Friends of the Ridgefield Library

The Friends of the Ridgefield Library (FORL) is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to supporting the activities and mission of the Ridgefield Library.

Contact: Rhonda Hill, President, 203-438-3200 friends@ridgefieldlibrary.org

Friends logoFriends Mission Statement

The purpose of this organization is to:

♦ Provide support for the Ridgefield Library
♦ Promote the Library to the public


Friends' News

The Friends of the Ridgefield Library received an award in June from the Friends of Connecticut Libraries (FOCL) as Outstanding Friends Group in our category (based on town size).

They were also the recipient in May of the Library's annual Paccadolmi Award for exceptional volunteer service. 

Congratulations to all who helped earn these honors!

Photo: Friends President Rhonda Hill accepts the Outstanding Friends Group award at the FOCL annual luncheon in Middletown on June 14th.


Book Sales

The sale of donated used books is the principal fundraising activity of the Friends. Spring and fall sales are supplemented by occasional specialty sales and Internet sales. More information about book sales.


Upcoming Friends-Sponsored Events

The Friends sponsor many popular Library programs for all ages, including the Ridgefield Folk concerts, monthly poetry discussions, Reading is a Family Affair and, of course, Summer Reading.

Click here for a list of upcoming Friends-sponsored programs.


Be a Friends Volunteer

Volunteers are always needed to process book donations as they come in; to research and sell books online; serve on various committees; and work at semi-annual book sales. Volunteering opportunities range from a couple of hours once a year to an ongoing weekly or monthly commitment. Contact Volunteer Communications Chair Ginny Canfield at vcanfield@comcast.net or 203-438-9890  or Cris Nichols, Book Sale Chair at crispete2@aol.com for more information.

Internet Book Sales Volunteers Needed
Have an hour or so free every week? Spend a lot of time online? Join the Friends' Internet Book Sales team. Sort incoming donations, research history and pricing, create online listings, process completed sales. Contact Joel Pondelik at pondelik@juno.com for more information.


Benefits of Friends membership

Advance notice of book sales
Friends' newsletter several times per year
" Members Only" admission to book sale previews and other events
Pride in knowing you are preserving and improving library service in our community

Membership Dues
Membership dues are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law and are eligible for many corporate matching fund programs.

To join the Friends, complete a membership form and drop it with your check at the Circulation Desk at the Library or mail to 472 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877, ATTN Friends membership.

Senior Friend -- $10
Individual Friend -- $15
Family Friends -- $25
Good Friend -- $50
Best Friend -- $100+

Membership dues paid to the Friends are distinct from contributions to the Library’s Annual Appeal. Friends’ dues provide the seed money for book sales and other Friends’ activities, the proceeds of which are used to support specific Library services and programs. Appeal donations made directly to the Library support the Library's annual operating budget.


Friends of the Ridgefield Library Board

Rhonda Hill- President
Sandy Koppen- Vice President
Ralph Clark - Treasurer
Laura Fry- Secretary

Sondra Beardon
Ginny Canfield
Georgia Carrington
Ellen Darvick
Jo Fainer
Elise Haas
Linda Massie
Cris Nichols
Cam Percival
Joel Pondelik

The Friends Board meets on the first Monday of most months at 1:00 PM at the Library.  Board meetings are open to any member of the Friends.