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Thursday August 16, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM 3D Printing Orientation Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Adult Services Desk   203-438-2282 x12004   
   

Are you interested in printing your own 3D design on the Library's Makerbot?  We are now offering use of our 3D printer to Ridgefield Library cardholders.  Before reserving printer time (available in two-hour blocks), we require attendance at a 90-minute orientation session to go over how to format a design to be print ready, how to operate the Makerbot, and for an overview of our usage policies. Patrons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. "Comtec"

Registration required.

    Location: Donofrio Technology Center
        There are 6 spaces available.
Monday August 20, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 11:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Convert Your VHS Videos to DVD Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Adult Services Desk   203-438-2282 x12004   
   

Do you have home videos in VHS format that you would like convert to DVD?  Reserve this individual two-hour session to make a DVD from one of your personal VHS videos (NTSC format only).   Please note that it takes the entire playback time of the video for the conversion to DVD. Available to Ridgefield Library cardholders 13 years of age and older.

Registration required.

    Location: Donofrio Family Technology Center
    REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
 
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Downloading the Library's eBooks and eAudiiobooks: Bring Your Own Device Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Adult Services Desk   203-438-2282 x12004   
   

Need help downloading the Library's eBooks or eAudiobooks to our phone or tablet?   Bring in your device and let of our staff help you get started.

Drop-in

    Location: Study Room 212
 
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Sailing Towards My Father Performed by Stephen Collins Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Sailing Towards My Father by Carl A. Rossi is a one-man play about Herman Melville (1819-1891) The American author best known for his whaling epic Moby- Dick. The play chronicles Melville’s life from youth to old age, concentrating on his evolution as a writer and his complex relations with God, his parents and siblings, his wife and children, and Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Stephen Collins currently performs nine one-man shows and has been met with rave reviews for over a decade. 

This program is part of the Library's Adult Summer Reading program and is made possible thanks to the Friends of the Ridgefield Library.

Please register. PVA FR L

    Location: Main Program Room
       
Tuesday August 21, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Convert Your VHS Videos to DVD Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Adult Services Desk   203-438-2282 x12004   
   

Do you have home videos in VHS format that you would like convert to DVD?  Reserve this individual two-hour session to make a DVD from one of your personal VHS videos (NTSC format only).   Please note that it takes the entire playback time of the video for the conversion to DVD. Available to Ridgefield Library cardholders 13 years of age and older.

Registration required.

    Location: Study Rm 232
    REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
 
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  9:00 PM Critics' Circle Book Group Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Dorothy Pawlowski   203-438-2282   dlpawl@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline (2017, 352 pages). In a small coastal town in Maine, Christina Olson’s world is limited by health and circumstance. Then she becomes the inspiration for one of Andrew Wyeth’s best-known paintings Christina’s World. Kline combines fact and fiction to recreate the story of the artist and his muse.

The Critics' Circle meets the third Tuesday of the month.  New readers are always welcome!  

Click here for more information about upcoming Critics' Circle selections and to check our catalog.

Or click the link below to find general information about the group. 
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Registration is not required.

[Critics Circle Book Group]
    Location: Dayton Program Room
Wednesday August 22, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM A.M. Book Group Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   203-438-2282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

The AM Book Group meets the fourth Wednesday of the month (except December)  

The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck (1961, 336 pages). Ethan Allen Hawley works as a clerk in a grocery store that his family once owned, no longer a member of Long Island’s aristocratic
class. Steinbeck’s last novel is set in 1960 America and explores the tenuous line between private and public honesty.

Click here for upcoming A.M. Book Group selections and to check our catalog.

Or click the following link to find general information about the group -


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[AM Book Group]
    Location: Randolph Board Room
 
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM What Do Bees Need? Planting for Pollinators with Emily May Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2203-438-2282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Join us to learn about the diversity of native pollinators in Connecticut and how you can help protect these important insects. Emily May, a Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Pesticide Program at the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, will speak about how to recognize native bees, what happens during the pollination process, and how to make your yard or garden a sanctuary for bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects.  May received an M.S. in Entomology from Michigan State University and has studied pollinator habitat restoration, bee nesting habits, and the effects of pest management practices on wild bee communities. Her work with Xerces since 2015 has focused on supporting pollinators in the Northeast through habitat creation and mitigating pesticide risk to bees and other beneficial insects.

The talk is sponsored by the Ridgefield Discovery Center, the Ridgefield Pollinator Pathway, and the Ridgefield Library. (The Ridgefield Pollinator Pathway is organized by volunteers from the Caudatowa Garden Club, Norwalk River Watershed Association, Norwalk River Valley Trail, Ridgefield Conservation Commission, Ridgefield Garden Club, and Woodcock Nature Center. More info at Pollinator-pathway.org.)

Please register.

    Location: Main Program Room
       
Thursday August 23, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM Let's Talk Apps Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
   

Tech Topics: Do you own a smart-phone or tablet and feel overwhelmed by the number of apps available?  If you are new to the world of apps, choosing from thousands of choices can be daunting.  Join us as we offer some tips on how to select the best apps for your needs and come share your own favorites.

Registration required.

    Location: Donofrio Family Technology Center
   
 
misc_none 6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Travels with Toni McKeen Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Armchair Travels with Toni McKeen - In this fascinating series of 4 illustrated lectures, Toni McKeen will share with you her travel experiences in four exotic locations.  Please note the programs start at 6:30 PM in the Main Program Room on the Lower 

Thursday, June  21, 6:30 PM - Exploring  Easter Island and its Mysterious Statues
Thursday, July 26, 6:30 PM - The Galapagos Islands and Charles Darwin
Thursday, August 9, 6:30 PM - The Island Country of Malta
Thursday, August 23, 6:30 PM - Jordan, Half as Old as Time

Please register for each program seperately.

This program is part of the Library's Adult Summer Reading program and is made possible thanks to the Friends of the Library.

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    Location: Main Program Room
       
Friday August 24, 2018 -  Friday September 7, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none Art Walk: Sculptures by Thomas Manning Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   203-438-2282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Art Walk artist, Sculptor Thomas Manning will display his sculptures in the Ruggles Fine Arts Reading Room and on the Library's Front Lawn. Manning has chosen metal as his medium of this expression for its strength, malleability, and ability to withstand the test of time. His method is taking a fresh sheet of steel and creating forms without a specific idea in mind, and letting the pieces come together organically. The scale of his work varies from fitting in the palm of one’s hand to almost eight feet tall. PVA

    Location: Ruggles Fine Arts Reading Room
Friday August 24, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Making a Card with a Cricut Smart Cutting Machine Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Adult Services Desk   203-438-2282 x12004   
   
Come try out our Cricut smart cutting machine.  We'll show you how this magical tool for crafters works and then you'll have the chance to make a unique greeting card or invite.   Come join us and explore your creative side.  Suitable for teens (13 years old and older) and adults.
 
Registration required.

 

    Location: Donofrio Technology Center
        There are 3 spaces available.
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misc_none 5:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Art Walk: Sculptures by Thomas Manning - Opening Reception Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   203-439-2282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Opening reception from 5 - 8 PM for Art Walk Artist, Sculptor Thomas Manning in the Morris Building. Exhibit is in the RugglesFine Arts Reading Room and on the Library's Front Lawn. Refreshments will be served. Art Walk is an intiative of the Ridgefield Guild of Artists for artists to display their work in unique out-of-gallery settings.ARTIST’S STATEMENT:

Artist's Statement:

Thomas Manning is a part-time metal sculptor and a full-time nurse. He has chosen metal as his medium of this expression for its strength, malleability, and ability to withstand the test of time. He works alongside his mentor David Boyajian at The Sculpture Barn Galleries in New Fairfield CT. His method is taking a fresh sheet of steel and creating forms without a specific idea in mind, and letting the pieces come together organically. His sculptures tell a story of his feelings at the time of completion. “I deal with life and death daily. Creating sculpture ensures that I will leave something beautiful behind that speaks of my existence long after I’m gone.” The scale of his work varies from fitting in the palm of one’s hand to almost eight feet tall, but each expresses something personal. His work has been selected for Silvermine Arts Center 25th Annual Juried Student Exhibition, the Ridgefield Guild of Artists 2016 & 2018 Juried Member Show, as well as Bethel’s Outdoor Sculpture Tour 2017. Currently his work is on display at Beechwood Arts and Innovation in Westport, CT and City Center Danbury’s Urban Sculpture Park. PVA

Artist: Thomas Manning - Facebook: Thomas Manning Sculpture - https://www.facebook.com/tmanningsculpture/PVA

    Location: Ruggles Fine Arts Reading Room
Saturday August 25, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 12:00 PM  -  4:00 PM ART Walk: Sculptures by Thomas Manning - Meet the Artist Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   203-438-2282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Art Walk - Meet the Artist - Sculptor, Thomas Manning from 12 - 4 PM in the Ruggles Fine Arts Reading Room and on the Library's Front Lawn. 

Art Walk artist, Sculptor Thomas Manning will display his sculptures in the Ruggles Fine Arts Reading Room and on the Library's Front Lawn. Manning has chosen metal as his medium of this expression for its strength, malleability, and ability to withstand the test of time. His method is taking a fresh sheet of steel and creating forms without a specific idea in mind, and letting the pieces come together organically. The scale of his work varies from fitting in the palm of one’s hand to almost eight feet tall. He works alongside his mentor David Boyajian at The Sculpture Barn Galleries in New Fairfield CT.

Thomas Manning is a part-time metal sculptor and a full-time nurse. “I deal with life and death daily. Creating sculpture ensures that I will leave something beautiful behind that speaks of my existence long after I’m gone.” His work has been selected for Silvermine Arts Center 25th Annual Juried Student Exhibition, the Ridgefield Guild of Artists 2016 & 2018 Juried Member Show, as well as Bethel’s Outdoor Sculpture Tour 2017. Currently his work is on display at Beechwood Arts and Innovation in Westport, CT and City Center Danbury’s Urban Sculpture Park.PVA

    Location: Ruggles Fine Arts Reading Room
Monday August 27, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Convert Your VHS Videos to DVD Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Adult Services Desk   203-438-2282 x12004   
   

Do you have home videos in VHS format that you would like convert to DVD?  Reserve this individual two-hour session to make a DVD from one of your personal VHS videos (NTSC format only).   Please note that it takes the entire playback time of the video for the conversion to DVD. Available to Ridgefield Library cardholders 13 years of age and older.

Registration required.

    Location: Donofrio Family Technology Center
        There is 1 space available.
 
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Food for Thought: A Culinary Book Discussion Group Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Adult Services Desk   203-438-2282 x12004   
   

Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America by Michael Ruhlman (2017, 288 pages) Using the story of the family-run Midwestern chain Heinen's, Ruhlman dives into the mysterious world of supermarkets and the ways in which we produce, consume, and distribute food. He examines how rapidly supermarkets—and our food and culture—have changed since the days of your neighborhood grocer, and seeks to understand how our food and cultural needs have shifted since the mid-20th century.

Food for Thought: A Culinary Book Discussion Group reads books that explore the many ways that food expresses, affects, and enriches our lives. Discussions are held on the fourth Monday of every month, excluding December. 

New readers always welcome!  No registration required.  Books are available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Randolph Board Room
 
misc_none 6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Mindfulness and Meditation Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for a one hour Mindfulness and Meditation class.  Classes take place on the second and fourth Monday of the month through 2018. (Only 1 meeting in May (on the 21st) due to Memorial Day and the Book Sale)

Meditation offers countless benefits, including improved emotional regulation, focus, resilience, compassion, and mental and physical health. We are pleased to host the Community Mindfulness Project: a local, secular meditation group dedicated to the study and practice of mindfulness meditation for people of all religious backgrounds. CMP’s teachings draw from a variety of meditation traditions, and in addition to regular, dedicated practice the group supports new and veteran practitioners with discussion and peer-to-peer learning.

This program is made possible thanks to donors to the Library's Noreen L. Papa - Mothers: Live Your Life fund. 

