Solar Eclipse Viewing

The Ripon Public Library is not able to provide free solar-eclipse-viewing goggles to the public. But, we can suggest attending Ripon College's viewing event  on Monday, August 21 from noon until 2 P.M. For more information click here.

OR, there's a livestreaming option with NASA.

SAFETY FIRST! Please do not look directly at the eclipse, even at its maximum, as the sun will damage your eyes. Without special eye protection, viewing a partial eclipse even for a short time can cause vision loss or even permanent blindness. Use proper eye protection for safe viewing!

Raw Cooking Class - Dessert

08.29.17 | Tuesday 6:30 P.M. | Raw Cooking Class - Dessert

Have you ever considered eating more whole foods in their raw state but find yourself feeling like you might be bored? Check out these "cooking" classes featuring the raw food diet where whole foods are prepared to create great taste and delicious flavor combinations - all without cooking. Learn how you can give your body maximum nutrients while still enjoying your food. These summer raw "cooking" classes will be hands on and you will get to eat what you make. In the first class, we will make a soup and a salad. In the second class, we will make a main entree and in the third, we will make a dessert. Presented by Brenda Block, Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach.

Summer Finale 2017

Summer Reading Program Finale Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Come one, come all to celebrate!

Games, prizes, READ posters, autographed books!

Don't miss the fun, fun, fun!

FREE for all ages.

Registration is not required.

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

This week's book review was written by the Book Review Blog’s co-host Nicole Menard. Miss our last book review? Check it out here: Sweet Spot. Happy reading!

The Handmaid's Tale
Margaret Atwood

Fiction | Dystopia | Feminism
Audience: General adult

Book Blurb from Goodreads:.
Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now...

Nicole’s Review:
Immediately dropped into Gilead, the reader meets “Offred”, and begins the journey through a dystopian future. The new society weaves racism, sexism, and religious ideologies into a suffocating fabric of cultural suppression. Plagued by the inability of Caucasians to procreate, the Gilead society utilizes religious interpretations to create a system that is centrally focused on using certain women for pregnancy. Women who meet the criteria for a “handmaid” are sent to an abusive refinement camp to procure their compliance. Women who do not meet the criteria are distributed into different sectors of domestic life. Historical rules of oppression such as: not being allowed to read, socially communicate, fear, and punishment, exists to maintain order. The societal structure is oversaw by men but intricately maintained by women. We are woven through the streets of this regime by the eyes of a handmaid.

Becoming engrossed in this novel isn’t difficult. Often the characters, circumstances, and settings encourage speculation. If the reader is looking for an escape into the foray of symbolism and appropriation this novel delivers.  Page after page the prose delivers the opportunity to be swept away into a world of commodity driven oppression. Sound familiar?

The popular acclaim of the novel is not without merit but functions as a disservice to the reader. So much has been made of this novel by certain people with specific ideologies that it proves difficult to find the pages with fresh eyes. The interference of popularity brings another level of questioning to the words. Sometimes it presents a different perspective then superficially presented. Other times it stains the image the prose seeks to create and blurs Margaret Atwood’s vision.

Did you enjoy “The Handmaid’s Tale” book or Hulu show? Try these:
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Blindness by José Saramago
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

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:

  • 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!

Ripon Public Library Offers Computer Instruction

Did you know Ripon Public Library offers free one-on-one computer instruction sessions? Appointments are scheduled based on staff availability and are limited to 30 minutes, with one instruction session per week. Individuals of all skill levels are welcome! 


The “Basics” for Beginners:

  • Computer Basics
  • Email Basics
  • Internet Basics
  • Online Catalog Basics

Intermediate Internet skills :

  • BadgerLink : Online resources for Wisconsin Residents
  • Social Networking Websites: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and GoodReads

 Intermediate training on a specific application:

  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft PowerPoint

Stop by the Ripon Public Library to sign up today!  Computer instruction classes at the Ripon Public Library are free and open to the public.  If you have any questions, please contact the library at (920) 748-6160 or Mandy Sprague at

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!


  • Alien: Covenant
  • Big Little Lies
  • Case for Christ
  • Everything, Every Thing
  • Girls season 6
  • How to Be a Latin Lover

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.