Summer Events 2018

Click the Libraries Rock image for a full listing of the library's FREE Summer Events happening June - August at Ripon Public Library!

Become a summer reading participant to gain entry into prize drawings and voting rights in the READ FOR A CAUSE initiative! In 2018, READ FOR A CAUSE will sponsor 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, Ripon Santa Club and the Green Lake Area Animal Shelter. Click here for more info on READING & PRIZES. 

Free, fun events all summer long!!  Registration is not necessary. Many events are designed for intergenerational participation. Some events have an age restriction and will be indicated within the ( ). A primary target audience - ADULT; YOUNG ADULT; CHILD; ALL AGES - has been included for each listing. Join in on the fun this summer at Ripon Public Library!

All events are FREE thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Ripon Public Library!

JUNE:

Tuesday, June 19 | 6:00 P.M. | Adult Game Night - Mini Game Session (Ages 18+) [ADULT]
Get your game face on and enjoy modern board games at the library! This month, we are featuring mini games that play in less than 30 minutes. Bring your favorites to share! Adult Game Night meets monthly on the third Tuesday of each month.


Thursday, June 21 | 10:30 A.M. | Traveling Lantern Theatre presents the Life of Mozart [CHILD]
Musical genius, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, was also known for being hilarious! Meet the music, man, and times in which he lived in this gleeful play!


Thursday, June 21 | 6:30 P.M. | Meal Prepping – Dinner’s Magic Wand (Ages 14+) [ADULT]
It is easy to feel overwhelmed in today’s busy society where to-do lists are never ending.  Cooking a healthy meal at the end of a long day can feel like an exhausting, if not impossible task. This class explores time and budget friendly techniques for prepping and storing foods ahead of time that will leave others wondering how you prepared a healthy meal for them in just 15 minutes! Wave that magic wand and make something healthy and wonderful to eat.

Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Brenda Block, wants you to take advantage of the delicious, fresh produce summer has to offer. Her monthly cooking series focuses on how using the right techniques can deliver delicious, healthy meals to your family.


Tuesday, June 26 | 6:00 P.M. | Books N' Brew at Mugs Coffeehouse (Ages 16+) [ADULT]
Catch up with what other readers are enjoying over a cup of coffee 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. A library staff member will be on hand to offer reader’s advisory to get you hooked on your next favorite read!


Thursday, June 28 | 2:30 P.M. | BEATS, BOOMS & BANGS Percussion Workshop [CHILD]
Dynamic music educators offer a hands-on percussion workshop for all abilities. Explore percussion instruments, found-sound-objects, rhythmic light-ups,buckets, and vocals!


Friday, June 29th | 6:00 PM | Teen NERF Battle @ Your Library (Ages 12-17) [YOUNG ADULT]
Embrace your inner child during a night of after-hours fun. NERF guns, "Elite" 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. The doors will be locked at 6:00 P.M. when the program starts. Please arrive beforehand to sign waivers.

**Parent/Guardian will need to sign a waiver for their teen in order for them to participate.**


JULY:

Celebrate Independence Day with these festive launchers! Created from the simplest of supplies, but sure to offer loads of fun, these require typical household items including a toilet paper tube, paper, balloon, glue and confetti. Drop in, at your convenience, for this self-guided crafting experience.


Tuesday, July 10 | 10A.M.—Noon AND 2—4 P.M. | Papermaking Workshops [ALL AGES]
Local artist Tanya Schwartz-Roeper shares the fascinating process of making paper. Through these hands-on workshops, participants produce paper and 3-D creations to be treasured or gifted.

Wednesday, July 11 | 10A.M.—Noon AND 2—4 P.M. | Papermaking Workshops [ALL AGES]
Local artist Tanya Schwartz-Roeper shares the fascinating process of making paper. Through these hands-on workshops, participants produce paper and 3-D creations to be treasured or gifted.


Thursday, July 12 | 10 A.M. | WORLD MUSIC ROCKS! [CHILD]
Jay Sands facilitates a global musical adventure that inspires all ages to boldly explore through music. Smile, sing, and dance along to this magnificently multicultural concert.


Tuesday, July 17 | 10:30 a.m. | Nature’s Music with David Stokes [CHILD]
Explore the musical sounds of nature with live creatures, animal artifacts, songs, and short stories! 

Mr. Stokes holds a Masters of Science in Conservation Education from Michigan State and is an award-winning creator of exciting learning situations since 1974.


Tuesday, July 17 | 6:00 P.M. | Adult Game Night - Carcassonne (Ages 18+) [ADULT]
Inspired by the medieval fortress in southern France of the same name, Carcassonne is a tile-laying game in which players fill in the countryside around the fortified city. Players choose from tiles that depict cities, roads, monasteries, and fields; each new tile placed creates an ever-expanding board on which players can then add their followers. Players score points by having followers on features as they're completed. The player who makes the most strategic placements of tiles and followers will score the most points and win the game.

This month we will focus on games that use the tile placement game mechanic. Our feature game will be Carcassonne, but we will also have copies of Takenoko, Tsuro, Tsuro of the Sea, Lanterns, and Patchwork for participants to explore.


Thursday, July 19 | 4:30 P.M. | Invent. Learn. Create.: Explore Coding & Tech Gadgets (Ages 10 - Adult) [YOUNG ADULT]
Drop-in for guided exploration of the library’s Makerspace items available for checkout! Enjoy robotic challenges, building, coding, and board games for ages 10 through adult. Library staff will be on hand to introduce the robots, board games, circuitry sets, and more that the library’s Makerspace collection has to offer. Invent. Learn. Create. Explore.


