APRIL 22 What Really Matters? - Community Conversations

Community Conversations 

Monday, April 22 at 6:30 P.M. 

Ripon College Students attending a class on meaningful lives want to get to know local community members! Small group discussions and reflections guided by a Ripon professor will get the conversations started. Talk about where you've found meaning in life and get to know someone new as you reflect on and share your life experiences. Join the collaborative conversation on Monday, April 22, 6:30 - 7:30 P.M. at Ripon Public Library. Light refreshments provided. 

APRIL 23 Books N' Brew Reading Club for Adults







Catch up with what other readers are enjoying over a cup of coffee on Tuesday, April 23 at 6 P.M. at Mugs Coffeehouse at this adults-only event! Unlike traditional book clubs, there are no assigned books. Instead, read what you like and then choose how you share your reading experience. Adult/Teen Services Librarian, Mandy Sprague will be on hand to offer reader’s advisory to get you hooked on your next favorite read! Books N' Brew meets the fourth Tuesday of every month unless it lands on a holiday.


This community-wide, day-long event brought to you by Ripon College's Sustainability Department and the Ripon Public Library is not to be missed!

Schedule of FREE Events:

9:00-10:30 a.m. Yoga in the Prairie  | Ceresco Prairie Conservancy

Tracy Matthias of Lotus Root Yoga leads a morning yoga in the prairie. Meet at the prairie entrance in the back of Willmore Center parking lot. Rain location: Wilmore Center.

10:30-11:30 a.m. Prairie Walk | Ceresco Prairie Conservancy

Learn about prairie, oak savannah and wetlands habitat during a prairie walk with Emeritus Professor of Biology and Director of the Ceresco Prairie Conservancy Skip Wittler. Meet at the prairie entrance in the back of Willmore Center parking lot. Rain location: Wilmore Center.

10:30-11:30 a.m. Kids Prairie Walk | Ceresco Prairie Conservancy

Assistant Professor of Psychology Julia Manor and Ripon College students will lead a treasure hunt for kids and families in Ceresco Prairie. Meet at the prairie entrance in the back of Willmore Center parking lot. Rain location: Wilmore Center.

1-2 p.m. Wildflower Walk | South Woods (Hosted by South Woods Park Association)

Join South Woods Park Association on their annual wildflower walk in the woods led by Emeritus Professor of Biology Skip Wittler. Meet at South Woods Union Street entrance.

1-2:30 p.m Pollinators Love Native Plants | Ripon Public Library - Silver Creek Room

Enjoy a two-part session, with Lisa Reas, environmental consultant and owner of Reas Environmental in Green Lake, WI.

1-1:45 p.m. | Lisa’s passion for native plants and their pollinators combine into an incredibly informative presentation that will help attendees choose the best plants for attracting an abundance of native pollinators to their garden and yard.

1:45-2:30 p.m. | Features hands-on learning and includes plant giveaways not to be missed!

1-2:00 p.m. Story Walk | Northwestern Trail adjacent to Ripon Public Library Parking*

Children’s librarian Linda DeCramer leads a pollinator story walk featuring Helen Frost’s Step Gently Out on the Northwestern Trail. This out and back adventure will conclude with “Pollinator Yoga” led by Sage Julian. Yoga mats provided.  Rain location: Ripon Public Library.

2-4:30 p.m. The Art of Plants & Pollinators | Ripon Public Library*

Collage! Anyone can create! This collaborative art project, with deceptively simple repurposed paper and glue as its mediums, will result in the creation of a stunning piece depicting plants and pollinators. The completed collage will be presented during the evening reception at the Treasury and later displayed throughout the community.

Face-Painting! - Kids choose their favorite pollinator, artists paint it on their body.

2-4:30 p.m. Plants & Pollinators Discovery for Kids | Ripon Public Library*

Kids of all ages will love these pollinator discovery stations created by outdoor education enthusiast, Carissa Sorenson, and student from Ripon College’s Presidential Leadership Program. Drop-in stations throughout the library offer dynamic hands-on and play-based learning and craft activities. Here children can delight in and discover the beauty, mystery and importance of pollinators. Kids will acquire information and inspiration for supporting pollinator habitat.

3-4:30 p.m. Beekeeper Presentation | Ripon Public Library - Silver Creek Room

East Central Wisconsin Beekeepers Association’s Patti Ingram brings beekeeping to Ripon! Cultivation of bees is an integral part of the American landscape since the 1600’s. In this interactive session, Patti will discuss bee biology and the life of the bee as well as display beekeeping equipment. Bee- and plant-themed giveaways included!

