Media

For years, libraries have been about much more than books, and the Ridgefield Library is no exception. We offer extensive holdings of popular and educational material in audio, video and digital formats and are always on the look-out for the next emerging format, from eBooks to downloadable audio.

Contact: Dorothy Pawlowski, Adult Services, 203-438-2282 x1003 dlpawl@ridgefieldlibrary.org


TIP: Always check our catalog or submit your request for an item locally first, as Bibliomation and iCONN catalogs may not reflect real-time holdings, availability or borrowing restrictions. Please be aware that many libraries will not send audiovisual materials via Inter-Library Loan.

DVD | Audiobooks | Language Learning Programs |Recorded Music | eBooks

DVD

To help you choose appropriate viewing for your family, a rating is indicated on the spine of each film.  Please note that “N/R” means simply “Not Rated,” indicating that is has not been reviewed by MPAA or other organization.  It does not imply that content is appropriate for all ages.

Ask about our full list of new DVD additions.

Selected New DVDs

Entertainment DVDs
Feature films, popular TV shows, general interest movies, foreign language films and children's entertainment such as Disney films, shelved in the Bossidy Commons on the main level..

 

Selected Documentaries 

Documentaries and instructional films
Adult and general interest titles on history, travel, fitness, cooking, etc., shelved in the Bossidy Commons on the main level.


Audiobooks on CD

Audiobooks for Adult Listeners
Choose from close to 3,000 audiobooks on CD, including bestsellers, classics, biography, non-fiction, dramatic performances, self-help and more.  Also available are a selection of popular audio titles on MP3-CD.

Audiobooks for Children and Teens
Include over 1,000 favorite fiction and non-fiction titles. Also available are a selection of kits that pair printed books paired with an audio version of the material. Great for beginning readers.

Ask about our list of new adult audiobook additions.

 

Selected New Audiobooks


Playaways

Portable, lightweight battery-operated audio players that each come pre-loaded with a complete audiobook title. Use your own headphones (also available for purchase), or use your own adaptor to play through your car or home audio system. A selection of adult fiction and non-fiction titles is available. Thanks to the Friends of the Library for their support of this collection.


Downloadable Audiobooks (eAudiobooks)

Downloadable Audiobooks from OverDrive
OverDrive allows you to select and download audiobook titles to play directly on your computer, play on an Mp3 player or burn to a CD. This collection is available any time of day from anywhere in the world. Click here for a guided tour of this wonderful resource.

More downloadable audiobooks from iCONN


"Great Courses" Lecture Series

Comprehensive lecture courses by the nation's most dynamic and highly respected college professors, captured on audiocassette, audio CD and DVD. Selections in many disciplines from The Teaching Company and The Modern Scholar. All media formats shelved together in their own section. Thanks to the Friends of the Library for their support of this collection.


Language Learning Materials

FOR KIDS: Ask about language learning materials specially designed for children, including Muzzy® and Little Pim™ instructional programs. Also available: Little Pim online language learning program for ages 0-6. Just have your library card handy to log in on the Mango Languages sign-in page.

FOR TEENS AND ADULTS: A multi-media collection of language learning materials including textbooks, dictionaries, DVDs/videos, computer software and audio programs on CD, shelved together in their own section.

Try our web-based language learning programs from Mango Languages, made possible by the Friends of the Library. All you need to get started learning one of more than 20 languages is your Ridgefield Library card.



Recorded Music

Music CDs
Over 2,100 CDs ranging from opera to rock and roll, arranged by musical style. Located in the Bossidy Commons on the main level, where help is always available at the Circulation Desk to find a particular selection or performer.

Ask about our list of new recorded music additions.


eBooks

eBooks for Download to Selected  Readers and Smart Phones
Click here to learn more about this service available from OverDrive.

 

 

 

The eBook universe is evolving constantly.  Check out these articles about the current status of eBook availability in libraries.

David Lee King: Social web | emerging trends | libraries blog
Libraries are having trouble getting eBooks from the largest publishing companies. These publishers are adding restrictions and price increases, or simply not selling eBooks to libraries at all.  Find out more and sign an e-petition to let publishers know how you feel.

What Is the Role of Libraries in the Age of E-Books and Digital Information?
Jenny Shank on PBS's MediaShift website, May 1, 2012

The Future of Libraries in the E-Book Age
National Public Radio, April 4, 2011

 

TumblebooksTumbleBooks
E-books for the very young, accessible at the Library or from home. Enjoy the illustrations onscreen as you listen to favorite picture books read aloud.