Library Program

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, or phone, 920-229-5970.


Love & Light Lantern Walk

On Sunday, November 1 from 5-7 p.m. all ages are invited to enjoy a brief lantern-lit walk beginning on the Northwestern Trail, adjacent to the Ripon Public Library parking lot. This Tinkergarten inspired event is cohosted by the library and local Tinkergarten entrepreneur Carissa Sorensen. Social distancing and masks, for ages 5 years and up, are required. Arrive at your convenience; groups will enter the trail at 5-minute intervals and choose a 4 or 8 block loop circling back to the library.

In addition to the walk, participants are invited to spread goodwill by writing a hope or positive intention to be posted on the library entry windows within a painting by Sorensen titled Love and Light. A campfire will add light, warmth, and distanced camaraderie to the event.

For those who prefer a do-it-yourself option, Tinkergarten provides online ideas and instructions,

Registration is not required. For more information, call 920-748-6160, or follow our Facebook page. 


The young at heart are invited to this all-ages, intergenerational, Chalk-the-Walk event on Saturday, September 19 from 10 a.m. to noon. An exciting obstacle course will be chalked onto the Jefferson Street sidewalk along the library’s south side. Complete the obstacle course for fitness and fun as many times as you like. (The obstacle course will remain available after this date while weather permits.) Attendees also receive their own packet of chalk and are encouraged to embellish the course and/or create their own sidewalk art for the enjoyment of the community.

Programs are free and registration is not required. Children under age 8 must be accompanied by a caregiver.  All events adhere to current requirements for social distancing, building capacity guidelines, and mask requirements. Stay informed regarding updates, including weather cancellations, on the library’s website or Facebook page.

Railroad Ink Challenge

Take on library staff in a game of Railroad Ink! In this roll & write game, players will attempt to make the best use of the dice rolled in each round, creating a network of railways and roads. Staff will go through a practice round and then play through at least one full game. Post your score sheet for bragging rights!

Pick up your score sheets at the library (limit 3 per patron) or print them out right at home: Railroad Ink Scoresheet

If you'd like to familiarize yourself with the rules beforehand, we can help with that, too: Railroad Ink Rulebook (Blazing Red edition)

Record your participation in Beanstack (home of our summer reading program) for a chance to win our copy of the game!


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