Adult Game Night - Hand Management Games featuring "Libertalia"

Tuesday, February 20 at 6:00 P.M.

This month we will focus on games that have a hand management game mechanic. Our feature game will be Libertalia, but we will also have copies of Pandemic, Castle Panic, 7 Wonders, and Ticket to Ride available for participants to explore.

What are Hand Management games?

Hand management games are games with cards in them that reward players for playing the cards in certain sequences or groups. The optimal sequence/grouping may vary, depending on board position, cards held and cards played by opponents. Managing your hand means gaining the most value out of available cards under given circumstances. Cards often have multiple uses in the game, further obfuscating an "optimal" sequence.

Team Trivia Night (ages 14 -adult)

Friday, February 23 at 6:45 P.M.

Exercise your brain! Test your knowledge during an evening of fun at Team Trivia Night at the library for ages 14 - adult. No entry fee. Cash prizes will be awarded for teams that come in 1st ($100) and 2nd ($50). Team captains must register their team (limit of 8 participants per team) by calling 748-6160 or stopping by the library's circulation desk. Once your team has been registered, you may not add more members (you may make substitutions). Space is limited, so register your team to reserve your table. Check in is at 6:45 P.M. with trivia starting at 7 P.M. If all the members of your team have not arrived by check in, we will start adding teams from the waiting list to participate instead. Please contact Adult/Teen Services Librarian, Mandy Sprague at or 748-6160 with any questions.

Storytime for Bouncing Babies and Peppy Preschoolers

Adult & child participants enjoy an exciting mash-up of language, music, movement, and play with a focus on STEAM and early literacy learning activities!

Wednesdays, February 14 – March 7

Bouncing Babies @ 9:15 a.m. (FOR 6 MONTHS TO 2 1/2 YRS)

Peppy Preschoolers @ 10:15 a.m. (FOR 2 1/2 YRS & up)

 Questions? Contact Linda DeCramer | 920.748.6160 or

Registration is NOT required.

Super Saturdays 2018

Drop in the second Saturday of each month (September through May) at 10:00 a.m. for a special family friendly feature!

February 10 : Experience heartwarming books with themes of love, sweet treats to eat, and a valentine craft.

March 10 : Dr. Seuss is on the loose for a birthday to-do! Cake, Seuss-book-character activities and fun, fun, fun! Costumes are invited and encouraged as children and adults in costume will gain entry into exciting prize drawings.

April 14 :  Earth day  event cosponsored by Journey Charter School students and educators.

May 12 : Honoring Day of the Dead with COCO on the BIG SCREEN. PG - 109 MINUTES

Winner of the Golden Globe’s Best animated motion picture category! Aspiring musician Miguel, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer in hopes of lifting a family curse. Sugar skull cookies will be served.

Family FUN Nights!

Family FUN! for families with preschool and school age children

@ 5:30 P.M.  Wednesday, March 14 and May 2

Storytime Builds Literacy Skills

Enjoy an evening of pure family time with this exciting mash-up of the very best books for kids, music, movement, and play with a focus on STEAM and early literacy learning activities!

Blue Zone Healthy Lifestyle Series - Okinawa, Japan

Thursday, February 8 @ 6:30 P.M.

Stay tuned for Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Brenda Block’s upcoming Blue Zone Diets series. This series will explore the diets and lifestyles of the “Blue Zones", areas of the world where people are the healthiest and live the longest. People in these cultures often live to be 100 years and they remain healthy! Join us as we cover a different regional diet each month, Thursdays at 6:30 P.M. this winter and spring:

January 25 – Sardinia, Italy
February 8 – Okinawa, Japan
March 8 – Loma Linda, California
April 12 – Nicoya, Costa Rica
May 10 – Ikaria, Greece

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

Makerspace checkout policy in brief:

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

Reading with Shalee resumes Wednesday, January 24 at 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Happy New Year!

Paws to R.E.A.D. with Shalee! Wednesdays 5:30-7:00 P.M.

Animals are ideal reading companions! They foster relaxation and listen attentively. When a dog is "listening" fear of failure is removed, allowing a reader  to progress at their own pace.


The dog’s handler is a trained facilitator. Please call ahead to confirm scheduling. 920.748.6160


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, Hundreds of Movies

Hundreds of movies available!


  • All I see is you
  • Goodbye Christopher Robin
  • Only the brave
  • Thank you for your service
  • Wonder

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

Ripon Reads Logo

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.

Read for a Cause - Summer 2018

Read For A Cause application - 2018

As part of the Ripon Public Library’s summer 2018 reading program for all ages, $500 will be divided among 3 area charitable causes, courtesy of the Friends of the Ripon Public Library. 

Registered participants in the summer reading program earn a vote, which they may cast for the cause of their choice, each time they check out library materials June through August. Voting results will be announced at the end of August with first place receiving $250, second $150, and third $100. The $250 recipient will present a library program highlighting their cause within 6 months of the award.

Print and fill out an application, and return to the library by March 15. PDF icon Read For A Cause application 2018.pdf

Previous recipients include Ripon Noon Kiwanis’ Splash Pad, Ripon Community Food Pantry, Green Lake Area Animal Shelter, K-9 Cop Rony, Little White Schoolhouse, Ripon Public Library’s Makerspace, RAFD’s Emergency Service Drone, Little Free Library, and Ripon Public Library’s Kiwanis-sponsored Toy Library. 

Tax Form information for 2017


** 2017 state forms are available now while supplies last. Please call the library for availability of federal forms and instruction booklets. **

State tax forms usually arrive at the library around the end of January. This includes the following forms an corresponding instruction booklets:

  • WI-1
  • WI-1A
  • WI-Z
  • 1-NPR
  • Schedule WD

Please note that the only federal tax forms supplied to libraries are: