On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis

This week's book review is written by Adult/Teen Services Librarian, Mandy Sprague. Miss last week's blogpost? Check it out here: Writing Down the Bones. Happy reading!!

On the Edge of Gone
By Corinne Duyvis

Young Adult | Science Fiction| Apocalyptic | Contemporary |Ability/Culturally Diverse Voices

Audience: 12 & up.

Book Blurb from Goodreads:

January 29, 2035.

That’s the day the comet is scheduled to hit—the big one. Denise and her mother and sister, Iris, have been assigned to a temporary shelter near their hometown of Amsterdam to wait out the blast, but Iris is nowhere to be found, and at the rate Denise’s drug-addicted mother is going, they’ll never reach the shelter in time.

Then a last-minute encounter leads them to something better than a temporary shelter: a generation ship that’s scheduled to leave Earth behind and colonize new worlds after the comet hits. But each passenger must have a practical skill to contribute. Denise is autistic and fears that she’ll never be allowed to stay. Can she obtain a spot before the ship takes flight? What about her mother and sister?

When the future of the human race is at stake, whose lives matter most?

Mandy’s Review:

Duyvis’s opening scene is impactful. Literally! The reader joins a panicky Denise at 20 minutes to impact as she begs her sluggish mother to leave for their shelter, throwing the reader into the chaos of this apocalyptic event. Duyvis’s attention to detail, vivid descriptions, and complex characters creates a realistic story that reads more like contemporary fiction than sci-fi.

On the Edge of Gone’s cast is wonderfully diverse. It’s refreshing to see well-written characters who are skillfully crafted. Duyvis brings authenticity to Denise’s experiences as an author who is on the Autistim spectrum. Duyvis’s other novels also feature diverse casting, including her well-received fantasy debut for teens, Otherbound, which won the Bisexual Book Award.

Readers will feel drawn into Denise’s story and crave a sequel to this standalone novel. Highly recommended.

Accolades:

YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults: 2017

SYNC - Free Audiobooks All Summer Long! Starting April 27th!!

SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens. Starting April 28th, and running through August 16th 2016, SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week for FREE - pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes. New titles will become available for download every Thursday at 7 A.M.. You have just those 7 days to download the audiobooks for that week, but once you do, they are YOURS TO KEEP! Sign up for email or text alerts and be first to know when new titles are available to download at www.audiobooksync.com. Set up your free account and get listening!

Week 1: April 27- May 3

The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich | Read by Charlotte Parry, Christian Coulson

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde | Read by Greg Wise

Job Seeker Tools Workshop

Job Seekers Workshop Series.
Join Bob Kallio, Employment and Training Director at ADVOCAP for a series of Job Seeker workshops at the Ripon Public Library throughout the month of May. ADVOCAP is a non-profit community action agency that works towards creating opportunities for people and communities to reduce poverty and increase self-sufficiency. Develop the skill set you need to secure the right job for you!
 
Job Seeker Tools Workshop
Tuesday, May 2 at 1:00 P.M.

Explore the many on-line tools available on the Job Centers of Wisconsin website.  This session will cover the free registration process, free on-line workshops, career pathway exploration, training resources, in-demand and 'Hot Jobs', on-line resume creation, job-seeker skills matching to posted openings, and more...

Don't miss the other programs in this Job Seekers Workshop Series:

  • National Career Readiness Certificate Workshop
    • Thursday, May 11 at 9:00 A.M.
  • Soft Skills Workshop
    • Wednesday, May 24 at 2:00 P.M.

Teen-Only NERF Battle @ Your Library

Teens-only (12+) Nerf Battle @ Your Library!
Gear up for some after-hours fun on Friday, April 28th at 6 P.M. at the Ripon Public Library. Outfit yourself with a NERF™ gun and then release your stress with a game of zombies vs. humans & more during this teens-only event brought back by popular demand. NERF™ guns, “Elite” dart-style ammo, glow sticks, and snacks provided. Feel free to B.Y.O.B (bring your own unmodified blaster) too! “Elite” dart-style NERF™ guns only, please.  Parents will need to stop by the library before the event to sign a waiver form in order for their teen to participate. Waivers will be available at the circulation desk the week of the event, or at drop off the evening of the event.


An Adults-only version of this much-loved program will be offered on Friday, May 12th at 6 P.M.

**Parent/Guardian will need to sign a waiver for their teen in order for them to participate.**

Healthy Living For Your Brain and Body

Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body

Wednesday, May 3rd from 2:00 - 4:00 P.M.


