Library Access and Use during COVID-19

Please note the following temporary changes to our usual library policies and procedures.

Visiting the library:

  • Face coverings (nose and mouth) are required for ages 5 and up.
  • The library's main level is limited to a total of 25 patrons at a time. Patrons must check in at the front desk.
  • Distanced seating is available and face coverings are required if you are seated – no exceptions.
  • Children under age 8 must be accompanied by a caregiver at all times.
  • All patrons need to check in at the front desk.

Meeting / Study Room Use:

  • The Silver Creek and Nash Rooms will be available weekdays until 4 p.m. for socially distanced quiet study for students (middle school and older) and adults.  The Silver Creek Room has tables and chairs in rows and the Nash Room has comfortable chairs around the perimeter of the room.
    • Face coverings are required
    • One person per table/chair
    • Furniture may not be moved
    • Rooms will be monitored
  • The Silver Creek and Nash Rooms will be available for group meetings beginning at 4 p.m. on weekdays and during open hours on weekends, and the Jorgenson Room will be available for meetings during regular library hours. 
    • Maximum capacity is 16 for the Silver Creek Room, 9 for the Nash Room, and 2 for the Jorgenson Room.
    • Groups must maintain social distancing
    • Face coverings are required
    • No food allowed
    • Furniture may not be moved
    • Rooms will be monitored
    • All meeting room reservations must be booked in advance with the library director.
  • The digital piano will be available, limit one person in the room at a time or multiple people from the same household, and may be booked with any staff member.
  • The free book area located in the lower level lobby is also open.  Patrons interested in browsing these shelves should check in at the front desk.

Computer use:

  • Face coverings are required to use a computer — no exceptions
  • Daily time limit is 2 hours
  • Limit one person per computer
  • Computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis

General conduct:

  • Patrons must maintain social distancing (six feet) between staff and other patrons (non-family) at all times.
  • Patrons exhibiting signs of illness or who do not feel well are not allowed in the library.
  • Please be considerate of others when visiting the library.
  • Photocopiers and faxing are available.

Curbside pickup:

  • Call-ahead curbside pickup is available for your convenience.
  • Call 920-748-6160 and staff will set your items outside.

NOV 1, 2020 LANTERN WALK

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, www.tinkergarten.com/lantern-walk.

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

Game Night is back... Virtually!

We're sponsoring a premium account at BoardGameArena to unlock premium games and video chat for our patrons. Create your own account there to participate, then sign up to get notified when we begin hosting events!

Let us know you'd like to participate by filling out this quick form. That way, we'll be able to let you know about upcoming game nights and invite you to our premium game tables & future tournaments.

If you don't already have a free BoardGameArena account, you can set one up here.

BoardGameArena works with just your web browser on your PC, Mac, smartphone, tablet, or other device.

What is Your Library Worth to You?

We know that you value the services and resources provided by your public library, but just how much are those services worth? How much would you pay out-of-pocket if the library didn't exist, or if these services and resources weren't available at no cost?

Take a moment and reflect on your library use over the past month, then visit the Library Use & Return on Investment Value Calculator. The page will calculate the total value you received related to the items you checked out and the services and resources you used.

YOUTH SERVICES BIBLIO CARE FOR THE WORLD

In the wake of George Floyd's killing, the library is seeing a remarkable uptick in requests for books about race and racism in its many forms. This quest to make sense of the incomprehensible and how it relates to our own existence is necessary; books are a perfect medium for such work. “Books are anchors during life’s biggest storms; they are escape hatches when the world is too much to take; they are springboards to new ideas and understandings. Books are warm blankets and can save readers from the feelings of loneliness and heartache.” –Katy Tessman

Still, how do we talk to children about a world seemingly gone crazy?! Through books! Books are wisdom-filled gems, embracing the complexities and ambiguities of our world in ways which a child can then engage with, relate to, and discuss. Read more to access links to organizations and books dedicated to exploring race and diversity as mainstream rather than framing it as something “other” or “extra” that we do.

Check out our YouTube channel!

This summer, library events have gone virtual. Library staff have been busy creating content for our YouTube channel, where you can find virtual StoryTime, craft and cooking videos, book talks and more. Just click the image at left or this link and start watching. Be sure to subscribe and click the notification bell to be the first to know when we post new videos!

Due to publisher restrictions, our virtual StoryTime videos are unlisted - but you can view them all here. You'll need to log in with your library card number and PIN.

And, if you're enrolled in our Beanstack-powered Summer Reading Program, many of our videos include SECRET CODEWORDS that you can use to unlock additional badges and tickets for our prize drawings!

FREE Books for your child with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Ripon Reads Logo

The Ripon Area United Way is pleased to present the Imagination Library to Ripon children under the age of 5.

visit Dolly Parton's Imagination Library to register

What Is It?
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is a 60 volume set of books beginning with the children's classic The Little Engine that Could. Each month a new, carefully selected book will be mailed in your child's name directly to your home. Best of all it is FREE! There is no cost or obligation to your family.

Check out our Makerspace Collection!

Maker Space logoBooks, movies and... robotics? Gelli plate printing? Programmable caterpillars?

With our MakerSpace collection, you can check out amazing kits to help you invent, learn, and create! Here's some of what we have to offer:

  • Sphero programmable robots
  • LittleBits electronics kits
  • Lego Mindstorms
  • Snap Circuits electronics puzzles
  • Coding games for kids
  • Coding toys for young children
  • Bloxels video game creation system
  • Sizzix embossing machine kit
  • Rubber stamp collections
  • Circuit Maze, Gravity Maze, and Laser Maze logic games
  • Gelli Plate monoprinting kits
  • Canning tools set & rack
  • Spirograph
  • Cordless screwdriver
  • Microscope
  • Studio microphone
  • Fog machine
  • Bubble machine

Makerspace checkout policy in brief:

  • Must be 13 years of age or older
  • 14-day loan
  • Limit 1 Maker Space item out at a time
  • $1/day if overdue, max $30
  • Makerspace items are not renewable