Registration is recommended for each class.  HF FR

    Location: Main Program Room
       
Tuesday August 28, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Convert Your VHS Videos to DVD Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Adult Services Desk   203-438-2282 x12004   
   

Do you have home videos in VHS format that you would like convert to DVD?  Reserve this individual two-hour session to make a DVD from one of your personal VHS videos (NTSC format only).   Please note that it takes the entire playback time of the video for the conversion to DVD. Available to Ridgefield Library cardholders 13 years of age and older.

Registration required.

    Location: Donofrio Family Technology Center
   
 
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Author Talk: The Lonesome Boy & The Blonde Haired Angel with Alex Fischetti Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   203-438-2282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

The Lonesome Boy & The Blonde Haired Angel is the story of an autistic young man whose life changes for the better when a heaven sent angel comes into his life and through her compassion and friendship brings the young man out of his isolated cocoon to become the social butterfly SO MANY know today.

Alex Fischetti is a writer as well as an occasional contributor to Ridgefield HamletHub. He also works at the Ridgefield Playhouse as one of the venue’s Head ushers. He is a 2009 RHS graduate and he loves writing, socializing with friends, traveling to his birthplace of Tarrytown, NY and a good walk around town. 

Please register.

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    Location: Main Program Room
       
Wednesday August 29, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 11:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Convert Your VHS Videos to DVD Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Adult Services Desk   203-438-2282 x12004   
   

Do you have home videos in VHS format that you would like convert to DVD?  Reserve this individual two-hour session to make a DVD from one of your personal VHS videos (NTSC format only).   Please note that it takes the entire playback time of the video for the conversion to DVD. Available to Ridgefield Library cardholders 13 years of age and older.

Registration required.

    Location: Donofrio Family Technology Center
   
 
misc_none 6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Adult Maker Group Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Adult Services Desk   203-438-2282 x12004   
   

Come join our Adult Maker Group and tinker with us.  Currently, the group is exploring creating interactive contnet for the Library's HTC Vive headset.     New makers always welcome!  This group is for those 18 years of age and older.

Please register.

    Location: Donofrio Family Technology Center
        There are 14 spaces available.
Thursday August 30, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Convert Your VHS Videos to DVD Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Adult Services Desk   203-438-2282 x12004   
   

Do you have home videos in VHS format that you would like convert to DVD?  Reserve this individual two-hour session to make a DVD from one of your personal VHS videos (NTSC format only).   Please note that it takes the entire playback time of the video for the conversion to DVD. Available to Ridgefield Library cardholders 13 years of age and older.

Registration required.

    Location: Donofrio Family Technology Center
        There is 1 space available.
Sunday September 2, 2018 -  Saturday September 29, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none Pictorial/Landscape Quilts-Special Interest Group of the Northern Star Quilt Guild Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   203-438-2282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

A group of fiber artists/quilters that are members of the Northern Star Quilt Guild will be exhibiting their work in the Library's Gallery on the Lower Level from September 2 through 29, 2018. There will be an artists' reception on Saturday, September 8 from 2 - 4 pm. The basic media for these quilts include fabric, thread, and paint, and each quilt is as unique as each of the the Northern Star Quilt Guild members--many of whom are domestic and international award winners.  Hedy Butler, quilt artist states, "We enjoy interpreting images creatively for quilts whether they are realistic, abstract or whimsical.  These are not your grandma's quilts!"

    Location: The Gallery
Tuesday September 4, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  9:00 PM Nonfictioneers Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   203-438-2282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the F.B.I. by David Grann

In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, the Osage rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. Many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. As the death toll rose, the newly created FBI took up the case, and the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to try to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including a Native American agent who infiltrated the region, and together with the Osage began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.

The Nonfictioneers meet on the first Tuesday of the month to discuss classic and contemporary non-fiction titles.

Click here for more information and to see the upcoming discussion selections.

New members are always welcome.

[The Nonfictioneers]
    Location: Dayton Program Room
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Wednesday September 5, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Chair Yoga Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Local yoga teachers Valerie Rich and Michael Simonelli will lead Chair Yoga sessions on the first and third Wednesday of the month from 1 - 2 PM.

This program is part of the Noreen L. Papa: Mothers Live Your Life series.

Please register.

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    Location: Main Program Room
       
Thursday September 6, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Murder by the Book Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   203-438-2282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

The Coroner’s Lunch by Colin Cotterill (2004, 272 pages). The French-educated Dr. Siri Paiboun keeps his cool, and his job investigating suspicious deaths as state coroner, after the Communists take over Laos in the early 1970s, in this series that mixes mystery with politics, mysticism, and themes such as international relations, government bureaucracy and racism. Also available as a downloadable audiobook from hoopla. L

Murder by the Book takes place on the first Thursday of the month - January through November. 

Click here for upcoming Murder by the Book selections and to check our catalog.  FR

    Location: Randolph Room
 
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Transition Toolbox: Job Seekers Program Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   203-438-2282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Whether you’re considering a new career, actively looking for one, or simply just have a job, you’ll want to attend Transition Toolbox, an evening with professionals offering advice in career counseling.

The panel will speak about employment empowerment, turning obstacles into opportunity, and using the skills you have to find a meaningful career. Scheduled to be on the panel are:

Donna Sweidan, LMHC  - Founder of Careerfolk. For 20+ years, Donna has offered a unique blend of psychological counseling and career coaching. Voted one of the top 25 career coaches and resume writers, Donna guides job seekers and career changers through in-depth self-exploration to help them find or create fulfilling and meaningful work. Donna is a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a Masters in Counseling from New York University and has been widely quoted in various media outlets, including the NY Times, Forbes, and CNN.

Fran Pastore –Founder and CEO, Women’s Business Development Council, a leading organization for championing female entrepreneurship that supports economic prosperity for women and strengthens communities through financial education services that create and grow sustainable jobs and businesses across Connecticut. From starting or growing a business to increasing income, the Women’s Business Development Council drivesbusiness success in a tangible and accessible way. Fran is a  globally recognized expert on the issue of women's economic equity.

Crystal Girgenti - Master Business Acceleration Coach and Founder of G-force Coaching. Crystal helps coaches, consultants, and service professionals reach their first 6 figures and beyond so they can stop worrying about money and live a fuller more meaningful life. If you have a true heartfelt desire to build a successful business, G-force Coaching  offers a safe place without judgment to support your dreams and guide you through the hard work required to achieve them.

Co-sponsored by the Ridgefield Library and Brown Bag Network, this event is free of charge, and all are welcome.  Please register.

Please register at www.ridgefieldlibrary.org, or call 203-438-2282.

The Ridgefield Brown Bag Network is an open and friendly networking group of professional women who meet monthly for an informal and informational lunch meeting (hence the name of the group).  Our members offer a diversity of experience from a wide range of professions and career paths.  In addition to supporting and inspiring one another, we create and produce non-profit informational seminars for the community

    Location: Main Program Room
       
Saturday September 8, 2018 Go To Top
elect_camera 9:00 AM  -  10:15 AM Shutterbugs Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Mary Harold   203-438-7350   ridgefieldshutterbugs@yahoo.com
   

The Ridgefield Library's photography group the Shutterbugs meets on the second Saturday of the month to discuss their craft and/or head out on their many field trips. They usually meet at the Library parking lot at 9 AM.  If the weather is bad they may meet to discuss their work at the Library.

New members are always welcome.  Please contact Mary Harold at 438-7350 or email ridgefieldshutterbugs@yahoo.com if you are interested in joining the group and to find out the location of the field trips.

    Location: Dayton Program Room
 
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Pictorial/Landscape Quilts - Northern Star Quilt Guild Artists' Reception Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   203-438-2282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

A group of fiber artists/quilters that are members of the Northern Star Quilt Guild will be exhibiting their work in the Library's Gallery on the Lower Level from September 2 through 29, 2018. There will be an artists' reception on Saturday, September 8 from 2 - 4 pm.

The basic media for these quilts include fabric, thread, and paint, and each quilt is as unique as each of the the Northern Star Quilt Guild members--many of whom are domestic and international award winners.  Hedy Butler, quilt artist states, "We enjoy interpreting images creatively for quilts whether they are realistic, abstract or whimsical.  These are not your grandma's quilts!" Northern Star Quilt Guild holds an annual quilt show in May.

The Northern Star Quilters' Guild Landscape/Pictorial group will exhibit their work at Western Connecticut State University on May 4 and May 5, 2019.

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    Location: The Gallery
Monday September 10, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Books & Breakfast Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Adult Services Librarian Dorothy Pawlowski   438-2282 x1003   FictionRoom@RidgefieldLibrary.org
   

Join us for our monthly chat about our favorite books. Members of our staff will share of their personal recommendations and then we hope you'll share your memorable reads. Beverages and snacks will be provided.L

Registration is not required.



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    Location: Dayton Program Room
 
misc_none 6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Mindfulness and Meditation Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for a one hour Mindfulness and Meditation class.  Classes take place on the second and fourth Monday of the month through 2018. (Only 1 meeting in May (on the 21st) due to Memorial Day and the Book Sale)

Meditation offers countless benefits, including improved emotional regulation, focus, resilience, compassion, and mental and physical health. We are pleased to host the Community Mindfulness Project: a local, secular meditation group dedicated to the study and practice of mindfulness meditation for people of all religious backgrounds. CMP’s teachings draw from a variety of meditation traditions, and in addition to regular, dedicated practice the group supports new and veteran practitioners with discussion and peer-to-peer learning.

This program is made possible thanks to donors to the Library's Noreen L. Papa - Mothers: Live Your Life fund. 

Registration is recommended for each class.  HF FR

    Location: Main Program Room
       
Tuesday September 11, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM The Nature of Gardening at NYBG with Todd Forrest Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Over the past two decades, The New York Botanical Garden has restored approximately 150 acres of its 250-acre historic landscape while completely changing its gardening practices to balance beauty with environmental responsibility. Todd Forrest, head of Horticulture at NYBG and a Ridgefield resident, will discuss the ongoing transformation of NYBG and provide insight into how great gardening practices can help sustain nature.

Todd Forrest is Arthur Ross Vice President for Horticulture and Living Collections at The New York Botanical Garden. An advocate for historic trees and forests in urban landscapes and public gardens, he has contributed essays to many publications including The Magnificent Trees of The New York Botanical Garden and Trees: Portraits of Time. Prior to joining NYBG, Mr. Forrest worked at the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Wesleyan University and a Master of Forest Science from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

This program is co-sponsored by Caudatowa Garden Club and Ridgefield Library and is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.  Refreshments will be served.        

Please register at ridgefieldlibrary.org or call 203-438-2282.

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    Location: Main Program Room
       
 
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  7:45 PM We Got Games: Table-top Gaming for Adults and Teens Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   
We Got Games!  Monthly Table-top Gaming Meet-up for Adults and Teens
Every second Tuesday of the month, 6:00 - 7:45 PM
 
We Got Games is a tabletop gaming meet-up for adults and teens that will meet on the second Tuesday of each month thorough May. The Library has a collection of games - Carcassonne, Settlers of Catan, Pandemic, Machi Koro to name a few - from which to choose, or attendees are welcome to bring a game to play! All skill levels are welcome!
No registration.
    Location: Kellen Family Children's Program Room
Wednesday September 12, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Tech Tricks: Introduction to iPhone Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Did you just get the newest iPhone? Have one for a while and are still overwhelmed by all it can do? Dawn DeCosta of Tech Savvy brings her Apple experience to you in this hands on class. Learn the basics about the iPhone, obtain a better understanding of iCloud and the amazing Apps that make the iPhone so much fun!

This program is part of a new series called Tech Tricks: Classes to Keep You Current and Connected, which is made possible thanks to the Paul and Johanna Laszig Fund for the Elderly. Programs are geared to seniors but all are welcome to attend.

Please register.

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    Location: Donofrio Technology Center
   
 
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Saving Animals From Extinction: Tales of Species Recovery in Connecticut and Beyond Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Join Zoologist and Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo's Curator of Education, Jim Knox as he profiles his work with Species Survival Plans and wild species re-introductions in Connecticut and beyond. Learn how 21st century science is extending the reach and achievements of field conservationists and how Fairfield County citizens can become involved in recovery efforts to protect our planet's most imperiled and majestic creatures.

