Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Summer Brings Changes to Library Schedules

Summer is just around the corner, and that brings some changes to the Ridgefield Library.

·         Starting June 20th, we will be closed on Sundays until after Labor Day. The rest of the weekly schedule stays the same:  Monday/Wednesday/Friday 10 AM to 6 PM, Tuesday/Thursday 10 AM to 9 PM and Saturday 9 AM to 5 PM.  On Sundays, check out the many online resources available at our “virtual branch” at
·         The last session of Scrabble for the summer will be on Tuesday, June 1st.  These popular weekly meetings will resume in the fall.
·         Summer Reading Programs for children, teens and adults begin on Wednesday, June 23rd.  Check our website for details, including new procedures for SRP volunteer sign-up.
·         To ease the parking crunch due to CHIRP events on Tuesdays, our Hollister Film Series will move to Wednesdays during the summer, starting June 23rd.  There will be some variation from the regular every-other-week schedule, to accommodate other events already on the calendar, so check our website for details, sign up for our e-mail newsletter or join us on Twitter to stay up with the latest.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Summer Reading Volunteering

Summer is on its way, and that brings Summer Reading to the Ridgefield Library. This year, we are instituting some changes to the sign-up procedure for those wishing to volunteer for the program.

Volunteers must be going into the 6th grade or higher in the fall of 2010.

All volunteers must attend one of two training sessions, scheduled for June 15th and 17th at 4:30 PM.

Each volunteer must bring with them to the training a completed Volunteer Information Sheet, including six preferred dates and times to volunteer. We ask that these dates be checked against all personal and family calendars for the summer before being submitted. We will be using these sheets to construct a volunteer schedule for the entire Summer Reading Program. We will attempt to assign each individual his or her top choices, then go on to 2nd and 3rd preferences if necessary. We will not be having volunteers sign up directly on a big calendar at the training as in the past. Each volunteer will be notified of their assigned time slots once all the information sheets have been collected and compiled.

Volunteer Information Sheets may be obtained in Children’s Services or downloaded from our website at

Thursday, May 6, 2010

It's Older Americans Month at the Library

May is Older Americans Month, an annual celebration of the legacies and ongoing contributions of America’s “seniors,” a demographic group that now spans three generations and continues to grow. Of course, not all seniors are alike, and the Library has a range of services to accommodate the spectrum of interests and abilities of Ridgefield’s older residents.

For the active older adult, we have many programs allowing one to pursue lifelong learning (book discussions, films, scholarly series like the current “Enjoying Joyce” program) and to keep up to date in critical area such as retirement and estate planning and health and medical issues (authoritative medical and financial databases and expert reference librarians). Books, magazines, DVDs and online how-to databases help the curious learn new skills or take up new hobbies in retirement. Volunteer opportunities allow one to give back to the community.

For those whose activities may be somewhat curtailed by the effects of aging, we offer large print books and audiobooks in a number of convenient formats. Many popular programs are offered in daytime sessions for those who prefer not to drive after dark. And for those unable to get to the Library themselves, we will bring our riches to you through our Homebound Delivery program.