Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Scrabble Tournaments @ the Library

Scrabble has been around since the 1930s, and people all over the world enjoy the word game.  According to the official Scrabble website, there is even a National Scrabble Association (NSA). The NSA runs the National School Scrabble program and the National School Scrabble Championship and publishes a Scrabble newsletter. The NSA coordinates efforts with Scrabble players to run more than 200 local Scrabble tournaments every year and organizes the annual National Scrabble Championship. The Ridgefield Library is in on all the Scrabble fun, and we hope your children will be as well.  The Library is holding a monthly School Scrabble Tournament for 4th through 12th graders.  The next one will be Sunday, December 5th from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. During that time, the students will play three 44-minute School Scrabble games.  All skill levels welcome, but you must register in advance.  If your child needs practice before the tournaments, they are welcome to come to our regular Tuesday Scrabble sessions from 6:30 to 7:30 PM in the children’s program room.  Or check out the Scrabble website for tips like the word of the day, like alkyl (it means a univalent radical). That will help with those double word scores!  

Contributed by Geri Dioro, Head of Children's and Teen Services

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Ridgefield Library Days Returns to Books on the Common

It has become an annual tradition! Don’t miss Ridgefield Library Days at Books on the Common the weekend after Thanksgiving.  Just show your Ridgefield Library card at the time of purchase and 15% of the proceeds of book sales (hardcover, paperback and audiobooks) will be donated to the Library. To make your holiday shopping even easier, the bookstore will be open Friday the 26th from 9:30 AM – 8:00 PM, Saturday the 27th from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM and Sunday the 28th from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Books on the Common and the Ridgefield Library are partners in many projects, from the recent community-wide Big Read to numerous co-sponsored author talks and book signings. We are pleased to offer this opportunity for you to support both your local library and a treasured local store through Ridgefield Library Days at Books on the Common.

The Library will be closed on Thursday the 25th and Friday the 26th, so be sure to come in before then if you don’t have a library card or have lost yours. Stop by the Circulation Desk today; all you need is proof of Ridgefield residence (such as driver’s license, lease or utility bill).

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Family Game Day this Saturday @ the Library

When was the last time you and your family sat down and enjoyed a game together?  Did you play Monopoly? Scrabble? Dominoes? Perhaps you have very young children; have you taught them to play Chutes and Ladders or Candyland? There is evidence that playing games helps improve the power of your brain, whether you are 5, 15 or 45 years old. No matter what your game and no matter what your age (or your children’s ages), the Ridgefield Library wants you all to come play games during Family Game Day, Saturday, November 13 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM in the Dayton Program Room.  There will be many board and card games that the whole family can enjoy.  We will be running a tag-team Monopoly game (because that game can go on for hours!). There will be volunteers on hand to help you learn new games, like Settlers of Catan, a German board game that may be the most award-winning game in the world. We will also have door prizes every hour and there will be light refreshments for you to enjoy.  We hope you will drop by that Saturday with your family and enjoy some quality time while exercising your brain!

Contributed by Geri Diorio, Head of Children's and Teen Services