Thursday, June 24, 2010

Why Come to the Library this Summer?

Why come to the Ridgefield Library this summer?

• It’s convenient: Our Summer Reading Programs for children, teens and adults mean that the entire family can “Dive into Reading” together, with one easy stop at the Library.

• It’s a great deal: All our programs are free – a real boon when many families are still being cautious about their finances.

• It’s fun: From Teen Friday Films to PJ Storytimes to folk music concerts, we offer a wide variety of activities and events that are entertaining as well as educational.

• It’s rewarding: Dozens of local merchants and organizations have joined our major Summer Reading sponsor, the Friends of the Library, to provide great gifts and goodies as reading incentives or raffle prizes. Stop by soon and see all the wonderful things you might win – just for telling us about the books you are reading.

• It’s helpful: You can pick up audiobooks to keep the family occupied during a long car trip, sign up to try out a Kindle or other eReader before you invest in buying one, or borrow a museum pass for some “Staycation” fun.

• It’s cool: The Library is air-conditioned!

See you @ the Library soon!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Tips for Summer Reading Convenience

Summer Reading starts on June 23rd, and the already busy Ridgefield Library will become even more hectic.  Here are a few ways you can help us ensure that your visit is as productive and convenient as possible.

·         Always bring your library card and have it ready when you get to the counter for the fastest and most accurate service. Ask about getting one of our new convenient keychain cards.

·         Use self-service check-out stations at Circulation and in Children’s Services whenever possible (reserves and Inter-Library Loans still need to be handled at the desk). Check your card’s expiration date, and ask for assistance at the Circulation Desk before using self-check if it needs updating.

·         Return books on which you are reporting for Summer Reading in Children’s Services after you have finished recording them.  Look for the special return bin near the Summer Reading table.

·         Return other items through the book return slot on the outside of the building.  You only need to bring to the desk items requiring special treatment (fines, renewals, etc.).

·         Reserve or renew items online at  Good news! DVDs may once again be renewed by you online.

Thanks, and happy Summer Reading!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Bloomsday Is Coming!

Bloomsday is coming! For the uninitiated, Bloomsday is an annual celebration for enthusiasts of James Joyce’s masterpiece “Ulysses.” The date commemorates June 16th, 1904, the day on which the action of the novel takes place. Each year, groups all over the world organize activities based on the book. This year, the Ridgefield Library will be among them!

Nearly 100 dedicated local readers have been exploring the famously challenging novel for several months, under the guidance of Dr. Mark Schenker of Yale College. Now we invite everyone to join us to get a taste of what makes “Ulysses” so special. Drop by the Dayton Program Room between 3:00 and 9:00 PM on the 16th to enjoy readings, Irish music and refreshments. Come whenever you can and stay as long as you wish.

There is still space for additional readers and musicians to participate, so contact me as soon as possible if you would like to take part in this unique event.

Rounding out our Enjoying Joyce series is this month’s exhibit in the Dayton Program Room, entitled “The Lure of Mythology” and featuring woodcuts by Donald Axelroad based on “The Odyssey.” Details are available on our website at