Adult Program

Choosing a College: Free Advising Session

Wednesday, March 9th @ 6 P.M.

Choosing a College: How to Find the Right One for You!

Attention all Collegebound Juniors, Seniors, & Parents! Finding the right college is critical because it's often the difference between a student graduating or leaving without their degree. In fact, the number one reason students drop out of college is because they don't fit in. Give yourself the tools you need to succeed! Attend Great Lakes’ free advising session on Wednesday, March 9th at 6 P.M. at Ripon Public Library and learn which factors to consider in your college selection process. Discover free online tools to identify and compare prospective colleges to make the best choice for you!

Adult Nerf Battle @ Your Library - Zombies vs. Humans & More!

Friday, March 4th @ 6 P.M.

NERF™ Battle @ Your Library

Embrace your inner child during a night of after-hours fun on Friday, March 4th 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” 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.

Don’t fret - teens will have their own afterhours NERF™ Battle on Friday, April 29th at 6 P.M.!

What's It Worth? An Antique Appraisal Event w/ Mark Moran

What's It Worth? An Antique Appraisal Event

Mark Moran will be at Ripon Public Library on Saturday, April 16th from 10:00 A.M..—1:00 P.M. for an antique and collectibles appraisal event! There is no charge for the appraisal fee, but individuals are limited to one item.

Moran bought and sold antiques for more than 30 years, specializiing in vintage folk art, Americana, and fine art. He has been active as an appraiser of antiques and fine art for more than 20 years. He is the author or co-author of more than 25 books on antiques and collectibles, including three editions of the 800-page annual Warman's Antiques & Collectibles.

Registration Information:

**Pre-registration is required for individuals wishing to have an item appraised by Mr. Moran** Registration is nearly full! Contact the library at (920) 748-6160 to find out if space is still available and to secure your appraisal spot. This event is limited to 40 appraisals! Priority will be given to Fond du Lac county residents. Individuals who do not wish to have an item appraised but do want to watch Mr. Moran’s appraisals are welcome to attend without pre-registering.

Moran is available to make home visits for people with big things, or fragile things (or a lot of things). House calls are $75 an hour and there is no mileage charge if within 10 miles of the appraisal event site. To arrange, call 715-281-5060 or email

Categories of objects for appraisal may include:

  • Fine art including paintings, drawings, prints and statuary.
  • Furniture (usually smaller pieces are best)
  • Ceramics, including figural pottery, vases, dishes, kitchenwareand stoneware.
  • Glassware, including lighting, marbles and souvenir items.
  • Vintage photographs, including snapshots, tintypes, ambrotypes and daguerreotypes.
  • Advertising, including posters, lithographed tin, paper and figural objects.
  • Folk art, including carvings, quilts, weathervanes, windmill weights and "outsider" art.
  • Assorted toys, including dolls (bisque, composition and plastic), windups and mechanical banks.
  • Metalware, including iron, bronze, brass, pot metal, silver, and silver plate.
  • Clocks, including mantel, hanging and figural.
  • Costume jewelry, including brooches, bracelets, and earrings.
  • Musical Instruments, including string, wind and reed instruments.
  • Books
  • Sports Memorabilia

Excluded items:

See the list of excluded items below. Questions about objects not covered in the list above may be submitted to Mark Moran in advance: 715-281-5060 or

  • All weapons, including swords and knives (though folding knives with advertising are accepted)
  • Traps (like leg-hold)
  • Nazi memorabilia
  • Coins and paper money
  • Fine jewelry, including precious gems
  • Beanie Babies.

Questions about objects not covered here can be submitted to Moran in advance to determine if they are appropriate.

Suggested categories for advance inquiry include, but are not limited to:

  • Oriental, Native American and other tribal objects (African, Oceanic)
  • Ancient artifacts (Egyptian and other early cultures)
  • Fossils and minerals
  • Books
  • Automotive items
  • Nautical and military-related objects
  • Sports memorabilia (including baseball cards)
  • Records
  • Antique tools and technological objects (typewriters, cameras, assorted machinery or instruments for scientific measure, like sextants, telescopes, microscopes, etc.).

When in doubt, email inquiry can often address questions about items to be appraised.

Opinions of value are informal, and may not be used for insurance or charitable donations, which require a certified appraisal.

Adult Coloring Program

Adult Coloring Program - Color. Relax. Repeat.

Thurs., October 27th from 2:30- 4:30 P.M.

Coloring books are not just for kids! Discover the therapeutic benefits of coloring at the library during these drop-in adult coloring programs. Relax, reduce stress, and leave feeling restored! Coloring books and supplies will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own materials from home. Look forward to additional events on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month.


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