Thursday, February 21, 2013

Smaller Space, but Plenty of Activity

Despite our smaller and more constrained temporary quarters, many favorite Library activities are still continuing, albeit with some adjustments.  Here are a few you won’t want to miss.

  •  Friends of the Library Used Book Sales. The fall and spring big sales at Yanity Gym are on as usual, and book donations are welcome.  Just bring your books to the Library any time during open hours and ask for directions to the Friends acceptance area. And save the date for a special children’s book sale in the Library March 7-9. See for donation guidelines and sale schedules.
  • Dr. Seuss’s Birthday is still March 2nd, and we are still celebrating!  We can’t have quite as elaborate a party as in past years, but we will have a special Seuss drop-in storytime at 10:30, along with Seuss-themed crafts, giveaways and more from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM.
  •  Museum passes are now to be found at the central Information Desk, promising fun family excursions at no charge or reduced rates.  For a limited time, we will be offering two free tickets per family to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

Any other familiar offerings you are missing?  Just ask for an update.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

What have You Read?

Over the years patrons often have asked if they could obtain a list of titles they had previously borrowed and returned, and they were disappointed when we answered no.  But now that has changed.
In our upgraded Ridgefield Library catalog, you can choose to keep a history of all items that you have checked out and/or titles you have placed on hold.  Here’s how it works.   Log onto your Ridgefield Library account, and click on the tab marked “Account Preferences.”  From the new selection of tabs that appears, choose “Search Preferences.”  You have the option to check the following boxes: “Keep History of Checked Out Items” and/or “Keep History of Holds.”   After you’ve made your selections, make sure to save your changes.  

 Now everything you check out or request going forward will appear in the “Check Out History” section of “Items Checked Out,” or in the “Holds History” section of “Holds.” Lists can also be downloaded and imported into the computer program of your choice.  To assure your privacy, only you will be able to access this information; the lists will not be accessible to our staff.

If you’d like more tips on how to be a power user of the Ridgefield Library catalog, just ask us!

Contributed by Adult Services Librarian Dorothy Pawlowski

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Librarian Oscars

While everyone knows about the Academy Awards, did you know that the Library world has its own Oscars? The American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards, given out last Monday, are as exciting to librarians as the Oscars are to filmmakers (though perhaps not quite as glamorous). The best known of these awards are the Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature, and the Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children. This year, the Newbery went to Katherine Applegate for “The One and Only Ivan,” about the friendship between a gorilla and an elephant. The Caldecott was awarded to Jon Klassen for his clever tale of a thieving fish who gets his comeuppance:  “This is Not My Hat.” The Ridgefield Library has these award winners as well as the winners of the rest of the Youth Media Awards: the Michael Printz Award, the Coretta Scott King Award, the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award, Theodor Seuss Geisel Award and more. Much like the Academy Award for best cinematography or best sound editing, the non-Caldecott and non-Newbery awards may not get all the press, but they highlight wonderful works of art. Come check them out!

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

Friday, February 1, 2013

Take Your Child to the Library February 2nd

It’s happening in Ridgefield – and in 248 libraries in 34 states and 3 countries!  It’s the 2nd annual Take Your Child to the Library Day on Saturday, February 2nd.

Of course, we encourage parents to bring their children to the Ridgefield Library every day, but on this day we will be showcasing some of the great reasons to do so.

We’ll start at 10:30 AM with a special edition of our weekly Saturday morning drop-in storytime, with our friends from the Woodcock Nature Center presenting an entertaining program about hibernating animals.
While you are here, be sure to stop at the Information Desk to check out our books, magazines and other resources devoted to animals and many other topics. Ask for a guided tour of the Homework Help pages on our website so you’ll be ready when that research assignment comes up!

Naturally, animals are not the only thing we can help you with at the Library.  Interested in cars or stars, history or mystery – just ask.  We have dozens of booklists that will guide you to readalikes for favorite authors or to books to help cope with the trials and tribulations of growing up, from starting school to the death of a pet.