For centuries, we’ve known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how to optimize our physical and cognitive health as we age. Join us for this presentation by Southeastern Wisconsin's Alzheimer's Association to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.

Sugar Blues

Are you the type of person who craves sweets and it's getting the best of you? Do you have low energy in the middle of the day? Join Brenda Block, Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, for a free educational class at Ripon Public Library on Tuesday, May 9th at 7 P.M. to end your sugar blues! Block will equip you with the knowledge you need to permanently change your relationship with sugar. You will leave this class with an understanding of the causes of sugar cravings and the tools you need to deal with them. It’s not about deprivation. It’s about freedom! Eat the foods you love and have sweetness in your life without the side effects or the guilt. Come join in on the fun!

Adult Game Night - Featuring "Mysterium" plus expansion

About the Game:

On a bleak night in December of 1894, tragedy struck the Count of Warwick’s manor in the highlands of Scotland. In the aftermath of a glittering party, a man-servant was found dead, and although the police declared his death accidental, rumors of foul play ran wild. Thirty years later, this unsolved mystery returns to light as a group of notable psychics converges on the Scottish manor in hopes of making contact with a restless ghost and bringing that spirit the peace it has so long been denied…

Mysterium is a cooperative, deduction game that challenges two to seven players to solve a murder that occurred thirty years ago. One player takes on the role of a restless ghost, tasked with communicating the true culprit of the murder to the assembled psychics. The other players all play as psychics, receiving visions and interpreting them to the best of their abilities in order to narrow down the list of suspects. Yet time is in no one’s favor tonight—if the players take too long to discover the truth, the bridge between the worlds is closed, and the ghost must wait another year to reach its eternal rest!

Game Description from: Asmodee Games

Instructions:

PDF icon MysteriumRules.pdf

Video Tutorials:

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Adults-only NERF Battle @ Your Library

Embrace your inner child during a night of after-hours fun on Friday, May 12th at 6 P.M. at the Ripon Public Library. Outfit yourself with a NERF™ gun and then release your stress with a game of zombies vs. humans & more during this adults-only event. Perfect for busy parents who are in need of some adult time or college students who need a study break! NERF™ guns, “Elite” dart-style ammo, glow sticks, and snacks provided. Feel free to B.Y.O.B (bring your own unmodified blaster) too! “Elite” dart-style NERF™ guns only, please. Attendees will need to sign a waiver in order to participate.

National Career Readiness Certificate Workshop

Job Seekers Workshop Series.
Join Bob Kallio, Employment and Training Director at ADVOCAP for a series of Job Seeker workshops at the Ripon Public Library throughout the month of May. ADVOCAP is a non-profit community action agency that works towards creating opportunities for people and communities to reduce poverty and increase self-sufficiency. Develop the skill set you need to secure the right job for you!
 
National Career Readiness Certificate Workshop
Thursday, May 11 at 9:00 A.M.

Learn about the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) credential, why it is important, how job-seekers use this credential to enhance their marketability, and how Wisconsin employers can use this credential to help select the right candidates for their job openings.  Best of all... the process of earning an NCRC is free to job-seekers registered on Job Centers of Wisconsin’s website.

Don't miss the final event in this Job Seekers Workshop Series:

  • Soft Skills Workshop
    • Wednesday, May 24 at 2:00 P.M.

Soft Skills Job Seekers Workshop

Job Seekers Workshop Series.
Join Bob Kallio, Employment and Training Director at ADVOCAP for a series of Job Seeker workshops at the Ripon Public Library throughout the month of May. ADVOCAP is a non-profit community action agency that works towards creating opportunities for people and communities to reduce poverty and increase self-sufficiency. Develop the skill set you need to secure the right job for you!
 
Soft Skills Workshop
Wednesday, May 24 at 2:00 P.M.

Discover the importance of 'soft skills' (the skills that include working effectively in teams, communicating effectively, understanding employer expectations, customer service, problem-solving and critical thinking, etc.) that enable people to effectively work well with others, perform well, and achieve their goals.  This workshop will provide information on additional free training resources for people to expand on these soft skills to help them become even better co-workers, supervisors and managers.

Drop-in to R.E.A.D. with Shalee WEDNESDAYS FROM 5:30-7:00 P.M.

PAWS to R.E.A.D. with Shalee the  Reading Education Assistance Dog

Drop -in anytime, Wednesdays between 5:30- 7:00 p.m.

