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.

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Every month the Friends of the Ridgefield Library hold a silent auction. This month’s offering is a wooden dynamite box full of tools. Allene Wodaege donated them from her husband Carl’s workshop. The box is from the Columbia Powder Company in Tacoma, WA and the tools include:

7- spud wrenches
4 -large box end wrenches
1- cable cutter
1-wooden ball
5 – Marlin spikes
11 wood drills
1-reversible ratcheting chain wrench
6- small clamps
7- Clevis/swivel/cable/chain parts
1- tube flare set
1- spanner to 4″
1- drive chain breaker
3- 6″ rules
1- tip cleaner

This is a unique donation – stop by the library to put in your bid. Bidding closes on February 28, and the highest bidder wins.


Ridgefield Library Programs, January 30 – February 3


6:00 P. M.-ADULT BOOK DISCUSSION-We are discussing Radium Girls: the Dark Story of America’s Shining Women. Our next title is News of the World by Paulette Jiles.











9:00-2:00 P.M.-FIRST SATURDAY AT THE LIBRARY-This month’s theme is “Tail Gate Party & Chili Challenge”. Stop in to make a paper football and enjoy all the wonderful activities going on in downtown Ridgefield. Need a chili recipe for these cold, rainy days? We’ve got your back at the library.

Senior Library Assistant Position Open at Ridgefield Community Library

Application deadline: February 5, 2017 at 5 pm PDT

Skills Assessment: February 13, 2018

Interviews: February 22–23, 2018

Fort Vancouver Regional Library District (FVRL) is seeking qualified applicants for a part-time (24 hours per week) Senior Library Assistant opening at Ridgefield Community Library. This is a great opportunity for individuals who have a passion for working with the public, creating and presenting programs to groups of patrons of all ages and who want to make a positive impact in their communities.

The primary responsibilities of a Senior Library Assistant are assisting with patrons and books in the library branch and planning and presenting programs in the branch and community. A typical day could include these tasks:

 Answering patron questions regarding library resources and services, as well as technology, equipment and devices

 Planning and presenting programs in coordination with the branch manager and/or Senior Branch Supervisor

 Presenting a weekly story time for children

 Acting as the Person in Charge (PIC) of the branch for up to eight hours at a time

 Participating in community events and delivering programs and services offsite

 Performing routine circulation duties including creating and updating patron accounts and checking materials in and out

 Shelving materials and removing items from circulation

The compensation for this position begins at $15.48 per hour with an excellent benefits package including health insurance benefits, life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment, short term and long term disability benefits, Washington State PERS retirement and paid time off.

Click here to view the full job posting including job description, schedule and application instructions.

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The Friends of the Ridgefield Library had an active and productive 2017, and have more planned for 2018! This is a recap of the programs and events they sponsored last year.

Our Winter Used Book Sale in February brought in $4,000.

In February A Winter Tea benefit for the Friends netted $3,280.

Kathy Winters taught a watercolor workshop, bringing in $450.

The Vinnie’s Pizza cash-back night in March raised $927.

We had a booth at every 1st Saturday Farmer’s Market (6) selling used books and other items. We made $670 on all of these.

An Egg Decorating and Hula Dancing workshop raised $110.

In June, 3Peaks once again hosted a cash-back event for us. The proceeds from that event were $571.

The “Chair-ity” fundraiser in August raised an impressive $5,500.

For the third year in a row, our fundraising golf tournament was held at Tri-Mountain golf course. Between tickets to play and raffles, we made $4,800.

In October, we sold popcorn and cider for children of all ages who braved the soggy weather during the Halloween Hall. We received $135 in sales and donations.

The Autumn Used Book Sale and Membership Drive Kick-Off in October brought in a healthy $3,476.

In November, we sold yummy baked goods during the Chickadee Arts & Crafts Bazaar. Our sweet rewards totaled $300.

During the FVRL’s Annual Author’s and Illustrator’s Silent Auction in November, our members arranged for gift baskets and art pieces to be auctioned off for proceeds totaling a little over $1,000.

Kathy Winters hosted an Open House and Art Sale to benefit the library in November. She donated the proceeds, $559.

During Hometown Celebration in December, Friends hosted an Open House in the Library AND organized a huge bake sale, bringing in $300+.

Kathy Winters held a Christmas card painting workshop, donating another $135 to our coffers.