As the Writer and Host for PBS television’s WildZoofari, Jim Knox has shared his knowledge of, and passion for wildlife with millions of viewers throughout the U.S., Russia, Thailand, the Middle East and Europe on Animal Planet. Jim has served as an on-camera Wildlife Expert for The Today Show, The CBS Early Show and Fox News. He has been featured in The New York Times and has served as a Wildlife Consultant for Men’s Journal Magazine. He has studied rhinos, lions and Great White Sharks in South Africa, conducted field research for Alaskan Brown Bears, field conservation for Atlantic salmon and written nationally for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Jim Knox also lectures for the University of Connecticut, serves as an Advisory Board Member for the Biology Department at Post University, and as a Board Member with The Science Education Center of Greenwich.  

Please register.

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    Location: Main Program Room
       
Friday September 14, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Lecture with Jazz Artist Dayramir Gonzalez Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   203 438 2282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Internationally praised pianist and composer, this New York City-based Afro Cuban jazz artist Dayramir Gonzalez will give a talk at 4 PM about his Cuban roots and his journey as a musician. At 7 PM he will be joined by his band for a not-to-be-missed concert.  Please register for each program separately.

In 2005 Gonzalez won first place in Havana’s JoJazz festival in the composition category, winning a record deal with Cuba’s national label Colibri.  He recorded his first album, released in Cuba in 2007, and titled “Habana enTRANCE,” displaying his skills as artist, bandleader, and composer. The album would go on to win three Cubadisco Awards, (considered the Grammys of Cuba). He was then awarded a musical scholarship to Boston’s revered Berklee College of Music in the U.S.

Gonzalez is also the co-founder of The Art School of Contemporary Performance and Creativity, based in the Bronx, providing musical education to city elementary and high school kids with higher musical aspirations, themselves. The enterprising artist modeled the curriculum after the extensive and enlightening musical programs he benefited from in his native Cuba. “We focus on piano, composition and music theory – emphasizing discipline and the acquisition of an earned knowledge base.  I find it very rewarding if we can launch even a handful of kids on the road to finding their own musical destiny,” said Gonzalez.

The Ridgefield Jazz, Funk & Blues Weekend is a four-day fall event in the culturally rich and scenic town of Ridgefield, Connecticut. Throughout the weekend, a tremendously talented line-up of jazz, funk, and blues artists will perform all over town, from an outdoor show at Ballard Park to regional powerhouse Ridgefield Playhouse. The Ridgefield Jazz, Funk & Blues Weekend is Ridgefield’s premiere event this September. The program is a collaboration between the participating venues and the Ridgefield Economic & Community Development Commission.

For more information visit https://www.jazzfunk.org/ PVA

The lecture and concert are free thanks to the Friends of the Ridgefield Library. 

    Location: Main Program Room
       
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misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Concert with Jazz Artist Dayramir Gonzalez and his Quintet Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   203 438 2282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Dayramir Gonzalez, an internationally praised pianist and composer who has been hailed for his prolific creative range which melds rock, pop, jazz and Afro-Cuban styles, will perform with his quintet (acoustic piano, bass, drum, congas, percussion) at the Library during Ridgefield's Jazz, Funk and Blues Weekend.

Born and raised in Havana, Cuba, pianist Gonzalez has come into his own as a New York City based artist/composer and bold musical force with his bountiful U.S. debut “The Grand Concourse” (March 2018).  This album dazzles as an expressive showcase of Gonzalez's immense talent and sweeping musical vision.  Dayramir’s knack for weaving a mosaic of both traditional and cutting-edge inspirations is not solely tethered to his daring blend of genres. The vibrant “The Grand Concourse” embraces the pulse and mystique of New York City, as well as the allure of early 20th Century Cuban sonic leanings and cultural roots. 

In 2005 he won first place in Havana’s JoJazz festival in the composition category, winning a record deal with Cuba’s national label Colibri. He recorded his first album, released in Cuba in 2007, and titled “Habana enTRANCE,” displaying his skills as artist, bandleader, and composer.  The album would go on to win three Cubadisco Awards, (considered the Grammys of Cuba). He was then awarded a musical scholarship to Boston’s revered Berklee College of Music in the U.S., becoming the first Cuban national to receive Berklee’s coveted full Presidential Scholarship. Dayramir graduated Summa Cum Laude. He also received the Wayne Shorter Award for Most Outstanding Composer of the Year upon graduation.

The concert is free thanks to the Friends of the Library. Please register.VA

The Ridgefield Jazz, Funk & Blues Weekend is a four-day fall event in the culturally rich and scenic town of Ridgefield, Connecticut. Throughout the weekend, a tremendously talented lineup of jazz, funk, and blues artists will perform all over town, from an outdoor show at Ballard Park to regional powerhouse Ridgefield Playhouse. The Jazz, Funk & Blues Weekend is a collaboration between the participating venues and the Ridgefield Economic & Community Development Commission.

For more information visit: https://www.jazzfunk.org/

    Location: Main Program Room
       
Monday September 17, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 12:30 PM  -  1:30 PM Instagram for Business with Kate Fitzpatrick Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Instagram for Business with Kate Fitzpatrick.

Please register.

    Location: Donofrio Family Technology Center
        There are 12 spaces available.
 
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Author Talk - The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh with Kathryn Aalto Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

A. A. Milne’s classic tales, Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner, have delighted readers for nearly a century. The story’s characters -- Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, and the rest of the gang are famous, but how much do we know about the setting, the Hundred Acre Wood?

Join landscape historian and designer Kathryn Aalto as she discusses her New York Times Best Seller The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A Walk Through the Forest That Inspired the 100 Acre Wood. A popular speaker and storyteller, Kathryn takes people on an illustrated journey into one of the most iconic settings in children’s literature. Learn about Milne’s extraordinary childhood in the natural world and how he worked with illustrator E. H. Shepard. Discover places that inspired the stories along with the real forest’s rare flora and fauna.

Part travelogue, biography and natural history, this thought-provoking and memorable talk weaves art, nature and history as people consider the nature of childhood and the importance in giving our 21st-century Christopher Robins their own Hundred Acre Woods. Leave with a new understanding of how the Winnie-the-Pooh books are field guides for the free range child -- hymns to those days of "doing nothing yet learning everything."

Kathryn Aalto grew up in the San Joaquin Valley of California and was educated at the University of California at Berkeley, Western Washington University, the London College of Garden Design and the University of Bristol. She is a member of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, the Garden History Society, and many other professional landscape and writing organizations. She moved to Devon, UK in 2007 with her family.

This program is cosponsored by the Library and Ridgefield Garden Club.  Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.

Please register.

    Location: Main Program Room
       
Tuesday September 18, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  9:00 PM Critics' Circle Book Group Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Dorothy Pawlowski   203-438-2282   dlpawl@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee (2017, 496 pages). Four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family fight to control their destiny in 20th-century Japan, exiled from a home they never knew. Pachinko is a story of love, sacrifice, ambition, and loyalty set against the indifferent arc of history. A National Book Award finalist. -

The Critics' Circle meets the third Tuesday of the month.  New readers are always welcome!  

Click here for more information about upcoming Critics' Circle selections and to check our catalog.

Or click the link below to find general information about the group. 
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    Location: Dayton Program Room
Wednesday September 19, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Chair Yoga Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Local yoga teachers Valerie Rich and Michael Simonelli will lead Chair Yoga sessions on the first and third Wednesday of the month from 1 - 2 PM.

This program is part of the Noreen L. Papa: Mothers Live Your Life series.

Please register.

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    Location: Main Program Room
       
 
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Facebook for Business with Kate Fitzpatrick Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Facebook for Business with Kate Fitzpatrick.

Please register.

    Location: Donofrio Family Technology Center
        There are 12 spaces available.
Friday September 21, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM  -  9:00 PM Ridgefield Writers Conference Reading and Reception Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Due to the overwhelming success of the 2017 Ridgefield Writers Conference, we are expanding the off-year open house to become an inspirational single-evening event on Friday, September 21, with a similar format as the two-day conference.

With the challenges of today's publishing climate and the pressures of writers' professional and personal lives, what is the writer's source of inspiration? One answer may not be as difficult as it appears. We'll explore that answer through our theme of Inspiration and Imagination.


Tentative Lineup for Inspiration and Imagination

6:30 p.m. - Introduction by Ridgefield Library
6:35 p.m. - Welcome by Ridgefield Writers Conference
6:40 p.m. - Keynote address on the topic of inspiration and author reading
7:00 p.m. - Readings by guest authors
7:15 p.m. - Wine and cheese reception with writer attendees, authors and guest publishers
7:30 p.m. - Moderated author Q&A panel with guests
8:00 p.m. - Author/editor breakout seminar-workshops

Application, Format & Fee
The application form for the 2018 conference will be available after April 1. Although writers will still need to apply for the conference, this year's event will take the format of an open-house, with a first come, first served basis. The registration fee will be $25 for the evening's keynote, readings, reception, panel, and author/editor breakout seminar-workshops.

General Information
For the most up-do-date information about the conference and to apply vist the conference website
For questions or more information email Word for Words or call Adele at 203-894-1908.

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Sunday September 23, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Ridgefield Folk with Peter Murchison Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   203-438-2282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for Ridgefield Folk with Ridgefielder Peter Murchison.

Equally at home on guitar, mandolin, or an old National steel guitar, Peter Murchison's music is a melting pot of Americana … but mostly old, old blues from the 1920s and 30s. Now back living in CT, he brings years of experience in bands in China, New York, Colorado, and Texas and from performing in countries all over the world.

Murchison's guitar fingerpicking style is crisp and driving.  The early blues material he presents is a panorama of USA rural blues, before the blues migrated to Chicago and went electric. The influences of Mississippi John Hurt, Reverend Gary Davis and Blind Blake can be heard as well as the great country pickers Doc Watson and Merle Travis.  His modern influences include Leo Kottke, John Fahey and Jerry Garcia. 

Murchison’s playing experiences include accompanying beat poet Allen Ginsburg.  How did that come about?  "We had a mutual friend – who said Allen wanted a blues guitar player to play with his mantras, so my name came up."

His shows are lively and fun as he switches among the guitar, slide guitar and mandolin,  He has stories galore about the songs, the musicians and the instruments that make each concert a learning opportunity as well as a smiling opportunity.

Ridgefield Folk is made possible thanks to the Friends of the Library.  Tickets are free and can be picked up on the day of the show starting at 1 PM.  Doors open at 1:30 and the show starts at 2 PM.

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    Location: Main Program Room
Monday September 24, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Food for Thought: A Culinary Book Discussion Group Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Adult Services Desk   203-438-2282 x12004   
   

What She Ate: Six Remarkable Women and the Food That Tells Their Stories by Laura Shapiro (2017, 320 pages) Everyone eats, and food touches on every aspect of our lives—social and cultural, personal and political. Yet most biographers pay little attention to people’s attitudes toward food. Once we ask how somebody relates to food, we find a world of different and provocative ways to understand her. The six women discussed are Dorothy Wordsworth, Rosa Lewis, Eleanor Roosevelt, Eva Braun, Barbara Pym, and Helen Gurley Brown.

Food for Thought: A Culinary Book Discussion Group reads books that explore the many ways that food expresses, affects, and enriches our lives. Discussions are held on the fourth Monday of every month, excluding December. 

New readers always welcome!  No registration required.  Books are available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Randolph Board Room
 
misc_none 6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Mindfulness and Meditation Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for a one hour Mindfulness and Meditation class.  Classes take place on the second and fourth Monday of the month through 2018. (Only 1 meeting in May (on the 21st) due to Memorial Day and the Book Sale)

Meditation offers countless benefits, including improved emotional regulation, focus, resilience, compassion, and mental and physical health. We are pleased to host the Community Mindfulness Project: a local, secular meditation group dedicated to the study and practice of mindfulness meditation for people of all religious backgrounds. CMP’s teachings draw from a variety of meditation traditions, and in addition to regular, dedicated practice the group supports new and veteran practitioners with discussion and peer-to-peer learning.

This program is made possible thanks to donors to the Library's Noreen L. Papa - Mothers: Live Your Life fund. 

Registration is recommended for each class.  HF FR

    Location: Main Program Room
       
Tuesday September 25, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Helping Our Heroes: Improving the wellbeing of our first responders and veterans Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for Helping Our Heroes with clinical psychologist Dr. Stacy Raymond and Stamford, CT Firefighter Capt. Jacques Roy. This program is aimed at police, fire fighters, EMS personnel, 9-1-1 dispatchers, active military and veterans and the family, friends and therapists who care about them.

