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 www.biblio.org/rdgfld/friends/friend.htm.
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.