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Every month the Friends of the Ridgefield Library hold a silent auction to raise money for the library building fund, and this month the item is two table lamps. They are in excellent shape, and would provide a lovely accent for your home.

Visit the library to see the lamps and make and offer on them.


Just got back from the meeting at the Community Center with Amelia Shelley, Executive Director of the Fort Vancouver Library system, and I am excited. A good sized crowd listened while she gave a history of what sites for the library had been evaluated, and why they were not chosen. She then talked about the environmental and other studies that had been done to see if the current site of the Community Center would be feasible for a library.

The last thing still to be evaluated is the contamination of the soil around the Community Center due to the poisons put there by the wood treatment plant and the former dry cleaners. Those studies will not be complete for awhile – in fact a group will start drilling Monday to monitor what’s happening in the soil. This means the site will not be officially chosen for awhile, so things are still up in the air, but if the report is positive it looks as if we will have a new library soon.

Lots of questions were asked and answered. There was good audience participation. Jane Higgins, Board Member of the Library, complimented us on how well people in Ridgefield have worked together towards this common goal. Jane was a powerhouse in the building of the Battle Ground library.

The thing I liked best about the information given was the fact that the new building will be first class, with new HVAC, lighting, a new facade, etc. An addition to the east will enlarge the size of the building so it’s within range of the required space. Ms. Shelley has already overseen the building of new libraries around the country, and she has a good idea of what’s needed to make it happen.

Thanks to all who participated in the discussion, and remember – there are matching funds available for anyone who donates $10,000 or more to the Ridgefield Community Library Buiding Fund. If the money is a rollover from an IRA you do not need to pay taxes on it.

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Reminder – the welcome reception for Jessica, our new librarian is this afternoon from 4 to 5 at the library. Come and give her a warm Ridgefield welcome!

AND there is a public meeting tomorrow, Saturday, 11 am at the Community Center, seeking input from Ridgefield residents about options and opportunities for a new Ridgefield Community Library location.

Welcome our new Librarian!

On Friday, April 13, the Friends of Ridgefield Community Library are hosting a Welcome Reception for Jessica, the newest addition to our team of spectacular librarians! The reception will be held from 4 to 5 pm at the library and is open to the public.

In keeping with the Friends’ tradition, there will be yummy light refreshments, lots of great friends and probably more laughs than you’ll find in your typical library. Let’s give Jessica a good old Ridgefield Welcome by having lots of you come down to meet her and make her feel at home!

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I thought you’d like an update on the search for a site for our new library. The Community Center is being seriously considered. Engineering and environmental studies of the building are either finished or in the process.

There are some problems that need to be addressed, such as strengthening the roof and interior walls, but the prospect looks good. There will be a public meeting on Saturday, April 14, to present FVRL Board’s ideas. Put that date on your calendar.

The plan is to move the Community Center to the View Ridge site after the new school buildings are complete, so we will still have a large public meeting space. The best thing is that the Board of the Community Center voted to donate the building to the library, and the money would be eligible for matching funds from the anonymous donor who has pledged to match any pledge over $10,000 up to a million dollars. This will really help our fund-raising efforts.

Library Event Canceled

The welcome to our librarian, originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 27, has been canceled due to unexpected circumstances, It will be rescheduled for later this spring.

Welcome our new Librarian POSTPONED


A “Welcome” reception will be held on Tuesday, March 27, from 4:00 to 5:00 pm in the Ridgefield Community Library to meet and greet Jessica, the new Senior Library Assistant joining Sean, Lois and Anne-Laure as part of the Ridgefield Community Library team. She will be working three days a week. Dessert will be served. This event is sponsored by the Friends of Ridgefield Community Library and is free and open to the public.

Please come and give Jessica a proper “Ridgefield” welcome!

Library Programs March 13 to March 17

Tuesday March 13

Food for Thought: Cookbook Discussion. 6:00 p.m.-This month we will be sampling tapas from Spain and talking about recipes and techniques.

Wednesday March 14

Stitchery Group, 10:00 a.m.

Preschool Story Time, 10:30 a.m.

Ridgefield Gaming Group, 4:00 p.m.

Thursday March 15

Mahjong, 1:00 p.m.

Spanish Conversation Circle, 3:30 p.m.

UCAN’TDOTHATATTHELIBRARY, 4:00 p.m.-Altered Art-Choose a painting and add the Death Star or zombie beetles or Godzilla or…? For Tweens (ages 9-12).

Ridgefield Arts Experience, 4:00 p.m.-Sign-up by contacting Ridgefield School District Community Education to participate in a program where you make the scenery, the music, write the script, and, at the end, perform in front of an audience. Public performance at 7:00 p.m.

Friday March 16

Toddler Story Time, 10:30 a.m.

Saturday March 17

The Fabulous Moo Sisters in concert, 2:00 p.m.-Lulu Lafever will have you singing and dancing at this concert for children of all ages.