Dr. Raymond will identify critical signs and symptoms of post-traumatic stress, and treatments available for addressing potential problems.  Important topics will include job-related stressors, reluctance to seek help, marital issues, compartmentalization, isolation, and addiction. Captain Jacques Roy will discuss how he copes with the traumatic experiences he’s endured through years as a firefighter.

Dr. Stacy Raymond is in private practice as a clinical psychologist in Ridgefield.  A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, she earned her Doctorate at the University of Hartford.  She specializes in treating adults with trauma and PTSD.  Although she works with individuals from all backgrounds, Dr. Raymond has a special place in her heart for first responders and veterans.  She belongs to the Fairfield County Trauma Recovery Network and Pets For Vets, volunteer organizations that help first responders and veterans, respectively.   Dr. Raymond is certified in EMDR, a fast and effective technique that helps people cope with and make sense of painful memories. 

Please register.

    Location: Main Program Room
       
Wednesday September 26, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM A.M. Book Group Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   203-438-2282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

The AM Book Group meets the fourth Wednesday of the month (except December)  

The First of July by Julia Speller (2013, 350 pages). The lives of four very different men, Frank, Benedict, Jean-Batiste, and Harry intersect on the most terrible and destructive day of World War I, the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

This discussion is part of Ridgefield Remembers WWI, a town-wide commemoration of the end of World War I.

Click here for upcoming A.M. Book Group selections and to check our catalog.

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    Location: Randolph Board Room
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misc_none 6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Tech Tricks: iPhone Photos and Camera Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

iPhones take great pictures! In this class you will learn the features of the camera application and learn to take a great photo and video. We will also explore the Photo app and learn to organize, share and
edit all the beautiful photos you will be taking.

This program is part of a new series called Tech Tricks: Classes to Keep You Current and Connected, which is made possible thanks to the Paul and Johanna Laszig Fund for the Elderly. Programs are geared to seniors but all are welcome to attend.

Please register.

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    Location: Donofrio Technology Center
   
 
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Hate: Why We Should Resist it With Free Speech, Not Censorship with Nadine Strossen Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   203-438-2282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for an Author Talk by Nadine Strossen, professor of Law at New York Law School.

In her new book HATE: Why We Should Resist it With Free Speech, Not Censorship Nadine Strossen, president of the ACLU from 1991 to 2008, argues that expanding free speech, not limiting it, is the solution for changing the hearts and minds of those who espouse hateful ideologies. She dispels many of the myths and misunderstandings that have permeated the debates about what constitutes “hate speech,” including what is and isn’t protected language, and affirms that we don’t have to choose between civil rights and civil liberties, or between free speech and equality. Strossen’s powerful argument promises to elevate the conversation around why freedom of speech cannot mean freedom to express popular sentiment only. We must tolerate all speech even when it supports intolerance, or we may find we’ve given away our own right to speak against it. Nadine Strossen is a renowned public speaker, committed to the freedoms enshrined in the Constitution.

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

Nadine Strossen dedicates her talk at the Ridgefield Library to the memory of her dear friend, Mary Rindfleisch.

Please register.

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    Location: Main Program Room
       
Friday September 28, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Poetry Discussion Group Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   203 438-2282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   
Join us for a monthly discussion of a chosen poet.  The discussion is led by retired English Professor, Dr. Alan Holder and meets on the last Friday of the month.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Ridgefield Library. Free copies of the poetry books are available for members of the Friends who attend the discussions.  If you would like to join the Friends please click here. Membership fees are $10 per year for seniors and $15 for other adults.  for non-members a limited number of copies may be available to use at the discussions and some will be for sale (books range in price from approximately $10 to $15 per book) FR

    Location: Randolph Room
Tuesday October 2, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  9:00 PM Nonfictioneers Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   203-438-2282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Lenin on the Train by Catherine Merridale 

A meticulously researched account of Lenin’s fateful 1917 rail journey from Zurich to Petrograd, where he ignited the Russian Revolution and forever changed the world. In April 1917, as the Russian Tsar Nicholas II’s abdication sent shockwaves across war-torn Europe, the future leader of the Bolshevik revolution Vladimir Lenin was far away, exiled in Zurich. When the news reached him, Lenin immediately resolved to return to Petrograd and lead the revolt. But to get there, he would have to cross Germany, which meant accepting help from the deadliest of Russia’s adversaries. Millions of Russians at home were suffering as a result of German aggression, and to accept German aid or even safe passage would be to betray his homeland. Germany, for its part, saw an opportunity to further destabilize Russia by allowing Lenin and his small group of revolutionaries to return.

The Nonfictioneers meet on the first Tuesday of the month to discuss classic and contemporary non-fiction titles.

Click here for more information and to see the upcoming discussion selections.

This month's discussion is part of Ridgefield Remembers WWI, a Town-wide commemoration of the end of World War One.  Click here to see a full listing of events taking place around Ridgefield this summer and fall.

New members are always welcome.

[The Nonfictioneers]
    Location: Randolph Board Room
Wednesday October 3, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Chair Yoga Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Local yoga teachers Valerie Rich and Michael Simonelli will lead Chair Yoga sessions on the first and third Wednesday of the month from 1 - 2 PM.

This program is part of the Noreen L. Papa: Mothers Live Your Life series.

Please register.

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    Location: Main Program Room
       
Thursday October 4, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Murder by the Book Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   203-438-2282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

The Language of the Dead by Stephen Kelly (2015, 256 pages). Detective Inspector Thomas Lamb seeks an elusive killer in a seemingly idyllic charming English village as the impending horror of the 2nd World War looms. Also available as a downloadable audiobook from hoopla. L

Murder by the Book takes place on the first Thursday of the month - January through November. 

Click here for upcoming Murder by the Book selections and to check our catalog.  FR

    Location: Randolph Room
Monday October 8, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Books & Breakfast Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Adult Services Librarian Dorothy Pawlowski   438-2282 x1003   FictionRoom@RidgefieldLibrary.org
   

Join us for our monthly chat about our favorite books. Members of our staff will share of their personal recommendations and then we hope you'll share your memorable reads. Beverages and snacks will be provided.L

Registration is not required.



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    Location: Dayton Program Room
 
misc_none 6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Mindfulness and Meditation Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for a one hour Mindfulness and Meditation class.  Classes take place on the second and fourth Monday of the month through 2018. (Only 1 meeting in May (on the 21st) due to Memorial Day and the Book Sale)

Meditation offers countless benefits, including improved emotional regulation, focus, resilience, compassion, and mental and physical health. We are pleased to host the Community Mindfulness Project: a local, secular meditation group dedicated to the study and practice of mindfulness meditation for people of all religious backgrounds. CMP’s teachings draw from a variety of meditation traditions, and in addition to regular, dedicated practice the group supports new and veteran practitioners with discussion and peer-to-peer learning.

This program is made possible thanks to donors to the Library's Noreen L. Papa - Mothers: Live Your Life fund. 

Registration is recommended for each class.  HF FR

    Location: Main Program Room
       
Tuesday October 9, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  7:45 PM We Got Games: Table-top Gaming for Adults and Teens Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   
We Got Games!  Monthly Table-top Gaming Meet-up for Adults and Teens
Every second Tuesday of the month, 6:00 - 7:45 PM
 
We Got Games is a tabletop gaming meet-up for adults and teens that will meet on the second Tuesday of each month thorough May. The Library has a collection of games - Carcassonne, Settlers of Catan, Pandemic, Machi Koro to name a few - from which to choose, or attendees are welcome to bring a game to play! All skill levels are welcome!
No registration.
    Location: Kellen Family Children's Program Room
Wednesday October 10, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Tech Tricks: Everyday Uses of iPhone Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Do you feel you still don’t know all the cool things your device can do? In this class, Dawn DeCosta of Tech Savvy will review the iPhone features that can make technology work for you! We will
learn how to use iCal and To-Do Lists with reminders, explore what Siri can do, make folders and bookmarks in Safari and the different ways you can answer and make calls on the phone.

This program is part of a new series called Tech Tricks: Classes to Keep You Current and Connected, which is made possible thanks to the Paul and Johanna Laszig Fund for the Elderly. Programs are geared to seniors but all are welcome to attend.

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    Location: Donofrio Technology Center
   
Saturday October 13, 2018 Go To Top
elect_camera 9:00 AM  -  10:15 AM Shutterbugs Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Mary Harold   203-438-7350   ridgefieldshutterbugs@yahoo.com
   

The Ridgefield Library's photography group the Shutterbugs meets on the second Saturday of the month to discuss their craft and/or head out on their many field trips. They usually meet at the Library parking lot at 9 AM.  If the weather is bad they may meet to discuss their work at the Library.

New members are always welcome.  Please contact Mary Harold at 438-7350 or email ridgefieldshutterbugs@yahoo.com if you are interested in joining the group and to find out the location of the field trips.

    Location: Dayton Program Room
Tuesday October 16, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  9:00 PM Critics' Circle Book Group Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Dorothy Pawlowski   203-438-2282   dlpawl@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Stella Bain by Anita Shreve (2013, 288 pages). Suffering from shell shock and memory loss from her time spent as a nurse's aide on a French battlefield during World War I, American Stella Bain is taken in by London surgeon August Bridge and his wife.

This discussion is part of Ridgefield Remembers WWI, a town-wide commemoration of the end of World War I.

The Critics' Circle meets the third Tuesday of the month.  New readers are always welcome!  

Click here for more information about upcoming Critics' Circle selections and to check our catalog.

Or click the link below to find general information about the group. 
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    Location: Dayton Program Room
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Wednesday October 17, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Hidden Stories: A Five-part Writing Workshop with Kim Kovach Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Hidden Stories: A Five-part Writing Workshop with Kim Kovach

In this weekly adult writing program, we will tap into personal experiences, family stories, famous works of art, and imagination for our writing inspiration!  Perfect for new and experienced writers of creative non-fiction, memoir and fiction.  This program is led by author and writing teacher, Kim Kovach.  Classes take place on Wednesday, October 17, 24, 31 and November 7 and 14.

This program is made possible thanks to the Friends of the Library.

Please register.  L FR

    Location: Dayton Program Room
       
 
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Chair Yoga Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Local yoga teachers Valerie Rich and Michael Simonelli will lead Chair Yoga sessions on the first and third Wednesday of the month from 1 - 2 PM.

This program is part of the Noreen L. Papa: Mothers Live Your Life series.

Please register.

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    Location: Main Program Room
       
Monday October 22, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Food for Thought: A Culinary Book Discussion Group Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Adult Services Desk   203-438-2282 x12004   
   

Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook by Alice Waters (2017, 320 pages) When Alice Waters opened the doors of her "little French restaurant" in Berkeley, California in 1971 at the age of 27, no one ever anticipated the indelible mark it would leave on the culinary landscape—Alice least of all. Fueled in equal parts by naiveté and a relentless pursuit of beauty and pure flavor, she turned her passion project into an iconic institution that redefined American cuisine for generations of chefs and food lovers.

Food for Thought: A Culinary Book Discussion Group reads books that explore the many ways that food expresses, affects, and enriches our lives. Discussions are held on the fourth Monday of every month, excluding December. 

New readers always welcome!  No registration required.  Books are available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Randolph Board Room
 
misc_none 6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Mindfulness and Meditation Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for a one hour Mindfulness and Meditation class.  Classes take place on the second and fourth Monday of the month through 2018. (Only 1 meeting in May (on the 21st) due to Memorial Day and the Book Sale)

Meditation offers countless benefits, including improved emotional regulation, focus, resilience, compassion, and mental and physical health. We are pleased to host the Community Mindfulness Project: a local, secular meditation group dedicated to the study and practice of mindfulness meditation for people of all religious backgrounds. CMP’s teachings draw from a variety of meditation traditions, and in addition to regular, dedicated practice the group supports new and veteran practitioners with discussion and peer-to-peer learning.

This program is made possible thanks to donors to the Library's Noreen L. Papa - Mothers: Live Your Life fund. 

