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Friday June 22, 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 Technology Center
    REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
Monday June 25, 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   
   

The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food by Dan Barber (2015, 496 pages) Today’s optimistic farm-to-table food culture has a dark secret: the local food movement has failed to change how we eat. It has also offered a false promise for the future of food. Barber offers a radical new way of thinking about food that will heal the land and taste good, too—where good farming and good food intersect.

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 June 2018 between 6:30 and 7:30 PM. (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 June 26, 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 Technology Center
    REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
 
misc_none 5:00 PM  -  7:00 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 Technology Center
    REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
Wednesday June 27, 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 Secret Agent: A Simple Tale by Joseph Conrad (1907; 245 pages). Things turn out to be not quite that simple after all for London shopkeeper (and secret agent) Mr. Verloc when he gets embroiled in an anarchist plot to blow up the Greenwich Observatory.

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  -  9:15 PM Madama Butterfly (Puccini): Met Opera in HD @ Ridgefield Playhouse Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Ridgefield Playhouse   203-438-5795   
   

Madama Butterfly (Puccini) Met Opera in HD - @ Ridgefield Playhouse

Anthony Minghella’s breathtaking production has thrilled audiences ever since its premiere in 2006. One of the world’s foremost Butterflys, soprano Kristine Opolais, takes on the title role, and Roberto Alagna sings Pinkerton, the naval officer who breaks Butterfly’s heart. Karel Mark Chichon conducts. Total runtime:   2 hours, 13 minutes (133 minutes).

Tickets: $25 | Members & Seniors $20 | Students $15 | Ridgefield Library card holders receive member prices for this show | AAA members receive a 20% discount! FREE tickets for students 18 & under!  Must show ID at the box office.

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Ridgefield Playhouse    
    Location: Ridgefield Playhouse
Thursday June 28, 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: Study Rm 232
    REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
Friday June 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 Technology Center
    REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
 
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
   
Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations by David Ferry

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 July 3, 2018 -  Monday July 30, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none WW1: Ridgefield Answers the Call Exhibition Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   203-438-2282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

This series of ten display posters, created by local graphic artist Bill Mikulewicz, commemorates the end of  WW1 and centers on the contribution Ridgefield residents made during the war. The exhibition will be on view from July 3 through July 30 at the Ridgefield Library. A wine and cheese reception celebrating the opening of the exhibition, WWI: Ridgefield  Answers the Call, will take place on Saturday, July 7 from from 1 – 3 pm in the Library Gallery on the lower level. The exhibition and reception are co-sponsered by the Library and the Ridgefield Historical Society. PVA H

 

    Location: The Gallery
Thursday July 5, 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
   

A Drink before the War by Dennis Lehane (1994, 267 pages). PIs Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro are hired to find a missing cleaning woman suspected of stealing sensitive documents and find themselves mixed up with gang rivalry, extortion, child prostitution, and assassination in this debut of the extremely popular “Boston noir” series. 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
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Monday July 9, 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 July 10, 2018 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
   

Coolidge by Amity Shlaes

Amity Shlaes delivers a brilliant and provocative reexamination of America’s thirtieth president, Calvin Coolidge, and the decade of unparalleled growth that the nation enjoyed under his leadership. Shlaes provides a fresh look at the extravagant 1920s—triumphant years in which the nation was electrified, Americans drove their first cars and the federal deficit was replaced with a surplus. After a divisive period of government excess and corruption, Coolidge restored national trust in Washington and achieved what few other peacetime presidents have: he left office with a federal budget smaller than the one he inherited.

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 July 11, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Chair Yoga with Valerie Rich Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Valerie Rich will lead a Chair Yoga session on the first Wednesday of the month from 1 - 2 PM.

Valerie Rich is a Reiki Master and teaches Yoga, Alexander Technique and Meditation.

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 July 12, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Founders Hall Book Discussion Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   203-438-2282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

Join us for a monthly book discussion at Founders Hall. Open to members of Founders Hall only.LS

    Location: Founders Hall
Saturday July 14, 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
Monday July 16, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  9:00 PM Be A Body Psychic with Nicole Fevrier Davis Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

The Be A Body Psychic workshop empowers workshop participants with greater and more effective mind/body tools.  In this 2 hour talk/workshop we will learn how to psychically or intuitively “read” our own bodies (otherwise known as the body scan) for the purpose of life and health improvement.

The workshop will include a progressive series of concepts and working visualizations to maximize communication between mind and body.  This ultimately results in the participants empowered sense of intuition and their ability to use their newly found mind/body communication skills for goal attainment, love, early disease detection, financial abundance and spiritual fulfillment.  The workshop curriculum follows it’s companion workbook the Be A Body Psychic, written by facilitator Nicole Davis. (Although the workshop is based on the workbook it is not necessary to use the workbook to understand the concepts.)

This program is part of our Noreen L. Papa - Mothers: Live Your Life series and is also part of the Libraries Rock Adult Summer Reading program that is made possible thanks to the Friends of the Library.

Please register.

