Library Access and Use during COVID-19

Please note the following temporary changes to our usual library policies and procedures.

Visiting the library:

  • Face coverings (nose and mouth) are required for all patrons ages 5 and up. ADA accomodations for patrons who cannot wear face masks
  • The library's main level is limited to a total of 25 patrons at a time. Patrons must check in at the front desk.
  • Distanced seating is available and face coverings are required if you are seated – no exceptions.
  • Children under age 8 must be accompanied by a caregiver at all times.
  • All patrons need to check in at the front desk.

Click "Read more" below for full details.

NOV 29 HERStory Scavenger Hunt

Ripon area Girl Scouts announce a citywide, contactless, scavenger hunt for everyone! Drop in at the Ripon Public Library to begin an adventure through a series of 25 clues leading to local locations each of which features a famous woman (shero) who changed the world.

The Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes (GSNWGL) unveiled this project in 2020 to commemorate the 100 years since suffragettes earned women the right to vote. Although the 19th amendment granted women the right to vote, many people of color were still barred from voting until the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The hunt originated as an exercise for Daisy Scouts working toward their Good Neighbor badge, yet the opportunity to explore one’s community while simultaneously being inspired by sheroes of yesterday and today is available to anyone at no cost. Registration is not required.

Participants begin at the library, 120 Jefferson Street, receiving the first clue and information to support their adventure around Ripon. A car is necessary as featured locations span the city in its entirety; allot at least one hour for completion. Clues are provided in paper format or can be accessed with QR codes on an electronic device. For those who do not complete the hunt on Saturday, the clues and featured sheroes remain viable for independent exploration until November 29.

Assorted prizes and incentives are provided by the GSNWGL, and the Ripon Senior Troop #6217 will be available to offer support and assistance to participants. For more information, contact Linda DeCramer at the Ripon Public Library by calling 920-748-6160, or troop 2119 leader Katie Feldner, by email, gsnwgl2119@gmail.com or phone, 920-229-5970.

Book Discussion Group

Join us on ZOOM for the Friends of the Library book discussion group on Monday, November 23rd!  November's selection is "Harmony" by Carolyn Parkhurst. Copies of the book discussion selections are available to check out at the library while supplies last. Instructions for joining the Zoom meeting will be provided when patrons check out a copy of the book or by contacting the library.

From Amazon.com:

"[A] provocative page-turner." —People

“In Parkhurst’s deft treatment, Harmony becomes a story of our time. . . Parkhurst cements herself as a writer capable of astonishing humanity and exquisite prose.” —Washington Post

“Gorgeously written and patently original.” —Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of Leaving Time

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Dogs of Babel, a taut, emotionally wrenching story of how a seemingly "normal" family could become desperate enough to leave everything behind and move to a "family camp" in New Hampshire--a life-changing experience that alters them forever.

How far will a mother go to save her family? The Hammond family is living in DC, where everything seems to be going just fine, until it becomes clear that the oldest daughter, Tilly, is developing abnormally--a mix of off-the-charts genius and social incompetence. Once Tilly--whose condition is deemed undiagnosable--is kicked out of the last school in the area, her mother Alexandra is out of ideas.

The family turns to Camp Harmony and the wisdom of child behavior guru Scott Bean for a solution. But what they discover in the woods of New Hampshire will push them to the very limit. Told from the alternating perspectives of both Alexandra and her younger daughter Iris (the book's Nick Carraway), this is a unputdownable story about the strength of love, the bonds of family, and how you survive the unthinkable.

Game Night is back... Virtually!

We're sponsoring a premium account at BoardGameArena to unlock premium games and video chat for our patrons. Create your own account there to participate, then sign up to get notified when we begin hosting events!

Let us know you'd like to participate by filling out this quick form. That way, we'll be able to let you know about upcoming game nights and invite you to our premium game tables & future tournaments.

If you don't already have a free BoardGameArena account, you can set one up here.

BoardGameArena works with just your web browser on your PC, Mac, smartphone, tablet, or other device.

What is Your Library Worth to You?

We know that you value the services and resources provided by your public library, but just how much are those services worth? How much would you pay out-of-pocket if the library didn't exist, or if these services and resources weren't available at no cost?

Take a moment and reflect on your library use over the past month, then visit the Library Use & Return on Investment Value Calculator. The page will calculate the total value you received related to the items you checked out and the services and resources you used.

YOUTH SERVICES BIBLIO CARE FOR THE WORLD

In the wake of George Floyd's killing, the library is seeing a remarkable uptick in requests for books about race and racism in its many forms. This quest to make sense of the incomprehensible and how it relates to our own existence is necessary; books are a perfect medium for such work. “Books are anchors during life’s biggest storms; they are escape hatches when the world is too much to take; they are springboards to new ideas and understandings. Books are warm blankets and can save readers from the feelings of loneliness and heartache.” –Katy Tessman

Still, how do we talk to children about a world seemingly gone crazy?! Through books! Books are wisdom-filled gems, embracing the complexities and ambiguities of our world in ways which a child can then engage with, relate to, and discuss. Read more to access links to organizations and books dedicated to exploring race and diversity as mainstream rather than framing it as something “other” or “extra” that we do.

Check out our YouTube channel!

This summer, library events have gone virtual. Library staff have been busy creating content for our YouTube channel, where you can find virtual StoryTime, craft and cooking videos, book talks and more. Just click the image at left or this link and start watching. Be sure to subscribe and click the notification bell to be the first to know when we post new videos!

Due to publisher restrictions, our virtual StoryTime videos are unlisted - but you can view them all here. You'll need to log in with your library card number and PIN.

And, if you're enrolled in our Beanstack-powered Summer Reading Program, many of our videos include SECRET CODEWORDS that you can use to unlock additional badges and tickets for our prize drawings!

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.

visit Dolly Parton's Imagination Library 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.

Check out our Makerspace Collection!

Maker Space logoBooks, movies and... robotics? Gelli plate printing? Programmable caterpillars?

With our MakerSpace collection, you can check out amazing kits to help you invent, learn, and create! Here's some of what we have to offer:

  • Sphero programmable robots
  • LittleBits electronics kits
  • Lego Mindstorms
  • Snap Circuits electronics puzzles
  • Coding games for kids
  • Coding toys for young children
  • Bloxels video game creation system
  • Sizzix embossing machine kit
  • Rubber stamp collections
  • Circuit Maze, Gravity Maze, and Laser Maze logic games
  • Gelli Plate monoprinting kits
  • Canning tools set & rack
  • Spirograph
  • Cordless screwdriver
  • Microscope
  • Studio microphone
  • Fog machine
  • Bubble machine

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
  • Makerspace items are not renewable