Animals are ideal reading companions because they foster relaxation, lower blood pressure, listen attentively, do not  judge, or criticize, and allow children to proceed at their own pace. When a dog is "listening" fear of failure is removed allowing a child to learn more effectively. The dog's handler is a skilled facilitator who provides subtle support.

Click here for more R.E.A.D. information.

Our R.E.A.D. teams are volunteers and do not get paid. Please call ahead to confirm scheduling. 920.748.6160

Now Available: Makerspace Collection!

Maker Space logoLibrary staff are pleased to introduce our new Makerspace collection. Now, you can check out amazing kits to help you invent, learn, and create! Our initial collection includes:

  • Sphero programmable robots
  • LittleBits electronics discovery kit
  • Bloxels video game creation system
  • Sizzix embossing machine and embossing folders
  • Rubber stamp collections
  • Play-Doh Sets
  • Circuit, Gravity and Laser Maze logic games
  • Gelli Plate monoprinting kits
  • Canning tools set & rack
  • Studio microphone

Many items are already available and more will be ready to check out soon!

Makerspace checkout policy in brief:

  • Must be 13 years of age or older
  • 14-day loan
  • Limit 1 Maker Space item out at a time
  • $1/day if overdue, max $30

There's much more to come!

Mobile HotSpot - Take the Internet Home with You!

R850 HotSpotAre you among the roughly 25% of American households without home Internet service? Do you live in a rural area that local Internet service providers don't cover? Or are you traveling and would appreciate free Internet wherever you roam? *

Then try out our mobile hotspot!  The device checks out for 2 weeks and lets you connect up to 10 of your wireless devices. Enjoy free Internet, access courtesy of your library.

Stop in and ask staff for details, or check out the catalog (link below) for availability.

Ripon Mobile HotSpots

* Service provided by and dependant on the Sprint network. Coverage not guaranteed and may not be available in all areas.

One Roku, Thousands of Movies

Hundreds of movies available!

JUST ADDED:

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • A Monster Calls
  • Rogue One
  • Why Him?

Using your existing high-speed home Internet service (or a HotSpot borrowed for free from the library), you can take home thousands of movies and TV shows with one Roku - all you need is your library card and a photo ID.  Connect one of the library's Roku devices to your TV and Internet connection and then enjoy more than 400 recent feature films through Vudu and thousands of movies & TV shows with our Amazon Prime Video content. Rokus check out for two weeks and, as long as you bring it back on time, the service is absolutely free!  Stop in and ask staff for details, or check out the catalog (links below) for a partial list of movie titles.

Ripon Roku 2

Ripon Roku 3

FREE Books for your child with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

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The Ripon Area United Way is pleased to present the

Imagination Library to Ripon children under the age of 5.

What Is It?
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is a 60 volume set of books beginning with the children's classic The Little Engine that Could. Each month a new, carefully selected book will be mailed in your child's name directly to your home. Best of all it is a FREE GIFT! There is no cost or obligation to your family.

Who Is Eligible?
Preschool children ages birth to five who are residents of Ripon.

Giving Tuesday - Support the Ripon Public Library

Dear Library Friend,

The Ripon Public Library is fortunate to have supporters like you.  Your contributions, whether volunteering, financial, or simply using the Library, have enabled it to make a significant difference in the community.  Because I know you value the Library and the services it provides to our community, please consider a year-end gift to the Library.

While the Library’s operating budget has been well-supported by the City of Ripon, there is always more that can be done.  Over the past three years, the Library Board has authorized the purchase of a microfilm reader, first floor carpeting, signage and seating using endowment funds. Funding for new initiatives, existing program support, and building maintenance are among the future needs envisioned by the Library Board.  As such, the Library’s goal is to raise $25,000 during this year-end campaign.

Please give generously.  All donations are tax-deductible and a donation form [PDF] is available or you may donate directly to the Ripon Public Library Fund at the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation.  Any contribution, no matter how small, is appreciated and will help us maintain an excellent library and ensure a place that serves everyone.

Thank you for your generosity and your support.

Best regards,

Theodore Q. Grant, Library Board President

Library Board of Trustees:

Diane Christenson | Douglas Iverson | Andrew Prellwitz | Irma Ramel | Renee Reszel | Sandra Scamehorn

P.S.  When making a gift to the Library in your will or trust, please use the following language:  I give to the Ripon Public Library, 120 Jefferson Street, Ripon, WI 54971, ___ percent of my residuary estate (or, the sum of $___, or a description of the property, securities, etc.) for its endowment funds.