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    Location: Main Program Room
       
Tuesday July 17, 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
   

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate (2016, 416 pages). This tale, inspired by firsthand accounts about the notoriously corrupt Tennessee Children's Home Society, follows the efforts of a Baltimore assistant D.A. to uncover her parents' fateful secrets. "A powerful tale of family, of sisters, of secrets kept and secrets shared. I absolutely loved this book. I'm still basking in the afterglow….” – Jamie Ford

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 July 18, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Tech Topics: How to Choose the Most Effective Social Media Platform For You Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

How to Choose the Most Effective Social Media Platform For You with Kate Fitzpatrick - Social media has become a complicated landscape over the past few years, and sometimes gets overwhelming even for people who have been active online for a long time. Join us as we discuss the differences between the most popular social media platforms. 

Please register.

    Location: Donofrio Family Technology Center
       
Monday July 23, 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   
   

Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat by Bee Wilson (2012, 352 pages) Since prehistory, humans have braved sharp knives, fire, and grindstones to transform raw ingredients into something delicious—or at least edible. But these tools have also transformed how we consume, and how we think about, our food. Blending history, science, and personal anecdotes, Wilson reveals how our culinary tools and tricks came to be and how their influence has shaped food culture today.

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 July 25, 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)  

Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin (1953, 280 pages). Fourteen-year-old John Grimes is the stepson of a Pentecostal preacher in Harlem during the Depression. This novel spans a single day in his life, but encompasses his family’s troubled past and his longings for the future.

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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    Location: Randolph Board Room
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Thursday July 26, 2018 Go To Top
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 July 27, 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
   
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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
Sunday July 29, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM  -  9:15 PM Il Trovatore (Verdi): Met Opera in HD - @ the Ridgefield Playhouse Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Ridgefield Playhouse   203-438-5795   
   

Soprano Anna Netrebko’s dramatic and vocal skills are on full display as Leonora, the Verdi heroine who sacrifices her life for the love of the title troubadour. Tenor Yonghoon Lee sings the ill-fated Manrico, baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky is his rival, and mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick is the mysterious gypsy with a troubled past. Marco Armiliato conducts Sir David McVicar’s gritty, Goya-inspired production.

Tickets: $25 | Members & Seniors $20 | Students $15 | Ridgefield Library card holders receive member prices for this show | AAA members receive a 20% discount! FREE tickets for students 18 & under!  Must show ID at the box office.PVA 

Ridgefield Playhouse    
    Location: Ridgefield Playhouse
Monday July 30, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Dramatic Reading with Alan Sklar - Stories by Neil Gaiman Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   203-438-2282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Acclaimed voice actor Alan Sklar returns to the Library, this time to do a dramatic reading of two imaginative stories by Neil Gaiman, The Price and We Can Get Them Wholesale. One is a bit scary and the other a bit funny! Neil Gaiman, is the award winning author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio, theatre, and films including the current bestseller Norse Mythology.

Alan Sklar has been a voice actor for over thirty years, voicing radio and TV commercials and recording over 200 audiobooks.

This program is part of Libraries Rock!, the Library's adult summer reading program and is made possible thanks to the Friends of the Library.

Please register.

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

Valerie Rich will lead a Chair Yoga session on the first Wednesday of the month from 1 - 2 PM.

Valerie Rich is a Reiki Master and teaches Yoga, Alexander Technique and Meditation.

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 August 2, 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
   

Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo (2009, 336 pages). Kate Burkholder grew up as a member of an Amish community in Ohio, but left home and heritage after a traumatic incident in her teens.  Now she has returned to Painters Mill 16 years later as a cursing, gun-toting police chief investigating the many dark secrets beneath the façade of the insular community, including one that affects her own family. 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 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Author Talk: Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter with Ben Goldfarb Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Join us as Ben Goldfarb discusses his recently released book Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter.  This program is co-sponsored by the Library, Books on the Common and Ridgefield Conservation Commission. 

In Eager, environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb reveals that our modern idea of what a healthy landscape looks like and how it functions is wrong, distorted by the fur trade that once trapped out millions of beavers from North America’s lakes and rivers. The consequences of losing beavers were profound: streams eroded, wetlands dried up, and species from salmon to swans lost vital habitat. Today, a growing coalition of “Beaver Believers”—including scientists, ranchers, and passionate citizens—recognizes that ecosystems with beavers are far healthier, for humans and non-humans alike, than those without them. 

Ben Goldfarb is an award-winning environmental journalist who covers wildlife conservation, marine science, and public lands management, as well as an accomplished fiction writer. His work has been featured in ScienceMother JonesThe Guardian, High Country NewsVICEAudubon MagazineModern FarmerOrionWorld Wildlife MagazineScientific AmericanYale Environment 360, and many other publications. He holds a master of environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and is a 2018 North American Congress for Conservation Biology journalist fellow.

This program is part of The Ridgefield Library's Libraries Rock adult summer reading program that is made possible thanks to the Friends of the Library.

Please register.

