RIDGEFIELD — When a weekend festival brought hundreds of people downtown, Friends of Ridgefield Community Library sold some books and made a few dollars.
The Farmers Market appearance had other benefits.
“Public awareness, public awareness and public awareness,” Jeanne Androvich, the group’s president, said during the sale.
Ridgefield is one of three communities where grass-roots groups are campaigning to build new branches. Woodland has selected its site, currently the location of a funeral home. In Washougal, library officials are working on an agreement with a downtown developer.
“We are trailing the pack, as far as a location,” said Tevis Laspa, a leader of the Friends’ fundraising effort.
So when it comes to visibility, events such as BirdFest give library supporters a chance to let their Friends flags fly. The nonprofit group is supporting a couple of high-profile players in the effort — the library district and the city of Ridgefield.