Library Lines: Sharing across generations

The library is one of the few locations in town where residents of all ages come together in the same space, and we have created several programs to encourage positive intergenerational exchange.

On March 11, our Teen Advisory Group will be on hand from 11 to 1 to help adults and senior citizens with their technology needs. Just bring in the gadgets that drive you crazy, such as cell phones, laptops and digital cameras, and let our teens unlock their secret power. 

Several times a year, we host Reading Is a Family Affair, in which elementary school children and their parents read a selected title together, then come to the library as a family to talk about it over a pizza dinner, courtesy of the Friends of the Library.

The year 2017 is the fourth year of our Books Building Bridges intergenerational literature program with Ridgefield High School. A book is selected from the English curriculum, both adults and students read it, then they come together for discussions led by some of the students. The different generational perspectives make for interesting conversation. In November we will be reading Pride and Prejudice together as part of an extended commemoration of the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death.

Mary Rindfleisch is assistant director of the Ridgefield Library. She can be reached at 203-438-2282 or