Building for the Future

The Ridgefield Community Library is part of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library (FVRL) District. The FVRL District Board and City of Ridgefield officials and community members all agreed that the Ridgefield Community Library is too small to meet the increasing demands of the fastest growing city in the state of Washington.

A new library that will fulfill our needs well into the future means:

  • A larger collection of books and materials
  • Enhanced access to public Internet computers
  • Dedicated space for teens and a larger children’s area
  • A comfortable reading area
  • A community meeting room
  • Space for local history materials
  • Gallery/exhibit space
  • Private, quiet study areas
  • More tables and chairs

How much will a new, bigger, better library cost? Estimates range between $3.5 and $4 million.

Since January 2015 the FVRL District has contributed $750,000 towards this goal and the Friends of the Ridgefield Community Library (through a variety of fundraising activities) have raised over $95,000.

We’ve reached $844,000.00 towards our goal!
Whoo hoo!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Many more fundraising activities are in the works, too. Click on our FUNdraising for the Future page to learn more.

How are we raising all this money? A special team of energetic library-loving people meet twice a month to plot, plan and perform. Click here to read the minutes of their very productive meetings.

Public libraries have been around for a long time…and for good reason. The ancient Romans knew that general access to knowledge was important. They tried to make scrolls available in the baths. At least they tried.

In the middle of the 180o’s was when public libraries as we know them today emerged. And they have not gone away even though technology has revolutionized how we live, work and understand our world.

Why? Let’s find out about the value of the public library to people of all ages, the communities they serve and the businesses in those communities. Click on our page, Public Libraries: a Not So Hidden Treasure.

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