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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.


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



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 -

FEBRUARY 18 The Front Runner (R)

The Front Runner (R) | 112 Minutes

Monday, February 18 at 2:00 P.M.


Oscar (R) nominee Hugh Jackman stars as the charismatic politician Gary Hart for Academy Award (R)-nominated director Jason Reitman in the new thrilling drama The Front Runner. The film follows the rise and fall of Senator Hart, who captured the imagination of young voters and was considered the overwhelming front runner for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination when his campaign was sidelined by the story of an extramarital relationship with Donna Rice. As tabloid journalism and political journalism merged for the first time, Senator Hart was forced to drop out of the race - events that left a profound and lasting impact on American politics and the world stage. Description provided by RottenTomatoes.

FEBRUARY 19 Adult Game Night - Dice Rolling Games

Get your game face on and enjoy modern board games at the library! This month we are featuring dice rolling games. Bring your favorites to share! This month's featured game is King of Tokyo. Elder Sign, Machi Koro, Zombie Dice, Batman Dice, Chupacabra Dice, and Roll For It will also be available to play.  Adult Game Night meets monthly on the third Tuesday of the month.

What are Dice Rolling games?

Dice games often use dice as the sole or principal component and traditionally focus almost exclusively on dice rolling as a mechanic (e.g., Yahtzee). Description from BoardGameGeek.

About the Game: King of Tokyo

In King of Tokyo, you play mutant monsters, gigantic robots, and strange aliens—all of whom are destroying Tokyo and whacking each other in order to become the one and only King of Tokyo.



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

Wednesdays, JAN 16 through FEB 20

AND MARCH 20 through MAY 1

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. Wednesdays FEB 27 and 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

FEBRUARY 21 Healthy Heart: Know Your Numbers

Be proactive about your health. Join us on Thursday, February 21 at 6:30 P.M. at the Ripon Public Library to learn the basics of heart health. Participants will learn about heart disease, your personal risks for developing this disease, creating S.M.A.R.T. goals for healthy changes, and measuring success! Freebies available for the first 25 participants.

Don't miss the final class in our Winter Health Series, Thursdays at 6:30 P.M.:

March 14 - Diabetes Prevention

Presented by Mary Lyke, retired Ripon Area School District Nurse, and Melanie Simpkins, Public Health Nurse/ Health Education and Work and Wellness Coordinator with the Green Lake County Health Unit.

Est. time: 1 hour

FEBRUARY 26 Books N' Brew Reading Club for Adults

Catch up with what other readers are enjoying over a cup of coffee on Tuesday, February 26 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.

FEBRUARY 27 Casual Role Playing Gaming Group - Buffy and 13th Age

Can't get enough RPG gaming? Want to try something less intensive than Dungeons and Dragons? Join us for Casual Role Playing Gaming on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 5:30 P.M. to explore a variety of different RPG Systems. In January, our initial Casual RPG Group will feature Buffy the Vampire Slayer and 13th Age.  Newcomers and experienced gamers are both encouraged to join in on the role playing fun! Drop-ins are welcome! Ages 13-adult or younger if accompanied by a parent.

R.E.A.D. with Shalee WEDNESDAYS FROM 5:30-7:00 P.M.

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


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.


Giving Campaign - Support the Ripon Public Library

November 2018

Dear Library Friend,

The Ripon Public Library is thankful to have supporters like you.  Your contributions, whether volunteering, financial, or simply using the Library, have enabled it to make a significant difference in the community.  Because I know you value the Library and the services it provides to our community, please consider a year-end gift to the Library. Special thanks to those who supported the library with a donation last year!

While the Library’s operating budget continues to be well supported by the City of Ripon, there is always more that can be done.  The Library conducted its first year-end campaign last year and raised over $33,000, including a $20,000 designated donation to begin digitizing the microfilm newspaper collection.  The Library Board used a portion of the undesignated donations to purchase a laptop for staff use and to send six staff members to the annual Wisconsin Library Association Conference for a day.

Funding for new initiatives, existing program support, and building maintenance are among the future needs envisioned by the Library Board.  As such, the Library’s goal is to again raise $25,000 during this campaign.

Please give generously.  All donations are tax-deductible, and you may use this donation form  or you may donate directly to the Ripon Public Library Fund at the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation..  Any contribution, no matter how small, is appreciated and will help us maintain an excellent library and ensure a place that serves everyone.

Thank you for your generosity and your support.

Best regards,

Sandra Scamehorn, Library Board President

Library Board of Trustees:

Martin Farrell | Ted Grant | Douglas Iverson | Pamela Mumm | Amy Rachuba | Irma Ramel | Renee Reszel

P.S.  When making a gift to the Library in your will or trust, please use the following language:  I give to the Ripon Public Library, 120 Jefferson Street, Ripon, WI 54971, ___ percent of my residuary estate (or, the sum of $___, or a description of the property, securities, etc.) for its endowment funds.

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 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,, or call 920-748-6160.