National Library Week

‘Find Your Place at the Library’ is the theme for National Library Week, April 19-25, 2020.

The theme was chosen months ago before the emergence of the global pandemic forced libraries to temporarily close their buildings, and it makes us all realize how important libraries are. Our library and its staff are such an important part of our town.

Even though the physical building is closed, you can access online classes, stream documentaries, movies and TV shows, listen to music or read a book with eBooks and audio books. It’s all available at If you need help it’s available at 360-906-5000.

And the Friends of the Ridgefield Library are still meeting (via phone) and discussing ways to raise more money for our new building.

Update on the Library

All Fort Vancouver Regional Library District libraries are closed until further notice, but digital services are still available with your library card. If you have books checked out, please hold onto them until the library reopens.

Book returns are closed. The library will not send overdue notices or bill for lost charges and your items on hold will still be waiting for you when the library reopens. Check out some of the things you can do from home at

Don’t Return Books

Please hang on to the books you have checked out from the library until further notice. All due dates have been extended until the pandemic is under control. If you have books on hold they will be waiting for you when the library reopens.

Some of the little libraries have been closed during this challenging time since there is no way to control what they have been exposed to.

Thought for the Week

Here’s how I’m handling the pandemic:

I read a lot, but with the library closed I thought I’d better stock up. Patrons emptied the shelves at the library on Saturday. It looked like at least 20% of the books were checked out. The “Lucky Day” shelf was completely empty. There’s going to be a lot of reading going on in our little town this week!



Library to Close

Dear library patrons,

Today, Governor Inslee issued additional measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, including closing public schools throughout the state. He also requested that other agencies and organizations do their part to minimize the spread within our communities. After much discussion with staff and our Board of Trustees, and in accordance with public health guidance, Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries has made the difficult decision to close our libraries to the public starting at the end of business today, Saturday, March 14. We will remain closed at least through Sunday, March 29.  

During the next few weeks we will take advantage of the closures to thoroughly clean all our locations and to create plans on how to restart services as soon as possible.

We understand the value you place in your libraries and the services we provide. While patrons can continue to use many of our services such as electronic books, streaming movies, and resources through our website, we know the library is more than just books. Many people count on us to provide in-person learning services and gathering spaces. We are choosing to balance the greater good to our community with a temporary loss of those services on which you rely.

For those of you who have already borrowed library materials, we are extending loan periods, and are adjusting holds for materials accordingly. We are also increasing the number of digital resources available during this time. As always, we do not charge late fees for overdue items.

We will continue to communicate with you as our response to this outbreak evolves. We look forward to welcoming you back into our buildings when this virus runs its course and our communities begin to reconvene and rebuild a sense of normalcy. Until then, visit us at to stay up-to-date on our closure and to take advantage of our great digital resources.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding,
Amelia Shelley

Executive Director

Update on Library

Have you been wondering what the inside of the library will look like? A committee of people met recently to chose colors and finishes, shown below. I’ve been told the colors are warm grays.

The choices are still tentative, but it’s another step in the process to building the library.

Library Programs Canceled

Based on an abundance of caution, Sean McGill of Ridgefield Community Library decided today to cancel library programs from March 13 through March 27. The Branch Managers will meet on a weekly basis to monitor the situation. They are following the recommendations of the Washington State Department of Health pertaining to mass gatherings and the status of the COVID-19 pandemic in our state.  The library will continue to be open on the regular schedule.

More on Library Naming Opportunies

Last week I listed half of the naming opportunities for items in our new library, and today I’m adding the rest. These less expensive gifts will go quickly, so if you’re interested you should take your check to the library as soon as possible or mail it to PO Box 534, Ridgefield, WA 98642.

For a $5,000 gift:

Staff workroom

Staff breakroom

Librarian’s Office

Magazine Area

Recorded Books  Area

Hearing Loop

For a $2,500 gift:

Computer Workstations

PA System

Young Adult Stacks

Fiction Stacks

Nonfiction Stacks

Children’s Room Stacks

Children’s Furniture

For a $1,000 gift:

Display Areas

Tables (8)


Lounge Chairs (14)

For a $500 gift:

Wooden Chairs (10)

Office Chairs (10)

For a $250 gift:

Children’s Stools (5)

Children’s Wood Chairs (12)

For a $100 gift:

Shelf End Panel (30)

Save the Date!

