Building Better Brains

Preschoolers build their brains through active play and hands-on experiences! These 45 minute sessions include books, music, active & sensory play, as well as cognitive and motor development activities. FUN, FUN, FUN!

BUILD IT! CONSTRUCT: DESTRUCT : BUILD : POUND : PUZZLE Thursdays - June 22 @ 10 :30 A.M. & June 29 @ 5:30 P.M.

MUSIC! SING : DANCE : EXPLORE SOUNDS : INSTRUMENTS Thursdays -  July 6 @ 10 :30 A.M. & July 13 @ 5:30 P.M.

ICE CREAM! STORYWALK : HOMEMADE ICE CREAM : SENSORY HOT & COLD Thursdays - July 20 @ 10 :30 A.M. & July 27 @ 5:30 P.M.

FREE! Registration is not required. Target audience is 1-5 years.

Love Letters to the WORLD!

From moreloveletters.com “...is a global organization using the power of social media to write and mail letters to strangers all over the world. Not-for-profit, and completely mission driven, we let anyone nominate someone in need of a love letter bundle. We pick the stories that resonate, you get the chance to write a letter and mail it in. The task is small, but the impact is greater than you can imagine.” Drop in & write a letter to someone who needs a pick-me-up via these guided writing sessions.

Love Letters to the WORLD!

From moreloveletters.com “...is a global organization using the power of social media to write and mail letters to strangers all over the world. Not-for-profit, and completely mission driven, we let anyone nominate someone in need of a love letter bundle. We pick the stories that resonate, you get the chance to write a letter and mail it in. The task is small, but the impact is greater than you can imagine.” Drop in & write a letter to someone who needs a pick-me-up via these guided writing sessions.

Saving Time, Energy & Money w/ Mason Jars

07.06.17 | Thursday 6:30 P.M. | Saving Time, Energy & Money w/ Mason Jars

If you spend any time on Pinterest, you know that it’s hip to use mason jars. Mason jars may be cool, but they are also extremely functional and cut down on the amount of plastic in our envoirnment. In this class, we’ll discuss how plastic and cans are affecting our health and the enviornment. We’ll also discuss clever ideas or using mason jars as a replacement for storage, freezing, canning, cleaning, organization, and arts and crafts. Presented by Brenda Block, Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach.

Don't miss Brenda's other programs this summer:07.11.17 | Tuesday 6:30 P.M. | Raw Cooking Class - Entree Meal.
08.10.17 | Thursday 6:30 P.M. | Breaking Your Dependence On Toxic Products
08.29.17 | Tuesday 6:30 P.M. | Raw Cooking Class - Dessert

"The Killer Angels" by Michael Shaara

This week's book review was written by the library's Book Review Blog's newest reviewer, Diane Christenson. Miss our last book review? Check it out here: Scythe. Happy reading!

The Killer Angels
By Michael Shaara

Fiction| Historical Fiction| Military History > Civil War
Audience: General Adult

Book Blurb from Goodreads:
In the four most bloody and courageous days of our nation's history, two armies fought for two dreams. One dreamed of freedom, the other of a way of life. Far more than rifles and bullets were carried into battle. There were memories. There were promises. There was love. And far more than men fell on those Pennsylvania fields. Shattered futures, forgotten innocence, and crippled beauty were also the casualties of war. The Killer Angels is unique, sweeping, unforgettable—a dramatic re-creation of the battleground for America's destiny.