Registration is recommended for each class.  HF FR

    Location: Main Program Room
       
Wednesday October 24, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM A.M. Book Group Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   203-438-2282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

The AM Book Group meets the fourth Wednesday of the month (except December)  

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell (1855, 480 pages). Through the story of Margaret Hale, a southerner who moves to the northern industrial town of Milton, Gaskell skillfully explores issues of
class and gender in nineteenth century English society, as Margaret's sympathy for the town mill workers conflicts with her growing attraction to the mill owner, John Thornton.

Click here for upcoming A.M. Book Group selections and to check our catalog.

Or click the following link to find general information about the group -


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[AM Book Group]
    Location: Randolph Board Room
 
misc_none 10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Hidden Stories: A Five-part Writing Workshop with Kim Kovach Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Hidden Stories: A Five-part Writing Workshop with Kim Kovach

In this weekly adult writing program, we will tap into personal experiences, family stories, famous works of art, and imagination for our writing inspiration!  Perfect for new and experienced writers of creative non-fiction, memoir and fiction.  This program is led by author and writing teacher, Kim Kovach.  Classes take place on Wednesday, October 17, 24, 31 and November 7 and 14.

This program is made possible thanks to the Friends of the Library.

Please register.  L FR

    Location: Dayton Program Room
       
 
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Walking the Pacific Crest Trail with Anne O'Regan Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

In 2010 Anne O'Regan left her home in Boston and traveled west to do what, on average, only 300 people accomplish each year.  Starting in Campo, California (on the Mexican border), she backpacked north for 2,650 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).  Traveling through California, Oregon and Washington, she completed her thru-hike five months later in Manning Park, Canada.  Join us as Anne shares tales from the trail, and offers a unique visual presentation gleaned from over 3,000 photographs taken along the way.

Anne spent most of her adult life living and working in downtown Boston, then left corporate America behind to venture west to walk the PCT.  She has thru-hiked other long trails, including the Colorado Trail, the John Muir (twice), and Vermont's Long Trail (twice).  Anne is the author of Tamed.  A City Girl Walks From Mexico To Canada On The Pacific Crest Trail.  Her book is available on her website:  www.anneoregan.com  and will also be available at her presentation.  A Boston native, she currently divides her time between Connecticut and Maine.

This program is part of the Library's Noreen L. Papa - Mothers: Live Your Life series.

Please register.  HF TL

    Location: Main Program Room
       
Thursday October 25, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Author Talk: The Kiss of Sweet Scottish Rain with Robert McWilliams Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   203438-2282   lalambton@rdigefieldlibrary.org
   

Join us as local author Robert McWilliams discusses his new book The Kiss of Sweet Scottish Rain.

The Kiss of Sweet Scottish Rain: A Walk from Cape Wrath to the Solway Firth is a travel narrative that also contains personal memoir and Scottish history and background.   

“With a naturalist’s eye for detail and a poet’s spirit, Robert McWilliams takes us on a vivid journey over moors, up mountains, and across rivers on his quest to walk the length of Scotland . . . McWilliams will get you lacing up your hiking boots.” —David K. Leff, Poet-in-residence for the New England National Scenic Trail.

This program is part of our Author Talk series. It is also part of the Noreen L. Papa - Mothers: Live Your Life series of health and wellness programs.

Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.

Please register.

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    Location: Main Program Room
       
Sunday October 28, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM ARTalk: Architectural Excellence & a Diverse Portfolio with Centerbrook Architects Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laurie McGavin Bachmann   203-438-2282   lmbachmann@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Nationally renowned architectural firm Centerbrook Architects & Planners has received 380 awards for design excellence since it was founded in 1975, including the National AIA Firm Award, the highest honor the American Institute of Architects confers. Centerbrook defines architectural excellence, in part, as to how well buildings perform for the people who use them. Centerbrook aims to sensitively relate new or renovated buildings to their surroundings to create a sense of place. In this ARTalk, principals Jefferson B. Riley (right) and Todd E. Andrews (top) will highlight Centerbrook’s design approach through examples of its diverse portfolio.

A co-founder of Centerbrook, Jefferson B. Riley has designed numerous award-winning buildings, including the Quinnipiac University School of Law Center, the Wriston Art Center at Lawrence University, the Hotchkiss School Music Center and its Biomass Power Plant, and the Ocean House in Watch Hill, R.I. Notably, Riley has designed every building on Quinnipiac’s three campuses since 1978. Todd E. Andrews, Centerbrook’s newest principal, has designed buildings that support and enhance education, learning, research, worship, and community in his 20 years of practice with the firm. A principal focus has been his work on multiple projects at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. PVA

    Location: Main Program Room
       
 
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Hold for ARTalk to keep room quiet Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laurie McGavin Bachmann   203-438-2282   lmbachmann@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Hold for Artalk to keep main program room quiet.

    Location: Dayton Program Room
Monday October 29, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Frankenstein’s Creature: A Monster for Its Time—and Ours with Dr. Mark Schenker Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

On New Year’s Day 1818, Frankenstein was published anonymously in London by 20-year-old Mary Shelley, wife of the Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and daughter of the philosopher and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft. It would become one of the most influential novels of the 19th or any other century, even as it remains  a work most people know through cinema or popular culture rather than from having read the book.

In honor of its 200th anniversary, Mark Schenker of Yale College will discuss the novel  as a reflection of its cultural milieu, as an expertly crafted construction of first-person narrators, and as an examination of grand themes of Science and Art, and of Creation and Birth. Patrons are strongly encouraged to read the book before attending the lecture.

This program is part of the Library's celebration of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. The series is made possible thanks to the Friends of the Ridgefield Library.

Please register.

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    Location: Main Program Room
Tuesday October 30, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Skillsbox - Customer Service: Put Down Your Phone and Listen to Your Customer Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Skillsbox: Tools for Business Success series presents Put down Your Phone and Listen to Your Customer with Bruce Bennett.

 Bruce Bennett, founder of Bruce Bennett Nissan, will share some of his customer service wisdom about how to improve and maintain customer and employee satisfaction.

Areas he will discuss include:

1. Customer satisfaction and employee training starts at the top
2. Every business, large or small, needs a written customer satisfaction policy
3. How to handle employees that do not understand the effect of bad attitude
4. The importance of first impressions
5. Custome service musts on the telephone 

There will also be time for Q & A.

Skisslbox is co-sponsored by the Library, Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce, SCORE, Ridgefield Economic and Community Development Commission.

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    Location: Main Program Room
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Wednesday October 31, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Hidden Stories: A Five-part Writing Workshop with Kim Kovach Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Hidden Stories: A Five-part Writing Workshop with Kim Kovach

In this weekly adult writing program, we will tap into personal experiences, family stories, famous works of art, and imagination for our writing inspiration!  Perfect for new and experienced writers of creative non-fiction, memoir and fiction.  This program is led by author and writing teacher, Kim Kovach.  Classes take place on Wednesday, October 17, 24, 31 and November 7 and 14.

This program is made possible thanks to the Friends of the Library.

Please register.  L FR

    Location: Dayton Program Room
       
Thursday November 1, 2018 -  Friday November 30, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none The Age of Discovery: Antique Maps and the Stories They Tell Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   203-438-2282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Keeler Tavern's Museum Board of Directors for Development, Joel Third, will exhibit a selection of antique maps from his extensive collection. Special attention will be given to those maps which fall within the category of the Age of Discovery. There will be a talk by collector Joel Third on Sunday, November 4 from 2-3 PM and a reception from 3-5 PM. PVA H TL 

    Location: The Gallery
Thursday November 1, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 10:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Murder by the Book Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   203-438-2282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley (1990, 219 pages). African-American WWII vet Easy Rawlins discovers a place for himself as a sleuth in the Los Angeles of the 1950s and ‘60s, after he is fired from a factory job and is hired by a mobster to find a missing woman, a search that involves him with murder and corruption in high places. L

Murder by the Book takes place on the first Thursday of the month - January through November. 

Click here for upcoming Murder by the Book selections and to check our catalog.  FR

    Location: Randolph Room
Sunday November 4, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Collector's Talk: Antique Maps and the Stories They Tell with Joel Third Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   203-438-2282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Collector's Talk from 2-3 pm: Antique Maps and the Stories They Tell with Keeler Tavern's Museum Board of Directors for Development, Joel Third who will talk about a selection of his extensive collection of antique maps with special attention given to those maps which fall within the category of the Age of Discovery. This talk will be followed by a reception from 3-5 pm. PVA H TL

    Location: Main Program Room
 
misc_none 3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Reception: Antique Maps and the Stories They Tell with Joel Third Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Collector's Reception - Age of Discovery: Antique Maps and the Stories They Tell with Keeler Tavern's Museum Board of Directors for Development, Joel Third who will exhibit a selection of his extensive collection of antique maps with special attention given to those maps which fall within the category of the Age of Discovery. The talk by collector Joel Third on Sunday, November 4 from 2-3 PM will be followed by a reception from 3-5 PM.PVA

 

 

    Location: The Gallery
Tuesday November 6, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  9:00 PM Nonfictioneers Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   203-438-2282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Eleanor of Aquitaine, A Life by Alison Weir 

Eleanor of Aquitaine, Queen consort of France and England and Duchess of Aquitaine in her own right, was among one of the most powerful rulers of Europe and one of the most fascinating women in 12th century English history. Renowned in her time for being the wife of two kings and mother of three, Eleanor of Aquitaine was one of the great heroines of the Middle Ages. At a time when women were regarded as little more than chattel, Eleanor managed to defy convention as she exercised power in the political sphere. In this beautifully written biography, Alison Weir paints a vibrant portrait of this truly exceptional woman, and provides new insights into her intimate world.

The Nonfictioneers meet on the first Tuesday of the month to discuss classic and contemporary non-fiction titles.

Click here for more information and to see the upcoming discussion selections.

New members are always welcome.

[The Nonfictioneers]
    Location: Dayton Program Room
Wednesday November 7, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Hidden Stories: A Five-part Writing Workshop with Kim Kovach Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Hidden Stories: A Five-part Writing Workshop with Kim Kovach

In this weekly adult writing program, we will tap into personal experiences, family stories, famous works of art, and imagination for our writing inspiration!  Perfect for new and experienced writers of creative non-fiction, memoir and fiction.  This program is led by author and writing teacher, Kim Kovach.  Classes take place on Wednesday, October 17, 24, 31 and November 7 and 14.

This program is made possible thanks to the Friends of the Library.

Please register.  L FR

    Location: Dayton Program Room
       
 
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Chair Yoga Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Local yoga teachers Valerie Rich and Michael Simonelli will lead Chair Yoga sessions on the first and third Wednesday of the month from 1 - 2 PM.

This program is part of the Noreen L. Papa: Mothers Live Your Life series.

Please register.

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    Location: Main Program Room
       
Thursday November 8, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM British Soldier Poets of World War I with Dr. Mark Schenker Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   203-438-2282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

The First World War in Literature: British Soldier Poets with Dr. Mark Schenker

With the centenary of the original Armistice Day—11 November 1918 —arriving this fall, Mark Schenker of Yale College will visit our library on 8 November to discuss poems written by British soldiers of WWI. The Great War, as it was often called, claimed more than nine million lives and changed forever the political and cultural landscapes of the Western World.

A handout of more than a dozen poems by five poets—Rupert Brooke, Wilfred Owen, Isaac Rosenberg, Siegfried Sassoon, and Edward Thomas—will be available at the Library's Circulation Desk from September 1st onwards. That three of these five men were killed in action during the War adds a poignancy to their poetry, poetry that helped to usher in the modernism that defined so much of the early 20th century.

This program is part of the town-wide Remembering World War I series commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of Word War I.  The series is co-sponsored by the Library, Keeler Tavern Museum, Ridgefield Historical Association, American Legion, Graveyard Resoration Committee, Marine Corps League, Daughters of the American Revolution and Ridgefield Playhouse. This program is made possible thanks to the Friends of the Ridgefield Library.

Please register.

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    Location: Main Program Room
       
Saturday November 10, 2018 Go To Top
elect_camera 9:00 AM  -  10:15 AM Shutterbugs Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Mary Harold   203-438-7350   ridgefieldshutterbugs@yahoo.com
   

The Ridgefield Library's photography group the Shutterbugs meets on the second Saturday of the month to discuss their craft and/or head out on their many field trips. They usually meet at the Library parking lot at 9 AM.  If the weather is bad they may meet to discuss their work at the Library.