Thursday, July 19 | 6:30 P.M. | How to use Seasonal Produce – New Veggie Hocus Pocus (Ages 14+) [ADULT}
Making vegetables an appealing food option can be a struggle! The magic of making vegetables taste good is simply in how you cook them! Learn to transform those veggies into something tasty and give your meals a boost of nutrition by sneaking them into your meals undetected. This class gives you tips and techniques for cooking vegetables with a variety of methods that change their textures and flavors. It is a great way to experiment with unfamiliar veggies from CSA shares or the farmers' market, or to enjoy your favorites in a whole new way!

Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Brenda Block, wants you to take advantage of the delicious, fresh produce summer has to offer. Her monthly cooking series focuses on how using the right techniques can deliver delicious, healthy meals to your family.


Tuesday, July 24 | 6:00 P.M. | Books N' Brew at Mugs Coffeehouse (Ages 16+) [ADULT]
Catch up with what other readers are enjoying over a cup of coffee 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. A library staff member will be on hand to offer reader’s advisory to get you hooked on your next favorite read!


Thursday, July 26 | 2:30 P.M. | SING on the big screen | PG. 108 minutes of hilarity! [CHILD]
A koala impresario stages a gala singing competition in order to save his theater. The contest attracts the attention of quirkily musical cast including a harried pig mom, teenage gorilla, shy elephant, and a punk porcupine.


Thursday, July 26 | 6:00 P.M. | Black Panther on the big screen | PG-13. 135 Minutes [YOUNG ADULT] [ADULT]
Marvel's Black Panther chronicles T'Challa's rise to the throne in Wakanda, a technologically advanced African country, as his reign as King and status as the Black Panther is challenged. Popcorn served.


Friday, July 27th | 6:00 P.M. | Adult NERF Battle @ Your Library (Ages 18+) [ADULT]
Embrace your inner child during a night of after-hours fun. NERF guns, "Elite" 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. The doors will be locked at 6:00 P.M. when the program starts. Please arrive beforehand to sign waivers.

**Attendees will need to sign a waiver to participate.**


Tuesday, July 31 | 2:00 P.M. | Board Gaming (Ages 12-17) [YOUNG ADULT]
Get your game face on and enjoy modern board games at the library!  Explore an assortment of board games that use various game mechanics: Mini games, Social Deduction, Coding, Tile Placement, Strategy, etc. Library staff and expert volunteers will be on hand to guide players through a fun gaming experience.


Tuesday, July 31 | 2:00 P.M. | Suwanee Swing [ALL AGES]
Members of the Western Swing band, the Suwannee Swing Saloon, perform a variety of jazz favorites! Duo Kathryn Fox on fiddle and Hunter Dahlen on guitar meet up on vocals to offer a unique and lively musical fusion sure to have everyone’s faces smiling, toes tapping, and bodies swinging! You won’t want to miss this opportunity to experience world class music and musicians in the easy access and FREE location of your local library! Brought to you through the generosity of the Green Lake Festival of Music.


AUGUST:

Tuesday, August 7 | 4:00 P.M. | Teen Books N' Brew at Mugs Coffeehouse (Ages 12-17) [YOUNG ADULTS]
Catch up with what other teen readers are enjoying as you warm yourself with delicous hot beverage! Unlike traditional book clubs, there are no assigned books. Instead, read what you like and then share what you read. This new teens-only (12+) reading group meets at Mugs Coffeehouse on the 1st Tuesday of the month at 4:00 P.M.


Thursday, August 16 | 6:30 P.M. | Abracadabra Flavor Profiles – New Meal, Same Foods! (Ages 14+) [ADULT]
Tired of eating the same old thing? Discover ways to conjure up new flavor profiles that will put life back into those familiar foods. This class helps you put together tasty and healthy meals, steeped in flavor, with a focus on uncovering sources of proteins, healthy fats, fiber and nutrient rich carbs.

Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Brenda Block, wants you to take advantage of the delicious, fresh produce summer has to offer. Her monthly cooking series focuses on how using the right techniques can deliver delicious, healthy meals to your family.


Tuesday, August 21 |  6:00 P.M. | Adult Game Night - Social Deduction Games (Ages 18+) [ADULT]
Deduction games are those that require players to form conclusions based on available premises. These games are quite varied. Signalling games like Werewolf allow for a set of observations and player-driven feedback (which may not be truthful) to arrive at the right conclusion out of 2-3 main choices.Social deduction games are a related sub-category that is proving increasingly popular, and includes games with hidden roles and bluffing such as The Resistance and One Night Werewolf. Description from www.boardgamegeek.com.

This month, we are featuring social deduction games. Bring your favorites to share! Adult Game Night meets monthly on the third Tuesday of the month.


Tuesday, August 28 | 6:00 P.M. | Books N' Brew at Mugs Coffeehouse (Ages 16+)  [ADULT]
Catch up with what other readers are enjoying over a cup of coffee 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!


Thursday, August 30 | 6:30 P.M. | Rhythm of Life – Circle of Drums Summer Finale Event [ALL AGES]
Everyone is invited to an end of the summer Rhythms of Life: A Circle of Drums event to celebrate reading and giving! Through a globally diverse ensemble of drums and percussion instruments, Bill Kehl’s high-energy, hands-on presentation explores musical expression. Bill facilitates a collaborative music making adventure that celebrates the rhythm-making of music! Read for a Cause winners will be announced and funds awarded. Come celebrate with us!


*SAVE THE DATE*

Saturday, October 13 | 5:30 P.M. | Campfire S'mores and Stargazing [ALL AGES]
Enjoy tasty s’mores and outdoor games as the sun sets, followed by Informed Stargazing with Paul Kinzer, Star Lab Director. Join us at a new location for an improved viewing experience. Meet at the library with your vehicle at either 5:30 OR 5:45 P.M. to follow a lead car 20 minutes to a rural residence. High powered stargazing equipment, snacks, fire and games provided. Chair or blanket recommended.