Adult Program

Book Discussion Group

Main Street book coverJoin us for the Friends of the Library book discussion group!  February's selection is "Main Street" by Sinclair Lewis.  Copies of book discussion selections are available to check out at the library while supplies last.

From Amazon.com:

"Main Street" is the 1920 novel by Sinclair Lewis that tells the story of Carol Milford, a liberal, free-spirited young woman from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Carol meets and marries Will Kennicott, a doctor who convinces her to move back to his small hometown of Gopher Prairie, Minnesota. While there, Carol finds the smug conservatism of the town objectionable and sets out to try and make the town a little more progressive, with little effectiveness. A satirical gem, "Main Street" is Sinclair Lewis' classic portrait of small town midwestern American life.

Better Brain Health

Dementia is not a normal part of aging. This presentation will teach participants what they can do to lower their dementia risk and keep their brains healthy.

- Common diseases that cause dementia
- Other conditions that mimic dementia
- Signs and symptoms
- Risk factors
- Strategies to maintain a healthy brain (physical health, nutrition, mental stimulation, social engagement)
- Available resources

Presented by Mary Lyke, recently retired Ripon Area School District Nurse, and Melanie Simpkins, Public Health Nurse/ Health Education and Work and Wellness Coordinator with the Green Lake County Health Unit.

Adult Game Night - Hand Management Games featuring "Libertalia"

Tuesday, February 20 at 6:00 P.M.

This month we will focus on games that have a hand management game mechanic. Our feature game will be Libertalia, but we will also have copies of Pandemic, Castle Panic, 7 Wonders, and Ticket to Ride available for participants to explore.

What are Hand Management games?

Hand management games are games with cards in them that reward players for playing the cards in certain sequences or groups. The optimal sequence/grouping may vary, depending on board position, cards held and cards played by opponents. Managing your hand means gaining the most value out of available cards under given circumstances. Cards often have multiple uses in the game, further obfuscating an "optimal" sequence.

Team Trivia Night (ages 14 -adult)

Friday, February 23 at 6:45 P.M.

Exercise your brain! Test your knowledge during an evening of fun at Team Trivia Night at the library for ages 14 - adult. No entry fee. Cash prizes will be awarded for teams that come in 1st ($100) and 2nd ($50). Team captains must register their team (limit of 8 participants per team) by calling 748-6160 or stopping by the library's circulation desk. Once your team has been registered, you may not add more members (you may make substitutions). Space is limited, so register your team to reserve your table. Check in is at 6:45 P.M. with trivia starting at 7 P.M. If all the members of your team have not arrived by check in, we will start adding teams from the waiting list to participate instead. Please contact Adult/Teen Services Librarian, Mandy Sprague at msprague@riponlibrary.org or 748-6160 with any questions.

Book Discussion Group

Picture of the author and book coverJoin us for the Friends of the Library book discussion group!  January's selection is "My Grandmother ASked Me to Tell You She's Sorry" by Fredrik Backman (autho of "A Man Called Ove").  Copies of book discussion selections are available to check out at the library while supplies last.

From Amazon.com:

A charming, warmhearted novel from the author of the New York Times bestseller A Man Called Ove

Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy—as in standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-strangers crazy. She is also Elsa’s best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother’s stories, in the Land-of-Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas, where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.

When Elsa’s grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa’s greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother’s instructions lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and old crones but also to the truth about fairy tales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other.

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry is told with the same comic accuracy and beating heart as Fredrik Backman’s bestselling debut novel, A Man Called Ove. It is a story about life and death and one of the most important human rights: the right to be different.

“Firmly in league with Roald Dahl and Neil Gaiman . . . A touching, sometimes funny, often wise portrait of grief.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Full of heart, hope, forgiveness, and the embracing of differences, Elsa’s story is one that sticks with you long after you’ve turned the last page.”—Library Journal

 

Adult Game Night - Dead of Winter

Tuesday, January 16 at 6:00 P.M.

Game Description: Dead of Winter is the first game in the Crossroads series, designed by Isaac Vega and Jon Gilmour. It puts 2-5 players together in a small, weakened colony of survivors in a world where most of humanity are either dead or diseased, flesh-craving monsters (zombies). Each player leads a faction of survivors with dozens of different characters in the game.

Click "Read more" to get a full description, game instructions, and video tutorials.

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