Ridgefield Community Library


210 North Main Ave
Ridgefield, WA 98642
1.360.887.8281
Open:
Tues & Wed 10:00 - 8:00
Thurs-Sat 10:00 - 5:00
Ann Margaret O'Reilly, Community Librarian
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Ridgefield is a close-knit community. Everyone in town gets involved in annual community-wide events and the library is no exception. From Independence Day to Heritage Day to Bird Fest to the annual Hometown Celebration. These festivities often draw upwards of 10,000 people from other areas. We always have a good time with the many activities scattered about town, including parades, street dances, salmon bakes, chalk drawing, fireworks, musical entertainment, holiday bazaars, tree lighting ceremonies and much more.


News from the Ridgefield Library - May 18, 2013


Joan Wolfberg's re-enactment of Eleanor Roosevelt:
No Ordinary Women
Old Liberty Theatre in Ridgefield, March 27, 2009.

Click to enlarge"For more than 30 years, Eleanor Roosevelt was the most powerful woman in America, and she comes to life before your very eyes when Joan Wolfberg takes you on an amazing journey, from Eleanor's shy, awkward childhood, to life as the First Lady, and later to the United Nations. Along the way you'll learn of her belief in the equality of women, civil rights, human rights, politics, and freedom. You'll discover her relationship with FDR and others, her strengths, her weaknesses, her sense of humor, and her ideals for justice and decency."


A Visit with Aunt Harriet Tubman
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Click to enlargeIn celebration of Black History Month, the friends of the Ridgefield Community Library presented "A Visit with Aunt Harriet Tubman" Feb. 27, 2009 at the Old Liberty Theatre in Ridgefield. Portraying 92-year-old Tubman will be Karol Brown, who has been entertaining and teaching audiences as Tubman for more than a decade. Her husband James Brown plays Brother Ely, a caretaker of Tubman's who leads audiences on a vicarious journey back to 1912 to visit with the woman who came to be called the Moses of her people.

Brown said she was inspired to study Tubman after seeing the 1978 film "A Woman Called Moses" in which the venerable Cicely Tyson played the lead role. As Brown told it, "I went and researched and started learning so much about her that I felt like I wanted to share her life with people."" Having been very close to her own grandmother who lived to be 101 years old, Brown said this led her to portray Tubman as a gentle, grandmotherly type of person in her sunset years.

"It's as close to meeting Harriet Tubman as you will ever be." For more informtion about Harriet Tubman, click here.



Carl Allen as Woodie Guthrie

An hour with Woody Guthrie The Columbia River Songs, presented under the auspices of Humanities Washington - The Inquiring Mind Series. Carl Allen assumed the identity of Woody Guthrie for the evening He sang and told Woody's stories. It was a fantastic event held at the Old Liberty Theatre in Ridgefield Washington. The Theatre was nearly full. Carl Allen had this to say about it, "I'm still jacked up about the audience and the reception I received last Friday night at the Old Liberty Theater. I have been at this for ten years and done probably 200+ shows as Woody and this was one of the best audiences ever. Thanks!" The local sponsors were the Ridgefield Community Library and the Old Liberty Theatre. Check out the Wanderers website at www.thewanderersfolk.com and Carl's website at www.nas.com/~cubic/

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Harry Potter Party

A party to celebrate the release of the latest Harry Potter novel, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," was held at 2 p.m. Saturday in Ridgefield Community Library, 210 N. Main Ave. People of all ages attended this free event. They participated in feature games, contests, and enjoyed refreshments. There was a costume and "Dobby Sock" contest. A hardcover set of the six Harry Potter novels was awarded to the winner of the raffle. For more pictures of this event click here.

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The Fiber Arts Sampler Program

The Fiber Arts Sampler program was held Saturday, November 13, 2004 from 1-4 pm, at the Ridgefield Community Center. People demonstrated several fiber arts, including quilting and smocking. The Lewis & Clark quilt and a segment of tapestry from the Ft. Vancouver Tapestry Project was on display. Other crafts were also featured.

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