Contractor for Library

Good News!

On Monday evening the Board of the Vancouver Library will announce the name of the contractor who will remodel the library building, and I’ll post the name as soon as I know it. Watch  this space!

4th of July Photos

This from Sandy Schill:

“As the longtime Festival director for the Ridgefield 4th of July, I just couldn’t bring myself to say, “Canceled” for our event. While it looked nothing like the annual parade, festivities and evening fireworks that we usually have, we altered it to comply with the safety for our citizens due to the current pandemic.

We asked our community citizens to celebrate our independence at home in their front yards and driveways and we would bring some fun to them. People started the day at 1 p.m. holding their own kid parade in their street. At 2 p.m. Cars and Parade entries randomly began driving around our development neighborhoods. One of our long-standing parade entries, RDO, passed out 5,000 units of potato chips and instant potato packets. Ice cream trucks roamed the streets. Human bugs from a pest control company, Natura, performed as they drove through the neighborhoods. We were pleasantly surprised at how many people participated in our suggestion to stay home and celebrate. We also had a patriotic Parade of Homes in which the best decorated home for the 4th of July received a trophy in each neighborhood. We had a lot of participants that did a wonderful job decorating for the 4th. They pre-phoned in their address and we drove around and judged the homes awarding them with their trophy.

We also had #Ridgefield Strong t-shirts custom made over the last four weeks. Everyone was wearing their shirt for the day.

The city had their own virtual events happening such as a virtual pancake breakfast and a virtual shoebox parade float that was streamed online. While it was a bummer that we couldn’t hold our traditional event, it just goes to show how strong our community spirit is in Ridgefield.”

Here are photos of some of the winning displays

Thought for the Week

A Cherokee saying:

We have taught our children the earth is our mother

Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth

This we know.

The earth does not belong to man. The man belongs to earth.

This we know.

All things are connected. Like the blood which unites our family.

All things are connected.

Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth.

Man did not weave the web of life. He’s merely a strand in it.

Whatever he does to the web he does to himself.

AiSv Nv wa do hi ya do.

(Walk in Peace)

Parking Lot Sale

Friends of the Library are selling off the remaining items from the Community Center today in the parking lot of the former Umpqua Bank, which will be the new temporary home of the library. I understand it’s mostly kitchen items, but come and check it out – you might find just the item you need.

The sale will be from 9am to 3pm.

Masks and face coverings along with social/physical distancing will be required!

Library Parking Lot Sale

Next Friday, July 10, from 9 am to 3 pm the Friends of the Ridgefield Library are having a “parking lot” sale of the remaining items (mainly kitchen items) leftover from the former Ridgefield Community Center. All proceeds from this sale will benefit the Ridgefield Community Library Building Fund.

The sale is taking place in the parking lot of the future temporary home of the library in the former bank building at 228 Simon Street. Masks and face coverings along with social/physical distancing will be required!

Thought for the Week

What I Wish I Knew…    finis

11. Never underestimate the kindness of your fellow man.

12. Never give yourself a haircut after three maragaritas.

13. Finally…and most important: Being happy doesn’t mean everything’s perfect, it just means you’ve decided to see beyond the imperfections.

Have a great week. Wear your mask. Eat healthy. Get outside in our beautiful weather.

Thought for the Week

“Things I Wish I Knew…” (cont’d)

6. The five most essential words for a healthy, vital relationship; “I apologize” and “You are right”.

7. Any and all compliments can be handled by simply saying “thank you” though it helps if you say with a Southern accent.

8. Never continue dating anyone who is rude to the waiter.

9. Never marry a man or a woman that you meet in a bar.

10. If you woke up breathing, congratulations! You have another chance.

Curbside Pickup is Now Available at Library

Library’s First Curbside pickup

FVRLibraries is now offering curbside pickup of holds. When you get the notice that your hold is ready, call us at 360-906-5000 to schedule a pickup time. It’s just that easy to get contactless holds pickup.

Thought for the Week

“Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Went out in the Real World”   – Anonymous

!. Everyone seems normal until  you get to know them.

2. When you make a mistake, make amends immediately. It’s easier to eat crow while it’s still warm.

3. A woman needs only two tools: WD-40 and duct tape. If it doesn’t move and it should, use WD-40. If it moves and shouldn’t, use the tape.

4. If you tell a lie, don’t believe it deceives only the other person.

5. The five most essential words for a healthy, natal relationship: “I apologize’ and ‘You are right.’

Library Gets Ready

One of these days the library will offer curbside pickup of books on hold. Five spaces in the alley have been labeled and that’s where you’ll go to pick up your books.

The date this will happen has not yet been announced.

More good news – on Monday the Library Board voted to put the construction for the new library up for bid. We’re moving along folks!

Plant a Row for the Gleaners

The following was sent by Norman Farrell, President of the Ridgefield Gleaners.

Hello Ridgefield Gardeners,

It’s still a bit cooler and wetter than normal for mid-June. Hopefully that will work out for the best in our gardens as summer comes on. We have a significant start on our garden and hope you are having good luck as well.

We are the Ridgefield Community Gleaners, an all-volunteer, non-profit group working to provide fresh produce to those in need in Ridgefield. Due to the pandemic and drop in the economy, the need in our community is greater than ever. Please consider planting another plant or another row in your gardens for donation through the Gleaners. We are available to harvest and/or pick up produce and get it to the Family Resource Center as always. The Gleaners have continued a weekly donation of 100 pounds of fresh produce which we are now sourcing from Rosauers. It will be wonderful to displace some of this with fresh locally grown goodies.