New members are always welcome.  Please contact Mary Harold at 438-7350 or email ridgefieldshutterbugs@yahoo.com if you are interested in joining the group and to find out the location of the field trips.

    Location: Dayton Program Room
Sunday November 11, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM Veteran's Day Concert - Greatest Music of the Great War Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

The years around WW1 saw a period of change and rapid evolution in American popular music. New syncopated rhythmic elements introduced by African – Americans like Scott Joplin and other ragtime composers would prove to be the catalyst for the Jazz Age revolution to come. The social dance phenomena of twosteps, fox-trot, and tangos were all the rage. Wartime songs figured prominently in our collective psyche, via the charisma of George Cohan and the genius melodic instincts of young Irving Berlin. Patriotic Sousa marches found their way into new jazzy contexts, while songs like “Over There”, “Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning”, “It’s a Long, Long Way to Tipperary”, “Keep the Home Fires Burning” are all indelibly associated with the fears, struggles and ultimately the triumphs of the Great War. 

Curated by violinist Paul Woodiel and Wesleyan University’s Roy Wiseman, this colorful concert features selections from Wiseman’s extensive library of authentic period band arrangements, covering the length and breadth of America’s wartime music, all performed by a virtuoso quintet of some of Broadway’s best instrumentalists. 

This program is part of a Ridgefield Remembers WWI, a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.  The program is free thanks to the Friends of the Ridgefield Library.

Please register. 

    Location: Main Program Room
       
Monday November 12, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Books & Breakfast Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Adult Services Librarian Dorothy Pawlowski   438-2282 x1003   FictionRoom@RidgefieldLibrary.org
   

Join us for our monthly chat about our favorite books. Members of our staff will share of their personal recommendations and then we hope you'll share your memorable reads. Beverages and snacks will be provided.L

Registration is not required.



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    Location: Dayton Program Room
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misc_none 6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Mindfulness and Meditation Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for a one hour Mindfulness and Meditation class.  Classes take place on the second and fourth Monday of the month through 2018. (Only 1 meeting in May (on the 21st) due to Memorial Day and the Book Sale)

Meditation offers countless benefits, including improved emotional regulation, focus, resilience, compassion, and mental and physical health. We are pleased to host the Community Mindfulness Project: a local, secular meditation group dedicated to the study and practice of mindfulness meditation for people of all religious backgrounds. CMP’s teachings draw from a variety of meditation traditions, and in addition to regular, dedicated practice the group supports new and veteran practitioners with discussion and peer-to-peer learning.

This program is made possible thanks to donors to the Library's Noreen L. Papa - Mothers: Live Your Life fund. 

Registration is recommended for each class.  HF FR

    Location: Main Program Room
       
Tuesday November 13, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  7:45 PM We Got Games: Table-top Gaming for Adults and Teens Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   
We Got Games!  Monthly Table-top Gaming Meet-up for Adults and Teens
Every second Tuesday of the month, 6:00 - 7:45 PM
 
We Got Games is a tabletop gaming meet-up for adults and teens that will meet on the second Tuesday of each month thorough May. The Library has a collection of games - Carcassonne, Settlers of Catan, Pandemic, Machi Koro to name a few - from which to choose, or attendees are welcome to bring a game to play! All skill levels are welcome!
No registration.
    Location: Kellen Family Children's Program Room
Wednesday November 14, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Hidden Stories: A Five-part Writing Workshop with Kim Kovach Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Hidden Stories: A Five-part Writing Workshop with Kim Kovach

In this weekly adult writing program, we will tap into personal experiences, family stories, famous works of art, and imagination for our writing inspiration!  Perfect for new and experienced writers of creative non-fiction, memoir and fiction.  This program is led by author and writing teacher, Kim Kovach.  Classes take place on Wednesday, October 17, 24, 31 and November 7 and 14.

This program is made possible thanks to the Friends of the Library.

Please register.  L FR

    Location: Dayton Program Room
       
Sunday November 18, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM ARTalk: Exploring Sculpture Commissions and the Creation of Public Monuments with Meredith Bergmann Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laurie McGavin Bachmann   203-438-2282   lmbachmann@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Award-winning sculptor Meredith Bergmann will show images of work from her 40-year career as a sculptor who seeks out public commissions that explore issues of history, race, human rights, disabilities, and the power of poetry and music. Bergmann will talk about her creative process, the research that inspires her to bring history to life, and some of the many issues involved with competing for commissions and making public monuments, including the Boston Women’s Memorial, the September 11th Memorial for the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and the FDR Hope Memorial in New York City. She will also share stories about what inspires her smaller and more personal sculptures.

Meredith Bergmann ‘s public and personal sculptures deal with complex themes in an accessible, beautiful and stimulating way. She is currently creating the FDR Hope Memorial for Roosevelt Island, NYC and a slavery memorial for NYC. PVA

    Location: Main Program Room
       
 
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Hold for ARTalk to keep room quiet Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laurie McGavin Bachmann   203-438-2282   lmbachmann@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Hold for ARTalk - to keep Main Program Room quiet

    Location: Dayton Program Room
Tuesday November 20, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  9:00 PM Critics' Circle Book Group Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Dorothy Pawlowski   203-438-2282   dlpawl@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan (2017, 448 pages). Set in the New York of the 1930s and 1940s, this atmospheric novel captures a transformative time in America. Anna Kerrigan becomes the first female diver at the Brooklyn Naval Yard helping to repair ships that America needs to win the war. Then one night Anna has a chance encounter with Dexter Styles, a man who she thinks can help her unravel the backstory of her father and the reason he disappeared. Dexter takes her into a world populated by gangsters, bankers, and union men. Longlisted for the National Book Award for Fiction.

The Critics' Circle meets the third Tuesday of the month.  New readers are always welcome!  

Click here for more information about upcoming Critics' Circle selections and to check our catalog.

Or click the link below to find general information about the group. 
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[Critics Circle Book Group]
    Location: Dayton Program Room
Wednesday November 21, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Chair Yoga Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Local yoga teachers Valerie Rich and Michael Simonelli will lead Chair Yoga sessions on the first and third Wednesday of the month from 1 - 2 PM.

This program is part of the Noreen L. Papa: Mothers Live Your Life series.

Please register.

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    Location: Main Program Room
       
Monday November 26, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Food for Thought: A Culinary Book Discussion Group Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Adult Services Desk   203-438-2282 x12004   
   

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Food For Thought: A Culinary Book Discussion Group reads books that explore the many ways that food expresses, affects, and enriches our lives. Discussions are held on the fourth Monday of every month, excluding December. 

New readers always welcome!  No registration required.  Books are available at the Circulation Desk.

    Location: Randolph Board Room
 
misc_none 6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Mindfulness and Meditation Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for a one hour Mindfulness and Meditation class.  Classes take place on the second and fourth Monday of the month through 2018. (Only 1 meeting in May (on the 21st) due to Memorial Day and the Book Sale)

Meditation offers countless benefits, including improved emotional regulation, focus, resilience, compassion, and mental and physical health. We are pleased to host the Community Mindfulness Project: a local, secular meditation group dedicated to the study and practice of mindfulness meditation for people of all religious backgrounds. CMP’s teachings draw from a variety of meditation traditions, and in addition to regular, dedicated practice the group supports new and veteran practitioners with discussion and peer-to-peer learning.

This program is made possible thanks to donors to the Library's Noreen L. Papa - Mothers: Live Your Life fund. 

Registration is recommended for each class.  HF FR

    Location: Main Program Room
       
Wednesday November 28, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM A.M. Book Group Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   203-438-2282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

The AM Book Group meets the fourth Wednesday of the month (except December)  

The Awkward Age by Henry James (1898, 400 pages). This novel about the complications created in a family's social set by a young girl coming of age represents the decadence and corruption of English fin de siècle life.

Click here for upcoming A.M. Book Group selections and to check our catalog.

Or click the following link to find general information about the group -


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[AM Book Group]
    Location: Randolph Board Room
Thursday November 29, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM A Rich Conversation on Books from Varying Perspectives with James Mustich Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   203-438-2282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for an entertaining evening with James Mustich, author of the recently released 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die.

With 1,000 Books to Read Before Your Die readers will never again be left wondering “what to read next.” It’s as compulsively readable, entertaining, surprising, and enlightening as the thousand books it recommends, and it celebrates something we all love—the joy of discovery. 

James Mustich began his career in bookselling at an independent book store in Briarcliff Manor, New York, in the early 1980s. In 1986 he co-founded, and was for two decades the guiding force behind, the acclaimed book catalog A Common Reader. He subsequently worked as an editorial and product development consultant for publishers and booksellers, and is currently Vice President for Digital Product at Barnes & Noble. He lives with his wife in Connecticut.

This program is co-sponsored by the Library and Books on the Common.  Copies of 1,000 Book will be available for sale and signing at the event.

Please register.
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    Location: Main Program Room
       
Sunday December 2, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Ridgefield Folk - Holiday Favorites With a Gypsy Swing Twist with Doug Munro and La Pompe Attack Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Veteran New York guitarist Doug Munro will perform holiday music with a gipsy jazz twist with his band La Pompe Attack as part of the Library’s Ridgefield Folk series. The band will perform Christmas and Hanukah songs in the swinging style of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. These are not the same old versions of traditional holiday songs but brand new, reworked arrangements. Doug has been presenting this annual holiday show to enthusiastic audiences since the 2011 release of his critically acclaimed CD, “A Very Gypsy Christmas.”

Doug Munro is a critically acclaimed New York-based jazz guitarist. Since 1987 he has released 18 albums as a leader and has appeared on over 50 recordings as a sideman, producer, and arranger, working with artists like Dr. John, Michael Brecker, and Dr. Lonnie Smith. He has over 75 published compositions and over 300 recorded arrangements to his credit.

In the recording field, Doug has received two Grammy nominations and two NAIRD awards. Amazon.com picked Boogaloo to Beck, which he arranged, co-produced, and on which he played, as a Top Ten Jazz CD of 2003. Doug also did orchestration on the Oscar-winning documentary film When We Were Kings.

He has written four books on jazz improvisation for Warner Brothers Publications and Alfred Music Publications. He created and directed the Jazz Studies Program at The Conservatory of Music at Purchase College in 1993 and now teaches there as Director Emeritus. 

The concert is free thanks to the Friends of the Library.  Tickets can be picked up at the door starting at 1 PM on the day of the show.  Doors open at 1:30 and the show starts at 2 PM.

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    Location: Main Program Room
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Tuesday December 4, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  9:00 PM Nonfictioneers Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   203-438-2282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Columbus: The Four Voyages 1492-1504 by Laurence Bergreen

He knew nothing of celestial navigation or of the existence of the Pacific Ocean. He was a self-promoting and ambitious entrepreneur who created maps that were a hybrid of fantasy and delusion. When he did make land, he enslaved the populace he found. Columbus had one asset that made all the difference, an inborn sense of the sea, of wind and weather, and of selecting the optimal course to get from A to B. Laurence Bergreen's energetic and bracing book presents the whole Columbus and most importantly, the whole of his career, not just the highlight of 1492. Columbus undertook three more voyages between 1494 and 1504, each designed to demonstrate that he could sail to China within a matter of weeks and convert those he found there to Christianity.

The Nonfictioneers meet on the first Tuesday of the month to discuss classic and contemporary non-fiction titles.

Click here for more information and to see the upcoming discussion selections.

New members are always welcome.

[The Nonfictioneers]
    Location: Dayton Program Room
Wednesday December 5, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Chair Yoga Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Local yoga teachers Valerie Rich and Michael Simonelli will lead Chair Yoga sessions on the first and third Wednesday of the month from 1 - 2 PM.

This program is part of the Noreen L. Papa: Mothers Live Your Life series.

Please register.

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    Location: Main Program Room
       
Saturday December 8, 2018 Go To Top
elect_camera 9:00 AM  -  10:15 AM Shutterbugs Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Mary Harold   203-438-7350   ridgefieldshutterbugs@yahoo.com
   

The Ridgefield Library's photography group the Shutterbugs meets on the second Saturday of the month to discuss their craft and/or head out on their many field trips. They usually meet at the Library parking lot at 9 AM.  If the weather is bad they may meet to discuss their work at the Library.

