Little Free Library Unveiled!

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It’s little. It’s a library. You’re free to take a book and donate a book. What a concept!

In this fast-paced, gadget-driven world, it’s easy to forget that we live in communities designed to support each other in big and small ways.

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Don’t laugh. A writer needs to focus. Plus, This new sound system is awesome. It’s like I’m at a Bing Crosby concert…LIVE! The mask? Oh. That’s for my office’s 100-Day No-Munching-While-Key Punching Challenge.

On June 17th, the Friends of Ridgefield Community Library affirmed its commitment to nurturing the famous Ridgefield community spirit by unveiling an official Little Free Library (LFL) near the stately oak tree adjacent to Taverner Ridge on S. Hillhurst. It’s the third LFL in the 98642 zip code and joins approximately 30 LFLs in Clark County.

The concept is simple: it’s a neighborhood-based “take a book, return a book” free book exchange (although returning a book is not mandatory). The Friend’s LFL has a volunteer Steward, Judith Reel, who will make sure the LFL is stocked. Anyone may contribute and take books, and you don’t have to return the books you took. Little Library book exchanges function on the honor system. If everyone contributes to ensure there are always quality books inside, we all win!

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It takes a village to raise a Little Free Library and here are some of the villagers. Lucky for us, these people are all Friends of the Ridgefield Community Library. They tend to travel in groups and with delectable treats!

Ridgefield’s LFL has already demonstrated the power of this program to spark creativity and encourage community collaboration. Sarah Trenn, then President of the Friends, introduced the idea in October 2016. Lyndon Divine, teen library volunteer, built the structure. High School art teacher, Tamara Hoodenpyle, and her students designed and painted the LFL. The City worked with Tevis Laspa (who installed the LFL) to plan and approve the site.

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And this is what it’s all about, People!

The LFL had its first “customers,” Maddox and Paxson Stewart, during the unveiling. They came with a book to donate and were quite excited to find a wide array of captivating children’s books to take home. There were also some interesting titles for Mommy!

Don’t let this little library’s size fool you. Remember the old American proverb, “From small beginnings come great things.”

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Well, perhaps not all small things turn out so great…but, you get the idea, right?

Little+Free+Library=Wonderful!

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Okay, it may not look like much now. But just wait until the actual super-sweet structure that high school students built and decorated is affixed to this pole. Then you’ll understand why we’re so excited!

Question: Is it possible to have too much access to too many free books?

Answer: Is that a trick question?

If you’re like us (and if you’re reading this, you probably are), there’s no such thing as too many books or too many places to find them.

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Word Words, Unite! I’ll admit it. When I sink my teeth into a good book, not even a squirrel distracts me. I found these books at a Little Free Library, and I’ll take them back so that some other critter can enjoy them just as soon as I’m finished devouring them. 

Here’s some great news for all you book-lovers out there!

The Friends of Ridgefield Community Library has arranged for a Little Free Library to be installed near the old oak tree on S. Hillhurst Road. The nearest cross street is South Nighthawk Road.

Question: What is a Little Free Library?

Answer: Good question! It’s two things.

  1. It refers to a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. Click here to learn all about the organization, to see where in the world little free libraries are located, and to find out how YOU could build and sponsor one.
  2. It also refers to the structure itself. Little Free Libraries come in many shapes and sizes, but they share one thing in common: anyone may contribute or take books (but you don’t have to contribute books—we have a “Steward” who will make sure there are always plenty of books in our Little Free Library!). The free and open exchange of books is designed to build trusting, supportive community of life-long learners.

There are roughly 30 of these unique Little Free Libraries around Clark County. Ours was built and decorated by students from the high school!

The Ridgefield Friends of the Library invite you to the grand opening ceremony on
Saturday, June 17th at 10 am.

A short dedication will be followed by light refreshments. Please come and join our celebration!

Bring a book… take a book… or come and have a cookie! Just be a part of this wonderful community.

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Um…I don’t think it’s going to be that high off the ground, People. Anyway, hope to see you there!

