Friends of the Library Used Book Sale


Wednesday & Thursday, July 15 & 16 from 1:00 - 6:00

Wednesday & Thursday, July 22 & 23 from 1:00 - 6:00

Face masks, properly worn, are required for all shoppers and volunteers.

Sale area is limited to 10 shoppers at time. You may experience a wait before entering.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! If you would like to help with clerking at the book sale, please contact the library.

General prices will be: $2.00 for hardcovers / $1.50 for trade paperbacks / $.50 for small paperbacks (specials priced as marked)

A majority of funds raised by the Friends of the Library comes from their used book sales. Many library programs and events are in turn funded by the Friends.

During the special July sales, only cash or checks will be accepted as payment.

Job Opening: Library Page

Help Wanted: Library Page to work approximately 8 hours per week, evenings and weekends, at the Ripon Public Library.  Candidates must be courteous, dependable, detail-oriented, and energetic.  Duties include shelving library materials, checking items in and out on a computerized system and helping people use the library.  Lifting and carrying objects up to 40 pounds may be required.  Must be 16 years old as of September 8, 2020.  This is a permanent position.  $7.50 per hour.  Apply by July 20, 2020 at the Ripon Public Library, 120 Jefferson St., Ripon, WI 54971. Printable job application [PDF]

Welcome Back!

Welcome back!  As of July 1, appointments are no longer required for browsing in the library, although capacity is limited, and some services remain unavailable. Please note the following temporary changes, approved by the library board, to our usual library policies.


  • Library capacity is limited to 25 patrons at a time.
  • Please check in at the front desk if you would like to browse in the building.
  • Seating and tables are not available.
  • Children 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Children under 7 must remain with a caregiver at all times.

Picking Up Holds:

  • The lobby is open for holds pick-up during regular hours.
  • Call-ahead curbside pickup is available (920-748-6160).

Computer Access:

  • Daily time limit is 1 hour.
  • Four computer stations are available.
  • Limit one person per computer.
  • Printing is available at $0.15 cents per page.  Exact change is recommended - payment will be deposited in a coin box and no change will be given.

General Conduct:

  • Staff will be wearing masks to protect you and we ask that you wear a mask to protect staff and other patrons.
  • Patrons must maintain social distancing (six feet) between staff and other patrons at all times.
  • Patrons exhibiting signs of illness or who do not feel well are not allowed in the library.
  • Please be considerate of others when visiting the library.
  • Photocopiers and faxing will be available.


In the wake of George Floyd's killing, the library is seeing a remarkable uptick in requests for books about race and racism in its many forms. This quest to make sense of the incomprehensible and how it relates to our own existence is necessary; books are a perfect medium for such work. “Books are anchors during life’s biggest storms; they are escape hatches when the world is too much to take; they are springboards to new ideas and understandings. Books are warm blankets and can save readers from the feelings of loneliness and heartache.” –Katy Tessman

Still, how do we talk to children about a world seemingly gone crazy?! Through books! Books are wisdom-filled gems, embracing the complexities and ambiguities of our world in ways which a child can then engage with, relate to, and discuss. Read more to access links to organizations and books dedicated to exploring race and diversity as mainstream rather than framing it as something “other” or “extra” that we do.

SYNC - free audiobooks all summer long

SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens. Returning April 30, 2020, SYNC will give away two complete audiobooks  a week - pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes. Sign up for email or text alerts and be first to know when new titles are available to download at

Register for SYNC at and then download the free app, Sora (by Overdrive) to access the free audiobooks each week.

Preview the audiobooks by listening to audioclips provided by SoundCloud:


Ripon Public Library is pleased to announce its 2020 summer library program, "IMAGINE YOUR STORY!" In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, a combination of online and in-person options for registration, prizes, and programming are available. Simply download Beanstack to your device, set up a profile for yourself or your whole family, and start tracking reading activity to automatically become eligible for prizes! The Beanstack app is available for your smartphone on Google Play and the iTunes App Store. You can also use any web browser to participate - just visit our Beanstack website. If you prefer the old-fashioned way, a paper reading log is available at the library.

In recognition and support of local businesses, four participants will win $100 worth of Chamber Dollars! In addition, more than 70 prizes - including toys for kids & teens, electronics, kitchen gadgets, outdoor gear, crafts & more - are up for grabs. Track your reading to earn virtual badges and tickets which you can then enter in the prize drawings of your choice. Sprinkle a few around or go all-in on something you really, REALLY want to win. A complete list of prizes can be viewed via the Beanstack app or website.

Check out our YouTube channel!

This summer, library events have gone virtual. Library staff have been busy creating content for our YouTube channel, where you can find virtual StoryTime, craft and cooking videos, book talks and more. Just click the image at left or this link and start watching. Be sure to subscribe and click the notification bell to be the first to know when we post new videos!

Due to publisher restrictions, our virtual StoryTime videos are unlisted - but you can view them all here. You'll need to log in with your library card number and PIN.

And, if you're enrolled in our Beanstack-powered Summer Reading Program, many of our videos include SECRET CODEWORDS that you can use to unlock additional badges and tickets for our prize drawings!

Book Discussion Group

Join us on ZOOM for the Friends of the Library book discussion group!  July's selection is "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman. Copies of the book discussion selections are available to check out at the library while supplies last. Instructions for joining the Zoom meeting will be provided when patrons check out a copy of the book or by contacting the library.


Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.”

But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time? Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.

Fredrik Backman’s novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others. “If there was an award for ‘Most Charming Book of the Year,’ this first novel by a Swedish blogger-turned-overnight-sensation would win hands down” (Booklist, starred review).