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Ridgefield Opens New Library, Fills Weekend With Events

The new Ridgefield Library will reopen on Friday afternoon.
The new Ridgefield Library will reopen on Friday afternoon. Photo Credit: Daily Voice File Photo

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. - After $20 million of taxpayer and fundraised money and over a year of construction, the new Ridgefield Library will open to great fanfare with a weekend filled with events for the entire community.

Over the entire weekend, library volunteers will be offering tours of the new building while children can take the opportunity do sidewalk chalk art, a scavenger hunt, photos and other activities in the new teen center and technology demonstrations.

The official opening of the library will be at 4:30 p.m. Friday, starting with a Book Brigade. Community members will bring the last books from the temporary space on Governor's Street to the newly rebuilt library at 472 Main St. to kick off the festivities. The march will be led by the Wild Thing, the title character in "Where The Wild Things Are," by Maurice Sendak, who lived in Ridgefield.

Here are is the schedule for all the events this weekend at the new library:

4:30 to 6 p.m. Friday, May 9

  • Book Brigade led by The Wild Thing
  • Presentation of Paccadolmi Awards
  • Dedication and speeches
  • Ribbon cutting
  • Unveiling of Wall of Donors
  • Unveiling of the Community Mural

Saturday, May 10

  • 9 to 10 a.m.: Everything about eBooks and OverDrive
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Children’s Crafts
  • 10 to 11 a.m.: Introduction to Atomic Training
  • 10:30 a.m.: Drop-in Storytime
  • 11 a.m.: Alex the Jester Performance
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: SCRATCH Computer Programming for Kids Demonstration
  • 1:45 to 3 p.m.: Astrophotography Workshop
  • 2 p.m.: Alex the Jester Performance
  • 3 to 4:00 p.m.: Introduction to Atomic Training
  • 3:30 p.m.: Live Music with Grayson Hugh & Polly Messer
  • 4 to 5 p.m.: Everything about eBooks and OverDrive

Sunday, May 11

  • 1 to 5 p.m.: Mother’s Day Memory Booth - record a memory of books and libraries with or in honor of your mother
  • 1 to 5 p.m.: Children’s Crafts
  • 2 p.m.: Music for Aardvarks Family Concert
  • 3 p.m.: Raffle Prize Drawing
  • 3:30 p.m.: Voices: An Afternoon of Music & Readings

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