Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Library Remedies for Cabin Fever

As I write, we don’t yet know what the groundhog will have to say about how much more winter to expect, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warn that flu season could last another 11-13 weeks and that the disease is especially virulent this year.  Along with schools and workplaces, public gathering places like our building can be hubs for flu germs, so we urge you to avoid the Library as well if family members are feeling under the weather.


Did you know that when you can’t come to the Library, the Library can come to you?  You can listen and read along to TumbleBooks online selection of illustrated children’s books.  More eBooks and downloadable audiobooks for all ages are available from OverDrive – take advantage of downtime to check out Libby, their new user-friendly app for reading/listening on your phone or tablet. Hoopla provides instant access with no waiting lists to streaming music, movies and TV shows as well as audiobooks and eBooks.  Chase away cabin fever with their great selection of your favorite comics!  There’s lots more, so stop by www.ridgefieldlibrary.org even if you can’t come to 472 Main Street.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Re-Designing our Virtual Branch – With your Help


Now that we are settled into our improved physical facility, it is time to turn our attention to our “virtual branch” – the Library’s website.  A lot has changed since this site was created back in 2010. To start, library offerings have expanded significantly, including the explosion of digital and downloadable content, new programming streams and many other new services. Equally impactful is the transformation of technology over the past 7 years.  When our website debuted, almost no one had a smartphone or other personal device.  Online research and communication happened solely on desktop or full-size laptop computers, often with dial-up Internet access.  In 2018, we need a site that accommodates mobile devices, faster loading of files that are many times larger, and an unprecedented level of interactivity and customization.


With the financial support of the Friends of the Ridgefield Library, we are embarking on a complete re-design, and one of our first steps is to get input from users of the current site.  Tell us what you do on the site, what you like and what you don’t, what new content or functionality you would like to see. Just go to ridgefieldlibrary.org and follow the link to take a very short survey.  Thanks for your input!