This fund raiser will raise money to buy a hanging system for art at the new library

Naming Opportunities

A naming opportunity presents a unique chance for individuals, families and businesses to write a chapter in the history of the Ridgefield Community Library. Through a naming opportunity level gift, you become a part of the library’s legacy for generations to come. For gifts of the following amounts, donors may be recognized for their contributions.

For a $1,000,000 gift:

Library Naming (RESERVED)

For a $250,000 gift:

Children’s Area (RESERVED)

For a $100,000 gift:

Community Room

Adult Reading Area

Young Adult Area

Adult Literacy Area/Info Center

For a $75,000 gift:

“Read with me’ Area

Kids Zone

Teen Zone

For a $50,000 gift:

Kitchen Area

Technology Area

For a $25,000 gift:

Teens Game Space

Circulation Service Area


For a $10,000 gift:

Main Entrance Area

Study Room

Art Display Area

Meeting Room Furniture

AV System for Meeting Room (projector, screen, controls)

Conference System

To be continued next week…


Love Your Library Benefit Tea

Saturday, February 22, Elizabeth Brush of Myrtle’s Tea House is offering a tea to benefit the library building fund. There will be two seatings: 12:00 and 1:30.

This charming tea house is at 322 North Third Avenue in downtown Ridgefield, and it’s always a pleasure to enjoy the ambience and good food at Myrtle’s.

Cost is $50 per person, of $45 if you are a member of the Friends of the Ridgefield Library.

For reservations and more information, contact Jeanne Androvich at 808-276-7088 or

James Roach – where are you?

We are making final plans for the Friends of the Library prime rib dinner at Gouger Cellars on Valentine’s Day. A man named James Roach expressed an interest through the library’s FaceBook page, but gave no contact information. If you are him, please contact me immediately at 360-887-2160 so we can get your information.

Support the Library!

Only two tickets remain for the gala Valentine Day Dinner at Gouger Cellars, so if you want to be in involved in this fund raiser for the new Ridgefield library, please call 360-887-2160 to reserve your seats. Cost is $75 each and there is a choice of prime rib or cheese tortellini with a delicious salad and decadent dessert.

Bring your Sweetheart a Valentine

Want to impress your sweetheart? Buy tickets for the gala prime rib dinner and wine tasting at Gouger Winery on Valentines, Friday, February 14.

Tickets are selling fast for this festive candlelit dinner, and you don’t want to miss out. It’s a chance to dress up and enjoy a romantic dinner while raising money for the new Ridgefield library. Seating is limited, and there are only a few tickets left.

Call 360-887-2160 to reserve a space. It’s only $75 per person and for that you get a rose wine tasting, prime rib dinner or cheese tortellini with salad, a decadent desert and a glass of wine.

Thank You Tevis Laspa

This is the last update on what’s happening with the library’s building campaign for this year, and I want to give a shout out to Tevis Laspa, who’s retiring from the Building Library Team after five years of service. He gave his notice a year ago, so it’s nothing we didn’t expect, and I want to honor Tevis for his years of help.

Tevis was always there when we needed him. He drove the library’s truck, Old Blue, to pick up books for all our book sales and then take them to the distribution center when the sale was done. This meant a lot of lifting and carrying and his back probably won’t ever be the same. He also made signs for the tables and used his wood-working skills to create many items for the Friends.

Tevis was auctioneer for many of our events and because he knew most of the people in the audience he was able to cajole them into spending more than they had probably planned to. We raised a lot of money from the Dewey Decimal Pizza Party, two CHAIR-ity events, etc.

We had successful golf tournaments because Tevis found some great raffle items and he kept the tournament fun.

When asked why he volunteered to help raise money for the library building fund, Tevis said it was in honor of his wife, Gwen, who died of cancer in 2015. He has done way more than honor Gwen through his support of the library.

Personally, I will miss our long conversations as we drove to all the FVRL’s Trustees meetings every month. We wanted to keep Ridgefield uppermost in the minds of the seven Trustees who guide the library. Of the three cities building new libraries, Tevis and I were the only two who attended every single meeting and I think it made a difference. August is the month that our Ridgefield Friends’ group hosts the meeting, and Tevis is known for the barbecued pork and onions that he provided for several years. He brought his huge barbecue and set it up under a canopy in the alley to make the dinner. We’ll certainly miss that.

I will miss being his ‘girl friend’ even though I’m old enough to be his mother. (That’s an inside joke.) So Tevis – I know you’ve got lots of projects in the fire and you’ll be happy to have more time to work on them, but please know that the Friends of the Library, and especially me, Kathy Winters, will miss you and your positive attitude.