Families Drawing Together, 4:00 p.m.-We provide the pens and coloring pages. You create and take your creation home.

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The library will be open an extra hour on Fridays, starting immediately.

We will have a new librarian, Jessica Butler, starting this month, and the Friends of the Library are planning a ‘Meet and Greet’ welcome to her on March 27 at 4:00. Come by and say ‘hello’.

We had over 800 entries to the library’s Book Mark contest. They are on display inside the library and are very impressive. Librarian Sean McGill says it was difficult to chose a winner.

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Amelia Shelley, Executive Director of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library, spoke to city council Thursday night and discussed a proposal to have the library expand into the Community Center Space. Council seems to support this idea.

The Ridgefield Community Center board is very excited that their long time partner (FVRL) is interested in considering an expansion of the library at this location. They want to donate the building to FVRL! The value of this donation would be based on the building’s assessed value, likely over $650,000. Amelia reported that it looks like the Southwest Washington Community Foundation may match this donation through a donor advised fund.

FVRL is still in the analysis and feasibility phase of considering this opportunity. They have contracted withBergerABAM for a survey of the property, a phase one environmental analysis, construction analysis of the deficiencies discovered in the first phase analysis as well as having an architectural analysis of the space for program needs and possible exterior facade changes. This work will cost FVRL just under $35,000.

FVRL will share the results of this study and seek feedback from the community to assist them in making this decision. They will be hosting a public meeting at the Ridgefield Community Center on Saturday April 14th at 11 am. Everyone is welcome to attend. FVRL will also take written comments through the Ridgefield Community Library prior to that time for those who can’t attend.

Library Programs February 20 -24

Tuesday Feb 20

6:00 p.m.-   READ TO THE DOG – Practice your reading skills and make a new, four-legged friend. Program is intended for ages 5-9. Space is limited. Call the library to sign-up at (360) 906-4770.

Wednesday Feb 21

10:00 a.m.-STITCHERY


4:00 p.m.-GAMING GROUP – Pen and paper RPG gaming for tweens and teen.

Thursday Feb 22

1:00 p.m..-MAHJONG


4:00 p.m..-TWEEN TECH MONTH-Tweens will do some experiments with sound followed by a build project. Registration required. Contact the Ridgefield Library at (360) 906-4770 or go to and look for this program on the Events Calendar for Ridgefield.

Friday Feb 23


Saturday Feb 24

2:00 p.m..-TWEEN/TEEN GAMING-Pen and paper RPG gaming for tweens and teens.

Library Appreciation Day

Friends of the Ridgefield Library hosted their first Library Appreciation Day on Tuesday. Sean, Anne Laure and Lois do a great job for us, making the library a hub of activity in the downtown area.

Friends President Jeanne Androvich welcomed visitors and thanked the library staff, and the Friend’s members gave us a little background on each staff member. They were presented with a gift basket from the Friends.


Newest Free Library

The newest neighborhood free library in Ridgefield is on Riverview Drive. Built almost entirely from recycled materials, it echoes the style of the house and outbuildings where it resides. A kitchen cabinet from The Rebuilding Center forms the core of the library and all the exterior materials were reclaimed from old barns in Hockinson. The treated lumber post and plexiglass window are the only new purchased parts. The focus for this library will be childrens’ books on the lower shelf and adult books on the top shelf.

There are other free libraries scattered around Ridgefield. Have you found them? The idea is to take a book and eventually replace it with another one.

Library Programs: February 13 – 17

Tuesday February 13

4-5 p.m.  Library Appreciation Day   Come and say “thanks” to our library staff

6:00 p.m.  Food for Thought: Cookbook Discussion. We visit Japan this month. Bring a dish to share and tell us about your recipe.

Wednesday February 14

10:00 a.m.  Stitchery Group-All stitchery-type hobbyists are welcome at this informal group.

10:30 a.m.  Preschool Story Time

4:00 p.m.  Ridgefield Gaming Group (tween and teen)-Join us for pen and pencil RPG gaming.

Thursday February 15

1:00 p.m.  Mahjong at the Library

3:30 p.m.  Spanish Conversation Circle

4:00 p.m.  UCAN’TDOTHATATTHELIBRARY…enjoy a whole slew of anti-Valentine’s Day activities.

Friday February 16

10:30 a.m. Toddler Story Time

Celebrate our Library Staff

The Friends of Ridgefield Community Library are hosting a Staff Appreciation Day for our hard-working librarians on Tuesday, February 13 at the library. A reception will be held from 4 to 5 pm during which the Friends will serve refreshments. This reception is free and open to the public. Anyone who uses the library and appreciates the work that the staff does to make resources available and books fun is invited to come to the library to sing their praises and celebrate with the Friends. Even if you’ve never used the Ridgefield library, this event would be a wonderful chance to meet the staff, enjoy free refreshments, and be among a community of people who treasure public libraries.