Category Archives: Volunteerism

Help! We Need Some Cookies! Help!

Help! We need some cookies! Help! Not just any cookies. H...e...l...p! We're just four fab blokes who could use some tasty biscuits to fatten us up a might.

Help! We need some cookies! Help! Not just any cookies. H…e…l…p! We’re just four fab blokes who could use some tasty biscuits to put some zip in our act, yeah, yeah, yeah.

The First Saturday in December (December 1) is Hometown Celebration in Ridgefield.

That means the Ridgefield Community Library will be abuzz with activity.

To keep everyone’s energy levels up, the Friends are serving a Smorgasborg of tasty delights (a.k.a. cookies and spiced cider) from 9 am to 3 pm in the library.

And lots of them!

YUMMY!

That’s where you come in.

We need volunteers to bring in a dozen or two or three of your favorite PACKAGED (store-bought) cookies to share with the public. 

Make sure you deliver your delectable decadences in their original packaging before 6:00 pm on Friday, November 30 so they will be available when the library opens for the festivities on Saturday.

We also need volunteers to help set up, serve, and clean up. Even an hour of your time will help us so much. And you’ll have fun. Remember, you’ll be standing behind a table filled with yumminess! But it won’t be as hectic or demanding as this:

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Please contact Jeanne Androvich if you would like to help us and be a part of the fun! (360) 887-2579

What’s so special about May 5th?

The first Saturday of May every year is celebrated around the world as Free Comic Book Day. On this day, participating speciality comic book stores give out free comics to anyone visiting their stores.

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Could this be the inspiration for the National Enquirer? You never know. Well, you can know if you look it up…

But that’s not why May 5th is special in RIDGEFIELD.

Herb Day is an unofficial holiday annually celebrated on the first Saturday of May. 

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Now, wait a doggone minute! Chiapet herb thingies are supposed to grow, not growl!

But that’s not why May 5th is special in RIDGEFIELD.

The reason we’re making a big fuss over May 5th, the first Saturday in May, is that the Friends of Ridgefield Community Library will be among the happy vendors at Overlook Park from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

This year, we have two (count ’em, 2) tents under which you’ll find a variety of used books for children, teens and adults in many genres plus audio books and little gifties you or someone you know might enjoy.

All books are $1.00 or less!

Come to browse, learn about what’s happening at the library or what the Friends are up to these days. Rain or shine, there will be plenty of room under our tents to get out from under the weather.

Remember, ALL proceeds go toward supporting current and future needs of YOUR library.

And, if you have even ONE HOUR of SPARE TIME…

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We REALLY need volunteers to help us with this and future events. PLEASE consider volunteering even if it’s just once for an hour on Saturday. Your help makes us and the library more effective at providing you with what you need and want. It’s an all-for-one and one-for-all kind of thing, you know?

 Contact Jeanne at (360) 887-2579 or jeanne.androvich@mindspring.com 

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Seasons Greetings and Gratitudes

Is it Christmas already? These headbands really need adjusting.

Is it Christmas already? I told you not to pull these sweatband down too low. We took our nap after that nice Thanksgiving meal, and now look what time it is!

 

This is just a simple and heartfelt thank you to all the good people supporting  the Ridgefield Community Library.

Whether you are a member of the Friends of Ridgefield Community Library or an occasional volunteer,
someone who attends our events or donates money to fund our projects,
a public servant working behind the scenes to make sure the library has a central place in the life of the city or a private citizen who uses the library as a resource,

You make a difference! Thank you!

We thank you because you show us through your words and deeds that this library is important, important enough to invest your time and resources in.

The Friends of Ridgefield Community Library wish all of you a safe, fulfilling, enjoyable holiday season.

See you 2017!

See you 2017!

 

The Purr-fect Solution to Your Holiday Shopping Woes

Are you having trouble completing your holiday gift-giving list? Fret no more. We have the purr-fect solution for you.

Are you having trouble completing your holiday gift-giving list? Fret no more. We have the purr-fect solution for you.

On Saturday, December 3rd, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, the Friends will be holding a Golden Elephant Sale in the Community Center as part of Ridgefield’s Hometown celebration.

If you find this little pachyderm irresistible, then we've got something to talk about!

If you find this little pachyderm irresistible, then you’ll love the generous and high-end donations that the Friends have been collecting over the past several months just for this annual event!

What’s a Golden Elephant Sale? It’s a place for you to buy high-end, gently-used items at ridiculously reasonable prices. These treasures are perfect for your holiday gift-giving lists: high-class goods that are oh-so-kind to your budget. You’ll find the kind of items you would likely see in a nice vintage shop.

So come on by and buy, buy, buy!

Everything you buy will benefit the library!

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As always, our gratitude goes out to everyone who donated items for the sale, helped to organize the event, and supports the library!

Where did all my friends go?

Things are heating up in Ridgefield!

Things are heating up in Ridgefield!

We have all kinds of FUNdraisers and activities planned so that your community library continues to be the “go to” place for curious, inquisitive, creative people of all ages.

