Friends Meeting

The Friends of the Library group is trying something new. The Public Awareness Team is looking for additional volunteers to help with the following:  newsletter, website, publicity, social media and community outreach. There will be an informational meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, June 18th at 11 am in the small community room of the library to discuss what the needs are, what skills we’re looking for, etc.  There is probably a little something for everyone.

Please consider attending this meeting even if it’s just to hear what this team does, but especially if you have any interest in becoming involved in the Friends and their efforts in supporting the library.

Update on the Library Building Fund

We now have some cost figures on remodeling the library building of about $360 per square foot.

With the generous donations of the Community Center building by the Community Center Group, an anonymous donor who matched a million dollars worth of donations, pledges by the Fort Vancouver Regional Library, a huge donation by the Firstenburg family, funds raised by the Friends of the Ridgefield Library, and large and small donations from the Ridgefield Community, we have raised about $3.3 million dollars so far.

This is not enough to build the library. We all know we need a larger library. With the growth in Ridgefield our existing space is not large enough. It’s time to buckle down and think of ways to raise more money.


Save the Date!

Britnee Kellogg will perform at a cash-back evening at 3Peaks on June 29 that benefits the library. She’s a local celebrity who had a nice writeup in the Columbian not too long ago.

A percentage of your bill will be donated to the Ridgefield Library for their building campaign between 5 and 10 pm, and Ms. Kellogg will be there from 6 to 8.

It should be a fun evening of country music with good food from Pacific NW Best Fish next door. Members of the Friends of the Ridgefield Library will be bussing tables, so give them your ‘thanks’ for the yeoman’s work they been doing in raising money for the last five years.



People are starting to bring back their Pig Food jars – this young lady even took the empty jar home with her and  said her family will re-fill it and bring it back.

If you haven’t seen Priscilla at the library yet, she’s worth a trip. She’s the pink pig we’ve named after the Priscilla Club, a group of women who donated books to start the first Ridgefield Library.

Priscilla is trying to raise money for the new library by having people put their spare change in a jar that’s labeled “Pig Food.”

There are packets that you can pick up at the library to make your own jar for Priscilla’s Pig Food. Bring them back when full, or before November 15. On that day we’ll seal the carboy and folks will have a chance to guess how much money is in the jar.

Chances will cost $1 for children up to 15 years old, and $5 for 16 and up. The child who comes closest to the correct amount will win $25 and the adult who comes closest will win half the money raised for the contest, minus the $25 child’s prize.

The contest will close at noon on December 7, and the winners will be announced sometime after that.

You can buy as many chances as you want.

There are still a few spaces left for the Bunco Blast tomorrow, Saturday, May 18. It starts at 5:30 in the Community Room of the Library. Come and bring a couple of friends! It’s going to be a lot of fun!

Bunco Blast

Are you new to Ridgefield? Want to meet some friendly, energetic, happy people? Come to the Ridgefield Library’s Bunco Blast on Saturday, May 18 at the Community Room of the Library. It’s a fund raiser for the new library and starts at 5:30. There will be beer, wine, light refreshments as well as silent and oral auctions. Don’t worry if you’ve never played bunco –  you’ll be in good company. It’s easy to learn and you change seats frequently so it’s a good chance to meet people.

I’ll be there – will you?

Cost is $25, or $20 if you’re a Friend of the Library member. It would help us plan food amounts if you could call and let us know you’re coming – 360-910-3727 or 360-261-2643.

Give Architects Your Ideas for Libray

Tonight, Tuesday May 7, architects for the new library will hold an open house for citizens to present their ideas for the new Ridgefield Library. The meeting starts at 6:30 in the Community Room of the library.

Come and let them know your needs, wants, and ideas for what should be in the new library.


Here it is, Friday again, and time for  my weekly update on news from the library. Today is the first day of our Giant Used Book Sale. Members of the Friends of the Ridgefield Library can do early-bird shopping from 10 to noon – another benefit of being a Friend. All books are a dollar – what a bargain! Come and stock up

Sales to the general public start at noon.

