Thursday, December 29, 2011

Getting Ready to Read @ the Ridgefield Library

Striving to meet the growing needs of our young patrons, the Ridgefield Library is adding a new class to our winter children’s programs. Designed for children ages three and older, Ready to Read is a drop in workshop for children and caregivers that will help to reinforce pre-reading skills through books and fun activities. Children will receive practice that encourages phonological awareness, letter recognition, narrative skills and vocabulary enrichment. Using literature and games that can also be played at home, children will talk, sing, manipulate and have guided reading experiences. Ways to use science and math to encourage dialog and critical thinking skills will be demonstrated. Ideas from the Every Child Ready to Read program developed by the Public Library Association will be used together with current research –based information on skills necessary for achievement in Kindergarten. The class will take place on seven Thursdays from Jan. 5 through Feb. 16, from 2:00 – 2:45PM in Children’s Services . Children who are ready to read will be ready to learn and the Library hopes to encourage them along their way to success! 

Contributed by Children's Programmer Diane Antezzo

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Holiday Schedule Changes @ the Library

Please note the following changes to the Library schedule in observance of the holidays.  We will be closed on Saturday, December 24th and Sunday the 25ty. We will be closing early at 3:00 PM on New Year’s Eve, Saturday, December 31st and will be closed on Sunday the 1st.  All other hours remain the same (check for details), and we welcome those looking for books and DVDs to keep the kids occupied during cold vacation days or self-help volumes to get a jump on those New Year’s resolutions! And don’t miss our family-friendly entry in the “What the Dickens!” series – a showing of the Mr. Magoo animated version of “A Christmas Carol” on Wednesday, December 28th at 11:00 AM.

We want to take this opportunity to thank all the many people who have shown their support for the Library during the past year, through both the Annual Appeal and the Campaign for the New Ridgefield Library.  You truly make a difference. If you wish to participate in either initiative before the end of the tax year on December 31st, stop by the Library or make your gift online at  Thanks, and best wishes for 2012!

Friday, December 9, 2011

The Changing Face of Library Science

It is a truism that our interactions with libraries are changing as we (and they) adapt to the evolving digital world.  To explore this theme, the Artspace gallery in New Haven is presenting an exhibition entitled “Library Science,” for which they invited 17 artists to contemplate our physical, intellectual and personal relationships with libraries.  The results include an intriguing mix of drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and Web-based art work, on display at Artspace through January 28th. You can also explore the exhibition online at

Concurrently, the gallery has teamed up with the Connecticut Library Consortium to host a statewide festival of films in which libraries play a central role.  At 7 PM on December 12th the Ridgefield Library will be presenting the documentary “The Man Who Wanted to Classify the World,” a 2002 film about the Belgian visionary Paul Otlet, who in the 1930s created a classification system that foreshadowed the  hypertext that defines our navigation of the World Wide Web. Dr. Gayle Bogel, director of the Educational Technology Program at Fairfield University, will lead a post-screening discussion on the themes of the film and the exhibition.   Please join us to explore the present and future of Library Science in our lives.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Good Reads Now Easier to Find

Looking for a book to read to your child or something to recommend to your elementary school-age reader? We now have go-to shelves of distinguished books for just this purpose: our new Caldecott and Newbery Award Books Collection.

The Caldecott and Newbery Medals are awarded annually by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association: the Caldecott to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children and the Newbery to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

The most current Caldecott winner, A Sick Day for Amos McGee (2011), is a beautifully illustrated, wonderful story of friendship. The Caldecott has been awarded since 1938 and we’ve organized the collection chronologically, so readers can see how the picture book has changed over the years.

The Newbery has been awarded since 1922 and this collection is also shelved chronologically, with the most recent winner (2011) Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool first on the shelf.

Come see us here in Children’s Services and we’ll be happy to help you as you browse this collection of award winning books. P.S. Caldecott and Newbery books make great holiday gifts!

Contributed by Children's Librarian Mary Beth Rassulo