Please also remember that the Gleaners are a 501(c)(3) organization and we would welcome cash donations to further what we can do to support the Family Resource Center and our community in this time of many challenges.

All the best with your gardens.
Norman Farrell

President, Ridgefield Community Gleaners Association

Update on the Library

The following is an update of what’s happening with the library from Amerlia Shelley, Executive Director.

I have been remiss in writing to you, I know how much you care about our libraries. First and foremost, I want to express my gratitude for your on-going support, and hope you and your family have all been safe and healthy.

The first thing I can share is that our libraries are approved to begin curbside service as part of Phase 2!

The Governor has indicated that libraries will be able to open in Phase 3, but we do not yet have any indication what that might mean in terms of access. We are planning for limited access at first and adding services as we are able based on keeping our staff and our users safe. It’s hard for us to limit anyone’s access to our libraries, but we also understand the risk and reward of our behavior in this crisis. We appreciate your patience and will help you as we can.

COVID-19 has complicated our lives, slowing things down and making it difficult for us to work on anything other than our recovery response. We are moving along on our three library projects. Ridgefield is slated to go to bid in June, the Board will vote on going forward at their meeting on June 15.

Our staff has been busy planning and training for our return, which we hope will be soon. While we are closed, we have a lot of wonderful virtual programs going on, including our Conversation Circles. These are all led by our wonderful and dedicated volunteers who are now conducting their Circles via Zoom. A full list of programs is available on our website.

I don’t know when we will be able to invite volunteers back into our buildings to assist us, but please know that as soon as we can, we will. We depend on our volunteers for so many important activities. Our Foundation may have different needs and we will rely on them to communicate their needs to Sherry who will communicate with you.

We miss all of you and encourage you to reach out to me or your branch librarian with any questions you might have for us. We hope to see you soon – curbside!


Get Your 4th of July Tee Shirt Today!

Sandy Schill sent me this information about the tee shirts she’s ordered to celebrate the 4th of July.

Many people have asked, “Are we having a parade?” According to the Phases plan, the answer is, “Not the traditional parade we are used to seeing.”

We’re suggesting people create their own festival at home and the 4th of July Committee will come to you. Visit our website at for more information.

As part of the annual event, there has always been a designated shirt for sale only at the event. We designed this shirt to express the ongoing strength and community spirit that Ridgefield exemplifies. They are available in a Men’s crew neck or Ladies V-neck, all sizes and many colors. They are $15 each and the proceeds help fund the event listed on our website for this year.

Call or email Sandy Schill at 360 887-0329 or to order and arrange for pick-up or delivery.

Order now so you can have your shirt in time for the 4th!




Thought for the Week

Fourth of July

Ridgefield celebrates the Fourth of July BIG each year, this year will look a little different due to our need to protect the health of our community, but with your help it will be just as fun and patriotic!

9AM Virtual Fun Run: Register and run your 5K on the road, on a trail, on the treadmill or around your yard; post a picture with #RidgefieldRuns4th2020 and receive participant swag. Registration information to come.

10AM Zoom Pancake Feed: Make your own pancakes or order them to-go; then join a special guest and your neighbors for the feed. Stay tuned for more details.

11AM Streaming Kid, Pet and Craft Parade: Get dressed up, decorate wagons or bikes, or make a shoebox-size float and take a picture. Send your pictures to with the subject line “Virtual Parade” anytime between June 7-30, and you will see them in an online parade on the City of Ridgefield Facebook on the 4th. Include any names or stories you would like to be included. Ridgefield Art Association will lead the parade with their shoebox-sized float entries.

1:00 pm Kids and Pets Parade: Dress up the kids/pets and parade them on your street for 6 blocks left, then right and back home. Keep the little ones in sight or follow along, but parade for your neighbors like you would if you were on the corner of Pioneer and Main. But, make sure all participants stay 6 feet apart.

2:00 pm Car Parade: Instead of watching the parade, be the parade. Decorate your car, truck, trailer, or whatever and drive the neighborhoods of Ridgefield. Create your own theme with your imagination. A suggested loop will be posted on Parade safely: resist sharing your vehicle, and maintain social distancing by waiting in your front yard for cars to come to you.

4:00PM Judging for a Patriotic Parade of Homes: Decorate your homes to the MAX in all it’s glory. Think of how much effort we put into decorating our homes at Christmas, but do it for July with Red, White, and Blue or whatever July 4th looks like to you. If you’re in the city limits, submit your address to and judges will drive by on July 4th. The best decorated in each neighborhood will receive prizes similar to floats in the traditional parade.


Enjoy a Front Yard or Driveway BBQ: Grill up a hot dog, make a potato salad and apple pie and enjoy an old-fashioned family 4th.  Set up the lawn chairs and create your own fun and friendly competition with outdoor games like kick-the-can or capture the flag, decorate the driveway with chalk art, get out the yard games and play croquet, or badminton.

Display a U.S. Flag: Beginning June 21, pick up a handheld flag at Ridgefield businesses. One per family. Provided by Ridgefield4th Committee.

Purchase a full size flag for a home display by June 12th and support the Ridgefield Lion’s Club:

Wear a Ridgefield 4th T-shirt: Pre-order your shirt at

Kids Activities and Games: Find 4th of July inspired DIY crafts, scavenger hunt and other fun at home activities at

Co-sponsored by the Ridgefield 4th of July planning organization, City of Ridgefield, First Saturday Committee and local businesses.

The live Kid Parade, Car Parade and Patriotic Parade of Homes are hosted and judged by Ridgefield 4th Non-Profit.