SYNC Week 4 - Free Audiobooks All Summer Long!

SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens. Starting April 28th, and running through August 16th 2017, 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 (link is external). Set up your free account and get listening!

Week 4: May18 - May 24

The Gathering: Shadow House Book 1 by Dan Poblocki | Read by Dan Bittner

In Our Backyard: Human Trafficking in America and What We Can Do to Stop It by Nita Belles | Read by Nicol Zanzarella

Here we are: Feminism for the Real World edited by Kelly Jensen

This week's book review was written by the library's Book Review Blog's co-host, Nicole Kutz-Menard. Missed last week's book review? Check it out here: On the Edge of Gone. Happy reading!

Here we are: Feminism for the Real World
Edited by Kelly Jensen

Nonfiction| Feminism |Essays |Anthology
Audience: 14 & up | General Adult

Book Blurb from Goodreads:
Let’s get the feminist party started!

Here We Are is a scrapbook-style teen guide to understanding what it really means to be a feminist. It’s packed with essays, lists, poems, comics, and illustrations from a diverse range of voices, including TV, film, and pop-culture celebrities and public figures such as ballet dancer Michaela DePrince and her sister Mia, politician Wendy Davis, as well as popular YA authors like Nova Ren Suma, Malinda Lo, Brandy Colbert, Courtney Summers, and many more. Altogether, the book features more than forty-four pieces, with an eight-page insert of full-color illustrations.

Here We Are is a response to lively discussions about the true meaning of feminism on social media and across popular culture and is an invitation to one of the most important, life-changing, and exciting parties around.

Nicole’s Review:
This compilation of essays, comics, poems and pictures opens the door to feminism for young women and young men. The topics range from empowerment to acceptance. Each section of the book tickled a memory of similar questions and encounters I had to experience as a young woman. The book reads like a slam book my friends and I could have put together post adolescence.  You can turn to any page and be educated or entertained; likely both without knowing.

Sensitive topics are breached in a relatable fashion without sensationalism or righteousness.  Each expression of the various artists or writers, presents a different story, asking only to be respectfully heard.  Those to be found between the pages are Laverne Cox, Lily Myers, Courtney Summers, Matt Nathanson, and others. The range of topics is truly engrossing.  There are the common concerns addressed by the pop culture feminist dialogue such as: body image, cultural heritage, acceptance, sexuality, and identity. The compilation presents a range of material that addresses these well -known aspects of feminism. Delving deeper into the complexities of this political movement, the book offers the shoreline of religious implications, male perspectives, mental illness, and physical disabilities as they pertain to feminism.

As you read each passage, a quiet stirring can connect you to each experience.   The reader can find a connection to people with whom they might not come across in their daily lives. This is the true beauty of writing; crossing cultural mileage with language. Connecting people who otherwise wouldn’t be familiar with one another. This book presents a multitude of perspectives sewn together by the common desire that both the reader and the writer share: mutual respect.

Interested in other Feminist perspectives? Check these out: Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay, The Crunk Feminist Collection, The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, and Why I Am Not a Feminist by Jessa Crispin.

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.

Teens-only Zombie Dice Tournament

Teen Zombie Dice Tournament
Friday, June 2 at 6:00 P.M.

Does the end of the school year have you feeling like a zombie? Put your game face on and head over to the Ripon Public Library after hours on Friday, June 2nd at 6 P.M. for a teens-only Zombie Dice Tournament! Zombie Dice is a quick-to-learn game that has players play as zombies trying to be the first to eat 13 brains. Free fun, food, and a chance to win a copy of the game! Doors lock at 6:00 P.M. Please arrive a few minutes before the program starts to ensure you don't miss out on the fun game night!

Tonks and the Aurors Concert on the Village Green | The Bruce Springsteen of Wizard Rock

Tonks and the Aurors concert on the Village Green
The Bruce Springsteen of Wizard Rock

Tonks & the Aurors is a wizard rock band (music about Harry Potter) created and fronted by Steph Anderson. Since 2007, Tonks & the Aurors has traveled the country playing in libraries and bookstores and has released four full-length albums and an EP. Recently, Steph has expanded her “Muggle” discography to include an additional album and three EPs featuring songs that draw inspiration from The Hunger Games series, Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series, John Green’s books, and even The West Wing.

Tianna and the Cliffhangers, and Losing Lara will join Tonks and the Aurors in concert, so get ready to rock out to your favorite music inspired by Harry Potter, Star Wars, Firefly, the Hunger Games, and more!

This show is FREE and ALL AGES as usual!

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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!

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

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!


  • Bye bye man
  • Founder
  • HIdden figures
  • La la land
  • Split
  • War on everyone

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.