stay tuned for news of a special event honoring the hundreds of volunteers young and old who make the Ridgefield Library such a wonderful place.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Library Goes Green for Earth Day

The Ridgefield Library is celebrating Earth Day by making some changes to be a greener institution.

Starting this month, we will be phasing out the mailing of printed overdue notices. Borrowers will be enrolled instead in our electronic notice system which will send straight to your designated e-mail address overdue notices plus advance notice of items coming due. This will not only save paper but also postage expense and staff time and will get notification to you faster than through the mail. If you are not already receiving your notices by e-mail, stop by the Circulation Desk and sign up today. You can also sign up for the separate Library ELF service that can combine notices for multiple accounts (for several family members, for example) and send them all in one convenient e-mail.

While you are here, take advantage of our new recycling bins throughout the building, made possible by the generous commitment to environmental consciousness of several private donors.

Finally, you may notice one more energy-saving measure – automatic sensors on the lights in bathrooms and other rooms that are populated sporadically.

Happy Earth Day!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Holiday Closings; Exhibit Opening

Spring is finally here! And so are the spring holidays. Please note that the Library will be closed on Friday, April 10th and Sunday, April 12th. We will be here our usual hours on Saturday the 11th (9 AM to 5 PM).

Also on April 11th, we are pleased to announce the opening of “Visions of the Universe: Four Centuries of Discovery,” a traveling exhibit funded by NASA and organized by the Space Telescope Science Institute, the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and the American Library Association. The Ridgefield Library is one of only 40 libraries nationwide, and the only one in Connecticut, to be chosen to host this prestigious exhibit. The exhibit may be viewed through June 11th during Library open hours, and the public is cordially invited to a celebratory reception on Sunday, April 19th from 5:00 to 6:30 PM. Large colorful panels use historical drawings and diagrams made by Galileo and other early astronomers, along with dramatic contemporary images from the Hubble Space Telescope and other space missions, to explore how our views and understanding of the universe have changed over the last four centuries. Don’t miss it, and the many other International Year of Astronomy 2009 activities listed on our website at