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    Location: Main Program Room
       
Monday August 6, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 6:30 PM  -  9:20 PM Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky): Met Opera in HD - at the Ridgefield Playhouse Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Ridgefield Playhouse   203-438-5795   
   

Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky): Met Opera in HD @ Ridgefield Playhouse

Beloved American soprano Renée Fleming joins Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky for a performance of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece of unrequited young love. The opera’s sweeping dramatic arc of this opera—youthful longing, rejection, regret, a desperate plea that comes too late—is perfectly mirrored in Tchaikovsky’s achingly beautiful music and in the gorgeous lighting of this strikingly minimal production.

Tickets: $25 | Members & Seniors $20 | Students $15 | Ridgefield Library card holders receive member prices for this show | AAA members receive a 20% discount! FREE tickets for students 18 & under!  Must show ID at the box office.

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Ridgefield Playhouse    
    Location: Ridgefield Playhouse
Tuesday August 7, 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
   

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Hillbilly Elegy is written by a former marine and Yale Law School graduate who takes a probing look at the struggles of American’s white working class through the author’s own story about growing up in a poor Rust Belt town. Hillbilly Ellegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis – that of poor white Americans

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
Thursday August 9, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Founders Hall Book Discussion Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   203-438-2282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Join us for a monthly book discussion at Founders Hall. Open to members of Founders Hall only.LS

    Location: Founders Hall
 
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
       
Saturday August 11, 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: Offsite
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misc_none 2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM In Concert and Conversation - The Flubber Bros. Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Three local songwriters, known collectively as the Flubber Bros., will perform a set of original tunes at the Ridgefield Library.

Named for the magic invention featured in the classic 1961 Disney film “The Absent-Minded Professor,” the Flubber Bros. started as an informal songwriting experiment but has quickly evolved into a labor of love for Ridgefielders Chris Belden and Kevin McCarthy, who have each released solo albums of their own material, and their good friend, New York-based writer and raconteur Robert Drescher.

“This will be an informal sort of concert,” Belden says. “We’re going to perform as if we’re in our living room with a group of good friends.” The three performers will also field questions from the audience about the genesis of their songs and the art of collaboration. 

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

Please register.

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    Location: Main Program Room
       
Monday August 13, 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
       
 
misc_none 6:30 PM  -  8:45 PM Turandot (Puccini): Met Opera in HD - at the Ridgefield Playhouse Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Ridgefield Playhouse   203-438-5795   
   

Nina Stemme, one of opera’s greatest dramatic sopranos, takes on the title role of the proud princess of legendary China. Tenor Marco Berti is Calàf, the brave prince who sings “Nessun Dorma” and wins her hand. Franco Zeffirelli’s dazzling production is conducted by Paolo Carignani.

Tickets: $25 | Members & Seniors $20 | Students $15 | Ridgefield Library card holders receive member prices for this show | AAA members receive a 20% discount! FREE tickets for students 18 & under!  Must show ID at the box office.PVA 

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    Location: Ridgefield Playhouse
Tuesday August 21, 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
   

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
Thursday August 23, 2018 Go To Top
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
       
Monday August 27, 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   
   

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 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
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
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
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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
       
Friday September 14, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Afro Cuban Jazz Artist, Dayramir Gonzalez to Speak at the Library Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   203 438 2282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Internationally praised pianist and composter, this New York City-based Afro Cuban jazz artist Dayramir Gonzalez will give a talk about his Cuban roots and his journey as a musician during Ridgefield's Jazz and Funk weekend. He’s been hailed for his prolific creative range which melds rock, pop, jazz and Afro-Cuban styles. Gonzalez will talk about the new pathways that have be open to the public in general and musicians in particular now that Cuba and the United States have restored their relations.

In 2005 Gonzales 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. Gonzales graduated Summa Cum Laude. He also received the Wayne Shorter Award for Most Outstanding Composer of the Year upon graduation.

In 2012, he was called “a rising star in the Latin jazz world,” by Carnegie Hall and personally selected by Chucho Valdes to represent the young generation of Cuban Jazz at Carnegie Hall’s “Voices of Latin America” series. Gonzalez moved to New York City soon after, where he strived to not only further his musical career, but to become part of the “incredible flow and vibe” of a city he always dreamed about as a boy.

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.”

The program is free thanks to the Friends of the Ridgefield Library. Please register.

For information about other events taking place as part of Jazz Weekend in Ridgefield visit jazzfunk.org PVA

    Location: Main Program Room
       
 
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Afro Cuban Jazz Artist, Dayramir Gonzalez to Perform with 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 and Funk 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.

In 2012, he was called “a rising star in the Latin jazz world,” by Carnegie Hall and personally selected by Chucho Valdes to represent the young generation of Cuban Jazz at Carnegie Hall’s “Voices of Latin America” series. Dayramir moved to New York City soon after, where he strived to not only further his musical career, but to become part of the “incredible flow and vibe” of a city he always dreamed about as a boy.

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

 

    Location: Main Program Room
       
Monday September 17, 2018 Go To Top
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 wass 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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Registration is not required.

[Critics Circle Book Group]
    Location: Dayton Program Room
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
       
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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.

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 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.

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
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
       
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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Registration is not required.

[Critics Circle Book Group]
    Location: Dayton 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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    Location: Randolph Board Room
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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 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
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 1:00 PM  -  5:00 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
 
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 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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Registration is not required.

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    Location: Dayton Program Room
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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
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
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
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
       
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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