As always, thank you for your support of YOUR public library!

 

 

Let’s Be Pacific: The Sequel! I’m Still Fishing for a Dinner Date!

What's this about seafood? We love fresh fish! We just saw some and they made us very hungry. Tell us where to go for this dinner! We're hooked. We're waiting for the details with baited breath. Tell us before we shell out another bad pun.

What’s this about a seafood dinner? We love fresh fish! We just saw some fishy critters and they made us very hungry. We’re hooked. We’re waiting for the details with baited breath. Tell us before we shell out another bad pun and make you crabby.

What’s better than having drinks and a great meal with family and friends?

We’ll tell you what’s better—having the superb 3Peaks Public House & Taproom  serve you drinks and prepare fresh, made-to-order seafood delights while you relax.

But wait!

There’s more to make your dining experience even better!

You can have a sublime evening AND help support the Friends of the Ridgefield Community Library in their efforts to raise money to build a much-needed new library!

Yes! Please! I would love some seafood deliciousness served up to me after the day I’ve had. Who said fishing was relaxing, anyway?

Bring your family and friends to 3Peaks Public House and Taproom (24415 NE 10th Ave. Ridgefield, WA)

Thursday, June 22, from 5-9 pm

Eat and drink to your heart’s content from their regular menu. The management will generously donate 10% of the evening’s proceeds to the library building fund.

If you have any questions, contact Tevis Laspa (tlaspa@pacifier.com or 360-600-0943).

Thanks to everyone who made this event possible and who will make this fundraiser a whale of a success!

Let’s Be Pacific: The Sequel! I’m Still Fishing for a Dinner Date!

What's this about seafood? We love fresh fish! We just saw some and they made us very hungry. Tell us where to go for this dinner! We're hooked. We're waiting for the details with baited breath. Tell us before we shell out another bad pun.

What’s this about a seafood dinner? We love fresh fish! We just saw some fishy critters and they made us very hungry. We’re hooked. We’re waiting for the details with baited breath. Tell us before we shell out another bad pun and make you crabby.

What’s better than having drinks and a great meal with family and friends?

That's right! If you've been dying to trout this famous place, now's your chance!

That’s right! If you’ve been dying to trout this famous place, now’s your chance!

We’ll tell you what’s better—having a superb establishment serve you drinks and prepare fresh, made-to-order seafood delights while you relax.

But wait!

There’s more to make your dining experience even better!

You can have a sublime evening AND help support the Friends of the Ridgefield Community Library in their efforts to raise money to build a much-needed new library!

Yes! Please! I would love some seafood deliciousness served up to me after the day I’ve had. Who said fishing was relaxing, anyway?

Bring your family and friends to 3Peaks and Pacific NW Best Fish Company (24415 NE 10th Ave. Ridgefield, WA)

Thursday, June 22, from 5-9 pm

Eat and drink to your heart’s content from their regular menu. The management will generously donate 10% of the evening’s proceeds to the library building fund.

If you have any questions, contact Tevis Laspa (tlaspa@pacifier.com or 360-600-0943).

Thanks to everyone who made this event possible and who will make this fundraiser a whale of a success!

Shout out for the Silent Auction

What's that you said about a silent auction? I love auctions. That's where I got my fancy new hearing enhancer.

What’s that you said about a silent auction? I love auctions. That’s where I got my fancy new hearing enhancer.

Every month, the Friends auction off something special and wonderful in our never-ending quest to raise money for the library.

You have to check in regularly at the library to see what’s up on the auction block, what the current bid is, and if you are in the lead.

Only a few days left to snag this Welcome banner for your door. it was designed and hand-crafted by one of our Friends.

Only a few days left to snag this Welcome banner for your door. it was designed and hand-crafted by one of our Friends. 100% cotton. Machine pieced, appliquéd, and quilted. Comes ready to hang on your door. $40 value!

March's Silent Auction item is a large basket FULL of art supplies in honor of Ridgefield's Student Art Month. $40-$50 value!