Diane’s Review:
I’m not a fan of books about war. I have trouble envisioning the action and the maneuvers of the troops, and I find that I get lost in the details.  Because of this, I didn't have high hopes for The Killer Angels.  But after visiting the battleground itself and repeated urging to read the book by a friend, I decided to give it a try.
This book was incredible.
In the four most bloody and courageous days of our nation's history, two armies fought for two different dreams. Far more than rifles and bullets were carried into battle. There were memories. There were promises. There was love. And far more than men fell on those Pennsylvania fields. Shattered futures, forgotten innocence, and crippled beauty were also the casualties of war. The Killer Angels is a dramatic re-creation of a pivotal battleground in America's destiny told through the eyes of the battle’s commanders: For the South General Robert E. Lee, General George Pickett, General James Longstreet, and British Col. Arthur Freemantle; and for the North: Commanding General George Meade, General John Buford and Col. Josh Chamberlain.
If you enjoyed “The Killer Angels,” Shaara’s son Jeff wrote a prequel and sequel to his father’s novel. Try “Gods and Generals” and “The Last Full Measure” by Jeff Shaara or check out these critically acclaimed historical Civil War novels: “Cold Mountain” by Charles Frazier and “The March” by E. L. Doctorow.


Accolades:

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1975)

Scythe by Neal Shusterman (Arc of a Scythe #1)

This week's book review was written by Mandy Sprague, Adult/Teen Services Librarian. Miss our last book review? Check it out here: A Little Life. Happy reading!

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1)
By Neal Shusterman

Fiction | Fantasy | Science Fiction | Multiple Perspectives
Audience: 14 & up | General Adult

Book Blurb from Goodreads:
Thou shalt kill.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

Mandy’s Review:
Citra and Rowan’s worlds turn upside down in Shusterman’s post-mortality science fiction novel. Accepting the role of scythe apprentice means securing a one year immunity from gleaning for your family members (being killed by a scythe in the name of population control) which would upgrade to lifelong immunity should the apprentice become a scythe. 

Shusterman’s unique story and creative, disturbing worldbuilding sets this series opener apart from other utopian/dystopian novels in the genre.  Scythe skillfully explores immortality and death, and the inevitable corruption that accompanies the type of power bestowed the scythedom.  Its complex characters make readers question how far a person is willing to do what is right, to survive, or to gain power. Scythe is a thought provoking book that will be the conversation starter about morality, empathy, compassion, corruption, greed, power, and those morally challenging gray areas. Some early worldbuilding may feel slow to some readers, but I urge you to continue on so you don’t miss this wonderful book. Highly recommended.

Accolades:
Michael L. Printz Honor (2017)

Like Shusterman's writing? Try some of his other award-winning books:

Enjoy the themes of Scythe? Try one of these Utopian/Dystopian books

SYNC Week 9 - Free Audiobooks All Summer Long!

SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens. Starting April 28th, and running through August 16th 2016, 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 www.audiobooksync.com (link is external) (link is external). Set up your free account and get listening!

Week 8: June 22- June 28

The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff

The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner and Other Stories by Terry Pratchett

 

THE RIBBLES BUILD A RESIDENCE

07.13.2017 | Thursday 10:30 A.M. | The Ribbles Build a Residence! … performed by Traveling Lantern Theater Troupe of Portland, Oregon, features Architecture, Building and Construction. Mr. and Mrs. Ribble are expecting a baby and need a new home for their growing family! Mr. Ribble wants to go big, but Mrs. Ribble convinces him to build a dream home that is environmentally and neighborhood friendly. Through interactive games, audience members discover basic building techniques and help draw a plan to assist the Ribbles in constructing a new home for a better world!

RANDY PETERSON IN CONCERT

BUILDING A BETTER WORLD ONE SONG AT A TIME...

07.25.2017 | Tuesday 6:30 P.M.

Randy Peterson in concert

45 minutes of sing-along fun! Celebrate construction, building stronger communities, digging for deeper friendships, working and singing to build a better world!

FREE FAMILY FUN!

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! 

Classes:

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 msprague@riponlibrary.org.

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!

JUST ADDED:

  • Before I Fall
  • Blackcoat's Daughter
  • Fifty Shades Darker
  • Get Out
  • Gold
  • Logan
  • Mr. Robot Season 1
  • Mr. Robot Season 2
  • My Life as a Zucchini
  • United Kingdom
  • VEEP Season 5
  • XXX Return of Xander Cage

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.