New members are always welcome.  Please contact Mary Harold at 438-7350 or email ridgefieldshutterbugs@yahoo.com if you are interested in joining the group and to find out the location of the field trips.

    Location: Dayton Program Room
Sunday December 9, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM ARTalk: Painted Books from the Age of Exploration to the Digital Age Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laurie McGavin Bachmann   203-488-2282   lmbachmann@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

James Lancel McElhinney, journal-artist, author, Yale alumnus and Pollock-Krasner Grant recipient, will unfold the epic story of painted books, from the Age of Exploration to the Digital Era. He will discuss how beautifully painted manuscripts largely disappeared with the invention of the printing press and how watercolor painting, which had been an expeditionary medium for mapmakers and naturalists, was embraced by studio artists such as Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargent. He will also discuss how 21st century digital technology has revolutionized the printing industry, and how art is now distributed to vast online audiences.  McElhinney will also share some of his own expeditionary sketchbooks.PVA

James Lancel McElhinney is an artist, author, oral historian, independent scholar and publisher.  He holds an MFA in painting from Yale, and a BFA from the Tyler School of Art. McElhinney is the recipient fellowships and grants, including a 2017 Pollock Krasner Grant and a prior Visual Artist fellowship from National Endowment for the Arts. McElhinney is owner of Needlewatcher LLC, a business specializing in artist estates and cultural affairs. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, art historian Dr. Katherine Manthorne. Websites: www.mcelhinneyart.com, www.needlewatcher.com

Snow date: Sunday, December 16 @ 2 PM.

    Location: Main Program Room
       
 
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Hold for ARTalk to keep room quiet Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laurie McGavin Bachmann   203-488-2282   lmbachmann@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Hold for ARTalk to keep Main Program Room quiet during ARTalk.

    Location: Dayton Program Room
Monday December 10, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Mindfulness and Meditation Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for a one hour Mindfulness and Meditation class.  Classes take place on the second and fourth Monday of the month through 2018. (Only 1 meeting in May (on the 21st) due to Memorial Day and the Book Sale)

Meditation offers countless benefits, including improved emotional regulation, focus, resilience, compassion, and mental and physical health. We are pleased to host the Community Mindfulness Project: a local, secular meditation group dedicated to the study and practice of mindfulness meditation for people of all religious backgrounds. CMP’s teachings draw from a variety of meditation traditions, and in addition to regular, dedicated practice the group supports new and veteran practitioners with discussion and peer-to-peer learning.

This program is made possible thanks to donors to the Library's Noreen L. Papa - Mothers: Live Your Life fund. 

Registration is recommended for each class.  HF FR

    Location: Main Program Room
       
Tuesday December 11, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  7:45 PM We Got Games: Table-top Gaming for Adults and Teens Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   
We Got Games!  Monthly Table-top Gaming Meet-up for Adults and Teens
Every second Tuesday of the month, 6:00 - 7:45 PM
 
We Got Games is a tabletop gaming meet-up for adults and teens that will meet on the second Tuesday of each month thorough May. The Library has a collection of games - Carcassonne, Settlers of Catan, Pandemic, Machi Koro to name a few - from which to choose, or attendees are welcome to bring a game to play! All skill levels are welcome!
No registration.
    Location: Kellen Family Children's Program Room
Sunday December 16, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Hold for ARTalk snow date Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laurie McGavin Bachmann   203-438-2282   lmbachmann@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

ARTalk - Painted Books: From the Age of Exploration to the Digital Era with Janes Lancel McElhinney.

    Location: Main Program Room
 
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Hold for ARTalk snow date Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laurie McGavin Bachmann   203-438-2282   lmbachmann@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Hold DPR room to keep quiet during ARTalk.

    Location: Dayton Program Room
Wednesday December 19, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Chair Yoga Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Local yoga teachers Valerie Rich and Michael Simonelli will lead Chair Yoga sessions on the first and third Wednesday of the month from 1 - 2 PM.

This program is part of the Noreen L. Papa: Mothers Live Your Life series.

Please register.

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    Location: Main Program Room
       
Monday December 24, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Mindfulness and Meditation Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for a one hour Mindfulness and Meditation class.  Classes take place on the second and fourth Monday of the month through 2018. (Only 1 meeting in May (on the 21st) due to Memorial Day and the Book Sale)

Meditation offers countless benefits, including improved emotional regulation, focus, resilience, compassion, and mental and physical health. We are pleased to host the Community Mindfulness Project: a local, secular meditation group dedicated to the study and practice of mindfulness meditation for people of all religious backgrounds. CMP’s teachings draw from a variety of meditation traditions, and in addition to regular, dedicated practice the group supports new and veteran practitioners with discussion and peer-to-peer learning.

This program is made possible thanks to donors to the Library's Noreen L. Papa - Mothers: Live Your Life fund. 

Registration is recommended for each class.  HF FR

    Location: Main Program Room
       
Tuesday January 8, 2019 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  9:00 PM Nonfictioneers (second Tuesday) Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   203-438-2282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan

The dust storms that terrorized America's High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since, and the stories of the people that held on have never been fully told. Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times journalist and author Timothy Egan follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region, going from sod homes to new framed houses to huddling in basements with the windows sealed by damp sheets in a futile effort to keep the dust out. Drawing on the voices of those who stayed and survived—those who, now in their eighties and nineties, will soon carry their memories to the grave—Egan tells a story of endurance and heroism against the backdrop of the Great Depression.  

The Nonfictioneers meet on the first Tuesday of the month to discuss classic and contemporary non-fiction titles.

Click here for more information and to see the upcoming discussion selections.

New members are always welcome.

[The Nonfictioneers]
    Location: Dayton Program Room
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Sunday January 20, 2019 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM ARTalk: An Artist for All Seasons with Painter Dmitri Wright Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laurie McGavin Bachmann   203-438-2282   lmbachmann@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Award-winning impressionist and expressionist American landscape painter Dmitri Wright seeks to capture the moment when the natural environment of light through colors comes into existence. Applying expressive elements and using a vibrant, rhythmic palette, Wright’s brushwork reveals and transcends the representational foundation he received in his training which was rooted in the academy’s classics. In this ARTalk, Wright will talk about his career and journeys throughout the United States, Europe, West Indies, Central and South America, and China as a master fine artist/instructor. Wright’s work is housed in numerous museum, corporate, and private collections.

Dmitri Wright is the Master Artist/Instructor for Weir Farm National Historic Site, the National Park dedicated to American Impressionism. Wright, in the tradition of John Henry Twachtman founder of the Cos Cob Art Colony, is the first artist-in-residence instructing and lecturing at the Greenwich Historic Society, the birthplace of American Impressionism.  He also instructs at Silvermine Art School and privately. In the USA and Europe he gives workshops and museum tours in addition to being a judge for art shows.

Snow date: January 27 @ 2 pm.

 

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    Location: Main Program Room
       
Tuesday February 26, 2019 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Simple Steps for Starting Your Own Business: A Six-part Series Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   203-438-2282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Want to start a business but don’t know where to begin? This workshop series, conducted by a team of professionals from SCORE's Fairfield and Western CT Chapters, will give you the boost to get you on your way! Snow dates are scheduled for the following day (Wednesday).  Ridgefield Library - Check in is at 5:45 PM - The programs start promptly at 6:00 PM

Session 1 - Self-Assessment / Business Plan - Tuesday, February 26

Led by successful business start-up entrepreneurs, this presentation portrays the risk and reward of starting a business in today’s competitive marketplace.  The traits and character of successful entrepreneurs will be discussed for the purpose of assessing one’s innate and acquired ability to start and manage a successful business.  In addition, the session will focus on structuring a dynamic Business Plan, which is the heart of any successful business.  

Session 2 - Marketing Research & Strategy - Tuesday, March 5

The presentation focuses on the importance of market research and planning to start and build a competitive and successful business enterprise.  Emphasis will be on sound market positioning of a small business’s products or services within its target market that will enhance profitable sales and success.

Session 3 - Website and Social Media Marketing - Tuesday, March 12

How a start-up business is able to execute successful marketing efforts constitutes the core of a presentation.  The successful use of online-based marketing tools, including website positioning and key social media platforms, will be extensively discussed.  

Session 4 - Financial Reporting & Planning - Tuesday, March 19

This presentation reviews a business’s key financial statements and then walks the participants through the development of a comprehensive Financial Plan that is required to develop a successful start-up business.  The importance of understanding the key financial drivers of the business will be a center- piece of the discussion.  

Session 5 - Your Business Plan - Tuesday, March 26

This session will focus on using the specific concepts discussed in the first four sessions to help you create the first draft of the business plan for your business.   This session will give you the opportunity to obtain initial feedback from the presenters and from other participants.    

Session 6 - Funding Sources / Conversations with Entrepreneurs - Tuesday, April 2

This session will focus on funding structures required for start-up businesses today, including a presentation from lending sources specializing in start-up and small businesses.  The session will conclude with a discussion and Q&A session with several start-up business entrepreneurs.

At the end of this workshop, eligible participants will receive a Certificate of Completion.This program is co-sponsored by Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce, Fairfield County SCORE, Western Connecticut SCORE and Ridgefield Economic and Community Development Commission.B

The series is free. Please register.  By registering for the first session you are automatically registered for all six sessions. BF

    Location: Main Program Room
       
Tuesday March 5, 2019 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Simple Steps for Starting Your Own Business: A Six-part Series Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   203-438-2282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Want to start a business but don’t know where to begin? This workshop series, conducted by a team of professionals from SCORE's Fairfield and Western CT Chapters, will give you the boost to get you on your way! Snow dates are scheduled for the following day (Wednesday).  Ridgefield Library - Check in is at 5:45 PM - The programs start promptly at 6:00 PM

Session 1 - Self-Assessment / Business Plan - Tuesday, February 26

Led by successful business start-up entrepreneurs, this presentation portrays the risk and reward of starting a business in today’s competitive marketplace.  The traits and character of successful entrepreneurs will be discussed for the purpose of assessing one’s innate and acquired ability to start and manage a successful business.  In addition, the session will focus on structuring a dynamic Business Plan, which is the heart of any successful business.  

Session 2 - Marketing Research & Strategy - Tuesday, March 5

The presentation focuses on the importance of market research and planning to start and build a competitive and successful business enterprise.  Emphasis will be on sound market positioning of a small business’s products or services within its target market that will enhance profitable sales and success.

Session 3 - Website and Social Media Marketing - Tuesday, March 12

How a start-up business is able to execute successful marketing efforts constitutes the core of a presentation.  The successful use of online-based marketing tools, including website positioning and key social media platforms, will be extensively discussed.  

Session 4 - Financial Reporting & Planning - Tuesday, March 19

This presentation reviews a business’s key financial statements and then walks the participants through the development of a comprehensive Financial Plan that is required to develop a successful start-up business.  The importance of understanding the key financial drivers of the business will be a center- piece of the discussion.  

Session 5 - Your Business Plan - Tuesday, March 26

This session will focus on using the specific concepts discussed in the first four sessions to help you create the first draft of the business plan for your business.   This session will give you the opportunity to obtain initial feedback from the presenters and from other participants.    

Session 6 - Funding Sources / Conversations with Entrepreneurs - Tuesday, April 2

This session will focus on funding structures required for start-up businesses today, including a presentation from lending sources specializing in start-up and small businesses.  The session will conclude with a discussion and Q&A session with several start-up business entrepreneurs.

At the end of this workshop, eligible participants will receive a Certificate of Completion.This program is co-sponsored by Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce, Fairfield County SCORE, Western Connecticut SCORE and Ridgefield Economic and Community Development Commission.B

The series is free. Please register.  By registering for the first session you are automatically registered for all six sessions. BF

    Location: Main Program Room
       
Sunday March 10, 2019 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM ARTalk: Drawing for the Absolute and Utter Beginner with Claire Watson Garcia Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laurie McGavin Bachmann   203-438-2282   lmbachmann@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Adults and teens interested in learning how to draw are invited to join in for a fun and instructive free drawing workshop with Claire Watson Garcia, author of the celebrated book Drawing for the Absolute and Utter Beginner, now available in a 5th anniversary revised edition. Claire is a Ridgefield resident and instructor at the Silvermine School of Art in New Canaan, where she teaches art courses for adults. She will share the proven techniques in her book to help participants get started drawing with confidence. Registration is required. A $5.00 fee will be collected at the door to cover art materials.