March’s Silent Auction item is a large basket FULL of art supplies in honor of Ridgefield’s Student Art Month. $40-$50 value! Come to the library for a list of all items in the basket

It’s an easy, fun, and exciting way to support YOUR library AND get wonderful things for you or someone on your gift-giving list.

Silent auctions are great! Look what I got. It's not just a ball. It's a just-my-size, perfectly yellow, I'm-not-sharing ball.

Silent auctions are great! Look what I got by being silent. It’s not just a ball. It’s a just-my-size, perfectly yellow, I’m-not-sharing ball.


Remember,
 proceeds from the Friends fundraisers will be used to support the Ridgefield Library Building Fund, as well as the programs and services provided by the Ridgefield Community Library.

 

2nd Annual Guilt-Free Pizza Night! It’s True!

No guilt there! See? I said it was possible.

No guilt there! See? I said it was possible.

Go ahead.

Have seconds…or thirds.

Just make sure to save your splurge for
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, from 3-9.

That’s when your favorite downtown Ridgefield Italian restaurant (and ours) is hosting a fundraiser to help raise money for the new Ridgefield Community Library.

Vinnie’s Pizza, Pasta and More will be donating 10% of the proceeds all food sales (eat-in or take-out) to the library building fund!

So bring your appetites!

And know that by having a delicious meal, you will be supporting your community in two ways:

  1. by helping to make our dream library a reality
  2. by patronizing a local business that believes in libraries as much as you do!

If that doesn’t want to make you grab another slice of pizza and raise it in a toast for our awesome community, I don’t know what will!

Ridgefield is full of pizza party animals!

This should be a great time for everyone. Ridgefield is full of pizza party animals!

 

Take a Load Off. We’ll Help!

Nothing weighs you down like a pile of books you’ve read.

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Well, I suppose some things could weigh you down even more.

Anyway, those wonderful books you’ve enjoyed are just sitting there, taking up space, gathering dust, and silently asking to be released into the literary wilderness for someone else to enjoy them.

How about you make them (the books), you, countless other readers, and the Ridgefield Library very happy by donating those books to our Winter Book Sale?

I know!

I know!

Just pile up your books, load them into your car (or other form of transportation), and drop them off at the library any time before February 1.

This will work, too. Just make sure Peaches has her Wheaties before hauling too many books, especially if you live downhill from the library.

This will work, too. Just make sure Peaches has her Wheaties before hauling too many books, especially if you live downhill from the library.

If that doesn’t work for you, call Sarah (360-702-8245) and she’ll help make arrangements to lighten your load.

And remember to stop by the Winter Book Sale on Friday (2/3/17) or Saturday (2/4/17)  from 10 am to 3 pm at the Ridgefield Community Center to pick up great books you haven’t read yet.

Don't worry. We'll have bags. Lots and lots of bags for those great books at unbelievably low prices.

Don’t worry. We’ll have bags. Lots and lots of bags for those great books at unbelievably low prices.

All donations and proceeds of the book sale benefit current library programs and  the future new library.

As always, thank you so much for your support of literacy and YOUR public library!

Yup. That's how we feel about our library friends!

Yup. That’s how we feel about our library friends!

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!

 

Golden Elephants Never Forget!

You’ve heard the saying: elephants never forget.

Is it true?

Let’s see!

Now that we’ve learned something new today, let’s remind you that there’s a GOLDEN ELEPHANT (sale, that is) in your future. And we don’t want you to forget that!

Where: Ridgefield Community Center, as part of the annual Hometown Celebrations

When: Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 – 4

What: New and gently used items PERFECT for ending your holiday gift-giving worries by offering you quality merchandise at oh-so-reasonable prices

Why: To help support your wonderful library

And while you’re there, ask one of our friendly volunteers about joining the Friends of Ridgefield Library! We could all use more friends, right?

They were the best of friends and look what they accomplished!

They were the best of friends and look what they accomplished!

 

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!