The sale continues tomorrow.

The quilted Ridgefield wall hanging will be on view, and we hope you’ll buy a bunch of tickets for the raffle. They’re $5 each, and if you buy five tickets you get a beautiful hand painted book mark signed by the artist. Even if you can’t picture the wall hanging in your home it would make a nice donation to the new library.

People are Feeding Priscilla

Several children have brought in their jars containing pig food (money) to feed Priscilla the Pig, who is collecting donations to help fund our new library.

If you haven’t picked up a jar yet, there are some in the library, or just make your own and put in your spare change. On November 15 we’ll close the donations for this year and people can buy a chance to guess how much money was collected. The person who comes closest will win half the guessing chances when we announce the amount at Hometown.

Vote early and vote often!.

Bunco Blast – May 18

This is a major fund raiser for our new library. Please sign up for a table.



Lots of good things going on at the library in the next few weeks..

First of all is our Giant Used Book Sale May 3 and 4. All books are $1, and you’re sure to find something you like. We’ll also be selling tickets for the Ridgefield Quilt. They’re $5 each, and if you buy 5 you’ll get a hand painted watercolor book mark signed by the artist (me). A treasure for sure!

Then the next Tuesday, May 7, starting at 6:30, the architects for the library will be in the Community Room of our library to hear from all of you about what you’d like to see in the library. Bring your ideas, no matter how far out. Here’s an idea: how about putting solar panels on the roof to bring in natural light during the day?

And on May 18 it’s Bunco Night for the Library. Host a table for four and come join in the fun.

Book Sale May 3 & 4

This gives some idea of the amount of used books we’ll have for sale at the Library’s Used Book Sale on May 3 and 4.

All books are $1.00 – come and stock up your book shelves and support the library at the same time.

Staff Appreciation Day

National Library Week (April 7 – 13) is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support.

Tuesday, April 9th is National Library Workers Day, and the Friends of Ridgefield Community Library are hosting an informal reception in the library from 4 pm to 5:30 pm to thank and celebrate our amazing and dedicated library staff.

Come in, enjoy some light refreshments, and express your appreciation to Sean, Lois and Anne-Laure, and welcome Kathleen, the newest member of the library team!

Mystery at the Library

This crocheted egg turned up on the tree outside the library; Anyone know anything about it?

Was the Easter Bunny early?



The Priscilla campaign is so popular that we are running out of jars for her pig food. If you have small plastic jars, please bring them to the library. The sizes shown in the picture are great – I think bigger jars are too intimidating.

We’ll label the jars so people can fill them with their spare change. When the jar is full, or before November 15, bring your jar to the library and we’ll put the money in a large carboy.

On November 15 the collection will stop for this year and the carboy will be capped. After that, you’ll have a chance to guess how much money is in the jar. Chances cost $5, and you can buy as many as you want until December 5, when the contest closes. Winner will be announced on December 7, and that person will take home half the money raised through the guessing contest. Vote early and vote often.

It’s easy to donate to the library building fund. Make your check out to the Friends of the Ridgefield Library and mail it to PO Box 534, Ridgefield, WA 98642, or take it to the library. Contributions may be tax deductible.

If you want to be a Cornerstone member by donating $1000, the money can be paid in regular increments, but you do need to sign a form in order for the Treasurer to track payments. There are other levels of giving also. Each major donor will received recognition on a display at the new library. You can designate your donation be used only for the building fund if you like.

Fine & Dandy Fabric Sale

I helped set up at the fabric sale yesterday, and was amazed at the variety of wonderful material that was for sale. If you’re in the market for flannel, there are several choices – mostly for younger children, but at least one bolt. Lots of colorful fabrics, and all priced to sell. There are even some small finished quilts as well as picture fabrics ready to quilt.

Come early to get the best choice – doors open at 10am.

The Ridgefield Quilt will be on display – a $5 ticket gives you a chance to win it.