The 2020 Library Wonders Calendar!

LIBRARY WONDERS CALENDARS ARE IN, AND THEY ARE GORGEOUS! Get your limited edition copies while supplies last! This delightful 12-month wall calendar features area children in settings inspired by favorite children's books! It's the perfect gift for book lovers, educators, and the young at heart! There are multiple ways to get your calendars - 1 calendar = $15; 2 or more are $12.50 each.

1) Drop by the library to purchase with cash or check. 2) Make your purchase online, for pick up at the library, or shipped with fees. LIBRARY WONDERS CREDIT CARD PURCHASE

Local entrepreneur Mary Shudy, of Blue Bucket Photography, developed the artistic vision and lovingly masterminded the creation of this a one-of-a-kind wall calendar. ADDED BONUS - All proceeds from this fundraiser are dedicated toward a redesign and renovation of the Ripon Public Library children's department. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Sincerely,

Mary Shudy, www.bluebucketphotography.com

Linda DeCramer, Youth Services Librarian

Please direct questions to Linda DeCramer, 920-748-6160 or decramer@riponlibrary.org.

*The last update to the children’s department was 20 years ago. Since then, MUCH has changed in the world of public libraries! Additions to services and collections since 1999 include assorted technology, a circulating toy library, a makerspace collection, and an early literacy activity/resources center, with more to come. While these additions have been accommodated within the existing space, a renovation will greatly enhance access and usability for library patrons.

R.E.A.D. Reading Education Assistance Dog

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

WHY READ TO A DOG?

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.

FREE DROP IN EVENT with READING REWARDS

For all dates, please call ahead to confirm scheduling - 920.748.6160. Please note these holiday season cancellations: No R.E.A.D. Wednesday, November 27 - Happy Thanksgiving! N0 R.E.A.D. December 18 through January 8. R.E.A.D. resumes January 15, 2020.

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

 

WEDNESDAYS NOV 6 - DEC 4 STORYTIMES

LITERACY (AND FUN) BASED STORYTIMES!

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

SEPT 11 - OCT 9  AND NOV 6 - DEC 4

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 OCT 16. Enjoy an evening with master storyteller Margaret Meyers! Ms. Meyers has a masters degree in storytelling and delights audiences of all ages. Enjoy a passel of delightful tales to tickle the funny bone and spark the imagination.Pajamas welcome, for an easy bedtime transition.

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

Book Discussion Group

Join us for the Friends of the Library book discussion group!  September's selection is the classic "Clock Dance" by Anne Tyler. Copies of book discussion selections are available to check out at the library while supplies last.

From Amazon.com:

A charming new novel of self-discovery and second chances from the best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Spool of Blue Thread.

Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life. In 1967, she is a schoolgirl coping with her mother's sudden disappearance. In 1977, she is a college coed considering a marriage proposal. In 1997, she is a young widow trying to piece her life back together. And in 2017, she yearns to be a grandmother but isn't sure she ever will be. Then, one day, Willa receives a startling phone call from a stranger. Without fully understanding why, she flies across the country to Baltimore to look after a young woman she's never met, her nine-year-old daughter, and their dog, Airplane. This impulsive decision will lead Willa into uncharted territory--surrounded by eccentric neighbors who treat each other like family, she finds solace and fulfillment in unexpected places. A bewitching novel of hope and transformation, Clock Dance gives us Anne Tyler at the height of her powers.

 

FINE FORGIVENESS

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

Ripon Reads Logo

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 meeting rooms - 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.