Why is the Ridgefield Community Library Important to You?

If you are reading this, we bet you care about public libraries (in general) and about your Ridgefield Community Library (in particular).

We want to hear about why you support the Ridgefield Community Library and why you think our community needs a new, bigger and better public library.

This is your chance to make your voice heard!

Use the “Comments” section below to become part of the conversation–the buzz–about a building library to meet the needs of a growing and prospering Ridgefield community.

Tell us your stories, your hopes, your gratitude, and even your frustrations concerning your community library–the current one and the one of the future.

As we get closer to our fundraising goal of between $3-4 million, we will be applying for grant monies. Statements of support from community members and library patrons of all ages will be extremely valuable in receiving those grant awards.

So don’t be shy! We need to hear from you.

9 responses to “Why is the Ridgefield Community Library Important to You?

  1. Within one week of my move fro the East Coast to Ridgefield, WA,I visited the Ridgefield Community Library. I knew from my former experience with public libraries that my best chances for establishing connections in my new home town was by volunteering at the library. Little did I know how right I would be!

    I didn’t know that the little library I entered in the burgeoning city I moved into was undertaking a huge project: building a new library to meet the needs of the growing, ever technologically-demanding, economically-prospering city of Ridgefield. Since I had skills I thought the Friends of the Library and the Director of the Library could use, I jumped in with both feet (and both arms)!

    My decision to visit the library that day was one of my brighter ideas. I have made many great friends, met key people (decision-making people) in my community, had the opportunity to use my time and talents for causes near and dear to my heart (literacy and lifelong learning), and have developed new skills in my efforts to help the library. Talk about your win-win situations!

    The current Ridgefield library and its staff deserve medals of honor for the work they do to serve their growing number of patrons in the small accommodations with scant technological and physical space resources. That they can deliver the number and high quality programs and services that they do is a testament to their commitment to excellence and their resourcefulness. Just imagine what they could do in a library with more space, more computers, a meeting room of their own, more print and other media resources, etc. My mind boggles at the possibilities!

    If there is one community resource that truly serves the needs of every person, regardless of age, it’s the public library. Businesses, organizations, adults, children, schools–everyone gains something directly or indirectly from having a vibrant, thriving public library as a hub in the community. Ridgefield deserves a shining centerpiece to serve as a center of learning, literacy, cultural enrichment, information sharing, and activities for citizens of all ages.

    Ridgefield needs a much bigger and better equipped library and I’m going to help build it!

  2. You are seven (or more) kinds of wonderful Lorna! We are so very lucky you are using your considerable talents to help make a bigger better library and community here in Ridgefield!

  3. I recently visited your library and was very impressed with the children’s book mark art project. Some very talented individuals in that community. I purchased a bag from the Friends while visiting and it came in handy. Kudos to my sister(Lorna) for all her hard work on this web site.

  4. At the risk of being accused of being biased I just wanted to share this story…

    My daughter Cora joined the Stitchery Group August 26. She returned home saying she wanted to go back to that Stitchery Group and was annoyed that school would keep her from doing this at least until winter break. She returned home with a list of items she would need to make a drop spindle and a small bag with wool in it and was determined to make yarn. Accordingly we went shopping for grommets, dowels, a wooden car wheel, but got stymied at cup hooks. Oh, they were easy enough to find, but didn’t seem right to Cora. Luckily, the nice lady from Stitchery also told her she could buy a drop spindle at Urban Wolves, a fibre arts store in Hazel Dell. In fact when her mother took her yesterday the nice clerk gave her a drop spindle that someone had donated. She can’t wait to make yarn and was busy putting books on hold last night on her new hobby.

  5. I am wondering if there is a site for the new library yet.

    • Hi, Geni! While we don’t have a site for the new library yet, I hear we are getting close. The Ridgefield City Council is working diligently with the Fort Vancouver Regional Library system to narrow down possible locations that are both large enough and located in the best possible place for optimal access for our growing city.

      Trust us, when we (the Friends) hear about when a site has bee selected and were it is, that news will be broadcast far and wide. Of course, that means we’ll have lots of information about it on this website.

      Thanks for asking and for your interest! Lorna (VP of the Friends)

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