Claire Watson Garcia received her education at Smith College and University of California Berkeley, as a fine arts major. Her artwork, created primarily in acrylic paint and mixed media, can be found in many private collections. She has been included in numerous juried shows, some at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists, where she is an enthusiastic member.

Snow date: Sunday, March 17PVA

    Location: Dayton Program Room
       
 
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Hold for ARTalk to keep room quiet Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laurie McGavin Bachmann   203-438-2282   lmbachmann@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Hold for ARTalk to keep DPR room quiet during workshop.

    Location: Main Program Room
Tuesday March 12, 2019 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Simple Steps for Starting Your Own Business: A Six-part Series Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   203-438-2282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Want to start a business but don’t know where to begin? This workshop series, conducted by a team of professionals from SCORE's Fairfield and Western CT Chapters, will give you the boost to get you on your way! Snow dates are scheduled for the following day (Wednesday).  Ridgefield Library - Check in is at 5:45 PM - The programs start promptly at 6:00 PM

Session 1 - Self-Assessment / Business Plan - Tuesday, February 26

Led by successful business start-up entrepreneurs, this presentation portrays the risk and reward of starting a business in today’s competitive marketplace.  The traits and character of successful entrepreneurs will be discussed for the purpose of assessing one’s innate and acquired ability to start and manage a successful business.  In addition, the session will focus on structuring a dynamic Business Plan, which is the heart of any successful business.  

Session 2 - Marketing Research & Strategy - Tuesday, March 5

The presentation focuses on the importance of market research and planning to start and build a competitive and successful business enterprise.  Emphasis will be on sound market positioning of a small business’s products or services within its target market that will enhance profitable sales and success.

Session 3 - Website and Social Media Marketing - Tuesday, March 12

How a start-up business is able to execute successful marketing efforts constitutes the core of a presentation.  The successful use of online-based marketing tools, including website positioning and key social media platforms, will be extensively discussed.  

Session 4 - Financial Reporting & Planning - Tuesday, March 19

This presentation reviews a business’s key financial statements and then walks the participants through the development of a comprehensive Financial Plan that is required to develop a successful start-up business.  The importance of understanding the key financial drivers of the business will be a center- piece of the discussion.  

Session 5 - Your Business Plan - Tuesday, March 26

This session will focus on using the specific concepts discussed in the first four sessions to help you create the first draft of the business plan for your business.   This session will give you the opportunity to obtain initial feedback from the presenters and from other participants.    

Session 6 - Funding Sources / Conversations with Entrepreneurs - Tuesday, April 2

This session will focus on funding structures required for start-up businesses today, including a presentation from lending sources specializing in start-up and small businesses.  The session will conclude with a discussion and Q&A session with several start-up business entrepreneurs.

At the end of this workshop, eligible participants will receive a Certificate of Completion.This program is co-sponsored by Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce, Fairfield County SCORE, Western Connecticut SCORE and Ridgefield Economic and Community Development Commission.B

The series is free. Please register.  By registering for the first session you are automatically registered for all six sessions. BF

    Location: Main Program Room
       
Tuesday March 19, 2019 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Simple Steps for Starting Your Own Business: A Six-part Series Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   203-438-2282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Want to start a business but don’t know where to begin? This workshop series, conducted by a team of professionals from SCORE's Fairfield and Western CT Chapters, will give you the boost to get you on your way! Snow dates are scheduled for the following day (Wednesday).  Ridgefield Library - Check in is at 5:45 PM - The programs start promptly at 6:00 PM

Session 1 - Self-Assessment / Business Plan - Tuesday, February 26

Led by successful business start-up entrepreneurs, this presentation portrays the risk and reward of starting a business in today’s competitive marketplace.  The traits and character of successful entrepreneurs will be discussed for the purpose of assessing one’s innate and acquired ability to start and manage a successful business.  In addition, the session will focus on structuring a dynamic Business Plan, which is the heart of any successful business.  

Session 2 - Marketing Research & Strategy - Tuesday, March 5

The presentation focuses on the importance of market research and planning to start and build a competitive and successful business enterprise.  Emphasis will be on sound market positioning of a small business’s products or services within its target market that will enhance profitable sales and success.

Session 3 - Website and Social Media Marketing - Tuesday, March 12

How a start-up business is able to execute successful marketing efforts constitutes the core of a presentation.  The successful use of online-based marketing tools, including website positioning and key social media platforms, will be extensively discussed.  

Session 4 - Financial Reporting & Planning - Tuesday, March 19

This presentation reviews a business’s key financial statements and then walks the participants through the development of a comprehensive Financial Plan that is required to develop a successful start-up business.  The importance of understanding the key financial drivers of the business will be a center- piece of the discussion.  

Session 5 - Your Business Plan - Tuesday, March 26

This session will focus on using the specific concepts discussed in the first four sessions to help you create the first draft of the business plan for your business.   This session will give you the opportunity to obtain initial feedback from the presenters and from other participants.    

Session 6 - Funding Sources / Conversations with Entrepreneurs - Tuesday, April 2

This session will focus on funding structures required for start-up businesses today, including a presentation from lending sources specializing in start-up and small businesses.  The session will conclude with a discussion and Q&A session with several start-up business entrepreneurs.

At the end of this workshop, eligible participants will receive a Certificate of Completion.This program is co-sponsored by Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce, Fairfield County SCORE, Western Connecticut SCORE and Ridgefield Economic and Community Development Commission.B

The series is free. Please register.  By registering for the first session you are automatically registered for all six sessions. BF

    Location: Main Program Room
       
Tuesday March 26, 2019 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Simple Steps for Starting Your Own Business: A Six-part Series Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   203-438-2282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Want to start a business but don’t know where to begin? This workshop series, conducted by a team of professionals from SCORE's Fairfield and Western CT Chapters, will give you the boost to get you on your way! Snow dates are scheduled for the following day (Wednesday).  Ridgefield Library - Check in is at 5:45 PM - The programs start promptly at 6:00 PM

Session 1 - Self-Assessment / Business Plan - Tuesday, February 26

Led by successful business start-up entrepreneurs, this presentation portrays the risk and reward of starting a business in today’s competitive marketplace.  The traits and character of successful entrepreneurs will be discussed for the purpose of assessing one’s innate and acquired ability to start and manage a successful business.  In addition, the session will focus on structuring a dynamic Business Plan, which is the heart of any successful business.  

Session 2 - Marketing Research & Strategy - Tuesday, March 5

The presentation focuses on the importance of market research and planning to start and build a competitive and successful business enterprise.  Emphasis will be on sound market positioning of a small business’s products or services within its target market that will enhance profitable sales and success.

Session 3 - Website and Social Media Marketing - Tuesday, March 12

How a start-up business is able to execute successful marketing efforts constitutes the core of a presentation.  The successful use of online-based marketing tools, including website positioning and key social media platforms, will be extensively discussed.  

Session 4 - Financial Reporting & Planning - Tuesday, March 19

This presentation reviews a business’s key financial statements and then walks the participants through the development of a comprehensive Financial Plan that is required to develop a successful start-up business.  The importance of understanding the key financial drivers of the business will be a center- piece of the discussion.  

Session 5 - Your Business Plan - Tuesday, March 26

This session will focus on using the specific concepts discussed in the first four sessions to help you create the first draft of the business plan for your business.   This session will give you the opportunity to obtain initial feedback from the presenters and from other participants.    

Session 6 - Funding Sources / Conversations with Entrepreneurs - Tuesday, April 2

This session will focus on funding structures required for start-up businesses today, including a presentation from lending sources specializing in start-up and small businesses.  The session will conclude with a discussion and Q&A session with several start-up business entrepreneurs.

At the end of this workshop, eligible participants will receive a Certificate of Completion.This program is co-sponsored by Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce, Fairfield County SCORE, Western Connecticut SCORE and Ridgefield Economic and Community Development Commission.B

The series is free. Please register.  By registering for the first session you are automatically registered for all six sessions. BF

    Location: Main Program Room
       
Tuesday April 2, 2019 Go To Top
misc_none 6:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Simple Steps for Starting Your Own Business: A Six-part Series Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   203-438-2282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Want to start a business but don’t know where to begin? This workshop series, conducted by a team of professionals from SCORE's Fairfield and Western CT Chapters, will give you the boost to get you on your way! Snow dates are scheduled for the following day (Wednesday).  Ridgefield Library - Check in is at 5:45 PM - The programs start promptly at 6:00 PM

Session 1 - Self-Assessment / Business Plan - Tuesday, February 26

Led by successful business start-up entrepreneurs, this presentation portrays the risk and reward of starting a business in today’s competitive marketplace.  The traits and character of successful entrepreneurs will be discussed for the purpose of assessing one’s innate and acquired ability to start and manage a successful business.  In addition, the session will focus on structuring a dynamic Business Plan, which is the heart of any successful business.  

Session 2 - Marketing Research & Strategy - Tuesday, March 5

The presentation focuses on the importance of market research and planning to start and build a competitive and successful business enterprise.  Emphasis will be on sound market positioning of a small business’s products or services within its target market that will enhance profitable sales and success.

Session 3 - Website and Social Media Marketing - Tuesday, March 12

How a start-up business is able to execute successful marketing efforts constitutes the core of a presentation.  The successful use of online-based marketing tools, including website positioning and key social media platforms, will be extensively discussed.  

Session 4 - Financial Reporting & Planning - Tuesday, March 19

This presentation reviews a business’s key financial statements and then walks the participants through the development of a comprehensive Financial Plan that is required to develop a successful start-up business.  The importance of understanding the key financial drivers of the business will be a center- piece of the discussion.  

Session 5 - Your Business Plan - Tuesday, March 26

This session will focus on using the specific concepts discussed in the first four sessions to help you create the first draft of the business plan for your business.   This session will give you the opportunity to obtain initial feedback from the presenters and from other participants.    

Session 6 - Funding Sources / Conversations with Entrepreneurs - Tuesday, April 2

This session will focus on funding structures required for start-up businesses today, including a presentation from lending sources specializing in start-up and small businesses.  The session will conclude with a discussion and Q&A session with several start-up business entrepreneurs.

At the end of this workshop, eligible participants will receive a Certificate of Completion.This program is co-sponsored by Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce, Fairfield County SCORE, Western Connecticut SCORE and Ridgefield Economic and Community Development Commission.B

The series is free. Please register.  By registering for the first session you are automatically registered for all six sessions. BF

    Location: Main Program Room
       
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misc_none 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM ARTalk: Award-Winning Landscape Architecture with Principal, Robert Golde Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laurie McGavin Bachmann   203-438-2282   lmbachmann@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Robert Golde, Principal, Towers | Golde will discuss his 30-year-plus career as a licensed landscape architect during which he amassed an unusually varied and international portfolio from park planning in Shenzen, China to corporate headquarters in suburban New York, and from roof-top healing gardens at urban medical centers to master planning and implementation projects on academic campuses. Award-winning Towers | Golde excels at preserving and enhancing the innate qualities of a site through a design that “grounds” a building project with extraordinary sensitivity to scale, character, and intended use. Golde will talk about specific projects from conceptual design through actual implementation.

Robert Golde’s work as a landscape architect is noted for its elegant simplicity, functional practicality, bold clarity and contextual sensitivity. Golde’s intense commitment to a collaborative design process and his ability to lead others to see the intrinsic character and value of specific sites is evidenced in every project. Golde believes that a thorough understanding of an institution’s history, culture and traditions is essential in planning for its physical future. The outstanding quality of Mr. Golde’s work and its significant impact on the public is perennially acknowledged by peer professional organizations in their annual design awards. PVA

    Location: Main Program Room
       
 
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM Hold for ARTalk to keep room quiet Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Laurie McGavin Bachmann   203-438-2282   lmbachmann@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Hold DPR room so that all is quiet for ARTalk in Main Program Room

    Location: Dayton Program Room
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