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!


CANCELED - Thursday, August 16 | 6:30 P.M. | Abracadabra Flavor Profiles – New Meal, Same Foods! (Ages 14+) [ADULT]

Unfortunately, Brenda Block is no longer available to present the Abracadabra: Flavor Profiles event. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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

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!


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.