Sponsors and Community Partners
The Ridgefield Library is grateful to the following sponsors and community partners who have helped enrich and expand the many resources and programs the Library is able to offer the community, either through financial assistance or as co-sponsors for programs and services.
The Library relies on many local organizations like the League of Women Voters and RACE to bring forward ideas and resources for co-sponsored programs, while the Library provides a wide network of communications channels to spread the word. The Library also often co-sponsors and helps promote events held by our partners in their own venues (such as Books on the Common, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum and Keeler Tavern) and, while we are in temporary quarters, these kind friends and neighbors are hosting many Library programs.
The Library frequently organizes community-wide educational initiatives that engage numerous organizations in town. Recent projects include What the Dickens! and the International Year of Astronomy.
Contact: Mary Rindfleisch, Assistant Director, 203-438-2282 x1009 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Friends of the Ridgefield Library is a key partner in nearly every aspect of the Library. Their financial and volunteer support makes possible many of our most popular offerings such as the annual Summer Reading Program and the Ridgefield Folk series.
The Donofrio family provides funding for the Donofrio Technology Series, a series of educational programs that aim to encourage young people, especially girls and minorities, to pursue careers in engineering, science and technology.
The Wadsworth Russell Lewis Fund helps the Library present programs that engage the community, such as the current townwide Ridgefield Remembers the Civil War commemoration..
Books on the Common, Ridgefield’s independent book store, co-sponsors the Library’s Author Talk series, and supports the Library during their Ridgefield Library Days promotion.
The American Library Association and NASA have provided grant funding and technical support for the astro4girls educational initiative, now in its second year.
Every year, Cave Comics of Newtown donates several hundred comic books to the Library for distribution on Free Comic Book Day (the first Saturday in May).
Summer Reading 2012 was supported by incentives donated by The Toy Chest, Deborah Anne's Sweet Shoppe, Piccolo Pizza, and Ridgefield Parks and Recreation.
Partner organizations in the 2013 Ridgefield Remembers the Civil War commemoration include:
The Ridgefield Library, Keeler Tavern Museum, Ridgefield Historical Society, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, The Ridgefield Playhouse, The Ridgefield Graveyard Committee, First Congregational Church of Ridgefield, Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra, Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Ridgefield.
Partner organizations in the 2012 Creativity Conference included:
The Ridgefield Library, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, the Ridgefield Arts Council, Morris Media Group, Housatonic Valley Waldorf School, Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance, International Centre for Creativity and Imagination, AIGA Connecticut, Adam Broderick Salon and Spa and Creativity in Play Online Radio.
In addition to these special projects and the ongoing partnerships listed below, in the current and previous years, the Library collaborated with the following on a variety of programs and services:
First Congregational Church of Ridgefield, Lounsbury House/Ridgefield Community Center, Newcomers Club, Ridgefield Boys and Girls Club, Ridgefield Crossings, Temple Shearith Israel, Womanheart
In addition to these special projects and the ongoing partnerships listed below, in 2010-2011 the Library collaborated with the following on a variety of programs and services:
Ayindisi, Book Groups for Literacy, The Enchanted Garden, Hearts and Minds Music, Michael Chekov Festival, Newcomers Club, Productions for Young People (PYP), Ridgefield Boys and Girls Club, Ridgefield Community Center, Ridgefield Crossings, Ridgefield Lyme Disease Task Force and Ridgefield Health Department, RMAC, Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra, Womenheart, Woodcock Nature Center
Thanks to Jesse Lee Day School, Ridgefield Community Kindergarten, Almost Home Day Care, The Children's Corner, Creative Children's Corner, My Nursery School, Ridgefield Montessori School, St. Stephen's Preschool and The Growing Tree. The Library's Miss Diane visits these organizations regularly to present special story times and, in turn, many of them have provided children's artwork for display in the stairway leading to Children's Services in the old Library.
The Ridgefield Public Schools welcome Library staff regularly for before, during and after school programs, and the Library hosts frequent field trips by young students and their teachers. Library-initiated programs have brought scientists, performers and others into the classroom as part of The Big Read, the International Year of Astronomy and Einstein's Big Idea. Librarians have presented numerous programs as part of After School Enrichment programs, including the Caldecott Club at Ridgebury and Branchville Elementary Schools in 2013.
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum partners with the Library for their Draw On! program and other creative projects, most notably Advancing Creative Thinking: Imagination to Innovation, a two-day conference on creativity held April 27-28, 2012. During construction, numerous Library and co-sponsored programs, from concerts to book discussions, are taking place at the Aldrich.
The Library and the Keeler Tavern collaborate on numerous programs such as What the Dickens! and Ridgefield Remembers the Civil War. The Museum also hosts many programs for the Library during construction.
The Ridgefield Playhouse for Movies and the Performing Arts was the Library's partner in The Big Read and has been generous with making its stage available for Library programs such as appearances by Frank McCourt and Mary Higgins Clark. During construction, the Ridgefield Library @ The Playhouse series includes event such as "Entertaining Conversations" with David Sedaris, Ira Glass and Stephen Sondheim.
In addition to providing incentives for the Summer Reading Program, the Parks & Recreation Center has co-sponsored and provided a home for numerous special concerts and other presentations for youngsters during the Library's construction.
The Ridgefield Guild of Artists co-sponsors the Library’s ARTalk series, a series of art, architecture, and design lectures, workshops and art field trips.
Therapy dogs from ROAR are a popular part of the Library's childhood literacy programs - and seem to enjoy being read to as much as children enjoy reading to them.
The Woodcock Nature Center and the Library co-sponsor numerous educational programs at the Library and the Center.
The Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra has presented pre-concert music appreciation lectures at the Library, co-sponsored musical storytimes, and often includes special works in its repertoire as part of programs such as the International Year of Astronomy.
Library staff members have presented monthly book discussions and occasional other educational programs at Founders Hall since it opened its doors 10 years ago.
The Library collaborates with the Ridgefield Arts Council on projects to promote the arts, including the 2012 creativity conference and the Cultural Festival.
The Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce co-sponsors programs at the Library to help local businesses, entrepreneurs and job seekers. The Library also takes an active role in Chamber-sponsored events such as Fall for Ridgefield Weekend.
The Library is proud to work with its neighbors in the Downtown Ridgefield organization on events such as the Ridgefield's Gone Country celebration coming up on May 4th.
Ridgefield Action Committee for the Environment (RACE) co-sponsors programs throughout the year to encourage good stewardship of the environment.
Ridgefield’s League of Women Voters co-sponsors programs to encourage informed voting and other issues relating to voting and women’s rights.
Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association co-sponsors numerous programs related to health and wellness, and the Library participates in RVNA outreach activities such as the annual Health Fair.
The Ridgefield branch of the American Association of University Women co-sponsors lectures, film screenings and more.
The Library has served as the public gallery for the Lions Club Peace Poster contest for many years.
The Ridgefield Prevention Council co-sponsors programs that support a safe and healthy environment for all of Ridgefield's families.
The Discovery Center co-sponsors many imaginative and educational programs at the Library.
Ridgefield Green Village Initiative co-sponsors programs throughout the year to encourage good stewardship of the environment.
The Library has been a frequent host to programs related to the town's participation in the Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge.
The Library collaborates with The Housatonic Valley Cultural Alliance to promote arts, culture and history in Western Connecticut.
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