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Sunday February 25, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Author Talk: How Life Works with Janet Kathleen Ettele Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282

Join us for an afternoon of music and readings by author Janet Ettele. Record producer and Ridgefield resident, Gary Lefkowith will introduce the event. He and Janet and will also perform a few pieces of their original music.

As a student of Buddhist dharma, Janet Ettele is inspired to bring its teachings into contemporary practice through her writing and her music. Her work brings one of the world’s most profound teachings on compassion and wisdom into common language through the art of contemporary fiction, and by cultivating familiarity with the teaching, brings peace to readers, and thereby to others.

How Generosity Works, How the Root of Kindness Works, and How Patience Works are the first three books published by Karuna Publication that Ms. Ettele has written in a series that is based on the teachings by the eighth century Buddhist monk, Master Shantideva. Known as The Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, or The Six Perfections, his teachings are known as one of the most renowned texts in Buddhism.

Janet Ettele graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston and worked in the entertainment industry prior to becoming a mother. In 2012 Janet served on the committee that brought the Dalai Lama to Danbury, CT where His Holiness gave two public talks at Western Connecticut State University.

This program is co-sponsored with Books on the Common. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.

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    Location: Main Program Room
Thursday March 8, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Tell Me More with Kelly Corrigan Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282

Join us for an inspirational evening with acclaimed speaker and best-selling author Kelly Corrigan as she shares some of her experiences as a cancer survivor and as a mother, wife and daughter. She will also share wisdom from her just released book Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I'm Learning to Say.

Kelly Corrigan has touched hearts and captured audiences as the author of New York Times bestselling books, including Glitter and Glue, Lift and The Middle Place, her poignant personal story of battling breast cancer while caring for her father who was also undergoing cancer treatment.  Kelly is currently the host of Exactly, a podcast on KQED, the most listened-to public radio station in the country. She is also an accomplished columnist, appearing in O, The Oprah Winfrey MagazineGlamour and Good Housekeeping. She has been called “the Poet Laureate of the ordinary” by Huffington Post. 

This program is part of the Library's Noreen L. Papa - Mothers: Live Your Life series.  The program is co-sponsored by the Ridgefield Library, Books on the Common and Ridgefield's Run Like a Mother 5K.  Copies of Tell Me More will be available for sale and signing at the event.

This program will take place at the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge, Ridgefield, CT.

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    Location: Ridgefield Playhouse
Thursday April 5, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM It's All About Attitude with John Patrick Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282

The Ridgefield Library is pleased to have author John Patrick back for his fourth visit.  In a lively talk called, It’s All About Attitude. John believes many opportunities and problems have their roots in attitude. He also believes the solutions and ways forward are based on attitude. In his revealing talk, John will offer a positive perspective on how an attitude change can reap major improvements. He will weave this theme through his current four books. He will also introduce us to his newest book, Home Attitude: Everything You Need To Know To Make Your Home Smart.

John R. Patrick is president of Attitude LLC and former Vice President of Internet Technology at IBM. He lived in Ridgefield for more than 30 years. John and his wife Joanne have been active in the community as philanthropists. They currently live in Danbury, CT and Palm Coast, FL. John served on the board of Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) and Founders Hall. He is a trustee at OCLC, Inc. and a director at Keeeb, Inc. John has degrees in electrical engineering, management, law, and health administration. John’s current books are:

Net Attitude: What it is, How to Get it, and Why it is More Important Than Ever (2016); Health Attitude: Unraveling and Solving the Complexities of Healthcare (2015); Election Attitude - How Internet Voting Leads to a Stronger Democracy (2016). Learn more about John and his books at

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    Location: Main Program Room
Thursday April 12, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM The Great Grace of Words with Ira Joe Fisher Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   203-438-2282

April is National Poetry Month.  You’re invited to celebrate!  Your Ridgefield Library presents Ira Joe Fisher and The Great Grace of Words.  Some poems you may already know …and a few that are new.  It’s an evening to experience the beauty that is the poem.  Inspiring, enlightening, delighting.  And you’re invited.  We hope you’ll join us!

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    Location: Main Program Room
Wednesday May 2, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Author Talk - The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold with Joyce Malcolm Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   203-438-2282

Join us for an Author Talk with historian Joyce Lee Malcolm as she discusses her just-released book The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold.

