Exercise Your Mind! 2016 Summer Reading Program

Get in the game with the 2016 Summer Reading Program!
Beginning June 1st, read for your favorite cause, enjoy FREE events all summer long, and be entered to win fabulous prizes!


 

Who can participate?

  • Readers of all ages who check out reading materials this summer!

When? 

  • The Summer Reading Program starts Wednesday, June 1st and ends Wednesday, August 31st.

What should you read?

  • Read whatever YOU enjoy! Books, audiobooks, newspapers, magazines, cookbooks, etc. It all counts! We just want you to READ FOR THE PLEASURE OF READING! A good goal is to try to read 20 minutes a day each day for at least 5 days of the week.

How do you participate in voting for your favorite cause?

  • Whenever you check out reading materials from Ripon Public Library, will also earn you a vote for one of three local charitable organizations through our Read For Your Favorite Cause program. First place receives $250, second place $150, and third place $100, courtesy of the Friends of the Ripon Public Library. The results of voting will be announced at the Potluck Wrap Up Event on Wednesday, August 31 at 6 P.M.

How do you get entered in the monthly and GRAND PRIZE drawings?

  • You can earn one entry per day for the monthly prize drawings when you check out reading materials from the Ripon Public Library. For example, if you check out reading materials every day in June, you would earn 30 entries into the monthly prize drawing!! That also means you would earn 30 votes for your favorite local charity through our Read For Your Favorite Cause program.  Monthly prizes include Fitbits, autographed books, Chamber dollars, and disc golf equipment.
  • Patrons of all ages who check out reading materials for at least ten weeks this summer (weeks begin on Wednesdays) will be entered to win one of six Kindle Fire tablets, courtesty of the Friends of the Ripon Public Library!

Why participate?

  • In addition to reading for local charities, earning entries into fantastic monthly and grand prize drawings, everyone is invited to an end of the summer potluck on Wednesday, August 31 at 6 P.M. to celebrate our summer readers! Bring a dish to pass or a recipe to share! Prizes, including autographed books, e-readers, READ posters, and more will be awarded and the results of our Read For Your Favorite Cause will be announced.

June

9, 23

  • Coloring For All Ages
    2:30-4:30 P.M.
    Coloring is not just for kids! Discover the therapeutic benefits of coloring at these drop-in programs. Relax, reduce stress, and leave feeling restored!

13, 20, 27

  • Monday Move It!
    Move It Movies 2:30 P.M.
    Keeping fit has never been such fun! We like to move it with interactive viewings of Disney and Pixar Shorts each Monday afternoon!

    Lasts about 30 minutes.
     
  • Movement Mondays
    Move & Dance!
    4:45 P.M. - Local mother/daughter dance team, Haley & Sage, offer up a totally hip dance and movement session each, just for the tween crowd—ages 9—13 years, on Mondays in June.

14

  • Green Lake Festival of Music
    2:00 P.M.
    On Your Mark, Get Set, Play!  This Thomas E. Caestecker Free Family Concert features string instruments made by Lawrence LaMay— two violins, viola, and cello, owned by Ripon College—who lived and built instruments in Madison, WI in the 1960’s.  
     
  • Travelogue: Africa
    6:00 P.M.
    Join Karl Stewart on a travelogue journey to east Africa during a breathtaking photo presentation and talk of his recent nature safari to Tanzania!

14, 21, 28

  • Tuesday Trail Days
    Story Walk
    10  A.M. | Meet in Parking Lot/Trail Head
    Weekly book installations will be enjoyed on the Northwestern Trail—1/2 mile total walking distance—followed by a STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art Math) focused project or activity. (On rainy days, come right inside to the storytime room.)

15

  • Put the Function in Fitness
    12:00-1:00 P.M.
    Learn how strength exercises can improve your balance, coordination, power and endurance, enhancing your ability to power through your day! Includes ideas for incorporating exercise into your everyday activities. Wednesday Health Talks in June & July are presented by Brenda Block, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach.

16, 30

  • Tricked out Thursdays
    Jammin’ Jump Rope
    6:00  P.M.
    Area athletes, Callista and Jordan, demonstrate rope tricks and offer up tips for a fantastically fun and safe jumping routine. Ropes supplied, or bring your own.

17

  • Teens-Only NERF™ Battle (12+)
    6:00  P.M.
    Outfit yourself with a NERF™ gun and then enjoy a game of zombies vs. humans & more! 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. **Parent/Guardian will need to sign a waiver for their teen in order for them to participate.**

17, 24

  • Friday Fitness
    Fit & Fun!
    7:30  A.M. | Meet in Parking Lot/Trail Head
    Enjoy a mix-it-up-type walk on the Northwestern Trail, with warm-up, stride and cool-down. Signs at 20 meter intervals offer stretching and movement instructions adding a fun twist to your nature hike! Led by library staff and certified personal trainer, Katie Coughlin.

17, 24

  • Fresh Fridays
    Gardening
    8:30—9:30  A.M. | Meet in Parking Lot/Trail Head
    Achieve health and fitness goals while producing the fresh fruits and vegetables necessary for a healthy diet! For 1 hour each Friday morning we will weed, water, watch, and wait for nature’s bounty in the library vegetable patch!

21

  • Adult Game Night—Dino Hunt
    6:00  P.M.
    Travel through time to visit the prehistoric eras of the dinosaurs to hunt specimens for your futuristic zoo. Evade your competitors obstacles to bring Dino home!

