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.

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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.