Thursday, May 28, 2009

Calling all Mystery Lovers

Do you like to read mysteries? Would you like to talk about them with fellow enthusiasts? Then the Ridgefield Library is the place for you. In response to patron demand, we are planning to launch a mystery book discussion group in the fall, and we would love to have your input about format, book selection process, frequency of meetings and all the other factors that contribute to a successful book group. We invite you to take our short Mystery Lovers’ Survey, either online at our webpage at or by picking up a paper copy at the Library.

We will be trying out some of these ideas on June 25th at 10:00 AM, when the AM Book Group will be discussing Agatha Christie’s “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd” featuring iconic sleuth Hercule Poirot. Mystery lovers will also be in for a treat this summer, when author and scholar Joanne Dobson returns with more of her popular Brown Bag Lunch sessions. This year we will be looking at the contributions of Christie and Edgar Allan Poe to the creation of the mystery genre, as part of our celebration of the Summer Reading Program theme of “Be Creative @ your Library.” Join us!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Making a Tribute Gift to the Library

Looking for a unique and meaningful way to celebrate a special occasion, honor a colleague, or remember a loved one who has passed away? Consider the Ridgefield Library’s tribute gift program. Donations in honor or memory of cherished individuals recognize their accomplishments and interests while making a gift to the entire community. In these economic times, many people would prefer that money be used to help a valuable institution rather than to buy yet another unneeded tie or knickknack.

Donors may make a general unrestricted gift to support Library operations, or, for a donation of $35 or more, request purchase of materials in a subject area or format particularly appropriate to the honoree (such as children’s books, local history or audiobooks). A special bookplate recognizing your honoree and your generosity will be added to each purchased item.

Making a tribute gift to the Ridgefield Library is easy. Pick up a brochure, or make a secure donation online using Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express. Just go to and click on “Supporting the Library.”

Interested in having your family and friends make gifts to the Library in honor of your birthday, anniversary, graduation or wedding? Contact me as below to send an e-invitation informing them of your wishes.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Paccadolmi Awards Presented

Congratulations to Hope Swenson and Melissa Brady, recipients of the 2009 Paccadolmi Awards, which were presented at a library function on May 1st.

The Paccadolmi Awards were created by the Ridgefield Library Association Board of Directors in 2007 to honor individuals who have exhibited extraordinary dedication to the Library. They are named in honor of the late Phyllis Paccadolmi, a long-time Library employee who devoted more than 50 years of service to the town and the institution she loved.

Honoree Hope H. Swenson has lived in Ridgefield for nearly 40 years. She has been on the Library Board or closely associated with the Library all that time. She is a tireless advocate for public libraries in general and the Ridgefield Library in particular. She enthusiastically champions the book clubs, the film series, the staff, the collection and even the new “designer” library card.

Melissa Brady has thrown herself into the work of the Library’s Community Outreach Committee since its beginnings in January 2008. She is an outstanding volunteer who has taken a leadership role in bringing to life programs for all ages, particularly as a volunteer coordinator for our new Homebound Delivery Service.

Our heartfelt thanks to these two extraordinary women!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Nutmeg Authors Live @ the Library

Calling all fans of great children’s literature! Thanks to a generous grant from HSBC Bank USA, N.A., the Ridgefield Library is pleased to offer a series of presentations this spring and summer by authors of 2010 Nutmeg Children’s Book Award nominees.

The Nutmeg Children’s Book Awards offer Connecticut youngsters in grades 4 through 8 the opportunity to read from lists of nominated titles and then vote in January for their favorite book.

To add to the interest and excitement, the Ridgefield Library and HSBC have paired up to bring to town some of the dynamic and talented authors of this year’s nominees. Nutmeg Authors Live @ the Library continues on Wednesday, May 20th with Jen Bryant, author of “Pieces of Georgia.”

Kids and other readers of all ages are invited to hear Jen speak at 4:00 PM in the Dayton Program Room. Copies of her book will be available for sale and signing, courtesy of Books on the Common.

From 5:00 to 6:00 PM, teachers, parents, librarians, aspiring writers and other interested adults are welcome to join us for a wine and cheese reception and a chance to chat with Jen.

Mark your calendars now for appearances by Susan Beth Pfeffer on June 1st and Cynthia Lord on July 20th.