5-7 p.m. Power of Pollinators Party! | The Treasury 114 Watson Street

Celebrate the day’s events at the historic Treasury building! A myriad of local creators will share their music, art, thoughts and creative writing related to pollinators and the power of each person, individually and collectively, to create positive change. Enjoy Ripon College students’ “Landscapes” art exhibit; special music featuring the Ripon College Chamber Singers directed by John Hughes; an original song co-written with local elementary school students; unveiling of collaborative art; and more. Cash bar and complimentary light refreshments will be available.

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Pollinator Exploration | Watson Street

Local businesses will feature pollinator inspired products. Detailed listings will be available on the day of the event.

*These kid-friendly offerings allow parents and caregivers to attend concurrent adult sessions knowing their child is simultaneously enjoying enrichment activities. Kids, age 5-12 years, may participate independently. Younger children are welcome and encouraged to attend with adult supervision.

MAY 5 Dungeons and Dragons Campaign *DATE CHANGE*

This month's session will meet a week earlier than normal, on May 5, to avoid scheduling conflicts with Mother's Day. We hope to see you there!

Join our Role Playing Gaming Group for a Dungeons and Dragons Campaign on the second Sunday of each month at 1:00 P.M. at the library.

Role Playing games (RPGs) encourage storytelling and creativity as players assume character roles in a fictional setting. Most RPGs allow players to personalize their character by selecting their race, class, physical attributes, skills and abilities from descriptions in the gaming manuals for that particular gaming system.

Ages 13-adult or younger if accompanied by a parent.

R.E.A.D. APRIL 17, 2019

Paws to R.E.A.D. with a READING EDUCATION ASSISTANCE DOG Wednesdays 5:30-7:00 P.M.

(NO R.E.A.D. ON APRIL 10, 2019)

Lisa and Grover will be here on March 6, 27 and April 3 & 17!


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 skilled facilitator who provides subtle support without creating performance pressure in the child.


For all dates, please call ahead to confirm scheduling. 920.748.6160

Click here for more info on the benefits of READING WITH AN ANIMAL.




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


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)

(Pajama Time for Families @ 6:30 P.M. Wednesday MAY 8. Enjoy an evening of stories, music and creative activities. Pajamas welcome, for an easy bedtime transition.)

 Questions? Contact Children's Librarian Linda DeCramer | 920.748.6160 or decramer@riponlibrary.org


KIDS LEARN TO KNIT, a beginner’s journey into knitting...

1st TUESDAY EACH MONTH - 2:30 - 5: 30 p.m.

Basic supplies – needles + yarn – and instruction for a simple project will be provided. As skill levels progress, participants will choose their own projects.

For ages 5 to 12 years. Kids under 8 need an adult in the building. For more information contact Linda DeCramer - decramer@riponlibrary.org.

SRP 2019 Read for a Cause

Ripon Public Library invites applications for the 2019 “Read for a Cause” campaign. Since 2015, as part of the Ripon Public Library’s summer reading program for all ages, $500 has been 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 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.

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

Applications for specific projects, or ongoing needs, are accepted year-round. PDF icon Read For A Cause application.pdf For more information, please contact Linda DeCramer by calling 920-748-6160 or emailing decramer@riponlibrary.org.


Love Your Library!

Are overdue fines keeping youth you know away from the Ripon Public Library? They’re welcome back to clear up those fines with a fine forgiveness initiative, beginning Thursday February 14! Library users, 0-16 years old, are invited to read away their fines, with every hour spent reading at the library equal to $5.00 in fine forgiveness. A young child who is not yet reading can participate with an adult reader’s assistance. This initiative is made possible by an anonymous donor. Call 748-6160, or, visit the library for details.

Cyber Safety for kids

A new interactive cyber safety resource is available for parents & guardians! Created by the Wisconsin Department of Justice – Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to help keep kids safe online.

Cyber Safety Course

(Note, the course make take a few moments to load).

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.

Call 920-345-READ (7323) or visit www.imaginationlibrary.com to register

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 FREE! There is no cost or obligation to your family.

Introducing Our Digital Piano

Known for "More Than Books", the library expands its resources and repertoire with the joy of music! The library is pleased to announce the addition of a Yamaha Clavinova CLP-675 to its selection of unique resources for library patrons. The piano is available, by reservation, for library sponsored events and for free public use in the library's Silver Creek Room, including practice, programs and recitals, offered at no cost.

Funding from the fall 2017 Giving Tuesday campaign, plus individual donors Elizabeth Olson and Mandy and John Hughes, made the purchase possible.

Planning for a holiday concert and sing-along featuring area musicians of all ages is currently underway. For more information, or to participate in the concert, please contact Linda DeCramer, decramer@riponlibrary.org, or call 920-748-6160.