22

28

  • Books N’ Brew—Reading Club for Adults
    6:00 P.M. | MUGS Coffeehouse
    Catch up with what other readers are enjoying over a cup of coffee! Read whatever book you like and then share your reading experience with other book lovers!

29

  • Weigh Less—Live More
    12:00-1:00 P.M.
    Discover a way to drop excess weight and still feel fully satisfied at mealtime! Explore the problems of quick fix weight loss programs and why diets don't work.

July

7, 21

  • Tabletop Thursdays
    Pong!
    2:30-4:30 P.M.
    Ping pong is a sure-fire way to burn off calories without feeling like a work out! All skill levels invited to ping, pong and giggle their way through the fun! All supplies provided.

8

  • Adults-Only NERF™ Battle
    6:00 P.M.
    Outfit yourself with a NERF™ gun and then enjoy a game of zombies vs. humans & more during this adults-only event! 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.

8, 15, 22, 29

  • Friday Fitness
    Fit & Fun!
    7:30  A.M. | Meet in Parking Lot/Trail Head
    Enjoy a mix-it-up-type walk on the Northwestern Trail, with warm-up, stride and cool-down. Signs at 20 meter intervals offer stretching and movement instructions adding a fun twist  to your nature hike! Led by library staff and certified personal trainer, Katie Coughlin.

8, 15, 22, 29

  • Fresh Fridays
    Gardening
    8:30—9:30  A.M. | Meet in Parking Lot/Trail Head
    Achieve health and fitness goals while producing the fresh fruits and vegetables necessary for a healthy diet! For 1 hour each Friday morning we will weed, water, watch, and wait for nature’s bounty in the library     vegetable patch!

11, 18, 25

  • Monday Move It!
    Move It Movies
    2:30 P.M.
    Keeping fit has never been this much fun! We like to move it with interactive viewings of Disney  and Pixar Shorts! Lasts about 30 minutes.

12

12, 19, 26

  • Storywalk signTuesday Trail Days
    Story Walk
    10 A.M. | Meet in Parking Lot/Trail Head
    Weekly book installations will be enjoyed on the    Northwestern Trail—1/2 mile total walking distance—followed by a STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art Math) focused project or activity. (On rainy days, come right inside to the storytime room.)

13

  • Body Image Building
    12:00-1:00 P.M.
    Identify the thoughts about your body that hold you back from moving forward.
    Discover a system designed to help you accept and love your body while improving it as you can.
     
  • Disc Golf Clinic—Sporting for Adults & Teens (12+)
    6:00  P.M. | Murray Park Disc Golf Course
    Take your game to the next level! Disc golf enthusiast, Jason Kimpel, will be on hand to demonstrate the basics of this fun, accessible sport for beginners and give some tips to elevate intermediate skills ! All supplies provided.

14, 28

  • Coloring For All Ages
    2:30-4:30 P.M.
    Coloring is not just for kids! Discover the therapeutic benefits of coloring at these drop-in programs. Relax, reduce stress, and leave feeling restored!

19

  • Adult Game Night—Pandemic
    6:00 P.M.
    Globetrot the world in a race to save humanity from deadly viruses that spread all over the world before time runs out in this strategic cooperative game!

19, 20

  • Papermaking Workshops
    10:00 A.M. –12:00 P.M. | 2:00 P.M.—4:00 P.M.
    Local paper enthusiast Tanya Schwartz-Roeper will share the latest techniques in handmade paper production and crafting. No registration. First come-first serve.

20

  • Mind Training, Rather Than Mind Draining
    12:00-1:00 P.M.
    Explore techniques to exercise your mind and keep it fit and healthy. Discuss meditation, mental stimulation methods, how nutrition can boost your focus and more!

26

  • Jeanie B! Keep on Rockin’
    1:30 P.M.
    Jeanie B’s has won multiple Parents Choice Awards, Billboard Magazine's top honors, and is dubbed one of Chicago’s best children’s performers.

    Kids will dance, sing, jump, and laugh their way through this indie-kid rock concert.

    Come ready for fun!
     
  • Books N’ Brew—Reading Club for Adults
    6:00 P.M. | Mugs Coffeehouse
    Catch up with what other readers are enjoying over a cup of coffee! Read whatever book you like and then share your reading experience with other book lovers!

27

27

August

5, 12, 19, 26

  • Gardening
    8:30—9:30  A.M.
    Achieve health and fitness goas while producing the fresh fruits and vegetables necessary for a healthy diet! For 1 hour each Friday morning we will weed, water, watch, and wait for nature’s bounty in the library     vegetable patch!

13

  • S’mores & Informed Stargazing

    7:30 P.M. | Riggs County Park
    Campfire & S’mores in Riggs County Park’s entrance off of Hwy 23. Enjoy tasty s’mores and a story or two as the sun sets, Informed Stargazing to follow.

    8:00 P.M. | Riggs County Park
    Paul Kinzer, Starlab Director, guides stargazers on a tour of the night sky with Mars & Saturn visible & a chance of meteor showers. Telescopes & binoculars provided. Maps available at the circulation desk.

31

  • Pot Luck—Wrap Up Event
    6:00 P.M.
    Join in on this evening of food, fun, and games to wrap up our summer reading program! Everyone is invited to an end of summer potluck —bring a dish to pass or a healthful recipe to share—to celebrate our summer readers!  Prizes, including autographed books, e-readers, READ posters, and more will be awarded and the results of our Read For Your Favorite Cause will be announced.