The Friends of the Library is the group that meets once a month to kick around ideas, plan events, and talk “library.”

We changed the time of our meeting from 6:30 PM on the 2nd Wednesday of each month to 1:00 AM on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.

Please come and join us. We could all use more friends, right?

We are a warm and cuddly group of book lovers. Really.

We are a warm and cuddly group of book lovers. Really.

The meetings are held at the library. Check out the schedule of events on the right margin of this page to see when the next meeting is coming up.

Hope to see you there!

Hope to see you there!

 

Desperate for Docents

If you can't help us during the Holiday Home Tour, we're going to have to rely on her...and we have a strict "No Smoking" policy!

If you can’t help us during the Holiday Home Tour, we’re going to have to rely on her…and we have a strict “No Smoking” policy!

We hope you already know about the fabulous Ridgefield Holiday Home Tour on Sunday, December 6 from 2:00 to 6:00 pm.

We need docents (hosts) for either the 2-4 pm shift or the 4-6 pm shift.

What is a “docent?”

Glad you asked! A docent is a decent, upstanding person who (at least in this case):

  • greets Holiday Home tourists
  • checks to make sure each person touring has a ticket (and isn’t just a run-of-the-mill lookie-loo)
  • directs traffic flow in the home being toured (not in major intersections)
  • monitors “house rules”
  • helps with refreshments

Benefits of being a decent docent:

  • you may have to chit-chat, but you don’t have to give any major speeches
  • you get a free ticket to tour the homes before or after your 2-hour shift ($20 value)

Who can be a docent?

Great question! Anyone who cares about the Ridgefield Community Library because this is an event to help build the new library. If you love holiday decorations, you’d be a perfect person to volunteer, too!

Adults and responsible teens click here to contact Jean Meyers to volunteer to be a docent for the Holiday Home Tour.

Hope to see you there and thanks so much for your help!

Hope to see you there and thanks so much for being neighborly!

The Golden Elephant in the Room

 

Does anyone have one of these to donate for our Golden Elephant Fundraiser?

Does anyone have one of these to donate for our Golden Elephant Fundraiser?

On Saturday, December 5th, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, the Friends will be holding a Golden Elephant Sale as part of Ridgefield’s Hometown celebration.

What’s a Golden Elephant Sale? It’s a place for you to buy high-end, gently used items at ridiculously reasonable prices. These items are perfect for your holiday gift-giving lists: high-class goods that are oh-so-kind to your budget. Think of this sale as an up-scale White Elephant sale.

But before we can have a really great Golden Elephant Sale, we need you to donate YOUR up-scale, gently used items. NO clothing, please!

We’re looking for new or like-new gadgets, jewelry, collectibles, fashion accessories, home decor items, glassware, etc. Think of the kind of items you would likely see in a nice vintage or recycled items shop.

Then, on December 5th, come to the Ridgefield Community Center with your holiday shopping list in hand and get ready to buy, buy, buy and save, save, save!

Everything you do (donating items and buying items at the sale) will benefit the new library building fund!

To donate items call Ilia (360-727-3387), Jan (360-887-4288), or Donna (360-887-2200).

Help! We Need Some Cookies! Help!

Help! We need some cookies! Help! Not just any cookies. H...e...l...p! We're just four fab blokes who could use some tasty biscuits to fatten us up a might.

Help! We need some cookies! Help! Not just any cookies. H…e…l…p! We’re just four fab blokes who could use some tasty biscuits to put some zip in our act, yah, yah, yah.

The First Saturday in December (December 5) is also Hometown Celebration in Ridgefield.

That means the Ridgefield Community Library will be abuzz with activity.

Don’t miss all the programs and displays at the library.

While you are at the Community Center, be sure to check out the Golden Elephant Sale sponsored by the Friends to raise money for the new library.

Maybe you'll find one of these at our sale. We know you'll find wonderful treasures at great prices--holiday shopping at it's finest!

Maybe you’ll find one of these at our sale. We know you’ll find wonderful treasures at great prices–holiday shopping at it’s finest!

To keep everyone’s energy levels up, the Friends are serving a Smorgasborg of tasty delights (a.k.a. cookies).

And lots of them!

And lots of them!

That’s where you come in.

We need volunteers to bring in a dozen or two or three of your favorite cookies to  share with the public. 

Make sure you deliver your delectable decadences before 6:00 pm on Friday, December 4 so they will be available when the library opens for the festivities on Saturday.

Oktoberfest FUNdraiser

Nothing draws people in like food, music and lots of laughter!

That’s what we were counting on when we sold ears of corn at Ridgefield’s first annual Oktoberfest celebration in September.

We raised about $965.00 for the new library building fund and had (you guessed it) FUN doing it!

Take a look…

We hope you were there to enjoy the festivities.

If so, tell us what you thought in the comments below.

If not, September 2016 is not that far away…

The Dewey Decimal Pizza Party

Take a look at some pictures taken at the Dewey Decimal Picnic and Pizza Party, an event that raised nearly $18,000 for our new library!

As you can see, everyone had a great time!