The Summer Reading Program is FREE to attend and open to the public thanks to the Friends of the Ripon Public Library’s generous sponsorship. Participation in the reading & reward portion of the summer programming does require a quick visit to the library to register. Complete program information is provided upon registration. Registration for individual events is not required unless otherwise noted by”*. “
Check out these fun events:
- June 12 @ 9-11 a.m.—June 13 @ 3-5 p.m. (Painting will continue on June 14 @ 9-11 a.m. if needed.)
Cooperative Art Project Led By Artist & Instructor Barb Mitchell
Paint the library entry windows in the style of Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Starry Night—ALL SKILL LEVELS ARE WELCOME! Adults & Teens 12 & up.
- June 21 @ 3:30 p.m. T-shirt Totes
Break the plastic shopping bag habit! Go green by crafting a Reusable T-Shirt tote bag. Find that extra t-shirt lying around, and bring it to the library for a miraculous transformation. Space & sewing machines limited, please call 748-6160 to preregister.* Adults & Teens 12 & up.
- June 23 National Wildlife Federation’s “Great American Campout!” On the Village Green
6:30 p.m. Set-up & Outdoor Games (Bring your own everything—tents, sleeping bags, food, water etc. Porta Potties available.)
7:30 p.m. Ken Lonnquist & Co. in concert. Nationally acclaimed singer/songwriter wowscrowds of all ages with his exuberantly humorous original songs.
Community Event (this is not a teen only program). All ages welcome!
- June 26 @ 6:30 p.m. Paul Merklein Paints larger-than-life caricatures of selected audience members. If selected, the caricature is yours to keep!
- June 27 @ 3:30 p.m. Teen Book Club
“Leviathan” by Scott Westerfeld. Book #1 in an award-winning steampunk trilogy. Teens 12 & up.
- June 27 @ 6:30 p.m. Genre Book Club
“Abraham Lincoln,Vampire Hunter” by Seth Grahame-Smith.
An irreverent “biography” of Abraham Lincoln chock-full of a horror-genre staple: vampires. Adults and Teens 16 & up.
- June 28 @ 3:30 p.m. In Capable Hands!
Dynamic husband/wife duo, Steve Russell and Kobi Shaw, amazes with out-of-this-world juggling stunts and comedy.
- July 5 @ 3:30 p.m. Freezer Paper Stenciling
A fast, fun and easy way to add flair to any fabric project: clothing, banners, bags. Bring your own fabric item—cotton, canvas or denim materials work best. Stencils provided, or bring your own favorite. Adults & Teens 12 & up.
- July 10 @ 10 a.m. Able the Dancing Chihuahua
Able freestyles with his partner, world renowned dog behavior expert, Amy Ammen. In his flamboyant costume, Able “cuts a rug,” spinning, jumping, and weaving to his favorite up-tempo tunes.
- July 11 @ 2:30 p.m. Circle of Sound
Students of the Green Lake Festival of Music’s chamber music camp, perform in the round, under the instruction of world class musicians, Anthea Kreston & Jason Duckles. Their specialty is bringing HUMOR and accessibility to classical music for all ages.
- July 12 @ 3:30 Craft Stick Bracelets
Need the perfect accessory for that hard to match outfit? Look no further than this custom-made, gender neutral bracelet to flaunt your personality and style! All supplies provided. Adults & Teens 12 & up.
- July 19 @ 3:30 p.m. Hunger Games
Do you have what it takes to make it in the games? Test your knowledge and skills at various training stations, enjoy refreshments, and then battle it out with your competitors in a cunning game of brains and brawn. Make your district proud, and may the odds be ever in your favor! Ages 12 & up only, please.
- July 25 @ 3:30 p.m. Teen Book Club
“Matched” by Ally Condie. Book #1 in an award-winning dystopian trilogy. Teens 12 & up.
- July 25 @ 6:30 p.m. Genre Book Club
“The Book Thief,” award-winning historical fiction for young adults, by Markus Zusak. Adults and Teens 16 & up.
- July 26 @ 3:30 p.m. Paper Crafts Afternoon
A mix & match paper crafts event featuring a variety of small projects to brighten your books, organize your life, or spruce up your stationary collection—beautiful envelopes, page corner (Monster) bookmarks and more! Adults & Teens 12 & up.
- July 31 @ 6:30 p.m. Star Lab
Explore the Night Sky with Paul Kinzer, amateur astronomer. From inside a portable planetarium visit over a thousand stars, the Earth, moon, planets, and various deep-space objects! Space is limited. Call 748-6160 to preregister for this stellar event!
- July 31 @ 9 p.m. Star Party : informed stargazing
Paul Kinzer, Starlab Director, shares his knowledge of the night sky and field equipment. Telescopes and binoculars provided. (In the event of inclement weather, an alternate, indoor program will be offered immediately following the Star Lab.) Adults & Teens 12 & up.
The Summer Reading Program is intended to promote literacy, the joy of reading, and support the quest for knowledge at all ages & stages of life. Information regarding reading goals and rewards is available upon registration into the reading program.