Proud and talented, history now remembers this conflicted man solely through the lens of his last desperate act of treason. Yet the fall of Benedict Arnold remains one of the Revolutionary period’s great puzzles. Why did a brilliant military commander, who repeatedly risked his life fighting the British, who was grievously injured in the line of duty, and fell into debt personally funding his own troops, ultimately became a traitor to the patriot cause?

Joyce Lee Malcolm unravels the man behind the myth and gives us a portrait of the true Arnold and his world. There was his dramatic victory against the British at Saratoga in 1777 and his troubled childhood in a pre-revolutionary America beset with class tension and economic instability. We witness his brilliant wartime military exploits and learn of his contentious relationship with a newly formed and fractious Congress, fearful of powerful military leaders, like Arnold, who could threaten the nation’s fragile democracy.

Throughout, Malcolm weaves in portraits of Arnold’s great allies, George Washington, General Schuyler, his beautiful and beloved wife Peggy Shippen, and others, as well as his unrelenting enemy John Adams, British General Clinton, and master spy John Andre. 

This program is co-sponsored by the Library, Books on the Common, Keeler Tavern Museum, Ridgefield Historical Society and the Drum Hill Chapter of the DAR.

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    Location: Main Program Room
Tuesday May 22, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Reclaiming Kindness: How Women Can Redefine What a Strong Leader Looks Like with Fran Hauser Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   203-438-2282

In her talk, Reclaiming Kindness: How Women Can Redefine What a Strong Leader Looks Like, Fran Hauser will help women unlock the key to kindness AND strength to reach their career goals. She presents the scientific case for being nice (hint: it actually earns you more respect), shares real- life anecdotes and discuses why women are positioned - now more than ever - to own their niceness and transform the image of what a strong, successful leader looks like.

Fran Hauser is a long-time media executive, startup investor, celebrated champion of women and girls, and author of the forthcoming THE MYTH OF THE NICE GIRL (April 2018). She's held senior positions at some of the world’s largest digital media businesses, including Time Inc.'s PEOPLE, InStyle and Entertainment Weekly as well as AOL and Moviefone. Now an angel investor who largely invests in female founders, Fran was named one of Refinery29’s “6 Most Powerful Women in NYC’s Tech Scene,” and has been featured by CNBC, Forbes,, Ad Age, and more.

A passionate advocate of women around the globe, Hauser is Special Advisor to Girl Be Heard; an advisory board member of 92Y Women inPower, Rent the Runway's Project Entrepreneur and WomenOne; on the board of directors of GlobalGiving; and a mentor to hundreds of young women. A summa cum laude graduate of Pace University, Hauser lives in Bedford, New York with her husband and two sons.

This program is ideal for those about to graduate high school or those in college and beyond who want to find a path to success in their careers.

This program is co-sponsored by the Library and Books on the Common.  Copies of The Myth of the Nice Girl will be available for sale and signing at the event.

Please register.


    Location: Main Program Room
Thursday May 24, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Author Talk - Connecticut Icons with Charles Monagan Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282

Join us as author Charles Monagan discusses a colorful new edition of "Connecticut Icons" published by Globe Pequot. He will cover many Connecticut icons in this talk from Sleeping Giant, the Merritt Parkway and the USS Nautilus to hot lobster rolls, Wiffle Balls and Pepperidge Farm bread. His presentation encourages audience participation, most notably through a Connecticut Icons Quiz. 

Charles Monagan has been a writer and editor since 1972, when he graduated from Dartmouth College. His work has appeared in many magazines and newspapers, and from 1989 to 2013 he was the editor of Connecticut Magazine. In 1997, he was awarded the Gold Medal for Reporting from the national City and Regional Magazine Association. In 2012, he received the Connecticut Press Club’s Mark Twain Award for Distinguished Journalism, a lifetime award.

Monagan is the author of 10 books, including The Neurotic’s HandbookThe Reluctant Naturalist, and How to Get a Monkey into Harvard. Additionally, he wrote the book and lyrics for the musical Mad Bomber, which was produced in 2011 and won first place in the Academy for New Musical Theatre’s 2012 international Search for New Musicals.

Monagan’s most recent books are Carrie Welton (2016), a novel, which was a semifinalist for the international J.J. Bennetts Award for historical fiction, and Connecticut Icons (2017). He lives in Middlebury, Connecticut with his wife, Marcia.

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    Location: Main Program Room
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