Monthly Silent Auctions in the library yielded $334.

Thanks to all who presented programs and participated in the Friends activities. We’re always looking for more volunteers. Make a difference in your community! Meet new people! Feel good about giving back!

Don’t let your membership in the Friends of the Library lapse!
Renew by January 31 for 2018!

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As you probably read in yesterday’s Columbian, the City of Ridgefield and the Ridgefield School District are working on a plan to move a few city departments to the View Ridge site after the new 5-8 building is complete. That means the View Ridge site is no longer being considered as a location for the new library.

One site that is being looked at is the existing Community Center, but that is by no means a final decision. Keep posted!

Library Programs January 16 to January 20

Tuesday January 16

Read to the Dog 6:00 p.m.-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.

Wednesday January 17

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

Preschool  Story Time 10:30 a.m.

Ridgefield Gaming Group 4:00 p.m. (for teens)

Thursday January 18

Mahjong  1:00 p.m.

Spanish Conversation Circle 3:30 p.m.

UCAN’TDOTHATATTHELIBRARY 4:00 p.m. (for tweens ages 9-12)-Enjoy the Amazing Library Race.

Friday January 19

Toddler Story time 10:30 a.m.

Saturday January 20

11:00 a.m.-Celebrate Tea-Sharon Grace Kryger will lead a workshop on processing tea with freshly-picked tea leaves from Ridgefield’s local tea plantation.

My First Memory (Of Librarians) by Nikki Giovanni





This is my first memory:
A big room with heavy wooden tables that sat on a creaky
wood floor
A line of green shades—bankers’ lights—down the center
Heavy oak chairs that were too low or maybe I was simply
too short
For me to sit in and read
So my first book was always big

In the foyer up four steps a semi-circle desk presided
To the left side the card catalogue
On the right newspapers draped over what looked like
a quilt rack
Magazines face out from the wall

The welcoming smile of my librarian
The anticipation in my heart
All those books — another world — just waiting
At my fingertips.

Library Offers Film Streaming Service

The Fort Vancouver Regional Library District is ringing in 2018 by offering Kanopy, a free film streaming service offering more than 30,000 foreign-language films, indies, documentaries, instructional videos from The Great Courses, classics and more.

Kanopy is available to Fort Vancouver Regional Library cardholders on any device with access to the internet via or by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku. Kanopy also provides captions and transcripts and JAWS screen readers for those with visual and/or hearing difficulties.

The San Francisco based Kanopy was founded in 2008 by CEO Olivia Humphrey as an educational tool for 3,000 colleges and universities worldwide, and is now available to public library systems around the globe. The library expansion began in early 2017, and Kanopy is now available in more than 200 library systems and over 1200 individual public library locations across the US.

Ridgefield Library Programs January 9 to January 13

Tuesday January 9

6:00-Food for Thought: Cookbook Discussion

Wednesday January 10

10:00 a.m.-Stitchery Group

10:30 a.m.-Preschool Story Time

4:00 p.m.-Teen Gaming

Thursday January 11

1:00 p.m.-Mahjong

3:30 p.m.-Spanish Conversation Circle

Friday January 12

10:30 a.m.-Toddler Story Time

Saturday January 13

10:00 a.m.-Build It!

11:00 a.m.-Celebrate Hot Tea Month: Taste & Brew

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I’m happy to report that to date we have raised $240,000 for the library building fund. Three donations of $10,000 or more qualified for matching funds from the anonymous donor, (who has pledged to match donations of $10,000 or more, up to a million dollars) for a total of $33,000. Good work Ridgefield!

Fort Vancouver Regional Library has also set aside a million dollars for our fund raising activities, so we are on our way to seeing this new library built.

The Trustees of FVRL are close to making a decision on a site for the library, so keep tuned. I’ll announce it as soon as  know.

This Month’s Auction Item

Fly Fishermen! Come to the Library! There’s a basket of goodies waiting for you to bid on!

All you need to tie your own flies, including an instruction book, vise, scissors, thread, yarn, feathers, wire, hooks, etc. The basket will be on sale through the end of the month, and the highest bidder will take it home.

Every month the Friends put a different item up for auction, and this is our latest. I must say, this month’s offering is pretty clever. Wish I were a fly fisherman – it would be fun to tie flies.