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.

DECEMBER 14 Adult NERF Battle @ Your Library

Join us for this popular after-hours NERF Battle. NERF dart-style ammo, glow sticks, and snacks provided. B.Y.O.B. (bring your own unmodified blaster) too! A small number of NERF blasters will be available to borrow. "Elite" dart-style NERF guns only please. Adults only 18+

**Participants will need to sign a waiver to play.**

The doors will be locked at 6:00 P.M. when the program starts. Please arrive beforehand to sign waivers.

Next Adult NERF Battle: Friday, April 12 at 6:00 PM

Next Teen NERF Battle: Friday, March 15 at 6:00 P.M.

DECEMBER 18 Adult Game Night - Tower Defense Games

Get your game face on and enjoy modern board games at the library! This month, we are featuring tower defense games. Bring your favorites to share! This month's featured games are Castle Panic, Munchkin Panic, and Star Trek Panic.  Adult Game Night meets monthly on the third Tuesday of the month.

What are tower defense games?

In tower defense games, a player's goal is to defend their territories or possessions by obstructing the enemy attackers, usually achieved by placing defensive structures on or along their path of attack. This typically means building a variety of different structures that serve to automatically block, impede, attack or destroy enemies. Description from BoardGameGeek.

DECEMBER 31 Count down the Noon New Year with The Incredibles (PG)

Is midnight too late to celebrate? Count down to the Noon New Year with your favorite family of superheros at the library! Popcorn refreshments provided.

9:45 A.M.      The Incredibles (PG) | 115 minutes

11:45 A.M.    Jack Jack Attack short film (PG) | 5 minutes

12:00 P.M.    The Incredibles 2 (PG) | 118 minutes

Everyone's favorite family of superheroes is back in "Incredibles 2"--but this time Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell) and Dash (voice of Huck Milner) to navigate the day-to-day heroics of "normal" life. It's a tough transistion for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack's emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) must find a way to work together again--which is easier said than done, even when they're all Incredible. Description by Rotten Tomatoes. 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Every Monday at 2:00 P.M., enjoy a diverse selection of newly released films, free on the big screen at Ripon Public Library! For an updated film schedule, descriptions, and movie trailers, visit our website at

Boyds Figurines - Just in time for the gift-giving season!

Looking for holiday gift ideas? The library still has lots of donated Boyds Bears & Friends figurines and Boassy dolls available to purchase, with all proceeds benefitting the library's endowment fund. It's like two gifts in one! Dolls are $20 each (or 4/$50) and we'll accept any reasonble offer for the Boyds Figurines Stop by and check them out in the the display case near the front desk.

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.


Please call ahead to confirm scheduling. 920.748.6160


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


FREE Books for your child with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

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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.

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, 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.