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Too Many Books? Pish Posh!

Is it possible to have too many books? The Friends Fall Used Book Sale is just around the corner, so it’s a timely question. Let’s ask some passersby …

 

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I can’t say much ’bout too many books. But I sure as shootin’ are haulin’ too many buffalo chips. Ain’t nobody toll me pioneerin’ were gonna be so dang smelly!

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We both love books and more books. A novelette by Daphne du Maurier entitled “The Birds” is a particular favorite. We disagree, however, on a fondness for birds. I wonder why?

I don’t know about you, but that wasn’t very helpful. Let’s ask one more person. He’s John Q. Benham of Avoca, Indiana. His private collection of books numbers over 1.5 million. As they have filled up his house, most of them must be kept in his six-car garage, a two-story building, and piled under tarpaulin outdoors.

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John may or may not be in this picture. If he’s not, I hope he’s heading over to Ridgefield for our used book sale next week!

So, People, it looks as if the majority of people we spoke with believe that you can’t have too many books.

It’s a good thing that the Friend’s Fall Used Book Sale is coming up soon! Here are the details:

Thursday (10/18) from 6 to 8 pm: Members-Only Appreciation Reception and Early Access to the sale. If you want to become a new member or are renewing your membership, fill out the membership form in advance or at the door. We’ll have delicious treats for you to savor while you browse the tables and shelves packed with books, two raffles for a free bag of books, and many great door prizes. The Reception is in the small room of the Community Center and the used book sale is in the large room.

Friday (10/19) from 11 am to 7 pm: The sale is open to members and the public. Anyone may still join the Friends! This year, we are having a “Marketplace” in the small room of the Community Center (where you will be paying for your purchases). You will find a variety of A+ gift items for that special “someone” for the holidays (or any day).

Saturday (10/20) from 11 am to 3: pm: Same as Friday, only the hours are shorter. There may be a special sale the last hour. You’ll have to come on down to find out!

As always, we appreciate everyone who comes along and buys “merch” that helps fund our current library and goes towards the building project for our new library.

We also are in need of helping hands to set up before, staff, and clean up after this major event. If you have even an hour or two and feel like making a difference in your community, please contact Jeanne at (360) 887-2579 or jeanne.androvich@mindspring.com

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We’d love you to do some things with us!

 

Help!

Ah, yes. When we (by “we,” I mean the Friends) were so much younger than today, we never (by “never,” I mean a little less than now) needed anybody’s help in any way (by “any way,” I mean in a lot of ways).

But now my (our) life (lives) have changed in oh, so many ways (like pretty much every way)…you get the picture, right?

The Friends could use some help!

What kind of help? Glad you asked!

For now, you could get your volunteering feet wet by helping us with our monthly Pop-Up Used Book Sales we hold in conjunction with each of Ridgefield’s First Saturday extravaganzas from May to October.

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This is Ridgefield, a quiet city filled with decent, hard-working, law-abiding citizens in need of a new library to keep literacy high and crime low. This is my partner, Bill Gannon and I’m Sargeant Friday. Today we’re working the Volunteer Squad. We’re going to use straight talk, serious eyebrow action and some discretionary finger-pointing to give you the facts. Our facts. The only facts that matter.

The first thing you should know is that you will always be with at least one experienced Friend so that volunteering will be a fun and easy experience.

The Saturdays for which we need YOU are:

June 2nd
July 7th
August 4th
September 1st
October 6th

(Volunteering for just one or two dates would be great! More would be marvelous!!)

While the sale is open to the public from 9 am to 2:00 pm, we have an early (8 to 11:30 am) and a late (11:30 am to 2:30 pm) shift to break the day up.

If you can’t be there for the whole shift, but can donate an hour here and an hour there, we’d love that. The more the merrier, and the more people on deck, the more we seem to sell!

To sign up, click HERE or contact Jeanne via email or by calling (360) 887-2579.

Remember, everything we do and every penny we make goes towards helping the Ridgefield Community Library become BIGGER and BETTER for all of us for generations to come.

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Yea. So how about being a part of making that new library happen? Look at me. I love talking with folks about books, making new friends and taking people’s allowance, um, donations, but my parents have this thing about knowing where I am, like, ALL the time.

 

 

 

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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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!