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Holiday Closings

The library will be closed on the following days:

  • Thursday, December 24
  • Friday, December 25
  • Saturday, December 26
  • Sunday, December 27

The library will close early, at 5:00 pm, on Thursday, December 31.

The library will be closed on Friday, January 1, 2010.

Regular winter hours will be in effect on all other days during the holiday season.

System Outage on Thursday, December 17

Winnefox will be performing an update to our library computer system on the morning of Thursday, December 17th.  As a result, our computer systems will be down, likely for several hours.  During that time:

  • You will need your library card in order to check out
  • Staff will not be able to look up account information, renew books, pay fines, or do anything other than checking out materials
  • The computer sign-up system will be off-line, but you will still be able to use a computer by asking at the front desk and presenting your library card to staff


Computer Recycling Fundraiser

This just in - now, you can get rid of your old computer, support the Friends of the Library, and save some money all at the same time!  Thanks to a generous service donation from Ripon Technology, LLC, you can obtain recycling tickets for computers, monitors and printers for a donation of just $5 (about half the usual cost of recycling) to the Friends of the Library for each item.

Tickets are available now at the Ripon Public Library.  Items to be recycled, with accompanying tickets, may then be dropped off at Ripon Technology between November 23 through December 4.  Each computer, monitor and/or printer requires a separate $5 donation; other computer accessories, such as keyboards, mice and speakers, will be accepted at no extra charge with at least one paid-for item.

For more information, please contact Ben Sprague at the Ripon Public Library (748-6160)

Halloween Howls at the Ripon Public Library

Tiny Terror on the Square Location Change

The downtown event, Tiny Terror on the Square, sponsored by Ripon College's Office of Community Engagement, has been relocated to the Ripon Public Library due to the high likelihood of rain this evening.

The event runs from 5-7 p.m. with a host holiday activities for children - pumpkin bowling, face painting, pumpkin painting, games-of-skill including a myriad of tossing games, duck pond, button making and more!

Festivities conclude with a movie showing. Popcorn will be served. The movie, about a friendly ghost, is rated PG, recommended for ages 6 and up and lasts 90 minutes.

Downtown trick or treating and other TTOTS specials at businesses in the 100, 200 & 300 blocks of Watson street HAVE NOT BEEN CANCELLED.

Halloween Howls

As an extension of the Tiny Terror on the Square, Ripon Public Library will host a movie on Thursday, October 29 at 7 p.m. in the Silver Creek Room. Though the title of the movie remains a surprise, Children’s librarian, Linda DeCramer, will share that it is a beloved story about a “friendly” ghost and recommended for ages 6 and up. Popcorn will be served. 

A true Hallow’s Eve

In addition, the library is extremely pleased to present seasoned storyteller, Sagiia Rae, at 10:30 a.m. on October 31. Ms. Rae will share ever-so-slightly scary stories with preschool and school age children. Wear your costumes and get ready to howl a little, laugh a lot and meet fantastic characters such as Baba Yaga, the little old lady who was not afraid of anything, and the children who never listened to their parents. Uh-oh!

Food Drive to kick-off the Holiday season

As these festivities are enjoyed, we would also like to remember those who are feeling the effects of the economic downturn. As a way to ensure that everyone may enjoy a festive holiday season, all in attendance, to both programs, are encouraged to donate a nonperishable food item for our local food pantry. Everyone who donates will be entered into a prize drawing for free books. Here are the top foods needed by food banks this year:
  • Proteins: Canned meats such as tuna, chicken or fish are high in protein and low in saturated fat. Peanut butter is rich in protein and high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated oils, the "good fats." These are among the most expensive foods -- too expensive for food banks to buy large quantities.
  • Soups and stews. They are filling, particularly the "chunky" soups, and contain liquid for hydration. In addition, soups can be filled with protein and vegetables.
  • Rice and pasta.
  • Cereal, including oatmeal.
  • Canned vegetables, including tomatoes and tomato sauce.
  • Canned or dried beans and peas. Beans are a low-fat source of protein and Canned fruits.
  • Fruit juice (canned, plastic or boxed). Make sure it's 100% juice.
  • Prepared box mixes such as macaroni and cheese or Hamburger Helper.
  • Shelf-stable milk. This includes dehydrated milk, canned evaporated milk and instant breakfasts.
Thanks to the monetary support of the Friends of the Ripon Public Library, this is a FREE program and does not require registration. For more information contact Linda DeCramer at 748-6160 or decramer@riponlibrary.org.




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